Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Davy Jones Catches Last Train (and it's not to Clarksville) dead @ 66

66 is a rather young age to die,(at least when we are our age) and so Davy Jones of the old Monkees TV group in the 60's dies in Florida.

(Reuters) - Davy Jones, former lead singer of the 1960s made-for-television pop band The Monkees, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Florida, according to an official from the local medical examiner's office.

Jones, 66, born in Manchester, England, became the principal teen idol of the rock quartet featured on the NBC comedy series "The Monkees," which was inspired in part by the Beatles film "A Hard Day's Night" and ran from the fall of 1966 to August of 1968.

Although not allowed to play their own instruments on their early records, Jones and his three cohorts - Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork - had several hits that sold millions of copies, including "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer."

Happy 19th Birthday to Henri Richard

Not a bad record this guy has , He has won 11 Stanley Cups ,& yes that's the record.The big thing is he's only 19 .......Happy Birthday Henri, and thanks for all those cups.

Henri Richard's career spanned 20 seasons and he was on 11 Stanley Cup winners:

1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Jean Beliveau- A Class by Himself -Red Fisher

MONTREAL - The golden years have not been kind to the legendary Jean Béliveau, who is undergoing “active investigation and treatments” at the Montreal General Hospital after suffering a stroke on Monday night.

Béliveau has been struck with an alarming number of health issues since retiring as a player following the Canadiens’ Stanley Cup victory in 1970-71.

There were cardiac problems in the mid-1990s. And in 2000, all of us were saddened to learn he would start radiation treatments for a malignant tumour doctors had discovered in his neck. This man, loved and admired by so many, who won so many battles on the ice in his 18-season career, took on his biggest one with greater resolve and courage than any game he ever played.

“I rely totally on the expertise of my doctors,” he wrote in a statement. “I intend to follow their instructions and recommendations to the letter. I feel good and I fully intend on winning this next battle.”

He won it, against all odds. He handled the radiation, although for a long while, he lost his sense of taste. He carried a bottle of spring water with him all day to ease the terrible discomfort of dry mouth, a condition that still exists. However, all through it he was still the smiling giant of a man, available to people of all ages and languages and colours.

His ability to charm others has never left him through good and bad times, because he is, after all, Jean Béliveau.

In June of last year, he underwent a preventive surgical procedure to repair abdominal aneurysms and required several months to recover.

Last week, he entered hospital with a severe nosebleed that finally was corrected after three days of treatment. Now this.

“He’s been going through a lot,” former teammate Dickie Moore was saying on Tuesday.

“It’s so sad. After all of the things he’s done over the years, after all of the charity affairs he’s attended ... the money he’s raised for kids, Jean should be enjoying life,” Moore said of Béliveau, who celebrated his 80th birthday last August.

Béliveau and Moore were fierce rivals in junior hockey, but have been the closest of friends since their Canadiens days.

“When you talk about the great players, the superstars who’ve played for the Canadiens,” Moore said, “he’s right up there with the very best. As an individual, he’s always been in a class by himself. As an individual, on and off the ice, nobody comes close.”

Everyone who was there will never forget the night Béliveau was the guest of honour at a Bell Centre black-tie affair where $1 million was raised for six institutions: The Montreal Children’s Hospital, Ste. Justine Hospital, the Society for Handicapped Children, the Shriners and to children’s hospitals in Quebec and Sherbrooke.

All of it for the kids.

Numbers and individual achievements don’t begin to describe what Béliveau has meant to the Canadiens organization, to people everywhere. Eighteen seasons with the Canadiens, his last 10 as captain; 10 Stanley Cups; two Hart trophies, one Conn Smythe; 507 goals and 712 assists in 1,125 games; 176 points in 162 playoff games. Stunning numbers, but they pale in comparison alongside the love and respect other players, old and new, and the people … his people … have for him and he for them.

“You know, when people are good, it makes me feel good to give back,” he would tell you. “People always have been good to me.”

This good man has been special in so many ways. Everything that is Béliveau comes from within. He truly cares about people, and that care always has been returned to him by people in all walks of life.

The same applies to the players he faced during his career. Opponents always played hard against him, but their respect for him and he for them was always there – and remains so to this day.

The same applies for hockey people at every level. Who but Béliveau could have been named captain of Team Canada at the Vancouver Olympics. A health issue prevented him from attending the Games, but eventually he was presented with the same ring players received for winning the gold at a solid-out charity dinner in Montreal.

Béliveau, the player, was more than a captain: he was a father figure in many ways. If a player had a problem on the ice, Béliveau was only a stick-length away. If there were personal problems that needed attention, he was available. He never forced himself on anyone, but everyone knew he was there.

He was, in every way, a one-of-a-kind player, matched only by his grace and quality as human being.

Pray for him

..............As we mentioned earlier ,get well Mr Beliveau, you are a Class Act............. Cheers ! HF&RV - Les

Jean Beliveau Suffers Stroke -----

MONTREAL (February 28, 2012) – The Montreal Canadiens announced today that Jean Beliveau suffered a stroke on Monday evening and was admitted to the hospital.

Now 80 years old, Mr. Beliveau is currently undergoing active investigation and treatments. As of today and for the duration of his convalescence Mr. Beliveau humbly asks everyone to respect his privacy and that of his family

..............Certainly a very classy guy, Our best wishes to him & his family,get well soon  Mr Beliveau, 

..and thanks for all those years of  excellent play

with the Habs ( they could use those talents today)

                              Cheers ! HF&RV   - Les

Sunday, February 26, 2012

...and You Thought You Had it Tough

These poor people don't even have a stove in their hallway,for heat,& a  place to warm up before heading outside or a place to dry their mits,when coming inside .Poor buggers,Look at how stark & bleak their house is,& not a curved railing in sight to slide down......
 Yes this is how the kids on the 'other' side of the tracks had to live..........sad really !

MONTREAL - After 2½ years in the making, there is a new residence in the uppermost reaches of Westmount that is sure to take its place among the cities' most distinguished properties.

Located at 68 Summit Circle, the four-bedroom, 3½-bathroom dwelling rises above the city skyline and resembles a French manoir in the most classic style. Not only is the property dazzling from the outside, with its bold pillared entranceway, the interior is lined in the finest marbles and rich hardwoods, including mahogany and oak.

The 5,000 sq. ft. of living space is equally divided among the three floors, each of which, with their floor-to-ceiling windows combined, offer amazing views that spread southward, eastward and westward. In fact, from the second-and third-level balconies, you can see in one 180-degree panoramic span, two mountain ranges (the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack's of New York), two states (Vermont and New York), plus the mighty St. Lawrence River and its sequence of rapids.

It is a view to die for, as you stand looking out from balconies, high above the city, literally hanging over the brink of forested Westmount.

The inspiration behind the building's construction was to design a French Château/Parisian Manoirstyle residence. The structure is made of steel and concrete, covered with a limestone and brick finish, with intricate exterior detailing such as the 12 custom-made wrought-iron lanterns that light the property.

"The whole message here is that nothing was bought across counter from a dealer. It's all custom work, like their very, own Taj Mahal. It's custom throughout," said RE/MAX broker Albert Sayegh, who is handling the $6,850,000 property.

You enter the residence from street level into a foyer with a creamtoned Jerusalem marble floor, cut and imported from the Holy Land to exact specifications for the home. Then your eye is caught by the winding marble stairwell. It's locally forged-iron railing leads, like a flowered vine, to the third floor.

Off the foyer are a powder room, living room with built-ins and gas fireplace (one of three in the home), the dining room, dinette and a high-end gourmet kitchen with oversized Calcutta gold marble countertop. The marble flooring is radiant heated. The kitchen has all top-of-the-line appliances, including a Sub-Zero fridge, Wolf gas oven range, a built-in Wolf convection microwave oven and an Asko dishwasher. All drawers and panels have custom-made polished nickel handles.

It is so well lit (even on cloudy days) by an entire wall of southfacing, floor-to-ceiling French glass doors, that there is no need to flick that light switch except for when darkness closes in. This level also has a mud room and garage, which has a heated driveway. So you can just throw away that old snow shovel, or donate it to your local antique shop because you won't be needing it any longer.

The third floor has a full-floorlength master bedroom with ensuite. It is covered with custom-cut Bianca Carrara marble floors and counter tops. There is a Jacuzzi and a shower that doubles as a steam shower. Strategically placed mirrors and finite detailing bounce the light around the ensuite, causing shadows to hide away from the welldesigned location.

The third floor also includes his and her walk-in closets, a custom wood-panelled library/office, a ballroom, wet bar and a gas fireplace with beautifully carved mantle. It also has one of the two Parisianstyle balconies with galvanized, handmade wrought-iron railings.

The first level has three bedrooms (one with its own ensuite), two bathrooms, laundry room, family room with gas fireplace and wine cellar. This level is best suited for children where they can play out of the way of their parents in their own, not-so-little paradise.

The wine cellar is custom-built in a Venetian style. It can hold more than 1,600 bottles of vintage and can be securely locked behind a solid monastery-like plank door with iron hinges.

The first level also allows access to the brick-floored patio area where cedar bushes line the boundaries of the property. A heated, saltwater in-ground pool highlights the patio, which has more than adequate space for outside entertaining.

The home has all French antique doors and windows, with Cremone hardware that open to the inside of the house, like old French chateaux do.

This residence is a "Smart home" where from the command of a laptop, you can control the lighting, heating and security. It also has a home cinema surround sound and Non-directional Hi-Fi Totem Acoustics speakers installed throughout the property.

In a nutshell, this property is leading-edge modern, while retaining that French Château style and ambience. It is a place of coziness and warmth.

But not only that, it is a great escape from downtown where you are just eight steps away from the Summit Bird and Plant Sanctuary of Westmount. In the spring, the woods come alive with dozens of brilliantly coloured birds that use this mountain as a stopover from their wintering grounds in Latin America to their breeding areas throughout Quebec. It's the complete great escape .

.............Cheers ! HF&RV..............................................................................................................................- Les
     makes you thankful for what we had ..doesn't it? & besides we could kick the crap out of them in a hockey game...................... lol

Remember When ? or Which Way to Winter

it seems winter has a paid a visit to our old homeland. Montreal (& most of the country ) has escaped winter this year,but as always it usually makes an appearance.Pressing the snow removal crews into service ,in order to get the streets ready for the Monday morning commute. To our Montreal area friends & members,be careful & drive safe.

MONTREAL – Crews are expected to clear snow on the major streets downtown by Monday morning, but it will take until mid-week to cart away all of the 20 or more centimetres that fell since Friday.

City of Montreal spokesperson Patricia Lowe said crews were already out Sunday in the downtown Ville Marie borough and the plan is to have all major arteries downtown cleared of snow by Monday’s morning commute. The other 18 Montreal boroughs plan to start snow clearing at 7 p.m. Sunday, she said.

At its height the operation will involve 3,000 employees using 2,200 pieces of equipment. After crews clear the snow they then cart it away. That can take 96 hours, or until mid-week, assuming there is no more snow falling in that time period, Lowe said.

Environment Canada meteorologist René Héroux said there should be two to four more centimetres of snow falling on Monday and there is a chance of snow falling again on Wednesday. He added that the snow accumulation since Friday varied between 20 and 25 centimetres, depending on the exact location on the Island of Montreal and because some of it was blowing snow.

The snow removal operations are expected to pose headaches for motorists, and the city is urging people to make use of the 5,700 free parking spaces available to residents from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. during snow loading times (when the orange signs go up on your streets).

Call 311 to find out where the parking spots are or visit the city’s website at,94617579&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL.

The major snow clearing operation is only the third of the current winter season, which has been notably drier and milder. Usually there are at least five per winter season and an average of 215 centimetres of snow.

Since Nov. 15, the city says 115 centimetres of snow fell on Montreal, or 45 centimetres less than the average for the last 30 years. The smallest snowfall of the past thirty years was in the winter of 1978-79, with 103 centimetres of the white stuff. On the other hand in the winter of 2008-09 a whopping 505.6 centimetres of snow fell.

.......................................................Have Fun & Remember Verdun......Cheers ! - Les

Friday, February 24, 2012

Heritage Montreal Worried About More Disappearing Montreal History

MONTREAL - Humble workers’ houses in St. Henri. Nineteenth-century facades on the Lower Main. A stone convent on René Lévesque Blvd. E. A working stable and an abandoned foundry in Griffintown.

Not all are architectural monuments in their own right, but they are part of disappearing landscapes that give Montreal its unique flavour.

Héritage Montréal unveiled the city’s top 10 endangered heritage sites at a press conference Thursday.

From a monumental church in Hochelaga Maisonneuve to a crumbling Queen Anne-style mansion in the Golden Square Mile, all the landmarks bear witness to a past being erased by relentless pressure to turn property into profits.

Plans for the wholesale demolition of the Lower Main, an iconic district and National Heritage Site of Canada, are among the most distressing situations, said Dinu Bumbaru, policy director of the preservation organization.

“This is shocking,” Bumbaru said of plans by the Angus Development Corp. to bulldoze buildings on the west side of St. Laurent Blvd. between Ste. Catherine St. and René Lévesque Blvd.

There are no definite plans to replace them, so the land could stand vacant for years, he warned.

The fate hanging over the Lower Main is reminiscent of waves of demolition in previous decades that left large swaths of the city pockmarked with parking lots, Bumbaru warned.

In addition to the 10 endangered sites, Héritage Montréal said it is keeping a close eye on six other sites, including the 1880 Mount Stephen Club, an opulent Italian-Renaissance-style mansion on Drummond St. that closed last year.

The organization is also monitoring the fate of the 1845 Louis Hippolyte La Fontaine house, home of the father of responsible government in Canada.

...................many of us will not be greeted with a familiar landscape ,if we were to visit our old stomping grounds,in the near future,the once rarely changing landscape we know as Montreal will have a whole new look,from the moment you enter it,With no Turcot Interchange or Bonaventure Expressway,or the old Farine 5 Roses sign, and of course old well known little communities,will have been overhauled & look completely different from anything we take pictures folks ,no matter where you live,because much of it will change & memories will be all that's left............................  Cheers ! HF&RV,   - Les

The fate of Montreal’s municipal bathhouses, like the Art Deco Schubert baths on St. Laurent Blvd. at Bagg St., are cause for concern as budget shortfalls force boroughs to slash services, the heritage organization said.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Griffintown the Saga Continues

It is easy to see by this photo,just how important & valuable Griffitnow property is,by it's proximity to downtown Montreal.
Here is more of the Griffintown story from today's online Gazette.

MONTREAL - If you want to see what’s wrong with the Tremblay administration’s approach to urban planning, glance at what’s happening in Griffintown.

Two events happened there last week. They reflect two diametrically different approaches to land development. One approach, city hall’s, is shocking. The other, by a federal Crown corporation, is terrific. It puts the Tremblay administration’s approach to shame.

It’s important to get the re-development of Griffintown right. Location and size give it glorious potential for boosting the city’s attractiveness and prosperity. A mere 10-minute walk from Windsor Station will put you in the heart of this former Irish working-class neighbourhood, now a largely bedraggled, light-industrial area consisting of some 50 small city blocks.

One of last week’s two events was a public consultation held by a city agency. It was shameful.

Don’t get me wrong: The experts, stakeholders and ordinary citizens who took part in the exercise produced useful insights, and the agency that held the hearing, the Office de consultation publique de Montréal, is one of this city government’s most credible bodies. No, the problem was that the exercise came astonishingly late.

Investors have jumped into the area in the last several years and have either already built projects or are in the process of doing so. Redevelopment in about a third of Griffintown is a fait accompli.

But don’t blame the OCPM for this tardiness. As an advisory body, it needs the city executive committee’s green light before holding hearings. Up to now, Tremblay’s executive committee has denied it that go-ahead.

Logically, the Tremblay team should have let the OCPM hold hearings in 2008, after a developer, Devimco, announced the most ambitious real-estate plan by a private investor in city history: On a swatch of Griffintown equal to 17 Canadian football fields, it originally sought to construct 10 buildings between 17 and 22 storeys high and some smaller buildings. The project’s stores, offices and residences would have enabled it to compete with downtown for business.

The Tremblay administration liked the concept. Most Griffintown residents and downtown merchants did not.

The mayor used technicalities to keep the project from becoming the subject of a neighbourhood referendum.

He also found a way to finesse the rule requiring a public consultation. Normally, the mayor would ask the OCPM to hold such a hearing. But OCPM commissioners are urban-affairs experts (typically academics or retired civil servants); they are also politically unaligned and not city hall’s puppets. They only have the power to make recommendations to the executive committee, but those recommendations can cause embarrassment at city hall.

That would explain why Tremblay asked the local borough, Sud-ouest, to hold hearings instead of the OCPM. The borough mayor was a tame member of Tremblay’s party and, sure enough, she duly produced a compliant report: It contained zero recommendations. I wrote at the time that it was the “most vacuous municipal report in memory.” Still is.

To be sure, city hall did produce an urban plan for the area. Ignoring the city-wide master plan that called for relatively low buildings, it authorized buildings of up to 20 storeys high in some places.

As it happens, difficulties in getting financing would later cause Devimco to shrink its “District Griffin” plan: It has started work on a string of towers (mostly condos, but also with a hotel and offices) on a smaller territory along the Lachine Canal. Elsewhere, other companies are building condos, all of banal design.

This is what Tremblay’s improvisation has begat: An emerging area that, with cranes swinging overhead, still has no coherent sense of direction. Who knows if future development will aim to make Griffintown a highrise extension of downtown, a heritage-enhancing extension of adjacent Old Montreal or a family-friendly neighbourhood with a school and plenty of space for recreation. If the OCPM comes up with sensible advice this spring, let’s hope that if it is applied it wouldn’t be too late to determine the dominant character of the place.

And now for an instructive beam of light.

One part of Griffintown does know what it’s doing. It’s the only part of Griffintown not under city hall’s authority. I refer to an expanse the size of 15 football fields. Canada Post once had a mammoth facility, now demolished, there. Today a federal Crown corporation, Canada Lands Co., owns the tract.

In 2008, Canada Lands distributed 20,000 flyers to Sud-ouest residents inviting them to hearings on what to build on it. Reflecting public opinion, 1,800 condos are now going up, plus 400 social-housing units. The second phase of this “Bassins du Havre” plan was announced Thursday at a ceremony.

To attract families that might otherwise move to the off-island, 40 per cent of the units will have two or more bedrooms; by contrast, the first nine condo towers that Devimco has so far planned are all tailored to single people and couples.

Unlike the Devimco project, Canada Lands buildings will also seek LEED status.

“This is an extremely well thought-out project,” says David Hanna, a UQAM urban-planning prof. “Gee, couldn’t we do this all the time?”

It’s simple enough.

                                        ........Cheers ! Have Fun & Remember Verdun,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,   - Les

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hey Did Juneau this ? I Didn't .He Had the Awards Show Named After Him....Now Juno the Rest of the Story

OTTAWA—A long-time friend of Pierre Trudeau who had the Juno awards named after him after a career spent championing Canadian performers as head of the CRTC and CBC has died.

Pierre Juneau, who was 89, was remembered fondly Tuesday by his successors at the institutions he helped shape.

“We join Canadians in celebrating his legacy as the architect of Canadian content regulations, and the dynamic cultural industry that has since flourished,” acting CRTC chairman Leonard Katz said in a statement.

CBC President Hubert Lacroix paid tribute to his predecessor’s public battles with then-prime minister Brian Mulroney over cuts to the public broadcaster’s budget.

“Pierre Juneau was a passionate defender of public broadcasting and a fervent promoter of Canadian content,” said Lacroix, who is also facing looming cuts from the current Conservative government to the CBC’s budget. “He was instrumental to shaping policy that allowed Canadians to build their own industry and their own content. We still feel his influence today.”

Juneau’s long career fighting for Canadian musicians, actors and artists began when he joined the National Film Board in 1949 eventually moving up to become head of French content.

In 1968, Trudeau made his old university friend the first president of the newly created Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission. Juneau mandated minimum standards for Canadian content on radio and television that won him few friends among broadcasters of that era.

But the Canadian music industry showed their thanks by naming their national music awards after him in 1971 — the Juno Awards.

What a Prize this Clown Is.....Taking Advantage of a Lady's Home

Here is a goof that needs a little come uppance ,....I suspect after seeing this story in the GAzette the snake will be leaving this ladies house (one way or the other) I am sure there must be some characters still around Verdun who would readily volunteer to 'Clean House' as it were. Good luck to this gal,I hope no damage is done to her Verdun home.
 MONTREAL - Elizabeth Hennigar put her Verdun house on the market this year to help finance the purchase of her retirement home in New Brunswick.

For almost 20 years, Hennigar, 75, had run a group home out of her house on Melrose St. – so she wanted to spruce up her property before putting up the for-sale sign.

Just before Christmas, Hennigar said she hired a local handyman named James Clarke to do minor renovations. She had met Clarke though her daughter, Sandra Mathieu, who lives next door to Clarke’s father in Verdun.

Hennigar agreed to allow Clarke to live in her house during the renovations because he didn’t have a place of his own. Their verbal agreement stipulated that he would move out and find an apartment after he was paid for the renovation work, she says.

Mathieu said Clarke had done work for her in the past and her mother was trying to give him a break by allowing him to stay in her house.

“It seemed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement.”

After Mathieu paid Clarke $2,400, Hennigar called to thank him for a job well done. She asked him to leave the house by Jan. 31, adding that a real-estate agent would be showing the house to prospective buyers.

Hennigar says Clarke promised to leave. But three days later, she says, Clarke told her daughter he wasn’t leaving because he couldn’t find anywhere to live.

Almost three weeks later, Hennigar says Clarke is still squatting in her house – and she and her daughter don’t know how to get him out.

“He has stolen my house,” Hennigar said in a telephone interview from California, where she is staying with her son.

“The real-estate agent said he took people there but it was filthy dirty and smelling of smoke.”

Clarke refused to be interviewed when The Gazette turned up at the house Monday. He said the matter is between himself, Mathieu and the police.

“I don’t care what the public thinks; I don’t give a s---.”

Mathieu says she called police after Clarke refused to leave, but officers told her they couldn’t intervene because it’s a civil matter.

Montreal police told The Gazette Mathieu needs to take up the case with the Régie du logement.

But Mathieu says the rental board told her it can’t help because she and Clarke haven’t signed a lease.

She says she called Hydro-Québec to cut the power, but it refused because someone is living there.

Real-estate agent Jean-Philippe Loiselle told The Gazette “the house was a complete mess” when he brought people to see it at the end of January.

“There were beer bottles everywhere and it smelled of cigarette smoke.”

By going public with her story, Mathieu is hoping to shame Clarke into leaving.

“What is wrong with the system that he is allowed to stay there?” Mathieu asked.

“He seems to be protected at every turn.”

Jean-Pierre Leblanc of the Régie du logement wouldn’t comment specifically on Mathieu’s case, but said the rental board can intervene if someone is living illegally in someone else’s house without lease.

The homeowner must send a letter to the occupier giving him one month to vacate.

If the person doesn’t leave, the owner can seek from the rental board an “expulsion order to remove an illegal occupier.”

At that stage, Leblanc said, the squatter usually leaves before bailiffs intervene.

Whenever homeowners allow someone to live in their house, he suggested, they should sign a lease or a written agreement stating when the person is required to leave.

Cases of squatting are uncommon in Quebec, Leblanc said.

Usually they occur around July 1, when renters stay in their dwelling after their lease expires.

“It does happen, but it is rare.”

.......................... I would suggest a good old fashion rat exterminator company .......the guys who specialize in two legged rats.That's just my humble opinion,what a no good bum this guy is.Not only does this snake stay in the ladies home,but he disrespects it by making it a mess  ......HV&RV                                                        

Monday, February 20, 2012


I mentioned this before but Madona said during a visit to Montreal in 1987 that she had roots in Québec from ancestors on her mother's side.

She is a direct descendant of Julien Fortin who sailed to Nouvelle France (Canada) in 1650 and an ancestor then moved to Michigan.

Perhaps her complete genealogy will turn up some day.

What this I hear about the rumour regarding Multiply ?



Sunday, February 12, 2012

.25 Paper Money from the Past Called Shinplaster

Has anyone heard of .25 cents paper money used in the past called "shinplaster". Here is an explanation from the Bank of Canada. Can anyone comme up with a photo of this "Shinplaster".

Mister Billard, 

In response to your inquiry, much has been written about Canadian paper 25 cent notes, familiarly called shinplasters. The term “shinplaster” refers to any notes with a face value below a dollar. It was a term coined during the Revolutionary War in the United States, in which soldiers would use the worthless fractional notes to stuff their boots to keep their feet warm during the winter.  If you do a search on the Internet for “shinplaster” you will find loads of information on these quaint little notes. There were three issues of 25-cent notes in Canada: 1870, 1900 and 1923. They were printed when there was a shortage of silver 25-cent coins, and were quite popular and well-received. I hope you have some luck finding more information about shinplasters. Thank you for considering the Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada. 


David Bergeron

Curator/ Conservateur

National Currency Collection - Bank of Canada/

Collection nationale de monnaies - Banque du Canada


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston dies @ 48


Updated 10:02 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48.

Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told reporters outside the Beverly Hilton that Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. in her room on the fourth floor of the hotel. Her body remained there and Beverly Hills detectives were investigating.

"There were no obvious signs of any criminal intent at this time," Rosen said.

Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the cause of her death was unknown.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Wellington Bridge and CN Rail Tracks Circa 1943

Here is another photo of the Wellington bridge and the CN rail that cross the Lachine Canal. These photos are from a booklet published by the National Historic site of Canada, entitled LACHINE CANAL and goes back a few years and which I borrowed from our archives (SHGV).

I believe that the horizontal steel structure two thirds up on the right are the train rails in the up position to allow the boat to pass. The one on the left which is not seen is in the down positon. And of course the two cabins on the top house the men who operate the bridge. I believe the whole structure is still there today. The bridge would be in the open position permanentaly and the CN train tracks are still in use today

I have several other photos from the same booklet which I will post piece'meal to allow us to better digest and appreciate our Montreal landmarks.


CN-Harbour and CN-Wellington bridges, circa 1943, National Archives of Canada (PA202868)

Archives SHGV


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Atwater Bridge 1920 -1925

This photo of the Atwater Bridge dated 1925 should bring back memories for those such as myself who had to go to work and  wait 15. 20 minutes or more for the bridge to reopen. I still remember hearing the boat whistle from my home on Galt avenue each time a boat went by.


Archives SHGV

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Petroglyph in LaSalle

Pierre has been working on the petroglyph wich he discovered in 2005 on a rock near the old LaSalle dam on the waterfront. We are keeping this site a secret otherwise it could get the visit from vandals.

Pierre is a member of our society (SHGV) and was at the society saturday and we had a long talk on the subject. Despite his efforts to get the governments involved, he has not as yet found someone who could get things going. However, with Pierre's persistence, it is hoped that goverment funds will be available to unravel the mistery.

Pierre has already posted theses photos and as you can see he is zeroing in on the mistery of the petroglyph. Apparently the sign is commonly used in jewelry and is basically 4 leaves with an intertwined circle.

The subject is fascinating and has caught the attention of many people.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

$chwartz's Sold For Ten Million ( & don't worry about the wife eating the profits,she hasn't had so much as a grape in ten years)

Celine's hubby (grandfather ?) buys Schwartz's.....that must be some allowance he's got...reportedly $10 million bucks,..............that's a lot of Viande Fumer ,at $5.bucks a copy...

MONTREAL - A Montreal smoked meat institution – Schwartz’s deli on The Main – has been sold to René Angélil, the impresario and husband of singer Céline Dion, Huffington Post is reporting.

Angélil and a group of investors purchased the restaurant for $10 million around Jan. 7, the Canadian version of the U.S. news website says.

The group of investors is said to include Angélil’s cousin, Paul Sara, with whom Angélil owned the Nickels chain of restrauants in the 1990s.

Schwartz’s employees are keeping mum on the change in ownership, the website says

                     ........................HaveFun&RememberVerdun...........Cheers !   - Les





...and they better hope this guy wasn't their best customer.......

Explosion in 1958

I pulled out these 2 photos from our archives yesterday as I was on duty at the SHGV.These are more photos donated to us by the City of Verdun police department and are dated may 29th 1958. Unfortunately there are no comments on the photos. It is apparent that it was gas explosion  and the only one I am aware of is the one in LaSalle wich caused close to 30 deaths. Can someone enligthen us on this. 



Saturday, February 4, 2012

Ville Marie Tunnel Collapse was an 'Accident' -really Sherlock ,You Mean They Didn't Plan

Yup that's the findings after a year of researching,that the poor workmanship,bad material,and corrupt construction company's & paid off politicians,.were not a factor,.just a bit of 'bad luck' really......hahahahaha

Three Quebec engineering firms, whose consortium was fingered by Transport Quebec on Friday in the collapse of a tunnel undergoing repair on the Ville Marie Expressway in July, will likely not see the incident put a dent in their other government contracts.

The province intends to sue the firms SNC-Lavalin, Dessau Inc. and CIMA+, which formed a consortium that was overseeing the work on the tunnel at Viger St., Transport Minister Pierre Moreau announced at a news conference.

However, Moreau suggested the incident has no bearing on any of the other road projects being handled by the engineering firms across Quebec.

You don't shut down a hospital because of a medical error, he said, using a hospital as an analogy for each firm.

The comment was echoed by François Plourde, executive vice-president of CIMA+, who said he doesn't see the matter and impending litigation affecting the company's other contracts with Transport Quebec.

"It's a bit like the minister said," Plourde said. "You have to see it like a hospital. There's lots of work in the hospital, and there can be an accident. It's an accident."

CIMA+, which counts 2,100 employees and is present in 25 countries, has worked on such major projects in Quebec as the extension of Highway 25 between Montreal and Laval and supervising the reconstruction of the Dorval interchange, the firm's website says. As well, CIMA+ conducted the feasibility study and other studies for the coming reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange.

The three firms had no comment on Transport Quebec's conclusions.

"For the moment, it's premature to offer comments," Plourde said. "We'll study the report like everyone else and we'll collaborate with the (Transport) Department."

SNC-Lavalin, the only publicly traded company of the three, did not return The Gazette's messages.

Dessau has no comment given the government's declared intention to sue, said Katia Reyburn, the company's director of communications. She noted that Dessau's role in the Viger Tunnel project was to manage and maintain signage around the work site.

Jacques Duchesneau, who headed the province's anti collusion unit, concluded in a report last year that Transport Quebec has lost its internal expertise to monitor its $4-billion worth of projects per year because it has given more and more control over to outside engineering firms to do that work.

CIMA+, created in 1990 through a series of mergers of engineering firms, works on provincial and municipal contracts in such areas as urban planning, infrastructure, transportation, hydroelectricity and telecommunications.

Dessau Inc., which was founded in Laval in 1957 and counts 4,700 employees, is working for the province on construction of Montreal's two super hospitals. It also works on private and municipal contracts in different areas.

With annual sales of $600 million, Dessau is Quebec's No. 2 engineering firm behind SNC-Lavalin.

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world, reporting $5.1 billion in revenue for the first three quarters of 2011, up 21.7 per cent over the same period a year earlier.

The company, founded in Montreal in 1911, is also involved with its subsidiaries and affiliates in several areas, including transportation, chemicals, infrastructure, telecommunications and mining.

 keep your neck stiff,while driving under anything made in Labelle Province,tunnels ,bridges etc etc

                                                                          Cheers ! HF&RV...............................-Les

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Schwartz's Changing Hands & I Don't Mean They're Hiring

Seems Schwartz'z is going to change ownership soon......(so the rumour has it)-HF&RV
The ownership of smoked meat mecca Schwartz’s Deli, arguably the most popular restaurant in Montreal, could be changing hands, sources tell me.

Accountant Hy Diamond, who bought the restaurant in 1999, is apparently talking with prospective buyers. But a deal has yet to be reached for the sale of the restaurant, which has inspired a musical production and a book.

Opened in 1928 by Reuben Schwartz, the eatery remains immensely popular, with outside lineups a regular sight, even at a time of increased competition from newly opened smoked meat and burger places. According to a 2009 Maclean’s article, public outrage halted Diamond from opening a second location on Crescent St., downtown.

A representative for Diamond would neither confirm nor deny a sale, dismissing the possibility as ”just rumours.”

Smoked meat lovers, don’t panic. From what I’ve heard, it would remain a restaurant

Young Canadian Talent called "Walk Off the Earth" from Burlington Ont.

       Check out these kids ,who have just recently gone viral on Youtube and has garnered interest from many well known celebs who are propmoting these kids & encouraging them to keep up their work..................Strangely enough, these kids have been signing together as a band since 2005 (or 06) ........but watch them on this Video ( I will post it in the first reply window..

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Angelo Dundee Dies @ 90years of age, Ali's Longtime Motivator Checksout

Angelo Dundee, the brilliant motivator who worked the corner for Muhammad Ali in his greatest fights and willed Sugar Ray Leonard to victory in his biggest bout, died Wednesday in Tampa, Fla. He was 90.

The genial Dundee was best known for being in Ali’s corner for almost his entire career, but those in boxing also knew him as an ambassador for boxing and a figure of integrity in a sport that often lacked it.

He died with his family surrounding him, said son, Jimmy Dundee, but not before being able to attend Ali’s 70th birthday bash in Louisville, Ky., last month.

“It was the way he wanted to go,” Jimmy Dundee said. “He did everything he wanted to do.”

Promoter Bob Arum said he had been planning to bring Dundee to Las Vegas for a Feb. 18 charity gala headlined by Ali. He called Dundee a legend in the sport, someone who worked the corner for some of the greatest fights of the times.

“He was wonderful, he was the whole package,” Arum said. “Angelo was the greatest motivator of all time. No matter how bad things were, Angelo always put a positive spin on them. That’s what Ali loved so much about him.”

Arum credited Dundee with persuading Ali to continue in his third fight against Joe Frazier when Frazier was coming on strong in the “Thrilla in Manilla.” Without Dundee, Arum said, Ali may not have had the strength to come back and stop Frazier after the 14th round in what became an iconic fight.

Dundee also worked the corner for Leonard, famously shouting “You’re blowing it son. You’re blowing it” when Leonard fell behind in his 1981 fight with Tommy Hearns – a fight he would rally to win by knockout.

A master motivator and clever corner man, Dundee was regarded as one of the sport’s great ambassadors. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994 after a career that spanned six decades, training 15 world champions, including Leonard, George Foreman, Carmen Basilio and Jose Napoles.

But he will always be linked to Ali as one of the most successful fighter-trainer relationships in boxing history, helping Ali become the first to win the heavyweight title three times. The pair would travel around the world for fights to such obscure places as Ali’s October 1974 bout in Zaire against Foreman dubbed “The Rumble in the Jungle,” and Ali’s third fight against Frazier in the Philippines.

“I just put the reflexes in the proper direction,” Dundee said in a 2005 interview with the Associated Press.

Their partnership began in Louisville, Ali’s hometown, in 1959. Dundee was there with light heavyweight Willie Pastrano when the young Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, called their room from a hotel phone to ask if he could have five minutes. Clay, a local Golden Gloves champion, kept asking the men boxing questions in a conversation that lasted three and a half hours, according to Dundee’s autobiography, My View From the Corner: A Life in Boxing.

After Ali returned from Rome with a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics, Dundee ran into him in Louisville and invited him to come to Miami Beach to train. Ali declined. But that December, Dundee got a call from one of Ali’s handlers, seeking to hire Dundee. After Ali won his first pro fight, Dundee accepted.

He helped Ali claim the heavyweight title for the first time on Feb. 25, 1964, when Sonny Liston quit on his stool after the sixth round during their fight in Miami Beach.

In an age of boxing when fighter-manager relationships rarely last, Dundee and Ali would never split.

When Cassius Clay angered white America by joining the Black Muslims and become Muhammad Ali, Dundee never wavered. When Ali defied the draft at the height of the Vietnam War, losing three and a half years from the prime of his career, Dundee was there waiting for the heavyweight’s return. And when Ali would make bold projections, spewing poetry that made headlines across the world and gave him the nickname “The Louisville Lip,” Dundee never asked him to keep quiet.

“Through all those days of controversy, and the many that followed, Angelo never got involved,” Ali wrote in the foreword to Dundee’s book. “He let me be exactly who I wanted to be, and he was loyal. That is the reason I love Angelo.”

Born Angelo Mirena on Aug. 30, 1921, in south Philadelphia, Dundee’s boxing career was propelled largely by his older brother, Chris, a promoter. After returning from the Second World War.

“We won, but not because of anything I did” – he joined Chris in the boxing game in New York, serving as his “go-fer” and getting the tag “Chris’ kid brother.” Angelo and Chris followed another brother Joe, who was a fighter, in changing their surname to Dundee so their parents wouldn’t know they worked in boxing.

He learned to tape hands and handle cuts as a corner man in the late 1940s, building his knowledge by watching and learning as a “bucket boy” in New York for trainers like Chickie Ferrara, Charlie Goldman and Ray Arcel among others. Word of Dundee’s expertise spread, and seasoned fighters lined up to have him in their corner.

He worked major boxing scenes with Chris, with stops at the famed Stillman’s Gym in New York and Miami Beach’s 5th Street Gym. Dundee’s fun-loving attitude combined with his powerful Philly accent made him a joy to be around. His lifelong love and respect for the sport earned him praise from those across the boxing world.

“He is the only man in boxing to whom I would entrust my own son,” the late sportscaster Howard Cosell once said of Dundee.

In the late 1970s, with Ali nearing retirement, Dundee quickly jumped into the corner for an emerging star named Sugar Ray Leonard, who Dundee called “a smaller Ali.” Dundee trained Leonard for many of his biggest fights — including bouts against Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran and Thomas Hearns — and helped him become one of the most recognized welterweight champions in history.

Dundee later teamed up with Foreman in 1994 to help him become the oldest heavyweight champion at age 45 when he beat Michael Moorer. In one last attempt to help a big fighter win a big fight, Dundee helped train Oscar De La Hoya for his Dec. 6, 2008, fight with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Dundee did not work the corner on fight night, and perhaps the 35-year-old “Golden Boy” could have used Dundee. De La Hoya declined to answer the bell for the ninth round.

Always a slick strategist and fierce competitor, Dundee developed countless tricks to help his fighters win.

If he thought a referee might stop a fight because of a gash on his fighter, Dundee would stretch his butt so the referee couldn’t peek into the corner, allowing him to conceal the wound before the bell. If a fighter was tired, Dundee would do anything he could to buy time, once untying a boxer’s shoes after every round only to slowly retie the laces each time.

Dundee also went well beyond the usual tricks of smelling salts to revive fighters.

If his man was dazed, Dundee would often drop ice down the fighter’s shorts to take their attention off injuries. During Ali’s 1963 fight against Henry Cooper, Dundee pulled off a stunt that took him decades to publicly acknowledge.

After Cooper dropped Ali and left him dizzy at the end of the fourth round, Dundee alerted the referee to a small rip on Ali’s gloves – a split Dundee would later admit he noticed before the fight – and the search for replacement gloves that never came gave Ali a few extra seconds to recover. Ali pounded Cooper’s cuts in the fifth and the fight was stopped, keeping Ali’s title shot alive. Many boxing commissions would soon require extra gloves to be kept at every fight.

Dundee never held back the one-liners in the corner, either, saying anything he could to get his fighters charged.

Dundee also loved to tell the story of the night he was in the corner for a little-known heavyweight named Johnny Holman. Remembering that Holman’s dream was to buy a house, Dundee tried to motivate Holman when he said, “This guy’s taking away your house from you. He’s taking away those shutters from you. He’s taking away that television set from you.” Holman would come back to win – and get that house.

After living in the Miami area for decades, Angelo Dundee moved to the Tampa suburb of Oldsmar in 2007 to be closer to his two children after his wife of more than 50 years, Helen, died.


MONTREAL - Like a giant Meccano set, Montreal’s new planetarium is rising next to the Olympic Stadium. Aluminium skeletons arc against the sky in odd shapes that will soon become showcases for the cosmos.

Given the grand theme, it seems fitting that those in charge of the nascent $48-million facility have sky-high expectations for it when it opens in spring 2013.

“It will be the most avant-garde, audacious planetarium on the planet,” said Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, director of Montreal’s Space for Life, comprising the Planetarium, Biodome, Insectarium and Botanical Gardens.

The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, as it will be known, will debut with a multimedia show created by Quebec artistic producers Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon.

“There’s nobody else in the world that has their level of artistic quality in terms for planetarium shows,” Brunelle said as he gave journalists a tour of the busy construction site.

The builders have also set the bar high when it comes to the eco-friendly rating of the structure. It is being built to attain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum status, awarded by the Canada Green Building Council.

The three-level building will have lots of natural light inside, a green roof to absorb heat and moisture, the most energy-efficient equipment available, a rain-water recycling system and it will use geothermal energy from deep underground.

“It’s very challenging but also a really stimulating job,” said France Beaulieu, the project’s chief engineer.

The two domed theatres, both 18 metres in diameter, have cone-like shells, but they will be on different angles, she noted.

“We had to figure out how to build this very complex, geometric structure right in the middle of a busy site that is still open, receiving more than a million visitors a year,” Beaulieu said, referring to the campus that includes the Biodome and the stadium.

The job was divided into 14 structural areas, and Beaulieu said crews are about to start on the 14th. That will involve demolishing part of the roof of an underground parking garage and transforming it into a sky-lit subterranean garden in a new basement-level welcoming area linking the planetarium with the Biodome.

The demolished concrete will be sent to a recycling facility to be crushed and re-used in another construction job. Many of the garage’s existing pillars are being used in the new planetarium – another LEED notion.

Pierre Lacombe, the Planetarium’s director, proudly pointed to an area that will be an astrobiology exhibit room, with interactive displays and room for all the planetarium’s collection of 250 meteor rocks.

“There will be a laboratory over there for those who want to study meteors,” Lacombe said. “There are amino acids in some of those rocks. It’s a nice way to see life that came from space.”

..................................................................I like the old one(jmho) .Cheers ! HF&RV   - Les