Wednesday, September 30, 2009


For those of you who checkout CBC radio,......... here's a show,that will be on Oct.08,2009

 It's about four Extraordinary Montrealers:

Thursday, October 8 
For the gala closing event of the 2009 Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, IDEAS host Paul Kennedy convenes a panel discussion about four famous Montrealers featuring four eminent Canadians who have recently written their biographies: Margaret Macmillan on Stephen Leacock,Adrienne Clarkson on Norman BethuneM. G. Vassanjion Mordecai Richler, and Nino Ricci on Pierre Trudeau


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Another Oldie ,seems we didn't like any new formats the beginning: lol

Here's a post from Sharon ,way back in2003,......................and it appears we didn't like the way things were laid out then either,............Well here it is 2009 (almost 2010) and we are still learning new stuff............................  When I taught sales training ,we always said that "when you stop start dying"...let's keep growing ,shall


Blog Entry Is it just me.... Sep 2, '03 9:56 AM
by sharon_starr for everyone

At the risk of soundy picky (but I'm not really!) is it just me or does anyone else here find that the way MSN has formatted the way you retrieve new messages here sucks the big one or what? I mean, you can get around it by posting a "new discussion" but then you don't have a link to go to the message that was being replied to, know what I mean? I run 2 or 3 groups in Yahoo and I find that the way the group messages are formatted there are much more efficient, no offense.
Ever think about trying one in Yahoo?
Then again, maybe it's just cuz I am more accustomed to the workings of Yahoo groups....I don't know. What do ya think?
Luv, Sharon

A little St Henri for us

From the St Henri site,...................

View of the Merchants Manufacturing/Dominion Textile Building from across the Lachine Canal.  The Merchants Manufacturing Company based in Massachusetts started building this sprawling complex in 1880.   In 1905 Merchants Manufacturing became Dominion Textile Co.   An addition was built across the street at 4035 St-Ambroise in 1899 and a seven story brick warehouse at 3970 St-Ambroise was constructed in 1906.


I'm not sure if this was part of the Fantasy Club that rented here in the mid-1980's or extra inventory belonging to antique dealers in the building, but it makes for an interesting surprise in an old cotton mill, however this building is full of surprises! see more pictures from SPEK


From the 1960's to 1989, the main building buildings was occupied by the Connecticut Leather Company best known to baby boomers as COLECO.  

COLECO was best known for their tabletop hockey games, ColecoVision video game consoles, Adam home computers, and the Cabbage Patch Kids kids.  Some of these products were produced on St-Ambroise Street.  In 1989 Coleco went bankrupt and sold out to Hasbro Toys.   As late as 2004, if you looked carefully, old Coleco trailers could still be seen strewn along the waterfront.

Employees of Merchants Manufacturing (Dominion Textile) 1905 and maybe the same space in 2004. (Rollover the image with your mouse to see the old view)

Happily the building has been carefully renovated leaving much of the old wood floors and old fixtures intact.

Here is a detail of the staircase in the West Wing of the building.

former Merchant Cotton Company (view from across canal) before and after latest renovations, 1990's and 2004. (Parcs Canada)


Monday, September 28, 2009

Lost Posts

Looks like I buggered up my site, Can't dig up my oold posts.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tremblay's Promises otherwise known as Bull$shit

Here the lunatic in charge at the moment , & running to be re-elected' is promising more of the same,....stuff he already promised and came nowhere close delivering on any of he's lying about the Water Meter deal. which he convienently has scrapped (until he gets elected & then hold that 'pie plate' over your ar&se Montrealers' cause he's coming back in,,,,,,,,,   like all lying snake politicians.

Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay on Sunday morning unveiled his first promises of the election campaign, all of which focus on public transit.

But many of the items on the list are recycled – they’re already being studied or have been stalled for years.

Flanked by Union Montreal candidates, Tremblay said if he’s re-elected, he will work to ensure:

- the métro network is extended to Anjou and a new station is built in St. Laurent.

- an airport train shuttle is built, connecting Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport with downtown Montreal.

- the city builds its first tramway line.

- the Société de transport de Montréal modernizes its bus fleet, adding 200 more articulated buses and 400 regular buses by 2011

- the STM starts the process of replacing its aging métro cars.

- the creation of a bus-rapid-transit system on Pie IX Boulevard.

- the city facilitates carpooling and car sharing and implements measures to give buses preferential treatment on city streets.

- the city reaches the goal of having 800 kilometres of bike paths by 2013.

- the roll-out of Bixi bikes intensifies.

- a tram-train line is built linking Lachine with downtown Montreal.

Montreal, Laval, Longueuil and the provincial government have announced they’ll study the idea of extending the métro to Anjou and adding a new métro station in St. Laurent and come up with a conclusion within three years.

On the return of tramways to Montreal streets, the city has already commissioned a study, due next year after an initial study concluded the idea is viable.

A long-awaited plan to build a train shuttle between Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport to downtown Montreal, which was to have been made public in the summer, is now expected this fall.

Other projects on his list have been delayed for years.

The city has been working on a plan to buy 342 new métro cars to replacing its aging fleet since 2003.

And efforts to revive the Pie IX reserved bus lane, which shut in 2002 after two fatal accidents, has been hampered by a struggle between transit authorities.

Here’s what some other parties are up to on Sunday in Montreal’s municipal election campaign:

- On Sunday, Vision Montreal leader Louise Harel is to hold a news conference at which she is to announced who her party will field as candidate for mayor of the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough.

Tonight, Harel’s party will hold a 7 p.m. event at the election headquarters of Badiona Bazin, one of its candidate in Anjou.

- Meanwhile, at Projet Montréal, the party of Richard Bergeron, a “sidewalk party” is planned for tonight at which Luc Ferrandez, borough mayor candidate in Plateau Mont-Royal, is to discuss humanizing the neighbourhood. It begins at 7:30 p.m. At Prince Arthur and Clark Sts.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Two Cows are a good sign .....and that's no Bull !!

Here's a great article from the Walking Turcot Yards blog, which is an interesting read ,should you choose to check them out, This blog has some old photos I think we've seen before, but here they are again,.article written by 'Neath' who participates in a lot of Montreal blogs etc etc .....good reporting Btw:

Elmhurst Dairy Cow Heads

Another Montreal icon on the endangered species list is the Elmhurst Dairy Cow Heads. Well known for decades the cow heads were removed a few years ago as Parmalat, which took over from Elmhurst, is slowly building new facilities.

This story starts with the discovery by an urban explorer that the cow heads could be found inside the old Salvation Army Eventide building adjacent to the old dairy and now owned by Parmalat. Partially demolished the building is easily accessed and there was growing concern that the cow heads were vulnerable to thieves and or vandals.

The Gazette published this article along with a picture of the cow heads in their original place by Gordon Beck.

Photo: The Gazette, Gordon Beck

Here are some images from Eventide taken by an anonymous urban explorer.

You can see that some vandalism has already taken place.

*I’m ready for my close up, Mr De Mille*


A shot from Toaster.

And here is the shot that started this whole “investigation” from another anonymous donor.

I hear on the ‘ol grapevine that Parmalat has said they would like to restore the cow heads to their building when renovations are completed. Also I hear that both Concordia and Montreal West have offered safe storage space for the cow heads until then. So it seems we have a potential happy ending here. Stay tuned.

And there is this site by Matt Soars, whose enthusiasm is downplayed for some reason in that Gazette article, about classic signs in Montreal.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Hockey Canada / Montreal Canadiens build a rink in Verdun

Guy, a few months back alerted us to the fact that a new rink was going to be built in Verdun ( Willibrord Park,I believe)..Well just a few minutes ago.I saw on TSN a segment on building new rinks in Canada, and this one was mentioned.So I looked up on the net, & found this article about the joint venture: 

June 30, 2009


MONTREAL, Que. – The Hockey Canada Foundation announced on Tuesday a partnership with the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation that will contribute to the funding of the construction of the third BLEU BLANC BOUGE outdoor community rink in the borough of Verdun, in the City of Montreal.

The Hockey Canada Foundation is raising funds to support this project at the sixth-annual Hockey Canada Foundation gala and golf tournament, being held in Montreal on June 29-30. Seventy-five per cent of funds raised will be directed to assist the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation in building a third outdoor community rink in two years, as part of its BLEU BLANC BOUGE program.


» Hockey Canada Foundation Gala

““We are very proud that the Hockey Canada Foundation and Hockey Canada can partner with the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation in this, the Canadiens’ 100th anniversary season, to allow the youth population of less-privileged neighborhoods of Montreal to learn about the game of hockey and discover the advantages of a healthy and physically active lifestyle,” said Hockey Canada Foundation board member Barry Lorenzetti, who is also co-chairing the event organizing committee. “In that regard, we are also pleased to be able to support the BLEU BLANC BOUGE program, an initiative which shows that this great hockey franchise is not only honoring the past but, through its foundation, is determined to provide a better and healthier future for children in need.”

The BLEU BLANC BOUGE program was launched by the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation on January 20, 2009 when the first refrigerated outdoor multipurpose community rink was inaugurated in the François-Perrault Park in the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension borough. The foundation announced today the selection of the borough of Montreal Nord for the built of its second outdoor community rink. Construction work will begin in August 2009 in Le Carignan Park. Exceptionally, the foundation takes this opportunity to announce that the application of the borough of Verdun was chosen for the construction of the third rink. The foundation has decided to anticipate this gift to be part of a development project already underway in the park Willibrord. This rink will be erected in spring 2010.

The annual Hockey Canada Foundation gala and celebrity golf tournament brings together Hockey Canada’s gold medal-winning teams and distinguished Team Canada alumni and raises funds for the Hockey Canada Foundation, which supports the growth of the game in Canada through various initiatives and programs, including collaborating with other charitable organizations such as the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation.

For more information:
Noel Fader Director, Fund Development

                      ...Nice to see support for kids these days,....maybe we can get some photos of the new rink, it looked good on TV ( if that was the one ) it looked like a lot of newer style buildings around there,sort of like Lasalle had years ago ,those white brick duplex's ?  ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,HF&RV

    ..OK I see the rink is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2010, so the one I saw on TV was one of the first of three to be built..........still looked neat.......   HF&RV


Old Milk Bottle

Looks like there are some people interested in preserving old Montreal landmarks as you can see from this photo wich appeared in this morning's "La Presse".


There may be hope afterall although the bottle may not end up at the same place.

The old milk bottle saga continues. To be continued.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Getting Richer a Dime at a Time

Well I'm sure when the collection plate sails around this crowd ,they pretty much could order in any type of grub they want............... Word has it that St Joseph's Oratory,used to sell hotdogs,now that would be a lot of caching ,not to mention buns &

Like photos like these ,or have you got any old B&W's (or colour) photographs you'd like to share from the old days inm Montreal or Verdun,.then feel free to stop by & visit us at:

Have Fun & Remember Verdun...........

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Eating in Verdun

I don't remember where Laura Roberts' other article was posted but here is the eating once she said she was going to write.  I see she also writes on some other "interesting" subjects too.



Eating in Verdun

by Laura Roberts on September 18, 2009 · 3 comments
Last week, I gave a brief introduction to the neighborhood in Mo Montreal where I live: Verdun. Since I deliberately kept this article short and focused on some of the odd elements of my ‘hood, this week I’m going to give you some suggestions on where to eat in Verdun—one of my favorite pastimes!
Villa Wellington
4701 Wellington (corner of 2nd Avenue in Verdun)
Open Tues-Fri 11AM-10PM, Sat/Sun noon-10PM, closed Mondays
If you’re visiting Verdun, the number one restaurant you MUST visit is Villa Wellington (except on a Monday, when they’re closed). Otherwise, you’re clearly the type of person who doesn’t know how to have fun or enjoy himself at all.
For starters, Villa Wellington is a Peruvian restaurant, which is something of a rarity in Montreal. The owners speak mostly French and Spanish, so if your main language is English (like me), you will undoubtedly find yourself communicating in a series of inventive gestures, broken Franglais, whatever Spanish you might know from Sesame Street, and lots of pointing at tables around you where delicious mountains of food are being devoured by ecstatic diners.
The menu consists of quite a number of seafood dishes, including a classic ceviche as well as some delectable calamari and shrimp options, but for the seafood haters, there’s also plenty of meat. Vegetarian options are limited, but if you like meat, this place is heaven. You can smell the grill from blocks away, and even if you’re just pa ssing by on the street, your mouth will be watering. Seriously, it’s that good.
My husband and I love this place, and we usually end up ordering either the Coriander Chicken or Beef. Both are excellent, and are basically a Peruvian stew featuring chicken, potatoes, peas and carrots in an amazing cilantro-y sauce. I can’t remember the name of the other dish we order, but it’s a variation on the theme, but with a heaping helping of white beans on the side. Yum!
The portions here are huge, and the prices are very reasonable. If you have room after their homemade bread and enormous entrees, you should definitely try the crème caramel or flan for dessert. Perfection.
Pho Bac No. 1
4707 Wellington
Lunch served from 11 AM to 3 PM, dinner from 5 PM to 10 PM, free delivery available
Right next door to Villa Wellington you’ll find Pho Bac No. 1, serving up Vietnamese cuisine in a BYOB casual restaurant. This place is equally affordable, with more emphasis on grilled meats (vegetarians are apparently still viewed with suspicion here in Verdun), and a nice simple menu.
Typically, my husband and I like to order the Combo F, which consists of a small house soup (a lovely fragrent cilantro broth with vermicelli, pork and green onions), fried Imperial roll, small salad and an arrangement of three different grilled meats (chicken, beef and shrimp) spread across a bed of vermicelli noodles (or rice, if you prefer). If you dine in, you’ll also get a cup of coffee or tea included at the end of your meal.
As they mention pho in the name of the restaurant, it’s funny that I’ve never tried any pho dishes here, but I’ve heard that their Tonkinese soups are quite delicious. I’ve also tried their Chicken and Crispy Spinach with Peanut Sauce, which it was quite tasty, with some surprising cauliflower mixed in with the chicken here and there. The Shrimp & Chicken Sauté With Vegetables is also quite good, with plenty of different kinds of veggies, if you’re looking for a more pan-Asian type of dish.
Pho Bac is definitely #1 in my book, especially on nights when we don’t feel like cooking, as they offer free fast delivery. Super sweet!
3872 Wellington
Closed Mondays, open Tues-Wed & Sat-Sun 4-9PM, Thurs-Fri noon-9PM
Another delicious restaurant conveniently located on Wellington (much further east of Villa Wellington and Pho Bac No. 1) is the amazing sushi restaurant Aka-Fuji, which is officially my favorite sushi place in all of Montreal.
Meet the chef! (ph oto via
My husband and I first decided to visit Aka-Fuji after reading my fellow Hour writer Joshua Karpati’s positive review of the place. As he put it, “downtown’s loss is Verdun’s gain,” and since we’re always on the look-out for good restos in the ‘hood, we had to check it out, and were totally impressed with the meal, presentation and service. The pricetag wasn’t bad, either!
To start, we were brought a dish of wasabi peas as an appetizer. We also ordered saké, so they let us choose our cups, and we began drinking as they prepared our tempura. There’s a medium and a large tempura plate, and we opted for the smaller one, which came with four shrimp and a variety of deep-fried veggies. As Karpati says in his review, it’s a very light batter and not the super greasy/salty concoction typically associated with tempura. The shrimp were perfect, and although I burned myself on the veggies, I would give them a thumbs up as well.
Next up we went straight to the sushi. Unfortunately, they were out of the ingredients for the Spider variety (soft shell crab, avocado, bonito flakes, sea smelt roe, mayo), so we ended up going for the Spicy California instead. We also opted for some of the Spicy Hotate (scallop) and the Kara-Age (fried chicken, crab stick, omelette, cucumber, sea smelt roe, mayo) , all of which were tasty, but I would definitely go for a few without mayo next time (oops!). The Aka-Fuji sounded delicious to me, but my husband isn’t a big fan of either salmon or eel (the ingredients are listed as shrimp, omelette, crab stick, grilled eel, salmon roe, squid, scallop, cucumber, Japanese squash, and lettuce, and I wonder how they can cram it all in!), so next time I may have to order them for myself and let him pick something else.
There’s plenty of sushi selection at this intimate restaurant, without being overwhelming as some places are, plus there are several combo suggestions for those who aren’t sure what to choose. The sushi was very fresh, and you can watch the chef in action at the counter if you’re interested. Dinner and a show!
Gastronomie le Naked Lunch
4816 Wellington
Open for lunch Tues-Sunday 11 AM-9 PM, closed Mondays
Naked Lunch (photo via Naked Lunch)
Naked Lunch (photo via Naked Lunch)
For those looking for a gourmet experience, and who are willing to pay a bit more for their meal, I would definitely recommend Naked Lunch. Named after the William S. Burroughs novel, Naked Lunch is a casual, upscale French bistro and wine bar with a rotating menu. If you’re in the mood to grab your food to go, they also offer a wide variety of delicious canned and take-out items, like a duck “smoked meat” sandwich and Thai coconut soup. Sample menu items usually include a modern take on standard French classics, such as coq-au-vin, and Asian influences like the aforementioned Thai coconut soup.
You can also find Naked Lunch’s canned goods in grocery stores throughout Montreal, so you don’t necessarily have to come to Verdun to get a taste of their delicious menu items. Check their website for more info on where to get the goods.
Les Délice de l’Ile Maurice
272 Hickson
Closed Sunday and Monday, open Tues-Sat 5-10 PM
Cash only
Chef Sylvester (photo via EatWellMontreal)
Chef Sylvester (photo via EatWellMontreal)
For the truly adventurous, I will end this list with what has to be one of the quirkiest BYOB restaurants in Verdun: Les Délice de l’Ile Maurice
. Montreal Chowhounders have posted endless raves (and a few rants) about the colorful chef/owner, Sylvester, who will surprise and delight you both with his food and his unusual attitudes. Apparently he’s been known to kick people out of the restaurant for insulting him (by inquiring about the size of his shrimp, or asking to change tables), as well as for other minor offenses, so it’s best to stay on his good side if you intend to actually eat here.
Word on the street is that this is the place to go if you really want to eat, and Friday and Saturdays are the best nights to check it out. The menu varies, and Sylvester will ask what you’re interested in, basing your meal on what he has in the kitchen and a few words from you. If you’ve got an open mind, an interest in Mauritian cuisine, and an adventurous spirit, this is definitely the place to be.
For more info on great places to eat in Verdun, be sure to check out my cheap-eats resto reviews at Shoestring Montreal!



Mystery or a Sugar High............whodunnit ?

A Montreal Murder Mystery

A Montreal Murder Mystery


On the morning of June 14 1901, Montrealers awoke to shocking news.

The night before, the sound of gunshots had disturbed the normal tranquility amongst the gracious mansions of the city's Square Mile. In the Redpath manor, servants rushed to the master bedroom to find their employer, Ada Redpath, the niece of powerful sugar baron Peter Redpath, shot dead. Her son was clingingto life on the floor beside her, with a gunshot wound to his head. He perished hours later.

Early newspaper accounts suggested that the troubled Ada had shot Clifford when he tried to stop her from committing suicide. The coroner, however, believed Clifford had killed his mother while in an epileptic fit. The newspapers reported two shots, yet three bullets were recovered from the bodies.

What really happened that night?

One hundred and six years later, architecture professor Annmarie Adams, BA'81, is turning that question over to the public.

"It's a real whodunit!" she declares. The cast of characters includes at least one fabled McGill professor. Thomas Roddick, MDCM1846, who introduced antiseptic practices to Montreal's hospitals, had been treating Ada for melancholia, prescribing her a bed rest that amounted to months of solitary confinement.

As part of a research team that prepared the case for the award-winning Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History website, Adams unearthed some little-seen evidence for the benefit of history-minded sleuths, including diaries, photos, the coroner's report and condolence letters received by the Redpath family.

Users of the site can access these and other documents to explore the mystery.

Adams collaborated on the project with School of Architecture research associate David Theodore, BA'91, BSc(Arch)'94, BArch'96, MArch'01, McGill history student Brenton Nader and Concordia University adjunct history professor Mary Anne Poutanen, BA'83, MA'86.

"As a researcher I have always jumped at doing analysis and interpretation; this has been an eye-opener because in this project we leave that for students and site users," Adams says. They'll have some help, though. A number of experts — including McGill forensic psychiatrist Renée Fugère — contribute their thoughts on what happened that fateful night.

The award-winning Great Unsolved Mysteries site — launched in 1997 by one-time McGill professor Ruth Sandwell (now at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) and her colleague John Lutz from the University of Victoria — presents students with primary source documents connected to real-life mysteries. The site probes such puzzles as who wiped out Ontario's notorious "Black" Donnellys in 1880 and who really started the Klondike Gold Rush.

These often-sanguinary tales reveal much about the societies in which they occurred. Adams explains that the secrecy of the Redpath killings had a lot to do with class and the architecture of the scene of the crime. The very design of the Redpaths' mansion (and similar abodes) discouraged prying, with "filters" of an imposing portico, a large front lawn and a long front hall — a far cry from the street-level rowhouses of the working class.

For more information, visit

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Just Some Silly Stuff

Hope this isn't hapenning to any of you out there yet?          hahahahha  


Embed: Images/photos in either Posts or Comments ( Dead Easy)

This is even easier than we thought, I should have exlpored it earlier, However here's a Very Simple way to add a photo,in the Replies/comments.  We all are familiar how to add to an orginal Topic or Thread,.......but to add in the comments below: Do This

   First Thing is add whatever photo you lie to an album on your personal site in the Photo's section. Once you have the photo in your album ,click on the photo,and it will then show below the picture all the words across the bottom from

edit     add photos      anyway Click on the Word SHARE,

 you will then see the options : Embed Photo

                                              : Embed Album

                                              : Link

                                              : Add to

      So  'Hi Light ' the Code you see in the Embed Photo window then Right Click ,hit 'Copy' and then simply paste it in whichever window you like under Comments / Replies..then just add the post or save it , it will then turn that code into the photo .

                 I hope that's easy enough to do,......... Try it ,               HF&RV

Monday, September 21, 2009

Champlain Bridge, Fix it, Rebuild New, or Tunnel ......?either way it's a lot of Do-Re-Mi

Fix the current Champlain Bridge, tear it down and build a new one or replace it with a tunnel.

All three options are on the table after the federal agency that operates the Champlain Bridge and Transport Quebec on Monday announced the launch of a “pre-feasibility study” on the span’s future.

The study will look at the estimated price stags of the various options. It will also consider how public transit could be integrated into the new structure to link Montreal with the South Shore. One option would be to dedicate two of a new bridge's lanes to electric light-rail trains.

It has been estimated a new bridge would cost about $1 billion.

But don’t expect an easier commute in the near future. The study is to be completed by September but it would take about 15 years before a new structure could be put in place, officials have said.

In May, even as it started a 10-year, $212-million repair job on the bridge, Ottawa said it was opening bids for the study.

On Monday, it was announced that Consortium BCDE got the $1.4-million one-year contract; the federal Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated and Transport Quebec will split the cost of the study.

The repairs, which got under way in April, will extend to about 2035 the life of the 47-year-old Champlain, Canada's busiest bridge with 60 million vehicles using it annually.

"The Champlain Bridge is a strategic axis in the economic well being of Montreal," federal Public Works Minister Christian Paradis said in a statement. "We are pleased to contribute to this study which will help determine the best option for the future of this corridor."

Quebec Transport Minister Julie Boulet said the study is the “first phase toward improving commuter service and the road network between Montreal and the South Shore."

The Champlain Bridge is constructed of pre-stressed concrete beams supported by concrete piers. The bridge's particular construction, the effects of corrosion from road salt and the high volume of truck traffic have contributed to the aging of this structure, official said.

The Agence métropolitaine de transport, the Quebec agency that coordinates regional public transit, operates reserved lanes on the Champlain on which buses carry 18,000 passengers daily

The AMT wants to extend the hours of reserved bus lanes on the bridge in order to improve public transit and reduce but the federal agency that operates the bridge says extra reserved-lane time would be too disruptive to repairs and maintenance constantly required on the bridge.

Mystery Building

Our society (SHGV) has received an enquiry asking if we recognize this building. The lady in question found the photo in her old shoe box. I never saw this photo before and may not be from Verdun, however, perhaps a member may recognize it. Notice the escape chute on the right.


Sunday, September 20, 2009


   Keeping with Guy's thread about Corona,...Heres' an example of the 'family size' Remember when we called them that......this example is for sale on ebay,..for about $14.99,.for an empty.....Sheeeeeeeeesh !!! didn't we buy this stuff for about .15 cents full of Kik Cola..Yikes' that's a mark up baby loo...................   "Aye Carumba".....  (Bill , that's for you ,hahahaha)


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Corona Soft Drinks Ltd

This add of the Corona Soft Drinks Ltd appeared in the 1954 Guardian. Judging by the numerous delivery trucks appearing on the photo, they must have done a lot of business specially in Verdun. The address shows 0650 Atwater wich would have been near Verdun Avenue. I know from previous research that they had an address on Verdun avenue near Atwater wich is now Henri Duhamel Avenue. I previously took photos of that area including in the lane and saw some old buildings wich may have been part of their bottling plant. There was mention of this company on the old site so I guess there are still some Verdun old timers around that remember the CORONA solft drinks.


Cohen Ok after Collapse on stage

MADRID – Montreal singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who turns 75 next week, was released from a hospital in Spain hours after collapsing on stage during a concert, hospital sources said Saturday.

Organizers of his concert in the eastern city of Valencia said he had fainted on stage Friday night after being stricken with food poisoning.

Witnesses told Spanish media Cohen was performing Bird on the Wire about half an hour into the show when he lost his balance as he went to pick up a guitar.

He was saved from falling by backing singers, but moments later he collapsed again and was helped off stage to receive treatment from a medical team in the concert hall.

He was then taken by ambulance to hospital, from which he was discharged in the early hours of Saturday, the hospital sources said.

A clip from the concert posted on YouTube showed him sitting on a platform on the stage and then keeling over sideways.

He had performed three songs - Dance Me to the End of Love, The Future and There Ain't No Cure for Love - before he collapsed.

A member of his band, Javier Mas, came out almost an hour later to tell the thousands of people gathered in the Luis Puig Velodrome that Cohen was suffering from a stomach complaint and would not be returning to the stage that night, but that he hoped to reschedule the show for another time.

Valencia was the penultimate stop on his nine-concert tour of Spain, which is due to end in Barcelona on Monday, his 75th birthday.

Born in Montreal, Cohen published books of poetry before embarking on a singing career with his smash debut album Songs of Leonard Cohen in 1967, which included one of his best-known songs, Suzanne.

He quit the music scene in the early 1990s, living at a Buddhist monastery in California, where he was ordained a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk and took the name Jikhan, meaning "silence."

But he was forced to return after he was swindled out of his retirement nest egg by his former manager.

His most recent album, Heather, was released in 2004. And last year, he embarked on his first world tour in 15 years.

His music has inspired countless artists and more than 1,000 renditions of his work have been recorded by R.E.M., Elton John, Jeff Buckley, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, k.d. Lang, Tory Amos, Nina Simone and Peter Gabriel.

His songs have also has been used in dozens of movie soundtracks such as Natural Born Killers and Shrek.

Steal $115 Million, get 20 months ...not bad work if you can get it...hahahaha

These type of thieves should really be treated a bit differently,.perhaps a trial in the states instead,where they will put you away,...Just ask Bernie or

MONTREAL – Failed financier Vincent Lacroix will get to sleep in his own bed for the first time in 20 months on Sept. 27.

The man convicted in 2007 of swindling $115 million from 9,200 investors in his now-defunct Norbourg Group of mutual funds has been granted full parole, his lawyer Clemente Monterosso confirmed on Friday.

Lacroix, 42, has been living at a halfway house since being released on day parole July 21.

He was convicted on 51 Quebec Securities Act violations in a 2007 civil trial and was sentenced Jan. 28 to 12 years behind bars – a term subsequently reduced to 8 1/2 years, then last month to five years less a day by the Quebec Court of Appeal.

But he could return to prison for as long as 14 years if found guilty on the nearly 200 criminal charges of fraud, conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to commit forgery, fabricating documents and money laundering laid by the RCMP following their investigation into Norbourg.

Jurors are being selected for that trial which could begin next week.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Summer Ends but is this 2B or not 2B,,,,Nah leaves change colours first

Best of Montreal 2009 according to Montreal Mirror


Montrealer Closest
to Sainthood

1. Father Emmett “Pops” Johns
2. Leonard Cohen
3. Current Habs (Saku Koivu, Alexei Kovalev,Bob Gainey)
4. Celine Dion
5. Brother André
6. Guy Carbonneau
7. William Shatner
8. Pierre Elliot Trudeau
9. Justin Trudeau
10. Maurice Richard
Honourable mentions: Jean Béliveau • Guy Laliberté • Guy Lafleur

The founder of Dans la Rue and the legendary singer-songwriter retain their perennial top spots. Current Habs did well, as the BOM voting took place before the team choked, while ex-Hab Guy Carbonneau still has his supporters. Perhaps because an English greatest hits set has rekindled some fandom, or maybe because she hopes to buy the Habs and improve them, Dion moves up to #4 from #10.

#1, BEST LOCAL BLOG #10: Nadia G

Montrealer Closest to Hell

1. Gérald Tremblay
2. Bob Gainey
3. Celine Dion
4. Ben Mulroney
5. Frank Zampino
6. Brian Mulroney
7. Carey Price
8. Jean Charest
9. Karla Homolka
10. Mosé Persico
Honourable mentions: Mary Hell • Pauline Marois • Vincent Lacroix

For the fourth consecutive year, our mayor is #1! Gainey (#2), having helmed the Habs’ sad centennial season, makes this list for the first time, as does municipal-politician-turned-businessman Frank Zampino (#5), who recently joined the ranks of the unemployed in the wake of a public water meter scandal.

Most Desirable Man

1. Justin Trudeau
2. Leonard Cohen
3. Roy Dupuis
4. Alexei Kovalev
5. Sam Roberts
6. Carey Price
7. Jonas
8. Nathan Cassiani
9. Saku Koivu
10. William Shatner
Honourable mentions: Gabriel Aubry • Mike Komisarek • Jay Baruchel

Trudeau (#1) trades places with last year’s winner Cohen, while Dupuis and Kovalev hold down third and fourth and Roberts moves up a notch. The Shat is back and Koivu makes his first appearance in this category, while Jonas and Price rise up from mere Honourable mentions. Concordia organizer and activist Cassiani moves down three notches, desite his stellar musical taste (his Facebook page is public, FYI).

Most Desirable Woman 1. Elisha Cuthbert
2. Mitsou
3. Nadia G
4. Mutsumi Takahashi
5. Celine Dion
6. Amy Blackmore
7. Karine Vanasse
8. Isabelle Desjardins
9. Caroline Néron
10. Melissa Auf der Maur
Honourable mentions: Annie DeMelt • Jessica Paré • Emmanuelle Chiriqui

The top two reigning queens remain, but Nadia G of Bitchin’ Kitchen fame has arrived to bump everyone’s favourite lady newsreader down to #4. MusiquePlus’s Desjardins debuts at #8, and actress Néron returns to the list after last year’s absence, possibly on the strength of her starring role in 3 Saisons. Multitasking stage star Blackmore is up by three and actress Vanasse makes the top 10 for the first time.

Best-dressed Montrealer

1. Leonard Cohen
2. Rufus Wainwright
3. Guy Carbonneau
4. Justin Trudeau
5. Philippe Dubuc
6. Daniel Phalen from Cafeteria
7. Mado
8. Celine Dion
9. Cary Tauben
10. Keith Dean
Honourable mentions: Todd van der Hayden • Pierre Lapointe • Plastik Patrik

Money, media stature and good taste are clearly not required to win over Montrealers when it comes to style. This list includes singer-songwriters, a hockey coach, a politician, a waiter (#6), drag queens (#7 and arguably #8), a designer (#5), a bizarre self-proclaimed fashion personality and partygoer (#9) and DJs (#10).

Best Sports Personality

1. Alexei Kovalev
2. Saku Koivu
3. P.J. Stock
4. Carey Price









5. Bob Gainey
6. Maxim Lapierre
7. Georges St-Pierre
8. Guy Carbonneau
9. Mitch Melnick
10. Randy Tieman
Honourable mentions: Georges Laraque
• Jacques Demers • Alexandre Despatie

Possibly due to votes cast before the Habs hit the wall, the top two spots remain unchanged from ’08. Gainey (#5) is up one and Lapierre debuts at #6, though Price (#4) and Carbonneau (#8) have dropped one and four, respectively. Also on the descent is TV personality Tieman (#10), while radio guy Stock (#3) continues his peculiar rise to the top. Melnick makes the move from honourable mention, while champion mixed martial artist St-Pierre rises by two.

Tackiest Personality

1. Mosé Persico
2. Ben Mulroney
3. Celine Dion
4. Andrew Carter
5. Mado
6. Cary Tauben
7. P.J. Stock
8. Frank Cavallaro
9. Gérald Tremblay
10. Anne-Marie Losique
Honourable mentions: Michelle Richard • Java Joel • Julie Snyder

The city’s top three of tacky remain the same, while CJAD’s Carter (#4) somehow overtakes Mado (#5). The Team 990’s Stock (#7) makes an impressive debut, while fashionisto Tauben is down one and our mayor moves up a notch—his approval rating could use such a boost.

Best Montreal Weirdo

1. Hollywood the Banana Man
2. Spider-Man
3. Spoonman
4. Maysr
5. Tricycle biker
6. Cary Tauben
7. Nantha Kumar
8. Dane Gerus
9. P.J. Stock
10. René Angélil

Honourable mentions: Bernie from Dollar Cinema • Gérald Tremblay • Ben Mulroney

We Montrealers like our homeless, our buskers and other oddballs-about-town with a side of fruit (#1), spidey sense (#2), a set of spoons (#3), dread and decks (#4), a child’s ride (#5), an ego problem (#6), a restaurant (#7), a blog (#8), a sport radio show (#9) and a billion dollars (#10).

Rufus Wainwright

Best Politician

1. None
2. Justin Trudeau
3. Amir Khadir
4. Gérald Tremblay
5. Thomas Mulcair
6. Jean Charest
7. Gilles Duceppe
8. Peter McQueen
9. Pierre Trudeau
10. Stéphane Dion
Honourable mentions: Mario Dumont • Boris St-Maurice • Marc Garneau

After last fall’s win in Papineau, now-MP Trudeau (#2) moves up a notch, as does his dad (#9), despite having done nothing for us lately. The Bloc chief (#7) rockets up from honourable mentions and victorious Québec Solidaire co-leader Khadir (#3) shoots up from #8, while our premier (#6) plummets four spots and NDG’s provincial Green candidate McQueen is down one. As for Dion and Dumont, we’re guessing their BOM supporters voted ironically.

Best Political/Social cause

1. Environment
2. Dans la Rue
3. Homelessness
4. Breast cancer
5. Animal rights
6. Health care
7. Education
8. Arts funding
10. Bloc Pot
Honourable mentions: Anglo rights • global warming • anti-police-brutality

Mother Earth is closest to our readers’ hearts, as is the plight of people living on the streets, just ahead of our furry friends, our aging, diseased bodies (#4, #6, #9), building up our brains (#7), expanding them (#10) and, new to the category thanks to Harper’s Conservatives, keeping our artists afloat (#8).

Loudest Activist

1. Jaggi Singh
2. Amir Khadir
3. Fidel Fuentes
4. Nora Rohman
5. Students
6. Alison Louder
7. Anti-police-brutality protesters
8. Chris Schwartz
9. Father Emmett “Pops” Johns
10. Lucas Solowey
Honourable mentions: Nisha Toomey • Reverend Darryl Gray • Stefan Christoff

Singh’s the king once again, with lefty MNA Khadir close behind and the NDP’s Fuentes rising in the ranks. We welcome queer organizer Rohman to the activist scene, as well as Pops—the man himself is relatively under the radar, but his street-kid organization, Dans la Rue, always keeps the bullhorn handy. Supporters of exiled Tibetans (Schwartz) and Burmese (Toomey) make the cut too, while Louder, though more artist than activist, sticks in Montrealers’ minds due to her work on the Parc Avenue issue in ’07, and that awesome surname.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Changes to the Main.........well Maybe

Just waiting for the final enveloppes stuffed with brownies,to land on the right desks,before a final OK is given to expropriate some buildings to make way for a new complex or something.......   Lower Main actually which ,if I remmeber correctly was in sad shape way back in the 70's ?? 

MONTREAL – The city’s executive committee is expected to decide on the next steps for the $160-million lower Main redevelopment project Thursday, André Lavallée said Wednesday.

He specifically refused to confirm or deny whether expropriation orders, and how many, are among the steps planned.

Lavallée – the member of the executive committee responsible for urban development – is the city’s point man on the project, which is meant to help revitalize Montreal’s old red-light district along St. Laurent Blvd., between Ste. Catherine St. and René Lévesque Blvd.

Members of the top city committee met to discuss the project Wednesday, he said in a brief interview, “but we are waiting for answers to some questions.”

“We are also waiting for some information from the Quebec Ministry of Culture.”

In early August, the Office de consultation publique de Montréal issued a report suggesting that some elements of the project be reconsidered.

The plans as submitted for the consultation hearings would require the demolition of eight buildings, including several neo-Roman greystones built between 1890 and 1930.

Irish Immigration in the 1800s,_Quebec

Bye Bye Murray's

Some of Our members will feel some nostalgia ,for this story,.Murray's Restaurant is closing for good........  (even my Mom worked there a long time ago,) Oh Well time march's on,perhaps it can be replaced by a nice McDumpy's or something equally as tasteful(or tasteless)


........maybe they can tear it down & make something usefull out of

Please share your Murray’s memories in the box at the end of the story.

MONTREAL - Although many had been hoping for a comeback, it appears the city’s last Murray’s Restaurant, in Town of Mount Royal, will not reopen.

Facing bankruptcy, owners of the landmark restaurant in the Lucerne Shopping Mall have applied to a Quebec court for creditor protection.

Among the creditors are TD Canada Trust and First Capital Realty, the corporation that owns the strip mall where the restaurant is located.

“There will be no reopening of Murray’s,” said Mike Ouellette, a Montreal accountant representing Mounir Yassa and his wife, Alice, the restaurant’s owners since in 2007.

Since the restaurant closed at the end of July, Ouellette said, there has been interest from two potential buyers.

But, he added,“it didn’t work out.”

“It’s very unfortunate,” said Louis Voizard, a vice-president with First Capital Realty, one of the restaurant's creditors.

“It was a popular restaurant for many years."

Voizard said the restaurant owes First Capital $36,141 for “rent-related items.”

TD Canada Trust, a second creditor, is owed $211,422, according to court documents.

This summer, Mounir Yassa said, he was well aware of the restaurant’s storied past and, for that reason, he had tried to keep it afloat.

But it was a losing venture that was costing him between $8,000 and $12,000 a month, he said.

After the Murray's restaurant on Sherbrooke St. W. in Westmount closed in 1999, the Murray's eatery in T.M.R. became the last one standing in the city.

The chain, which got its start in the 1920s, once served diners in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

Tell us your Murray's restaurant stories using the comment box below or send us your photo memories by clicking this link.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hogg Family were very active in commerce

A little article from a couple of years back re: Hogg Family ,....originally from the Westmount Examiner

From milk to mallets: lecture traces Hogg family history

By Caroline Breslaw and Grace Hogg

Article online since October 4th 2007, 8:26
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From milk to mallets: lecture traces Hogg family history
Grace Hogg with son Cameron Hogg Tisshaw
From milk to mallets: lecture traces Hogg family history
By Caroline Breslaw and Grace Hogg
Their name is familiar to most Westmounters as proprietors of the neighbourhood hardware store, but as members of the local historical association learned recently, the Hogg family's roots in this community are as old as Westmount itself.
As the first event in the Westmount Historical Association's fall lecture series, Grace Hogg dropped by the Westmount Room of the Public Library on Sept. 20 to discuss her family and share some archival photos.

She began by pointing out that her ancestors left Scotland's Selkirk Valley in the early 19th century along with thousands of other emigrants. Her great, great, great uncle, grain merchant William Kerr, was the first of the family to arrive, settling in Montreal in 1829. He rented the Samuel Gale farm on the eastern edge of the old city limits – near today's Jacques Cartier Bridge. He prospered by selling hay and vegetables to the British army. In 1863, Kerr's niece, Margaret Laidlaw, married fellow Scot Walter Hogg; together they had three children.

In 1888, with the help of Uncle William Kerr, their eldest son, George Hogg,

began a career as a dairy farmer in Longue Pointe, in the city's east end.

In 1901, George and business partner William Trenholme purchased the

fledgling Guaranteed Pure Milk Company. The dairy was one of the first

to pasteurize its milk, gaining it a reputation for safe, reliable products at a time when unhygienic food processing and poor sanitary conditions contributed to a high infant mortality rate.

In addition to being president of the Guaranteed Pure Milk Company, George also operated the Purity Ice Cream Company and served as mayor of Westmount

from 1926 to 1930.

In 1948, George's son, William Hogg, succeeded him as president of the milk and ice cream companies. In turn, William was followed as president by his son, David Hogg. The dairy was sold to Ault Foods Ltd. in 1989.

In 1992, George Alexander Hogg, great grandson of George Hogg, opened

Hogg Hardware at 4833 Sherbrooke St., the site of the former Pascal's. Today, many family members, including George Alexander's bothers, Dave and Al, are involved in the business.

Members of the Hogg family have lived in Westmount for almost 100 years. They moved to the city in 1914, when George Hogg, his wife, Genty Drummond, and family left their Longue Pointe farm for a newly constructed home at 3637 The Boulevard. Four subsequent generations of Hoggs have also made their homes in Westmount. In 1977, as a tribute to his father, William Hogg established the George Hogg Family Foundation, a charitable organization which funds numerous Montreal charities.

During the animated question period, Grace's father, David Hogg, answered questions about the dairy. At the end of the evening, a group photo was taken of the many members of the Hogg family present.

Obituary Clarence Hill

My uncle, Clarence Hill passed away on the 3rd of September at the St Anne's Veterans Hospital.  He grew up in Verdun with his 8 brothers and sisters.  The family home was at 1090 Woodland Ave.  He lived at 1281 Godin in the early sixtys and worked at Canadair and then Brown Boveri.  The following is from the Gazette on Saturday:

Clarence Hill
HILL, Clarence 1917 - 2009 At Ste-Anne de Bellevue Hospital on September 3, 2009, Clarence Hill passed away at the age of ninety-two years. He will be sadly missed by his wife Adele, his daughter Dolores (Pierre), brothers Harold (Helen), James, Thomas (Marie), Norman, sister Florence (Dick), his brother-in-law Philip, with many nieces and nephews. A service will take place on September 14 at 11 a.m in the presence of the urn at Rideau memorial Gardens, 4239 Sources Blvd., D.D.O., 514-685-3344. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

Below is the url for condolences.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Big Milk Bottle getting saved .maybe the Cows are coming back two or (too)

Montreal's iconic Guaranteed Pure Milk bottle, currently covered in rust and graffiti, is about to get a makeover, thanks to Heritage Montreal and several soon-to-be-announced sponsors.

Scaffolding is going up around the bottle and work is expected to start by the end of the month on cleaning and repainting the structure, Robert Turgeon, chairman of the board at Heritage Montreal, told Metropolitan News. Turgeon said Heritage Montreal expects to announce the cost of the project and the names of sponsors in late September. The work should be completed by the end of October, he said.

On the scaffolding, workers have installed signs that read, which sends people to a Facebook page about the project.


From Heritage Montreal's file on the bottle (before it found sponsors to pay for its restoration):

The Guaranteed Pure Milk dairy plant, a remarkable Art Deco building which attests to the presence of the milk industry in the heart of Montreal, was built in 1930. It supports a water tank shaped as a giant riveted steel quart of milk 10 metres tall built by Dominion Bridge of Lachine. The milk bottle is almost a poetic emblem of the downtown area, a naïve architectural element which contrasts with the more monumental features of the neighbourhood.

The Guaranteed Pure Milk dairy plant and its milk bottle bear witness to the past presence of the agro-processing industry right in the heart of the metropolis as well as a reminder of the traditional means of delivering milk.

Shut down in the 1990s and used as a site for shooting TV series, the building faces an even more uncertain future with the arrival of the E-Commerce Place. Promoters would preserve only the façade of the building. What will happen to the milk bottle? Moreover, the bottle is suffering from lack of maintenance; the metal is rusting, and its appearance has been affected.

Héritage Montréal intervened as part of a coalition to request that the E-Commerce Place project pay greater attention to its urban environment, and in a manner less devastating to the site’s heritage. Industrial heritage continues to be a subject of concern by the organisation, which wishes to embark on a specific protection project for the milk bottle.

- Andy Riga










                     Restoration underway,..............HF&RV