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  1. Et à l’avenue des Canadiens où ça fait maintenant 12 mois qu’il ne se passe rien et la rue et 60% terminée.
  2. Based on this AC release, it says the new YYZ-BRU service compliments the existing AC service to BRU from YUL... so that is great. https://aircanada.mediaroom.com/2019-09-04-Air-Canada-To-Launch-Flights-from-Toronto-to-Belgiums-Capital
  3. So will YUL maintain service to BRU on AC as well? So we will have year-round AC service to BRU on AC and seasonal service to BRU on SN?
  4. https://www.tampabay.com/news/st-petersburg/2019/08/28/st-petersburg-tampa-bay-rays-leaders-meet-this-time-at-barbecue-restaurant/ St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay Rays leaders meet, this time at barbecue restaurant It’s unclear if the team asked the city for “formal” permission to explore its Montreal split-season concept. Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg (left.) and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman [SCOTT KEELER, MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | ] By Josh Solomon Published Yesterday ST. PETERSBURG — City and Tampa Bay Rays officials met again on Wednesday, this time at Edge District restaurant Dr. BBQ. Mayor Rick Kriseman, Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin and policy chief Kevin King met with Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg and team co-presidents Brian Auld and Matt Silverman in a private room on the restaurant’s second floor, a restaurant host confirmed. Details about the meeting from both the city and the team were about as scarce as a live hog at a pig roast. It was the group’s third meeting, according to a review of Kriseman’s calendar, since the team announced in June that it wants to split its home games between new ballparks somewhere in the Tampa Bay area and Montreal. RELATED STORY: Rays explain details of Montreal plan: ‘This is not a staged exit.’ Currently, the Rays are bound to play all home games at Tropicana Field through the 2027 season, according to the Trop’s lease. The contract even prohibits the Rays from negotiating to play elsewhere. That is, unless the city suspends the agreement’s exclusivity clause, as it did in 2016 when it let the team explore stadium options in Tampa. RELATED STORY: Why the Rays think their Montreal idea is so ‘amazing’ That means if the Rays want to explore the split-season scenario for any year prior to 2028, the team will need city approval. Sternberg has said he’d like to start playing home games in Montreal by 2024. After their first meeting, the city said it was still awaiting a “formal” request from the team to explore the Montreal option. Both sides stayed mum after their second meeting earlier this month. Again, neither side would say Wednesday if the team asked for “formal” permission this time. City officials have previously declined to answer what would constitute a “formal” ask. Kriseman has said permission to explore the concept, if the city were to grant it, would come at a cost. RELATED STORY: The Montreal perspective on the Rays’ split-season proposal Sternberg, Auld and Silverman, tracked down on their walk from the restaurant to the Trop, offered no details about the meeting. Sternberg did confirm no paperwork has changed hands. Kriseman spokesman Ben Kirby also provided no details about the negotiations. RELATED STORY: Three mayors. One owner. No deal. St. Pete’s futile history with the Rays. RELATED STORY: St. Petersburg’s future lies beneath Tropicana Field. Do the Rays stand in the way? The meeting had been scheduled for Kriseman’s office inside the old St. Petersburg police headquarters, according to Kriseman’s calendar. That building is serving as City Hall temporarily while the real one is renovated. Kirby said he didn’t know who asked for the location change. He confirmed they didn’t have lunch.
  5. https://www.985fm.ca/nouvelles/sports/242858/blue-jays-les-yankees-dans-la-mire-devenko Blue Jays: les Yankees dans la mire d'Evenko Par Jeremy Filosa 19 août 2019 19:40 | Modifié le 19 août 2019 20:04 Depuis le temps qu’on en parle, il semble que 2020 sera la bonne année où finalement les amateurs de baseball de Montréal auront les grands et puissants Yankees de New York à se mettre sous la dent au printemps prochain. Les Blue Jays en seraient à leur septième visite à Montréal dans cette traditionnelle série de deux matchs préparatoires et leurs adversaires seraient bel et bien les Bombardiers du Bronx selon nos sources. Lundi, La Presse canadienne rapportait que les Blue Jays ne joueraient probablement pas de matchs à Montréal en 2020 étant donné que sur leur calendrier préparatoire, il n’y avait pas de matchs à l’affiche les 23 et 24 mars prochain. Mais curieux hasard, les Yankees non plus n’ont pas de matchs à l’affiche ces dates-là… pour l’instant. Selon le 98,5 Sports, il y aurait déjà une entente de principe entre Evenko, les Blue Jays et les Yankees. Mais quelques détails resteraient à régler. Notez que selon nos infos, l’an dernier, les Yankees avaient aussi accepté de participer à ce type de rencontres ailleurs qu’à Montréal, pour finalement se retirer de l’entente à la dernière minute. Notons que la dernière entente de trois ans signée par Evenko avec les Blue Jays venait à échéance en 2019. Il fallait donc en négocier une nouvelle. Qui tire les ficelles? Il est tout de même surprenant que voir que les Yankees soient dans le portrait. Il y a de cela cinq ans, alors que ces matchs se déroulaient les weekends, avec un Stade olympique plein à craquer, le président d’Evenko Jacques Aubé avait expliqué aux représentants des médias que le coût demandé par les Yankees rendait l’opération non rentable. Depuis ce temps, les matchs ont été déplacés en semaine et les prix des billets ont été réduits. Lors des deux dernières éditions, les organisateurs ont frôlé les 50 000 spectateurs pour les deux rencontres, alors que lorsqu’ils disputaient ces matchs lors de la fin de semaine, on attirait entre 90 000 et 110 000 spectateurs. Alors qu’est-ce qui change aujourd’hui? Qu’est-ce qui fait en sorte que les Yankees, tout d’un coup, soient ouverts à venir à Montréal? Première classe Premièrement, Evenko a prouvé qu’ils sont capables d’organiser un évènement de première classe. Tous les dirigeants des clubs qui sont passés ici dans les dernières années se sont dits impressionnés par l’organisation de l’évènement. Le Stade olympique est aussi maintenant conforme aux normes du baseball majeur, même pour des matchs de saison régulière, et ce depuis l’an dernier. Mais pour faire bouger les Yankees, ça en prend plus que cela. Y’a-t-il quelqu’un au bureau du commissaire assez puissant pour tirer les ficelles qui pourraient influencer les Steinbrenners? Où y’a-t-il quelqu’un au bureau de Claridge qui est prêt à allonger les dollars nécessaires si les organisateurs arrivent un peu à court? Stephen Bronfman et son groupe auraient tout avantage à ce que les Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge et autres Yankees débarquent en ville pour faire vibrer Montréal au rythme du baseball encore une fois. Alors rien n’est impossible, surtout maintenant que le commissaire Rob Manfred a donné le feu vert à Montréal pour devenir - au moins - une ville-sœur du baseball majeur. Suite à l’article de La Presse canadienne de lundi, les Blue Jays ont publié un communiqué indiquant ceci : « Nous explorons présentement l’option de revenir à Montréal pour jouer des matchs préparatoires. Nous vous informerons de la suite des choses lorsque le tout sera finalisé ». Des représentants d’Evenko contactés lundi n’ont pas voulu commenter l’information. Jeremy Filosa / 98,5 Sports
  6. In any case, the ballpark would almost surely have to face east/north-east (batter's eye facing primarily east), so the downtown skyline view was unlikely in any case. You will have that view from the second deck along the baselines. From the batter, you will likely have a view towards the Silo No 5/Five Roses area... it will still be very nice and I'm sure they will incorporate the basin and canal in the project.
  7. While, yes, we've certainly had a lot of rain... it's been the case for most cities in the northeast and in the midwest. Heck, it was snowing at the start of the Giants-Rockies game in Denver yesterday. Personally, the cost of the roof is just too high and while some above have pointed out Minute Maid Park as an example to follow: a) We don't have the same climate as Houston, that roof would need to be built a lot stronger here and probably wouldn't be as nice, b) it's not a particularly well liked ballpark compared to so many others built recently . I would instead much prefer something like what Minnesota has done with Target Field. Simple, modern but with a retro feel. The upper deck is largely covered from rain if it were to rain, there is heating in most of the concourses for cool nights and at field level, and as has been suggested you can find way to add some level of heat to the grandstands despite being open air (don't forget, in new ballparks you're not sitting in the exact same spot for 3 hours like we used to... they're designed to be explored, to walk around, and you can still see the field from all the concourses/hallways/concessions areas... there are bars, restaurants, gathering places. It's not like you're going to be stuck in a cold seat for 3hrs shivering... this is not the Autostade! Here is a review of the Minnesota ballpark which, in addition to being among the lower cost ballparks built in the last 20 years, is a good example for Montreal: http://www.ballparkratings.com/park/minnesota-twins/target-field/ Also, I will add this quote from the Ballpark Ratings site (in reference to Philadelphia's ballpark): Citizens Bank Park illustrates that having at least a good location is a necessary condition for building a great ballpark. Perhaps not having a roof is the only other necessary condition. Both Miller Park (Milwaukee) and Minute Maid Park (Houston) are good for retractable roof ballparks but generally considered at the bottom third of stadium attractiveness from the inside. Especially Milwaukee is quite ordinary inside. As a baseball enthusiast/someone who has visited a lot of parks, even the best retractable roofs are nowhere near as nice as true open air stadiums, even if it's a little cold sometimes.
  8. Ne pas oublier que le $750 million est avant le remplacement du toit et avant la rénovation intérieur du stade (sieges, corridors, toilettes, restaurants, espaces publiques, loges). J'aime bien l"idée du stade, j'adore l'architecture et c'est bien un symbole de Montréal, mais peu importe le chiffre investi le stade ne sera pas rentable pour le sport professionel. Faudrait vraiment miser sur un utilisation publique (centre d'entrainement, sport amateur, etc avec possibilité de tenir des grands évenements de temps en temps). Je ne comprends pas cette phrase - est-ce que vous faites référence a mon commentaire?
  9. Problem is, even once you have spent this $750 million + roof + funicular + interior renovations (what, $300 million at least?) = $1.5 billion... let's face it, you're still not going to have a true multipurpose stadium capable of hosting anything aside from one-off events. It is very unlikely to ever become a concert destination, you can play all you want with the esthetics it's still not going to have stands that are close enough to the field or enough suites/amenities to make the kind of money sporting events these days need to generate to pay players. We can look to BC Place for inspiration but the truth is it's being used to host 9 CFL dates per year and the soccer team plays there due to a lack of better options in a climate where it rains so frequently. The layout of that stadium makes it more conducive to concerts/sound stage than Olympic Stadium could ever be. It really is a tough call. It's too easy to say "tear it down" and maybe that's not the right answer. But I'm speaking as someone who has been to that stadium hundreds of times, who has researched it significantly, and has had a love/hate relationship with it for decades. At this point, and I point to the recent baseball games as an example, it's so far behind in terms of guest amenities/comfort combined with being in a location which provides very few benefits (no surrounding attractions for dining/bars, not central to the island/surrounding area) that I don't see how it can truly ever be an asset that won't drain funds. Forum members can think to the Mirabel airport terminal and ADM's decision to demolish because it was too expensive to maintain for the revenues it generated, and in the event that one day flights were to return to Mirabel it would be more expensive to bring it up to date than to start from scratch. Sadly, I think that's where we stand with Olympic Stadium. Even that, I cannot be certain the $120 million investment in the tower was worth the investment in terms of rent revenue - would a private company have spent that money to rent to Desjardins? We don't know. If someone proposed a new $1.5 billion tower and limited-use stadium (that would be in direct competition to the (public) Palais des Congres) paid for entirely with tax payer money, what would the answer be? We're having endless debates in the media and public forums of the POSSIBILITY that SOME public money be used to support a private baseball stadium project... Mayor Plante requiring a referendum should taxpayer money be used, etc... and here we are investing $1.5 billion with no consultation whatsoever. I can't imagine there is a true business case to keep the complex operational despite this added investment over what could be generated from land redevelopment in a strategic part of the city. The historical/architectural heritage has value. That said, contrary to any other building, it's an absolutely enormous parcel of land with extremely high upkeep costs for what it is. Downvote me all you want, that's a fact. I can't think of any regular sporting enthusiast or concert attendee that looks to any iteration of a renovated Olympic Stadium and says "yeah that's worth $1.5 billion".
  10. Up to $750 million excluding the roof, funicular and modernizing the interior of the stadium. So, $750 million before the paying customer even notices a difference or a new roof is put on. Pretty incredible for a place that even when renovated will not be a useful sports venue outside of a few events per year.
  11. Merci. Oui et non, le troncon ouest de l'A-30 réduit peut-etre le besoin d'un bord, mais en même temps il y a une augmentation de la circulation sur la 20 des gens qui veulent accéder au 30 via l'ouest de l'ile de Montréal. C'est dommage, car avec la reconstruction (en 10 ans) du Pont Iles-aux-Tourtes, la révision de l'A-20 sera probablement remis a 2030... et avec la croissance énorme du secteur de Vaudreuil-Dorion, la situation sera bien pire qu'aujourd'hui. En plus, c'est une situation "chicken and the egg" car la ville/région aimerait revoir la vitalité du boulevard Harwood (i.e. l'autoroute 20 présentement) dans le secteur, mais attend certainement une décision du MTQ. Il y a plusieurs commerces/entreprises sur Harwood qui seraient déja en redeveloppement si on avait une vision pour l'avenir. C'est difficile de comprendre pourquoi, en 2019, nous avons encore des motels style 1960 le long de Harwood. C'est plutot déprimant en considérant que c'est le point d'entré de Montréal en provenance de Toronto. On verra bien!
  12. Effectivement, mais je ne crois pas que ca soit le problème majeur. On ne parle pas de construire un autoroute de 6 voies + voies réservés etc (avec des clover ramp)... mais plutot de construire des petites rampes style Morgan/Woodland/Anciens-Combattants au minimum au Boul. Perrot et Don-Quichotte. Ca fait des décennies qu'on en parle. C'est devenu une question de sécurité, c'est l'autoroute principal entre l'Ontario et le centre-ville de Montréal. Le MTQ, a ma connaissance, a un right-of-way au nord du boulevard actuel juste au sud des chemins de fer CP et CN. https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/off-island-gazette/vaudreuil-losing-patience-waiting-for-quebec-to-relocate-highway-20 https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/off-island-gazette/highway-20-revamp-in-ile-perrot-and-vaudreuil-dorion-could-depend-on-new-government https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/off-island-gazette/potential-improvements-to-highway-20-on-the-table Video MTQ datant de 2010: Mes excuses, je viens de réaliser qu'il y a déja une discussion a ce sujet:
  13. Alors ~53,000 vehicules par jour sur la 20 sur le Pont Galipault entre Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue et l'Ile Perrot, sur 2 voies et gérer par des feux de circulation... rien dans le plan de 4 ans pour même étudier qu'on prolonge la 20 (sans feux) entre l'ile de Montréal et Vaudreuil-Dorion...
  14. Voila le plan du gouvernement: https://www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/fr/projets-infrastructures/investissements/investissements-2019-2021/Pages/investissements-2019-2021.aspx
  15. The posting says : Successful candidates from the Montreal area will be relocated to Toronto and/or the Vancouver area So I wouldn’t read too much in to this