En mémoire des victimes de la tuerie à l’école polytechnique de Montréal il y a 28 ans : Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Anne St-Arsenault, Annie Turcotte, Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz. Cette photo a été prise quelques heures après les évènements commémoratifs qui ont eu lieu en décembre 2014.
The Montreal Transit Corp. (Société de transport de Montréal, or STM) recently began revenue service of its next-generation métro cars. Dubbed “Azur”, the STM’s MPM-10 rolling stock is being built by a Bombardier-Alstom consortium. The order is for 468 cars, assembled in nine-car train-sets.
As the newer-model trains are gradually delivered, they will replace vintage MR-63 rolling stock, in service since the Montreal métro opened in 1966.
I only got a brief glimpse of the new Azur train at the Mont-Royal métro station on my last trip to Montreal, on its second day of revenue service. Perhaps I’ll be lucky enough to ride one upon my next visit.
Montreal’s old Empress Theatre, also knows as Cinema V, is the last-remaining Egyptian-revival theatre building in Canada. (A WikiPedia entry for this building suggests it might have been the only one ever built.)
It’s been closed for years, but its exterior gives clues to its colourful past, first as a silent movie house, a repertory cinema and a first-run theatre. A fire in 1992 forced it to close for good.
After decades of decay and many failed efforts to revive the place, the local government recently tried for a new push to renovate and re-open the institution in time for Montreal’s 375th birthday in 2017.
Once upon a time, taking a photo at this location would not have produced the same result. This now-aluminum/glass-shell building, part of the Place Ville Marie complex in downtown Montreal, had its exterior replaced several years ago to remove its deteriorating pre-fabricated concrete components.