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  1. Merci à MTLskyline sur SSP Developer’s third design for riverside condo project up for approval Cheryl Cornacchia | From The Gazette | June 25, 2013 Other News Preliminary approval has been granted to a Montreal developer who wants to build a condominium complex in Pierrefonds-Roxboro alongside the Maison Joseph Théorêt and facing Rivière des Prairies. At a special borough council meeting June 19, council unanimously adopted a draft bylaw to rezone three lots on Gouin Blvd. at Aumais St. so that the Vered Group could build a 115-unit, six-story condominium alongside the heritage home recognized by Montreal’s Conseil de Patrimoine. The draft bylaw is now expected to come up for a second vote at another special borough council meeting, August 5, at which point, if passed, the bylaw would pave the way for the project could to go forward, at least, in theory. On Tuesday, André Giguere said he and other neighbours of the proposed project plan to request the borough open a register that could in effect tie up, if not halt, the condo project entirely, should sufficient number of neighbours sign it and signal their opposition to the project. Johanne Palladini, a borough spokesperson said on Tuesday once a register is opened, area residents would be given a specified day to sign it. If the project is opposed by a certain percentage of area residents, determined by the number of electoral voters, Palladini said, the borough would be forced to hold a costly, borough-wide referendum on the project.
  2. Everyone is aware that Montreal has been performing at an unacceptable level according to virtually every measure. The challenges that lay ahead are not simple, or easy, but they can be pursued successfully. Significant change appears to have commenced, and may be gathering strength. At the outset, let’s be clear about something. If Montreal is to become a great city again, it will either need to get some sort of real “special status” within Quebec, become a special economic zone or, later, a city state. As we see it, the fundamental question we face is: Can Montreal become a city of global importance, or is it destined to be a provincial metropolis? We are currently a provincial metropolis not much higher in status than other important provincial metropolises, such as Halifax or Winnipeg. We need to become more important, like Toronto or Barcelona. Under existing constitutional arrangements, municipalities are controlled largely by the provinces. Provincial governments pass most of the enabling legislation that affects the powers cities have. Mayor Denis Coderre has entered into talks with two provincial cabinet ministers, Pierre Moreau and Robert Poëti, regarding some kind of special status for Montreal that would see the city get more responsibilities and funding — but for small things like transport and services for the homeless. Bravo and kudos, but is that enough? No. A recent Bank of Montreal/Boston Consulting Group analysis of Montreal outlined 10 distinct proposals to turnaround the city’s sagging fortunes. If these 10 propositions were to become actionable, they would be implemented within one of the two broader contexts we see for Montreal: evolving provincial metropolis or evolving global city. First of all, Montreal needs to be able to attract and retain the best talent. That is a clearly defined goal to which to aspire. To do this, Montreal must control its own destiny, and that means it must be open to diversity and become a beacon of opportunity. In order to reconnect with the larger North American and offshore business world, Quebec’s restrictive language laws need to be reviewed, and reworked to fit with Montreal’s global ambitions and identity. The thinking should be as follows: Montreal is a French city, first of all. It is also a North American city. It should become a global city. Global cities are defined by their openness to diversity and creativity. And so all students, regardless of ancestry or origin, need to be bilingual at the end of primary school, and trilingual at the end of secondary school. Anglophones and allophones (including immigrants) should be free to choose any school they want, as long as those schools offer a bilingual or trilingual education. Businesses and institutions should be able to use their language of choice. The public should have access to all services in either official language: anywhere, anytime. All of this is possible; we just have to do it. The time is now. Michel David is a business strategist and author of The Genius Is Inside. He is also a director of Fondation Montréal: City-State. He lives in Westmount. Morton Grostern is a consultant to small- and medium-sized businesses in Montreal. He is also a director of Fondation Montreal: City-State. He lives in Hampstead. Michel Lozeau, a strategic consultant and executive coach in Paris, contributed to this commentary. He lives in Montreal and Paris. © Copyright © The Montreal Gazette
  3. Il y a un cahier spécial dans la Presse d'aujourd'hui avec tous les projets résidentiels en construction. Voilà pour ceux que ça peut intéresser...
  4. Publié le 28 novembre 2008 à 15h41 | Mis à jour à 16h44 Deux ténors de Vision Montréal claquent la porte Éric Clément La Presse Critiquant le leadership de Benoit Labonté, le chef de Vision Montréal, deux ténors de ce parti ont claqué la porte, ce vendredi après-midi, a appris La Presse : Claire Saint-Arnaud, la leader de l'opposition officielle, et Robert Laramée, le conseiller spécial de M. Labonté dans l'arrondissement de Ville-Marie ont présenté leur démission. Autant Mme Saint-Arnaud, conseillère municipale dans Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve que M. Laramée, ex-directeur général de Vision Montréal, ont joué un rôle important pour favoriser la venue de Benoit Labonté dans ce parti il y a un an. Ils l'avaient soutenu pour qu'il en devienne le chef, ce qu'il est devenu le 25 mai dernier lors d'un congrès à la chefferie. Amère, Mme Saint-Arnaud a dit à La Presse que «depuis l'été dernier, Benoit Labonté s'éloignait de ses élus, était dans sa bulle et travaillait en vase clos». Déjà, il y a une semaine, Mme Saint-Arnaud avait failli démissionner mais s'était ravisée. Mais finalement, elle a fait le constat que «ses attentes» ne seraient pas comblées. «Quand j'ai travaillé pour que Benoit reprenne l'opposition et devienne le maire de Montréal, j'ai jamais été aussi sincère de ma vie et je croyais en lui fermement, a-t-elle dit. Mais je cherchais un chef, pas un patron.» De son côté, l'ex-directeur du parti Vision Montréal, Robert Laramée, devenu conseiller spécial de Benoit Labonté dans Ville-Marie l'été dernier, a annoncé également son départ à la fois du parti et de son travail dans l'arrondissement. «Benoit Labonté n'est pas un gars d'équipe, dit-il. Et pourtant, j'ai cru en lui. Aujourd'hui, je me sens libéré.»
  5. L'économiste en chef de l'institution financière se joindra au ministère des Finances à Ottawa, où il occupera le poste de conseiller spécial au sous-ministre des systèmes financiers. Pour en lire plus...
  6. Bonjour! Je marchais vers chez moi vers 8h15 et il y a eu un phénomène assez (très!) étrange dans le ciel de Montréal. Tous les nuages vers l'est s'illuminaient de toutes sortes de couleurs à des intervalles irréguliers. C'était vraiment bizarre! Je ne suis pas fou...regardez ces vidéos! Quelqu'un aurait une idée de ce que ça pourrait être? Celui-ci à partir de 2:10...c'est assez spécial!
  7. Here is the second short film in a series I'm planning to make this year. All the footage came from YouTube. It took me awhile to complete this. I was able to find some truly special footage, so please give it a look and share it if you like it. I'm not making a penny off this project, just trying to spread the word about this special city we all love. Montreal vue par les touristes francophones:* Here is the first one I released last month, featuring English-speaking tourists:
  8. Hotel overview LUXURY HAS NO LIMITS: A Modernist architectural jewel that rises up from its surroundings like a huge sentinel: the new Hotel ME Barcelona. The hotel is a new symbol for innovation and contemporary luxury in the city of Barcelona. ME Barcelona is the fourth hotel operated under the ME by Meliá brand, hotels with their very own special personality. Located in an impressive building measuring 120 metres in height, the ME Barcelona has a total of 34 floors, 29 above ground and another 5 below ground. The hotel has been designed by the French architect Dominique Perrault, famous worldwide for his avant-garde designs. Rooms 192 Supreme, 44 The Level, 16 Suites, 6 Grand Suites and 1 Sky Suite Interactive 32" plasma TV Wireless internet connection (WI-FI) free throuhout the hotel Audio system for Tango X2 I-pod Direct phone: in bathroom, writing desk and night-table Pillow top mattress 2 Types of gel and/or feather pillows Full-length mirror Shiny white resin or wooden mirror Bathrooms with panoramic views over Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea Iron and ironing board available in the room Mini-bar (additional charge) Safe Individually controlled air-conditioning and heating Writing desk to measure with Fax-Modem connection for Internet or WIFI (free) Magnetic key card Bathroom with rain shower or bathtub, bathrobe, amenities (Aveda brand), hair-dryer, magnifying mirror Room completely soundproofed Connecting rooms (on request) i-Pod rental additional Services and facilities Special pet service 24-hours room service Customised service through our "everything-is-possible" team Laundry service Personalised call / wake-up service Room cleaning service twice a day I-pod rental (extra charge) Possibility of a baby-sitter Special service for pets Different musical atmospheres (live DJs) Local attractions Puerto Olímpico: 5 minutes by car Torre Agbar: 5 minutes' walk Shopping Center: 5 minutes' walk Sagrada Familia: 5 minutes by car Parque Gúell: 15 minutes by car Restaurants and bars Sky Food Bar & Lounge- relaxed, chic and modern venue. Fresh market cuisine DOSCIELOS Restaurant & Lounge - the Torres brothers' design cuisine, with a charismatic ambience and a panoramic balcony Angels & Kings Club - The New York Club Floor is an exclusive meeting point for people in the city Leisure Fitness Centre with natural light open 24 hours a day /7 days a week Outdoor stainless steel urban swimming pool Sun / chill out terrace on the 6th floor YHI SPA, including sauna, Jacuzzi, pressure showers, hammam and 4 treatment rooms Boutique Different musical ambiences (live DJ) Meeting rooms ME Barcelona has meeting rooms for 14 to 225 persons, all equipped with the latest technology State-of-the-art audiovisual equipment Business Center Catering Cell phone rental Computer rental Secretarial services Fax and photocopy service, printers Simultaneous interpretation services Meeting rooms: 5 Studio, 3 Sky Ballroom and 1 Evolution room
  9. Petit projet sympathique sur la rue Mozart près de Clark dans la Petite-Italie. Rien de spécial mais un autre de plus....D'ailleurs le projet est déjà bien avancé.
  10. :eek: :eek: Montreal gets geotourism designation The Gazette Published: 7 hours ago Montreal can expect a substantial boost in tourism as a result of becoming the first city to be awarded a geotourism charter by the Washington-based National Geographic Society. On his first visit here, John Francis, National Geographic's vice-president for research, conservation and exploration, said it was not hard for the multi-media publisher to select Montreal from other unnamed applicants. "This metropolitan city has and natural assets that appeal to visitors," he said before a signing National Geographic's "geotourism charter" with Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay and other officials today. Montreal, he said, can "stand as a guiding light for protecting cherished resources around the world." The city's "holistic approach to tourism" is a continuing process. Guatemala, Honduras, Norway, Rumania, Arizona, Rhode Island also have been singled by National Geographic out as global destinations. It recognizes the importance of urban centres to global tourism and rewards those who safeguard the "uniqueness of integrity" of special places. Special attention is given to architecture, cuisine, neighbourhoods, neighbourhoods, entertainment districts, green spaces, historical, cultural, and urban landscapes. After his first visit this morning, Francis said he could see Montreal is doing a good job of preserving its heritage and is "worthy of visiting." National Geographic, through its flagship magazine and other publications, TV channel, and other platforms, is said to reach some 300 million people each month. About 7.5 million visitors came to Montreal last year, pouring $2.5 billion into the economy
  11. Montreal to host 2009 WorldCon *************************************************** Site selection for the 67th World Science Fiction Convention was conducted this weekend at Nippon 2007, the 65th WorldCon, taking place in Yokohama, Japan. The 67th WorldCon will be held August 6-10, 2009 at the Le Palais des congres de Montreal (Montreal Convention Center), with the Delta Montreal as the host hotel. Rooms will be $169CDN/night for double occupancy. Special Guests will include: Neil Gaiman (Guest of Honour) Elisabeth Vonarburg (Invitee d'honneur) Taral Wayne (Fan GoH) David Hartwell (Editor GoH) Tom Doherty (Publisher GoH) Updated September 2, 2007
  12. (Courtesy of The Montreal Gazette) So sad. Why can't they target people from Ontario?!
  13. Québec nomme un médiateur spécial dans le conflit de travail chez Aléris, à Trois-Rivières, alors que l'entreprise a mis sa menace de fermer l'usine à exécution au cours de la fin de semaine. Pour en lire plus...
  14. "City lights broadcast our existence into the night of space. Imagine how the Earth will look to astronauts in a century's time or longer? These images are incredibly difficult to take from a spacecraft traveling along at almost 28,000 kilometers per hour. The images are held at NASA's Johnson Space Center in a special archive for astronaut photography. Watch for the great cities of Beijing, Istanbul, Melbourne, Montreal, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Buenos Aires, Brasilia (one of our favorites), and more." [video=youtube;-RGNhZ292Zg]
  15. 4 étages et 20 unités sdns le Parc-Extension. C'est un quartier qui n'attend rien de spécial en terme architectural mais qui accueillera avec plaisir une densification accrue alors cet humble projet est le bienvenu.
  16. Longueuil transforme le boisé du Tremblay en réserve faunique Mise à jour le jeudi 24 février 2011 à 14 h 25 Le boisé du Tremblay, à Longueuil, deviendra une réserve faunique. Menacée depuis deux décennies par l'étalement urbain, cette petite forêt sera désormais protégée. C'est du moins l'intention des élus longueuillois qui demanderont au ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune de conférer un statut spécial à ces 200 hectares de forêt, propriété de la Ville. Mercredi, ils ont adopté une résolution en ce sens au conseil municipal. Ce vote est l'aboutissement de 15 ans de militantisme pour l'écologiste Tommy Montpetit. Originaire de Longueuil, M. Montpetit a vu la superficie de la forêt du Tremblay diminuer d'année en année en raison de la construction de boulevards, de maisons jumelées et de centres commerciaux. L'écologiste Tommy Montpetit et la mairesse Caroline St-Hilaire Ses actions militantes au sein de l'organisme Sauvons nos milieux boisés et nos milieux humides avaient déjà mené la ville de Longueuil à protéger le boisé. Le statut de réserve faunique, s'il est accordé par Québec, assurera une protection supérieure à la forêt. La rainette faux-grillon, qui vit dans le boisé, bénéficiera de cette protection. La plus petite grenouille du Québec est menacée d'extinction, car ses habitats rétrécissent sous le coup de l'étalement urbain. Bien que la forêt s'étende également sur la ville de Boucherville, c'est la portion longueuilloise seulement qui aurait un statut spécial, du moins pour le moment. Mercredi, à la réunion du conseil municipal, Tommy Montpetit a d'ailleurs lancé les bases de son prochain combat en posant cette question : « Est-ce que la ville peut s'engager à entamer des pourparlers avec la municipalité voisine de Boucherville afin d'unifier en une seule grande zone de conservation les deux parties du territoire que couvre le boisé du Tremblay? » La mairesse Caroline St-Hilaire a assuré que des pourparlers étaient déjà en cours. Avec un reportage de Francine Plourde Très bonne nouvelle!
  17. Film vraiment incroyable et touchant. Très dur aussi, surtout pour les immigrés qui ont vécus des histoires d'enfer de toute sorte... Dommage que l'arabe n'est pas intégralement traduit, on comprends toujours un peu plus dans la langue originale. En espérant voir ce film se rendre aux oscars. P.S. spécial de voir un film tourné dans les quartiers que je connais si bien. <object width="1280" height="745"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="1280" height="745"></embed></object>
  18. Pour ceux à qui cela pourrait intéresser, Il va y avoir un spécial sur I.M. Pei sur les Grands Reportages à RDI le 30 août à 20heures!
  19. Pavillon 8 wins AR Future Projects award This project for the former wharf area of Lyons at the junction of the Rhône and Saône is an atrium office building composed of two blocks with a public contemporary art exhibition space on its ground floor and a restaurant floating in the river beneath four dramatically cantilevered floors of offices. The restaurant’s five bubbles are made from different cladding materials, some solid some open. The judges thought this scheme had a lovely plan, bravura cantilevers and a kinetic quality which will create a special relationship between water and occupants.
  20. Oops! Paris Match overlooks Quebec City in special edition Confuses capital with province. Montreal focus of magazine on anniversary MARIANNE WHITE, Canwest News Service Published: 7 hours ago A leading French magazine's special edition on Quebec's 400th anniversary confused the founding of the city with that of the province. Even though the story should have been about Quebec City's 400th birthday, the 30-page special doesn't have a line about it. Instead, it's all about Montreal, its artists, its universities and its restaurants, a double slight because of the rivalry between the two cities. The editor-in-chief of Paris Match admits the magazine got it wrong by leaving Quebec City out of the picture in the special edition, which hit newsstands in 120 countries yesterday. "We had no idea this was the celebration of the founding of Quebec City. In our minds, it was about the birth of Quebec (the province). This is how we see it in France and it was important for us to (put) something in the magazine to show how much France loves Quebec," Gilles Martin-Chauffier said in an interview. "But when we got here this week, we realized that there was a misunderstanding." Martin-Chauffier noted that people in both cities raised the issue with magazine staff who travelled across the ocean to promote the special edition after it had been printed. The issue focuses on Quebec artists who are widely popular in France, such as Luc Plamondon, Stéphane Rousseau and Anthony Kavanagh. Inside the magazine, 15 of them are photographed in front of the Eiffel Tower. Five other artists posed for the magazine in Montreal in front of a statue of Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, the founder of Montreal. Paris Match also tells readers where to dine out in Montreal. "We didn't know there was a competition between Quebec City and Montreal and to be honest, it doesn't really matter to us and to our readers. But we now see that it is sensitive issue here," Martin-Chauffier said. The rivalry between Quebec City and Montreal is legendary and it reached a climax when Quebec City still had a hockey team in the NHL. The Quebec Nordiques moved out of the city in 1995.
  21. Read more: This is one place I have yet to try
  22. I came across this lovely video of a young YouTuber from France who visited Montreal for the first time, and how our city brought her a new perspective on life. At one point, recalling the experience of Montreal and Montrealers and what it did for her brings her to tears. A definite watch for us living here; it's a little long but take a moment and check it out. Too many of us take for granted how special a place this is. Skip to 2:35 if you want to get right to it. Interestingly, many of the video's comments are made by other French citizens saying they experienced the same feeling while visiting Montreal.
  23. Quels sont les cadeaux que vous avez acheté pour Noël? Est-ce que vous croyez recevoir quelque chose de spécial? Moi je vais surtout donner des cartes cadeaux Future Shop à un peu tout le monde.