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  • Kate 21:06 on 2024-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

    There was a scare on Friday afternoon in Rosemont after someone reported seeing sticks of dynamite outside a dépanneur. The bomb squad arrived and residents nearby were evacuated. Police say the material was harmless but it’s not entirely clear whether it actually was dynamite. The Gazette report called it “dynamite-like sticks” but they’ve put it behind their paywall.

    • Kate 12:50 on 2024-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

      Verdun borough is planning to demolish the Natatorium, the Art Deco swimming facility on the western end of its waterfront.

      Editing to add link to CTV coverage of the story.

      • Jim Strankinga 16:09 on 2024-04-26 Permalink

        I always liked that building. It always gave me a special feeling when swimming there, some deep down fifties movie vibe. It would be very sad if they’d demolish it. Seems swimming pools are doomed in Montreal lately.

      • Tee Owe 16:29 on 2024-04-26 Permalink

        It seems a shame but given the structural problems, inevitable – what about replacement ‘la Ville planche sur un projet de remplacement’ OK. any details?

      • JaneyB 09:36 on 2024-04-27 Permalink

        That’s terrible but it doesn’t sound like it’s a done deal quite yet. Because it’s patrimonial, experts will be called in, at least. Like everyone, I love that complex and its Art Deco presence. I’ll keep my eye out for the public meetings.

      • steph 10:00 on 2024-04-27 Permalink

        Is it uniquely the building that has issues or the pools as well? They should consider keeping the façade.

      • Daisy 10:51 on 2024-04-27 Permalink

        I’d rather they demolish the Olympic Stadium than the Natatorium.

      • JaneyB 15:37 on 2024-04-27 Permalink

        The public meeting is in the Verdun borough hall (next to Verdun metro) this Tuesday, 30 avril 2024 at 19h00.

        If you want to attend, you’ll need to fill out the form on this webpage by 30 April at 4pm. Here’s the link: https://montreal.ca/evenements/soiree-dinformation-et-dechanges-sur-le-projet-du-natatorium-de-verdun-67573

    • Kate 11:59 on 2024-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

      The Journal’s Bureau d’Enquête says that the $870 million cited to bring the Olympic stadium up to snuff omitted ventilation, lighting, power and sound and that the true invoice will be closer to $1 billion.

      • Kevin 12:20 on 2024-04-26 Permalink

        And this estimate doesn’t even include the upgrades necessary to make it useful as a place for concerts or events with people in the stands.

        I predict they’re going to end up building another stadium inside the Big O, maybe 30,000 seats.

      • Kevin 16:04 on 2024-04-26 Permalink

        Even more depressing is OIB chief Michel Labrecque admitting the $2 billion figure for demolishing the stadium is completely made up by spitballing the price of demolishing the Champlain Bridge and redoing all waterproofing for the metro stations.

        I’ll point out demolishing the bridge was $225 million. “Sanitary measures” were another $175 million.

    • Kate 10:49 on 2024-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

      Weekend notes from CityCrunch, La Presse, CultMTL, The Main.

      Some notes on weekend road closures and bridge closures.

      • Kate 10:06 on 2024-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

        Backing up his minion Geneviève Guilbault, François Legault said Thursday that it’s easier for mayors to “quêter à Québec” rather than to cut their own expenses to meet their cities’ needs.

        • DeWolf 11:26 on 2024-04-26 Permalink

          Municipalities are creatures of the province, especially in Quebec, where there are even more restrictions on their powers than in other provinces.

          This is like someone tying your hands behind your back and telling you to go feed yourself.

          Meanwhile, and perhaps not coincidentally, the CAQ are third in the polls. A third referendum would be better than this disaster of a government… and maybe rents would go down too!

        • James 14:40 on 2024-04-26 Permalink

          You could certainly say the same thing about provinces begging for money from the federal government!

        • Kate 14:53 on 2024-04-26 Permalink

          I don’t think the relationship of town to province is legally the same as that of the provinces to the federation. How they can raise money, what they’re allowed to decide about, isn’t comparable.

      • Kate 09:52 on 2024-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

        There’s an inquiry whenever SPVM police are involved in a car chase, and police who were reprimanded after chasing the suspect in a parking lot murder are unhappy about this decision, saying it leaves them in operational limbo.

        • Kate 09:11 on 2024-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

          A plan to pedestrianize Old Montreal, starting with the streets around Notre‑Dame, is meeting resistance from about half the individuals surveyed, who live, work or do business in the area. Of course Ensemble doesn’t like how Projet is going about it, although they offer no better notion than waiting a year.

          • DeWolf 11:13 on 2024-04-26 Permalink

            Honestly the plan is far less ambitious than I expected. A big chunk of those streets are already pedestrianized from April to November: St-Paul, St-Vincent, Place Jacques-Cartier. The big deal here is that St-Laurent and one block of de la Commune are included, which I think is fantastic because it will make for some really nice, spacious places to walk. Otherwise, it’s a bunch of tiny streets the size of alleyways that should already have become car-free years ago.

          • DeWolf 11:16 on 2024-04-26 Permalink

            Also, lol at Ensemble’s position. Some hand-wavy statement about citizens needing to be consulted and then a demand to postpone the project.

            We can see what kind of administration Ensemble would be: a do-nothing government that kicks the ball down the road at every opportunity.

          • DeWolf 11:47 on 2024-04-26 Permalink

            There are more specific details here:


            It’s even more modest than I realized. St-Laurent and de la Commune wouldn’t be pedestrianized, they would simply have expanded space for pedestrians. Several streets with hotel access would have traffic calming measures implemented. Basically, the only sections that would be fully pedestrianized, and which aren’t already, are the little sidestreets around St-Paul East and the streets directly around Place d’Armes and the basilica.

            This is the bare minimum of what should be done in the area. And yet it’s facing opposition because apparently tourists from Ontario absolutely *need* to drive straight up to the doorstep of the Notre-Dame Basilica, otherwise they’ll stay home and we’ll lose all their business.

          • Joey 12:57 on 2024-04-26 Permalink

            This is a classic PM move – the actual policy as announced is, as DeWolf points out, very modest. So modest that, to most Montrealers, it may not even be noticeable. And not bold enough to actually reduce Old Montreal gridlock. But still modesty is required to get reactionary merchants on board. Of course, the merchants association inevfitably abandons ship and whines to the press. PM winds up looking like inconsiderate zealots, even though they took a moderate approach. If you’re gonna get all the flack, go big! Turn half the streets in Old Mtl into pedestrian-only! Restrict vehicle access to residents, delivery vehicles, and commercial vehicles (the latter two could be expected to demonstrate a waybill work order justifying their presence in Old Montreal on any given day)! Charge $10/hour for parking meters! Make transit free to and from downtown! Anyone who’s spent any time in Old Montreal the last few summers will rejoice at how it won’t be awful anymore to maneuver through endless traffic jams. And drivers will be as pissed off as if they had to sit in traffic.

            There are rare occasions where PM digs in its heels and does what it actually wants, but that’s usually when the ‘opposition’ is effectively powerless groups of citizens (e.g., JMP softball field) and/or when individual PM officials have a direct interest in the outcome (not implying corruption, more like preferences for ‘pet projects’ that aren’t necessarily disclosed).

        • Kate 08:35 on 2024-04-26 Permalink | Reply  

          Parks Canada has given in and is replacing the public trash cans along the Lachine Canal.

          • Blork 16:22 on 2024-04-26 Permalink

            True story. Years ago a friend was travelling around the small towns of Newfoundland and he needed to buy something at a corner store. I forget exactly what it was, but it was something finicky but practical, like Crazy Glue. So he goes into the only corner store in town (and for some distance) and asks for Crazy Glue. The store owner explains that he used to carry it but no longer does because people kept buying it and then he’d have to re-order and that was annoying so he stopped carrying it.

            I think that store owner now runs Parks Canada, where the solution to overflowing garbage cans is to remove the garbage cans.

            It looks like maybe he retired last week.

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