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  1. Avantage Montréal et le Québec Le faible coût de la vie et des services publics compense amplement les impôts plus lourds 4 février 2015 |Éric Desrosiers | Actualités économiques Photo: Maridav / iStock Le coût de la vie est généralement beaucoup plus bas au Québec qu’en Ontario, en Alberta ou aux États-Unis, même lorsqu’on tient compte de sa fiscalité plus lourde, conclut une étude. Caractérisée notamment par des services publics à bas coût et une fiscalité plus lourde mais progressive, Montréal s’avère nettement plus abordable que Toronto pour les 19 types de ménages analysés, constatent deux économistes de l’UQAM dans une étude d’une trentaine de pages réalisé pour le compte de la CSN. La métropole québécoise fait mieux également que Calgary, à l’exception des familles à revenu plus élevé qui n’ont pas d’enfant à la garderie ou à l’université. Il en coûte aussi nettement moins cher de vivre dans la ville américaine de Philadelphie pour les ménages plus riches, en raison de la fiscalité, mais aussi en raison de l’éclatement de la bulle immobilière aux États-Unis. Combinant le fardeau fiscal au coût d’un panier de biens et services, l’étude montre qu’un couple avec un seul enfant inscrit à l’université et un revenu annuel de 60 000 $ fait face, dans la région montréalaise, à un coût de la vie global de 55 700 $ par année, soit 4300 $ de moins que dans la région de Calgary, 9400 $ de moins que dans celle de Toronto et 12 000 $ de moins qu’à Philadelphie. L’avantage montréalais se révèle nettement plus marqué pour un couple avec un enfant inscrit à la garderie (CPE) qui gagne seulement 35 000 $ par année, à raison d’un coût de la vie de 33 800 $, soit 12 800 $ de moins qu’à Calgary, 16 000 $ de moins qu’à Toronto et 16 800 $ de moins qu’à Philadelphie. Le Québec se démarque moins à l’autre bout du spectre des tranches de revenus analysées, puisqu’un couple ayant deux enfants dont un inscrit à l’université et gagnant 160 000$ par année fait face à des coûts globaux de 166 500 $ dans la métropole québécoise, soit 3600 $ de plus qu’à Calgary, 24 700 $ de plus qu’à Philadelphie, mais encore et toujours 28 300 $ de moins que dans la région de Toronto. Logements, garderies, universités… Pour cette étude, les professeurs Jean-Denis Garon et Dalibor Stevanovic, du Département de sciences économiques de l’UQAM, se sont basés sur des chiffres produits par Runzheimer International, une firme de consultants habituée de comparer le coût de la vie dans les villes américaines pour aider les entreprises à fixer leur rémunération. Le panier de biens et services a été établi en fonction des habitudes de chaque type de ménage. Il comprend les coûts de logement — comme locataire pour les ménages au revenu égal ou inférieur à 60 000 $, ou comme propriétaire pour les autres — de transport et de consommation courante (alimentation, vêtements, ameublement, loisirs) ainsi que les frais de santé, de scolarité et de garderie. La charge fiscale comprend l’impôt sur le revenu, les taxes à la consommation et les taxes foncières. On estime ainsi que, pour se loger, il en coûte en moyenne 18 900 $ par année à un couple ayant un enfant et un revenu annuel de 88 000 $ dans la proche banlieue de Montréal, soit 5500 $ de moins que dans des quartiers équivalents à Calgary, 10 000 $ de moins qu’en banlieue de Toronto, mais 4700 $ de plus que dans celle de Philadelphie. Le même couple devra débourser 1540 $ à Montréal pour voir son enfant à la garderie et 2371 $ à l’université, soit beaucoup moins qu’à Calgary (+7800 $ et +3400 $), Toronto (+9000 $ et +3400 $) et Philadelphie (+10 700 $ et +9700 $). « Nous utilisons ces paniers de biens et services comme outils de comparaison, a expliqué mardi au Devoir Jean-Denis Garon. Dans certains cas, comme les frais de garderie ailleurs qu’au Québec ou l’assurance santé pour les moins nantis aux États-Unis, on sait bien que leurs coûts deviennent proportionnellement tellement prohibitifs que les gens doivent y renoncer. » Impôts plus élevés Les écarts sont si grands en matière de coûts de santé, entre le Canada et les États-Unis, et en matière de frais de garderie, entre le Québec et le reste de l’Amérique du Nord, observent les auteurs de l’étude, que la récente réforme de la santé adoptée sous l’égide du président américain Barack Obama et l’augmentation des tarifs de garderie par le gouvernement québécois de Philippe Couillard ne risquent pas de réduire vraiment l’avantage québécois. « Il faut noter aussi que nous ne tenons pas compte, dans notre comparaison, de la qualité des services offerts », ajoute Dalibor Stevanovic. La fiscalité plus lourde au Québec permet aux autres de le rattraper en matière de coût de la vie, mais pas complètement. Généralement plus progressive qu’ailleurs, la charge fiscale totale pour un couple ayant un seul enfant à la garderie et un revenu annuel de 35 000 $ s’élève à 4400 $ au Québec, soit 2800 $ de plus qu’en Alberta, 1300 $ de plus qu’en Ontario et 1500 $ de plus qu’en Pennsylvanie. L’écart se creuse au sommet de l’échelle des revenus, car un couple ayant deux enfants dont un à la garderie et gagnant 160 000 $ par année doit retourner aux gouvernements 76 100 $ à Montréal, soit un peu plus qu’à Toronto (-4000 $) et bien plus qu’à Calgary (-18 700 $) et Philadelphie (-26 800 $). Loin de l’enfer Ce portrait de la situation n’est pas tellement différent d’un autre que la CSN avait elle-même réalisé il y a une dizaine d’années, a d’abord remarqué mardi, en entretien avec Le Devoir, le trésorier de la centrale syndicale québécoise, Pierre Patry. Il arrive aussi à point nommé, ajouté le syndicaliste, qui venait de passer la journée en commission parlementaire, où on étudiait une fournée d’augmentations de tarifs et de réformes de l’État québécois proposées par le gouvernement Couillard. « Cette étude nous alerte sur l’importance de ne pas régresser. Dans le contexte actuel, où le gouvernement du Québec passe au peigne fin l’ensemble des programmes gouvernementaux et la fiscalité, nous pensons qu’il faut avancer avec prudence et surtout se poser la vraie question : quelle sorte de fiscalité voulons-nous pour financer quelle sorte de politiques publiques ? Si tout est toujours perfectible, il faut quand même constater que le Québec est loin d’être l’enfer que certains disent. » Voir aussi le tableau au lien http://www.ledevoir.com/economie/actualites-economiques/430818/avantage-montreal-et-le-quebec
  2. jesseps

    wisdom teeth

    Today got all four out today. I hate this, almost 8 hours later it is still bleeding. From what I've heard bleeding can occur for a couple of days, honestly that is fucking BS. All I taste right now is my own blood, which I don't mind just sucks I wont be able to eat for a while. Best thing is protein shakes probably will kill me, if I have way to many of them. Also for me this stupid thing will make me lose more weight, even though I am 130 pounds (usually), and it takes forever for me to gain weight back. It took me 3-4 months to gain 10 pounds One thing I am trying to get, we have evolved for millions of years pretty much and yet we still have these damn teeth.
  3. Frustrated by how difficult it is to contact Montreal's 311 service, a couple of friends and I have built this handy web app: chermtl.ca It works on desktop and on mobile. This is not a for profit project, but simply our proposed solution to what we see as a very outdated system. We take care of bundling up and forwarding reports to different instances of the city's boroughs using a partially automated system. Please give it a try and let me know what you think
  4. Un couple de Montréal vient d'intenter une poursuite judiciaire contre un gestionnaire qui leur a fait perdre près d'un million de dollars en quelques jours avec des placements dits «prudents». Pour en lire plus...
  5. Bienvenue à Montréal! Ils ont été arreté 3 fois dans la meme journée et ils ont recu 2 contraventions http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/ontario-licence-plates-targeted-by-police-couple-claims-1.2564815 Ontario licence plates targeted by police, couple claims A Quebec couple got pulled over three times in one day while driving in a car with an Ontario licence plate CBC News Posted: Mar 07, 2014 9:15 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014 9:15 PM ET Caroline Guy and Joey Menscik say they will contest the two traffic tickets they got in the same day. (CBC) A Quebec couple is crying foul after being ticketed twice, and pulled over a third time — all in the same day. Caroline Guy and Joey Menscik say they feel they were targeted for having an Ontario licence plate. The two were driving east on Hochelaga Street Thursday when they suddenly saw the flashing lights of an unmarked police car. “He gives me this ticket for $162. So I say ‘Why is that?’ and he says in Quebec we're not allowed tinted windows,” said Menscik, adding that he told the officer he was from Ontario. The couple has homes in both Ontario and Quebec. The couple got two fines of $162 each in the same day. (CBC) Guy was pulled over a few years ago for the same reason — with a Quebec plate on her car — and said the officer was more understanding. “I was given a warning to have the tint removed, that I'd have to go back to the station to prove that I'd had it removed, which I did and I had no issues with that,” Guy said. They wonder why they weren’t given a warning this time. Montreal police officials say an officer may use discretionary power, but the highway code is clear. “Seventy per cent of the light must pass through the windows that are both to the left and to the right of the driver. That is applicable to all vehicles that pass through the province,” said Sgt. Laurent Gingras of the Montreal police department. Gingras says when drivers take their vehicle into another jurisdiction, they should be aware of the rules and regulations and are expected to conform to them. Stopped twice in 10 minutes After Menscik’s $162-fine for the tinted windows, the couple was stopped again a few blocks away, near the Olympic Stadium, by another officer in another cruiser. “He says to me, 'You coasted through a stop sign,'” Menscik said. They were slapped with a second $162-ticket. Then, as they were about to enter the stadium's parking garage, the same officer intercepted them again for allegedly going through another stop sign. Menscik and Guy insist they respected the traffic signs and they don't think the tickets are coincidences. “I think it went [further] than that, at that point, because of the Ontario plates,” said Menscik, adding that they will contest the fines.
  6. I haven't found any news about it yet but there is a weird smell all around Downtown (well at least Place des Arts, lower Main and Concordia). The smell resembles that of dead animals (trust me, I know), but no dead animal could smell that far, so it's probably industrial. Any guesses? Same thing appears to have happened in Toronto a couple of weeks ago: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1368017 A similar (yet less disgusting) mystery was solved in New York in 2009 by mapping 311 calls: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/nyregion/06smell.html Montreal is a much less dense city though and most people here don't call 311 for these things.
  7. Couple of old projects that never saw the light of day as they were planned ...Cite Concordia was drastically downsized and redesigned... Dashed projects - 1968 Two downtown projects that never happened. The Eaton-Mace project was a $125,000,0000 building slated for the area bounded by St. Catherine and Sherbrooke between University & Mansfield. It was guided by Brigadier-General Gordon Dorward de Salaberry Wotherspoon. The Montreal Trust mortgage group took it over after Mace ran out of cash. The Place de la Concorde was a $250,000,000 project to be plopped between Milton and Pine, Ste. Famile and Hutchison, roughly the area of what they tried to do a couple of years later with the La Cite project which would have levelled much of the McGill ghetto had it not it not been largely blocked by protests. I was not able to post it in cancelled projects!!
  8. Existe-t-il un système de gestion idéal? «Ça dépend de la dynamique familiale et des différences de revenus, répond Hélène Belleau. Je dirais que certains modes sont plus inégalitaires que d'autres, ont des conséquences plus importantes.» Pour en lire plus...
  9. Ok, j'ai lu les rêgles mais je crois que ce texte devrait être quand même placé ici. Si les admin pensent autrement, simplement supprimé http://inventorspot.com/articles/worlds_tallest_building_be_talle_6398 At 13,123 feet high, the massive, mountain-shaped building envisioned by Japan's Taisei Construction Company would overshadow Mount Fuji itself by nearly 700 feet. That's the equivalent of NINE Empire State Buildings stood one upon the other! The building, known as the X-Seed 4000, is designed to house up to one million residents on as many as 800 floors! Designers have had to consider tricky questions of temperature and pressure differentials between the base and topmost floors, and are looking to utilize solar power to solve these and other critical issues. The cost, you ask? Somewhere between $300 and $900 billion... what's that, an Iraq War or two? Couple of manned Mars missions? Quite do-able - if you're Japan, one of the world's richest countries. One might think the Japanese government would never allow the placing of an edifice the size of the X-Seed 4000 anywhere near sacred Mount Fuji, but Taisei's plans call for the monumental mini-city to rise relatively close by, rising up upon huge caissons sunk deep into the mire underlying Tokyo Bay Could it happen? Well, skeptical citizens of Florence, Italy, scoffed at Leonardo da Vinci's detailed drawings of helicopters and other flying machines. Yet da Vinci's dreams did take flight, centuries later. I wouldn't rush to put down a deposit on a unit just yet, but Taisei's outrageous X-Seed 4000 proposal has the same potential to fly high.
  10. Where to buy now We tell you exactly which neighbourhoods are set to skyrocket in value. MONTREAL A small slice of Europe on this side of the big pond, Montreal has been dubbed Canada’s sexiest city. With a jam-packed festival season that includes the highly rated Just For Laughs comedy festival and the Festival International de Jazz, along with an array of local boutiques, restaurants and bistros, Montreal offers something for everyone—as long as you can find a job. While the national unemployment rate hovers at around 7%, Montreal’s unemployment rate sits at 8.2%. Still, the city saw a 4% rise in its population from 2011 to 2012 and announcements of inner-city rejuvenation—including the new McGill University Health Centre—are helping bolster property prices. Real estate is still cheap compared with other major Canadian cities—the average price of a home on Montreal Island is $481,386, and if you broaden the boundaries and look at the Greater Montreal Area, including the North and South Shores, the average home price is $324,595. “It’s comparatively cheaper than say Toronto or Vancouver, but we also battle to attract jobs,” explains Jeffrey Baker, a realtor with Royal LePage Dynastie. The best real estate opportunities right now are on the island itself. First on our list is the Rosemont/La Petite Patrie area, known locally as Little Italy. “This area is very, very hot,” says Baker. A big reason is that the neighbourhood is on the northern border of the Le Plateau/Mont-Royal area—a vibrant, popular and expensive place located near downtown. “Rosemont/La Petite Patrie isn’t a Plateau want-to-be,” says Baker. “It has its own distinct character. But many people who start out renting in Plateau end up buying here.” In fact, this is what Matthew Taylor, 50, and his 40-year-old Rosa De Leon did earlier this year. “We bought in mid-December after living and renting for 20 years in Plateau-Mont-Royal,” says Taylor, a CEGEP teacher at Dawson College. While the couple originally wanted to purchase in Plateau, they found they were priced out of the market. “Everything we looked at within our budget was far too small for a family of four,” says Taylor. That’s when the couple started looking at other neighbourhoods, eventually settling on a duplex in La Petite Patrie. “We really love checking out the local restaurants,” says Taylor. They aren’t the only ones. In the last three years, as the neighbourhood has become popular with buyers, prices have zoomed up 23%. “This is a high density area with lots of picturesque homes,” Baker says. In recent years many older textile buildings were converted into lofts, explains Amy Assaad, a Royal LePage Heritage realtor. This provided great first-time buyer opportunities, while helping to gentrify the neighbourhood. If the average property price of $468,000 is a bit daunting, consider our next top neighbourhood of Villeray/Saint Michel/Parc-Extension. Directly to the north, this large area has a population of 142,000 residents. The main draw is the neighbourhood’s affordability. Average property prices are more than $100,000 cheaper than neighbouring communities and the area is experiencing dramatic growth. “Lots of condo conversions are taking place in this community,” Assaad says. David Schneider, a Sutton Group Immobilia realtor and history-buff, explains that historically the neighbourhood has been one of the poorest urban communities in Canada. “Cheap rents meant students have been living here for decades. This, in turn, has made the area cool.” The third neighbourhood in our Montreal ranking was South-West (also known as Sud-Ouest). Homes in this area are 11% cheaper than the average Montreal Island home, but area prices have appreciated 40% in the last three years. “I’ve been buzzing about this neighbourhood for the last five years,” says Schneider. “Property values here are undervalued.” It’s an opinion shared by Nikki Tsantrizos, 29, and her partner, Steve Lavigne, 34. Two years ago, the couple started looking in the St. Henri district of South-West for a place to buy. “We’d rented in the area for 10 years and despite being a rough area, just loved it.” That was two years ago. Now, a full reno later, the value of their home has risen 40%. “When we bought there were strip clubs, hotdog stands and poutine shops,” says Tsantrizos. “Now these have been replaced by trendy cafes and boutiques.” But despite being close to downtown, the canal and the Atwater Market, this area’s reputation has been marred by social housing projects. Even so, recent developments are starting to put the community on the map. For instance, a high-tech hospital—slated to open in 2015—is prompting speculation on future home prices. Two other neighbourhoods to consider are Verdun and LaSalle—both on the southern tip of the island. While Verdun is an older neighbourhood (originally settled by the Irish) it’s got a lot of potential. Despite a three-year appreciation of 22%, families may be leery of the area, given its high crime rate. Still, with its close proximity to the canal, downtown, the Métro (Montreal’s subway system) and Concordia University, it’s only a matter of time before the area experiences true gentrification. Homes in LaSalle are also rising, with an 11% increase in the last year alone. “Though it’s much more suburban than the other four neighbourhoods—and not as well-served by transit—it provides a less dense community that’s very family-oriented,” Schneider says. It’s also a place known for having some of the best shopping in the city. http://www.moneysense.ca/property/buy/where-to-buy-now-2
  11. Admin, For the past couple months, I've only been able to upload pictures via the "basic uploader". Meaning I can only upload one picture at a time. At first I thought it was a linux/flash issue but I have that problem on Windows as well. Also it won't accept PNG images.
  12. MTLskyline

    Cop cars!

    Damn this Dodge Challenger cop car is pretty bad ass! It would be really cool if the Montreal police got a couple of these! We ought to replace our fleet of minivans (yuck), with Dodge Chargers! In fact, Montreal is the only police force that I know of that uses minivans!
  13. Projet qui aurait été à cheval sur l'avenue du Parc, juste au sud de des Pins. Sur la première image, en haut à droite, on voit l'hôpital Hôtel-Dieu. Sur cette même image, l'avenue du Parc va vers le nord et vers le sud, elle passe sous le projet. 3 photos.
  14. Le Québec est une société distincte: plus de couples en union de fait. Plus fréquente séparation des dépenses. La façon dont un couple gère son argent a une influence marquée sur la qualité de sa relation. Et vous, êtes vous du type fusion des coeurs et des comptes ou chacun pour soi? Pour en lire plus...
  15. I'm seeing this on airliners.net under the latest list of OAG changes **UA IAH-YUL JUL 1.0>0 AUG 1.0>0 SEP 1.0>0 OCT 1.0>0 NOV 0.9>0 DEC 1.0>0 JAN 1.0>0 Has United dropped our route to Houston? I noticed also they dropped a couple of routes from YEG as well. What's going on?
  16. Montreal snowplow driver suspended for burying car Vehicle's owner had been in argument over parking space Last Updated: Monday, February 2, 2009 | 11:29 AM ET CBC News A Montreal couple found their car covered with snow after an argument with a plow driver over the weekend near McGill University.A Montreal couple found their car covered with snow after an argument with a plow driver over the weekend near McGill University. (Kristy Rich/CBC) A Montreal snowplow driver has been suspended for dumping a whopping pile of snow onto a car after a dispute over a parking space. Now the couple who found their car looking more like an igloo than a sedan want an apology from the driver. "I think [he] should be sorry for what he did. He caused a lot of trouble for a lot of people," Roy Dudley, the owner of the car, told CBC News. On Friday night, Dudley parked his Volkswagen Jetta on Lorne Crescent near his home east of McGill University. A private snow-removal crew contracted by the city was clearing snow off one side of the street, so Dudley chose a spot on the other side. 'It was amazing how much snow there was on it. Obviously, it was deliberately done.' —Car owner Roy Dudley Dudley said one of the drivers ordered him to move his car because it could get in the way of their efforts to clear the narrow roadway. However, Dudley refused, saying there were no signs prohibiting him from parking there. The plow driver's boss arrived on the scene and suggested a truce: He offered to clear out a space for Dudley's car on a street nearby. Satisfied, Dudley moved his car to the new space and returned home. But he awoke Saturday to a frosty surprise. The entire street was clear except for two mountains of hard-packed, dirty snow covering his car. "It was amazing how much snow there was on it. Obviously, it was deliberately done," said Dudley. Roy Dudley found his car snowed-in on Lorne Crescent in Montreal.Roy Dudley found his car snowed-in on Lorne Crescent in Montreal. (Kristy Rich/CBC) His wife, Margaret Thompson, was dumbfounded. She said it would have been impossible for the couple to shovel out their car because the snow was so hard and compact. "Why would they do that?" she asked. "I realize their job is stressful and everyone is on their case about clearing the snow. But … where else are we supposed to park? Parking down here is really hard in the winter." City orders contractor to dislodge car The couple called police and the city, and by Saturday evening a city supervisor arrived on the scene. The supervisor ordered the contractor to clear the snow off the car. The crew returned Sunday and used a front-end loader and a tow truck to free the car from its snowy tomb. 'That is a rare problem, but it could happen. We have a very large operation.'—Yves Girard, Montreal's director of snow removal "I was happy that in front of my eyes, less than 24 hours later, the problem was being taken care of," said Dudley. Montreal's director of snow removal, Yves Girard, described the incident as an isolated one. "That is a rare problem, but it could happen. We have a very large operation," said Girard. "We have 3,000 employees, many pieces of equipment working on sidewalks and streets, and sometimes there are complaints because people don't want to move their cars." Entreprise Michaudville, a private snow-removal company, employed the driver. Gilles Gauthier, the driver's supervisor, told CBC News he'd never before seen a situation like this involving one of his employees. He said the company is taking responsibility for the incident and has suspended the driver for the rest of the season. Montreal has received near-record levels of snowfall this winter. Click on the link for pictures: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2009/02/02/mtl-plowrage-0202.html