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  1. Le West-Island, surtout! Et encore si ce sera uniquement sur le territoire de l'ile de Montreal. Il n'y a que 3 arteres nord-sud dans le region, qui date de l'ere seignurial... les montees St-Charles / St Jean / des Sources. Surtout les deux premiers, qui sont tres tres tres surcharges durant les heures de pointe. Aussi, leurs viaducs sont les seuls qui traverse actuellement la 40, qui coupe le secteur en deux. Les viaducs et la 40 sont comme les ponts et la Saint-Laurent pour le Rive-Sud... Aussi il y a des terrains vierges que la Ville de Montreal et leurs proprietaires veut developper et ont besoin de ce lien pour permettre les residents d'en y acceder. Je vois mal comment on peut l'appeler un boulevard urbain... c'est un ROW d'autoroute. On ne peut pas construire un Ste-Catherine ou Sherbrooke ici. Si le chemin ne traverse pas la riviere, il n'y aura pas besoin d'etre un autoroute, oui, et on peut le batir en voie rapide a acces limite avec des carrefours a niveau, mais ce ne sera pas un boulevard urbain meme comme St Charles. Well of course it adds traffic, it has been on the books as a "requirement" (and it really is... otherwise... there is no road to service the area) for the city to approve development permits for ca. 6000 residences, which just guessing probably would work out to about 24 000 vpd if you assume everyone is married and drives two cars every day (on the large end. But then, take into extra infill development and the like). 24 000 warrants a freeway to itself, but is small in the grand scheme of things in the area (Hwy 40 through the area has what... 100 000 vpd?) I don't know what you mean about transit, there will be bus lanes in the project (inexplicably) and there is already commuter train service not that far away. But how can transit realistically serve people (like myself) who live and work in suburban areas? Bike lanes could sort of work for shorter distances, but not in winter and I'd probably end up fired for being stinky if I did in summer... And how can transit work for people, who have no interest in using transit because it is full of stinky poor people / is late / get splashed by passing vehicles waiting for bus / etc? There are several issues with the West Island transport network that cause fuckups in various areas. 440 as per the plan would be wonderful. Also the Jacques-Bizard - Stillview overpass / 40-mini interchange is obvious. Futhermore, building de Salaberry would make the vehicle trips much more rational and help on the 40 and Gouin. It is funny... the original owner of my house bought it in 1968 and had a map of the area as it was planned... and 440 is drawn on the map, Jacques-Bizard / Stillview drawn on the map (Jacques-Bizard was not even built yet - not even the bridge to ile-Bizard), de Salaberry going to Hwy 13 (all fields) etc etc. I guess sometimes you have to wait... Full disclosure: if Hwy 440 was built-out fully (to Laval), my commute to work would be instead of roughly 40 minutes / 30 km it would be like 20 minutes and 20 km, maybe faster, especially so if 440 is not congested in the new areas. What is the impact of pollution, the economy and also about vehicle traffic numbers (AADT) if the cars are on the road for less distance and less time?
  2. Peut-etre ce serait mieux de penser petit et decentralise et s'inspirer des pays de tiers-monde... avec des matatu matatu! Sont au moins plus artistiques! Au Kyrgyzstan ils ont meme des Mercedes! Les Filipinos ont probablement le dessus:
  3. Cyrus


    Finally a useful purpose for railways!
  4. I think the problem is typical Quebec identity politics that turns everything to BS. The Caisse hired these two guys who deal 99% with assets of the Caisse outside of Quebec. They speak French but poorly, despite attending "learning" sessions, so when in meetings they often go in English because in Montreal almost any educated person is fluently bilingual. I can't see how this is a problem, unless a number of the other people in the meetings don't speak English, which would be inefficient. The issue at hand is this strange perception that English here is a foreign language. Canada is officially bilingual, and Montreal is a city that truly is bilingual. What is the difference between one and the other? The debate is childish and passé, and it is only being brought to light to score political points with xenophobes. Circa 1972. I've only heard of one anglophone government employee, a British immigrant that worked for the MTQ in a low level professional position.
  5. Plus in Canada and Quebec the sales taxes don't apply on foodstuffs as well as low-income people get the sales taxes refunded.
  6. When I was in Toronto a while ago I shopped once at a store called "Longo's". They had free bags! But everything cost twice as much as Loblaws. Then I went to the Wal-Mart. The bags were free, the checkout fast, and they had a surprisingly large selection of very attractively priced groceries! Even Montreal Smoked Meat at the deli counter! The problem - the deli cutter people seemed to have no grasp of Imperial units of measure. I'd ask for 1/2 pound or 1 pound or 3/4 pound and they'd look at me like I came from outer space. Once I asked for a pound and I got a package measured at 200 grams. In Montreal delis and even supermarkets I've never even heard of someone order cold cuts in metric. Don't these kids learn anything at primary school or at least at deli cutter person school? Huh?
  7. I don't know if Norway is the ideal candidate to look to. Norway saves a lot of the oil money, but it taxes people on income and consumption to absurd levels. A $20 000 Volkswagen Golf ends up costing over $50 000 with taxes. What the hell? Where does the money even go? I much prefer Alberta's system where the industry is entirely private, and for various reasons Alberta is a world leader in the industry especially in the production of extra-heavy crudes. The royalties are relatively low, but income taxes, etc keep the balance right, and the government has a savings fund to keep revenues for the future. That said, in recent years, they haven't been investing very well nor contributing to their savings funds and this is something they should address. When you look at the ineptitude of PEMEX or PDVSA or basically all of the nationalized oil companies and the wasted oil, the environmental disasters, the bad production techniques, the wasted money, the political influence, the corruption - it is just a terrifically bad way to do things. Petrobras is probably the best of a terrible lot.
  8. C'est un longue histoire, mais j'ai paye +/- 4 000$ dans mon dozer et il a besoin des tracks de 2 000$ pour etre vraiment utile car les chenilles actuels ne tient plus au sprocket, on peut le deplacer mais des qu'on essaye de pousser quelquechose ca commence a fucker... c'est vraiment amusant de jouer avec un tel appareil Je voulais faire des "reamenagements" a le campagne familial comme le reconstruction de notre chemin a terre pour me permettre a conduire plus rapidement dessus Les terrains ne sont pas vraiment chers si tu s'eloignes un peu de la ville. Sur l'autre cote du frontiere ils sont encore moins chers qu'au Quebec, ou bien, reviens plus pres du Rouyn
  9. damn, I really need to get new tracks for my Mitsu dozer, then I can have some real fun I always thought those 80's 90's Case backhoes were very stylish, especially being a bit more orange and the spacey cab. Now some of these pepines are really fancy inside, hop in and you've got a heater, air conditioning, radio, cushy seat, etc. When I grew up our Fordson Major backhoe didn't even have a cab and the seat was just a stamped piece of steel. We later upgraded to an International backhoe. It had a cab, but the only effect of the cab was to house nests of angry wasps! I remember seeing the Case's running around at worksites and to me at the time they looked like Ferraris or Rolls-Royces It would definitely cost less, it is already there passing on Victoria Bridge
  10. "agriculture urbaine"... ca s'appele du JARDINAGE esti!
  11. J'oserais meme a dire le meme aux tous les employes du Caisse et le demanteler au complet Pourquoi avons-nous une telle affaire?
  12. That isn't a good word to give to unilingual anglophones The worst is that situation for the Auditor-General in Ottawa. The guy was Auditor in New Brunswick and did a "really good job", so much that the feds went to him directly and asked if he could be the Auditor-General. He says OK but he only speaks English, but he is going to take some French classes and learn the language. As soon as this gets out all the opposition parties go apoplectic because he doesn't speak French. I mean the prime minister needs to be bilingual, but the Auditor only needs to know numbers, if he is a good auditor and speaks Chinese he is OK. Plus he says he will learn it anyway! And he didn't even ask for the job!
  13. Ayoye - l'automobile est humain d'abord! Il n'y a jamais un automobile qui se roule sans passagers! That means that the balance between walking and driving is too heavily slanted towards pedestrians. We need to put "speed stairs" on the sidewalks to slow you guys down
  14. On a eu notre pont Galipeault qui a ete rouge / orange aussi avec des haubans... il n'existe plus par contre. A mon avis les ponts sont d'habitude assez belles.
  15. The LaPresse article on the Maglev suggestion has the promoter of the project saying the max speed will not be 400 km/h, but rather 40 km/h. Better to stay on the Champlain bus! Non seulment etait-ce cher, mais les Chinois ont eu un panopolie de collisions meutrieres sur leur reseau ferroviaire, notamment sur leurs lignes "haute vitesse". Ca ete si terrible que c'est provoque beaucoup de colere aupres le population chinois.