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  • Kate 22:02 on 2022-11-10 Permalink | Reply  

    No heads of state are expected in Montreal next month for the COP15 on Biodiversity, despite previous indications some might come.

    I suppose the silver lining is that this might mean a little less worry about security.

    • Kate 21:55 on 2022-11-10 Permalink | Reply  

      Le Devoir has produced a fine‑grained election map for the recent Quebec election, showing how different riding sections voted. If you’re at all curious, it’s worth clicking to full size and looking around.

      Anyone reading this from Anjou? Can you explain how that riding breaks into distinct CAQ and Liberal sections (and ended up flipping CAQ in the end, sadly)?

      Why are people in Côte St‑Luc and Hampstead voting Conservative, of all things?

      St-Laurent has one little section voting Bloc Montréal!

      • Patrick 23:37 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

        Regarding the people voting Conservative, I also had the same reaction after the election. A little research showed that it was the candidate, former city councilor of Hampstead and disgruntled by the Liberal flip flop on Bill 96, that got the votes: https://globalnews.ca/news/9054060/liberal-bonnie-feigenbaum-joins-quebec-conservatives/

      • Blork 10:50 on 2022-11-11 Permalink

        The phrase “sea of CAQ” comes to mind when I look a that map.

      • Kate 10:59 on 2022-11-11 Permalink

        A reader emailed to point out “The Conservative Party of Canada is a big supporter of Israel and that matters to some people” – and Côte St‑Luc and Hampstead have the largest concentration of Jewish voters in town. But I don’t know whether Eric Duhaime’s gang said anything either way about Israel.

      • Joey 11:17 on 2022-11-11 Permalink

        The Conservatve Party (QC) was pretty also aggressive about posturing in favour of anglo rights. If you’re a well-off anglophone who felt betrayed by the Anglade Liberals, the Conservatives were right there campaigning for your vote. The CAQ and PQ would be perceived as non-starters (Bill 96) and QS would be expected to tax you until kingdom come (and would then try to separate QC from Canada). Throw support for Israel into the mix and it’s a wonder the Conservatives didn’t do better in, say, Hampstead.

    • Kate 21:43 on 2022-11-10 Permalink | Reply  

      It will be virtually impossible to drive anywhere in the Montreal area this weekend, so better make other plans.

      • Kate 21:24 on 2022-11-10 Permalink | Reply  

        Marc Tanguay, PLQ MNA for LaFontaine riding, has been named interim party leader and says he’s considering a bid to become the real leader.

        • Kate 11:56 on 2022-11-10 Permalink | Reply  

          Hochelaga-Maisonneuve has rejected an industrial project that would have involved cutting trees and demolishing this building which someone in the item describes as “patrimoine industriel” and claiming that “les résidents du secteur « sont attachés » au bâtiment.”

          I was wondering even where residents would live in that area, but if you look for 7101 Notre‑Dame East on the map, you’ll see four residential streets in a rectangle bounded on all four sides by industrial installations.

          • Blork 12:15 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            Imagine the air quality in that little neighbourhood. OTOH I’ll bet you can buy a house there for under $200K.

          • MarcG 12:20 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

          • Blork 12:20 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            That said, there’s something special about that kind of neighbourhood that always gets my imagination going. Looking around there (in Streetview) it seems sort of lost in time. It’s the kind of neighbourhood were folksy novels about family traumas are set, or movies about nerdy kids who grow up to be astronauts or whatnot.

          • Blork 12:24 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            OMG, $339k and they don’t even show pictures of the interior. That’s bent. At least there’s a big back yard, but come on!

          • Blork 12:27 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

          • Ephraim 14:20 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            This shows the inside… https://www.centris.ca/en/houses~for-sale~montreal-mercier-hochelaga-maisonneuve/22516528

            There is also a duplex with garage for $600K and two quadplexes for $750K and $995K. The $750K one has converted a garage into an apartment… wonder if it’s legal? Reminds me of an apartment they put with an entry on the alleyway only to find out that no reputable notary would do the paperwork because it had no legal streetside entryway

          • mare 23:09 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            I once made the mistake to take my bike to an address on Ontario street in that area without a map, just with the house number (this was before smartphones). So I started my ride East on Ontario from Papineau. Ontario might be the most cut-up street in Montreal, with so many small sections, intercut with industrial buildings and areas, and sometimes just a fence between two sections. Every time I got stuck I had to make huge detours, most not at all bike friendly, to reach Ontario again and then find out that the street was again blocked by a industrial building. It took forever to reach that address, slightly to the west of this neighbourhood. There are 5 disjointed sections of Ontario Street E. between Viau and Baldwin, with long stretches of ‘missing’ Ontario street.

          • denpanosekai 13:42 on 2022-11-11 Permalink

            Today I learned we have a Rue Beauclerk (LOL) Nice find Kate. Does that neighborhood have a specific name? There’s a bit of wartime housing.

          • Kate 15:25 on 2022-11-11 Permalink

            denpanosekai, it’s part of Longue-Pointe, so the army base is right nearby. But I don’t know whether that enclaved section of streets – Beauclerk, Émile‑Legrand and Lyall, and stubs of Ontario and La Fontaine – has a distinctive name.

        • Kate 10:39 on 2022-11-10 Permalink | Reply  

          As also reported recently by CBC, Villeray’s Ste‑Cécile church is on the brink of packing it in, with little money to maintain the building even though residents are pleading to keep it open for community purposes. The borough can’t afford to buy the property, either.

          • Michael 16:43 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            I’m guessing it’ll be destined for condo conversion? I know losing the interior community/meeting spaces will be painful to some, but to me the real loss will be the public steps/plaza space the building currently offers. Not sure if that could be preserved if the use turns residential.

          • Kate 21:21 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            There haven’t been many condo conversions of big churches like Ste‑Cécile because technically it’s a pain to do. The only one I know of on that scale is on St‑Laurent at St‑Zotique and it took a long time to complete. So I doubt anyone’s clamouring to get their hands on it for that purpose.

        • Kate 10:10 on 2022-11-10 Permalink | Reply  

          Here’s a piece on a winery in Senneville from the Gazette.

          And here’s what I get on screen:

          • At the bottom of the screen, a cookie notice “Notice for the Postmedia Network”. I can make this go away.
          • An unrelated video box appears bottom right on the screen. It can be made to go away.

          From the top:

          • Bar with a link to “Parenting and Advice” at the top of the screen, telling me to sign up now.
          • Bar with small sections burger and search
          • Bar with main links to other sections
          • Banner from the federal government promoting Remembrance Day (French version)
          • A bar with four links promoting other stories on the site, with broken graphics showing little question marks
          • Conventional row of social media icons
          • Headline, deck and byline
          • First article photo, caption and credit
          • Paragraph 1 of the article
          • Second copy of the banner from the federal government promoting Remembrance Day
          • Black rectangle apparently containing videos, which intermittently flashes ads and teasers for unrelated articles
          • Paragraph 2 of the article (3 lines)
          • Blue box with header “Montreal Gazette Headline News” urging me to sign up for daily headline news
            (To the right of the last 3 items, a row of 5 items, under “Trending”. Four have broken graphic links.)

          • Paragraphs 3 and 4 of the article
          • Third copy of the banner from the federal government promoting Remembrance Day
          • Second article photo, caption and credit
          • Paragraphs 5 and 6 of the article
          • Fourth copy of the banner from the federal government promoting Remembrance Day
          • Paragraphs 7, 8 and 9 of the article
          • Fifth copy of the banner from the federal government promoting Remembrance Day
          • Paragraphs 10, 11 and 12 of the article
          • Third article photo box, caption and credit, but there’s no photo, merely another broken graphic icon
          • Recommended items (unrelated)
          • Reiteration of social media icons
          • “Most commented” articles on a carousel
          • Box ad from the federal government promoting Remembrance Day
          • Latest national stories (6)
          • Aperçu of current advertising flyers
          • Note about comments, but no comments
          • Second copy of box ad from the federal government promoting Remembrance Day (all these federal ads have been the French version – no objections to French, but there should be some coding to feed the appropriate language to any media platform)
          • Black footer with links and contact info

          It’s a master class in distracting someone from reading an article. And in theory the Gazette’s readers are paying to read it.

          • Blork 10:37 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            It’s unbearable. Even worse on a tablet screen.

            Even worse when there’s a video in the story (CTV stories always have this). You stop the video and then scroll, but a thumbnail video appears blocking half your text. If it’s playing an add sometimes the “x” to dismiss it isn’t even visible, and if you touch it (trying to dismiss) it clicks through to a page for whatever’s being advertised. GRRRRRR!!!

            BTW, part of that inability to stop the ad is because they get paid more for having the ad viewed instead of dismissed, and the more of the ad you view, the more they get paid. (It’s called “quartiles.” If you dismiss it after 25% has played they get paid for one quartile; if you dismiss after it’s half played they get paid for two quartiles, etc.)

            OK, there’s money involved so I can see why the make us suffer the ads. But why make us suffer the video report WHEN WE’RE TRYING TO READ? FFS, if I’m SCROLLING it’s because I want to READ not listen to someone on a video!

            So awful. This is why I avoid any CTV links unless there’s no other source. Same for Gazette.

          • steph 11:26 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            To be honest, I just don’t click the Gazette links anymore at all. (I always look at the hotlink before clicking).

          • M 12:04 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            True of so many newspapers these days. So many are unreadable without reader mode. I just set articles to load in reader mode by default now

          • MarcG 12:06 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            Adblock browser extensions make the internet tolerable. You can even customize them. For example, mine blocks all of the normal ads by default, but the “Headline News” isn’t detected, so I right-click and block it – easy.

          • John B 13:23 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            Sooo, just FYI, c’est la journée du souvenir demain.

          • Kevin 20:26 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            I have written to The Gazette multiple times about the unwieldiness of their site, especially the fact that it continually kicks you off if you are logged-in.

            I am convinced it is this bad on purpose in order to push users to the e-paper version.

          • mare 22:20 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            I don’t think the Montreal Gazette has any influence on this, this is the standard Postmedia website ‘design’. It must be awful to try to produce good content and then have it presented in this way. Fortunately they still have a lot of old readers that read printed newspapers.
            I actually prefer reading those as well, digital is terrible for quickly scanning headlines and browsing through sections. I used to spend at least an hour a day, and sometimes two, reading my printed newspaper (not the Gazette), reading almost all sections except sports and business. Now I have three digital newspapers subscriptions, but I only read a few articles a day, often following links from emails or other sources.

          • Tim S. 22:35 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            My father used to get a print subscription, but it was recently cancelled (by the Gazette) due to a lack of delivery people.

          • Kate 10:44 on 2022-11-11 Permalink

            > Adblock browser extensions make the internet tolerable

            They do, but I feel I need to see the media sites as they are so I know what I’m linking to. I can’t assume that readers of this blog have their browsers set up with similar blockers. So I like to see what any user, using any browser, will get.

            (I use Chrome for my personal browsing, which has Adblock installed.)

            Tim S.: That’s bad.

            John B: I had NO IDEA.

          • Blork 10:56 on 2022-11-11 Permalink

            Sites can also detect ad blockers, and they pop up big windows asking you to turn them off (and sometimes won’t even let you see the content unless you turn it off).

            I use Adblock Plus on Firefox, and it blocks some of the shit but almost always provokes the above pop-up on newspaper sites. It’s so bad that I generally open every newspaper link on this blog by right-clicking and choosing “open in private window.” (My ad blocker extension is disabled in private windows.) This has the dual advantage of not harassing me with the TURN OFF YOUR AD BLOCKER noise and also keeping the tracking cookies isolated from my other browsing. But it means suffering those ads.

          • Joey 14:26 on 2022-11-11 Permalink

            @Blork why not just use a service like Instapaper? Right-click –> send to Instapaper –> open Instapaper –> read text-/image-only article…

          • Blork 19:55 on 2022-11-11 Permalink

            Joey, I’ve used Instapaper for years. I even pay for it to get premium features. But I’m not going to shoot something to Instapaper if it’s just some short local article like most of the links on this blog. Too much clicking! (Also, i often run the French articles through a translator because I’m impatient.)

            But it’s fantastic for longer pieces that quietly sit there until you’re ready to read them.

          • EG 23:56 on 2022-11-11 Permalink

            With some news sites when they complain that I’m using an ad-blocker, I can get rid of that notice by typing 12ft.io/ in front of the URL. Works for many paywalls too. Though some news sites like the NY Times have gotten wise, and have forbidden the 12ft.io/ workaround.

        • Kate 09:51 on 2022-11-10 Permalink | Reply  

          The Globe & Mail swoons over Google’s new Montreal office.

          • shawn 15:49 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            and refers to the area on Viger near Beaver Hall Hill as “Paper Hill,” which I’ve never heard before (I think) but yes you can find some Google hits for it online.

          • Kate 21:21 on 2022-11-10 Permalink

            It’s a very long time since the area was full of printing companies.

        • Kate 09:05 on 2022-11-10 Permalink | Reply  

          We’re to expect big weather Friday evening into Saturday, both rain and wind. It’s the remnants of tropical storm Nicole.

          • Kate 08:28 on 2022-11-10 Permalink | Reply  

            Radio-Canada has a feature on the morgue, how it works, and the people who work there. They look at both the Montreal and the Quebec City facilities.

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