Habitat ‘67 developed out of architect Moshe Safdie’s 1961 thesis design project and report ("A Three-Dimensional Modular Building System" and "A Case for City Living" respectively). The building was realized as the main pavilion and thematic emblem for the International World Exposition and its theme, Man and His World, held in Montreal in 1967 (movie). Born of the socialist ideals of the 1960s, Safdie’s thesis housing project explored new solutions to urban design challenges and high-density living. His ideas evolved into a three-part building system which pioneered the combined use of a three-dimensional urban structure, specific construction techniques (the prefabrication and mass-production of prototypal modules), and the adaptability of these methods to various site conditions for construction conceivably around the world (Safdie would later be commissioned to design other 'Habitat' projects in North America and abroad).
The outcome of Safdie’s thesis explorations, Habitat ’67 in essence gives life to these ideas. The design for Habitat relies on the multiple use of repetitive elements, called boxes or modules, which were arranged to create 16 differently configured living spaces, for a total of 158 residences within the complex.
Terror Center: Montreal, terror capitol of North America
The RCMP (Canada’s equivalent to the FBI) has arrested a Montreal area man involved in yet another international plot to commit terror.
CTV- Quebecer arrested in connection with terror plot
VIENNA, Austria — A 35-year-old Quebec resident has been arrested in connection with an alleged threat to bomb targets outside Canada. The RCMP says Said Namouh was arrested yesterday in Maskinonge, Quebec, northeast of Montreal. Namouh faces conspiracy charges and is slated to make a court appearance in Montreal tomorrow morning. RCMP say he was arrested in connection with an Austrian investigation into an online threat against Austria and Germany.
Austrian authorities say they rounded up three alleged al Qaeda sympathizers earlier this week — two men and a woman, all Austrian citizens in their 20s and of Arab origin. They believe the three are linked with a video that surfaced in March threatening to attack Germany and Austria unless the two countries withdrew their personnel from Afghanistan. Perfect Storm
Montreal is traditionally a port / gateway city that now features an exploding Arabic & Muslim population. Fancying itself ‘European’, the city sports liberal bordering on criminally lax security, a native french population that is radically left, & thus naturally sympathetic to so called ‘resistance’ and anti-Americanism, while harboring at the same time deep antithesis to religion, Israel and Jews in particular. Quebecers are statistically speaking the most anti-Semitic population group in Canada.
During last summer’s Lebanon conflict with Hezbollah tens of thousands marched in the city in support of the terror group, including prominent Quebec politicians. Quebec’s population has never supported the Afghanistan mission, or the liberation of Iraq. The city has been featured as one of the leading grounds for terror fundraising & recruiting on the North American continent, and is ceaselessly in the news due to the fact that it is a both breeding ground for terrorists, as well as a convenient safe-haven.
But if you were to ask Government officials, law enforcement, or the average Quebecer they would deny it all.. Unfortunately the facts speak for themselves. Please see the following posts for an endless litany of embarrassing and dangerous terror ties featuring Quebec & Montreal, the terror capitol of North America, and this is just the tip of the iceberg:
Montreal's Jews aren't going anywhere By Yoni Goldstein
The history of Russian Jews in Montreal, Canada, began more than a century ago, when a coalition of Jews and Christians in the city raised funds to help Jews escape from the Russian empire in the wake of an onslaught of pogroms triggered by the assassination of czar Alexander II, in March 1881. There are widely varying estimates on the current size of the Russian Jewish community in Montreal: The local Jewish federation believes there are fewer than 10,000 Russian-speaking Jews in the city, while Russian community officials claim the actual number is more than double that figure. In either case, a community center and a Russian-language biweekly newspaper attest to the fact that Russian Jews have established a vibrant community in the city (whose total Jewish population is about 100,000).
Of course, as in virtually every city outside Israel where there is a Jewish presence, life for the Jews of Montreal is not without challenges. The city has been home to some minor-league anti-Semitism in the past, and the province of Quebec is proving to be mildly hostile to anyone who can't speak in French and isn't willing to learn how. But the biggest threat to Montreal Jews, the Quebec sovereignty movement of the 1970s and then later, in the early-1990s, has more recently lost favor in the eyes of more Quebecois than ever before. Now is a good time to be a Jew in Montreal.
Apparently, Nativ, the formerly clandestine organization that since the 1950s has shared responsibility for bringing Jews from what is now the Former Soviet Union to Israel, and Israel's minister of strategic affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, don't agree. According to recent stories in Haaretz and the European Jewish Press service, having apparently run out of Jews still living in the FSU to bring to Israel, Nativ is planning to make a new push in North America to recruit Russian Jews there to make aliyah. Target No. 1: Montreal.
It's a peculiar strategy: aiming to do business in a country that has two significant, settled communities of Russian Jews (the other being Toronto, where some 90,000 live); a country that is safe for Jews and where Jewish communities have long prospered; and a country, moreover, to which disadvantaged immigrants flock and where they are welcomed in droves, where they can experience multiculturalism and inclusiveness. When you're trying to convince people to leave peaceful, thriving Canada for a better life in the Middle East, you know you're in trouble of some kind.
The only ones that look bad in this story are Nativ and Lieberman. The decision to recruit in Montreal is, at best, misguided. Worse, it demonstrates that the brand of covert immigration missions that were Nativ's bread and butter between the 1950s and 1990s is no longer needed. For 30 years, the organization was solely responsible for assisting countless Jewish escapees from the Soviet scourge, but that very important work is now finished. Jews who, under the hammer and sickle, were unable either to express themselves Jewishly, or to leave for someplace else where they would be free to do just that, are now at liberty to choose where they want to live, including Israel.
In fact, Nativ's decision to choose Montreal's as its first stop in North America proves just how out of touch the organization is. (Already in Germany, Nativ has provoked a protest from Jewish communal leaders because of similar efforts there to lobby Russian-immigrant Jews to depart for Israel.) According to estimates from the city's Jewish federation, 80-85 percent of Russian Jews living in Montreal actually moved there from Israel. These people have already been the beneficiaries of Nativ once, and yet, at some later point, they decided that Israel wasn't the right place for them after all. There's no reason to think that they would consider moving back now, no matter how hard aliyah-liaison officers try to convince them.
Nativ's venture into Montreal is doomed to fail because the organization's brand of cloak-and-dagger aliyah recruitment simply isn't suited to today's Jewish global village. Its employment of old-style Zionist tactics, which depict the State of Israel as representing the final stronghold against a world of Jew-haters doesn't connect with people anymore. There are, after all, other perfectly suitable homes for Jews. Montreal is one of those places.
Perhaps the time has come for Israel in general to reevaluate its relationship with Diaspora Jewry and acknowledge that there are other places in the world perfectly suited to Jewish living. Once it takes that first step, the next job would be to recognize that the overall relationship between Israel and the Diaspora must change. Instead of looking at the Diaspora as a temporary home for those Jews who can't or aren't ready yet to make aliyah, Israel should invest in forming bonds with Jewish communities around the globe. Nativ, which has been reorganized and reportedly has a fat new budget, might even consider investing some of its cash in making those communities healthier, much in the same way those communities have long invested in the welfare of Israel.
Montreal's Russian Jews aren't going anywhere and neither are the vast majority of Jews - Russian-speaking or otherwise - in North and South America and Europe. The sooner the Israeli government realizes that fact, the sooner it can begin to forge a new, symbiotic relationship with all the Jews outside Israel who are quite content to stay right where they are.
Yoni Goldstein is an editorial writer at Canada's National Post, and a columnist at the Canadian Jewish News.
A place to indulge your inner fantasy
The opus montreal is a hotel with multiple personalities
Mar 30, 2008 04:30 AM
MONTrEAL–Remember when getting in touch with yourself involved either recreational drugs, transcendental meditation or, at the very least, a dusty summer of backpacking across Europe?
No longer. Today, it's a high-end affair, best achieved at boutique getaways, like the uber-chic Opus Hôtel Montreal.
At the corner of Sherbrooke St. and Boulevard Saint-Laurent, where Old Montreal meets new, Opus Hôtel Montreal's 136 rooms and suites evolved from the venerable Hotel Godin, North America's first poured-concrete building. Built by Joseph Arthur Godin in 1914, the sleek art nouveau structure was updated in 2004, by architect Dan Hanganu, who added a modern wing of glass and steel.
When Opus Hotel Vancouver owner John deC. Evans bought the property in 2007, the goal was to improve while preserving original elegance. The painstaking process is still underway, as architects work to revamp the fine dining restaurant and build what is expected to become Montreal's largest terrace bar, with dramatic space indoors and out to accommodate both large groups and the chic evening crowd.
The Evans family knows hotels. Having already enjoyed great success with Opus Vancouver, they were confident their Quebec version would be well received.
"We knew Montreal had the right vibe for this kind of hotel," says Katherine Evans, 27, daughter of John and the force behind Opus Hôtel Montreal's promotion, marketing and food and beverage functions.
Opus has quickly become one of Montreal's most stylish boutique hotels, and certainly the only one to offer rooms that enable guests to get in touch with their inner Pierre, Susan, Mike, Dede or Billy.
Finding yourself at Opus is a matter of matching decor to desire. Creative interior design that echoes a successful system used at Opus Vancouver has divided the hotel's rooms and suites into five personality collections, each with distinct characteristics.
Pierre, for example, is a Parisian designer, in search of a sophisticated sanctuary. The walls of his room and suite collection are deep orange, the furniture, rich dark wood, and the bed coverings a mix of strong, warm textures and patterns. The effect, at once dramatic and urbane, invites you to pour yourself a glass of something very expensive and put your feet up.
If the inner you is tender, select the Susan. With walls drenched in periwinkle, soft white linens and romantic silken pillows, a Susan suite is riddled with romance, the white leather settees and ottomans so languorous, you might just drape yourself over them and never leave.
Elegant Pierre, romantic Susan, high-powered physician Mike, musician-party-boy Billy and outrageous diva Dede (take special note of the funky toss pillows on Dede's beds) – choose the suite that speaks to your inner self, slip into the robe that awaits in your closet, and head for the bathroom.
Every Opus room and suite features a porcelain paradise with not only delectable L'Occitane amenities and perhaps the deepest bathtub you'll ever soak in, but also a personal, hand-held oxygen canister to give brain cells a boost on the road to self-discovery.
Continue your self-discovery voyage at nearby Spa Valmont (the only Canadian location of the famous Swiss line) where therapists cosset you in plush terry and provide to-die-for facial and body treatments. Signature products contain the finest salmon roe – like face caviar, it's a decadent restorative.
Rejuvenated, celebrate the glorious new you at Opus' Suco Restaurant while Executive Chef Mohammed Zai, recent winner of Quebec's chef of the year award, spins local fare into exotic delicacies.