Sunday, October 31, 2010
MONTREAL - Three teenage boys were killed when they were hit by a train under the Turcot Interchange about 3 a.m. Sunday.
Two died at the scene, near the intersection of Notre Dame St. and Place Turcot, Montreal police Constable Anie Lemieux said.
A third was rushed to a hospital but died of his injuries.
Two other men, also in the same age range, were taken to a hospital to be treated for shock.
Montreal police Constable Danny Richer said the young men may have been at the scene to inscribe graffiti on a Transport Quebec building or on the Interchange itself.
It is possible they did not see or hear the train coming, he said, as the sound of trains at that spot is muffled by the surrounding concrete structures of the Interchange.
The train was a Via Rail train arriving from Toronto. Following the collision, the estimated 45 passengers on board were transported by bus to Central Station.
Friday, October 29, 2010
MONTREAL - Just in time for Halloween, archaeologists are unearthing the tomb of a Montreal fur baron whose vengeful ghost was said to haunt Mount Royal in a toboggan and exact deadly revenge on those who dared disturb his castle.
Archaeologists with the city of Montreal have been begun excavating the site of Simon McTavish’s mausoleum, which sits in a quiet, wooded section of Mount Royal just below the main path, Olmsted Rd., and north of Peel St. Once an imposing structure topped by a six-storey-high stone column, the city destroyed it and covered it in rubble in the 1870s to deter grave robbers and quell recurrent tales of a ghost that was terrorizing the mountain.
For 140 years, it worked, said Donovan King, an amateur historian who is writing a book about McTavish and hosts haunted tours of the city through Montreal Ghosts.
“There was no more grave robbing, and the memory of his ghost faded from the public consciousness – until now as we try to resurrect the story. Archaeologists are digging, and even though it’s been dormant for 140 years, people are becoming more interested. ...
“As you know from horror movies and ghost stories, the moment you crack open the tomb, there’s a chance of the ghost re-emerging.”
Archaeologists working the site yesterday, who had already uncovered the former monument bearing the words “Sacred to the Memory of Simon McTavish Esquire,” said there had been no sign of McTavish’s spirit. Yet. They don’t work nights, however.
They referred media questions to the city’s spokespeople, who were not able to answer questions from The Gazette yesterday, perhaps wary of the negative publicity unleashing the unholy fury of a raging phantasm on an unsuspecting public could incur. Officials called later to say they were doing exploratory work finishing up today to determine if there’s something else that could be done to honour McTavish.
Descendants of McTavish and local activists have long complained his memory has been treated poorly, nothing but a small stone monument on the mountain and his name on a downtown street left to commemorate a man who was once the wealthiest and among the most influential in the city.
McTavish came to Montreal from Scotland at the age of 25 and founded the North West Co., amassing his fortune mainly with the export of furs, in direct competition with the Hudson’s Bay Co. He started to build his McTavish Castle, two storeys high and overlooking the 9,000 inhabitants of the city below, on the side of Mount Royal in 1800, with the family tomb located slightly up the hill. But in 1804 he fell sick and died at the age of 54, likely of pneumonia. The Castle walls and roof were already built, but McTavish’s young French-Canadian bride quickly remarried and departed for England with their four children, and the castle was boarded up, “leaving Simon McTavish’s earthly remains abandoned, betrayed and locked in a mausoleum,” King writes.
McTavish would not stay locked up for long. As years passed, he was seen dancing on the roof of his house, flitting in and out of windows and taking the occasional moonlit toboggan ride in his coffin.
The city finally tore down his home in 1861. During the work, a construction worker fell three storeys and died. It was said he was pushed by the ghost of McTavish, exacting revenge for destroying his dream home. About a decade later, the mausoleum was torn down and covered, and McTavish faded away, King said.
Now, his tomb is being unearthed. And King thinks that would suit McTavish just fine.
“I think he would be pleased, because his ghost hasn’t been sighted in 150 years,” he said. “When they buried that mausoleum, they buried the spirit with it.”
Sunday, October 24, 2010
I thought I would try out my new camera and took randomly this photo of a group of swimmers at the YMCA pool. The photo appreared in The Guardian dated April 29th 1948. Unfortunately, my flash was not on thus the poor results. This was one of my regular activities in the 40s as the "Y" was just around the corner from my home. To the right of the "Y" was a field where we played baseball in the summer and there was a skating rink where we played hockey in the winter.
I am also including an old photo of the "Y" and a recent one I took of the residential complex that replaced it.
Are there any members that remember that YMCA at 1000 Gordon street wich was between Bannantyne and the aqueduct (Champlain Blvd did not exhist in the 40s).
Source: ARCHIVES SHGV
Please check out my Album no. 21 for more photos on the "Y".
MONTREAL - Police have now confirmed the death of a 31-year-old man in Verdun on Friday afternoon was a homicide, bringing the total number of killings in the city this year to 33.
Major crimes investigators were called in after the unidentified man's body was found just before 3 p.m. in an apartment on Bannantyne St., very close to the intersection of Hickson St. Neighbours told media the apartment was inhabited by two men who could often be heard fighting.
According to Montreal police Constable Anie Lemieux, police arrested one male suspect in connection with the death shortly after arriving at the residence.
"He called police to confess, according to what we have been told," Lemieux said.
The man appeared in a Montreal courtroom on Saturday afternoon to face a single charge of second-degree murder, police said. He is expected to return to court on Oct. 26.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
LOS ANGELES — Actor Tom Bosley, whose career spanned five decades and included his role as the father of a typical American family on popular 1970s TV comedy "Happy Days," has died at 83, according to media reports on Tuesday.
Celebrity news website TMZ cited family members as saying Bosley died at his home in Palm Springs, California and recently he had been battling a staph infection.
A spokesman for Bosley was not immediately available for confirmation.
Bosley’s everyday manner and looks helped him forge a career in Hollywood as a character actor and guest star in a number of popular 1960s television shows such as "Route 66," "Dr. Kildare," "Marcus Welby, M.D." and "Bonanza."
"Happy Days" ran from 1974 to 1984 and was a smash hit series that made Henry Winkler (Fonzie) a major Hollywood star and sparked the adult success of Ron Howard, who played Richie and would later go on to a career as a film director.
When the show ended, Bosley returned to character work on TV with roles in numerous popular series such as "The Love Boat" and "Murder, She Wrote." He continued working well into the 2000s with parts in series such as "That ’70s Show."
It began in 1936 as a clever way to advertise Imperial Oil's Three Star gasoline, a product that would cost you 191/2 cents per gallon -4.3 cents per litre in a metric system whose use at the pumps was nearly a half-century in the future.
Through 70-plus subsequent years, it grew into something for which many fans remained in the Forum or the Bell Centre after the final siren, something they'd even debate with a "what game was he watching?" scratch of the head.
And now, in this generation of corporate partnership and interactivity with consumers, the Canadiens have placed the postgame three-star selection at the fingertips of their fans. That is, those with a smart phone and/or computer sign-on.
Since the feature's introduction to the NHL by Imperial Oil during the mid-1930s, the three stars have been named by a member of the media. For decades, a game's shining trio was chosen by a print reporter; in recent years, by one of the club's rights-paying radio or television broadcasters.
But that tradition changed last Wednesday for the Canadiens home opener vs. Tampa Bay, when the "Molson Ex Three Stars presented by Bell" were chosen by fans voting by mobile phones or on the Internet.
Cumulative numbers from the fan vote will decide the segment winners of the Molson Cup, awarded monthly to the Canadiens' "best player." The final tabulation at season's end will decide the Cup's annual winner, presented to the player of the year.
The first-, second-and third-star curtain call is as important or irrelevant as you wish it to be. But for the Canadiens, the first NHL team to turn the selection over to their fans, it is one more way to connect with their faithful.
Fans vote for the starting lineup in the NHL All-Star Game, a process that's as objective as American Idol. Witness the vote-early-and-often campaign to make Canadiens' Carey Price, Andrei Markov, Alex Kovalev and Mike Komisarek starters at the 2009 game held in Montreal.
Online, or using a mobile-phone app downloadable free from Bell, three-star voting during every home and road game begins 90 minutes after the opening faceoff and ends roughly two minutes before 60 minutes have been played.
There's the practical issue, the team says, of quickly tabulating the vote, communicating it to public-address announcer Michel Lacroix at ice level and corralling the three selected players as they leave the rink.
Should the game go to overtime or shootout, the scorer of the winning goal is automatically named first star.
Last Thursday, Price made 43 saves and was the strong favourite of voters, but he was bumped to No. 2 by Tampa Bay's Ryan Malone, who scored the winner in overtime. Voted No. 2 by fans, Canadiens centreman Tomas Plekanec dropped to No. 3.
The registration-required, one-ballot-per-voter-per-platform process doesn't allow for stuffing the box, or for a sarcastic, orchestrated No. 1 selection of, say, an out-of-favour netminder who surrenders a half-dozen goals.
(A fan could vote in the Bell Centre by mobile phone, then rush off before the last-minute cutoff to vote again by computer. In that event, the only loser that night won't be the team with fewer goals.)
"It's a sensitive decision in the sense that the organization and Bell and Molson have very much been a part of (the three stars) through the years," said Canadiens vice-president Ray Lalonde, the team's chief sales and marketing officer.
"But we're in 2010. Fans vote for all-star (starters), an incredible honour to be selected. Who says it's actually the guys who deserve it the most? Three stars is not more serious than that. It's a traditional way in Montreal and Canada to honour the best players.
"As kids, all of us used to go to the Forum and never leave the building until you heard the three stars. That was part of the ticket."
Usually, the stars take a perfunctory semi-circle twirl on the ice to salute what remains of the crowd; in a losing effort, they might not appear at all.
Last Saturday, Canadiens first star Andrei Kostitsyn was so happy that he skated nearly a lap of the rink to toss three pucks into the stands.
The feature began on radio during the 1936-37 season, an initiative of Hockey Night in Canada sponsor Imperial Oil to promote its Three Star gasoline.
A few years earlier, Esso had begun sponsoring and outfitting "3 Star" minor hockey teams across Canada, and the instantly popular NHL program would be a marketing coup.
Imperial's three stars continued beyond 1952, when Hockey Night/La Soiree du hockey debuted on TV, and has endured since the company's primary HNIC sponsorship ended in 1976, Molson having continued the tradition in Montreal.
The most famous selection surely is that of Canadiens legend Maurice Richard. On March 23, 1944, the Rocket was named all three stars for having scored Montreal's five goals in a 5-1 playoff win over Toronto.
There have been other Canadiens moments. In the late 1960s, Dick Irvin and his road-game radio colourman, Red Fisher, suggested to scratched players Claude Larose and Jimmy Roberts that choosing the stars on deadline wasn't as easy as it looked. The pair took the challenge, and Fisher recalls them still arguing about their choices a half-hour after the game.
The Canadiens know the fan vote could become more of a popularity contest than a rewarding of excellence. The team, which estimates 5,000 to 10,000 votes will be cast each game, does hold a veto in the event of an obviously fishy result, and it has a Plan B should there be a technical glitch in the system.
But Lalonde has sufficient faith in the team's tech-savvy supporters to believe the ballot will be a fair reflection of the game.
"We rely on the integrity of our fans," he said. "Fans know hockey here. They are credible, attentive and passionate, and we have faith in their good judgment ... to make good choices."
Nor does Lalonde believe a visiting player will never again be voted a star. Ottawa's Milan Michalek was No. 3 last Saturday, having scored twice, behind Kostitsyn and No. 2 Plekanec.
"The fans love us, but they also criticize us when we don't play well," Lalonde said, suggesting that a Quebecnative star wearing another uniform could earn first-star selection.
Or perhaps the embraceable, decade-long Canadiens captain Saku Koivu, who returns to Montreal as an Anaheim Duck on Jan. 22.
"I believe you must have faith in your fans and give them a chance to voice their opinion," Lalonde said.
"Sports properties like ours engage with fans every day. We find ways to make things more available, more readily accessible every day, and this is one more way to turn to the fans."
Time will tell how this ultimately works in a city where the allegiance of many is dictated by one suspect goal and/or the quantity of Molson consumed, moods changing quicker than the price of gasoline.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
A family spokeswoman said Billingsley, who also played a memorable cameo as a jive-talking elderly passenger in the 1980 hit comedy film Airplane!, had been in poor health in recent years and died of rheumatoid disease at her Santa Monica, Calif., home.
In her signature role as June Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver, which ran for six seasons, Billingsley personified the ideal middle-class mother and housewife in an era when relatively few American women with children worked outside the home.
Ever patient with the family's rambunctious younger son, nicknamed Beaver, played by Jerry Mathers, and their teenage son, Wally (Tony Dow), June Cleaver was always impeccably stylish, often seen doing household chores in pearls and earrings.
Her pipe-smoking TV husband, Ward Cleaver, was played by Hugh Beaumont, who died in 1982.
The show aired first on CBS, then on ABC. Reruns are still shown widely in syndication almost half a century after the program went off the air.
Billingsley reprised her June Cleaver role in several revivals and TV movie updates of the original show that aired into the 1990s.
She complained at times that her association with the character left her forever typecast in Hollywood as the perfect mother.
But Dow said in an interview with CNN that Billingsley "was very proud of being June Cleaver."
"She was just happy as a lark being recognized as America's mom," he said.
It was an image she used to comic effect in Airplane! as an elderly passenger who offers to have a word with two upset African-Americans speaking in heavy street slang on the plane after she politely tells the flight attendant, "Oh, stewardess, I speak jive."
The daughter of a Los Angeles senior police commander, Billingsley appeared on Broadway during the Second World War as a chorus girl and also worked as a fashion model before getting her start in TV.
According to the entertainment website IMDB.com, Billingsley was good friends with several other actresses famous for the moms they played on TV, including Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch), June Lockhart (Lassie, Lost in Space) and Jane Wyatt (Father Knows Best).
Friday, October 15, 2010
I got this photo from one of the sites Les posted of a group of cyclists preparing for a race in Verdun in the 30s. My guess is that they are somewhere on LaSalle Boulevard and the spectators are lined up leaning on the boardwalk railing.
MONTREAL - An explosion late Friday morning at the Shell refinery in Montreal's east end has reportedly sent two people to hospital.
More to come.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Hey Brother Andre makes the big leagues.........maybe in time they will name a street after him where there will be bars & strip clubs & poker games , You know like all the other streets named after Saints Have.................lol .......................Psssssssssst: that's his heart you know.......
Here's the deal:Watch live video of the canonization ceremony of Brother André, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, from 4 a.m. to about 6 a.m. ET, provided courtesy of saltandlighttv.org
.............Sorry folks it was a slow news day...........hahahaha -HF&RV-
Monday, October 11, 2010
| OVERVIEW OF CANADIAN THANKSGIVING|
In Canada, where the harvest generally ends earlier in the year, the holiday is celebrated on the second Monday in October, which is observed as Columbus Day in the United States.
In Canada, Thanksgiving is only a three-day weekend, and the holiday is not as important as in the US. Because of the shortened break, there is far less travel during Canada's Thanksgiving and it is far harder for families to come together. As a result, Christmas is therefore the more family oriented of the two holidays. Additionally, while the actual Thanksgiving holiday is on a Monday, Canadians might eat their Thanksgiving meal on any day of that three day weekend. This often means celebrating a meal with one group of relatives on one day, and another meal with a different group of relatives on another day. In addition, the early date means the weather is generally warm enough in many regions that it is completely ignored and becomes a day of recreation or going to the cottage as opposed to a family gathering.
HISTORY OF CANADIAN THANKSGIVING
Canadians trace the holiday to a feast held by Martin Frobisher in Newfoundland in 1578. It is also probable that American loyalists who emigrated to Canada after American independence brought with them many of their Thanksgiving traditions.
The Thanksgiving celebration was held occasionally in English areas of British North America in the eighteenth century, especially in Nova Scotia. The holiday rose to much greater prominence with the arrival of the United Empire Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution. The holiday became entrenched in English Canadian society. It is however little celebrated in French-speaking Quebec, but the official holiday also applies there.
The first official Canadian Thanksgiving Day was celebrated on April 5, 1872 in gratitude for the Prince of Wales' recovery from serious illness. The holiday was not officially recognized again till 1879, when parliament declared Thanksgiving to be an annual national secular holiday. The date was moved several times, finally being set on its current date (the second Monday in October) in 1957. For much of the period before 1957 parliament proclaimed the date annually.
CANADIAN THANKSGIVING TRIVIA
Canadian football is often a major part of the Thanksgiving celebrations much like it is in the U.S. Traditionally in both Canada and the U.S., two professional games are played on Thanksgiving Day.
A Thanksgiving dinner in Canada might feature turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, wine and other beverages.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
41 years ago (shhhhhh ,don't tell Glenn), John Lennon & Yoko Ono ,staged their bed-in for peace in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel,.....little did he know he would live only 11 more years & be murdered in NYC ...... John Lennon would have been 70 years old today...Happy Birthday John.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Joseph Rielle was mayor of Verdun in 1904 - 1905 and was a prominent land surveyor in Verdun/Montreal in that period. He also llived on Lower Lachine Road now LaSalle Blvd and his property was situated facing Rielle/Willibrod (the firestation is now situated there) as shown on the enclosed 1896 map wich also shows the newly built dike to retain the overflowing river wich flooded Verdun in the spring at that period. Joyce and Jamie Munroe 0f Wayne Pensylvania who viewed this information on this site where planning a trip to Montreal and suggested we meet me at the library of the SHGV since Jamie is a descendant of Rielle and inherited documents, photos and paintings wich they wanted to share with us. I greeted Joyce and Jamie at our premises in July and I was impressed by the documents that they showed me, particularly 2 of Joseph Rielle's note books written in his own handwriting. Some of the information from our archives also helped them in their research.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
The Seville Theatre, that once venerable cinema palace, is falling down. Literally.
After decades of neglect, the bulldozers arrived this morning and are in the process of yanking out the steel girders and tearing down the front wall.
The whole place will be gone by nightfall.
My homeless friends, who are parked on the sidewalk when I walk by on my way to and from work every day, have already begun migrating to new patches in this woebegone end of Ste. Catherine St.
Now they really need to move on.
Walking by this morning, I was reminded of my first days as a columnist -- in those days, I was writing the city column. On my second day on the job, I wrote this piece about Janet MacKinnon, who was campaigning to save the theatre.
But Montreal, was in dire financial shape in the 1980s and early 1990s, barely staying afloat.
Fare thee well.
Here is my translation of the text on the bottom of this april 1st 1899 La Patrie article:
THE AUTOMIBILE OF THE FUTURE - DRIVERS LEARNING THEIR TRADE
"The automobile has made considerable progress in France in the last 2 years. The gasoline driven automobile has no more vibrations and do not make any noise. We do not believe that the electricity will replace the gasolline to power the motor in the near future: an automobile with a gasoline engine can travel a long distance, while an electic driven automobile can only travel 60 to 80 kilometers without recharging. A machine activated by a mineral fuel can travel 1000 kilometers. However, it is hoped that progress and development of electricity will permit the automobile owner an extraordinary performance. The automobile manufacturers have more orders than they can supply. According to the new regulations of the state council, the speed cannot surpass 16 kilometers per hour, The inspectors will have autotricycles."
It is interesting to note that the debate was already on concerning gasoline versus electricity and that the speed limit was 16 km per hour and motorcycles where called autotricycles in 1899. I have added the photo in my Album no. 33 with other antique cars.