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  • Kate 13:53 on 2024-05-26 Permalink | Reply  

    The city passed a law six months ago allowing owners of chronically empty buildings to be fined, but few fines have been handed out so far.

    • Kate 11:39 on 2024-05-26 Permalink | Reply  

      TVA lists police ticketings for unusual infractions.

      • Kate 11:32 on 2024-05-26 Permalink | Reply  

        A plan to convert a disused Rosemont church into a shelter for the homeless – this was already reported in January – is said to be worrying residents because it’s near schools and daycares.

        Tell me, where would you put such a facility in town and not be within range of a school or daycare? There are children and children’s services distributed throughout the city, just as there are homeless people. Unless you set aside a piece of fenced land away from residential areas and create a kind of concentration camp, the homeless will have to be helped somewhere near you.

        • JaneyB 08:07 on 2024-05-27 Permalink

          Repurposing neighbourhood buildings will not be popular. The homeless are not equally distributed throughout the city; they are not in the suburbs for instance. Maybe somewhere on Cote de Liesse or other industrial-zoned areas could work. Main streets like Pie IX might work though the homeless who are also addicts would then become a driving hazard. Right now, many are living in camps under the raised highways. That can’t be good for them. Others rotate through the prison system. A more remote /industrial park setting is likely less bad than all of the above.

        • Kate 09:04 on 2024-05-27 Permalink

          JaneyB, there’s homelessness in the West Island, as was reported earlier this year. Maybe not in Senneville, but it’s there.

          If you put a facility in an industrial zone, how will people know it exists, and how would they get there? Somebody with no car or bus pass, poor physical and mental health, bad shoes, isn’t going to trek from downtown Montreal to somewhere near the end of the island on foot. You have to put facilities where the need is.

        • jeather 10:56 on 2024-05-27 Permalink

          A lot of the industrial zones have really limited access — it’s not safe walking, buses are set up on work shift schedules, there’s little access to food or other things.

        • Ian 11:52 on 2024-05-27 Permalink

          Even VSL is hard to get to for work shifts, let alone outside working hours, let alone a “real” industrial zone.

          For example, Villeray and Chambord to Andalos on Lebeau is about an hour by transit outside rush hour. It’s only an hour and a half to walk, or 22 minutes by bike. In the winter the buses are regularly cancelled or up to a half hour late.

          Now if you put that by Moisson Montreal it’s still only an hour or so by transit but an hour by bike and almost 2 hours on foot. Unless people get dropped there by a shuttle bus or the cops there’s no way anyone will ever bother to go that far even at this time of year when the weather won’t kill you.

        • carswell 12:50 on 2024-05-27 Permalink

          When it was created five and a half years ago, the SQDC had plans to open 200 stores across the province, most of them in the Montreal area. The then-Liberal government instituted rules governing store placement: 250 m from “vulnerable” populations (elementary and high schools, daycare centres, etc.), except in the city, where, due primarily to the large number of schools and daycares, the distance was reduced to 150 m.

          When the cannabis-hating CAQ took over, they immediately eliminated the exception. This proved — and from what I hear, continues to prove — to be a headache for the government corporation. Plans and even leases for stores had to be cancelled, the most notable example being the store slated to open on Ste-Catherine just east of the UQAM campus (near the McDo if memory serves). The result? Fewer than half the number of metro-area stores as was originally planned and an effective cap of 100 on the number of stores province-wide, which is where we are today. And that “UQAM” store? Now in the shadow of the Jacques Cartier bridge, which shows what the 250 m rule means in urban settings.

          Cohabitation is a requirement in a big city. And shuffling the homeless to industrial areas — ugly, hard to access (doubly so for those not using public transit), far from necessary services, opportunities for socializing and green spaces — is a non-starter. It’s also prone to out of sight, out of mind, a morally indefensible stance as well as one that does nothing to address the root of the problem.

        • Kate 13:05 on 2024-05-27 Permalink

          That CAQ limit is bogus. Nobody gets into an SQDC without showing ID at the door. And the store is not allowed to put anything attractive in the window. Kids wouldn’t want to go in, and wouldn’t be allowed in if they tried.

      • Kate 11:25 on 2024-05-26 Permalink | Reply  

        As could’ve been foreseen, the Journal elects MBC to claim that Montreal is a violent city, but in this piece, despite the headline, he seems mostly concerned with conditions in France. Are there really metro lines in Paris where women can’t wear normal clothes any more, or is this simply a sideswipe at the presence of Muslims in the French capital?

        • carswell 13:06 on 2024-05-26 Permalink

          You know what’s a violent city? Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Population of around 41,000 (and falling) with a homicide rate of 23 in both 2021 and 2020, i.e. 56.5 murders per 100,000 inhabitants (the national average in 2022 in the US was 6.4 murders per 100,000 and in Canada 2.3).

          Some homicide rate stats for Canadian cities in 2022 (all per 100,000 inhabitants):
          Thunder Bay: 12.5
          Winnipeg: 6.1
          Saskatoon: 4.55
          Vancouver: 2.57
          Halifax: 2.08
          Toronto: 2.06
          Calgary: 1.8
          Montreal: 1.49
          Ottawa: 1.32
          Victoria : 1.18
          Saguenay: 1.16
          Quebec City: 0.6


          Haven’t found reliable stats for MBC’s home away from home, Paris, but per the World Bank, France’s overall rate is 1.0, so probably higher for the capital.

          But do go on, Monsieur Manufactured Outrage.

        • carswell 13:17 on 2024-05-26 Permalink

          Pine Bluff had not impinged on my consciousness until yesterday when a WWWebster posted a reply to AK governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s FB claim that “People around the country are looking to Arkansas as a bastion of normal in an ever-crazier world.”

        • Kate 13:56 on 2024-05-26 Permalink

          Thanks for tabulating the statistics, carswell.

        • Kevin 20:14 on 2024-05-26 Permalink

          Paris’s murder rate is below the French average, although that average is very skewed by French territories

        • qatzelok 10:52 on 2024-05-27 Permalink

          The “violence” that French people experience in their cities is not homicide-related. It is theft-related – stolen cellphones and muggings.

          And it is a problem in Paris and other large cities in France.

      • Kate 10:11 on 2024-05-26 Permalink | Reply  

        A hockey blog claims TVA Sports is reporting that the Grand Prix will be moved to Toronto. They reported this two days ago. It would be huge news here, but I don’t see it on TVA Sports or anywhere else.

      • Kate 09:59 on 2024-05-26 Permalink | Reply  

        A driver was killed in a crash on Park Avenue beside Jeanne‑Mance Park early Sunday.

        • Ian 19:37 on 2024-05-26 Permalink

          It is hard to imagine how speed was not a factor …

        • CE 22:05 on 2024-05-26 Permalink

          That stretch of Parc is basically a highway for a short stretch between two large city streets and really encourages fast speeds. It’s also confusing in a way that creates some chaos. I feel like the interchange was torn down just a couple years too early. Had they done it in the 2010s, I think that area would look a lot different.

        • Ian 08:32 on 2024-05-27 Permalink

          I am honestly surprised how few tickets get handed out for speeding on that stretch, it seems like it would be easy pickings. Since the speed limit went from 50 to 40 the actual speed (more like 55-60) didn’t really seem to change, especially as everyone is jockeying for position. If the southbound and northbound lanes were more clearly & physically divided at Duluth I think it would go a long way to slowing things down, like 2 lanes south for Pins west, 2 for Pins west/ Parc south, and going north, 2 for Côte Ste Kitty/ up the mountain, 2 for Parc north/ Mont Royal.

          It’s really only a speedway between Mont Royal and Pins, everywhere elese there is enough delivery and local traffic to naturally slow traffic flow – so dividing the lanes would help. Physical dividers psychologically narrow the space available so people slow down – it’s the same reason the highway crews put up turnpikes in construction zones on actual freeways.

        • Joey 10:28 on 2024-05-27 Permalink

          If ever there was a spot for some speed cameras. Either they would work, and drivers would stay below whatever the limit is (which nobody, absolutely nobody, currently does) – see the stretch of southbound Cote Des Neiges between the Boulevard and Cedar – or the amount of money it would generate would pay for a Parc Ave SRB. Understanding that the city has to wait for the province to act, it makes no sense that there aren’t cops parked permanently on that stretch looking for speeders. BTW the fact that the mountain and the park are separated by a highway came up quite a bit in the consultations on JMP and the cote placide of the mountain…

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