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  1. La gastronomie montréalaise rayonne dans le Food Arts Magazine! Un dossier de 12 pages sur la gastronomie mettant en vedette Normand Laprise et le Restaurant Toqué! a été publié en juillet dernier dans le magazine spécialisé Food Arts, bien connu des restaurateurs et des professionnels de la gastronomie aux États-Unis. Jim Poris, éditeur principal du magazine, a été accueilli par notre collègue Catherine Morellon en mars dernier. Il a ensuite mandaté la Montréalaise Lesley Chesterman pour l’écriture de l’article suite à sa visite. Bonne lecture! https://membres.tourisme-montreal.org/fichiers/Docs/1-Revue%20de%20presse/Food%20Arts%20Magazine%20-%20Ils%20se%20souviennent%20-%20Toqu%C3%A9!.pdf https://membres.tourisme-montreal.org/fichiers/Docs/1-Revue%20de%20presse/Food%20Arts%20Magazine-%20A%20Distinct%20Society%20.pdf
  2. St. Catherine Street: the changing of the guard Remember that little boutique where you bought the leather jacket 15 years ago? It’s gone. If you have not visited St.Catherine Street in Montreal since the early 1990s, you would not recognize it. Of the stores that were located in the prime area between Bishop and University, not more than fi ve are still in existence. The locallyowned stores are gone, replaced at first by national retail chains, which in turn are giving way to international chains. Storefront retail throughout North America has been in decline for many years. St. Catherine Street is the exception. Rental rates have quadrupled. Vacancies are nonexistent. It is not just any street. Fifteen kilometres long, St. Catherine comprises 1,200 stores, making it the largest concentration of retail outlets in Canada. The street is witness to 3,500 pedestrians per hour, 250,000 offi ce workers at lunchtime, and 100,000 students per day, keeping the street alive at all hours. Furthermore, eight subway stations, 30 kilometres of underground walkways with 178 entrances, and 2,000 underground stores totalling 36 million square feet (sq. ft.) of floor space are used by 500,000 people on a daily basis. In street front retail, if you don’t have a store on St. Catherine Street, you have not made it. There are two strategies for retail chains entering Quebec: 1) open a fl agship store on St. Catherine Street; or 2) open four or five stores in major malls around Montreal, and a flagship store on St. Catherine Street. At the corner of Peel and St. Catherine, three of the four corner stores have changed in the past year. The newcomers are H&M (Hennes & Mauritz of Sweden) with 20,000 sq. ft; Guess with 13,000 sq. ft; and American Eagle, with 17,000 sq. ft and Apple Store. In the last five years, more than 20 flagship stores have opened here, mostly multinationals, such as: Lululemon, Oakley, American Eagle, Esprit, Garage, Guess, Khiels, Geox, GNC, Ecco Shoes, H&M, Mango, French Connection, Quicksilver, Marciano and Adidas. The shortage of space forces stores to take minimal frontage on the ground floor, and more space on the second and third fl oors. Ground fl oor space that leased in the early 1990s for $50 net per sq. ft. (psf ), with the landlord offering $25 per sq. ft. for leasehold improvements, now leases for $200 net psf and up, plus $30 psf for operating costs and taxes. And some of the stores spend $5 million renovating the space. But as they say in Rolls Royce dealerships, if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it. Some of these stores are not making money, but they are here for image and marketing purposes. All the other banners are here, so they have to be here too. Whereas the mixture of stores constantly evolves, most of the landlords have been here for 30 or 40 years. They have seen the market go up and down. In this market, they will turn down all but the best. For one vacancy last year, there were four multinational chains trying to outbid each other for the space. http://www.avisonyoung.com/library/pdf/National/Fall-Winter_2008_AY_National_Newsletter.pdf
  3. Ahead: A brighter horizon for Cabot Square Plans due; Downtown area in search of an identity Source: The Gazette Cty councillor Karim Boulos is standing in the Canadian Centre for Architecture, airing his optimism over a scale model of what is known as "the Cabot Square area" - a part of the Peter McGill district he represents. But the Cabot Square area is also a stretch of Ste. Catherine St. that makes many Montrealers wince. The thoroughfare between Lambert Closse and Chomedey Sts. has been this city's version of a picture of Dorian Gray, a pastiche of boarded-up storefronts, crumbling facades and grafitti that seems to have spread while other neighbourhoods renewed themselves. However, by this time next Monday, Boulos and the rest of the city will get a bigger glimpse of what might happen to the piece of downtown that's been in search of an identity for nearly a generation. That's when three teams of architects and urban planners will submit their versions of what should be done to revive the Cabot Square area. Boulos, Ville Marie borough mayor Benoit Labonté and members of an alliance of neighbourhood businesses and residents met the press yesterday to detail the attempts to revitalize the neighbourhood. The planning teams were formed after a collection of 25 business, property owners and residents' associations started the Table de concertation du centre-ville ouest. "The properties may be empty but the owners are still paying taxes," Boulos said. "They haven't left, they're waiting to see what's going to happen." The plans submitted by the teams will be judged by a jury that includes architect and Harvard professor Joan Busquest, Dinu Bumbaru of Heritage Montreal and founding director Phyllis Lambert of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The successful submission will form the basis for an urban plan that will produced by the borough and submitted to public consultations. Boulos suggests that if everything goes well, changes in the district might begin "by this fall." And for Lambert, whose architectural centre sprawls across the neighbourhood's southern edge, change is what's needed for a district that spent decades losing more than it's gained. "Over the last years, this area has deteriorated miserably," she said. "There used to be the Forum and all those stores where the Faubourg (Ste. Catherine) is. ... But it just goes down the drain further and further. "Then there's the block ... just to the east of the Forum with the (Seville) theatre on it, which has been boarded up for years. "And this just destroys the whole area. People have no respect (for the neighbourhood), and why would you? People just walk down the street and it's so miserable." Lambert's nephew, Stephen Bronfman, is chairman of Claridge Inc., an investment company that owns the Seville Theatre block. Asked in October about the condition of the block, Lambert told The Gazette: "It is coming along. Slowly, but we are working closely with the city and other landlords in the area. It takes time to do properly." Labonté says a development project for the Seville block is under study by the borough's urban committee. Boulos has said in earlier interviews that a private investor plans to turn the block into student residences. "What I can tell you about this project," Labonté said, "is that that there will be lots of room for students - especially for Concordia University - and the design of the building will be quite impressive. ... I'm pretty confident this project at the Seville Theatre will start the renewal of this leg of Ste. Catherine St." A decision by the borough on which development plan will be used is expected in May. But final approval will rest with the city's executive committee. In the meantime, Montrealers and the people who own the storefronts that make them wince wait to see what's going to happen.
  4. Historic Ogilvy's building could fetch $100M Groupe Devimco in negotiations to purchase Montreal landmark By Robert Gibbens, The GazetteJanuary 26, 2010 7:29 "Spoonman" Cyrille Esteve performs outside the landmark Ogilvy's building in Montreal. Le Groupe Devimco is reportedly in talks to buy the building for about $100 million.Photograph by: Phil Carpenter, The GazetteMONTREAL – The landmark Ogilvy's building on Ste. Catherine St. will probably be sold for about $100 million to Le Groupe Devimco, one of the backers of the big Quartier Dix30 lifestyle centre in Brossard, and partners. Toronto property developer David Jubb, owner of Pyxis Real Estate Equities, bought the Ogilvy's building from the Standard Life Assurance Co. of Canada in May 2000 for $50 million. His office said he was "out of the country" and unavailable for comment. Devimco president Jean-Francoisn Breton also was not available for comment. But Ogilvy's president Bernard Pare confirmed that sale negotiations are well advanced and in the due diligence stage, though "it's not yet a done deal." Some reports said a trust controlled by the Beaudoin and Bombardier families may be a partner in the Ogilvy's deal. It was one of the original investors in Quartier Dix30 along with a large Toronto-based property trust and two pension funds. Founded in 1866 by James A. Ogilvy at the northwest corner of St. Catherine and de la Montagne, the store was acquired in 1927 for the "modest sum" of $38,500 by James Aird Nesbitt, whose father had founded the brokerage firm of Nesbitt Thompson in Montreal, and was expanded into a full-size department store. A major overhaul in 1986 moved it upscale with 60 individual boutiques, including several leading luxury brands. It kept the famed bohemian crystal chandelier on the ground floor and the bagpiper. Jubb, who owns other commercial properties in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, made further improvements, including a new air-conditioning system.
  5. Siège social Rogers pour le Québec. Looks like I had a few left to upload .
  6. Hercule

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    Voici ce qui pourrait venir bientôt sur Sainte catherine... un magasin urbain...
  7. Les stars qui ont choisi de s'installer à Mont-Tremblant, comme Michael Douglas et Catherine Zeta-Jones, doivent un peu de leur qualité de vie à une petite entreprise. Pour en lire plus...
  8. s McGill University becoming the Donald Trump of higher education? First the school purchased the Renaissance Hotel on Park Ave. in 2003 to turn it into a dormitory, and now it’s apparently in the market to buy the Four Points Sheraton on Sherbrooke St. W., two blocks east of the downtown campus. Science student Billi Wun, vice-president of the First Year Council, told the students’ society newspaper The McGill Tribune this week that FYC president Sean Husband confirmed the news. Husband, whom Wun described as the liaison with the First Year Office, informed the council there are negotiations between McGill and the hotel. Spokespeople for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., parent company of the 196-room Four Points, didn’t return calls to headquarters in White Plains, N.Y. “McGill has a policy of not discussing real estate transactions in public,” university spokesman Doug Sweet said on Thursday. Maintaining that no-comment rule, the executive director of residences and student housing did acknowledge that McGill operates at a 97.5 per cent occupancy rate. “We’re generally full and over at the beginning of the year,” Michael Porritt said, referring to the approximately 2,800 mostly first-year students housed annually. Porritt said the former Renaissance Hotel that McGill transformed into a 700-bed dorm in the the fall of 2003 is regularly at 99 per cent occupancy. There is other off-campus housing at McGill-owned Selwyn Hall in St. Henri as well as property leased at the Presbyterian College on University St. and an apartment building on Ste. Catherine St. W. Jean Lortie, president of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux’s commercial wing that represents hotel workers, said he is skeptical about such a deal. A search by the union found no proof of a transaction or request with the city for a zoning change. Instead, he suggested it’s an employer pressure tactic to end a labour conflict at the Four Points – where about 90 workers have been on strike since last Aug. 25. Lortie recalled that when there was a walkout at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal further west on Sherbrooke in 2005, “there were rumours it was being sold to McGill.” The university never disclosed what it paid for the Renaissance, but it did cash in a $150-million, 40-year bond for the acquisition. [email protected]
  9. Ste. Catherine St. has top lease rates Tied with Bloor St. in Toronto. Most expensive retail corridors in Canada By LYNN MOORE, The Gazette June 8, 2010 Toronto's Bloor St. and Montreal's Ste. Catherine St. are Canada's most expensive retail corridors, according to Colliers International's 2010 Global Retail Report, released yesterday. Ste. Catherine St. is tied in 32nd position with Toronto's Bloor St. on the global list of shopping hot spots. Merchants in the two most popular Canadian shopping areas pay an average lease rate of $300 per square foot, according to the report. The 2010 Winter Olympic festivities in Vancouver were not enough for the city's marquee retail stroll -Robson St., with its average rate of $200 per square foot -to overtake Toronto and Montreal's premier retail streets on the list. Jim Smerdon, director of retail and strategic planning with Colliers, said the retailers themselves set the lease rates according to the importance of the location. "The hallmark of strong retail streets is a blend of the size of the market, things like accessibility and parking, and a host of intangibles such as the history of the street as a commercial destination," he said. Even though Toronto is larger than Montreal and the commercial capital of Canada with more head offices and wealthy residents, it's not surprising that Ste. Catherine St.'s shops can command the same rent, Smerdon said. Ste. Catherine St., which is often thick with pedestrians night and day, is an experience, he acknowledged. "Montreal is more of a destination for shoppers than Toronto is ... and Ste. Catherine is more of a lifestyle experience," he said. In 31st spot on the Colliers list was Honolulu's Kalakaua Ave. and 33rd spot was occupied by Amsterdam's Kalverstraat. The report shows that Canada's most exclusive streets are a bargain compared with the world's priciest, in such places as Paris, New York, Hong Kong and London, where rates per square foot exceed $1,000. Topping the list was the Champs Elysees in Paris, with an average lease rate of about $1,256. All figures in the report are in U.S. dollars. The information comes from surveys and material supplied by Colliers staff in 61 countries, Smerdon said. [email protected] © Copyright © The Montreal Gazette Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Catherine+lease+rates/3125235/story.html#ixzz0qXanL7Xi
  10. Push for tidier city starting to pay off But more work to do, mayor says. 'If the streets look clean today, it's because of the rain we had Tuesday,' merchant maintains JAMES MENNIE, The Gazette Published: 4 hours ago As far as Raffi Kotchounian is concerned, if the streets aren't paved with cigarette butts it isn't so much because of an act of city council as an act of God. "I was walking down Ste. Catherine St. the Wednesday before the Grand Prix. The street was a mess - papers everywhere, garbage everywhere. ... It was filthy," Kotchounian said. "If the streets look clean today, it's because of the rain we had on Tuesday," he added. Kotchounian is the owner of the Vasco cigar store on Ste. Catherine east of Crescent St. He has been doing business on the street for 30 years. When it comes to assessing how clean - or not - the neighbourhood has become since Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay and Ville Marie borough mayor Benoit Labonté declared separate wars on downtown litter, he gives credit where credit is due. "I have to tell you, the cigarette butts weren't as bad as the flyers," he said, referring to the handbills handed out by various nightclubs and businesses to downtown pedestrians. "They were a real problem. But with the police cracking down, it made a big difference." But Kotchounian's take on the big picture of downtown cleanliness is one that perceives the trash can as half empty rather than half full, presuming, of course, the trash can was even there to begin with. "There was a trash can at the corner of Ste. Catherine and Crescent that was taken away during the riot after the Canadiens-Bruins game (on April 21). "It still hasn't been replaced." Last Tuesday, the city of Mont-real kicked off its annual cleanliness campaign with Marcel Tremblay, the executive committee member in charge of the operation, meeting members of the media on a street cleaning vehicle as he explained how 200 cleaning crew members would be deployed in the city's 19 boroughs. That announcement was made a week after the downtown Ville Marie borough announced its own cleanliness crackdown, noting that more than $1 million in tickets were handed out last year. They were issued for infractions ranging from improperly recycling garbage to the lack of an ashtray outside a commercial establishment. The cleanliness campaigns have been going on for three years. While their effectiveness remains a matter of dispute, a stroll through the quadrilateral formed by Ste. Catherine St., de Maisonneuve Blvd., Atwater Ave. and St. Laurent Blvd. suggests that something has changed. Cigarette butts that could once be found by the score, piled at street corners or along sidewalks, were noticeable by their scarcity, popping up in ones or twos at the sidewalk's edge. City trash cans, once overflowing, had been cleaned and emptied, while the drifting paper, plastic bags and other lunchtime junk that seemed to be part of every summer breeze were absent. Tremblay, who once berated a passerby who was littering while the mayor was in the middle of a cleanliness photo op, acknowledged yesterday there was still work to be done. "Sometimes when I go up St. Laurent or St. Urbain, I'll see trash cans that are full. Perhaps we have to improve the logistics of emptying them," he said. "And when I drive around the city, I have these portable ashtrays in my car, and when I see a citizen throw their cigarette butt out of their car window or on the sidewalk, I'll stop, and I hand them an ashtray. "We're calling upon the civic duty of citizens, and it's starting to have a major impact. Mont-realers are proud. And they weren't proud to see that the city wasn't up to their standard. "But we still have a lot of improvement to do," the mayor said. [email protected] http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=fade8e50-eebb-4878-a41a-eecc8d1c4181
  11. http://www.radio-canada.ca/emissions/au_dela_des_murs/2011-2012/Chronique.asp?idDoc=224895&autoPlay= Au-delà des murs est une série de huit demi-heures documentaires qui porte un regard sur l'architecture à Québec en compagnie de Pierre Thibault, architecte québécois de réputation internationale, et de l'animatrice Catherine Lachaussée. Telle une balade vagabonde à Québec, ville de patrimoine par excellence en Amérique du Nord, chaque émission présente un thème qui a influencé et qui conditionne encore aujourd'hui notre architecture. Les animateurs vont ainsi à la rencontre d'architectes, d'urbanistes, de chercheurs, d'historiens et d'artisans qui livrent leurs réflexions et leur démarche. Par leurs regards sur des lieux et des édifices, nous découvrons ce qu'il y a « Au-delà des murs » pour apprécier l'impact de l'architecture dans nos vies. http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/arts-et-spectacles/television-et-radio/201205/30/01-4530219-larchitecture-pourles-nuls-a-radio-canada.php Richard Therrien Le Soleil (Montréal) On finit par l'oublier, mais un seul regard autour de nous suffit pour se laisser imprégner d'un motif, d'une époque, d'une méchante bonne idée, de ce qui est magnifique pour les uns et affreux pour les autres. C'est probablement l'effet qu'aura sur vous la nouvelle série documentaire Au-delà des murs, diffusée dès le samedi 9 juin à 18h30 à Radio-Canada Québec. Parce que les murs n'ont pas seulement des oreilles, ils parlent. Pour leur tirer des confidences, Catherine Lachaussée assure l'animation de la série, secondée par l'architecte bien connu Pierre Thibault, «coolement philosophe», selon l'animatrice. Huit demi-heures à contempler, entièrement produites à Québec chez Productions VF, et diffusées localement dans la case occupée jusqu'ici par Vie de quartier. L'idée est venue de la réalisatrice Isabelle de Blois, fille de l'architecte Jacques de Blois, décédé en 2008. Initiée très tôt au monde de l'architecture, elle a eu envie de faire parler ces «créateurs de beauté», comme elle les appelle, qui forgent notre environnement. Québec restant un modèle au niveau architectural, on avait le terreau parfait pour convaincre la station de Radio-Canada à Québec d'embarquer dans l'aventure, de même que Canal Savoir. Isabelle de Blois a réalisé quatre épisodes, Émilie Baillargeon, les quatre autres. Thèmes Chaque émission aborde un thème, comme la lumière, l'hiver, le feu et l'architecture durable. Dans la cinquième émission montrée mercredi aux journalistes, à l'École d'architecture du Vieux-Séminaire, on tente de distinguer le vrai du faux. Le vrai passe le temps, le faux, beaucoup moins, fait-on remarquer. J'ai appris entre autres que certaines parties de la façade de la Caserne Dalhousie d'Ex Machina dans le Vieux-Port paraissent bien réelles, mais ne sont qu'imitation. Son concepteur, l'architecte Jacques Plante, n'est pas peu fier que son oeuvre ait remporté le Prix du public, elle qui en apeuré plusieurs par son côté moderne en milieu patrimonial. On lui doit aussi le Théâtre de la Bordée, de même que la Tohu à Montréal. Intéressante aussi cette incursion sur le chantier de l'agrandissement du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec avec un ingénieur en structure, Martin Lemyre. Quand on regarde les plans de cette portion en grande partie vitrée, on saisit toute la complexité des travaux et comment on a poussé encore un peu plus les limites de la technologie. Bien qu'il parle peu - on ne le voit que dans les présentations avec Catherine Lachaussée -, Pierre Thibault sait communiquer sa passion pour l'architecture. Le tout est parfois aride, mais on apprend des choses, qui nous feront voir autrement le théâtre Impérial, la chapelle du Petit Séminaire et même les maisons de banlieue. Hélas, la génération actuelle d'architectes ne dispose pas de la marge de manoeuvre qu'avaient ceux qui les ont précédés. Faut pas que ça coûte cher, et faut surtout plaire au plus grand nombre. Aujourd'hui, on ne cherche plus d'architectes, on cherche des constructeurs, déplore Pierre Thibault. Le directeur de Radio-Canada Québec, Jean-François Rioux, a tenu à souligner qu'une telle série aurait été impossible sans le Fonds pour l'amélioration de la programmation locale du gouvernement fédéral, cette taxe de 1,5% qui apparaît sur votre relevé de câble, dont le renouvellement pour l'année qui vient n'a pas encore été annoncé, et dont Québecor a demandé l'abolition. Surtout présente à la radio depuis plusieurs années, Catherine Lachaussée semblait ravie mercredi de reprendre l'animation de l'émission du retour à la maison au 106,3 FM à l'automne. Ravie, entre autres, de pouvoir emmener le réalisateur André Chouinard, qui pilotait ses samedis matin à la Première Chaîne. Dès le 20 août, elle sera entourée de Suzie Pelletier à l'information, d'Anne-Josée Cameron au culturel, de Marc-André Boivin à la circulation et de Martine Côté à la météo.
  12. http://www.radio-canada.ca/sujet/visuel/2012/09/13/002-metro-virtuel-quebec.shtml Et si Montréal n'était pas la seule ville au Québec à posséder un métro? Pour souligner la Semaine des transports collectifs et actifs, nous nous sommes demandé à quoi pourrait ressembler le réseau du métro de la ville de Québec s'il voyait le jour. Selon les nombreuses personnes consultées, le métro de Québec comprendrait cinq lignes, se croisant pour la plupart à la colline Parlementaire, dans ce cas située à l'édifice Marie-Guyart (complexe G), et couvrant une bonne partie des quartiers de Québec, de la pointe de Sainte-Foy et de l'aéroport jusqu'à Charlesbourg, Beauport et Lévis. Imaginer qu'il y a un métro à Québec est une façon de regarder la ville autrement, de voir où les citoyens vivent, travaillent, étudient, magasinent, se cultivent ou font du sport. Si l'illustration est fantaisiste, les données, elles, sont bien réelles. À vous maintenant... Dites-nous à quoi devrait ressembler votre métro. Faites-nous part de vos commentaires et vos suggestions. Sources: Christine Arbour, conseillère en communication, Cégep Garneau; Geneviève Bastien, Service des communications, Cégep de Sainte-Foy; Louise Boisvert, journaliste, Radio-Canada à Québec; Marc-André Boivin, chroniqueur à la circulation, Radio-Canada à Québec; Serge Bouchard, animateur des Chemins de travers, Radio-Canada; Stéphane Dion, chef des relations publiques et porte-parole, Revenu-Québec; Daniel Gagnon, porte-parole, Tourisme-Québec; Manon Falardeau, Services des communications, Aquarium du Québec; Jacques Fortin, agent de recherche, Société de toponymie du Québec; Claude Gervais, citoyen de Lévis; Constance Gros-Louis, secrétaire du Conseil huron-wendat et secrétaire du grand chef, Wendake; Richard Lacasse, conseiller en relations de presse, Mouvement Desjardins; Michel Lamarche, journaliste, Radio-Canada à Québec; Jean-Philippe Laprise, direction des communications, Assemblée nationale; Carine Loranger, conseillère en communications, Ville de Québec; Catherine Lévesque, chargée de communications, PEPS, Université Laval; Marie-Christine Magnan, conseillère en urbanisme, Ville de Québec; Frédéric Poirier, gestionnaire administratif d'établissement, Collège des Compagnons; Jean Provencher, historien et auteur du blogue Les quatre saisons ; Robert Prévost, réalisateur, Radio-Canada à Québec; Diane Ranger et Laurent Chenart, citoyens de Québec; Catherine Rochette, guide, Société historique Alphonse-Desjardins; Lyse Routhier, coordonnatrice à l'information et à la promotion, Direction des communications, Ville de Lévis; Andrée-Anne Stewart, conseillère-experte en relations médias, Direction des relations publiques et des communications, Revenu Québec; Mathieu Tanguay, chargé de communications, Rouge et Or, Université Laval; Pauline Thivierge, préposée à l'accueil touristique de Wendake; Marie-Josée Tremblay, coordonnatrice aux relations de presse, Mercure Communications pour ExpoCité. Site officiel de la Ville de Québec Site officiel de la Ville de Lévis Tessier, Yves, Guide historique de Québec, La société historique de Québec, Fédération des sociétés d'histoire du Québec, 1984.
  13. (Courtesy of The Montreal Gazette) This is the first part of three. Plus you get more visuals in the paper today.
  14. Why doesn't this city have more multi-level community parking? At least people can stop parking on the streets and needing to move their cars on different days or shovelling or even having their cars towed. Are we such a lazy bunch of morons, that can't walk 5-15 mins to get to our car? I know in some parts of the city, it be hard to do something like that, but it would be nice if they did it. Would be less cars on the road (parked) you can have more traffic flowing. It would be nice to have Sainte Catherine St either 4-lanes or two lanes in each direction. There is even some streets that are so small, people park on both sides and it is impossible to drive down. I really hope the city does something about this in the next 20-50 years.
  15. Festival Zoofest 17/07/2009 Une controverse linguistique vient assombrir les festivités entourant les festivals Juste Pour Rire et Zoofest. Un artiste anglophone a décidé, hier après-midi, de mettre la clé dans la porte de son théâtre, après avoir insulté et provoqué la colère de francophones qui demandaient à recevoir des informations en français. Eric Amber, qui a ouvert le Theatre Ste.Catherine en 2004, s’est retrouvé dans la tourmente à cause de deux courriels et de quelques gros mots anglais à quatre lettres. L’histoire a débuté par un envoi massif d’un courriel – en anglais seulement– décrivant la programmation du Zoofest au Theatre Ste. Catherine. «Tout ce que nous avons demandé, très poliment, c’est que nous voulions recevoir les courriels en français et que, si ce n’était pas possible, que nous souhaitions être retirés de leur liste d’envoi», explique Jacob Brind’amour, de la compagnie de théâtre trifluvienne Les Sages Fous, qui avait reçu le courriel. «Fanatique sans éducation» Pour toute réponse, il s’est fait traiter de «fanatique sans éducation» avant de se faire envoyer promener crûment dans la langue de Shakespeare. «Est-ce que vous comprenez l'expression anglophone: Go Fuck Yourself?», leur a écrit M. Amber. Choquée de cette réponse, la collègue de M. Brind’amour, elle-même anglophone d’origine américaine, South Miller, a répondu en anglais, par un courriel plus long (voir échange de courriels). Une fois de plus, elle s’est fait envoyer paître. Rencontré hier après-midi, le propriétaire du Theatre Ste. Catherine (TSC) a expliqué, en français, qu’il s’agissait d’un «gros malentendu». Eric Amber dit avoir reçu plusieurs courriels «agressifs» à la suite de cet envoi en anglais seulement de sa programmation. «Je me suis fait traiter de “sale Anglais juif ”. Je me suis senti insulté et j’ai répondu comme ça», explique M. Amber, un homme de théâtre né d’une mère francophone et d’un père immigrant et qui a grandi en Alberta avant de s’installer à Montréal. Le Journal a voulu voir les courriels «agressifs» en question, mais Eric Amber n’a pas voulu nous les montrer, de peur de mettre de l’huile sur le feu. Les deux artistes des Sages Fous, quant à eux, assurent ne jamais avoir insulté qui que ce soit. Un peu plus tard en fin d’après-midi, le proprio du théâtre a mis la clé dans la porte de son établissement en signe de protestation contre la montée du racisme et de l’intolérance à Montréal. «En raison du racisme et de l’intolérance écrasants de la société francophone au Québec à l’endroit des minorités et des cultures non francophones, le Theatre Ste. Catherine va fermer ses portes en signe de protestation», peut-on lire en anglais dans un courriel envoyé par le TSC. La fermeture sera effective le 21 décembre prochain. Juste Pour Rire s’en dissocie Sylvie Simard, responsable des médias pour Juste Pour Rire, n’entendait d’ailleurs pas à rire, hier. «Évidemment, nous nous dissocions de ces propos qui sont des bêtises gratuites. En 27 ans, au Festival, il n’y a jamais eu d’irrespect envers qui que ce soit. Nous allons parler aux gens du Theatre Ste. Catherine», a-t-elle réagi. L’ÉCHANGE DE COURRIELS 1er courriel: « Bonjour, Merci de nous envoyer vos messages en français ou de nous retirer de votre liste d'envois. Les Sages Fous» 1ère réponse: « The shows listed were in english and therefore so is the message. You obviously can't read in english because you are an uneducated bigot. Est-ce que vous comprenez l'expression anglophone: Go Fuck Yourself?» 2ème courriel: «Hello, [...] Your response is an incredibly inappropriate, ugly and aggressive message. [...] It seems that it is you the bigot. We, at Les Sages Fous all speak at least three languages, have travelled the world and are obviously more educated and open minded than you. I myself am one of the few anglophones who proudly speaks french in a continent that insists on being monolingual. [...] [...] Ever thought of moving to Georgia Back woods Texas? They like people like you down there. [...] South Miller, Les Sages Fous» 2ème réponse: «just delete the message and move on with your life. ps: fuck you» © Le Journal de Montréal
  16. August 7 to September 29, Quartier des Spectacles hosts an exhibition by Gabor Szilasi, a major figure in Canadian and Quebec photography. His elegant portrait of Sainte-Catherine Street in the 1970s includes 27 photos. At the corner of Clark and Ste. Catherine W.
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