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  1. Rénovation d'un bâtiment qui en avait bien besoin. presque terminé. http://www.olymbec.com/44-602-office-leasing.html https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Montreal,+QC,+Canada&hl=en&ll=45.500442,-73.658102&spn=0.001604,0.003484&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=58.206849,114.169922&oq=montreal&hnear=Montreal,+Quebec,+Canada&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=45.500442,-73.658102&panoid=GNHwU8hplxDlFCGvpRmxWg&cbp=12,70.19,,0,-17.88
  2. 5 janvier 2008 - source http://lapresseaffaires.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080105/LAINFORMER/801041343/5891/LAINFORMER01 Presse Canadienne et LaPresseAffaires.com Le détaillant spécialisé Mountain Equipment Coop a indiqué, vendredi, qu'il envisage d'ouvrir un second magasin dans la région de Montréal avant la fin de l'année. L'endroit précis où sera installé le second magasin montréalais n'a toutefois pas été précisé. Le seul magasin de la chaîne d'articles de plein air à Montréal est actuellement situé au Marché Central, près du rond-point l'Acadie. MEC devrait par ailleurs inaugurer un troisième magasin dans la région montréalaise d'ici quatre ans. Le marchand d'articles pour activités de plein air a également mentionné Toronto et Burlington, en Ontario, comme prochains lieu d'expansion de la chaîne, a indiqué vendredi son nouveau président David Labistour, qui vient de succéder à Peter Robinson. Propriété de ses membres réunis en coopérative, Mountain Equipment affichait au dernier bilan annuel connu, celui de 2006, un chiffre d'affaires de 222,8 M$ contre 195,8 M$ en 2005. En 2003, MEC a inauguré son premier magasin de la province, au Marché Central de Montréal. L'année suivante, la coopérative ajoutait un autre magasin dans la Vieille
  3. Publié le 25 septembre 2008 à 08h15 | Mis à jour le 25 septembre 2008 à 08h18 La Fondation David Suzuki s'implante à Montréal François Cardinal La Presse Curieusement absente du Québec depuis sa naissance il y a déjà 18 ans, la Fondation David Suzuki annoncera aujourd'hui qu'elle comble cette lacune en inaugurant sa toute première antenne locale, a appris La Presse. Bien que l'organisation ait crû à un rythme impressionnant au cours des années grâce à la notoriété de son fondateur, le scientifique David Suzuki, il aura fallu qu'un tout nouveau dirigeant francophile en prenne la barre pour que le Québec se retrouve soudainement dans l'écran radar. Nommé au début de l'année, Peter Robinson a en effet placé tout en haut de ses priorités l'implantation de son organisme dans la province. Il a en quelque sorte appliqué la même recette éprouvée lors de son passage à la direction de Mountain Equipment Coop, qui compte grâce à lui deux magasins dans la région (un troisième s'ajoutera bientôt). «C'était une priorité d'avoir une présence formelle au Québec. D'abord parce que l'environnement est au sommet des préoccupations des Québécois. Ensuite parce que la Fondation ne peut se dire nationale tant qu'elle n'est pas implantée au Québec», a-t-il indiqué lors d'une entrevue qui s'est déroulée uniquement en français. Le directeur du bureau québécois est Karel Mayrand, un environnementaliste bien connu qui était jusqu'à récemment directeur d'Unisféra, un centre d'expertise sur le développement durable, et de Planétair, un programme de crédits de compensation de carbone. M. Mayrand aura un titre différent de celui des autres directeurs provinciaux de la Fondation, qui ont leur bureau à Vancouver, au quartier général de l'organisation. Il aura ainsi une plus grande marge de manoeuvre pour implanter des programmes propres au Québec, par exemple, ou mettre sur pied un site internet complètement distinct. «Nous avons adopté le modèle de Mountain Equipment Coop, qui fait sa force au Québec», précise le nouveau directeur. Pourquoi un nouveau groupe au Québec alors que la province en compte déjà beaucoup? «Car chacun a sa spécificité, précise Karel Mayrand. On veut ajouter plus de poids scientifique, faire le lien entre l'environnement, la science et l'éducation. On veut aussi ajouter des ressources en recherche, en communication et en diffusion des solutions.» «Il ne faut pas oublier que les groupes ne sont pas en concurrence, mais bien en partenariat», a renchéri Peter Robinson.
  4. Fondée il y a cinq ans, Mountain House devait être un eldorado pour les jeunes familles. Aujourd'hui, 9 propriétaires sur 10 sont «sous l'eau». Pour en lire plus...
  5. Looking to the skies for answers: a second look at gondola transit Mayor Rob Ford seems to favour tunneling transit underground in Toronto. But a growing number of international cities, including some in Canada, are casting their eyes to the sky at an unconventional mode that’s cheaper, cleaner and quicker to build than subways and light rail. Two years ago, when the Star ran a feature on gondolas as public transit — yes, essentially heavy-duty ski lifts — many Toronto readers and politicians said it was crazy talk. That was before Councillor Doug Ford floated his vision of a lakeside monorail and his brother’s plans for a privately funded Sheppard subway rang increasingly hollow. Meantime, interest in gondolas has grown in Canada and abroad. Why not a gondola, asked Professor Amer Shalaby, a University of Toronto transportation engineer, who has studied them as part of a multi-modal transportation plan for Mecca, Saudi Arabia. They could be used to carry pilgrims to the hajj from satellite parking lots around the city. Its roads are so congested that pedestrians and cars compete for space. Although he’s not advocating gondolas for Toronto, Shalaby doesn’t think it would hurt to look at them. “It’s not out of the blue. A number of jurisdictions around the world have started using this as a public transit mode,” he said. A video on his website notes that “aerial ropeway transit” is a great solution where there’s no room at street level. Stations could be integrated into existing buildings or built over the roads. A gondola doesn’t offer the same capacity as a subway but it could move 5,000 to 6,000 passengers an hour, “which is good compared to a streetcar line,” said Shalaby. The Queen streetcar line carries about 1,800 people per hour at its busiest point in the morning peak, according to the TTC. That’s compared with about 30,000 on the Yonge subway, 2,100 on the Spadina streetcar and 200 to 300 on a neighbourhood bus route. Meantime, Vancouver is releasing a business case in January for a gondola that would transport commuters up Burnaby Mountain to Simon Fraser University and a nearby residential development. “Because it’s on top of a mountain, it gets snow before ground level. Right now we serve the university with very large articulated buses that have to go up and down that hill. There are 10 to 15 days a year they can’t make it to campus because road conditions are so poor,” said Ken Hardie, spokesman for TransLink. Although a gondola hasn’t yet qualified for Vancouver’s long-term transit plan, its environmental benefits could help make the case. An electric powered aerial cable system is cleaner than a diesel bus, he noted. Calgary had also been looking at a gondola to connect its C-train to hospitals and the university. But the project has been set aside as the city looks at expanding its light rail and bus services. , however, has issued a request for proposals from companies interested in studying an overhead cable car that would connect the Metro with a shopping mall and future entertainment-park complex.Mountain backdrops, however, seem to make cities more receptive to gondolas. Hardie admits Vancouver officials were inspired by the Peak 2 Peak gondola that opened in Whistler in 2008. It uses pioneering three-rope technology — two lines support the cabin and one pulls it across the line. It moves faster and offers better stability and wind resistance than other cable systems. The Peak 2 Peak carries over 2,000 people an hour one-way, scooping up 28 skiers every 49 seconds. It could probably carry a few more people per cabin without skis, said Steven Dale, a transportation planner who splits his time between Switzerland and Toronto. “I would have the easiest job in the world if there was a club for transportation planners who ski,” says the founder of the Gondola Project and Creative Urban Projects. With its ravines, Toronto’s topography hardly qualifies as flat, said Dale. The Don Valley is the most obvious place to string a cable, he said. It’s a potential alternative to a downtown relief subway line to take some of the load off the south end of Yonge, he said. If Ontario Place were redeveloped, a gondola would also solve what transportation planners call the “last-mile problem.” That’s the issue of carrying people from rapid transit stops the last mile to their destination. It could shuttle people to Ontario Place from Union Station without adding to the downtown congestion. GONDOLA PROJECTS • Laval, Que., has issued a request for proposals to study a gondola to connect the Metro subway with an entertainment complex. • Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is considering a gondola among the solutions for safely ferrying pilgrims to the Hajj from satellite parking lots around the city. • The London Thames Cable Car opens next year, although it is mired in controversy over the cost, which has soared. • Venezuela and Colombia have embraced cable technology and now Rio de Janeiro is opening one and planning to build more. • Algeria is building three. • The African Development Bank has issued a request for proposals to explore a network of gondolas in Lagos, Nigeria. • The Roosevelt Island Tram in New York was reopened last year to connect with Manhattan. • First "Urban Concept" system in Koblenz, Germany designed to act and look like public transit will shuttle visitors across the Rhine to an international horticultural show. Source: Steven Dale and The Gondola Project http://www.thestar.com/news/transportation/article/1110111--looking-to-the-skies-for-answers-a-second-look-at-gondola-transit#.Tws1TClRmX4.twitter
  6. Rénovation d'un petit bâtiment sur Mountain Sights https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Montreal,+QC,+Canada&hl=en&ll=45.499999,-73.657936&spn=0.001604,0.003484&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=58.206849,114.169922&oq=montreal&hnear=Montreal,+Quebec,+Canada&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=45.499999,-73.657936&panoid=mL9juhh4V46UQK8ZjnVTgA&cbp=12,69.9,,0,-6.72
  7. 16 stories planned for south east corner of de la Montagne and Maisonneuve. (still a fucking parking lot) Ground and mezzanine commercial 16 stories of apts 2 story penthouse
  8. How Switzerland camouflaged its ready-to-explode architecture during the Cold War I finally had a chance to read John McPhee's book La Place de la Concorde Suisse, his somewhat off-puttingly titled 1984 look at the Swiss military and its elaborately engineered landscape defenses. To make a long story short, McPhee describes two things: how Switzerland requires military service from every able-bodied male Swiss citizen — a model later emulated and expanded by Israel — and how the Swiss military has, in effect, wired the entire country to blow in the event of foreign invasion. To keep enemy armies out, bridges will be dynamited and, whenever possible, deliberately collapsed onto other roads and bridges below; hills have been weaponized to be activated as valley-sweeping artificial landslides; mountain tunnels will be sealed from within to act as nuclear-proof air raid shelters; and much more. First, a quick look at the system of self-demolition that is literally built into the Swiss national infrastructure: To interrupt the utility of bridges, tunnels, highways, railroads, Switzerland has established three thousand points of demolition. That is the number officially printed. It has been suggested to me that to approximate a true figure a reader ought to multiply by two. Where a highway bridge crosses a railroad, a segment of the bridge is programmed to drop on the railroad. Primacord fuses are built into the bridge. Hidden artillery is in place on either side, set to prevent the enemy from clearing or repairing the damage. Further: Near the German border of Switzerland, every railroad and highway tunnel has been prepared to pinch shut explosively. Nearby mountains have been made so porous that whole divisions can fit inside them. There are weapons and soldiers under barns. There are cannons inside pretty houses. Where Swiss highways happen to run on narrow ground between the edges of lakes and to the bottoms of cliffs, man-made rockslides are ready to slide. The impending self-demolition of the country is "routinely practiced," McPhee writes. "Often, in such assignments, the civilian engineer who created the bridge will, in his capacity as a military officer, be given the task of planning its destruction." But this is where a weirdly fascinating, George Dante-esque artifice begins. After all, McPhee writes, why would Switzerland want anyone to know where the dynamite is wired, where the cannons are hidden, which bridges will blow, or where to find the Army's top secret mountain hideaways and resupply shelters? But if you look closely, you start to see things. Through locked gates you see corridors in the sides of mountains-going on and on into the rock, with alight in the ceiling every five meters and far too many to count... Riding around Switzerland with these matters in mind-seeing little driveways that blank out in mountain walls, cavern entrances like dark spots under mountainside railroads and winding corniches, portals in various forms of lithic disguise-you can find it difficult not to imagine that almost anything is a military deception, masking a hidden installation. Full size Indeed, at one point McPhee jokes that his local guide in Switzerland "tends to treat the army itself as if it were a military secret." McPhee points to small moments of "fake stonework, concealing the artillery behind it," that dot Switzerland's Alpine geology, little doors that will pop open to reveal internal cannons and blast the country's roads to smithereens. Later, passing under a mountain bridge, McPhee notices "small steel doors in one pier" hinting that the bridge "was ready to blow. It had been superceded, however, by an even higher bridge, which leaped through the sky above-a part of the new road to Simplon. In an extreme emergency, the midspan of the new bridge would no doubt drop on the old one." It's a strange kind of national infrastructure, one that is at its most rigorously functional — one that truly fulfills its promises-when in a state of cascading self-imposed collapse. I could easily over-quote my way to the end of my internet service here, but it's a story worth reading. There are, for instance, hidden bomb shelters everywhere in an extraordinary application of dual-use construction. "All over Switzerland," according to McPhee, "in relatively spacious and quiet towns, are sophisticated underground parking garages with automatic machines that offer tickets like tongues and imply a level of commerce that is somewhere else. In a nuclear emergency, huge doors would slide closed with the town's population inside." Full size Describing titanic underground fortresses — "networks of tunnels, caverns, bunkers, and surface installations, each spread through many tens of square miles" — McPhee briefly relates the story of a military reconnaissance mission on which he was able to tag along, involving a hydroelectric power station built inside a mountain, accessible by ladders and stairs; the battalion tasked with climbing down into it thus learns "that if a company of soldiers had to do it they could climb the mountain on the inside." In any case, the book's vision of the Alps as a massively constructed — or, at least, geotechnically augmented and militarily amplified — terrain is quite heady, including the very idea that, in seeking to protect itself from outside invaders, Switzerland is prepared to dynamite, shell, bulldoze, and seal itself into a kind of self-protective oblivion, hiding out in artificially expanded rocky passes and concrete super-basements as all roads and bridges into and out of the country are instantly transformed into landslides and dust. http://gizmodo.com/5919581/how-switzerland-camouflaged-its-ready+to+explode-architecture-during-the-cold-war?tag=design
  9. Source: Thrillist Sure, sure, sure. This war’s been waged a thousand times, but we found 10 reasons why Montreal trumps the “t-dot” (which is a stupid name, btw) and we didn’t even have to use low-blow examples like Rob Ford, Toronto's "sports" teams, or that shining moment when former mayor Mel Lastman called in the military that time it SNOWED IN THE WINTER. 1. Better bagels, poutine, smoked meat, and sandwiches. Let’s just start by getting this out of the way. Montreal is home to one of the best sandwiches in the world, the best bagels in the world, the greatest poutines, and the best smoked meat. Eat that Toronto. 2. You can drink anywhere in Montreal, all the time. Yes, you can legally drink in public in Montreal as long as you’re eating food. And since Montreal has the best Canadian food in the country, that technicality is pretty much a friendly reminder. Heck, you can’t even drink alcohol on a licensed patio in Toronto after 11p. 3. Obtaining alcohol to drink in public is easier. In Montreal, wine and beer are sold in dépanneurs, the greatest corner stores in the world, until 11p, the time most Torontonians are climbing into bed. Also? The beer here is better in general. 4. "Joie de vivre". People from Toronto don’t even know what this means, partly because it’s French, and partly because Montreal is legitimately one of the happiest places in the world, and Toronto isn't. And on that subject... 5. Fun isn’t illegal in Montreal. This is not hyperbole. Montrealers are often found frolicking joyously in parks whilst flying kites, having civilized outdoor dinner parties wherein alcohol is consumed, or joining a hippie drum circle on the side of the mountain. All of the above are literally illegal in Toronto. Toronto has a problem with fun (for those too lazy to follow that link, it's a Toronto newspaper describing how the city's denizens have to go to Montreal to have anything resembling a good time). 6. All the best parties happen in Montreal. People from around the world come to Montreal for the Jazz Fest, Osheaga, Just For Laughs, Igloofest, etc., or to just take in Montreal’s famously awesome nightlife scene. 7. Montreal has a mountain Sure it ain’t no Mt. Everest, but at least our mountain isn’t made of garbage (Chinguacousy Hill, I’m looking at you), and it means we have way better snow sports. 8. The cost of living will cost you almost nothing. Montrealers live in beautiful, penthouse-sized apartments with large balconies, and it costs them what a Torontonian pays for their monthly subway pass. And talking of the subway... 9. Montreal’s award-winning metro system actually makes sense. Who in the hell designed Toronto’s subway system? The impractical waste of money that is called the TTC basically amounts to a straight line running through a narrow “U” shape. And a monthly pass costs about twice as much as one in Montreal. 10. Montreal isn’t a sprawling suburban wasteland. The Greater Toronto Area is where Torontonians who have given up on life go move into cookie-cutter houses and burden themselves with the worst commute in North America.
  10. Nicolas Van Praet, Financial Post · Jun. 6, 2013 | Last Updated: Jun. 6, 2013 2:23 PM ET MONTREAL • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. is revamping its Canadian manufacturing operations in Montreal as investors savour a tripling in the company’s shares over the past year. The Waterbury, Vt.-based company, which bought Quebec coffee chain Van Houtte in 2010, will announce Friday a $40-million to $50-million investment to modernize its plant in Montreal’s Saint Michel neighbourhood with new packaging equipment, two sources said. More than 100 new jobs will be created in the move. It’s all part of a larger effort by Green Mountain Canada President Sylvain Toutant to fortify and grow the company’s presence in Montreal since the $915-million takeover three years ago. Building on initial moves to purchase property around the company’s Van Houtte coffee facility in the city’s north end and to occupy a new country head office, Mr. Toutant is now expanding the Montreal manufacturing operations. “This is really a great piece of news for a neighbourhood that badly needs it,” said Frantz Benjamin, the municipal councillor representing the district, adding the company’s modernization is only the first phase of what could be a larger economic development project for the neighbourhood. Related “In the medium term, we’d really like to develop an entire Quartier du Café (Coffee District) in the area,” anchored around Green Mountain, he said. Montreal has other geographical clusters of business activity, but this one in Saint Michel’s industrial district would be among the more remote. The coffee maker sought financial support from the Quebec government for the manufacturing modernization, which it is believed to have won. The funds would be used to add a production line in Saint Michel and diversify commercial activities, the company said in a filing with Quebec’s lobbyist registry. Shares of Green Mountain rose 3% to $74.68 in Nasdaq trading Thursday. They’ve more than tripled over the past year. In December, Mr. Toutant articulated a three-year plan for Green Mountain’s Montreal site to add 50,000 square feet of production space, boost the payroll by 150 workers to 1,000, and refurbish the roasting plant. The site currently encompases the head office, a roasting factory and two distribution warehouses. Green Mountain dominates the single-serve coffee market in the United States with its Keurig-brand coffee makers and K-Cup pods, making money from most of the coffee sold for those machines. The company lost more than two-thirds of its market value during the year ending last October, but has since staged a remarkable recovery, proving that despite the expiry of its K-Cup design patents it can still generate earnings growth. Green Mountain’s product innovation will be an important performance driver in the years ahead, Imperial Capital analyst Mitchell Pinheiro said in a research note Thursday, initiating coverage on the shares with an outperform rating and $95 price target. “We believe the company’s potential on the cold beverage side of the at-home beverage category could create an opportunity that is as large, if not larger, than its current coffee, tea and hot cocoa segment,” Mr. Pinheiro said, forecasting earnings per share growth of 15-25% over the next three years. http://www.nationalpost.com/Green+Mountain+boost+Montreal+operations+with+much+investment/8490304/story.html
  11. Un nouveau projet dans le secteur Namur / Jean-Talon Il sera situé entre le Parc De La Savane et Côté Ouest Phase II Lien EDIT: I'm attaching the presentational document by the promoter and architectural firm
  12. Montrealers invited to weigh in on Mount Royal INGRID PERITZ From Wednesday's Globe and Mail April 9, 2008 at 4:33 AM EDT MONTREAL — Montreal's Mount Royal rises only 230 metres but looms much larger in the city's collective imagination. The "mountain" has been called the city's heart, soul and identity. So it's little wonder that city hall announced this year it is taking new measures to protect it. Mount Royal is constantly under assault - by bricks and mortar, commuters, mausoleums and grandiose schemes. Now civic officials are seeking ways of limiting the damage and inviting public input on how to go about it. The city's public consultations bureau is tapping Montrealers' views about how to protect the mountain. Since the process began three weeks ago, about 1,500 people have responded. The starting point is a document tabled in January, the Mount Royal Master Protection and Enhancement Plan. Long on lofty goals and limited on specifics, the draft sets out objectives such as protecting 104 city views of the mountain, upgrading public access and shielding 423 hectares of natural lands. But city hall says it's open to other ideas. Should parking on the mountain be limited? Commuter traffic or bicycle races detoured? Helen Fotopulos, who is responsible for Mount Royal on Montreal's executive committee, sees the participation process as a "collective project" about the mountain's future. "Mount Royal is part of our urban landscape and we're all passionate about it. What better way of ensuring the perpetuity of the mountain than getting people involved?" The latest plan - an update on a 1992 protection scheme - is being greeted with a fair dose of skepticism, however. The Montreal Gazette called it "little more than a bland list of pious hopes," and groups that have devoted years to tightening safeguards for Mount Royal are underwhelmed. "There are no priorities, no schedule and no budget," said Peter Howlett of the preservation group Les Amis de la Montagne. The group is concerned the city has provided no mechanism to ensure community oversight for projects touching the mountain in the future. About the only constant in the history of Mount Royal, which slopes into downtown Montreal, is that it's perpetually under pressure. "The No. 1 issue is the protection of the mountain for future generations," Mr. Howlett said. Héritage Montréal also worries that Mayor Gérald Tremblay's administration, heading into an election next year, is more concerned with looking like it's protecting the mountain than actually protecting it. "There's a sense that the current exercise might be futile," said the group's Dinu Bumbaru. Part of the challenge is Mount Royal's sheer size and the wealth of real estate that covers it. The city's protection plan doesn't merely cover Mount Royal Park, the beloved green space used by millions each year. It encompasses a vast swath of the city designated a natural and historic district by the Quebec government in 2005. The area includes landmarks such as St. Joseph's Oratory, as well as federal armouries, universities, hospitals and cemeteries. It's why vigilance is critical, preservation groups say. But Ms. Fotopulos says the city wants to protect the mountain without freezing it in time. "The mountain is not a museum. It's not going to be mummified," she said. The public consultations bureau is to submit its recommendations to the city this summer.
  13. WARNING: VERY LARGE PICTURES AHEAD also see my Montréal from 75m up + pano thread. I met a friend of a friend who's a security supervisor in the tallest building in Montréal. He heard about my photography so he agreed on bringing me to the roof of 1000 rue de la Gauchètiere. I was so excited that I did not wait, I called him the next day ( i did not want him to forget about it) and showed up. It wasn't a sunny day and i only had a super wide zoom ( i regretted that later because a zoom is much need up there ). It was not easy to take the pictures because its not easy to access the roof all around. So not all the angles are covered... sigh... I couldn't get the northern side where we see the center of the CBD and the mountain. Did i tell you how excited I was? Once back down on earth i realized i had shoot everything in the medium format... i wanted RAW I also decided to include very high res pictures in this thread so you guys can see all the details. The good news is that I will be back there with super zoom on a sunny day to get more more more Anyhow, here goes: it starts here: A view to the west and 1250 René-Lévesque: At the bottom, the Bell Center, and coming right into the heart of the city the Ville Marie 720 highway. Don't look down (no barrier whatsoever): A northwestern view, with the Mountain, the St-Joseph Oratory and for the first time some stuff from the other side of the mountain. Condos condos condos... and St-Henri in the background: The St-Lawrence river in the background with nun's island condos: west cluster: Looks like simcity :koko: Top: Champlain bridge, busiest bridge in Canada I think. Middle: heart of industrial Canada in the 19th century with the Lachine Canal. Bottom: Old industrial buildings being converted into... condos With the Engineering school on the right. Mini pano with the Victoria bridge and the St-Lawrence seaway. Mini pano with the Casino (white and gold buildings) and Habitat 67: Mini pano with St-Helene island, the southshore and the Tour de la Bourse in the foreground. Mini pano with the Jacques-Cartier bridge (with LaRonde amusement park), the old port in the foreground and very further the "new" port, the Longueuil talls are in the middle on the other side of the bridge. Mini pano with the River going as far as the eye can see and the eastern part of Montréal: La tour de la Bourse with parts of Old Montréal: The international quarter, notice the roof-park on the very bottom of the picture: Mini pano, blurry because the camera was held at arms' lenght, we see part of the mountain, place ville marie ... that would be the best angle in my opinion if there was some kind of access... but there's none giving to that part of the city: A last closeup of Old Montréal: Finally the two giant panos. The view to the west: To the east:
  14. Just got my new camera, hope you like the pix! Some of these took a lot of work (crouching, sitting in weird positions, hardcore tripod action, dodging cars, people, dogs, etc... but it was fun) First photo taken with new camera, my cat trying to steal my food Let's go downtown... First night photo taken with new camera, testing out some things. This shot failed due to the cars stopped at the red light overloading the 15 second exposure. (I was anticipating the light to change but it didn't, boo.) Testing out the zoom on this baby! Now we're in business. University boul. Alright time for some HDR... First HDR with new camera! Buildings just before the mountain with lovely Canada/Quebec flags to piss off Habsfan/Malek/Yarabundi (Joke, j'vous aime!) Le 1000 la nuit Criss que j'adore ce gratte-ciel... I messed this one up, used incorrect settings, but here it is anyway. I also messed this one, but here it is anyway. The 1250 looks like a xmas tree! Le 400 en construction Le 400 en construction encore Les tours Lepine My favorite shot of the bunch : Tour de la Bourse.
  15. Par Radio-Canada, http://www.radio-canada.ca, Mis à jour le: 11 mars 2010 07:01 Hydro-Québec - Le Vermont veut renouveler son contrat La corporation américaine Green Mountain Power, du Vermont, serait sur le point d'annoncer une nouvelle entente avec la société d'État québécoise, selon plusieurs médias américains. Hydro-Québec - Le Vermont veut renouveler son contrat La corporation américaine Green Mountain Power, du Vermont, serait sur le point de conclure une nouvelle entente avec Hydro-Québec pour l'achat d'électricité, selon des médias américains. Le porte-parole de l'entreprise américaine, Robert Dostis, a précisé qu'une annonce officielle sera faite jeudi. Des représentants de Green Mountain Power et de Central Vermont Public Service Corporation sont à Québec depuis mercredi, rapportent des médias américains. Les négociations auraient commencé il y a plus d'un an. Le premier ministre du Québec, Jean Charest, doit rencontrer son homologue du Vermont, le gouverneur James H. Douglas, jeudi. Une « annonce en matière d'énergie » est d'ailleurs prévue au programme de M. Charest, notamment avec le PDG d'Hydro-Québec, Thierry Vandal. « Nous renégocions un contrat [en vigueur depuis] 20 ans, ce qui est un gros accord pour les deux parties », a confirmé M. Charest dans une interview avec une chaîne de télévision américaine mercredi soir. Un fournisseur pourrait disparaître Le Vermont est déjà un client d'Hydro-Québec. Il achète environ le tiers de son électricité à la société d'État, soit environ 310 mégawatts à 6,5 ¢US le kilowattheure, selon le Rutland Herald. Outre Hydro-Québec, la Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station fournit un autre tiers de l'électricité à cet État américain. Mais le sénat du Vermont a récemment voté la fermeture de cette centrale, dont la licence expire en 2012. Quant au contrat avec Hydro-Québec, il se termine en 2015. Le représentant démocrate Tony Klein a déclaré que cette entente était « extrêmement importante » pour le Vermont. « C'est une grande source fiable d'énergie sans émission de carbone », a-t-il ajouté. Il s'attend à une extension du contrat de 10 ans, voire 20. M. Klein tente de faire passer une loi qui accorderait le qualificatif de renouvelable à l'hydroélectricité québécoise, à condition qu'Hydro-Québec s'engage pour 10 ans ou plus, selon la radio publique du Vermont. Radio-Canada.ca avec Associated Press
  16. I feel a bit nostalgic, last year in December I went to visit my home country for the first time since coming to Montréal. I was shocked the moment I entered the "International" Airport of Damascus, I knew right away I was in a different planet. I thought that my initial shock would pass away, but no, it went from one shock to another. When I left Syria I was 7 years old, and I remember barely anything from there, while being born in Aleppo (second largest city), I lived all my life in a small town (300k) by the name of Al Qamishly on the border with Turkey and near Iraq. That city became slowly invaded by poor and restless Kurds. Everyone was telling me that Damascus was beautiful, modern, etc... well I can tell you that after seeing what Damascus was all about, I was not so thrilled to see the smaller towns and villages. Oh well, here's the tale in pictures of a spoiled Montrealer in Syria: First signs of western influence, laughed my ass off:) It is believed there's something like 4000 mosque in Damascus alone... thats alot of highrises THis is the Parlimant of the Syrian Republic... I took the pic without being noticed by the secret service dudes near me in an unmarked white car:D A pedestrian only street, you can shop all you want My host, Roudain One of the most if not most important shopping streets in Damascus The almighty Ministry of Economy and Trade... aka Mafia ...err Club not Clup Steets in eternal old Damascus: In Montreal we call that a ruelle, but its almost ten time smaller... yes people do live here Notice the black exterior walls, they were white but because of the pollution they became black.... Satelite dishes paradise....... Notice the mountain in the background and the dark area at its bottom... the dark is in reality savage construction done everywhere without any control or restraint... sad, imagine the Mont-Royal like that... Commie blocks Thats inside a restaurant on top of the mountain, sadly its empty because no one goes out in "winter" The patio... Damascus at night from the mountain Day one is over, i will post more in the coming days...
  17. Just when I thought I heard it all: http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=8b948fd6-7f15-444b-988a-38c644bc7d3a&k=60364 Il n'existe pas de mots pour décrire la haine que j'ai pour ces gens la.
  18. We ended up with the Hotel De la Montagne instead. This monstrocity would have had first 4 floors of shopping, next 5 floors of parking, the 4 floors of office space and then 4 floors of apts.