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  1. @thenoflyzone @ERJ-Boy thanks for the informative replies!! Fingers crossed it happens sooner than later.
  2. Slightly off topic, but can someone tell me if RDU to YUL would ever be contemplated by AC? We have some business folk who do this commute regularly and it would be much easier with a direct connection.
  3. American Airlines from 05JUL17 is expanding Montreal service, including restoration of previously cancelled frequencies. Planned operation as follow. Dallas/Ft. Worth – Montreal Increase from 1 to 2 daily AA3560 DFW1230 – 1711YUL E75 D AA3387 DFW1902 – 2344YUL E75 D AA3533 YUL0629 – 0940DFW E75 D AA3560 YUL1751 – 2103DFW E75 D Miami – Montreal 2nd daily flight reinstated AA1151 MIA1036 – 1415YUL 738 D AA2652 MIA1925 – 2301YUL 738 D AA2438 YUL0600 – 0944MIA 738 D AA1151 YUL1505 – 1856MIA 738 D http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/272238/american-enhances-montreal-flights-from-july-2017/
  4. RENWICK PLACES THE CANADA MALTING FACILITY UNDER OPTION! Ashlee Wismach, October 2015 The Canada Malting Facility has dominated the Saint-Henri skyline since its original construction in 1904. Sadly, having become derelict after being abandoned in 1989, the site has not benefited from any of the development energy proliferating the area, primarily due to its complexity and protected historic value. With experience in the restoration and rehabilitation of historic sites, specifically with respect to their transformation into viable residential developments, Renwick began analyzing Canada Malting in March. With the completion of a lengthy review of the site, its components, the history of the facility and of the neighborhood, A preliminary development plan was established and purchase negotiations began. These negotiations were successfully concluded in October. While still being finalized, the approach will see for the partial restoration of the original facility, the preservation of its historic value and the redevelopment of the site for the creation of a mixed use residential project. http://www.renwickdev.com/#!project-page---canada-malting/c1vsz
  5. This is for the land currently owned by Provigo on the corner of de Maisonneuve and Claremont on the south east corner. There was a public consultation for residents and the following is the project: 30k square feet for grocery store (Provigo Urban concept) 10 apartments for families of kids who are staying at hospital Office space for Children's foundation 255 senior apartments for 55+ from le Groupe Maurice Not a very nice looking building! 10 story building Construction summer/fall 2015 Opening 2017-2018
  6. Rien ne va plus au chantier d’une luxueuse tour de condos de 25 étages, au centre-ville de Montréal. Un prêteur menace de saisir le chantier et des acheteurs veulent poursuivre le promoteur du Victoire pour récupérer leur dépôt, a appris notre Bureau d’enquête. Le gratte-ciel devait accueillir ses premiers occupants dès décembre, mais rien n’est encore sorti de terre. Maurice Benisti, de Point Zéro Capital, a enregistré en septembre un recours de 4,3 M$ pour récupérer le prêt qu’il a fait au promoteur. La Banque Nationale devait financer la construction pour près de 32 M$, mais elle n’a toujours pas débloqué les fonds. Selon nos sources, l’institution financière n’arrive pas à confirmer la solidité financière de clients ayant réservé des unités. La Banque refuse de commenter, mais assure qu’elle a toujours l’intention de financer le projet. Des clients veulent leur argent Selon l’entente initiale, les acheteurs devaient prendre possession de leurs unités dès décembre. Mais le promoteur n’a même pas terminé les fondations de la tour. Officiellement, la fin de la construction est retardée jusqu’en décembre 2015. Découragé par les délais, un couple d’acheteurs a voulu récupérer les quelque 140 000 $ qu’il a remis en fidéicommis au notai*re du projet. Il a eu une mauvaise surprise: l’officier public leur a répondu le 1er octobre qu’il avait remis tous les fonds au promoteur. «Moi, je comprenais que l’argent restait en fidéicommis jusqu’à la livraison des unités!», dit le client, qui préfère ne pas être identifié. Erreur! Le contrat de prévente prévoyait bien la remise des sommes au promoteur au début des travaux. 4,7 M$ de dépôts encaissés Selon nos informations, la compagnie à numéro qui dirige le projet a ainsi encaissé pour au moins 4,7 M$ en dépôts d’acheteurs. En cas de retard considérable, les clients mécontents peuvent toutefois réclamer l’annulation du contrat et le remboursement de ces sommes. Leur avocat, Clément Lucas, a d’ailleurs envoyé une mise en demeure au promoteur en septembre. Elle reste cependant sans réponse à ce jour. http://m.journaldequebec.com/2014/10/11/une-tour-de-25-etages-en-peril
  7. Hey Mark -- Can you explain why this new AC hire (Duncan Bureau - VP) would be based out of TO and not the head office? http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140527-910207.html Thanks
  8. So Mark, Denver is done for good???
  9. So bottom line, it is true and will be cancelled? Will we maybe get anything for ski season next year?
  10. Say it ain't so! I just took that flight last week and it was totally full, but I guess it was easter weekend. Is this true @mark_ac???
  11. http://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2014/04/22/bill-ackman-outs-valeant-ceo-mike-pearson-as-a-billionaire/ Pearson, who has Canadian roots, also made sure to fold the California-based Valeant with a Canadian company to take advantage of Canada’s tax-lowering rules that The Globe and Mail reported “allowed companies to move their intellectual property and profit centres to low-tax jurisdictions and then repatriate their profits without further taxation.” The Canadian company Valeant bought, Biovail, was using a Barbados-domiciled subsidiary to cut its taxes.
  12. @MALED1ZIONE -- The Dominion Textile building on St.Ambroise?
  13. Here are the images (excuse the poor quality)
  14. Seriously? No one at The Gazette cares about the Montréal community? How could I even read this post after a statement like this... Jeez!
  15. Air Canada Launches Major European Expansion Four new destinations: Milan, Lisbon, Nice and Manchester Non-stop Toronto-Istanbul service expands to daily flights New Premium Economy cabin on select London Heathrow flights Barcelona non-stop from both Toronto and Montréal on Air Canada rouge MONTREAL, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada is undertaking a major expansion of international services to Europe from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. The airline today announced highlights of its Summer 2014 Europe schedule, which includes the introduction of year-round non-stop service from Toronto to Milan, Italy with up to five weekly flights, offering the only non-stop service between Canada and Milan. Flights to this key Italian business destination will feature Air Canada's award-winning Executive First cabin of service. In addition, Air Canada will increase its year-round Toronto-Istanbul non-stop service to daily flights from three times weekly. The airline will expand the availability of its new international Premium Economy cabin with its introduction on Vancouver-London Heathrow flights year-round, as well as Montreal-London Heathrow flights during the peak summer travel season. Air Canada will also deploy larger aircraft from its international widebody fleet on flights from Calgary to London Heathrow and Frankfurt, as well as from Montreal to Brussels and Geneva in order to meet travel and cargo demand during the peak summer season. As part of the Summer 2014 schedule, Air Canada's leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, will launch seasonal non-stop flights between Toronto-Lisbon, Toronto-Manchester, Montreal-Barcelona and Montreal-Nice. The new routes supplement the leisure carrier's other popular vacation destinations, including previously announced Toronto-Dublin year-round service, as well as holiday and cruise package options offered in conjunction with Air Canada Vacations. Seats on these new Air Canada and Air Canada rouge flights are now available for purchase at aircanada.com and through travel agents. As new Boeing 777-300ER and 787 aircraft enter the Air Canada mainline fleet, Air Canada will continue growing Air Canada rouge to reach a total of up to 50 aircraft, as demand warrants. The growth of its leisure carrier, in tandem with the mainline fleet renewal and international network expansion, is a key element of Air Canada's overall strategy for sustainable, profitable growth, both at the mainline and leisure carrier. "The expansion of Air Canada's global network to include four new European destinations is a significant turning point in Air Canada's international growth strategy. With the addition of Air Canada mainline service to Milan, a key business centre, and Air Canada rouge service to popular holiday destinations such as Lisbon, Nice and Manchester, we are offering customers great new options when making their travel plans beginning next summer," said Ben Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "Since the launch of our Toronto-Istanbul non-stop service in June 2013, customer response has been very positive and we look forward to increasing to daily flights with convenient connections throughout the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. "The growth of Air Canada's international network, within forecasts previously announced, is possible due to our ability to deploy capacity and continue growing at significantly lower incremental cost. Air Canada rouge's successful inaugural season underscores its growing popularity among vacation- goers. Similarly, the introduction of our new international Premium Economy cabin has also met with extremely positive customer feedback and we are pleased to continue its introduction with our five specially-configured Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on routes such as Vancouver-London and Montreal-London where market demand calls for a larger supply of Economy and Premium Economy seats, in addition to continuing to offer Executive First business class service. "As Canada's preferred airline by business travellers, and voted Best Airline in North America for the fourth consecutive year, we are pleased to offer a wide range of premium products as well as high value options together with Air Canada rouge. We will continue leveraging Air Canada's strengths in fleet, product and network while responding to demand on both a price and cost competitive basis to serve customers across Canada and around the world," concluded Mr. Smith. Air Canada will have taken delivery of five new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for the mainline fleet between June 2013 and February 2014, and the first three of 37 Boeing 787 aircraft by the summer of 2014. Air Canada is scheduled to take delivery of six 787-8 aircraft in 2014 and the remaining 31 787-8 and -9 aircraft between 2015 and 2019. Highlights of the Air Canada mainline Summer 2014 flight schedule: Toronto-Milan New year-round non-stop service starting June 18, 2014 with up to five flights per week. Boeing 767-300ER service featuring choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins. Flight # Depart Toronto (YYZ) Arrive Milan (MXP) Flight # Depart Milan (MXP) Arrive Toronto (YYZ) AC842 20:20 10:40 +1 AC843 12:10 15:30 Toronto-Istanbul Year-round non-stop service increases from three times weekly to daily flights beginning June 2014, subject to government approval. Boeing 767-300ER service featuring choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins. Toronto-Rome Aircraft upgauged from Boeing 767-300ER to Airbus A330-300 service featuring choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins, from May 1 - October 25, 2014. Montréal-London Heathrow Aircraft upgauged from Airbus A330-300 to Boeing 777-300ER service featuring new international Premium Economy cabin, in addition to Executive First and expanded Economy cabins, from June 15 - September 30, 2014. Montréal-Brussels Aircraft upgauged from Boeing 767-300ER to Airbus A330-300 service featuring choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins, from March 29 - October 25, 2014. Montréal-Geneva Aircraft upgauged from Boeing 767-300ER to Airbus A330-300 service year-round featuring choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins. Montréal-Frankfurt Addition of a second non-stop flight five times weekly from May 16 - October 12, 2014. The Air Canada codeshare flight will be operated by Star Alliance partner, Lufthansa, and will complement Air Canada's daily Airbus A330-300 year-round non-stop service, Calgary-London Heathrow Aircraft upgauged from Airbus A330-300 to Boeing 777-300ER service featuring choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins, from June 1 - September 30, 2014. Calgary-Frankfurt Aircraft upgauged from Airbus A330-300 to Boeing 777-300ER service featuring choice of Air Canada Executive First and Economy cabins, from March 29 - October 25, 2014. Vancouver-London Heathrow Effective March 1, 2014, upgauged to Boeing 777-300ER service year-round featuring new international Premium Economy cabin, in addition to Executive First and expanded Economy cabins. Highlights of the Air Canada rouge Summer 2014 flight schedule: Toronto-Lisbon New three times weekly service from June 21 to September 21, 2014, subject to government approval. Departing Toronto on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and from Lisbon on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Toronto-Manchester New five times weekly service from June 26 to September 13. 2014. Departing Toronto on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and from Manchester on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Montréal-Nice New three times weekly service from June 5 to October13, 2014, subject to government approval. Departing Montréal on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from Nice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Montréal-Barcelona New twice weekly service from June 4 to October 11, 2014, subject to government approval. Departing Montréal on Wednesday and Friday, and from Barcelona on Thursday and Saturday. Toronto-Athens Seasonal non-stop service increases from four to five weekly flights beginning June 2014. Toronto-Edinburgh Seasonal non-stop service increases from three to five weekly flights beginning July 2014. In addition, three popular holiday travel markets currently served by Air Canada's mainline carrier on a seasonal basis will be converted to Air Canada rouge service beginning summer 2014: Toronto-Barcelona Up to five times weekly service from May 8 to October 19, 2014, subject to government approval. Departing Toronto on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and from Barcelona on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Toronto-Dublin Year-round service beginning May 1, 2014. Montréal-Rome Up to daily service from May 23 to October 19, 2014. For the summer 2014 season, Air Canada rouge will continue to operate Toronto-Venice, Toronto-Edinburgh and Toronto/Montreal-Athens after their successful inaugural season in 2013. All Air Canada rouge flights to Europe are operated with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring a two-cabin configuration with three customer comfort options including rouge, rouge Plus with preferred seating with additional legroom, and, beginning in winter 2013, Premium rouge offering both additional room and enhanced service. By the Summer 2014 season, the Air Canada rouge widebody fleet will consist of eight Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. All flights offer customers streamed wireless inflight entertainment, standard 110 volt power plugs and USB ports (beginning spring 2014), stylish and modern cabin interiors with innovative new seats, and the ability to earn and redeem Aeroplan miles. For more information and bookings, please visit: http://www.aircanada.com/en/about/rouge.html http://aircanada.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=701
  16. Best thing I ever did... Did at Lasik MD.
  17. This project has been cancelled. http://www.thesuburban.com/article.php?id=1611&title=Hampstead-Le-Belvedere-Condo-Project-Cancelled Hampstead Le Belvedere condo project cancelled By Joel Goldenberg, June 12th, 2013 The Le Belvedere high-rise condominium project, which was to be built on the land of the former Hampstead fire station, has been cancelled, Mayor William Steinberg said at Monday’s town council meeting. Steinberg made the statement in response to Dr. Stanley Blum, who said he bought a condo at the planned building immediately and sold his house immediately as well. “I’m homeless,” Dr. Blum said, later adding he is living in a temporary residence. “It’s very sad. They took a diamond and turned it into a zircon.” Steinberg said he would not comment on the particulars of the marketing of the condo project. He explained that on the first weekend units went on sale, about 30 percent was sold — penthouses and the top floors. “After that, things slowed down considerably,” the mayor added. “They had promised investors they would make an absolute decision by June 1 of this year, whether they would go forward or not. The decision was not to go forward. I was notified of that, that afternoon. They started calling everybody.” Steinberg said that for the next step, “everything is possible. “They could come back to us with another proposal, maybe different in some ways — council would have to look at it. They could get other partners to join them. They could sell the land, and someone else could come up with the same or different proposal. At this point, based on two weeks ago, they had no clue what they were going to do, they had just made that decision to pull the plug. I have no inside information, and I doubt there will be any information for at least a few months.” But Steinberg added that the town is protected financially. Hampstead sold the land to Groupe Benvenuto-Québec. Inc. for $5.5 million, and clauses say that in case a project does not proceed as planned by March 31, 2014, “the town gets another $1 million, which is a pretty steep penalty. “We have it in our law, it’s not revocable,” the mayor added. “There are additional penalty clauses that kick in at later points. Potentially, the town could end up with an extra $2.5 million. If the land is sold [to another developer], those penalties and conditions move to the new buyer. “Within the next five years, I am very confident that something will go on that property. We also get tax revenue on that land. To steal a phrase Councillor Leon Elfassy gave me, this is simply a bump on the road. The land is far too valuable for it to sit vacant. Something will happen, and council will deal with whatever is proposed when the time comes.” Steinberg also said “we knew [the developers] were financially very solvent, and they did — I understand — return all the money investors put in, plus interest.” Groupe Benvenuto president Mitchell Abrahams, contacted by The Suburban Tuesday, confirmed that purchasers were fully refunded, plus interest. He also said there are no immediate plans for the next step for the site. “We’re all upset we were unable to meet the sales threshold in the time we had to confirm that the project was moving forward,” Abrahams said. “But we’re going to take a look at timing, what our options are. It’s a fantastic site and we’ll come back with something exciting for the site when the timing is right. This is part of the challenge of trying to put a big building together in a luxury setting.... It’s a very special and unique building in a great neighbourhood, but it was designed together with Hampstead. It’s quite a big building, and to put 100 luxury buyers together in a short period of time was challenging, and we were unable to get to the threshold we needed to go forward at this time.”n
  18. Is Rouge head office in MTL or TO?
  19. Details on first page here: http://www.westmountindependent.com/WIv7.6a.pdf Essentially: Demolish building, build condos Developer: EMD Construction 2 story underground parking 57 unites, six stories
  20. I agree, this is way better than condos. A logical and effective use. Here's the Gazette article: MONTREAL — McGill University is mulling a big move — seeking to dramatically expand the footprint of its downtown campus by taking in some or all of the Royal Victoria Hospital complex. And relatives of the railway barons who bequeathed the land in the 19th century have signalled they won’t stand in the way — provided McGill uses the land for medical research or a similar purpose, in keeping with the original deed. The sprawling hospital is to be emptied once the new Montreal University Health Centre superhospital in the city’s west end is fully functioning. “We are looking seriously” at mounting a bid to take over the Vic’s majestic structures — and the land on which they stand, dominating the southern flank of Mount Royal — to give them a teaching and research vocation, Olivier Marcil, vice-principal for communications and external relations, said in a Thursday morning interview. This would resolve the university’s substantial and growing space deficit, Marcil added. It also represents, he added, “an opportunity to consolidate the future of McGill University.” Adding the Royal Vic site to the existing downtown campus with a specific health sciences vocation is “what we have in mind for the moment,” Marcil said. “It would make sense,” although details — notably financing and the business case — have not been ironed out. Some of the structures date back to the 1890s. They would have to be renovated while respecting their architectural character. The Vic is expected to be completely vacated once its move to the new Glen Yards site for the MUHC is carried out, sometime in 2015. “One million square feet is going to be empty right across from McGill University; we are directly south and east as well,” Marcil noted. The original bequest for the land was for its use as a hospital. “There’s a logic to it — it’s a natural fit for us to maybe one day have the capacity to occupy ... in part or in totality the site of the Royal Victoria,” Marcil said. “We feel that we can come up with a project that will be very interesting for Montreal’s population, and that they will accept this,” he added, and that McGill would at the same time “preserve the institutional vocation of the site.” “Financing is the issue,” Marcil said. “These are very old buildings. “There’s a lot of work to do for renovations. Transforming a hospital into classrooms, research spaces and other university activities is going to be an important investment, no doubt about that.” Elspeth Angus, a great grand-niece of George (Lord Mount) Stephen, said she received a call about two weeks ago from a McGill vice-principal who mentioned the university’s interest in acquiring the property, but that’s as much as she knows. “They said they would get back to us, but that’s like saying I will write pie in the sky.” Angus said her cousins, as well as descendants of Lord Strathcona, realize the Royal Vic “is not going to be a hospital again” and agree that having McGill take over the part of the Royal Victoria for medical research would be the best solution. “The original deed said it was for hospital use, but with changing times, something involving medical teaching or research would be fine. As long as it’s medical research, and not how to make an atom bomb,” said Angus, whose big worry had been that the land might be sold for condo development. But she concedes the family has no say in what happens to other portions of the sprawling site, which were acquired. Marcil said it is far too early to estimate the cost of renovating the original hospital property or “any other project for the Royal Victoria.” But he agreed such a campus expansion would almost certainly require well in excess of $200 million. The downtown campus is “landlocked — our space for growth is very little,” he said. “When we have this opportunity that presents itself, we have to consider this.” Les Amis de la Montagne is holding a forum Friday on the future of the mountain. [email protected] Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/McGill+University+mulls+campus+expansion+onto+Royal+site/8487357/story.html#ixzz2VSAKgMV2
  21. This real estate boom in Montreal didn't just happen overnight. It was in the planning over the last 10 years, while the Liberal government was in place.
  22. http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Language+debates+holding+corporate+plans+developer+says/8451858/story.html MONTREAL — Major corporations are putting expansion, relocations and long-term commitments on hold, because of the “unstable business environment” caused by the Parti Québécois hotly debated Bill 14, Jonathan Wener said Wednesday. “The market has definitely gotten softer and a lot of people are putting major decisions on hold. It’s basically a wait-and-see attitude,” the head of Canderel Group of Companies, a national real estate development and management company, said. Wener is the chairman and CEO of Montreal-based Canderel, which manages 9 million square feet of commercial space and has an additional 2 million square feet of residential development under construction nationally. “I think it is extremely unfortunate that we live in a society that has reduced itself to thinking it needs language police to preserve its culture — point final,” Wener told The Gazette, in a reference to the Office québécois de la langue française. “I’ve travelled a good chunk of the world and when I talk about the fact that we have language police in Quebec they laugh at me.” His comments come as the PQ is expected to put the bill to a second reading vote Thursday morning, despite widespread opposition from different groups and a Liberal filibuster. “It’s reawakened old memories which are just unfortunate because I really felt the most important thing to do was to get on with governing and improving the state of our economy, which needs a lot of work,” he said. A seventh-generation Montrealer, whose family first arrived in the 1860s, Wener is being honoured Thursday night for his support of the non-profit Segal Centre, North America’s second-largest bilingual multidisciplinary performing arts centre. The Segal Centre has a cultural — and not political — vocation. Despite Canderel’s offices in Canadian cities like Toronto, where it is building Aura, the country’s tallest residential skyscraper, the 38-year-old company still has its headquarters on Peel St. in downtown Montreal. While Wener’s personal views supporting English rights are well known, Canderel has worked on business ventures with partners of all political affiliations, including the Fonds immobilier de solidarité, which is controlled by the sovereignist-leaning Quebec Federation of Labour. Canderel and the Fonds are still looking for tenants to launch a two-tower office complex with 1.2 million square feet at the corner of Ste. Catherine and Bleury St. in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. Wener said political uncertainty generated by proposals like Bill 14, may have softened, but not “depressed” a Greater Montreal real estate market. Until recently, the industry was breaking records for prices and new condo construction, at a time when former industrial areas like Griffintown and former downtown parking lots transformed with new developments. Indeed, the Bell Centre-adjacent Tour des Canadiens housing project that Canderel is developing with Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd. and other partners actually added two floors in January, after the original 48 storeys sold out at a pace that surprised Wener himself. “What I was surprised about is that we could do it as quickly as we did in Montreal. We had allowed for a year, we had allowed for millions of dollars in advertising that we never spent,” Wener said. “We were finished in virtually six to eight weeks.” [email protected] Twitter: RealDealMtl
  23. My favourite part of Montreal is Winter!!! I couldn't imagine living in Toronto where it's barely cold enough to make an outdoor hockey rink. Or what about boundless snow in the Laurentians where you can partake in all sorts of amazing winter activities?!!!