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Sunday, July 31, 2011

L'A20 fermée après l'effrondrement d'un bloc

Publié: 31 juillet 2011 10:15
Mis à jour: 31 juillet 2011 10:34

MONTRÉAL - Un immense bloc de béton s'est effondré dimanche matin dans le tunnel Ville-Marie, à Montréal, sans faire de blessés.

L'autoroute 720 a été fermée dans les deux directions.

L'effondrement est survenu vers 9h30 à la hauteur du viaduc Hôtel-de-Ville, en direction est.

Les causes de l'incident, qui aurait pu être catastrophique, sont encore inconnues. Mais à Transport Québec, on indique que la situation est «assez sérieuse».

La police de Montréal, la Sûreté du Québec et des agents du ministère du Transport sont sur place pour recueillir davantage d'informations.

Métro Montréal - L'A20 fermée après l'effrondrement d'un bloc

Saturday, July 30, 2011

More Montreal road shutdowns this weekend

Photograph by: Bryanna Bradley, THE GAZETTE

MONTREAL - The list of road closures lengthens this weekend, with roadwork set to paint the city orange well into August.

Construction on the decaying Turcot Interchange is scheduled to close the ramp leading from eastbound Highway 20 to southbound Highway 15 Friday and Sunday night.

Also affected will be westbound Highway 720/20 and eastbound Highway 20/720, set to shut down Sunday night.

Closed since July 15, the westbound Highway 720 (Ville Marie Expressway) access road to the southbound Décarie Expressway is expected to reopen Aug. 9.

Westbound Highway 20 is slated to be sealed off to motorists between Highways 13 and 520 (Côte de Liesse Rd.) Friday and Saturday night.

More Montreal road shutdowns this weekend

Oasis near Montreal includes a spa and bistro

Auberge Santé Oasis de l'Île is a hidden gem. This agreeable getaway combines a 22-room inn, a sprawling Nordic spa and enjoyable dining, indoors or on the porch.

It sounds like pleasant, predictable fare, but Oasis de l'Île stands out for its location only a five-minute drive from Highway 13, its moderate prices - dinner is a $35 table d'hôte - and the Nordic spa is a downright steal at certain times. If you go after 5 p.m. on weekdays, it costs $20 and you can splash and soak in the hot tubs and cold pools for hours.

All good, but Oasis's most outstanding feature is its unique setting on one of two private islands in Rivière des Mille Îles, just north of Laval.
Oasis near Montreal includes a spa and bistro

Gun control: Crime and the registry

Claude Fortin strips a client's rifle at B & L Sports hunting
and fishing store in Montreal. There is data that fuels both sides
of the gun registry debate.

Photograph by: Phil Carpenter, The Gazette

For an interactive look at statistics on gun crime in Canada, click here.

MONTREAL - There are two basic crime scenes when it comes to gun violence in Canada. One involves weapons that are traceable - sometimes using the $1 billion long-gun registry that is likely to be scrapped by the Conservative government this fall, as promised. The other - far more common - involves guns that are not traceable because they are not registered, the registration number was erased or the guns used to kill are never found.

The looming question as MPs get set to haggle once again over the emotional longgun registry issue is: Does it save lives?

What do the statistics show for the years since 2001, when the requirement of a licence to possess and acquire firearms started and since 2003, when registration of all firearms, including rifles and shotguns, became mandatory?

The Gazette compiled Statistics Canada data on the use of guns in violent crimes and found that only in a minority of cases were the guns registered. For example, of the 1,466 guns used in homicides between 2002 and 2009, 133 were registered, 360 were not registered, and 973 were of unknown origin (the firearm was not recovered or the serial number was removed). Long-gun deaths in that time declined from 40 to 29, a drop of 27 per cent.

Gun control: Crime and the registry

Friday, July 29, 2011

Eminem Montreal Osheaga 2011


CTV Montreal - Accidents on the rise since arrival of Bixis: Doctor - CTV News

MONTREAL — A Montreal emergency room doctor believes the number of cycling accidents has gone up since Bixi bikes arrived in the city.

Dr. Jean-Marc Troquet, chief of emergency medicine for the McGill University Health Centre, is recommending an in-depth study of accident statistics. He says the vast majority who end up in the ER suffering from head trauma weren't wearing helmets.

Bixis were introduced in the spring of 2009 and there are no official statistics on how they have affected the accident rate since then.

Tarek Tazek, Chief of Trauma at the MUHC says that around 15 people come in with bike accidents every day.

"I don't think people fully realize what risk they're taking," he said concerning people pedaling without head protection.

CTV Montreal - Accidents on the rise since arrival of Bixis: Doctor - CTV News

Montreal's Ogilvy's bought by Selfridges Group

Photograph by: Marie-France Coallier, Montreal Gazette file photo

 Montreal’s historic Ogilvy's department store is changing hands for the second time in just over a year.

Selfridges Group Ltd., the real estate arm of Canada’s wealthy Weston family, is the new buyer.
Terms were not disclosed. Selfridges said it will retain current management.

“This store is a great addition to our growing international portfolio,” said chief financial officer Paul Gallagher.

“SGL is pleased to have this opportunity to enhance its retail operations in Montreal, which has an international reputation as a leading fashion centre.”

Just last year, the upscale Ste. Catherine St. store - founded in 1866 - was purchased by a private investment group comprised of Champlain Financial Corp., BB Real Estate Investment Trust (controlled by the Beaudoin/Bombardier families) and the Quebec Federation of Labour’s Solidarity Fund.
Montreal's Ogilvy's bought by Selfridges Group

Montreal Alouettes: Anthony Calvillo's return not enough

Montreal Alouettes linebacker Diamond Ferri is tackled by
Hamilton Tiger-Cats defenders Daniel Francis (L) and
Kyle Jones (49) during the first half of their CFL football
game in Hamilton July 29, 2011.

Photograph by: Mike Cassese, REUTERS

HAMILTON – Not even the return of veteran quarterback Anthony Calvillo was enough on this night.

Calvillo returned to the Alouettes’ lineup after missing most of their last game with blurred vision in his right eye. Wide-receiver Kerry Watkins made his 2011 debut, and even offensive-tackle Josh Bourke returned to protect Calvillo’s blindside. And yet, it wasn’t enough.

Montreal produced only two touchdowns and came up short for the second consecutive week, losing 34-26 to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Friday night before 24,068 Ivor Wynne Stadium spectators. It marked the first of four regular-season meetings between the division rivals, along with the first time the Als faced Avon Cobourne, their former tailback.

Montreal Alouettes: Anthony Calvillo's return not enough

Thursday, July 28, 2011

CRTC Renews Licences of Carriers' English-language TV | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) renewed the licences of all English-language television services operated by Rogers Media until 2014, and the licences of the services operated by Bell Media, Shaw Media, and Corus Entertainment until 2016.

Over the next five years, Bell Media, Corus Entertainment and Shaw Media must allocate at least 30 per cent of gross annual revenues to the production of Canadian programs.

They must also direct at least five (5) per cent of these expenditures to finance programs of national interest, with the exception of Corus Entertainment who will have to allocate at least nine (9) per cent of gross annual revenues. Consequently, during the five years of their renewed licence terms, these companies will invest billions of dollars in original Canadian programming.

Read More: CRTC Renews Licences of Carriers' English-language TV | Mediacaster Magazine - Broadband & Content

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

On the runway: Montreal Fashion & Design Festival

A scene from the 2010 edition of Festival Mode et Design fashion show at
Place Ville Marie last August.  There will be more of the same this year.

Photograph by:
From Gazette files

MONTREAL - It kicks off Wednesday with a high-heel race and wraps Saturday with a lingerie show.

In between, the 11th edition of the Montreal Fashion & Design Festival will hit some high fashion notes.

Jean Paul Gaultier brings 30 men’s and women’s looks from his fall-winter prêt-à-porter collection to Montreal. The women’s collection, titled Bourgeoises Sans Âge, features models in grey beehive wigs. In addition, 12 iconic Gaultier looks will hit the catwalk. Muse Tanel Bedrossiantz will be on hand, too.

On the runway: Montreal Fashion & Design Festival

Bank of Montreal sells C$1.3 bln notes in 2 parts | Reuters

(Reuters) - The Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO) on Wednesday sold C$1.3 billion ($1.4 billion) in fixed-rate deposit notes in a two-part sale, according to a term sheet seen by Reuters.
The sale consisted in part of C$300 million ($316 million) in notes due Sept. 20, 2025 in a reopening of an existing 4.268 percent issue and priced at 103.582 to yield 4.609 percent or 148 basis points over the Canadian government benchmark, according to the term sheet.
Bank of Montreal sells C$1.3 bln notes in 2 parts | Reuters

Projet Montreal attacks misuse of funds

The Quebec government must “define some rules” that would govern how municipal taxpayer subsidies for research and secretarial services can be spent by the parties that get them in Quebec’s larger cities, Richard Bergeron, leader of Projet Montréal, said Wednesday.

Simultaneously, he added, those subsidies “should be cut in half.”
In 2010, the subsidies amounted to $1.4 million for the three parties with elected seats in Montreal, divvied up on a proportional basis.

Projet Montreal attacks misuse of funds

Monday, July 25, 2011

Montreal Canadiens sign Josh Gorges to one-year contract

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges during team practice at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Tuesday April 20, 2010, ahead of game 4 of their series against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. The Capitals lead the series 2-1.
Photograph by:
THE GAZETTE/Phil Carpenter

MONTREAL - The Canadiens and defenceman Josh Gorges have reached an agreement which appears to be based on a disagreement.
Gorges, who had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. The two sides had been negotiating a longer term but concerns about Gorges’ health - he underwent season-ending knee surgery in January - probably played a part in the Canadiens’ reluctance to give him a multi-year deal at his price. As it is, Gorges gets a healthy boost from the $1.3 million he made last season.
The compromise opens the door for Gorges to cash in next summer if he has a good season. He is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2012.
The signing Friday gives general manager Pierre Gauthier 21 players under contract and he has money left over to go shopping for a forward. The Canadiens have a shade over $5 million left before hitting the $64.3 million salary cap.

Montreal Canadiens sign Josh Gorges to one-year contract

Kanye West, Jay-Z to perform in Montreal Sept. 25

Kanye West and Jay-Z will play a show in Montreal Sept. 25, 2011

Photograph by: Ethan Miller / Wireimage, National Post

MONTREAL - Rap superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z will perform Sept. 25 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, promoter Evenko announced Monday.
The hip-hop titans have most recently collaborated on the album Watch the Throne, that will be released digitally on Aug. 8, their record label Def Jam confirmed Monday.
That's the same day tickets for the Bell Centre show go on sale, at 10 a.m. Ticket prices have yet to be released.
The Watch the Throne tour, which kicks off Sept. 22 in Detroit, Michigan, plays two other Canadian cities: Toronto (Sept. 24) and Vancouver (Aug. 11).

The co-headlining tour will feature performances of songs from Watch the Throne, as well as several of each artist's many solo hits.

Kanye West, Jay-Z to perform in Montreal Sept. 25