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    • By bucketsofrain
      This is for the land currently owned by Provigo on the corner of de Maisonneuve and Claremont on the south east corner. There was a public consultation for residents and the following is the project:
       
      30k square feet for grocery store (Provigo Urban concept)
       
      10 apartments for families of kids who are staying at hospital
      Office space for Children's foundation
       
      255 senior apartments for 55+ from le Groupe Maurice
       
      Not a very nice looking building!
      10 story building
       
      Construction summer/fall 2015
      Opening 2017-2018
    • By Nameless_1
      Le marché Atwater fait peau neuve
       
      D’importants travaux se déroulent au marché Atwater depuis le mois d’avril. Si, jusqu’à présent, les clients n’ont pas été témoins des différents chantiers, ils seront aux premières loges dès la semaine prochaine. La fin des travaux est prévue pour la mi-novembre.
       
      http://journalmetro.com/actualites/montreal/370057/le-marche-atwater-fait-peau-neuve/
    • By mtlurb
      Quartier Concordia
       
      Quartier Concordia will transform the Sir George Williams campus from a collection of scattered buildings into a welcoming and cohesive urban campus in the area bordered generally by Sherbrooke, Guy, René-Lévesque, and Bishop.
      The goals of the Quartier Concordia project include improving the use of outdoor spaces, stimulating street life, and providing respite for the Concordia community and the public. The project will optimize vehicular and bicycle traffic as well as pedestrian flow, facilitate movement between campus buildings, and ensure the safe interaction of vehicles and pedestrians. Quartier Concordia will also maintain a welcoming environment for the Concordia community and the public, highlight landmarks, improve the use of space, promote the display of artwork and create a distinct campus environment within the downtown core.
      The project will be carried out over several years by Groupe Cardinal Hardy and in conjunction with the City of Montreal.
       
      Facts:

      A multi-year project
      Landscape architect: Groupe Cardinal Hardy
      Location: The area bordered by Sherbrooke, Guy, René-Lévesque, and Bishop
      The project will promote a distinct, welcoming, and efficient downtown campus
    • By mtlurb
      Quand la Chine s'éveille ... à Montréal
       
      Par Pierre Haski (Rue89) 16H45 14/07/2007
      Le Chinatown de Rue89 s'est déplacé au Chinatown de ...Montréal! Avec l'historien Serge Granger comme guide, la visite prend toute sa dimension: l'auteur du livre "Le lys et le lotus, Les relations du Québec avec la Chine de 1650 à 1950" (vlb éditeurs) a une manière truculente de raconter la grande comme la petite histoire.
      Juché sur un muret sur la place Sun Yat-sen, au coeur du Chinatown de Montréal, Serge Granger conte la fascination québécoise pour la Chine qui a démarré au premier contact, en 1647, avec l'envoi de missionnaires jésuites. Et l'historien d'ironiser en bouffant du curé, sur le fait que les bons cathos québécois ont plus donné par habitant pour les missionnaires en Chine que n'importe quel autre peuple. "Pendant un siècle, on se lavait de nos nombreux péchés en donnant de l'argent pour les missions en Chine", dit-il. Aujourd'hui, comme partout, l'esprit missionnaire a cédé la place à la recherche de contrats...
      Le minuscule quartier chinois de Montréal, qui a perdu une bonne partie de sa surface pour céder la place au béton de la ville moderne, est l'héritier de cette saga, avec son église catholique chinoise achetée aux protestants il y a près d'un siècle, avec son siège du Kuomintang, le parti rival des communistes, aujourd'hui exilé à Taiwan, et qui abrite, au premier étage, les bureaux du journal de la secte Falungong... Montréal compte 40000 Chinois, une petite fraction du million de personnes originaires de l'Empire du Milieu qui vivent au Canada. Mais les plus récents arrivants, notamment les riches Hongkongais, évitent de s'installer à Chinatown, ghetto plus touristique qu'autre chose, et ont créé des quartier chinois plus résidentiels.
      Cette visite de Chinatown était l'un des beaux moments de l'école d'été du Cerium (Centre d'études et de recherches internationales de Montréal) à laquelle je participe depuis une semaine. Un beau tour d'horizon de la Chine contemporaine, avec des intervenants chinois, canadiens et français, devant un public d'étudiants, de diplomates, d'entrepreneurs ou de simples curieux. L'intitulé du programme, "La Chine éveillée, comment elle change, comment elle nous change", est un mix de Napoléon ("Quand la Chine s'éveillera...), et d'interrogations dans l'air du temps. A entendre la tonalité d'une bonne partie des interventions (dont la mienne, sur les médias en Chine), c'est plutôt la société chinoise qui est en train de s'éveiller. Et ce n'est pas nécessairement une bonne nouvelle pour le parti communiste chinois...
      Post scriptum québecois: dans le quotidien Le Devoir de samedi, je découvre que le fils de Pierre-Eliott Trudeau, l'ancien premier ministre canadien, a réédité un livre sur la Chine écrit par son père en 1960 en compagnie d'un de ses camarades de l'époque, Jacques Hébert. "Deux innocents en Chine rouge" (ed de l'Homme, Montréal), tel était le titre du récit de voyage de ces deux hommes, à l'époque très à gauche, à la fois fascinés mais relativement lucides (Mao y est quand même qualifié de "dictateur"..). Mais le Grand Timonier se voit créditer d'avoir "vaincu la faim", alors que les deux Canadiens se trouvaient en Chine lors du Grand bond en avant, qui a provoqué une famine faisant quelque 30 millions de morts, et qu'ils n'ont rien vu! Courageux de la part du fils de Trudeau de rééditer ce texte après tant d'années. Et si on faisait pareil en France? Il y aurait quelques surprises, non?...
    • By begratto
      Un autre article intéressant du Telegraph de Londres. Ils publient régulièrement des articles touristiques sur Montréal et le Québec, toujours très flatteurs, d'ailleurs.
       
      Montreal: a thrilling collision of cultures
       
      Part French, part English and a lot more besides, Montreal is stylish, intriguing, and full of joie de vivre, says Kathy Arnold.
       
      On a sunny Saturday morning, we stroll through the Quartier Latin. Apart from a few dogwalkers and the occasional cyclist, the streets are quiet. We take a table at an outdoor café, order café au lait and read through La Presse, the local newspaper. It is all oh-so French, but when an American sits down nearby, the waitress slips effortlessly into English. We are in Montreal, the third-largest French-speaking metropolis in the world (after Paris and Kinshasa) – and one of the most intriguing cities I know.
       
      Montreal is proud of its Gallic roots. From its founding in 1642 until 1763, when the British took over, this island in the St Lawrence River was an important outpost of France. Down by the harbour, 19th-century banks and warehouses testify to the wealth generated by the port. It still ranks as one of the largest in North America, despite being 1,000 miles from the Atlantic.
       
      Traditionally, the Anglophones lived on the west side, the Francophones to the east. The dividing line was - and still is - the boulevard Saint-Laurent, referred to as “The Main” in English or “La Main” in French.
       
      The look of the city reflects this mixture of cultures, as if, in an architectural game of tit-for-tat, classic French designs are matched by traditional British. In front of the Hôtel de Ville, we crane our necks to look up at columns and porticoes as grandiose as any on a 19th-century town hall in France.
       
      By contrast, at Christ Church Cathedral, Anglican Gothic rules, from arches to spire. Then there are the street names: Saint-Jacques and Victor-Hugo share the map with Sherbrooke and Queen-Mary. And where else boasts a rue Napoléon and a rue Wellington?
       
      Canada’s second city may rest on European foundations, but its mirror-windowed skyscrapers are pure North America. So is the grid system of streets that spreads from the St Lawrence up to Mont-Royal, the hill for which the city is named. But unlike many US cities, Montreal is very walkable. We saunter along cobbled streets and lanes in the oldest part of the city, the Vieux-Port, where harbourside seediness has given way to galleries, trendy hotels and restaurants.
       
      Up the hill, in the Plateau area, we photograph the escaliers - the outdoor staircases that are a feature of the century-old duplex townhouses. Some insist that the curved steps reduced building costs; others say they created space for a front garden. Local lore suggests otherwise. “We are very Catholic,” a friend explains. “To ensure propriety, the church insisted on exterior entrances so everyone on the street could always see who was going in and out of each apartment.”
       
      Many Montrealers still live downtown, so the urban bustle continues after work and at weekends. Thanks to a passion for the arts, there is always plenty going on. Over the years, we have been to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Grands Ballets Canadiens, enjoyed jazz and comedy at small clubs.
       
      And we have always eaten well. Like their cousins in the Old World, Montrealers love good food. As well as four busy, European-style markets, piled high with local produce, there is a huge range of well-priced restaurants. Some offer hearty Québec favourites such as smoked meat, tourtière (meat pie) and, thanks to the Jewish community, arguably the best bagels in North America. My favourite restaurants are those offering a modern take on traditional recipes; the most famous is Toqué!, whose chef, Normand Laprise, was in the vanguard of the foodie revolution. Still others reflect the influx of immigrants from Italy and Greece, Spain and China.
       
      These newcomers have spiced up the pot-au-feu that is Montreal: Vietnamese-run flower stalls look like mini-garden centres and red-shirted Benfica supporters celebrate the Portuguese club’s victory. Although locals still talk about the “French” and the “English”, meaning Francophone and Anglophone, Montreal today embraces so much more than just these two cultures. It all adds up to a city that is vibrant, confident and forward-looking, with a joie de vivre that is impossible to resist. As the franglais slogan for a local radio station puts it: “Plus de hits! Plus de fun!”
       
      Essentials
      Montreal is five hours behind UK time; the international dialling code for Canada is 001; the current exchange rate is C$1.88 to the pound.
       
      Where to stay
      Luxury
       
      The city is dotted with designer-cool hotels, such as the 30-room Hotel Gault at 449 rue Sainte-Hélène (514 904 1616, http://www.hotelgault.com; from £90), on the edge of Vieux-Montreal. Behind its elegant 1871 façade are bare brick and modern art.
       
      Traditionalists should opt for the Auberge Bonaparte at 447 rue Saint-François-Xavier (514 844 1448, http://www.bonaparte.com; £80), with its romantic ambience, excellent restaurant and 30 comfortable rooms. In fine weather, take in the views over Vieux-Montreal from the sixth-floor roof terrace.
       
      Mid-range
       
      The 60-room Hôtel XIXe Siècle at 262 rue St-Jacques Ouest (877 553 0019, http://www.hotelxixsiecle.com; from £70) scores for price and location – on the edge of Vieux-Montreal and an easy walk from downtown. The lobby and bar still have the high ceilings from the building’s origins as a 19th-century bank.
       
      Budget
       
      When the Auberge Les Passants du Sans Soucy at 171 rue St-Paul Ouest (514 842 2634, http://www.lesanssoucy.com) opened as an art gallery-cum-b&b some 15 years ago, Vieux-Montreal had yet to be revived. Today, guests staying in this 1723 stone house are steps away from galleries, shops and restaurants. Nine rooms only, so book early; Daniel Soucy’s breakfasts are lavish.
       
      What to see
      Museums
       
      For a quick history lesson, visit Pointe-à-Callière, built right on top of the city’s first Catholic cemetery (1643-1654). Look down through glass to the graves of Iroquois Indians buried near people named Tessier, Thibault and Hébert, family names that are still in the local phone book. On the top floor, L’Arrivage restaurant has great views over the port (514 872 9150, http://www.pacmusee.qc.ca).
       
      As well as the obvious European Old Masters, the Musée des Beaux-Arts (514 285 2000, http://www.mbam.qc.ca) has fine Canadian works. Paintings by the renowned Group of Seven capture the ruggedness of the country in the early 20th century; more contemporary are Quebecois talents such as Jean-Paul Riopelle and Serge Lemoyne .
       
      The Olympic Park
       
      From the 1976 Olympic Stadium, the Montreal Tower rises 537 feet (164m) - at an incline of 45 degrees. Take the funicular up to the Observatory for spectacular views across the city. Another legacy of the Games is the pool. For £2, you can swim where David Wilkie of Scotland took gold in the 200m breaststroke, breaking the world record in the process (514 252 4737, http://www.rio.gouv.qc.ca).
       
      Then there is the velodrome, recycled as the Biodôme. Under a vast roof, this space is divided into four eco-systems, which are always in season. Sloths hide in the Tropical Rainforest, cod and salmon swim in the St Lawrence Marine Eco-system, beavers build dams in the Laurentian Forest, but the biggest crowd-pleasers are the penguins, which torpedo into the icy waters of the Antarctic (514 868 3000, http://www.biodome.qc.ca).
       
      Montreal Botanical Garden
       
      An easy walk from the Olympic Park is the city’s answer to Kew Gardens (514 872 1400, www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin). Within its 180 acres are 10 giant greenhouses and 30 themed gardens. Learn all about toxic and medicinal plants; compare Chinese and Japanese horticultural styles.
       
      Montreal Insectarium
       
      Across from the Botanical Garden is the Insectarium (514 872 1400, www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/insectarium), a must for children. This is a world of creepy-crawlies, with dung beetles, stick insects, cochineals, bees and more. There is even a set of scales that registers your weight, not in pounds or kilos but in ants. A 10-year-old weighs in at about 1.5 million.
       
      What to buy
      Shopping
       
      With sterling riding high, shopping is a pleasure. All the international brand names are here, but most fun are the boutiques featuring the work of stylish local designers. Downtown, head for rue de la Montagne, between Boulevard de Maisonneuve and rue Sherbrooke; up on the Plateau, check out rue Saint-Denis, chock-a-block with shops, and the funky boulevard Saint-Laurent. The three big department stores are Holt Renfrew, La Baie (Hudson’s Bay Company) and La Maison Ogilvy, where noon is still marked by a kilted piper playing the bagpipes.
       
      Markets
       
      Join locals shopping for produits du terroir at the art deco Marché Atwater, with its cheeses and maple syrup, and, next to Little Italy, the Marché Jean-Talon, ringed with busy bistro tables. The Marché Bonsecours in Vieux-Montreal no longer sells fruit and veg: the handsome 1847 building is now devoted to arts and crafts.
       
      Where to eat
      Toqué!
       
      Back in the early 1990s, Normand Laprise startled locals with his flavour combinations and the dramatic look of his dishes. As inventive as ever, his seven-course, £45 “mystery menu” could include scallops marinated in strawberry and bell pepper jus and suckling pig with a curry glaze (900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle; 514 499 2084, http://www.restaurant-toque.com).
       
      La Porte
       
      At this family-run operation, Pascale Rouyé looks after front of house while her husband, Thierry, and their son cook. They do what the French do best (local ingredients, classic techniques), and the five-course, £22 menu would be hard to beat in their native Brittany (3627 Boulevard Saint-Laurent; 514 282 4996) .
       
      Olive + Gourmando
       
      Wood floors and chairs and young, cheerful staff make this a pleasant place to start the day with steaming café au lait and a blueberry brioche (351 rue Saint-Paul Ouest; 514 350 1083, http://www.oliveetgourmando.com).
       
      Garde-Manger
       
      The disco beat gets louder as the evening progresses in this brick-walled restaurant. Get stuck in to ribs and platters piled with crabs, mussels and shrimp from Québec’s Iles de la Madeleine. Finish with maple-pecan pie (408 rue Saint-François-Xavier; 514 678 5044).
       
      Aszú
       
      In this basement oenothèque, David Couture’s modern cuisine is matched with 50 wines by the glass (212 rue Notre-Dame Ouest; 514 845 5436).
       
      Night owls
       
      During Prohibition, Americans escaped to Montreal for whisky and jazz. There is still no shortage of clubs and bars. Join the fun on rue Crescent, boulevard Saint-Laurent and rue Saint-Denis in the Quartier Latin. One of the best jazz clubs is The Upstairs (1254 rue MacKay; 514 931 6808, http://www.upstairsjazz.com).
       
      Getting there
      Canadian Affair has return flights from London Gatwick and Manchester to Montreal Trudeau International from £198; flights and six nights’ three-star accommodation from £396, based on two sharing (020 7616 9184 or 0141 223 7517, http://www.canadianaffair.com).
       
      Getting about
      No car is needed. The STM three-day tourist pass (£9) offers unlimited travel on the fast, safe metro and bus system. Metro stops are part of RÉSO, the network of cheerful, brightly lit underground walkways that stretches for some 20 miles, linking shops and apartment blocks, restaurants and museums.
       
      Getting in
      The Montreal Museums Pass gets you in to the 30 principal museums, and includes the three-day travel pass (£23, http://www.museesmontreal.org).
       
      More information
      Tourism Montreal: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org. At Tourism Québec, talk to a real person on 0800 051 7055 (http://www.bonjourquebec.com/uk).
       
      In the know
      Three of the best events on the city’s calendar include:
       
      Canadian Grand Prix, June 6-8 (http://www.grandprix.ca).
      International Jazz Festival, June 26-July 6 (http://www.montrealjazzfest.com).
      Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, July 10-20 (http://www.hahaha.com).
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