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    • By GDS
      Le jeudi 9 octobre 2014, en présence de la mairesse de la Ville de Longueuil, Madame Caroline St-Hilaire, de Madame France Dubé, conseillère à la Ville de Longueuil, de Monsieur Mathieu Duguay, président Société de gestion Cogir, de l’équipe de Jazz Longueuil, des cadres de Société de gestion Cogir et des résidents de Jazz Longueuil, se tenait la cérémonie de pelletée de terre protocolaire marquant le début de la construction de la tour II de la résidence privée pour aînés JAZZ Longueuil. Du même coup, la capsule temporelle contenant divers objets et souvenirs des résidents actuels de Jazz Longueuil a été scellée officiellement. Cette capsule sera installée dans la structure de béton de la tour II avec à son bord, à tout jamais, une petite partie de l'âme des résidents de la phase I.
       
      Résidence importante située au cœur de Longueuil, Jazz Longueuil s’agrandit pour accueillir une clientèle d’aînés autonomes de l’agglomération et ses environs. En plus d’offrir plus de 180 nouveaux logements au look contemporain, cette nouvelle résidence offrira des services à valeurs ajoutées à sa clientèle existante et future. Ce projet d’agrandissement, nécessitant un investissement de près de 30 millions de dollars, créera jusqu’à 26 nouveaux emplois. Située face à l’Hôpital Pierre-Boucher et à proximité de tous les services, la résidence Jazz Longueuil était louée à pleine capacité depuis quelques années. L’ajout de la tour II permettra d’offrir des opportunités de location à plusieurs aînés de la grande région qui désirent goûter à l’expérience Jazz. La construction de cette nouvelle tour sera réalisée entièrement par Société de gestion Cogir, l’un des plus importants gestionnaires d’immeubles au Québec.
       
      http://www.jazzlongueuil.ca
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    • By loulou123
      La ville devient immobilier promoteur immobilier Pour la première fois de son histoire, la Ville de Montréal se lance dans un mégaprojet de développement domiciliaire évalué à 300 M$, dans l'est de la ville.
       
      L'administration Tremblay a confié à la paramunicipale SHDM le mandat de construire environ 1800 maisons, condos et appartements sur un vaste terrain, le site Contrecoeur, qui appartient à la Ville. Le projet doit être réalisé sur une période d'au moins cinq ans et le constructeur principal retenu à la suite d'un appel d'offres est la firme F. Catania.
       
      Le site est impressionnant avec ses 380 000 mètres carrés. Il est délimité au sud par la rue Sherbrooke, à l'ouest par la rue Pierre-Bernard, au nord par Anjou et à l'est par la carrière Lafarge, à Montréal-Est.
       
      Logements sociaux
       
      Les clientèles visées sont les familles, les revenus moyens, les retraités. Une place importante sera faite aux logements sociaux et, à ce chapitre, il a déjà été déterminé par l'administration de Montréal que plus de la moitié des logements seront de type «abordable» (39 %) et à caractère «social» (21 %).
       
      Une zone de maisons unifamiliales sera réservée au nord. Elle sera voisine de l'arrondissement d'Anjou.
       
      Cet important développement qui amènera près de 5000 personnes dans le quartier Maisonneuve est évalué à 300 M$.
       
      «Nous sommes excités, commente la mairesse de l'arrondissement, Lyne Thériault, mais le projet soulève quelques questions auxquelles l'hôtel de ville devra apporter des réponses.»
       
      Elle mentionne entre autres «les dépenses accrues auxquelles devra faire face l'arrondissement pour fournir les services publics à cette nouvelle population».
       
      Des parcs
       
      L'entreprise est colossale. La SHDM doit prévoir plusieurs zones de développement avec ses rues, ses parcs, ses infrastructures et ses unités d'habitation.
       
      À l'extrémité est, les nouveaux quartiers seront voisins de la carrière Lafarge.
       
      «Je n'ai pas d'inquiétude quant à cette proximité. Le projet prévoit une large bande verte avec des arbres pour atténuer le bruit et la poussière et autres nuisances liées à l'exploitation de la carrière», soutient la mairesse. Une zone de commerces est aussi aménagée le long de la carrière, dans la partie sud du nouveau quartier.
       
      Le projet domiciliaire rapportera 5 M$ et plus de taxes municipales annuellement dans les coffres de la Ville.
    • By ricasa25
      Barcelona, from the beach to my apartment, what I see when I go to the beach.
       
      Olympic beach / port:
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      The Olympic port from another perspective (the big fish is from Ghery)
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      More beach moments and twin toers on the background:
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      Mapfre Tower:
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      Art Noveau buildings at the most luxurious street in Barcelona, Passeig de Gracia:
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      The same building from another point of view:
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      Burrberrys Building:
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      The hall of my home :

       
      Well my first Photo Thread, I hope you like it. Soon more !
    • By mtlurb
      Vibrant Montreal brings new Canadian rock sound to world scenes
       
      Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2007 (EST)
      Montreal, the Canadian city known for its fierce winters, has become an international hotspot for a new wave of indie bands.
       
       

      The Montreal band "Arcade Fire" during a performance
      © AFP/GettyImages/File Kevin Winter


       
      PARIS (AFP) - Led by trailblazers Arcade Fire, guitar-wielding groups have been touring overseas, winning fans and have everyone wondering about the secret of the city’s sudden success.
       
      Alongside the rock scene, electronic acts such as DJ Champion, Kid Koala and Tiga have made "based in Montreal" a fashionable stamp of quality.
      In the process, the image of Canadian music, once dominated by pop crooners Bryan Adams and Celine Dion, has been redefined.
       
      "Montreal is an extremely cosmopolitan and open city," said homegrown singer Pierre Lapointe, giving his reasons for the new vibrancy.
       
      "We couldn’t care less about origins. What we look for is good music and interesting ways of doing things," he added during a stop in Paris.
       
      Montreal is home to about two million people, making it the biggest city in the French-speaking eastern province of Quebec.
       
      Music journalist and commentator for Canadian cable channel MusiquePlus, Nicolas Tittley, puts the vitality of the guitar scene down to North American influences.
      The Montreal band "Arcade Fire" during a performance
      © AFP/GettyImages/File Kevin Winter


       
      "Rock, country, blues, folk. Basically, all the music movements linked to North America are not foreign for 'les Montrealais'," he said in an interview.
       
      Indie rockers Arcade Fire have sold a million albums worldwide, according to their record label, and fellow groups Wolf Parade, The Bell Orchestre, Patrick Watson, Stars, The Besnard Lakes or The Dears are following in their footsteps.
       
      The francophone movement includes Ariane Moffatt, Karkwa, Ghislain Poirier, Les Trois Accords and Malajube.
       
      Malajube is threatening to cross the language divide and break into English-speaking markets after the group’s new album "Trompe-l'oeil" won plaudits from US reviewers.
       
      Although Montreal is a majority francophone city, most people can speak (and sing in) both languages and the city is also home to a large, well-integrated ethnic population.
       
      "The openness that we have in Montreal is quite unique," said Laurent Saulnier, programmer for the Montreal International Jazz Festival and Francofolies de Montreal event.
       
      "Few cities in the world have access to so many sorts of music from everywhere: France, USA, Europe, South America, or Africa."
       
      The cross-over of influences and culture is also seen in the music collaborations.
       
      Pierre Lapointe, The Dears, Les Trois Accords and Loco Locass, a rap group similar to the Beastie Boys, make guest appearances on the Malajube’s album.
       
      Critics snipe that the hype will not last, but for the moment at least, a new, fresh face has been put on Canadian music overseas. ©AFP
    • By mtlurb
      Halifax could learn a lot from Montreal

      VICTOR SYPEREK
      The Daily News
      You know, as you travel through this wonderful country, you realize just how lucky we are to be Canadians. From the majestic Rocky Mountains to the restless Atlantic Ocean. And what diverse populations. Bringing the best from all of our homelands.
       
      Leaving Toronto and heading East quickened my heart, as heading home always does. This is probably what is so compelling about travel. All we see and eat and do can be brought home to add a little diversity to our verdant region.
       
      I stopped in Kingston, Ont., which was celebrating the last day of its Busker Festival. It's hard to say how big theirs is, as on the last day, everyone joins together in the main area to watch the best of the week. They had closed a large portion of the downtown and besides the theatrical antics, parking lots were 1/2lled with 3/4ea markets, antique sales, baking and general city groups adding to the fun.
       
      After a Guinness, a bite and a leisurely chat with some locals, on I pushed to Montreal.
       
      I used to live there about 30 years ago. After the referendum, big business left in droves. Many Anglos followed. Toronto surpassed Montreal as Canada's No. 1 city. I think they went a little over board on their French-only bent, isolating them even further. But a funny thing happened. Rents stayed low. Houses remained affordable. It was the perfect environment for artists and artist expression. Montreal became an incubator and gave birth to the largest comedy festival and one of the largest jazz festivals and, of course, the world's most famous circus troupe, Cirque du Soleil.
       
      To some degree, this is all serendipity, the right place and the right time. But that isn't enough. You still need the people with the control and the money to pave the way or, at least, remove the road- blocks. And I chose this word for it's meaning. Obviously a city must function at many levels. Business must function, deliveries must be made, people must get to work and home again. But these days tourism is big business and as well talented people must be attracted to our fair cities. Besides just jobs, we have to address quality of life. Now this means many things. Besides a comfortable and safe place to live, we have to do things. We need theatre, 1/2lm, good food and entertainment. And entertainment can be so many things - from buskers to book fairs, car shows, huge 3/4ea markets, a literal day at the beach and sailing. If we have a happy population, it shows. The tourists 1/2nd out and they come to see why. And at the bottom of it all, you will 1/2nd a progressive administration.
       
      As in Montreal, where the arts had the perfect place to be. Flowers won't grow without the proper conditions, they must be encouraged. Montreal gets it.
       
      During the jazz festival, most of Montreal's streets are closed around the arts centre. During the Grand Prix the Main St. Laurent is closed and turned into a giant terrace; bars and restaurants spill out onto the street.
       
      The comedy fest, for two weeks, shuts down the blocks from St. Laurent past St. Dennis, south of Sherbrooke. The area is the size of downtown Halifax. There were hundreds of thousands of people on the streets. Roaming troupes of stilt walkers, parade 3/4oats, lights everywhere, sound and long lineups at all of the venues. It was a festival 20 years in the making.
       
      About 20 years ago, in Halifax, Dale Thompson started the Buskers' Festival and Mardi Gras, a Halloween night to remember.
       
      Buskers were a downtown-wide street show. They were everywhere. What could have grown into something approaching Montreal's festival was safely place in a sterile (read boring) package on the crowded waterfront.
       
      Same with Mardi Gras. It got out of control. Instead of managing it, it was cancelled, or at least the cost of police and 1/2re control became prohibitive. There is something wrong with our attitude.
       
      Mayor Peter Kelly and a few councillors should go on a paid junket to Montreal to 1/2nd out how it's done. There is no need to recreate the wheel. It's been done in Rio, New Orleans and in Montreal.
       
      I saw very few police, just on the gates to the streets. A couple of 1/2remen leaning on their 1/2re truck were there just in case. And there were hundreds of thousands of people of all ages with smiles on their faces.
       
      Heck, I'll even offer to go with them as translator, to translate into common sense.
       
      The film festival in Halifax is in its 21st year and yet the city is still dithering over permits to use Parade Square and surrounding streets.
       
      This festival has the potential to put us on the international 1/2lm map, but we need the nurturing and help of our city fathers.
       
      And speaking of 1/2lms, I wish our 1/2lm development board would get off their chairs and try to stem the 3/4ow of production from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick and the rest of the country.
       
      This was a $200- million-a-year business. Now I know there are circumstances, but let's start with local production.
       
      A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I hadn't seen many cops walking the beat late at night. Well just to prove me wrong, there they were Wednesday night, handing out parking tickets.
       
      C'mon. What gives? We have a world hockey tournament or curling or the Greek Festival or whatever - and the parking commission has a 1/2eld day.
       
      You know, if they are not blocking a hydrant or some emergency exit or driveway, do we have to be so fanatical? If it weren't about the revenue, you know you will be towed, if necessary. Let's give our visitors a break. But I guess we have to pay for the parking at Dartmouth Crossing somehow.
       
      Well, I'm off to enjoy our jazz festival. It's good here, but it could be better. Have a good one.
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