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  • Kate 14:31 on 2022-09-22 Permalink | Reply  

    Philippe Pichet, sacked as police chief in 2017, is back in the SPVM and will commence his new job managing 20 police stations in southwest Montreal next month.

    Pichet is still suing the city for $1.1 million over his dismissal.

    • Ian 20:35 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

      That’s a pretty baller move but I guess it illustrates how much like a gang the cops are – once you’re in, you’re in for life.

    • Kate 08:55 on 2022-09-23 Permalink

      Ted Rutland tweeted: “Montreal is to disgraced police chiefs what Miami is to right wing Latin American dictators and paramilitary leaders.”

  • Kate 14:00 on 2022-09-22 Permalink | Reply  

    The women who wrote the report on systemic racism at the MUHC have been forbidden to speak to the media.

    Update Friday: Aaron Derfel says the MUHC has changed its mind and will allow the women to talk.

    • carswell 14:08 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

      Smacks of racism, sexism, patriarchy and lack of transparency, even a coverup. What are the MUHC establishment trying to hide (this almost certainly being an admission that they are)?

  • Kate 09:52 on 2022-09-22 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal says that six rappers have been killed since 2021 in Montreal, including the young man shot dead two days ago near the Bell Centre. With photos and brief bios of each young man.

    • Kate 09:49 on 2022-09-22 Permalink | Reply  

      The city has 100,000 more trees now than ten years ago, and there are plans to plant 500,000 more to mitigate climate change effects.

      • Spi 10:05 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

        Just because 100 000 trees have been planted doesn’t mean there are a 100 000 additional trees. That would presume that not a single tree has been cut down. That journalist needs to go back to school.

      • Blork 10:35 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

        True enough, especially considering how many ash trees have come down in the past decade.

      • DeWolf 11:25 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

        According to this article, the city chopped down 40,000 ash trees between 2012 and 2020. Most of those were felled in 2018 and 2019 alone, so in recent years the city has essentially been replacing trees one for one.


        There are definitely more trees in the city than there were ten years ago, but the increase hasn’t been as dramatic as the Metro article claims. Maybe the biggest difference is that many previously denuded streets now have trees, like Rachel on the western Plateau or St-André in Villeray.

        I was walking through Old Montreal the other day and it occurred to me that there have been no greening efforts there. It could really some curb extensions to add some trees. The architecture is nice around there, but the streets aren’t.

      • Kate 11:27 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

        In front of my place in Villeray they took down an ash, but two years ago they put in a silver maple, and this summer they came along and made a new hole in the sidewalk and put in an elm tree. (One of the planters told me it was a variety that was pest‑resistant, but I’ve noticed that a lot of its leaves have been perforated by something, so I hope it survives.)

        DeWolf, I wonder if they resist adding trees in Old Montreal because they would mean obstacles to photos of the older buildings. Also, for example, St-Paul is too narrow to have sidewalks, trees and cars. The irony is that Old Montreal would be much more photogenic if they banished cars, at least south of St‑Antoine during the summer months.

      • mare 11:58 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

        Would the four mini forests they planted in Parc-Marquette count? Together they have 2000 (very tiny) trees… https://montreal.ca/articles/microforets-de-rosemont-la-petite-patrie-15307

      • DeWolf 12:01 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

        If the city proposed planting a bunch of trees in Old Montreal, I’m sure there are some old nature-haters who would crawl out of the woodwork to disingenuously claim that they would block the view of the architecture. But I doubt that’s a concern for the city. It likely has to do with the cost and complication of doing any kind of infrastructure work in Old Montreal. Because of its status as a historic district, there are extra layers of bureaucracy to get anything done there.

        St-Paul is definitely wide enough for a single row of trees. It feels narrow because there’s so much space reserved for cars, but it’s actually 35 feet wide from building to building, which is the same as St-Dominque, Drolet, Rivard and a bunch of other streets on the Plateau. And the city has managed to plant a row of trees on St-Domnique near Sherbrooke.

      • Blork 12:26 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

        I don’t think rue St-Paul is a good candidate for trees, for several reasons. For one thing, there is the aesthetic angle, given that rue St-Paul is the most picturesque of the streets in Old Montreal, and turning it into a treed street basically hides that, so it’s bad for both tourism and the film industry, which uses that street as stand-in for many places around the world.

        There’s also the maintenance angle; planting trees involves more than just sticking them in the ground. There’s a lot that has to be done in terms of ground preparation, plus on-going trimming, dealing with the leaves and fallen branches, etc., all of which doesn’t really align with an historic heritage street that’s primarily a business zone.

        Finally, and perhaps most importantly; if you’re going to remove a lane from the street it would be far more useful and beneficial to both locals and visitors to use that extra space to increase the width of the sidewalks. Currently, the sidewalks on St-Paul — which is essentially a highly pedestrianized zone — are terrible. Barely wide enough for two people on each side. You can’t walk side-by-side along the sidewalk with a friend because you’re always dodging people coming in the other direction.

        Seriously, what St-Paul needs is wider sidewalks, not trees. Because of the orientation of the street and the height of the buildings it’s already pretty shady, but walking there is nasty because of the narrow sidewalks. It makes much more sense to increase the trees around the periphery of Old Montreal, and in selected spots, than to plant a row of trees along the length of that street.

      • DeWolf 13:38 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

        The whole of St-Paul is going to be completely rebuilt, an extension of the project that has already transformed the street from from the Bonsecours Market to St-Laurent. I believe the plan is to remove all parking. And of course digging up the street to replace the underground infrastructure is a chance to install big planters to grow healthy trees.

        I see your point, Blork, but trees aren’t walls, and a few judiciously planted specimens can frame the architecture while providing some shade from the midday sun, with all the usual ecological benefits on top of that. It doesn’t necessarily need to be an entire row of trees, just a few here and there. Even if there are no trees planted on St-Paul, there are quite a few streets in the western part of Old Montreal that are largely residential/offices, and which would really benefit from the removal of some street parking for wider sidewalks and some greenery:


        Here’s a corner in central Paris, similar street width, similar building heights, and just a few trees really goes a long way to softening the landscape and making it more inviting:


      • carswell 14:17 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

        In the unlikely event that blockage of views by tree foliage was an issue along that stretch, it would only be so for 4-5 months of the year. Small price to pay for the many benefits trees provide, especially when climate change is taken into account.

      • EmilyG 14:29 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

        I think this tree map has been updated recently (at least in the past few years.)
        I’ve always thought it was a neat map.

    • Kate 09:33 on 2022-09-22 Permalink | Reply  

      Two thirds of the people questioned by UQÀM researchers say they were harassed in the streets of Montreal over the years 2020 and 2021. Women get harassed by men, but men also get harassed, indigenous people get harassed, disabled people get harassed, people of unusual gender presentation get harassed.

      And I’m sorry to say, most of the harassment is done by adult males.

      • Kate 09:22 on 2022-09-22 Permalink | Reply  

        Quebec is tops in people renting their homes in Canada, but that’s nothing new. I remember statistics from years ago about how Montreal’s rental rate far outstripped other Canadian cities.

      • Kate 09:20 on 2022-09-22 Permalink | Reply  

        Jonathan Montpetit summarizes François Legault’s many hot takes about immigration. I’d forgotten the gem that was 2016’s promise to kick anyone out of Quebec who couldn’t pass a values test.

        • Daniel 09:47 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

          I’ve lived through all of this, but it was still an eye-opening synthesis of a man who says what he thinks about immigration/immigrants and then later, maybe, if you’re lucky, retracts it. But he’s already said what he’s said to his target audience and that serves his purpose.

          Many politicians do this, of course, but some have really honed it to perfection.

        • Daniel D 10:02 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

          It’s infuriating having witnessed the same tropes being peddled in the UK throughout Brexit and beyond being trotted out here as well. Such narratives are always the resort of a “leader” with no vision or ideas.

          I’m sure this was probably posted here back in 2019, but I was curious to see what kind of questions would have been in this so-called values test. If anyone’s wondering: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-legault-values-test-sample-1.5340965

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