Mardi 13 Mars 2012  
L’arrondissement de Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN—NDG) a officiellement fermé ses patinoires extérieures en après-midi aujourd’hui, en raison du temps doux.




























LES SÉANCES DU CONSEIL D'ARRONDISSEMENT

 Articles du conseil d'arrondissement du 5 mars 2012
 Articles du conseil d'arrondissement du 8 février 2012
 Articles du conseil d'arrondissement du 16 janvier 2012




MUHC
McQueen votes against MUHC garage
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 8 mars 2012

NDG Councillor Peter McQueen had two reasons to vote against granting building permits for the foundations and structure of the MUHC superhospital eight-floor parking garage close to St-Jacques St.

He said it would add 1270 more parking spaces to the roughly 1700 that Groupe immobilier santé McGill is already building. Also, employee parking is separated from visitor parking. “I think this is a lot of parking,” he said, close to 3000 parking spots on the site.

He pointed out that twice as many spots are required because of shift work at the hospital. “When the shift changes, people who come by car have to park before the people leaving the shift can move their car and leave. There are two shift changes a day, and visiting hours would be in the middle of the day,” he said.

McQueen’s comments then veered in a different direction. “The traffic plan envisages people coming to the site, and particularly to this employee parking lot. Employees who come from the north will get off Décarie at Sherbrooke or de Maisonneuve to get to the hospital, but people who come from the south, from the Champlain bridge, will go up to Sherbrooke coming out of the highway.”

The councillor was still strongly arguing his point when Mayor Applebaum stepped in and asked him to stick to the parking access issue. The NDG councillor said “fine,” but continued to describe the route drivers will take to access the eight-floor garage. “Apart from the fact that it’s somewhat absurd, what disturbs me is that it cuts NDG off from its metro station,” he said.



Tensions rise at council
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 8 mars 2012

 
Photo: Marie Cicchini

Katrina Schwartz

There was a smaller-than-usual audience at council due to the March break, and, unusually, most people were occupying the back seats of the room, leaving the front rows empty.

There were 11 names on the list of citizens registered for the public question period.

Sports fundraising advocate Murray Levine was third at the mike. The tension went up a few notches in the room. Before the meeting, he had asked journalists and residents to stand behind him while he asked his question, and he had distributed annotated copies of the Feb. 22 copy of the newspaper Les Actualités to draw the public’s attention to the two stories in which he was mentioned.

Speaking slowly and recording the proceedings, the activist insisted yet again that Rotrand didn’t follow through on his promise to contact the presidents of the New York city marathon and Bike New York to enquire about the charitable benefits component of sporting events sponsored by the city.

Journalists, who habitually sit in the front rows, remained in their usual spots. Soon after leaving, Levine wrote in an email to Les Actualités that “Watch his nose grow!” was printed on the back of his t-shirt, in reference to Snowdon councillor Marvin Rotrand.

After this incident, while disbelief still lingered in the air, two residents openly expressed their appreciation of Rotrand.



Des logements sociaux sur l’avenue Victoria
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 8 mars 2012

L’arrondissement de Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce prévoit démarrer en automne 2012 la construction d’un projet de logements sociaux sur l’avenue Victoria à l’angle de l’avenue Barclay.

Le conseil d’arrondissement à sa séance du 5 mars dernier a donné un avis de motion pour introduire un nouveau secteur de plus grande densité de construction au 6610, avenue Victoria, à Côte-des-Neiges.

Comme l’attributation de logements sociaux relève du conseil d’agglomération, le conseil d’arrondissement a adopté une motion pour lui demander d’autoriser la construction d’un immeuble résidentiel destiné à des personnes ayant besoin d’aide et d’hébergement, et qui abriterait également des activités communautaires

Le terrain provient de Rouge Condominiums, et fait partie d’un projet de compensation que Devmont crée pour l’arrondissement en lien avec des nouveaux condos construits dans le secteur du Triangle.

Le promoteur des 66 logements abordables sera l’Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal (OMHM) et le groupe de ressources techniques sera le Regroupement des organismes du Montréal ethnique pour le logement (R.O.M.E.L.) de Côte-des-Neiges. Il bénéficiera du soutien financier d’AccèsLogis.



Raccordement Cavendish-Cavendish
Un secteur à désenclaver
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 8 mars 2012

Le conseil d’arrondissement de CDN-NDG a adopté une motion à sa séance du 5 mars dernier afin de demander au gouvernement du Québec d’inscrire le prolongement du boulevard Cavendish dans ses priorités.

La Ville de Montréal sait que le chemin ferroviaire du CP est un important lien de transport terrestre. En contrepartie, il présente une barrière infranchissable et l’absence d’axe routier nord-sud à l’ouest du boulevard Décarie amplifie les problèmes de congestion routière, avec toutes les conséquences que cela peut entraîner.

La partie ouest au centre de Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce est enclavée, tout comme Côte-Saint-Luc et Hampstead. Pour la contourner, les automobilistes empruntent la rue Fleet qui devient l’avenue Van Horne. La circulation est lente malgré son nom anglais qui indique le contraire. Ceux qui veulent aller en direction nord doivent faire un détour par l’est pour rejoindre Décarie, puis revenir vers l’ouest.



Access to Vendome station discussed
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 9 février 2012

Councillor Peter McQueen has been looking for a place for a second entrance to the Vendome metro station. At the suggestion of the technical staff at the central city, he visited the Plamondon metro station to see if there was something that could be reproduced, but he soon had to drop the idea.

The question as to why the entrances at Plamondon are slightly different than in other stations was not one Marvin Rotrand could answer. The Montreal metro was built before his time.

The vice-chairman of the STM seemed a little annoyed and said that he would now answer the question McQueen didn’t ask: whether the STM is thinking about adding another entrance at the Vendome station. He noted that he has already answered this question two or three times at council. “The STM has been studying various scenarios. The problem we’re having with our partners is that we don’t know what they want to do. We are waiting on the AMT and on the MUHC. But we do have different scenarios and we will be happy to make these better known as we move forward,” he said.

McQueen suggested that in spite of the programme’s stated specifications, they should build a slope instead of adding an elevator shaft.



Social housing
Falling through the cracks of the system
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 9 février 2012

The borough’s strategy on social housing and its 15% inclusion policy were questioned at the Feb. 6 council meeting.

Lisa Novak, director of the Mountain Sights community centre, asked how the borough intends to meet its target of 15% inclusion in social housing in that sector, when 1000 regular housing units have already been built, with 3000 more to be constructed in the next few years. Where are the 600 social housing units?

Councillor Marvin Rotrand responded that “the former administration built no social housing. The new administration has built 15,000 affordable social housing units.” He said he was surprised at Novak’s question, since she had already heard the answer. He noted that she was there for the detailed presentation made at the Jan. 27 meeting of the borough’s hippodrome committee.

Daniel Lafond, director of urban planning for the borough, was asked to summarize that presentation. He pointed to 270 new social housing units, which represents 25% for the category of housing projects of more than 200 units. In the category of projects of under 200 units, he said that the borough has built up a fund of about $600,000 and 70 social housing units will be outside of the Triangle. So far, almost 25% has been allocated to social housing, 10% more than the target.



Logement social
La politique d’inclusion révèle ses failles
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 9 février 2012

 
Photo: Marie Cicchini

Lisa Novak, directrice du Centre communautaire Mountain Sights

La stratégie d’inclusion de logement social de l’arrondissement de Côte-des-Neiges montre ses failles dans le secteur Le Triangle. C’est toujours en périphérie de ce secteur que les résidents voient avec inquiétude des logements sociaux apparaître.

La directrice du Centre communautaire Mountain Sights, Lisa Novak, a demandé aux élus à la séance du conseil comment ils croient atteindre leur objectif de 15% de logements sociaux dans ce secteur.

Déjà un millier de logements se sont construits, et il y en aura 3000 de plus au cours des prochaines années. Cela représente l’équivalent de 600 logements sociaux, d’après le calcul de Mme Novak. Où sont-ils?

Le conseiller du district de Snowdon Marvin Rotrand a fait valoir que l’ancienne administration n’avait construit aucun logement social. Celle qui dirige l’actuellement l’arrondissement en a construit 15 000. Il s’est dit surpris de pareille question puisque Mme Novak connaissait déjà la réponse. Elle était présente à la réunion du comité de l’hippodrome de l’arrondissement le 27 janvier dernier.



Bombshell for the Empress
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 26 janvier 2012

Mayor Michael Applebaum came close to pulling the plug on the public call for proposals and giving the Empress dossier to Peter McQueen, the NDG councillor who thinks that the selection process lacks clarity and credibility.

The NDG district councillor came up with 10 detailed questions about modifications to the criteria that he thinks should be adopted.

He wanted to know why community groups who might express interest in the Empress Theatre building and seek funds from the CDEC or other levels of government are not allowed to negotiate with the borough during the selection process.

Marvin Rotrand acknowledged all the imperfections of the process and agreed with one of McQueen’s arguments, concerning the percentage of financing required to score some points with the jury. The danger, explained Rotrand, is ending up with a project that is good, but doesn’t have financing in place, or the means to secure financing for a few more years, with possibly waiting another three, five, or ten years before something is done with the building. Rotrand had warned the City that it was a white elephant and should never have been purchased 23 years ago.

Michael Applebaum took fifteen minutes to answer all McQueen’s questions and clarify the borough’s approach and rationale. Nevertheless, Peter McQueen ended up at first voting against the criteria in the selection process. “It has some good points, but its lack of clarity doesn’t go far enough to ensure the population of NDG is included in the selection process,” he maintained.



The fate of the Empress up in the air
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 26 janvier 2012

 
Photo: Marie Cicchini

Community activist Sharon Leslie

Montreal residents will have to wait to find out what the next step is in the fate of the Empress Theatre building at 5560 Sherbrooke Street West.

The CDN-NDG borough council launched its public call for tenders to develop a cultural usage project to revitalize the landmark building.

From Feb. 6 to April 5 the borough will organize visits of the building for applicants. Anyone interested will have until May 11 to submit proposals.

Throughout the discussions at public question period Mayor Michael Applebaum emphasized that the project should be functional and viable in the long term and should not expect funding from the City.

The $228,610 available in the budget for the Empress will be used to cover the cost of the call for proposals, which was made public in La Presse on Jan. 19 and in other daily newspapers. It is also on the borough’s website.

Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations dedicated to local economic, community, cultural or social activities, or applicants who submit a project with a main objective of organizing or promoting cultural activities. They can team up with different partners who are not required to have non-profit status.



Débat autour du terrain de l’hippodrome
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 26 janvier 2012

Le comité sur l’avenir de l’hippodrome et des terrains avoisinants tient sa prochaine réunion le 27 janvier prochain. Ce sera l’occasion pour Michael Applebaum de convaincre Marvin Rotrand que le site de l’hippodrome ne pourra pas se développer en moins de 20 ans.

Au terme d’un débat de 30 minutes, les élus ont finalement adopté à l’unanimité la résolution pour autoriser l’hôpital Sainte-Justine à utiliser temporairement le stationnement sur le terrain de l’hippodrome.

Alors que le CHU Sainte-Justine utilisera dès le 6 février le stationnement sur le terrain de l’hippodrome, Marvin Rotrand croit que l’arrondissement risque de se lier les mains avec ce contrat qui est accordé à l’hôpital jusqu’au 28 février 2017.

Le contrat a été négocié entre la SONACC, Raymond Bachand au gouvernement provincial, et Sainte-Justine. L’hôpital Général Juif a un contrat jusqu’en 2015.

Le conseiller de Snowdon et vice-président de la Société de transport de Montréal, Marvin Rotrand, veut voir ce que dit l’entente de Sainte-Justine, qui est plus longue. Il craint que ce stationnement et ce contrat deviennent une entrave au développement futur du terrain de l’hippodrome, dans le cas où le dossier avancerait plus rapidement que prévu. Il veut ramener sa durée à 5 ans, voire 4 ans si nécessaire.




ARCHIVES 2011
 Les quartiers culturels sous la loupe
 Un « délabrement indescriptible » sur Queen-Mary
 Royal Vale parents grateful for support
 Les élus veulent garder Royal Vale
 Les aînés tremblent à l’approche de l’hiver
 Borough joins fight to save Royal Vale HS
 NDG holds first spay neuter/clinic
 L’arrondissement veut redorer son image
 Changez vos habitudes
 Pour en finir avec le graffiti
 A brighter picture around the corner
 Opus card make riders think twice
 « La Ville devrait faire des exceptions »
 Côte-des-Neiges perd un grand bâtisseur
 What’s missing in this picture?
 La Ville reprend l’Empress
 Des barils à prix modique
 Storm floods dozens of NDG homes
 City takes back Empress Theatre
 Les citoyens réclament une vraie piste cyclable
 La politique pour une vie saine se raffermit
 Request for bike path over bridge gains momentum
 Les citoyens réclament des intersections sécuritaires
 Watchdog citizens want better dog pounds
 Families reclaim alley as playground
 Pet control mobilizes angry citizens
 Des citoyens récompensés
 Le contrat du Berger Blanc résilié
 L'arrondissement se dote d'un plan arboricole
 Borough changes public question period rules
 Hampstead met une ombre au tableau
 Council declares war on bedbugs
 Citizens want stronger police presence in Saint-Raymond
 Applebaum sonne chez Raymond Bachand
 A celebration of linguistic diversity
 Borough prepares for construction overload
 Exit 15% d’inclusion de logement social
 Michael Applebaum is the talk of the town
 Perdre son permis


ARCHIVES 2010
 Residents protest cuts
 CDN-NDG council calls Westmount “selfish”
 L’Empress s’enlise
 Westmount priée de débloquer l’impasse
 L’arrondissement s’adresse aux députés
 Trespassing at the Empress?
 Une collecte de matières organiques
 Retour à la case départ
 Expect commitments and consultations in the future
 Safety of cyclists “paramount”
 Council back at work
 La propreté́ du parc McKenzie King ne fait pas l’unanimité
 Des locataires décrient l’état de leurs logements
 Access, safety and bicycle path issues emerge
 Traffic plan, English school for Namur Jean-Talon
 Un quartier modèle menacé dans NDG
 Applebaum firm on saving Empress Theatre
 Master Plan still under development
 La loi l’emporte au bras de fer
 McQueen lone rider on bike lane idea over train bridge
 Bike path solution still left to the experts
 Non à un projet résidentiel sur Monkland
 L’opposition souhaite plus de transparence
 Angry residents want referendum on Monkland residential project
 Applebaum urges clean-up
 Les résidents contre le report des travaux
 La lutte aux taudis est lancée
 Housing issues plague council
 Le conseil fait le point
 Les déboires du bac-sac
 Visite surprise de Richard Bergeron
 Bergeron, special guest at council meeting
 Bon départ pour le déneigement
 New decade, new problems

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