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  1. (Courtesy of CBC News) I remember hearing about this about 1-2 years ago. I am just surprised it is not playing at the Segal theater.
  2. Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/8596627.stm Published: 2010/04/05 10:53:21 GMT © BBC MMX
  3. Je suis aller voir, dimanche passé, le match au centre Bell des Bulldogs de Hamilton (club école du Canadien) contre des Crunch de Syracuse (club école des Blue Jackets). J'avais bien sûr mon appareil... ...et on a perdu 3-2...
  4. http://westislandgazette.com/bluenotes/23052 Blue Notes Thursday, May 26, 2011 When did the decline of Montreal really start? posted by BOFarrell at 7h15 I spent some of my early childhood in the beaches area of Toronto. My father was in the marine insurance business. He, like many of his colleagues, would have to go up to Montreal once a month to meet with "head office." That was when Montreal was the largest inland ocean port in the world. That was when Montreal was in charge of the country. He used to bring me back Tintin books in French, thinking that it was a way to inculcate me with culture. Luckily, there were pictures. But I did learn the phrase: "Tonnerre de Brest." I am still waiting for an opportunity to use it in conversation. Captain Haddock was my favourite character. He was crusty and drank too much. Even then I had an inkling of my own future. Those of us who can see clearly know full well the impact of Quebec nationalism and the subsequent language laws on the decline of Montreal. Those of us not protected from reality by the spin of the Quebec political class. But is it not probable that Montreal's economic decline began even before that, with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959? That was when trans-oceanic shipping no longer had to stop here. And trade could bypass Montreal and go directly into the great lakes. That was when the ascendancy of Toronto began in earnest. I wonder if the architects of the seaway foresaw the coming political crises in Quebec. If they understood that Montreal would end up being on the wrong side of the Quebec border and, therefore, they had to make a preemptive strike. The seaway had a large effect on the ecology of the great lakes. Ocean-going vessels brought various species into the water that had never been there before, Zebra mussels to name one. These consequences are well documented in books. But there is not much to be found on the political motives of the major players in this engineering feat, which was built between 1954 and 1959 as a federal government project by Louis St. Laurent's Liberal government. Most of the literature I could find only talks about the politics between Canada and the U.S., the rocky road to how it eventually became a bilateral project. Because it happened before the rise of Quebec nationalism, there is no discussion about that as a motive for its creation. But in retrospect it has had so many detrimental effects to the economy of Montreal that one would figure that some of its more astute architects must have foreseen them. Before it ships had to be unloaded in Montreal and the goods put on trains. Wheat and other commodities were trained from the interior to Montreal and put on ships here. That diminished after the seaway. And the national railroads that once had their head offices here have moved out. So was there a "Bay Street conspircy" of some kind? Montreal did experience its zenith in the late '60s, when it hosted Expo 67. But perhaps this is what sociologists call a "sunset effect" - just before a society is about to collapse, it goes through a colourful cultural explosion. Right after that Montreal began to lose its position as the economic metropolis of Canada. And ever since, it seems that it has been losing out to Toronto. Rick Blue is a resident of Beaconsfield and is half of the musical comedy duo of Bowser and Blue.
  5. There was another thread with an old picture of a Citroen DS parked next to the Sun Life building, circa 1971. I forget the thread though. Here's an ad with the same car driving around Montreal! The license plate looks like a 1968 Quebec plate (white on blue). It sure doesn't look like any 1970's plate, and DS/Citroen Canada stopped around 1974... Another one but less memorable city views:
  6. Netload.in (link) Interesting show. I would have posted a Megaupload file but there isn't one yet.
  7. Plateau Mont-Royal L'avenue du Parc en bleu et blancMise à jour le vendredi 28 mars 2008, 12 h 54 . L'avenue du Parc (archives) L'avenue du Parc sera fleurie aux couleurs du drapeau grec cet été. L'arrondissement Plateau Mont-Royal entend souligner le caractère hellénique de l'avenue du Parc, entre les rues Mont-Royal et Van Horne, en fournissant les bacs à fleurs de végétaux à la floraison bleue et blanche. Les 36 bacs à fleurs situés entre les avenues Mont-Royal et Van Horne seront composés d'Ageratum leilanii blue, Angelonia serena mélange, Anthirinum maximum blanche, Coleus palissandra (bleu-mauve), Helichrysum silver, Pennisetum jester, Petunia wave blue et Salvia farinacea victoria. L'arrondissement entend ainsi souligner le caractère hellénique du quartier en affichant deux types d'oriflammes. Le premier modèle affichera des photos de citoyens d'origine grecque avec un petit drapeau hellène dans le coin inférieur. Un deuxième type utilisera un lettrage dont la police rappellera l'origine grecque du quartier. « Au cours de la prochaine année, nous travaillerons en étroite collaboration avec l'Association des marchands et des propriétaires fonciers de l'avenue du Parc pour préciser la forme que prendra concrètement le caractère hellénique que nous souhaitons tous donner à l'avenue du Parc », a déclaré la mairesse de l'arrondissement Helen Fotopulos. Le plan de revitalisation du quartier sera complété par l'ajout de bancs, de stationnements pour vélos et l'installation de parcomètres électroniques. Le coût total des aménagements réalisés cette année sera de 50 000 $. http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Montreal/2008/03/28/005-Grecs-du-Parc.shtml
  8. Cavendish LRT Van Horne LRT ??? LRT (NDG/CDG LRT) - Splits into two. Parc LRT I did not have a chance to extend the green line more west or any other LRT lines.
  9. I would buy the best seats I possibly could for sure!! Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/story/2011/04/06/sp-beeston-bluejays-montreal.html#ixzz1Inasrob6
  10. Pale Blue Dot It’s the twentieth anniversary of the famous “pale blue dot” photo – Earth as seen from Voyager 1 while on the edge of our solar system (approximately 3,762,136,324 miles from home). Sagan’s words are always worth remembering: Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.
  11. (Désolé pour l'anglais les gars, mais je suis pressé et en français c'est plus long avec les accents sur le clavier que j'ai) So how do i go about petitioning the city to reconfigure a street? Boul. Sir Wilfred Laurier in St-Lambert, eastbound towards rue St-Louis, has this awful configuration that confuses people and causes constant scenarios of honking and near-accidents. - If you're on Laurier and you want to continue forward to St-Louis, you must stay in the right-most lane, which will turn into the only lane that lets you go forward to St-Louis. - If you're in the left-most lane, you must turn into the McDonalds parking lot. - If you're in the middle lane, the lane becomes the turning lane to catch Victoria. Under the old configuration, both lanes could let you go forward onto St-Louis, but a while back they changed it to only the right lane, keeping left for left-turns only. Every god damn freaking time i come home by the Victoria bridge, a bunch of knuckleheads realize at the last second they're in the wrong lane and just merge into the other lane. Super dangerous. Not a time goes by that I don't honk at somebody, or that i witness somebody else make this mistake. Should i just go to city hall? I have a feeling they'll just give me the run around... maybe go directly to the planning department? Anyone have experience with St-Lambert city hall? MTLskyline? Here's a map of the problem. You'll be in the blue lane, and then over the intersection, some guy from the yellow lane will drift into the blue lane, either a) thinking that's where his lane continues (wrong) or b) realizing he has to change lane and doing so. I'll be in the correct blue lane, when some guy starts drifting/merging into my lane (red dots), and i'll be in HIS blind spot so I have to honk at him so he doesn't hit me... Sigh... bad drivers...
  12. Molson Coors réduira sa production à Montréal 1 octobre 2008 - 07h03 La Presse Martin Vallières La brasserie Molson Coors se prépare à supprimer au moins 120 emplois à son usine de Montréal, où la production de bières sera réduite considérablement au cours des prochains mois. Cette contraction, la plus importante depuis la fusion de Molson et Coors en 2005, surviendra avec le transfert dans une brasserie américaine d'une bière produite à Montréal depuis trois ans. Cette bière, nommée Blue Moon, représente le quart de la quantité de bières brassées à l'usine de la rue Notre-Dame au centre-ville de Montréal, tout près du pont Jacques-Cartier. Or, des suites du nouveau partenariat de Molson Coors et de SABMiller aux États-Unis, entré en vigueur en juillet, les dirigeants des deux brasseries ont décidé de rapatrier la Blue Moon dans une usine américaine. Selon les dirigeants de Molson Coors à Montréal, cette décision a été motivée par la capacité disponible dans une brasserie de la nouvelle coentreprise américaine, MillerCoors. Mais aussi, la hausse des frais de transport (carburant) et un taux de change moins avantageux au Canada ont été des facteurs négatifs pour le maintien de cette activité à la brasserie de Montréal. «Ce sont vraiment des facteurs économiques qui expliquent cette décision. C'est pas du tout une question de qualité de production ou de personnel», a soutenu Daniel Pelland, chef principal du brassage au Canada chez Molson Coors. N'empêche, cette décision de transfert contredit les propos du président de Molson Coors, Peter Swinburn, peu après sa nomination en juin dernier. En entrevue avec La Presse Affaires, M. Swinburn avait soutenu que l'alliance de Molson Coors et de SABMiller dans MillerCoors aux États-Unis serait avantageuse pour les activités au Canada. Pour la suite, à la brasserie de Montréal, des négociations ont commencé avec les représentants syndicaux des travailleurs afin de minimiser l'impact des prochaines suppressions d'emplois. Des 120 postes ciblés, une centaine se trouvent dans la brasserie et au centre de distribution. La vingtaine d'autres est prévue dans les services administratifs. «Molson Coors nous a expliqué les motifs économiques pour ce transfert d'activités de Montréal. Nous tentons maintenant de planifier les suppressions de postes pour affecter le moins possible les jeunes travailleurs et faciliter des retraites anticipées parmi les plus âgés», a indiqué Stéphane Lacroix, porte-parole du syndicat des Teamters. Ce syndicat affilié à la FTQ est le principal regroupement de salariés de brasseries au Québec, avec quelque 1200 membres chez Molson Coors et Labatt (InBev). La fin de la production de la bière Blue Moon à la brasserie de Montréal et les suppressions d'emplois seront échelonnées d'ici février prochain. Quant à la possibilité de récupérer la perte de cet important volume de brassage à Montréal, Daniel Pelland, de Molson Coors, a indiqué que l'entreprise comptait surtout sur «la croissance de nos marques actuelles sur le marché canadien». Le potentiel d'exportation additionnelle des bières Canadian et Ice de Molson est aussi envisagé depuis la brasserie de Montréal. Toutefois, Molson Coors devra aussi surmonter les facteurs économiques défavorables aux exportations vers les États-Unis (coûts de transport, taux de change) qui ont motivé le déménagement de la bière Blue Moon vers une brasserie américaine. Entre-temps, les récents résultats financiers de Molson Coors, grevés d'une importante baisse de profits, suggèrent une période de plus grande vigilance financière dans l'entreprise. Le bénéfice net de Molson Coors a dégringolé de 63% durant ses deux premiers trimestres de 2008 par rapport à l'année précédente, alors que son chiffre d'affaires cumulatif reculait de 7%. À la Bourse de New York, les actions de Molson Coors ont reculé de 21% depuis leur sommet de 59$US atteint en juin dernier.
  13. trouvé sur Cyberpresse.ca http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/regional/montreal/200901/13/01-817367-un-nouvel-hippodrome-a-montreal.php Publié le 14 janvier 2009 Un nouvel hippodrome à Montréal? La Ville de Montréal souhaite développer les terrains de l'actuel hippodrome, situé près des autoroutes Décarie et Métropolitaine. Il n'y a presque plus d'activités hippiques dans l'ancien hippodrome, mieux connu sous le nom de Blue Bonnets. André Noël La Presse Un nouveau projet se dessine à Montréal: vendre les vastes terrains de l'hippodrome et, avec les profits de la vente, aménager une piste de chevaux de course sur les terrains contaminés et peu constructibles que la Ville possède sur les rives du fleuve, entre les ponts Victoria et Champlain. Le projet est porté par Marcel Lacaille, principal propriétaire de chevaux de course au Québec, et soutenu par Serge Savard, ancien joueur étoile du Canadien et vice-président d'une société immobilière. Une partie importante du milieu des courses y est favorable. M. Lacaille, membre actif de la Société des propriétaires et éleveurs de chevaux Standardbred, a fait valoir son projet à Claude Dauphin, président du comité exécutif de la Ville, lors d'une rencontre, cet automne. Il en a parlé aussi au sous-ministre des Finances, Jean Houde. «M. Lacaille a dit que les courses pourraient se tenir pendant la saison estivale, a indiqué Bernard Larin, porte-parole du comité exécutif, au cours d'un entretien, hier. Il s'agit des terrains de l'ancien Adacport. M. Dauphin a posé des questions. La Ville n'est pas fermée à l'idée. On aimerait voir le projet dans son ensemble.» La Ville de Montréal souhaite développer les terrains de l'actuel hippodrome, situé près des autoroutes Décarie et Métropolitaine, a souligné M. Larin. L'accès en sera amélioré par le prolongement du boulevard Cavendish. Il n'y a presque plus d'activités hippiques dans l'ancien hippodrome, mieux connu sous le nom de Blue Bonnets. En 2006, le gouvernement a privatisé les courses de chevaux au profit de la compagnie Attractions Hippiques, du sénateur Paul Massicotte. Le printemps dernier, cette société s'est placée sous la protection de la loi sur les arrangements avec les créanciers. Aucune course ne s'est déroulée à l'hippodrome de Montréal cet été et quelques-unes seulement ont eu lieu pendant l'automne. Aucune autre n'est prévue avant mai prochain. Marcel Lacaille, propriétaire de la ferme Canaco à Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, ne croit pas qu'Attractions Hippiques puisse sauver l'industrie des chevaux de course. Selon une évaluation, le terrain de Blue Bonnets, qui appartient au gouvernement du Québec, pourrait être vendu pour 80 millions, dit-il. Une partie de ce profit pourrait servir à l'aménagement d'un nouvel hippodrome sur les terrains de l'ancien Adacport. «Il suffirait de 50 millions pour aménager une piste de 7/8e de mille, des gradins pouvant recevoir de 8000 à 10 000 spectateurs et un club-house, assure-t-il. Une partie de l'espace pourrait être loué à Loto-Québec. Il n'y aurait pas d'écuries sur place. Mais ça assurerait du travail à bien des gens. L'hippodrome serait dirigé par un Jockey Club.» M. Savard, lui-même propriétaire de quelques chevaux, a confirmé qu'il voulait donner un coup de pouce pour relancer les courses hippiques à Montréal. «Dans les années 70, j'avais plusieurs chevaux, dit-il. Les courses, c'était le fun. Le samedi matin, on allait faire jogger les chevaux avec les enfants. Il faut que le fun revienne à Montréal. Et en cette période économique difficile, ça peut assurer de l'emploi. Mais il faut d'abord régler le litige avec Attractions Hippiques.» «Le gouvernement est toujours lié par contrat à Attractions Hippiques, a souligné Jacques Delorme, porte-parole du ministère des Finances, qui a refusé de commenter la rencontre entre M. Lacaille et le sous-ministre Jean Houde. La destinée des courses se trouve entre les mains du syndic, a ajouté M. Delorme. C'est lui qui va formuler des recommandations. Le ministère les attend. Quand il les aura, il pourra les étudier. D'ici là, aucune décision ne sera prise.» Je crois que ce serait une excellente idée. Le Blue Bonnets est prèsque inutilisé depuis plusieurs années. Au lieu de laisser ces terrains IMMENSES et qui pourraient être développer autrement, pourquoi ne pas prendre cette opportunité pour redevelopper une partie du "technoparc" le long de l'autoroute Bonaventure (des terrains fortement contaminés qui ne se développeront vraisemblablement pas)? You'd kill 2 birds with one stone. Et comme mentionne M Savard, pourquoi ne pas ramener un peu de "fun" à Montréal.
  14. Cutting to the chase Sean Fitz-Gerald, National Post Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 TORONTO -- If he had told the truth while walking into that south Florida bar that winter, in 1969, nobody would have stopped to listen. So Paul Godfrey lied, just a little, and introduced himself to the commissioner of Major League Baseball as a councillor from Toronto - and not from nearby North York, where he actually worked. Then he asked for a baseball team. "Son, where are we going to play?" Bowie Kuhn asked back. "Sir," Godfrey said, "you give us a team and we'll build you a stadium." Kuhn, with his imposing 6-foot-5 frame, put a hand on Godfrey's shoulder. "Son, let me tell you the way we do it in Major League Baseball," he said. "First, you build us a stadium, then we'll decide if we want to give you a team. Nice meeting you." After plenty of negotiation and a bit of luck, the Toronto Blue Jays staged their first regular-season game at Exhibition Stadium eight years later. And by the mid-80s, Godfrey had turned his attention to the NFL, shaking hands and making friends with the league's power brokers. Today, it is Godfrey's employers at Rogers Communications who have taken up the chase, and Godfrey's employers who are faced with the same stadium-related questions for football that the former councillor faced for baseball. Rogers Centre is too small for the National Football League. Its seating capacity has been set at about 54,000 for an upcoming eight-game series featuring the Buffalo Bills, placing it firmly behind each of the league's existing 31 stadiums in terms of size. Renovations are a possibility, but would not be executed without complication. If a new facility is deemed to be the answer, then where would it be built? And who would pay for it? Ted Rogers and Larry Tanenbaum had to navigate a number of obstacles just to secure the series, and the stadium issue is still only one in a line of hurdles stretched out between them and the finish line of their quest to land their own NFL team. There are politicians on both sides of the border who would want to be heard before the relocation of any team; there are the NFL owners who would have to be convinced the time is right to move beyond the U.S. borders; there are other, American billionaires who would likely join in the bidding for any available team; and then there is the Canadian Football League, which would loudly protest any further encroachment onto its turf. "Getting a franchise, it's like getting the games here," Rogers vice chairman Phil Lind said. "It's extraordinarily complicated." Rogers Communications will pay $78-million to lease eight games from the Bills over the next five NFL seasons. And there has been rampant speculation the move eventually could become permanent. Sports investment banker Sal Galatioto, president of Galatioto Sports Partners, was asked why Toronto does not already have its own NFL franchise, despite decades of lobbying. "There are a bunch of reasons," he said. "One is Toronto doesn't have a stadium that really is NFL-ready, that meets NFL specs. That's a big problem. And it's like the chicken and the egg - unless you have the building, it's difficult to entice an NFL team to move there, but you don't want to build a building not knowing if you're going to have a team." Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome, opened in 1989 at a cost of $578-million. It was overshadowed just three years later when Camden Yards opened in Baltimore, unleashing a new wave of stadium architecture, which favoured the quaint and the retro over the futuristic feel of the concrete and steel dome. SkyDome was sold to Rogers four years ago for just $25-million. Some feel the stadium could be renovated to house an NFL team by, among other things, digging and lowering the floor. The obvious conflict that would arise, though, is how the construction schedule might interfere with the Blue Jays, the stadium's primary tenant - and another of Rogers' holdings. According to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, the league does not have a minimum size requirement for stadiums. But the smallest facility, Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, holds 61,500 fans, 7,500 more than Rogers Centre. Opinions vary about where a new stadium might be built. There would seem to be some potential along the water just east of downtown, but the lack of public transit and room for added traffic flow has ruled it out for some. Downsview Park, in the city's north end, has often been cited as prime real estate, but Liberal Member of Parliament Joe Volpe vaguely suggested there was "some maneuvering" that might rule out its candidacy. "Probably the best place - and it was the best place 30 years ago when they were talking about the SkyDome - is Downsview," Volpe said. "And the second-best place is just past Canada's Wonderland." Building a new stadium is not cheap, but some believe the Toronto group might be able to avoid asking for public money by selling personal seat licences. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is reportedly charging as much as US$150,000 for a PSL - which only really gives a fan the right to buy tickets - in his new, US$1.1-billion stadium. Private financing might be the only way to proceed in Toronto. "When SkyDome was built, Metro Toronto put in $30-million, because at that time, the municipality had felt there was a need for a major sports centre," Toronto Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone said. "There's no political will in this town, that I'm aware of, to basically subsidize an NFL team in Toronto by putting taxpayers' money in it." "It'd be tough," Volpe said. The same could be said of the competition to land an NFL team. Ralph Wilson founded the Bills for US$25,000 in 1959, and has indicated the franchise will be placed up for auction after his death. Wilson turns 90 this fall, and Forbes values the Bills at US$821-million. "When an NFL team comes on the market, Ted Rogers is great - he's a bidder, but not necessarily the winning bidder," Galatioto said. "There are other people just as wealthy as he is, if not wealthier, who want an NFL team." Galatioto suggested the Bills could have more than a half-dozen wealthy suitors, from those who might want to keep it in Western New York to those who might want to return the league to Los Angeles after an absence of more than a decade. "You're going to have a lot of interest around the Bills," he said. "Believe me, there are a lot of people who ask me that same question: Some people interested in keeping it in Buffalo; some people interested in the dream of L.A.; some people talking about Toronto. The Bills are a big, hot topic." Especially in Western New York, where the NFL acts as one of the region's final ties to the national spotlight. Senator Charles Schumer is reportedly scheduled to meet with Wilson and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at training camp this summer, seeking to ensure the team's future in Buffalo. Other politicians have made their voices heard, and only on the mere speculation the team might be in danger of moving. The Toronto consortium would face headaches at home, too, where B.C. Lions president Bob Ackles has pledged to make as much noise as possible in defence of the CFL. Senator Larry Campbell, a former Vancouver mayor, recently tabled a bill that would ban the NFL from playing regular-season games in Canada. "I do believe in the tradition of the Canadian Football League," Godfrey said. "And it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that there are ways that both can survive. I really believe that the CFL can not only survive, but I think with the co-operation between the two leagues, it can put teams in cities that they're not in today - possibly Quebec City, Halifax." According to Rogers Communications, though, the Southern Ontario market is NFL territory. "The NFL owners have to cross the threshold and decide whether they are international, or whether they are just American," Lind said. "And they lose a certain amount if, say, Toronto or Moose Jaw gets a franchise. They gain a lot, too, because there's a huge market in Canada that would be energized way more than it is right now." Godfrey, who started the chase more than 20 years ago, is admittedly not in the foreground of the most recent pursuit, focusing on his role as president of the Blue Jays while Rogers, Tanenbaum and Lind lead the hunt. But even from the background, he claims he can still see the finish line. "A team is coming here," Godfrey said. "Can I predict whether it will be two years, or six years, or 10 years? I can't. I have no inside information, but I do know the NFL wants to go global, and it's the only sport that has not gone North American - never mind global."