Any Montrealer you stop on the street will agree that Sainte-Catherine West is in dire need of a facelift.
TL;DR Montreal's municipal government launched a project to redevelop Sainte-Catherine Street west into a charming pedestrian-friendly commercial strip. Phase 2 of the project was just released, and the plan is to totally eliminate the possibility of parking a vehicle in the area. The Plante administration will be assessing the feasibility of phase 2 with experts and plans on releasing a final concept by next summer.
Some recent changes and updates such as the newly renovated Cabot Square and Adonis Supermarket have added some value to the area, but the strip still needs a great deal of work in order to reach its full potential.
The Plante administration knows this, and has already launched a project to redevelop the Sainte-Catherine Street west area the charming pedestrian-friendly strip that it should be.
Making an area of downtown "pedestrian-friendly" comes at a cost though. The elimination of parking spaces is no surprise.
Last year, Plante administration announced the plan to remove 144 spots as part of phase 1 of the plan.
Now, Plante wants to extend this vision of a pedestrian-friendly commercial street into Phase 2 by totally eliminating the possibility of parking a vehicle in the area. That's a total of 484 spots.
A document drafting this plan was tabled last night at the municipal council. And the Plante administration will now be working with an engineering and architectural firm to assess the feasibility of phase 2 of the project.
The final concept is expected to be released by next summer.
Buckle up, because we could be in for a "yo-yo type of winter with notable polar coaster swings in temperatures" throughout Canada.
The entirety of Canada is warned to get some extra wool layers to prepare for this coming winter since overall, temperatures during this time have a high chance of being colder than normal. Luckily, January is likely to be warmer than normal in Eastern Canada, although February may be a bit colder.
Quebec can expect a "typical winter chill" with various precipitation storms in January and a "tranquil" February.
And if the Farmer's Almanac is right, don't expect it to start feeling like spring in March — days with spring-like weather are expected to "be few and far between."
Café Myriade says that the woman who was filmed ripping flowers out from its terrasse has apologized for her actions.
In an Instagram post, Myriade said the woman visited the café to personally apologize and asked for the video to be taken down. The café obliged her request and even gave her a succulent plant to take home.
The video, which was removed from Instagram, shows the woman approach a row of flowers in front of Café Myriade's ave. du Mont-Royal location at around 3:45 a.m. on Monday morning. She proceeds to pull them out, toss them on the sidewalk and walk away.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, the café had a good sense of humour about the situation and didn't want to make trouble for her by filing a police report.
The café said it was "content she found the courage" to apologize.
"I do believe we can bring the matter to a close and sincerely end it on a good note."
A sit-in protest will be taking place Wednesday, August 4, calling for justice for Jean René Junior Olivier, a Black man killed by police in Quebec on August 1, 2021.
It will take place in Repentigny, where officers shot Olivier after responding to a 911 call. His mother, Marie-Mireille Bence, said her son was in distress and in need of help. Quebec's Bureau des Enquêtes indépendantes (BEI) has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Olivier's death.
Bence spoke out against police action in a press conference, explaining she had called the police because she believed her son was "in danger." She then went on to express her loss of faith in the police, referring to them as "criminals."
"I called for help and I found my son on the ground," she said.
Information about the upcoming sit-in demanding justice for Olivier was shared on the @defundthespvm Instagram account, with the caption: "Justice for Jean René Junior, a Black man who was killed by police this weekend while he was in need of mental health support. We are absolutely devastated for his family and friends. Lakay Media has organized a sit-in outside city hall in Repentigny to demand justice for Jean-René and am victims of racial profiling."
"Enough is enough."
The sit-in protest is scheduled for 6 p.m.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.