Montreal 2019

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Montreal 2017 -2018
Montreal’s wood-burning ban starts Oct. 1, 2018

Montreal rejects concerns, approves $175-million composting plant
The municipal opposition and suburban mayors called on the city to suspend approval, citing the plant’s ballooning size and cost
Montreal set to embark on waste-treatment plan critics say is outdated
“No one builds large composting centres anymore.”

23 February
Josh Freed: Icy sidewalks wouldn’t be a problem if you’d listened to me and heated them
Sorry to rant about this issue again but there’s recent reason to rant.
You may remember city hall nixed former Mayor Coderre’s plan to heat Ste-Catherine’s sidewalks during the Great Downtown Reconstruction. But this winter is a showcase for why we need them.
The city claimed heated sidewalks were too difficult and costly, but several cities I’ve visited in winter have long had them, from Oslo and Helsinki to Sapporo, Japan.
It’s too late to heat up the first phase of Ste-Catherine’s renovation. We missed the ice-breaking boat. But there’s plenty of time to reconsider Phase 2, as well as our planned McGill College Ave. plaza.
Mayor Plante is focussed on a Pink Line, a great idea for someday, but a far-off dream with highway-loving Premier Legault at the provincial budget wheel.
Yet a “Heat Line” cutting through downtown Montreal is a realistic project we can fund ourselves. If it was electric-powered, it might even appeal to Quebec as a Hydro “sidewalk” showcase.
Environment Canada predicts many more weather-swinging winters like this one, so let’s start winterizing our city like we do our homes.

4 February
This is totally absurd!
Parents camped out all weekend for kindergarten spots in English public schools
“It’s the only French immersion school in the district,” one parent said. “I think in this day and age it’s ridiculous that we have to do this.”
At Royal Vale School — also in N.D.G. — where parents have been lining up for roughly the last 30 years, the atmosphere was almost festive on Sunday evening. Some parents had pitched tents, others were huddled around a bonfire watching the Super Bowl, which someone had managed to stream from a cell phone and project onto a white blanket.
On the door of the school was a hand-drawn list with 36 names on it, each hoping to snag one of 40 spots expected to be available next September.
EMSB spokesperson Mike Cohen said the lineups are a good sign schools are offering excellent education options that are popular with parents.
Parent blasts ‘downright dangerous’ need to wait overnight to secure spot at EMSB schools
Parents at Royal Vale and Edinburgh Elementary started waiting days in advance of registration
Montreal parents camp out, miss work for spots at English schools

Brownstein: ‘Coming back is certainly an option,’ Denis Coderre says
He has lost many pounds but none of his candour. Montreal’s ex-mayor on everything from snow-clearing to the Expos — and his possible return.

16-28 January
Opinion: Royalmount isn’t merely a zoning issue
Had T.M.R. acted as a planner, it would have looked at the project in its context and at its long-term impacts.
By Raphaël Fischler, professor of urban planning, Université de Montréal
The problem with suburban mayors and with many other municipal officials is that they understand zoning better than planning. Zoning is designing municipal regulations that set conditions for the delivery of a permit to develop a piece of land. Planning, on the other hand, is setting policies for the long term.
T.M.R. approached the Royalmount project purely as a zoning issue. Had it acted as a planner, it would have looked at the project in its context and at its long-term impacts.
Martin Patriquin: Concerns about Royalmount extend beyond traffic
There is a distinct possibility the mega-mall project will be a short-term success but a long-term failure.
… the roughly 4 million square-foot behemoth [is] slated to be plunked onto the industrial scrapes of T.M.R. by 2022. The city of Montreal’s own study says it will increase the number of cars on the already overburdened Décarie interchange by nearly 20 per cent, and cannibalize clientele from nearby shopping centres.
Outdated concept or economic home run? Facing-off over Royalmount plan
Will the project be a boon for the local economy or a $1.7-billion white elephant? Opponents and proponents of Royalmount squared off at city hall Wednesday.
As far as projects go, Royalmount would be a sort of city within a city; requiring the construction of stores, restaurants, hotels, theatres, a cinema, a waterpark, parking lots and up to 6,000 condo units all located in the Town of Mount Royal. … urban planner, Richard Grenier, suggests that such a massive investment in brick and mortar retail puts Royalmount on the wrong side of history. He cited a 2017 report by Crédit Suisse that warns that up to 25 per cent of American malls will close within the next four years.
The report points to the rise of e-commerce as a factor that’s making malls increasingly irrelevant in the lives of young consumers.

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