Friday, August 15, 2014

45 years ago today ........we headed down to Yasgurs Farm

Wow 45 years ago..................Yikes baby that's a while ago & doesn't really seem that long.

   Woodstock......................1969   just across the border from us in NYS.

I always laugh at a line I heard years ago, that if all the people who claimed to have been to Woodstock were really there , then there would have been 2 million at


Joni Mitchell – Woodstock Lyrics

I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him, where are you going
And this he told me
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to camp out on the land
I'm going to try an' get my soul free
We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
Or maybe it's the time of man
I don't know who l am
But you know life is for learning
We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

By the time we got to Woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation
We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Songwriters: MITCHELL, JONI
Woodstock lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nuns Island -bypass bridge

Wow remember when we could only get to the island by boat they want to bypass

 Here is a Gazette story from today Aug 13 2014

MONTREAL — The Nuns’ Island bypass bridge will open sometime this fall, according to the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated.
The bridge, which has been under construction since August 2013, will allow the bridge agency to close and reconstruct the existing Nuns’ Island Bridge, which is planned as part of the replacement of the Champlain Bridge.
Like the existing bridge, the bypass will have three lanes each direction. The bridge will also feature a dedicated bus lane, and will also have widened bike lanes.
The agency says that the bypass construction will also allow them to remove a traffic light on Highway 15 which slowed down traffic to Montreal in the afternoon.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Son of a Beach competing East-West

Very nice idea to have a beach in anycase & since Projet Montreal thought of it a few years ago, is reason to consider their preferred location,...............but HEY Projet-Montreal ,any way you look at it  behind the Auditorium is just plain DUMB...........the Condos built right there are built over the main GARBAGE DUMP and no matter what BS you hear from any level of Gov't officials ( they are all liars anyway) you woul;d have toxins leaching into the water from that area........the whole river I doubt is 'safe' but it is a swift running current & flo...that the other end near the (can't say nuthouse anymore) Douglas would make a little more sense (heavy on the 'little' )
.....and BTW: if you don't believe me walk down the river bank just about anywhere & dig a stick into the bank & voila you will see crud & sludge oozing out......... so you may want to think about being upstream a bit since there were virtually no industries along the river from the St.Anne de Bellevue........(roughly).............JMHO- LesF

 Here's the update Gazette story:
The mayor of the borough of Verdun said he’s going ahead with his plans to build a new beach near the Douglas Hospital, despite calls from Projet Montréal to move it east.
Several factors, including water levels, current speeds and project costs, make the Verdun Natatorium site a better location than the Verdun Auditorium, according to borough mayor Jean-François Parenteau, who said he’s hoping to bring the project to a design competition next October.
Projet Montréal leader Richard Bergeron proposed the planned beach be moved behind the auditorium, where he and other opposition councillors swam at a news conference on Wednesday.
“It would be really more expensive if we make something behind the auditorium,” Parenteau countered. “Maybe two times or three times more expensive.
“It’s important to have a beach, but it’s important to make a good decision for the citizen, too.”
Parenteau estimated that the auditorium site would cost $3 million because of extra work needed to improve the slope of the beach, while the natatorium site would cost $1.5 million.
According to borough administrators, that’s a rough estimate based on costs for other recently built beaches, and precise figures would need further study.
Bergeron cast doubt on those numbers.
“We have no idea how much it will cost, no more him than me,” he said.
A 2004 study by the borough concluded that the natatorium would be a stronger potential location, thanks to a gentler slope underwater and slower currents.
An added bonus for the borough is that the site near the natatorium, a former snow dump, has to be cleaned anyway. To build the beach there would “kill two birds with one stone,” Parenteau said.
But Projet Montréal prefers the auditorium site, citing access by public transportation.
Three métro stations are within one kilometre of the proposed beach.
“It’s an important criterion, specifically for adolescents,” Bergeron said Wednesday. “So that they can be independent and come to the beach, from anywhere in Montreal.”
The auditorium site is also in a busy residential and commercial area.
Bergeron noted that additional studies on cost must be done before a final decision is made.
“If the natatorium wins out, despite the fact that it’s not accessible, despite all other reasons — well, it wins, that’s all,” he said.
Both sides said they’re willing to sit down and discuss possible sites.
“It must not be the subject of a political war between parties,” Bergeron said. “We’re looking for collaboration.”
“I’d be quite happy to go swimming in the natatorium (site), but it seems to me that Montrealers will have better access to the site we recommended this morning.”