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      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 Grumpy
      I am living in a very crowded part of Europe , in the triangle Paris-London-Amsterdam so from time to time I'll go to this part of northern France where there is space and a lot of free nature to stroll through:
       
      Let me show you some pictures of Cote d'Opale: unspoiled beauty
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • By ouaouaron
      Le goût d'un nouveau monde
      Par Dorane Vignando
       
      Au coeur de Montréal, design, gastronomie, mode, développement durable témoignent d'une autre façon de vivre l'Amérique
       
      Du dehors, c'est une tour de centaines de verres montés en un colossal lustre de cristal que l'on remarque. A l'intérieur, une foule bigarrée grignote des tapas en sirotant du vin chilien ou australien. Le bar Pullman semble rescapé d'une guerre de chantier. En apparence. Car devant les murs troués et les lampes bricolées, étudiants bohèmes et costumes- cravates se mélangent dans le raffinement des dégustations. Ce temple branché, primé pour son look par le magazine «Créativité Montréal», illustre l'engouement actuel de la ville pour la création d'avant-garde. Justement. Après Buenos Aires et Berlin, Montréal vient de rejoindre le club fermé des «Villes Unesco de design». Bouillonnante, épicurienne, elle s'est débarrassée de ses habits de Vieux Continent et s'offre une cure de jouvence. Boutiques branchées, restaurants créatifs, anciennes usines ou bâtiments métamorphosés en ateliers ou en lofts, quartiers à l'abandon redynamisés... Selon le quotidien «la Presse», Montréal ferait même partie du top 10 des capitales du «nightlife», après New York, Londres ou Miami. Du Village (le quartier gay) au plateau Mont Royal, les nuits peuvent en effet être très chaudes, même en hiver. Côté musique, critiques et journalistes s'accordent à dire que la «nouvelle scène québécoise» swingue à tout va et bouscule rites et clichés sans se soucier ni des modèles locaux, et encore moins des cousins anglo-saxons. Ou plutôt en les mélangeant pour offrir un cocktail plutôt détonnant. Côté mode et design, «jamais nous n'avons autant parlé de création à Montréal qu'aujourd'hui», remarque Sylvie Berkowicz, rédactrice en chef de «Créativité Montréal». Une chose est sûre: si Montréal n'a pas la mentalité «américaine» de Toronto, ni ses coups d'éclat architecturaux, les rives du
      Saint- Laurent ne sont pas un bout de France perdu en Amérique, mais un bout d'Amérique qui se trouve bien être francophone. Sans chichis ni tape-à-l'oeil. La ville cultive ses contrastes, voire ses anachronismes, dans un mélange de vieilles pierres et de hautes silhouettes de béton et de verre. Depuis 2004, les vénérables rues pavées du quartier historique et de la basilique Notre- Dame filent vers le tout nouveau «quartier international», no man's land qui a vu sortir de terre des immeubles contemporains comme le spectaculaire Palais des Congrès avec sa façade en kaléidoscope de couleurs. Des brumisateurs intégrés au sol rafraîchissent les passants de la rue Saint-Antoine et les horodateurs fonctionnent à l'énergie solaire. Des hôtels design ont fleuri un peu partout dans le secteur ainsi que des tables très en vue tenues par des chefs inventifs, comme le «Toqué!», très sélect, où l'on vient de loin pour goûter du tar- tare de cerf au soja bio.
       
      Du centre-ville au quartier Latin, du boulevard Saint- Laurent au Plateau Mont-Royal, le design a la vedette. Les créateurs locaux ont carte blanche pour créer une succession d'ambiances diverses. Dans le «Mile End» autour de la rue Saint- Viateur, boutiques de mode et de déco, agences d'événementiel et cabinets d'architectes ont investi les bâtiments de brique rouge, les entrepôts, les anciennes boulangeries et les demeures bourgeoises XIXe. Dans sa boutique-galerie, la styliste- peintre mexicaine Renata Morales séduit par sa mode décalée et ses imprimés pop qui habillent déjà Charlize Theron, Milla Jovovich ou Alanis Morisette. Sans oublier les modèles japonisants de Marie Saint-Pierre ou le style vintage revisité du prometteur Denis Gagnon. Et que dire de la galerie de design ultra pointue Commissaires, qui s'est fait un nom par ses choix d'avant-garde: un théâtre d'objets où l'on déniche les oeuvres inédites du Néerlandais Maar- ten Baas, les céramiques rares de Hella Jongerius, les lampes de Michel Parent ou les drôles de toutous de William Wilson.
       
      De l'autre côté de la ville, vers le vieux port, une ancienne usine de textile transformée en coopérative d'habitation d'artistes accueille peintres, sculpteurs, photographes. De la céramique chez Marie Anne Marchand, de la vidéo chez Claudette Lemay, des portraits de SDF chez le photographe Jean Pierre Lacroix... Quant à Suzanne Bellefeuille, elle expose ses toiles et marionnettes géantes dans le nouveau centre de la Tohu, la nouvelle Cité des Arts du Cirque.
       
      Implantée dans un des quartiers les plus défavorisés, le quartier Saint-Michel, cet édifice - comprenant le « Pavillon », vaste chapiteau en béton qui a reçu plusieurs prix de la part de l'Institut du Design de Montréal - symbolise aussi le nouveau visage de la ville. Construit sur l'un des plus grands sites d'enfouissement des déchets en milieu urbain d'Amérique du Nord, ce complexe, à deux pas du Cirque du Soleil, a été pensé de manière entièrement écologique: matériaux bruts recyclés, énergie renouvelable, bassins de récupération des eaux, ventilation naturelle... La Tohu reste un bel exemple culturel et architectural au service du développement économique et de l'environnement. D'ici à 2020, sur l'ancienne carrière des déchets, est ainsi prévu l'aménagement d'un parc de 192 hectares pour faire du vélo l'été et du ski de fond l'hiver. Design, gastronomie, mode, développement durable... La modernité se vit décidément fort bien sous le soleil de Montréal.
       
      http://voyages.nouvelobs.com/articles/article_433.html
    • By mtlurb
      Life in Montreal - Telegraph Mentor
       
       
      Patricia Smith says Canadians are genuinely nice people; friendly and welcoming, fond of the British and very proud of their homeland.
       
      Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 28/11/2007
       
       
       
       
       
      Patricia Smith is willing to answer your questions about Montreal.

       
      Our mentors are volunteers and any information they provide is for information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Click here to access the message boards terms and conditions.
       
      My family moved to Montreal in early 2000 when my husband was offered a job with a Biotech company here. I also worked in the Biotech sector in Montreal for two years but left to start my own relocation company, Home Thoughts.
       
      My company is a Destination Services company that specialises in helping Brits who are moving to Montreal to find housing and schools, showing them where to shop, helping them to get drivers licenses, finding them cleaners, doctors, dentists, child-minders etc. Basically, all the things I wish someone had helped me with when I moved here!
       
      In addition to my experience of international relocation, having worked here as well, I understand the work ethos, which is very different from that in the UK and in the US. If anyone has any questions about visiting or moving to Montreal I am more than happy to answer them.
       
      Ask questions and read the answers on the Mentor Noticeboard.
       
      Geography: Montreal is located on an island gently nestled within the St. Lawrence Seaway in Eastern Canada in the Province of Quebec. The city is dominated by a large hill in the centre, grandly called 'The Mountain' by the locals, and only slightly less grandly officially 'Mont Royal'.
       
      This beautiful parkland, with the Mansions of Westmount and Outrement cut part way up it, has a chateau at the top and a lookout from which you can see right across to the States. Looking down you can see the business center of Montreal, the McGill University campus buildings and the bridges that cross the St. Lawrence. To the north of Montreal only 45 minutes away are the Laurentian mountains with their superb ski resorts, golf courses, lakes and cottages for summer and winter. To the East an hour away, are the Eastern Townships, again with superb skiing, golf, lakes and holiday cottages.
       
      The US is 40 minutes away to the south with Boston and New York six hours drive away and one hour by air. There are several daily flights to London only 7 hours away, and to the rest of Europe.
       
      Cuisine: The French influence means that the food is great; the croissants and pastries are second only to France. It appears that everyone who has ever emigrated here also loves food because there are restaurants of every nationality serving good food to suit every budget. Eating out here is so cheap compared to the UK, the portions are large, the service is great and children are welcome everywhere.
       
      There is a lot more smoking here than in the UK so ask for a non-smoking table if that is your preference. Wine and spirits are very expensive as they are sold by a Quebec government agency, the SAQ.
       
      The wine sold in the supermarkets is more like Ribena. Beer is more reasonably priced and can be bought in supermarkets or corner shops called depanneurs.
       
      People: Canadians are genuinely nice people; friendly and welcoming, fond of the British and very proud of their homeland. It has been said that Canada is a bit boring, but this is really not the case in Quebec. The European influence, particularly that of the French, really livens things up.
       
      After Paris, Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world. 69% of its three million people speak French as their mother tongue, 12% speak English and 19% don't speak either. The reality of the situation, however, is that in this tolerant, vibrant, and youthful city most of its inhabitants are functionally bilingual, often trilingual, and so coming here only speaking English is not a problem. Even if you speak perfect French you will be spotted as a visitor as the Quebecois accent is very different. I have lived here for four years and people still start speaking in English to me the minute I say 'Bonjour'.
       
      Montrealers love Brits and the shop assistants always want to chat, telling you who in their family is British, and how much they love your accent. There are also large numbers of immigrants from non-English or French cultures and there is no obvious racial tension. I suspect this is because they are not perceived scroungers or benefit seekers but just as new additions to a long line of immigrants, who are here to work hard, learn French and get on with life.
       
      Weather: Montreal has four distinct seasons. Winter is long lasting from November until the end of March. It has usually snowed by the middle of December and carries on intermittently until March. January and February are the coldest months with temperatures averaging -10ºC but on the odd day it does fall to -40ºC with the wind chill factor. -10ºC sounds cold but it isn't really provided you have the right clothes. It is a dry cold and so it doesn't penetrate through to your bones as it does in the UK. The children love the snow, which is dry and brushes off easily, and you can always appreciate the beautifully clear blue skies.
       
      Spring is very short lasting from April to the end of May, but everything grows extremely quickly and it is delightful to see the grass and flowers pushing through past the residual snow. Summer runs luxuriously through June to September and is hot and often humid. The temperature can reach the mid 30's in July and August and it is truly fantastic. Fall (Autumn) runs from October until mid-November and is beautiful with red, brown and gold colours abounding. It is a great time to travel to Vermont and the Laurentians or anywhere woody and rural.
       
      Standard of Living: Everything in Montreal is roughly half the price of that in the UK, from food and clothes to restaurants and housing, and people are not embarrassed to question prices or complain about bad service. Salaries are lower than in the UK but despite this you will still have a much better standard of living in Montreal.
       
      Healthcare: The medical system, Medicare, is very similar to the NHS with the same sorts of advantages and disadvantages. Treatment is free on demand and the doctors and nurses are generally very good but the waiting lists are often long. GP's are in short supply and you have to wait for hours in the Emergency Room (casualty).
       
      Once you arrive on a work permit or land as an immigrant you need to obtain a Medicare card to get treatment. The private health system in Quebec is very limited. You cannot pay to see a consultant or have tests performed in a public hospital more quickly but you can go to a private clinic for certain tests, particularly if you are an adult. Many health insurance schemes will pay for this.
      The cost of prescription medicines is borne by the patient or by the private insurance that you will have through your employer.
       
      Dental care is high quality but very expensive and not covered at all by Medicare for adults and even for children the provision is limited. Employee insurance schemes cover dental treatment but cover varies from scheme to scheme.
       
      As in the UK, adults in Quebec pay for eye check ups and children and those on welfare benefits do not. Medicare does not cover the cost of glasses or contact lenses, however, most insurance schemes cover the costs in part or completely. Glasses and contact lenses are considerably cheaper in Quebec than in the UK.
       
      Driving: If you hold a valid British Driving License you can obtain a Quebec license without taking a test. You can drive for a few months on your international license but it is best to get a Quebec license as soon as possible. You can obtain this from the SAAQ (Société de l'Assurance Automobile du Quebec).
       
      You are legally required to carry your license with you when driving as well as the insurance and registration documents for the car. The rules regarding drink-driving, the wearing of seat belts, and use of child car seats are similar to those in the UK, i.e do not drink and drive, wear seats belts at all times and make sure your child has the correct car seat for their size and age.
       
      It is relatively easy to adjust to driving on the right hand side of the road in Quebec, because the speed limits are lower than in the UK and they are, by and large, obeyed.
       
      The general consensus among expats is that drivers in Quebec are not very good. It is not that they are deliberately obstructive or aggressive; they just seem unaware of other cars, not letting you into a lane or out of a side street, pulling out suddenly and rarely indicating. There is 'no fault' insurance in Quebec. That is, if you have an accident your insurance company pays for your damage and the other parties company pays for their damage regardless of who was responsible. Any injury to your person is insured by the SAAQ.
       
      Banking: If you are just visiting banking is fine, you can use your UK cashpoint cards in the ATM's which are everywhere, not just in the banks but in cinemas, depanneurs and supermarkets. Of course, UK credit cards are accepted everywhere. The banks are open 10am until 4pm on weekdays only and have very long queues so use the ATM whenever possible.
       
      If you are planning to move here for a few years banking is more difficult. Your credit reference in the UK is no good here at all and you basically start from scratch proving your financial worthiness to be given a credit card and overdraft facility. Getting as many store cards as possible is one way to improve your credit rating.
    • By mtlurb
      Un paddock rénové à Montréal
       
      Charles Rooke
      Journal de Montréal
      13/02/2008 10h29
      Le paddock du circuit Gilles- Villeneuve ne devrait plus être la risée du circuit de la formule 1 car, selon ce qu'a appris le Journal de Montréal, une subvention de 1,25 million de dollars du gouver nement fédéral serait accordée afin qu'on procède à sa réfection.
       
       
      L'an der nier, Ber nie Ecclestone, le grand manitou du cirque de la formule 1, avait critiqué les installations du Grand Prix de Montréal.
       
      Durant la semaine du Grand Prix, des employés de l'écurie Honda avaient été jusqu'à affirmer que les installations montréalaises étaient «une honte».
       
      Les écuries avaient même dû faire la vaisselle avec l'eau provenant du bassin olympique.
       
      Les organisateurs du Grand Prix ont donc fait une demande de subvention de deux millions de dollars au gouver nement fédéral en novembre afin de remédier à la situation.
       
      La somme de 1,25 million serait débloquée prochainement, et l'annonce de l'octroi de la subvention pourrait être faite au cours des prochaines semaines.
       
      Quelques détails à régler
       
      L'entente ne serait pas encore finalisée, mais il resterait quelques détails à fignoler afin d'officialiser le tout.
       
      Le ministre des Travaux publics, Michael Fortier, aurait fait une priorité de ce dossier. On n'a toutefois pas voulu confirmer la nouvelle du côté de son bureau.
       
      Il a été impossible de joindre un membre de l'organisation du Grand Prix hier.
       
      Cette nouvelle tombe sans doute à point pour le Grand Prix de Montréal car, la semaine dernière, Bernie Ecclestone, un Britannique, a menacé de retirer le Grand Prix d'Angleterre en raison de la désuétude des installations.
       
      Le Grand Prix des États-Unis a, quant à lui, déjà été rayé du calendrier de la formule 1 en 2008.
       
      Le gouvernement provincial pourrait également annoncer sa participation à ce projet.
       
      Cette année, le Grand Prix du Canada aura lieu du 6 au 8 juin.
      http://www2.canoe.com/sports/nouvelles/archives/2008/02/20080213-102902.html
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