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BULLETIN-NEWSLETTER NOV14 PDF

À LA RECHERCHE DE VOTRE OPINION / RESEARCHING YOUR OPINION

1) Hi Jeremy,

received your mailing and will make this contribution:
Snow removal: I don’t really have much to say about the frequency. I’m aware of budgetary constrains. But I do have a serious problem with the sequencing. On our stretch of Avenue the snow plough always plows the East side of the street first. We live on the West side. It often takes several days before the West side is cleared. My complaints to the borough office have gone unanswered. Why can the snow removal team not alternate sides. I can not accept the argument that the trucks are configured to be loaded from the right because, when they do our side, they are loaded from the left anyway.
On-street parking: The stretch of Avenue between Portland and Sherbrooke has for years had a 60 minute parking limit on it. Nobody seems to know why. The restriction was never enforced so nobody did anything about it. But recently the “meter maid” has started to give tickets. At $53 this is more than just annoying. Several of us have called 3.1.1. Recently we were phoned by an City inspector who said he would look into it. But in the mean time we can not leave our car on the street. Could there be a moratorium placed on this ticketing, until the inspector has completed his study? There really is no good reason to have this parking restriction.
New Benny Library: When I still worked as a project director I regularly build $200+ million industrial complexes far more complex than the new library. But I only had 14 months to design and build these complexes. Every day I walk by the Benny complex and marvel at the inactivity on the site. It could not possibly go any slower. I had noticed this also when they build the Swimming Pool and the CLSC buildings. The City could save a lot of money if these projects were properly “spec”-ed. This would also reduce cost over-runs and “extras”.
De Maisonneuve: By all means, make it two-way. I am in favour of that idea. They were planning to do this anyway for the stretch between Decarie and Girouard as part of the new Super Hospital.
Lachine Canal access: I would very much like to be able to get from Western N.D.G to the Lachine Canal. Now it is very dangerous to walk along Pulman etc/ to get to the Canal and enjoy this marvelous linear park. Can the City incorporate a safe connection when the Turcot interchange work takes shape? How about a path (foot & bike) starting at the Can.Tire complex on St.Jacques and then gradually sloping parallel down the escarpment going East.
West Broadway Overpass: I strongly believe that the only solution tho the Western N.D.G. traffic problem is to build an overpass over the railway tracks at West Broadway. I feel this should be a most urgent project. It would seriously relieve the Elmhurst bottleneck.
Elmhurst Bus Terminal: The City should relax the soil contamination rule when it applies to a bus terminal. I fail to see how this would create a health problem. Give the S.T.M. dispensation and let them expand the current terminal into the abandoned Shell station lot. That way we can have the “bendys”. To go one step further, I would close up Elmhurst (except for emergency vehicles) and let the buses depart via Coffey Street to West Broadway. There could also be a 105-Express to Vendome going down de Maisonneuve once that is made two-way.
Cavendish Boulevard: Cavendish Boulevard should be connected straight to the section North of the tracks. It is the shortest connection and would be the most useful, rather than the round-about way though the Bluebonnet’s district as it is now proposed. Cote St-Luc currently only has two outlets. In case of emergencies (flooding of both underpasses) there is no other way out. Increased traffic will bother some Cavendish residents but will solve a fast number of problems for others.
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2) Hello Mr. Searle,

I have wanted to contact you for some time so thank you for reaching out to the residents of NDG with regards to our opinions. 


I have two issues: 
#1. Parking. There is only 1 hour of parking permitted on my street. I do not have a driveway. I have filed numerous applications for permit parking as well as permission to build a driveway(Both have been rejected) several times over the last 15 years that I have resided here. I have suffered a hear attack several years ago, and you can understand that moving my care every hour is just ridiculous and stressful in winter.
The two Ville de Montreal departments have been rude and not at all helpful in helping me resolve this issue. I should mention that I work at home as a piano teacher so am not out from 9-5 as so many of my neighbours who have driveways.
I am more than happy to pay the annual fee! It would be a lot cheaper than all the parking tickets I have accumulated over the years from the one hour restriction.

The First department (applying for a parking permit) boldly told me that I would have to move as they were not going to offer me this option.
The second department (where I applied for permission to build a driveway) told me that if I paid $13,600.00 they would study the matter but this would not guarantee permission. 

I am a minute away from contacting the CBC or any media outlet that will listen to my dilemma.

#2 issue. 
We have this big roundabout for buses at the end of Trenholme. Yet buses are consistently parked at the corner of Sherbrooke and Trenholme with their engines running. It is a dangerous place to park as it blocks the vision of drivers turning right onto Trenholme. We are only able to see pedestrians at the last minute. its only a matter of time before an accident happens.

#3. The bike lane on de maissoneuve between Cavendish and Elmhurst would be better served if it wasn’t full of potholes . Everyone I know uses Sherbrooke St. because of the current state of the bike path in this west end. 

On a positive note, I am happy with the recreation facilities in NDG.Snow Removal seemed efficient. Bus lane was a good idea. 

I look forward to hearing from you with regards to my parking problem.

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3) Dear Mr. Searle,

First I would like to thank you for this opportunity to contribute to our neighbourhood’s life improvement. I’ve rarely seen such an initiative in 20 years in Montreal. I gladely participate to the survey and I hope I’l have the opportunity to  benefit from its outcome.

My wife and I moved to NDG almost three years ago and we have found a new life here. I suggest I’ll take each point of the survey separately and answer each one of them.

Snow removal:
I think NDG is a benchmark in the industry. I lived in Ahuntsic, Plateau-Mont-Royal and Centre-Sud. NDG offers the best snow removal service there is in Montreal. Hats off!

Roads and sidewalk:
Sidewalks are great. Roads are terrible. I think NDG is competing with Ahuntsic-Cartierville to know what’s the most terrible Burrough in Montreal in terms of roads. The pot holes are the deepest, the lines do not exist, my car, even though its new, is a wreck already. I really think NDG has the worst roads in the entire island. I’m not even exaggerating. It’s terrible. Where is my money going?

Reserved residential parking:
Nothing to complain about. I always have parking in front of my house (even in winter). People are respectful of our spots. We all know each other (and help each other in winter) when we need to park. In NDG, the problem is that some of the residents have very steep driveways (like my wife and myself) and that we have to park two cars on the street. It’s important then that the snow removing operations are well coordinated. The city can’t block two sides of the street at the same time. No need to implement ”parking stickers”

Food security:
I’m not aware of that program, but I would be more than willing to support it and contribute.

Dog runs:
There’s not a lot of ”free dogs” in NDG (in comparison to the Plateau), but a lot of residents, especially the older ones, are willing to let their animals do whatever they want. I’m liberal, accommodating, but I think a reminder on what good behaviour in terms of animals’ containment looks like. I’m fed up with all the residents who think their dogs can do their thing on my lawn. If there was a fine for all the dogs who unload on my lawn on a daily basis, NDG would be Manhattan.

Sports and recreation:
Great! Nothing more to add.

Making the Maisonneuve Boulevard more useful:
NDG is enclaved and its a problem. We struggle getting out of here and entering our beloved borough. Maisonneuve is unusable  because it’s too narrow. We can no longer exit through St-Jacques, Côte-St-Luc is always jammed and the Décarie expressway is a mess. I like and respect cyclists, but we have to find a way for car users to get out of here. It’s terrible. I pay my house three times as much as my sister who lives in Longueuil and I can’t even go downtown with my car.

She does every day. It’s a mess” I pay my mortgage with my mobility and I have none. Even if Maisonneuve was two way, it is so damaged, that we can’t drive on it. My wife will be giving birth on December 24, 2014, and I don’t even know how I will take her to St-Luc hospital. If things turn wrong, I will let you know.

Pedestrian safeway:
Did you see what happened last week on Monkland? A 83 year old man dragged a man under his car on half a mile. This is what’s going on in NDG. The average age is 70 and it’s the most dangerous place to drive not because of the traffic but because of the age of the drivers, There’s not one single day where I’m not being endangered by an elderly. Period.

Porta toilets at metro station:
No opinion”

Chairlifts at metro stations:
No opinion.

The Décarie Tunnel:
I would like a copy of the report. Whatever can help ease the situation at this place interest me.

The 105 West ad East:
Whatever can ease the circulation is welcomed. Those buses are public dangers. The drivers are acting like they have spots on the roof. They are disrespectful, dangerous and they act like the world belong to them. They put my security and my family’s at stake more than once.

Cavendish highway extension:
Go ahead” please!
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4) Bonjour M. Searle,

Merci pour votre lettre “À la recherche de votre opinion”. C’est une belle initiative de demander l’avis des citoyens ce cette façon.

Voici mes commentaires concernant les différentes questions de votre lettre :

Enlèvement de la neige :
Mon seul commentaire concerne les trottoirs; trop souvent les personnes âgées et les citoyens  doivent utiliser la rue car les trottoirs ne sont pas déneigé assez rapidement. La fréquence de déneigement des trottoirs devrait être plus élevé pendant les tempêtes et ne pas attendre que la neige cesse. Je suis relativement jeune et j’ai un camion, je vois les citoyens jeunes et moins à pied tenter de se rendre à leur domicile avec des sacs et avec pleins de sacs et obligé de marcher dans la rue.

Routes et trottoirs :
C’est ridicule l’état des rues Terrebone et Somerled, il y a des cratères et ça brise les voitures. De temps en temps on frappe de gros trous même sur les grandes rues tels Côtes St-Luc et ça prend des semaines à réparer ces trous. De Maisonneuve et la piste cyclable dans l’ouest de NDG c’est pire que Bagdad, c’est dangereux d’y faire du vélo.

SRRR :
Nous aimerions beaucoup avoir une vignette, même si elle est payante, afin de nous stationner dans la rue. Il est très frustrant d’avoir 1 heure de stationnement de permis alors que nous sommes 2 à travailler de la maison. Nous sommes  très très intéressé.

Sécurité des piétons :
Sur la rue Trenholme, alors qu’il y a des familles et des enfants, il y a encore des voitures qui circulent à toute vitesse, il y en a qui dépasse ceux qui respectent la limite de vitesse, ce qui mets la sécurité de mes enfants et des autres en dangers flagrant. Nous aimerions avoir des poteaux et des dos d’ânes pour  ralentir les véhicules. Il y en a sur Connaught et d’autres rues, pourquoi pas Trenholme ? Cette demande est importante pour nous. Depuis 13 ans que nous observons cette situation, quand les enfants joues dehors, je dois mettre mes propres cônes pour ralentir les fous.

Le tunnel Décarie :
Je suis intéressé à recevoir le rapport.
Bernard Duval, 3480 Trenholme, Montréal, H4B 1X9

Ligne 102 & 105 Express : oui, oui, oui, oui, oui

Prolongement de Cavendish :
Nous pouvons bien en parler, mais ….
Le prolongement de Cavendish, et de Jean Talon me semble inévitable d’un point de vue logique, mais est-ce réalisable avec les oppositions de Côte St-Luc, les commerçants de Bleue Bonnets, et les résidents de Cavendish qui qui devront assumer l’augmentation de la circulation ? Moi je suis en faveur pour le bien commun de Montréal, mais je sympathise avec les résidents des rue comme Cavendish.

L’intersection Sherbrooke & Elmurst :
Nous savons tous que cette intersection est une honte pour la race humaine. Les traces de peintures et les nouvelles voies réservé sont de belles améliorations. Cependant, j’ai trois suggestions : 1) nous devrions avoir le meilleur ingénieur de la ville pour trouver une solution (une vraie) à cette intersection, 2) avoir un policier qui fait la circulation aux heures de pointes car en ce moment c’est n’importe quoi, au diable les piétons et les autres véhicules, c’est chacun pour sois, je ne parle pas de donner des contraventions à ceux qui s’arrête sur la ligne blanche, mais plutôt d’aider les véhicules et les piétons à avoir une circulation fluide. 3) Rallonger de quelques secondes la lumière verte sur Elmhurst en direction nord, en ce moment, il n’y a que 2 véhicule qui peuvent passer, ce qui force les véhicule à accélérer et à mettre la vie des piétons en danger, cette lumière doit être plus longue.

Intersection Queen Mary et Coolbrook (École Internationale de Montréal):
De temps en temps il y a un policier (très gentil) qui vient s’assurer que les véhicules s’arrêtent au feux, et il donne des contraventions sans avis. Il y a des fous qui méritent ces contraventions, mais il y a aussi beaucoup d’automobilistes qui tente simplement de traverser l’intersection et qui ne le peuvent pas tellement la circulation est difficile. J’aimerais que ce policier aide à la circulation plutôt que de donner que des contraventions, car avec ces contraventions, personne n’a aidé qui que ce soit qui tente de passer.

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5) Hi Jeremy,

Thanks for researching your constituent’s opinions.  Your suggested priorities are mainly focused on car travel and public transport. I don’t have a car now, and am very happy with public transport, especially with the STM. (The ATM is poorly managed though, and I would like to see it better managed.) 

The only idea on your list that I agree with is to support the NDG Food Depot. However I don’t think that a city facility is the best answer. It would likely restrict staff creativity in responding to clients needs, not just for food, but for compassion and connection.  

My concerns are long term, such as the public debt that eats into our resources more and more, and will probably deprive our children and grandchildren of the benefits that we have. I’m also very worried about the environment, the web of nature that supports us with clean air, clean water and beauty. I  often give thanks for the archway of trees on my street. I would like to see ways found to grow trees in barren neighbourhoods. 

I would like us to learn to work together, to encourage and benefit from each person’s creativity, and most particularly, to care for children living in poverty.

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6) Hello Mr. Searle-
I recently received your newsletter, entitled “Researching Your Opinion”. As a resident of NDG, I appreciate you taking the time to consult on our opinion. Here are some of the top issues I’d like to see addressed:
I) more trash cans in our neighbourhood: we live on West Broadway between Fielding and Chester and often our young family goes out on “garbage walks” where we clean up the garbage that we find on the streets and sidewalks. We find it accumulates a lot around the corner of Chester and West Broadway. Could a garbage can be put there, and also perhaps on the corner of Fielding and West Broadway? These bus stops are used a lot and having a garbage there would increase the cleanliness of our area, I think. I wrote to you about this last fall but never heard back.

ii) A stop sign around the north end of Loyola park: I find it odd that there is not a stop sign on Fielding at Doherty, at the northwest corner of Loyola park. Families are often crossing from the park to the other side of Fielding and it would just make sense to have a stop sign there. I also wrote about this in my same letter last fall but never heard a response.

iii) De Maisonneuve bike path: I work at Concordia’s Loyola campus and often have to go downtown for meetings, and often I choose to bike. But I have to say the western end of the de Maisonneuve bike path has really deteriorated over the years, there are so many potholes and bumpy areas. If you can advocate to have this part of the path improved, it would be great.

iv) Community gardens: I am an avid gardener and our backyard is a good size for me to fulfill my gardening there, however, before we had a house I used community gardens and am a big fan of them. I also support Action Communiterre’s Communal gardens, where everyone helps out on the same shared plot. I often think that the area around the Cote St. Luc shopping mall (the western end of the mall near the railroad tracks/overpass) is such an ugly little spot that could really use some beautification. Either making that into a community/communal garden, or just doing some low-key landscaping with natural plants would be wonderful. I have been reading a lot about the decline of our bee population, and it would be wonderful to give nature a boost in that vacant lot by planting some native plants, much as was done in the western section of the Loyola park (a native plant garden). I often notice how many families walk to and from the mall and it’s a shame that they can’t enjoy more of a green space that invites families in to interact with nature a bit more. Also I see that Action Communiterre seems to be building gardens behind the Reno Depot on St. Jacques, which I think is fantastic – please make more use of empty spaces like that to grow food or something other than just grass.

v) Composting: It is a travesty to me  that in this day and age we do not yet have composting. When I lived in Nova Scotia 15 years ago they had an amazing composting and recycling program, and in comparison Montreal is in the dark ages in terms of handling waste. We have two compost bins at our house and we use them all year round, but I cannot understand why our city cannot organize itself to get its act together to have city-wide composting. I’m sure that’s a much bigger issue but had to comment on it!

vi) Speed Limit on West Broadway: I am not sure that anything can be done about this, but I will mention it regardless. I often find that people speed (sometimes at very high speeds in excess of 60 km/h, and sometimes even passing each other) down our street. It’s a wide street with fairly light traffic so I can see why it happens. But there have been a lot of young families moving into houses on this street in the last few years, and many of us are concerned about the speeders on our road, and how we never seem to see police stationed to catch speeders or monitor this. I suppose our street is too wide to have those traffic calming posts that people have to drive between, as I have seen on side streets, or speed bumps?

Also, quickly, to respond to some of the other questions in your notice: yes to porta potties at metro stations, and I am OK with opening up de Maisonneuve to east-west traffic *as long as* the bike path is still safe. I would hate for anything to diminish the safety of that path. For the Cavendish extension, I am split: it seems to make sense, and yet I’m concerned about the extra traffic as well. Snow removal was good this year.

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7) Hi Jeremy,

Together we investigated the width of Elmhurst being almost, but not quite, wide enough for 2 lanes in each direction twixt Sherbrooke and Harley.

We had Sherbrooke with parking on each side and almost, but not quite, enough room for 2 lanes in each direction.  Now we have a parking/bus lane on each side and one  very wide lane in each direction.    Why not have 3 lanes one of which alternates direction according to traffic.  Also , wide lanes encourage increased velocity.  Your idea of two way traffic on de Maisonneuve would reduce speed so we could get a double bene.

Traffic is complicated at Elmhurst, Patricia, Sherbrooke – maybe a round-about would solve this and provide an island for pedestrians.

And there should be a pedestrian bridge from the bus turn around over ALL the tracks.

Bendy buses are a good idea – so is having a zone 1 bus/metro AND train pass at same price
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8) Hello Mr. Searle,

Regarding your opinion survey, I would like to add 2 that I do not see on the list.
 
Infrastructure for bicycles ie. protected bike paths.
 
We need more of them if children are to learn to ride a bike and then ride to school instead of being driven.
We need more so people of all ages can safely cycle to work, school, the store, doctor etc. Biking is a legitimate form of active transportation and cyclists should not be marginalized.
 
Please consider this a concern that I hear from many of my friends and neighbours in our community.
 
Traffic calming measures
 
I live on Trenholme between Sherbrooke and Somerled. The traffic coming from Sherbrooke to go north to NDG and CSL is increasing every year. And, the cars and trucks go very fast, often skipping the stop signs.  
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9) Dear Mr. Searle

I read with interest your handout “Researching your opinion”
Regarding your proposal to have two way traffic on deMaisonneuve, as a
frequent cyclist – until felled by an accident – I cannot see how two
lanes of traffic would be able to manoeuvre and allow the bike path to
remain in place. Even if you eliminated all parking on that street,
the path at present is narrow for cyclist, especially in summer before
the CN crews remove overhanging branches.
And as one who is presently of limited mobility, I can’t see chair
lifts in Metros. I have tried to use them in other places (notable
Westmount Square and Place Bonaventure). They are clunky, slow, and
use a great deal of space. In Metros they would make access for able
bodied users more difficult. Perhaps ramps, such as the one in the
Plamondon station might be implemented more readily. Porta toilets at
Metro stations would also be somewhat problematic. If you have ever
gone to a major event at Parc Jean Drapeau, where these are in use in
large numbers, they can become rather disgusting, even with regular
maintenance, and personally, I would rather get an undrinkable coffee
at McDonalds just to use the washroom.
Although I would love to see a municipal building for the NDG Food
Depot, I think a better use of resources would be to renovate and use
a commercial building for a greater number of community groups, such
as the one at 6767 Cote des Neiges. There is an urgent need for
community space. Indeed, the NDG Community Council has an ad hoc
committee devoted to that need.
Thank you for your concern
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10) Dear Jeremy

Thanks for asking the citizenry what we think!

Agree,  borough should provide permanent facility for the NDG food depot.
Yes, the state of our roads and sidewalks is not good.  In fact, some streets are so bad I avoid them.  I have asked taxi drivers what the bad state of the roads costs them and they say it bites up a good deal of their income: regularly, they require new tires, new shocks, new brakes, and new tie rods. Regular car drivers are also affected, though of course not to the same degree. The roads are very bad—at least many of them–for cyclists, when there are no dedicated cycle lanes and they have to use the roads. (I’m a cyclist.)  I have noticed the elderly, infirm, etc. fretting when walking along the sidewalks, fearing they will stumble and break something.
I think that De Maisonneuve Blvd should NOT be reconstructed to allow for two-way traffic.  Whatever the borough director has said, it is not wide enough to accommodate two lanes, the two-lane bike paths, and the sidewalks.  There are also an increasing number of condos along de M. and the folks who live in them often need street parking.  I bike there regularly and I therefore have a very good sense of its “width.”  I should add that the bike lanes here are terrible, terrible, terrible, and in many places, DANGEROUS: my bike has sometimes bounced so hard into a bike path pothole that I’ve been thrust into the traffic lane!  What de M. really needs is for the road to be dug down—right down to the ground—and properly repaved by a firm that knows how to do the job to professional standards AND uses high quality materials, especially high quality asphalt. There have been road experts from other cities visiting Montreal who aver that the way the roads are built is subpar, very much so, in contrast to what is done to a high professional standard in their cities, Toronto being a very fine example.
Yes to porta toilets at metro stations.  Some folks, particularly the “elderly,” can have a sudden need to “go.”

Again, thanks for taking this initiative.
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This is in response to your “Researching your Opinion” leaflet (excellent initiative).
 
SNOW REMOVAL
 
The process of municipal snow removal has not changed for over a hundred years: Transfer the snow into trucks and transport it to snow dumps. Repeat. The City needs to “think outside the box”.
 
Snow can be melted in place by equipment specifically designed for this purpose. This exists. This is not a new or even recent process. Info and videos are available in abundance on the web. The videos by “Snow Dragon” are especially impressive. Cities around the world are doing this including Toronto and New York.
 
The resulting water travels thru the City’s sewers to the water treatment plants. The standard measure for the industry- SWE (snow water equivalent) is: 13 inches of snow produces 1 inch of water.
 
I have lived thru 64 Montreal winters. As a result of global warming/climate change Montreal winters are progressively milder. Winters begin later, end earlier, average temperatures are milder, and snowfalls are smaller. The equipment available could easily handle Montreal winters. This process would eliminate the need for snow dumps and the accompanying equipment and manpower.
 
COMBINATION SNOW BLOWER/DUMP TRUCK
 
This exists!! (see you tube).This eliminates the need for a separate dump truck to transport the snow to the snow dump, as well as the manpower.
 
The fuel saving would be considerable.
 
The Companies that sell these equipments, I am sure, would be delighted to demonstrate their merit. 
 
Perhaps a combination of there processes would work depending on neighbourhoods/street configurations.
 
For obvious reasons, you should not expect support for these ideas from the blue collar workers/unions. For the same reasons the evaluation of the merit/appropriateness of this equipment should not be left to the blue collar workers/unions. There initial response will be that these equipments will not work in Montreal. (on this point I will bet you a coffee at Cafe 92) They will have you believe that the snow that falls on Montreal is different than the snow that falls on other cities.
 
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This in response to your “Researching your Opinion”.
 
There have been attempt(s) over the years to install RSP on Connaught Ave.
 
With the Montreal-West train station at the corner of the Street Connaught Ave. has become the “Parking Lot” for the trains passengers.
 
As an owner/resident for 29 years I can confirm that everyday Mon. to Fri. cars numerous cars park on the street between 07:00 – 09:00 with the drivers taking the trains downtown.
 
Myself and other residents are forced to “cruise” around looking for a parking space. Often we have to park on other streets.
 
The problem is aggravated during the period Apr-1  to  Dec-1 (street cleaning), and again in winter during snow cleaning when the parking spaces are further limited.
 
The problem is further exacerbated because these cars remain parked on the street the entire day until the drivers return around 16:00 to 18:00.
 
A simple parking indicator- say: Resident parking only between 09:00 -11:00. Mon to Fri. would solve the problem.
 
Please let me know what you think.
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I agree with your assumption that vehicles would use the Cavendish “link” to travel South to Sherbrooke Street and West to Elmhurst to access hi-way 20. 
 
We have a well documented problem with vehicles using Connaught as a short cut to St-Jacques/hiway20. This would only add to the problem. 
 
I recall that some work was done by the City with regards to linking The North part of Cavendish to Royalmount or Ferrier or Pare. to send the vehicle to Decarie. These streets are in a heavily industrialized area and would not impact any residential areas. 
 
Is this project still alive? I am sure you can find the work done on this in the archives.
 
Please let me know.
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14)

I agree with you that the snow removal is well done. Perhaps TOO well done.
 
I have seen many, many occasions where the crews will make their first “pass” (snowploughs, trucks, snow blowers) to remove snow. They then proceed to second “pass” to pick up snow left over from the first pass.
 
In VIRTUALLY ALL of these instances this second pass is not justified because the quantity of snow remaining to be picked up is very small and would not cause any inconvenience to drivers/pedestrians if it were left in place.
 
I have witnessed countless occasions where the snow to be picked up on the second pass is barely visible and does not merit the additional expenditure of manpower/fuel/etc.
 
This second pass should only be AUTHORIZED on an exceptional basis following large accumulations/snowfalls.
 
I suspect that the decision to proceed to a second pass is made by unionized workers. For obvious reasons this should NOT be the case…..
 
The savings in manpower/fuel/overtime would be substantial.
 
The overall snow clearing operation would be completed that much quicker.
 
The orange no parking signs would be removed that much quicker allowing vehicle to return to the street that muck quicker.
 
The City is always looking for ways to save money. There you go.
 
Please let me know what you think.
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15) Hi Jeremy,

Being a Montreal taxpayer for 30 years this is the first recollection I have of a Councillor reaching out for feedback and it is greatly appropriated. It is however troubling that you had to use your personal contact information to get the requested replies, and hope the issue gets resolved for you at city hall soon.

As for the points you requested input on, please see my comments below:

Snow removal. having just moved back into the city (NDG since Aug. 2013) after a 15 year exile in the west island (Pierrefonds), I am glad to say that snow removal service was excellent this past winter, and much better than what i had become accustomed to in Pierrefonds!!!!

Roads however seem to be the only issue that seems to need immediate attention as it puts my new car through torture daily. I do not know the are very well yet, but the two sore spots I encounter daily are Patricia Ave. between Sherbrooke and Terrebonne. This short block is not the one I live on but the next one over and is in pathetic condition with all the patchwork done on it over the years. The speed pylons added during the summer give it a truly urban slalom course feeling.
The other sore spot is St. Jacques between the Reno Depot and Westminster. I realize that part of that route is actually part of Montreal West.

Please NO reserved parking on our street. Never a problem finding a spot and 9 times out of 10 I park right in front of my property.

Food security. Great idea and would consider volunteering if needed.

As for sports…not really more than a couch potato myself and my two kids went through soccer and hockey programs in Pierrefonds a while back. Got rid of the van when they hung up their skates. It is great though to have good sports programs in place for the youth to stay out of trouble and to remain in shape.

Never use Maisonneuve boulevard and I would prefer seeing any money destined for this new artery to be allocated to repairing the state of existing roadways in the neighbourhood.

Porta toilet would be an eye sore. A permanent solution would be much better.
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16)

Bonsoir,

Pour moi, la priorité est de relier le boul Cavendish, afin d’éviter l’autoroute Décarie ou la 13, merci.

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17) Dear Jeremy Searle,
I received your brochure requesting feedback from residents.  I support pretty much all of the ideas you’re putting forward, esp. the proposal to provide space for the food bank and community kitchen.
A couple of personal preferences:
-Anything that can be done to improve service on the 105 bus would be welcome.
-Dog runs: We often drive our dog all the way to Murray Park in Westmount because dog runs in NDG are generally inadequate.  The closest to our home is the one at the little park at Somerled and Patricia – miniscule; couldn’t it be enlarged?
-Cavendish Extension: I had two trips to IKEA this week and it’s a terrible, congested, round-about trip.  I’d welcome a short cut.
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18) Dear Mr. Searle,

Regarding your neighbourly flyer, I am not in favour of reserved residential parking, or making de Maisonneuve a two-way street, or of extending the Cavendish highway. Bendy buses are a fine idea. And in terms of improving bus routes, it would be great if we could get more frequent service on the 102.

Thank you for your survey.
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19) Thank you for your flyer requesting opinions.

Roads
Potholes are a real nuisance and should be fixed…esp. Monkland near Beaconsfield  Ave.

SRRR
No need, thanks.

Metro Porta-Toilets
Good idea.

Bikes
Montreal with its brutal, long winters should develop bike paths with great fore-sight.

Post Office
I had mail returned because it was addressed to av. de Monkland!!! Apparently, the PO got confused due to the ‘de’! Can you correct?
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20) Thanks , Mr. Searle,

for soliciting municipal constituent views on these pertinent topics.  Here are mine.
SNOW REMOVAL: Fully agree that this was well done 2013-2014. Huge improvement over past winters. 
ROADS & SIDEWALKS: Maintenance has improved. It would be greatly appreciated if Public Works could please fill-in a rather large pothole at 4950-4952 Prince of Wales (just down the road from me.)
MAKING DE MAISONNEUVE BLVD MORE USEFUL:  The De Maisonneuve bike path is a recreation boon and well used by bikers (including BIXI users), joggers, power walkers  and young couples pushing strollers or walking their tots.  (I bike on it daily between West Broadway and Decarie Service near Westmount.) It could make things a little less safe if the one-way-going-west car-traffic would now  involve two way car traffic ?  The bike path is 80% good – asphalt patches have been laid down to repair most of the ravages of winter/spring temperatures. HOWEVER…there is a stretch between Park Row Ouest and West Broadway where the bike path is moderately to seriously rutted across the bike lanes every few feet,  resulting in a bone jarring ride along that stretch.  The option is to cheat and encroach onto the smoother car lane – but that’s a little risky…ANY CHANCE THIS COULD BE FIXED ?
RESERVED PARKING (SRRR): There are more cars parked on the street than before – but we’re juggling spaces OK. So no need for SRRR’s in my neck of the woods at this point.
CAVENDISH HIGHWAY EXTENSION: I can understand residents along Cavendish especially gagging over this,  but I think eventually it will have to happen.

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21) Mr. Searle,

I received your pamphlet with those good thoughts to ponder. Thanks for creating this very helpful, thought-provoking document. Here are my notes: 

-Potholes: Can our borough please, pretty please, serve as a model for pothole repair, or even pothole triumph. Really, as bad as the pothole problem in our city may be, and I believe it’s pretty bad, I think there must be a way to do a much better job. I do my part to call in as many potholes as possible to 311. Usually, those holes are then filled within about a week, though sometimes it takes a few  extra calls to get some holes filled. Maybe residents can be asked to volunteer to join crews to fill potholes? Maybe we could designate a “Report a Pothole Day” in NDG where residents can be encouraged to call potholes in to 311 (raising awareness about the 311 service for year-round use?), etc.  

Roads (paving): 
-Fielding between West Broadway and Coronation (in both directions) is a DISASTER. It has been this way for YEARS. Does no one who works for the roads dept. drive on this strip? Have they not noticed? This should be made a priority to repave. I have called this in to 311 several times. 
-De Maisonneuve between Cavendish and West Broadway is shameful. Friends from the USA who visited were literally laughing about it in disbelief. I wish I could still laugh about it. This potential express route heading west is a hazard to vehicles. Again, it’s been like this for YEARS. 
-Patricia Ave between Fielding and Sherbrooke. HORRIFIC. Drive it sometime. Enjoy!
-Monkland: Needs repaving between Grand and Harvard. Those ridiculous, useless, stylized cement cross-bands (or whatever they are actually called) that cross the road at every intersection, are shot. The snow plows and everyday traffic have wrecked them. They now serve as annoying, bouncy, suspension-rattlers. Every trip to shop on Monkland comes baked-in with the dread of traversing that terrain. Please alert the roads dept. to never use this style of paving again. WTF were they thinking? Been in this same sorry semi-destroyed condition for years too, of course.
-Somerled between Grand and Hampton. Another suspension-rattling strip that has been in awful shape for years. 
 
Buses: Bendy buses – Try a few. See if they fit, if they cause traffic issues, if passengers like them,  etc.  Have an STM rep ride on the buses for a few days to interview passengers. Talk to the driver, to customers face to face. Get the STM reps out there on the buses to see if these buses are viable. They should be able to suss out a thumbs up or thumbs down in a matter of hours or days. If the busses seem to work, then bring on a few more onto the route. 

Cavendish overpass – This will cost a fortune, but would certainly help ease Decarie congestion. Is it worth it? Anybody’s guess. Studying it (yet again) would likely cost a few million dollars. Worth it? Who knows. If nothing else, it would make getting to IKEA and the airport a breeze. It would also serve as an added ‘escape route’ for NDG and CSL residents in case a need arises, god forbid.

Snow removal: The amount of fuel wasted and emitted during a storm cleanup is nuts. I have seen the plows making repeated trips up and down and up and down and up and down my block (and all blocks) over and over again. Piling the snow up ‘just so’, etc.  The cleanup does not need to be perfect (and it never is anyhow). Just get 90% of the snow cleared (in two-thirds the time, using a quarter the fuel) and everyone will be happier and breathe easier. Millions can be saved. Tell the crews to stop using so much gas driving plows back and forth up our streets. It’s shameful. We should be a world leader in snow removal efficiency. 

I love NDG, I respect what you are doing, I hope I have not come across as a ranting citizen. I’m actually a very friendly guy. I’m not yelling here, I’m just frustrated to see awful streets unpaved for years and years and my calls to 311 have not gone answered re: repaving certain crucial strips. Your pamphlet was a great idea to help citizens express themselves to you directly. Hopefully you can help implement our concerns and suggestions. 

Thanks, Jeremy. Feel free to call for more details if needed. Happy to drive you around to show you the problem areas in person. I have contacts at CBC and would be pleased to invite them along too to show that you are serving as an attentive councillor on the roads issue. 
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22) Dear M. Searle,
I’ve received the pamphlet and I take the opportunity to let you know that there is a problem – a very importan one – that you’ve not addressed. A few years ago I started to use a wood box – supplied by Eco Quartier – to put away my kitchen food waste. I soon realized that it did’nt work, but there were no alternatives, so I went on doing that, with all the problems that it caused.
I know that in other parts of Montreal – for instance in the City of Westmount – people receive containers (like the one to collect paper) that are collected one’s a week. I would appreciate very much if you could obtain the same service for our borough.
I am sure that you will take into consideration my request.
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23) The proposed extension would create an intolerable traffic situation because Cavendish is already congested with traffic as it forms the main artery connecting several smaller streets  where thousands of residence live! The increased congestion would result in more accidents and would create danger for children travelling to and from school!

A suggestion would be why not go through Westminster where there would be less high rises and less disruption for the elderly crossing the street or children going to school and would be an easier access to  St. Laurent.

Like the idea of making de Maisonneue a two way street. Good idea!

Like the idea of washrooms in Metros,
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24) Mr. Searle,

Received your ‘Researching your opinion’ notice in the mail.
Thanks in advance for entertaining this good idea of receiving feedback on these subjects.
 
Below my comments on two topics of interest to me;
 
 
ROADS AND SIDEWALKS
We absolutely have the worst roads in Montreal. They are downright terrible.
Some main NDG roads are completely beat up, notably Cote-St-Luc, Sommerled and Notre-Dame-de-Grace.
We clearly need alot of work put into our road infrastructure…and quickly.
(for good order I am on Borden, between Fielding and Chester)
 
CAVENDISH HIGHWAY EXTENSION
I would be in favour of seeing this project return to the table for possible implementation.
Indeed traffic flow may increase through our NDG borough as a result of West Island commuters avoiding the Decarie congestion, however, the Decarie expressway is a 24/7 stop & go so a Cavendish extension would also benefit NDG residents from dealing with the headache of the Decarie mess.
It would be another viable main artery option…further spreading out traffic flow vs. seeing it congest further.
 
 
Thank you for your time and consideration of your NDG residents voice.

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25) Mr. Searle:

Most items listed do not concern me, however, there is definitely a need for dog runs and substantially larger than the one on Somerled and Patricia.  That’s hardly a ‘run’.  Also, most of the dogs hate the pebbles.  Just put in grass and let it turn to weeds like everywhere else.

I had tried to reach you in the spring to no avail.

Westmore between Terrebonne and Somerled is one of the very few blocks in NDG that does not have some sort of speed deterrent on it.  I believe when the City was installing all those speed “poles”, that block in Westmore was being paved and so was forgotten about.

Also, the school on Terrebonne, between West Broadway and Westmore – I have no problem with the school or the kids, but the mess around the outside of the fence (which I believe is City property) is disgusting.  Everyone uses the area as a garbage pail and it get mowed and cleaned up maybe twice a summer.  In the winter it looks like a pig sty.  Also, there is a dumpster on Westmore which is suppose to be for school use.  It is often overflowing with garbage and I know for a fact that some of the residents are using it as their own personal garbage pail.  I have lived here for 37 years and this is my first year seeing a rat.
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26) Jeremey
I used to use the Royal vale field, until recently when they locked it up.  I am a responsible dog owner meaning I pick up the poop, not only my dogs, but at times others.
I pay taxes and feel that having that area closed off is pity, it’s a great space for everyone. If we could somehow share that field this would be wonderful.
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27) 1- Snow removal on sidewalks was greatly improved this year. Pedestrians didn’t have to walk on the street following a heavy snowfall.

I am disappointed with the dog run in Trenholme Park . Despite the sign at the gate that says dog owners should control dog barking, there are always a few dogs that bark non stop. The owners should be given warnings, after which fines should be levied.

Chairlifts in Metro stations: great. Those of us whose legs are getting weak could use a lift.

Cavendish extension should only be extended to Royal Mount Ave, which should ease the congestion around the Decarie traffic circle. I’d hate to see all that traffic coming down to the Sherbrooke street intersection. Traffic there is bad enough, where drivers speed through it to beat the red light. Its an intersection that could use photo radar. Unfortunately, there are far to many drivers who are always in a hurry to get somewhere, the cause many accidents.
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28) Monsieur le conseiller de district

Sur votre brochure reçue aujourd’hui, vous de mandez notre opinion sur notre district.    J’ai donc deux sujets que je trouve prioritaire :

La bonne administration de notre argent;

Le bon flux de circulation automobile;

La livraison du courrier à domicile.

La bonne administration de nos sous.  Je pense que le sujet parle de lui-même avec tous les scandales derniers.

Pour une bonne circulation.  Le fait de connecter Cavendish à la 40 donnera un meilleur flux et sera bon pour le commerce de NDG.

De plus certains feux de circulation sont primordiaux pour la circulation automobile.  Ceux-ci devraient priorise la circulation automobile durant les heures de grande circulation.  Par exemple, tous les feux le long de Décarie.
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29) Bonjour M. Searle,

Nous avons reçu votre publicité A la recherche de votre opinion où est mentionné Stationnement réservé aux résidents.  Effectivement, nous avons un problème sur la rue Walkley entre Sherbrooke et Monkland. >Sur Sherbrooke, Ils ont fait des voies réservées pour le transport en commun de 15h30 à 18h30, c’est qui est très bien pour la circulation et les usagers du transport.  Cependant, sur Sherbrooke, entre Cavendish et Walkley, il y a un centre Énergie Cardio.  Alors, lorsque nous arrivons de travailler avec nos autos, nous n’avons aucune place de stationnement.  Je suis allée au bureau de l’arrondissement Côte des Neiges/ Notre Dame de Grâce et ils m’ont mentionné que je devais faire une pétition ensuite des inspecteurs viendraient vérifier plusieurs fois et que ça prendrait au moins un an.  Nous ne nous voyons pas cet hiver être obligés de nous stationner sur Monkland comme nous le faisons présentement ou de passer trois à quatre fois sur notre rue jusqu’à ce que quelqu’un part.   Nous sommes prêts à débourser des frais de permis annuels.  Nous sommes déjà 3 à vouloir un permis.
 
Espérant une réponse de votre part, je vous remercie de votre collaboration
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30) Hello Mr. Searle,
Thank you very much for your communication asking for opinions.

I have several opinions that I would appreciate your taking into account in discussions regarding the city.

I would like to see more public toilets in general. This is a basic human need and we should be taking it into account when public places are built or maintained. I would prefer that they were more sanitary than porta toilets.

I am in favour of the Cavendish highway extension. The long and tortuous drive to route 40 and points north and west would be much reduced.
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31) Dear Mr. Searle,

In response to your recent request for comments on:

Cavendish Blvd extension:
I am for the extension but with the following recommendation.
Built as a boulevard like Rockland in TMR with max 40 kph and
synchronized lights. It will alleviate Decarie Blvd and this way will also be safer
for pedestrians.
As it will be several years before this will be completed, I have the following comments.
Unlike what the City of Mtl claims, Cavendish has three lanes on each side from St Jacques to
Cote St Luc Rd; not two. Drivers going south wanting to turn onto Sherbrooke West take a lane and a half and slow traffic during morning rush hour. If lines would be painted like on  Cavendish going north
at Sherbrooke.
The same for Cavendish going north at Monkland, at Terrebonne, and at Somerled; all because there are no painted lines and drivers turning right take one and a half lanes.
Cavendish between Monkland and Terrebonne is curved and the middle should have a solid painted line in the middle.

Roads & Sidewalks:
Somerled Ave between Grand and Borden is in terrible shape. Of course I don’t suggest repaving it until all underground utilities be repaired or replaced. Walk (on the sidewalk) and look at all the cracks on the road. They should be filled with a machine that applies asphalt caulking, as had been done many years ago on my street, Borden Ave., at least until the street is redone.
Sidewalks on my street as well as on other streets are poorly maintained.
Two suggestions: When a sidewalk has been broken up because of a water main repair, don’t patch it with asphalt, only to have to dig it up and pore concrete; double work and more costly (and it is City crews that should be doing the concrete work, not private contractors).
And wood spacers should never be placed between new and old sidewalk sections: the wood absorbs water and also deteriorated allowing freeze thaw cycles to damage the sidewalk. Other municipalities use material that has an asphalt base.

Pedestrian safety:
Drivers and pedestrians, both, don’t follow the basic rules of right-of-way and courtesy:
Besides drivers turning who don’t yield to pedestrians, I notice many pedestrians who, as soon as the light turns green, they rush across without looking right or left.
It is really a pity that the Police don’t apply these basic laws regularly instead of conducting occasional
“campaigns”. And if they would regularly drive slower, they would observe more; use more bicycles.

Snow removal:
I live on Borden between Somerled and Fielding. It is one-way north.
When a snow storm hits, this is how they clean our street:
They drive north ploughing the snow to the right, most of the time. Most drivers park on the left side to avoid being snowed in. But when it comes to cleaning, they put signs to clean the left side first. How ridiculous!
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32) Here are opinions about some issues mentioned in your flyer:

Snow removal –   our side of the street is always done after the other side – why can the operator not vary the side which comes first?    (we’re on Patricia.)

Roads and Sidewalks  – our sidewalks are being done, good.  Now the roads in the area also need repaving.

Community gardens – could the median on Fielding be used?    Any space allotted would need water, fencing, supervision – would those using these gardens be able to pay?

Maisonneuve Blvd. may be wide enough for 2 lanes of traffic – plus bicycle path – but there would be no lane for parking.

If more buses were also to use Maisonneuve Blvd. they should run east-west only.

105 and 102 “Express” buses on Maisonneuve – turning north on Girouard would serve mainly to avoid the intersection and lights for getting onto the 15 expressway.   On the other hand, Grand is too residential a street for buses.  Turning north on Cavendish, and then west onto Sherbrooke, would make Cavendish Blvd. more difficult for that one block.

Porta-toilets at Metros – helpful but expensive to keep clean and available (think drug-users, sick patients).

Chairlifts at metro stations – probably helpful but take a long time to install and would probably need an employee to help passengers and maintain (cleanliness and safety).

Cavendish Blvd. extension – am for it, but don’t live nearby and life here would not be disrupted during the building of the extension, nor by extra traffic using it on its completion.

My suggestion for saving money – garbage collection only once a week – as done in Toronto, for example.   I know, I know, the unions need their members to have that job.
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33) Bonjour  M. Searle, 
 
Je suis ravie de cette initiative pour obtenir l’opinion de vos citoyens et c’est avec plaisir que vous trouverz ci-dessous la réponse aux différents sujets présentés. 
 
Routes et Trottoirs:  rue Somerled à refaire entre Cavendish et Côte St-Luc
                                    rue Terrebonne      
 
Stationnement réservé aux résidents: 
J’habite sur la rue Madison (coin Biermans) à coté du Parc Confédération et il y a énormément de trafic à cause des installations sportives et de la salle des témoins de Jéhovah. 
 
Je recommande que des permis soient obligatoires pour cette zone ou des heures de stationnement restreintes permises. cela est très dérangeant pour les résidents toute cette circulation.  

Parcs à chiens: au contraire, je ne recommande pas plus de parcs à chiens mais un meilleur respect de la réglementation (+ inspecteurs de la ville ou la police) à l’effet que les chiens doivent être tenus en laisse à Montréal. Trop de propriétaires laissent leurs chiens libres et cela fait 2 fois que je me fais attaqués par des chiens (1 fois au parc NDG alors que j’Étais en vélo et 1 fois avec ma fille alors que je jouais au ballon dans le parc!) Qui veille à faire respecter la réglementation ???
 
Sports et loisirs: Je recommande que l’on rétablisse l’horaire des bibliothèques ouvertes 7 jours et même que l’on allonge les heures d’ouverture. il faut donner un plus grand accès à la culture et à la lecture à nos jeunes si l’on veut contrer le décrochage scolaire !!! C’est inadmissible. Je suis allée au Chili et les bibliothèques sont ouvertes jusqu’à minuit. Je n’ai jamais vu autant de jeunes dans ces lieux; ils ne sont pas en train de commettre des crimes et traînés aux abords des stations de métro. Il faut rendre ces lieux intéressants. 

Je suggère également de devancer la date d’ouverture des piscines municipales et la date de fin de saison. Lundi le 25 août, il faisait 30 degrés et la piscine était fermé alors que l’école primaire/secondaire débute seulement le 27 août. J’ai vu plusieurs personnes défilées et se frappés le nez à une installation fermée. quel dommage…
 
Serait-il possible d’améliorer l’offre de service du centre communautaire etr sportif Monkland / NDG, en offrant plus de cours pour les tout-petits et des cours plus intéressants entre autre, des cours de danses pour les 4 à 6 ans les week-ends ? des cours d’art dans la nouvelle bibliothèque Benny ?
 
Il serait intéressant d’avoir un parc d’amusement intérieur dans l’arrondissement. il pourrait être situé à l’ancien cinéma Impress sur Sherbrooke. dans le même genre que Zukari à Ste-Julie (voir lien http://www.zukari.ca)

Toilettes portatives dans les stations de métro: je suis d’accord que l’on installe cela dans les stations les plus achalandées 9Berri-UQAM, McGill, Peel, Longueuil. etc.)
 
Remontées mécaniques dans les stations de métro: pourquoi autant de changement, les handicapés ont déjà un service de transport adapté et des taxis adaptés pourquoi faire supporter des coûts supplémentaires aux usagers pour des gens qui n’utiliseront même pas ces services ??? j’ai vu 1X une personne en chaise roulante d’al’autobus depuis que les modèles ont été changé et que l’on a enlevé l;e quart des places dans les autobus ! 
 
Voie réservée Autobus sur Sherbrooke: L’introduction d’une voie réservée sur Sherbrooke est une idée formidable qui doit réduire les délais et inciter à l’utilisation du transport collectif. Malheureusement, je passe à cet endroit tous les jours, matins et soirs aux heures réservées et chaque jour, il y a des voitures garées dans cette voie aux heures interdites et des automobilistes qui y corculent malgré que cela est interdit. Il devrait y avoir plus de surveillance policière afin que cela soit efficace.
 
Amélioration des lignes d’autobus: Il faudrait surtout augmenté la fréquence des passages de la ligne 102 (aux 15-20 minutes) plutôt que les 30 minutes actuels. 
 
prolongement de Cavendish: cela est insensé, cela va augmenter le flot de véhicules et aussi de véhicules lourds dans un quartier fortement résidentiel. Il y a une école à moins de 3 coins de rue et beaucoup d’enfants viennent à pied ou en  autobus scolaire ce qui bloquent la circulation lors du dépôt des enfants. Cela va entraîner une congestion dans le secteur et augmenter les risques d’accident. En plus de contribuer à la dégradation (déjà importante) de cette artère principale du quartier ce l’on augemente le significativement le nombre de véhicules/jour. je m’oppose farouchement au projet.
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34) Hello Mr. Searle:

Thanks for inquiring.
Neither of us thinks it would be a good idea to make de Maisonneuve a two-way street.  It really isn’t wide enough to be comfortable.  Reminds me of crossing Victoria Bridge when it was 2 ways on one side in the 50s.

We were fine with the snow removal last year and appreciate the paving of Mayfair this spring which was done efficiently.  The workmen were very approachable and helpful.

Both of us strongly support a permanent home for the Depot and for a kitchen.  I hope places can be found for community gardens–maybe around the sports centre?

The main issues about pedestrian safety seem to me to be cracks in the sidewalk and people on bicycles who ride on the sidewalk.

Porta toilets at metros do seem a good idea for an aging population.  How about trying it out at, say, Vendome for a few months and see how it works.  It might be hard to find an area that has a slight degree of privacy but that’s where it/they should be.

Chair lifts:  again, why not try one maybe at Villa Maria where I often see people having trouble when an escalator isn’t working.

The 105 bus:  why not some bendy buses at least at rush hour.  Not so necessary at other times.

The Cavendish extension:  yes and no–it could make a huge increase in traffic along Cavendish and be very detrimental to the area around that street.  What would happen to house prices?  But yes to convenience and decreasing traffic on Decarie.

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35) Dear Mr. Searle,

I would like to take an opportunity and respond to your request for the opinion of the citizens of NDG.

In order to keep this email brief, please allow me to address only certain issues.  I do not want to give the impression that the other issues are not important,  just that addressing all of them will make this email unreadable.

Reserved Residential Parking (applies to our street only):
No; I live on Belmore, behind Concordia University.  Part of the street has reserved parking section, but not the section on which I reside.  The houses on this section of Belmore all have driveways and therefore already have a reserved space.  Even though students and staff from Concordia regularly park in the street, I disagree with having to buy a permit to park in front of my house.

De Maisonneuve Blvd:
No; Making de Maisonneuve a 2 way street would be a mistake, particularly if you maintain the bike path.  Presently, garbage trucks turning in from the side streets have difficulty manoeuvring even when there are no parked cars on that section of de Maisonneuve.  Having 2 lanes plus a bike path will make the driving lanes too narrow resulting in very slow traffic and make it even more dangerous for cyclists when they try to turn onto the side streets.  NGD ave is already a wide east-only artery that can easily accommodate 2 lanes of traffic.  Please keep de Maisonneuve West only.

Toilets in Metros:
No; I have been travelling by metro since a child in the 70s.  There has never been a toilet in the metro and everybody has always planned accordingly.  Considering the bullying and security problems at some stations like Villa Maria, I think that the last thing we need is small, enclosed, lockable places.  Metro stations are already difficult to keep clean and odourless in the summertime, why add to it?

Decarie Tunnel:
Yes; but Easily connected? Wouldn’t the cost be huge?  I agree that help is needed for those sections of highway.

105 West on de Maisonneuve:
Maybe, but only if it turns on Benny or Cavendish, the other streets are too narrow, especially with parked cars.

Cavendish extension:
No; Again, the cost would be huge and the extra traffic will ruin the neighbourhood and make it more dangerous.  NDG currently has enough traffic problems in the morning and evening, especially since the highway 720 east entrance off St-Jacques is gone and everybody uses the Cote St-Luc entrance.

Roads and sidewalks:
Sommerled and deMaisonneuve are in serious need of repaving, not just pothole filling.

Other:
Graffiti and tagging is still a serious problem in the neighbourhood, with many residential homes being vandalized repeatedly.  Fines, if any, are obviously not sufficient of a deterrent.  Why is so little done to stop this?  I have been seriously considering moving out of the neighbourhood because it is starting to look run down.
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36) Dear Representative Searle,

I like that you sent a newsletter asking for input, this is a great way
to find out what is on the minds of your constituents.

Regarding roadwork, I see two priorities in NDG.  First there is the
issue of repaving.  I think focus should be given on higher-traffic
streets in poor repair, ESPECIALLY Ave Notre Dame de Grace and
Chemin de la Cote St. Antoine.  Except for some parts between Decarie
and either Girouard or Wilson, which were re-paved relatively recently,
these streets are in TERRIBLE condition.  Some patch work on NDG helped
a little, but it really needs a proper re-paving.  The very worst is
Cote st Antoine between Clermont and Decarie, which is an embarassment
to the city.

I would say nothing west of Melrose really needs reserved residential
parking.  I can understand how people living near Monkland Village could
be interested in that, though.

Regarding pedestrian safety, I think there have been some nice
improvements recently.  But in one or two places I think they have gone
overboard.  Eastbound traffic on Cote st. Antoine is meeting a major
bottleneck at Girouard.  The changes to the light system has reduced the
time the light is green.  And now totally unnecessary, in-street
blockages have been erected to turn it from 3 lanes (L, Straight, R) to
two.  When one person wants to turn each way and pedestrians have not
cleared the crosswalks, the street backs up completely.  This would be
easy to fix but undoing the obstructions in the street and clearly
marking lanes (one each L, Straight, R).

Regarding changes to traffic on de Maisonneuve.  I assume it could only
be made 2-way west of Decarie at the expense of parking?  If a study
shows that there is enough parking on the side streets, this could make
good sense.  It might also be time to repave there.  And I am
disappointed that no solution has been found for cyclists trying to use
the path and cross Decarie.  This remains complex and dangerous and one
of the main things keeping people from bike commuting downtown.

Regarding buses, another thing to consider is an express 103 bus, with a
first stop at Grand, and a local which only goes to Grand.  For people
who use the bus from further away, it is a major delay to deal with the
traffic and stops in Monkland Village.

I personally think connecting the two parts of Cavendish would be a
great idea.  It is bizarre that they are not connected.  Getting in and
out of NDG has become increasingly difficult, and the more ways we have
to get around the Turcotte and the intersections which will be affected
by work there, the better.

Finally, regarding snow removal, I think 2013-14 went much better than
2012-13.  In particular, removal was better prioritized.  It is
important to make a priority of clearing the streets with bus service
(Monkland is often cleared far too late).  Side streets, such as my
street, should not be an early priority.  When it comes to side streets,
I think the priority should be to get one side of each street — so that
people can park — before going back and doing a second side on any
smaller streets.  In some cases both sides of one small street were
clear before either side of another was clear.
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37) Bonjour,

j’ai reçu votre dépliant pour les suggestions d’opinion:

Je suggère:

Refaire/ou améliorer les terrains de soccer au Parc Loyola. Il y a des trous/bosses partout est c’est fort dangereux pour les blessures de nos enfants.

Refaire le trottoir (petit chemin) qui fait le tour du parc Loyola. Il y a des trous / bosses partout.
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38) Hello Jeremy Searle,

Thank you for sending me the ‘Researching your opinion’ letter.  I won’t bother you at home after supper, but I was very eager to respond.  I would like to keep this simple.

‘No’ to the Cavendish highway extension.

I very recently accepted a job as a home care nurse at CSSS Cavendish up at Cavendish mall.  In the last month, I have started to drive from Loyala district, up Cavendish road, to my work everyday. I am on Cavendish road in Cote-St-Luc for about half of my trips between my client’s apartments and houses. In general the traffic is light to fair.

My main concern with a Cavendish highway extension is that it would make traffic much worse in this area and NDG.  I haven’t heard of Côte-St-Luc extending Cavendish to hwy 40 (though I could be wrong).  The only difference, I see between CSL and NDG, in respects to a Cavendish highway extension, is we are not exercising a “not in my backyard” mentality.  I live very close to Cavendish in a detached house near Benny Farms Park, and I welcome as many affordable housing units as well as any half-way homes, or other, typically, “not in my backyard” hot points, as our community needs.  That’s what makes us Loyala/NDG.  I just feel as though other neighbourhoods including the West Island don’t practice the same approach to things and would love a faster commute downtown. This is not the same thing as Rue des Erables or “Devil’s Hill” in Montreal West.  We are NDG and city projects should go towards helping those in greater need.

Please accept this only as my opinion, since that is what your letter requested.  I don’t mean to speak poorly of our neighbours. Simply put, the Benny Farms area, with it’s history, makes me proud to live in Loyala/NDG.

Lastly, the St. Jacques Escarpment is a beautiful ecological treasure and should be conserved for all the historical and natural value it adds to this community.  If not for the residents of NDG, or as a voter that leans primarily towards the green side of things,  it would be a shame to put another overpass over this parcel of Montreal’s last surviving native terrain.
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39) Hello,
First of all I like to thank you for circulating the “Researching your opinion”, It is a very informative. I know we have the net but this one is direct and I urge everyone to read it.

I have a concern. It is the corner of Bessborough Ave and Somerled. If you are driving from Bessborough and coming to Somerled stop sign, in order to turn left in Somerled, you have to move forward to almost the middle of Somerled (not good for pedestrians) to see incoming traffic, because their are cars parked all the way to Bessborough in front of the restaurant in the corner. Somerled coming from Borden the street is curved and impossible to see incoming cars, and no stop sign in Somerled it is just in Bessbourough. It is really difficult and dangerous to turn left in this corner for pedestrians also.

I suggest that their should be no parking sign at the corner of Bessborough and Somerled (north side of Somerled), this way it is a bit easier to see incoming traffic, or have a 4 way stop sign.

Please see this problem before someone gets a bad accident.

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40)Good day Jeremy,

I appreciate your gesture of soliciting insights and opinions from your neighbourhood.

May I suggest that you look into the little park located at the corner of West Hill and Kensington? The slide and the clubhouse is just not appropriate for smaller kids so around us all here has to go to Benny park for that reason. The one at Benny Park is simple but perfect.

I know that we can’t have the same water works at Benny’s but we could use some more green grass and some mature trees around the sand box for shades.

Also, there should be more speed limit precaution signs esp on Summer time as it is becoming an alarming intersection.
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41) Hello Mr. Searle et al,

I am sending you this email in response to your recent newsletter, requesting feedback. I am strongly opinionated on most issues in our city and pleased to have the opportunity to voice my opinions on a few of them.

Regarding snow removal, I have a few issues, mostly with the habits of some local residents.  Like many, I live on a one-way street.  I am on the right side of this street, (if you’re proceeding along it properly).  I’ve observed that several of my neighbours themselves as well as some snow removal contractors put snow in the middle of the road, to be ploughed by city ploughs further up the road, and inevitably in front of my driveway.  I would like to see some hefty fines levied on these companies and individuals.  More money for city coffers must sound good to someone.  At the very least, invest in snow ploughs that can plough to the left 50% of the time.

Naturally, I feel that my street and its sidewalks are in extreme disrepair (as are most), but I believe that if it were repaired,  I would end up with more traffic at higher speeds than we already have.  Basically the terrible roads are a traffic calming solution.

I reside in between Chester and Cote-St-Luc Road, and of course parking is an issue.  This issue is compounded by the City of Cote-St-Luc’s overnight parking abolition.  Because residents of Cote-St-Luc cannot park their cars in their own borough, they park in NDG overnight.  I’ve even seen people drop off one car in front of my house, and get in another to drive home to Cote-St-Luc (where I guess they have room for that car).  Additionally, some residences on my street have more cars than licensed drivers, and since many have apartments, a lot of cars are parked.  One of my neighbours has at least six cars regularly taking parking on the street, whereas their frontage could only supply room enough for one (if they didn’t have a fire hydrant there).  Another neighbour, who owns his own construction company, regularly puts construction cones on the street in front of his house to reserve his family’s parking spaces.  I believe that extreme users like this should pay more.  I think it would be fair to provide each building/property owner annual parking permits equal to the amount of frontage that their building provides.  Since this would not be necessary if Cote-St-Luc residents were not parking here, I believe the City of Cote-St-Luc should cover the costs with their own taxes.

I am not a pet owner, and am frequently disturbed by barking dogs.  One neighbour’s dogs bark constantly when outdoors, and the owners make no effort to silence them.  When the dogs are left indoors and unattended, they bark at every movement on the street through open windows.  I cannot garden in my front yard without listening to the constant shrill yip of two terriers.  Furthermore, I find that dog owners do not leash their animals in public spaces, and have been bitten on the sidewalk.  While teaching my daughter to ride a bicycle at a local public track yesterday, a young man was running with his pit bull around the track, leaving up to 100 feet in between himself and the dog.  This same park (Confederation Park) has a dog run already.  I believe this is criminal.  Additionally, I do not like finding pet feces on my lawn.  Pet owners in my area also seem to let their cats roam freely.  As someone with pet allergies, I do not enjoy finding cats lounging on my patio furniture in my backyard.

Police activity/inactivity is a major concern of mine.  As I just mentioned, Confederation Park, which is only one block from a police station billows clouds of marijuana smoke from the bleachers every evening.  Personally, I don’t care if someone smokes marijuana in their own home, but when my child must inhale the smoke (or stop breathing) to learn how to ride a bike in a public park ONE BLOCK FROM THE POLICE STATION, I must ask “What good are they?”  I also find general police behaviour to be reprehensible.  They appear to spend all their time bullying innocent people, sticking graffiti on city owned vehicles, bellyaching about how tough they have it in the public sector with their huge pensions, and just generally bringing the administration of justice into disrepute.

City buses are perhaps the biggest hazard to anyone on or near a street (with the exception of snow removal trucks).  I’ve witnessed a city bus taking up three lanes on Cote-St-Luc road.  I’ve come within millimetres of being struck by buses, while on the sidewalk, and while driving my car.  The majority of bus drivers need re-education, stricter licensing, monitoring, and termination as required.  Sharing the road is a problem among many drivers, but it is especially dangerous when that person is driving an enormous vehicle like a city bus.  I do not believe the current group of bus drivers can be trusted with articulated buses.

I am 100% against a Cavendish Street extension.  Fix the Decarie, fix the 40, fix the roads that are already there, before polluting more neighbourhoods with more noise, and more pollution, and more ill planned traffic extensions.  Montreal’s solution to traffic problems always seems to be: “Let’s make it more difficult for people to do, and maybe less of them will do it.”  I would really like to see this attitude change to “Let’s make it all easier for everyone, do it right, and then we won’t have a problem.”
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42) Jeremy,

In response to your flyer I received today I would like to comment on two items in particular.

1. The Cavendish Highway Extension. As a resident on Prince-of-Wales Avenue (adjacent Cavendish), this is a major concern. This is an extremely poor idea. NDG is a family neighbourhood and already suffers from traffic congestion / aggressive drivers. Prince-of-Wales in particular is currently well-used by rushed motorists as a “short-cut” to Cavendish. Apart from Cavendish becoming a de-facto Highway (very dangerous), I have no doubt that Prince-of-Wales would turn into a secondary highway for those looking to “avoid the lights” and race from the TransCanada to 20/720. Also, I am almost certain that the de-merged boroughs (i.e. Cote St-Luc, Hampstead, Montreal West), will alter traffic patterns (i.e blocking roads and restricting access at certain times of day) in order to discourage abuse by non-residents and push traffic incrementally into NDG. This is a horrible outcome for NDG residents.

2. Pedestrian Safety. Motorists in NDG are extremely aggressive. Traffic rules are ignored by many and if you actually obey them (like me unfortunately) you get honked and high-beamed. We need more police presence to catch offenders or deter this behaviour, in particular around rush hour. This does not need to be every-day. People will learn after getting tickets and seeing increased police in the area. In particular, in reference to my residency on Prince-of-Wales, if police were to position themselves on this street (40 speed limit) in the morning and evening during rush hour they will catch speeders.
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43) Hi Jeremy,

I received your newsletter “Researching your opinion” last week, and I wanted to make a few comments.

Re de Maisonneuve Blvd (west of Decarie):
Making this a two-way would prove very challenging; keep in mind a two-way might grind to a halt in winter.  Rather than trying to do the impossible, Improving traffic flow on Sherbrooke street should be a priority.  This can be done by better synchro of signals and returning it to a six lane blvd.  It has now been painted into a four lane blvd with the new reserved bus lanes.  The segment between Girouard and the Decarie overpass (Addington and the east side intersection) has become a road block because the overpass signals are out of sync with Girouard.  All three intersections are on 80 sec cycles and should turn green together.  This small correction would move thousands of cars a day more efficiently and cut GHG emissions!

Re Porta toilets at Metro stations:
For sure.  In fact, the STM should spend the big bucks and have real toilets for its paying public!  Water fountains are not a bad idea either.

Re the 102:
An Express bus to Somerled is a great idea.  I would also recommend a new bus stop at Chester and Patricia (NW corner) to improve access to the route.  People on Connaught, Trenholme, Patricia, and even those in Montreal West, would benefit from this.

Re Roads:
Winter potholes should all be filled by May 15?!

Re Cavendish extension:
It will definitely make NDG busier and noisier but sounds like a done deal.  Should not be a truck route.
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44) Dear Mr. Searle,
Thank you for soliciting our opinions.

The 105 East from Elmhurst to Vendome

By the time this bus gets to Grand it is often full. If bendy buses are not used, would it be possible for some buses to start their route around Grand or Cavendish so that people going to Vendome can have a seat?

Cleanliness
Lack of cleanliness, particularly at Sherbrooke and Patricia where garbage from the apartment building on the north west corner is often strewn about..

Cyclists disobeying traffic rules
I rarely see cyclists stop at a stop sign at  intersections.
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45) Bonjour monsieur Searle,
 
Premièrement, merci avoir transmis information pour qu’on puisse savoir comment donner nos opinions.
En général, je pense tout est bien organiser, j’ai seulement quelque remarque sur les services de mon arrondissement:
 
- Parcs à chiens: j’habite sur la rue Kensington, entre Terrebonne et Monkland, juste à côté le parc Willaim-Hurst,
on remarque toujours que les propriétaires des chiens laissent toujours leurs chiens à courir sans attaché même si les panneaux sont installées à rentré du parc. Moi, j’ai 2 petit enfants et j’ai peur d’aller sur ce parc en les laissant couraient trop loin de moi.
Je ne veux pas qu’on arrive un accident qu’avant qu’on réagit sur le problème.
 
- Enlèvement de la neige: la vitesse des petites machines à déneigement sur les trottoirs, je suis sûre premièrement qu’ils ne respectent pas la limite de vitesse, même si les panneaux indique 30 km dans la zone des parcs. Quand j’ai dis je suis sûre, car je vois à chaque année les dégages qu’ils font sur ma boîte de pierre chaque année.  Je vais mettre une poteau coloriée cette année. Mais la vitesse reste toujours une problème.
 
- Optimisation du boul. Maisonneuve: Oui, c’est enfer la circulation à NDG et c’est une bonne idée de la faire en double sens, si on peut réparer l’asphalte aussi. État de la rue entre Décarie à boul. Grand est très mauvaise.
 
- Prolongation de Cavendish: je suis pour idée, surtout hôpital qui va ouvrir bientôt et reconstruction de Turcot, la circulation à NDG sera encore pire qu’aujourd’hui! Si les gens ont autre option qu’à aller sur Décarie et passer par Cavendish pour aller sur les autres autoroutes, ça va améliorer la situation de la circulation à court terme et à long terme.
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48) Cher Monsieur,

Merci de nous permettre de nous exprimer. C’est vraiment apprécié.  J’ai deux petits commentaires sur les enjeux que vous décrivez:

Le tunnel Décarie: je n’ai absolument pas compris ce qui est suggéré. Confusion entre la rue Décarie et l’autoroute Décarie.

Prolongement de Cavendish : Je suis tout à fait d’accord avec ce projet qui traîne en longueur non pas à cause d’un «quartier populaire qui tente de dissuader la circulation de transit».  A ma connaissance, c’est l’arrondissement ou la ville de  Côte-Saint-Luc qui s’y opposait et il ne s’agit pas là d’un quartier populaire. Votre commentaire était un peu méprisant pour les vrais quartiers populaires . Vouliez-vous parler de Côte-des-Neiges, un vrai quartier populaire ? 

Mes suggestions: 

Routes et trottoirs :   Installer des dos d’âne sur la rue Kensington au niveau du parc, au coin de Terrebonne.
Il y a plusieurs dos d’âne ailleurs à NDG et je me demande pourquoi ? Ici, il s’agit d’un parc où jouent les enfants et il faut voir la circulation, le matin surtout, tout cela  pour éviter Grand Boulevard ; plusieurs automobilistes filent à toute vitesse sans que jamais un policier les interpelle. Et les policiers, ils sont invisibles,  on ne les voit nulle part sauf pour donner des contraventions de stationnement.  Stationnée une auto illégalement ne tue ou ne blesse personne.  Ce n’est pas normal qu’un parc ne soit pas protégé des fous de la route et ça exige un redressement.  

L’autobus articulé sur la ligne 105. Super proposition, mais il faudrait améliorer le virage de Décarie/Sherbrooke, une vraie farce, car il arrive que les autobus ne peuvent même pas tourner sur Sherbrooke. C’est toujours plein de circulation. L’hiver, c’est l’enfer. Les chauffeurs sont bien patients. A quand des priorités pour le transport en commun ? Tout le monde en parle, mais les actions se font toujours attendre.  
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49) Bonsoir monsieur Searle,

Mardi soir j’ai fais une intervention à la séance du conseil d’arrondissement à propos des graffitis sur le complexe Benny Farm.
On m’a dit que je peux porter plainte, ce que je vais probablement faire, mais je sais que les policiers vont me dire que si ce n’est
pas sur ma propriété, j’ai peu de chance que ça soit enregistré parce que pour faire enlever un graffiti par la ville, le propriétaire de l’immeuble
doit remplir un formulaire pour donner la permission.

Il y a plusieurs graffitis ici et là autour du complexe Benny Farm. Ils sont l’oeuvre d’un jeune qui vit quelque part sur le complexe parce que 
les graffitis signés Def sont surtout sur les murs du complexe depuis plus de deux ans, parfois il s’en rajoute un ou deux. J’ai soulevé ce problème aux réunion de copropriété
du syndicat horizontal Benny Farm. Ni le gestionnaire Ges-Mar Inc. ni le SDC ne veut contacter les syndicats fautifs pour qu’ils fassent enlever les graffitis sur leurs immeubles.
je ne comprends pas pourquoi, c’est pourtant simple à faire. Malheureusement je n’ai pas les coordonnées de ces syndicats.

Entre temps Benny Farm commence à prendre des allures de ghetto. Il est possible de fournir les adresses où se trouve les graffitis, mais pas les noms des syndicats.
De votre côté serait-il possible de contribuer à la prise en charge de ce problème? Je vous signale que j’ai voté pour vous et qu’avec mon ex-conjointe on avait supporté 
il y a quelques années votre campagne électorale et votre projet du centre sportif. Merci pour cette belle réussite.
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48) Here are my suggestions in response to your opinion poll.  It’s a great idea.

ROADS:  The roads in my neighbourhood are indescribable.  Here are  JUST A FEW of the worst:

Fielding going west from Coronation to West Broadway

Terrebonne going east between Cavendish and Girouard
Terrebonne west  between Grand and Cavendish

Oxford south between Terrebonne and Monklands

Chester east between West Broadway and Cavendish
Chester west between Cavendish and West Broadway excluding a block around Belmont (or a street named something like that)

DOG RUNS:  I sometimes think my front lawn is a dog run.  There are orange urine spots everywhere.  Dog owners don’t seem to understand that the urine penetrates way down into the soil and is almost impossible to eliminate for YEARS.  They also are most hostile to being informed of this.  More dog runs – definitely – PLUS more information on what happens when dogs urinate all over lawns and how overtime homeowners give up and yards IN DOG OWNER NEIGHBOURHOODS begin to go down hill.

BUS 105:  Vendome to Elmhurst.  Good idea to split it.

IMPROVING BUS ROUTES:  I so appreciate the 10 minute run of BUS 51.  DON’t CHANGE IT.  It’s almost always jammed.

CAVENDISH  EXTENSION:  Put it off as long as possible.
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49) Dear Mr. Searle,
 
Thank-you for your recent communication.
 
Snow removal: seems to work fine on our street
 
SRRR: no need for this at all
 
Food security: will think about places for new gardens
 
Dog runs: we don’t have a dog
 
Toilets at metros: won’t be using them
 
Chairlifts at metros: Make sure this is done properly so that a person in a wheelchair will be able to use them. Too often projects are introduced and some detail is overlooked thus rendering the work useless.  
 
The 105: Express bus on de maisonneuve seems okay. Personally, I use the 105 to shop on Sherbrooke street which means I get on an off at various points on the route. Many people do this. Bendy buses okay.
 
The 102: My son takes this bus to Royal Vale High School.  I have 2 more children which will be doing this. It has always been the Somerled bus. Not sure how it gets to Vendome afterwards.
 
We think the bus routes here are great. I like to take the 138 or 104 to Westmount. 
 
Recreation: We use Montreal West children’s Library and maybe soon Westmount.  Haven’t used much recreation in the area. Only moved here 2 years ago. Lived in Ville St-Pierre for 10 years. Grew up in Montreal west, taking the 105 to Atwater.
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50) Good day Mr. Searle (Jeremy),
Recently I received your published pamphlet “researching your opinion” at home and was vey impressed by this initiative.
 
I myself have been very passionate in getting involved with the public community work and have been following the progress of the various issues within the new government, city and various departments within Montreal and Quebec.  As a management consultant who also want to improve the life in our communities, I have brought up various points/views for consideration with Premier Couillard and am waiting to be involved in implementing some of those initiatives.   However, as some of these considerations can be applied to the city and the district of NDG/Cote-des-Neige, where I live, I would be very interested to have a meeting with you to discuss some of those ideas.  
 
I am confident that these considerations will help many different aspects of living in Montreal and related future plans, e.g. the following sample points which might be of interest to you and other members of the city council:
improving the engagement of the public
establishing  the right priorities
establishing the strategic budget
selecting the right projects
increasing the people’s satisfaction of the political leaders responsible for the city, including councillors, district mayor, and city mayor (hence re-election)
increase the support of people for initiatives that require community partnership
better resolving key issues facing Montreal community
My aim is to share and help implementing some of the ideas that support achieving above points at the city level, as a model to be duplicated and implemented at the provincial and/or national level.
 
I look forward to hearing from you with a possible date and time for a meeting at your convenience.
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51) Dear Jeremy:

I wanted to thank you for taking the time to reach out and seek our opinion on matters that are close to our daily lives.  Happiness is a daily thing and paying attention to making residents’ daily commute pleasant goes a long way to increasing their well-being.

I live on Patricia, close to Sherbrooke.  I encourage you to have a look during hours of high train traffic, at this intersection.  Traffic backlogs onto Patricia sometimes further than Terrebonne.  Elmhurst is blocked by train traffic and those wishing to travel East or West on Sherbrooke are penalized.  For residents, the honking and yelling of automobilists, is not pleasant.  Drivers also drive dangerously on the intersection (they are exasperated) and it is dangerous for pedestrians who also cross dangerously to catch their train or bus.  I understand that an over or under pass on Elmhurst is too costly and therefore not in the cards.  However, I think a simple solution could be to prohibit parking on Patricia during morning and evening rush hours.  The hours used for the reserved bus lane would work for the restricted parking in my view.  Once parking is disallowed, three lanes off Patricia could be created, one going West on Sherbrooke, one going East and one going onto Elmhurst.  Restricted parking up to the mid-way point between Patricia and Terrebonne would be sufficient in my view.

We believe making de Maisonneuve into a two-way street would make a lot of sense.  This would allow it to be an alternative to Sherbrooke.

I agree with all of your ideas relative to the 105.  I think the reserved bus lane was an excellent idea.  However, for cars, continuing to allow left-hand turns off Sherbrooke when traffic is disallowed on the reserved bus lane is not efficient.  When the bus lane is operational, there is one lane left for cars on Sherbrooke.  When a car turns left, this jams up traffic.  During bus lane hours, cars should not be allowed to turn left off Sherbrooke in my view.

Since the 15N access off the Ville-Marie closure, the Decarie/Griouard/Sherbrooke area has become difficult.  West Islanders are using Saint-Jacques and then drive up Girouard onto Sherbrooke to reach the 15N.  That intersection cannot handle that flow and if you are adding buses etc., the situation will not be improved.  Please consider this.

I agree with you that snow removal is generally well done.  However, on Patricia, the West side of the street is cleaned often many, many days after the East side.  Snow trucks often drive down Patricia to catch Elmhurst and as you likely know, Patricia is the exit street to cross the train tracks for those living above Sherbrooke.  I would like to suggest that Patricia be given some priority in snow removal and that both sides be cleaned within a day of each other.  Residents joke amongst themselves that those on the East side pay higher taxes and that’s why they get priority:)

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52) Mr Searle,

This is in response to your flyer asking residents for their feedback regarding various issues in NDG and particularly in the Loyola district. Having been a long time resident, I feel my 2-cents worth have a certain weight since a fair amount of changes has taken place since then:

Snow removal:
Generally speaking, it seems to be OK; however, I am at a loss as to why, when there is a heavy snowfall,  the snow is always piled up at street corners until either side is cleaned later. I end up with 2 big piles: 1 on the corner of Cavendish and 1 on the corner of Terrebonne. People walk on cleaned sidewalks then, when they come to the corner, they have a choice of either walking on the road or climbing on my lawn.

Secondly, drivers of the little tractors that clean the sidewalks seem to take pleasure in never driving in a straight line. Even though, no cars are parked near the sidewalk, they drive in zigzag. By spring, you have to fix the damage they have caused to the edge of your lawn. Until approximately 2003 or 2004, I used to call the city and they would come to fix the edge with new grass. Now, when you call, they tell you Reno Depot or Canadian Tire has a sale on grass seeds

Roads:
Even if I live on Terrebonne, I haven’t driven on that street for a very long time, almost a year, because the road from Bessborough all the way to Girouard is full of badly patched pot holes and the asphalt is full of bumps.
Somerled is almost as bad between Cavendish and Draper.

Dog runs:
I would love to have a fenced area for dogs to run safely in Benny Park.   

2-way traffic on de Maisonneuve:
This would be handy; however, on a long term basis, there could be problems. Specifically, right now, people sometimes race there because there are few stop signs and most of them are not respected. Traffic lights may make a difference. If a lane to drive eastward is created by disallowing parking, things may get a little hairy because both lanes will be just wide enough to allow one car in each direction. You get someone trying to pass a slow driver and accidents may happen.

Pedestrian safety:
Crossing at intersection seems to be safer with longer times for “WALK”. I haven’t really seen any intersection that would be labelled Dangerous.

Porta toilets:
I saw toilets cabins in Benny Park near the children’s swings and play area. These would absolutely and definitely be a huge plus at metro stations. I am sure that a survey with any of the stores or restaurants near the metro stations will confirm that they are bombarded day and night for permission to use their toilets.

Cavendish extension:
”Following the clear rejection . . . . by NDG residents in the 1990’s”
I have asked various neighbours about this statement and we all haven’t got a clue where on earth this survey was done or even if it were done at all. I have lived on Cavendish for 38 years and I can swear on any Bible that no one has ever asked, either myself or any of my long time neighbours in the area, for our opinion on that topic. I, as well as my neighbours, have come a few times to the borough meetings to specifically discuss this topic and we were always told that either the subject was under study, that the Ministère des Transports was involved or that Cote St Luc was against it. We have been hearing for approximately now 5 years that everyone is for the extension, including Cote St Luc, but nothing concrete was ever brought up.

I am 500% for it because, if I go near the Cavendish Mall, I see the high-rise building next to my brother’s house in St Laurent a stone throw away; yet, to visit him, I have to drive through Fleet to Décarie, up the Décarie Expressway, go through the Décarie Circle, take the Trans Canada West [40 west], exit at Cavendish to Côte Vertu just to get to his house. 

My neighbours and I seriously hope to live long enough to see the realization of that project.

Mr Searle, I sincerely hope you will be the one bringing about those changes in Loyola

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53) Dear Mr. Searle,

Terrebonne Avenue, NDG Avenue, and Cote St. Antoine Rd. are in desperate need of resurfacing.

I do not believe porta toilets are needed at metro stations.   Also, they would provide a target for vandalism.

NDG Avenue should not have bicycle paths on both sides of the street !!!    Also, cars should not be able to park on both sides of this street at rush hour times in the morning.

Repair the roads and underground pipes before taking on any expense of chairlifts at metro stations.

I am against the Cavendish extension.

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54) Dear Mr. Searle,

I would like to thank you for researching public opinion with your flyer.  It makes it easier to reply instead of going to Town hall meetings where public opinion appears to be of little value.

First, on an encouraging note, the snow removal was markedly improved last year over previous years.  There is much road work left to do in NDG, sadly…

In my opinion, the bus lane on Sherbrooke was a waste of $$ and not helping to alleviate congestion, in fact, it is increased since there is only one lane left for cars/bikes.  I drive home from downtown along Sherbrooke between 330 and 430 (rush hour?)  and have seen only one bus in the weeks since i noticed its implementation.  This morning, I took Sherbrooke eastbound and have never seen traffic as backed up…and still no buses…

I think pedestrian safety is well taken care of; cyclists, on the other hand, are not so fortunate.  Making de Maisonneuve a 2-way would surely diminish the amount of usage of the de M bike path due to increased danger.  Again, get Sherbrooke back to 2-lane traffic and that would help.  As for the NDG bike path (painted lines); is it possible that bikes are to ride on the wrong side of the street towards oncoming traffic and risk head-on collision with cars puling away from the sidewalk?  That is a death wish!  Surely the designers of the idea have never been on a bike on our streets.

I don’t know much about the Decarie tunnel, but anything would help improve the recent “improvements”  at the Decarie/Met/ Marcel Laurin interchange.  I am not partial to opening Cavendish – it will destroy what little peace is left to our neighbourhood and encourage more car usage.  Bad idea…  Perfect example is how NDG becomes a throughway for West Island commuters during intense construction times and blockages .
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55) Good afternoon  Mr. Searle.
I  received your  pamphlet a few days ago.    
Here is some feed back:
 
Snow removal was good last winter
Unfortunately  our roads  are dismal, or rather non- existent  as far as safety is concerned.   Since  we do not have a car, I rely  on my bike or public transportation.   Let me tell you even going to Cote St.  Luc shopping centre,  is a  frightening trip.   You should try it some time.  When the light is red on  Walkley, (returning from CSL)  I am always  scared to fall into one of the holes, right at the light.   The same sad  conditions are on Terrebonne &  Fielding,   where   I just had to alight  from  the  bike & walk.    I am not sure why  2 very small  streets ( Cassidy,  Duncan?)   were repaved.   Either street has about 8  houses.    So can you explain this.
It is no use to attend   Council meetings.   The few times I did, my questions were never picked.    Unless  you have Placards,  make a lot of noise,  or belong to a group,   you do not count.
I’ll  skip to number 6,  Sports & R.      I do belong   to the new  Sports Center, but find the opening hours  at the gym,  ridiculous.   M-T, they only open at 10 a.m.    I feel  this is pretty late.    Maybe something could be done about these hours.
I guess it would be nice  to have toilet facilities at Metro stations.    It would even be nicer  to have a  Metro Station  in  NDG.
You might have a good idea   about the 105,   but since I  only take the 102,  104,  138  or the Express bus,  it  doesn’t  concern me too much.    I would appreciate  more buses  on my routes.
My  biggest  concerns   are the   extremely  poor   road conditions.    If you could   fix that  one problem,  I would be happy.
You  might  also  bring another motion to the table.    Please ask or fine professional   gardeners  when they  just blow   their   cuttings/ clippings   in the street.
 
I would like  to   know  the percentage of returns, if possible.
Good luck
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56) Hello Mr. Searle,

I am responding to your pamphlet “Researching Your Opinion.”

I think that much of Montreal’s traffic and road-safety problems are the result of too much intervention, particular intervention that has interfered with the historic flow of traffic and too much signage, both of which have been poorly thought out. The result has been that motorists, anxious to get to work or home, are more likely to do reckless things. There is so much confusing signage now that I suspect most of it is ignored. One only has to look at what Montreal West has done to recognize the insanity.

Here are some suggestions.

- Unblock entry to blocked streets like Terrebonne at Girouard. Well intentioned but simply added to traffic problems.

- Replace the lights at Grand and NDG with a stop sign.

- Give consideration to re-instating some two-way streets (NDG?, Saint Antoine?).

- Get rid of speed bumps and those silly bollards.

- Stop the random painting of chevrons for bicycle routes.

- Stop the painting of stretches of curb to identify them as no-parking.

- Educate motorists on crosswalk rules; beef up policing of crosswalk violations (one intervention I am in favour of). Have a look at all of the streets where cars are allowed to park adjacent to or even across a crosswalk, obscuring the visibility of motorists passing by. The crosswalk on Royal in front of LCC is a good example.

- Have the 105 bus stop at Vendome then continue eastward the length of Sherbrooke like the 24.

- Get rid of those silly green arrows in our traffic lights that dictate what we must do. Motorists need to know what they cannot do.

- No to portable potties at metro stations.

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57) Merci Monsieur Searle pour cette occasion de pouvoir donner notre opinion. J’espère que beaucoup de gens répondront a votre invitation.
En premier lieu, j’ai toujours pense que NDG et CDN n’aurait pas du être jumèles ensemble des le départ, pour des multiples raisons. Je pense que les deux sont perdants, compares aux autres arrondissements.

ENLÈVEMENT DE LA NEIGE. Très satisfait. Cependant je m’inquiéterais sur les couts.

ROUTES ET TROTTOIRS.     En très mauvais état. La réfection devrait être accéléré.

STATIONNEMENT POUR LES RÉSIDENTS.  Ce n’est pas un problème pour moi

SÉCURITÉ ALIMENTAIRE.   Oui a votre idée. Utiliser les espaces disponibles pour en faire des jardins communautaires pour alimenter le Food dépôt

PARC A CHIENS. Je n’ai pas d’opinion sur ce sujet.

SPORTS ET LOISIRS.  NDG a ete pendant longtemps un endroit qui produisit des vedettes sportives. Le sport doit etre encourage a tout les nivaux.

OPTIMISATION DU BLVD NAISONNEUVE.. Oui. Tasser la clôture si l’espace est trop restraint.

SÉCURITÉ DES PIÉTONS.  Je sais que ce sujet vous tiens a cœur, Éduquer les conducteurs et que la police soit présente.

TOILETTES. Oui.

REMONTÉES. Oui

LE TUNNEL DECARIE. En faveur si cela décongestionne le trafic.

LA LIGNE 105 . Oui dans les deux sens

AMÉLIORATION DES LIGNES D’AUTOBUS. Je n’ai pas d’opinion arrête sur ce sujet.
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58) PROLONGEMENT DE CAVENDISH.  Pas très en accord. Le trafic résidentiel sera augmente et la sécurité sera compromise sur les rues de NDG. J’aimerais voir plus d’études sur ce sujet. Comment se fait-il que CSL a manifeste son refus pendant tant d’années.

AUTRES SUJETS.  Licences pour bicycles.  Enlever les souches d’arbres que l’on voit de plus en plus sur nos rues. Mettre plus de bancs dans nos parcs. Installer plus de speed bumps. Améliorer la rue Sherbrooke a partir de Girouard vers l’ouest. Ca fait dur.
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59) Hello Jeremy, 
my comments on your opinion flyer:
snow removal. On my street, they always push the snow from the middle over to our side. So we have a lot more to shovel. But they always clear the other side first. Wouldn’t it make sense to clear the side with the most snow first? I am fed up with shovelling out to the roadway and then they come along and push a whole load more in, which is there for almost a week sometimes. In general, though, the snow removal has improved a lot in recent years. I am still baffled by some of the priorities though-clearing Terrebonne that has no buses before Somerled that has some?

roads: terrible in general. Terrebonne near Loyola is very bad, except for the bit near Belmore where Russell Copeman lives. It is good to have dips in sidewalks at corners for strollers and wheelchairs to pass, but they are not done properly. Those on the south side of Mayfair and Somerled, for example, always have water collected. In winter, those gaps are ALWAYS icy and dangerous. They should be laid so that water goes along the gutter, away from them.
Something MUST be done about people riding bikes on sidewalks. They never think that people are not aware they are coming behind them. They swoop by at speed with no warning. When I am walking my dog, there have been many occasions when, if I had moved over a foot at the wrong time, I would have been hit and badly injured by some stupid and thoughtless cyclist. Drivers have mandatory education. Cyclists have none. They should all have licences for their bikes and have to pass a course in safety on the road. I have arthritis, a fall would be very bad for me. But I meet many other more healthy people who are very angry about this too.

NDG food depot: I support this with donations, we must provide a good facility for this.

dog runs: I know you initiated the dog run on Fielding and Patricia. At some later time, when you were not on council, they dumped a huge amount of small pebbles into that space. My dog wants to go in there, but once he steps on the pebbles, he won’t run. It is like running on a pebbly beach-hard work. I suggest that half or more of the pebbles are removed. Then the rest are tamped down with one of those machines they use when laying ornamental paving in driveways etc.(it has a large flat plate that vibrates up and down to settle the paving stones in firmly)  This will pack the pebbles into the earth and make a firm surface for the dogs to run on. That dog run is very little used because of that problem.

porta toilets at metro stations: excellent idea, I’m all for it and so are most older people I would think.
As for Vendome metro, what on earth is going on there? No elevator, lots of steps? Are they mad? I can’t believe the stupidity of the hospital plans. Chairlifts do sound like a good idea as a stopgap measure, but the whole metro/hospital thing needs rethinking.

102/105 buses: I like the idea of express buses here. The summer schedule for the 102 was totally ridiculous, in future they should not do that.

My issue: There are 3 places for a city tree in my front garden. The city had to cut down an old maple about 7 years ago. That place, along the driveway is full of old roots, I covered it with ground cover. Then they planted an ash tree in the second place 5 or 6 years ago. They came and cut it down this spring, I understand about the emerald borer etc. But it is still growing very vigorously. The third place for a tree is where I have planted a garden of perennials. I am afraid they will just show up some day, dig a hole and dump a new tree in there with no notice. I left a message on 311 but nobody has told me a thing about what they will do. The ash tree stump is not that large, they could probably get it out and put another tree in there. How do I get information about this from someone in the city? From my certificate of location, the city seems to own about 3.3m in from the sidewalk, between 10 and 11 feet. 
What are my options? Could I hire a company to get the stump out myself and plant another tree there? How do I check how far back the city property goes-maybe I could plant my own tree on my own property? If they want to remove ash trees, I can’t understand why they aren’t removing growing stumps because the borer could still be there. I just want to talk it over with a city employee for a start.
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60) Hi,

– SRRR (Reserved Residential Parking) – I’m not a big fan of this.  I think that it is difficult enough to find parking, with the residents already in the area, and to PAY for an annual permit fee for this, I am against.

– De Maisonneuve Boulevard – seems to be an interesting alternative, however, by keeping the bike lane, I don’t see how vehicules will be able to park there if it does become a 2-way.

– Porta Toiles at Metro Stations – even though I no longer use the Metro and rarely use the bus, I think this would be a great idea, especially during the summer for tourists.

– The Decarie Tunnel – sounds like a wonderful plan; anything to alleviate congestion of traffic.

– 105 West, Vendome to Elmhurst – sounds good.  I remember living off of Sherbrooke Street, in a couple of places that were around Grand blvd and even further west.

– 105 East from Elmhurst to Vendome – if the De Maisonneuve blvd 2-way traffic goes through, then this would be a great idea.  I remember the 105 always being full, even when it was coming by every 5 minutes during rush hour.

– Cavendish Highway extension – I am a big advocator for this plan that has been years in negotiation and re-negotiation.  It would greatly alleviate the heavy traffic that NDGers have to try to get to the Decarie highway.  When I worked in VSL, I was living on Somerled near Grand, and it took SO long just to get to the Decarie highway, whether I used Somerled ave or CSL road or Fielding.  I had wished to be able to use Cavendish blvd to get home which would have cut my travel time easily in half.
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61) Thank you for summarizing some of the important subjects you are working on and inviting your constituents to contact you.

I do not have driveway privileges through my lease, so it is street parking for me. Our building has a driveway, no garage. Across the street, the buildings do have garages, with a shared sloping driveway to enter to the garages of two unattached buildings.

My complaint concerns the snow removal services for the buildings across the road (4895 on one side of the shared driveway and 4889/4887 on the other). Whereas the snow removal for our building (4940 downstairs from me) is done by pushing the snow to the back of the driveway and keeping it on the property, the snow removal contractor for 4895/4889/4887 plows the driveway up to the street, crosses the street pushing his load, and dumps it on the street right in front of our building. I certainly do not find it neighbourly that someone who has the luxury of a garage and driveway, sees fit to misuse public property, preventing those of us less fortunate in the “parking realm” from finding any parking!

I realize these services are provided by a private contractor, and not the city crews, but is there not any by-law or other regulation to prevent this practice, very frustrating for the neighbours? It is undoubtedly much more expedient for the contractor to push snow on the road than to pile it up on the property (I guess it would have to be the front lawns for these dwellings) or to take it away. On Montclair, we aren’t the first ones to get the city snow removal services; I know it would be easier to wait for the snow removal crews to make it to our street if there were not such big piles of snow dumped on the street by private contractors.
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62) Bonjour M. Searle,

Tel que demandé, je vous offre mon opinion sur certains points concernant notre arrondissement.

Circuit autobus 105 : oui à un express (voie réservée) aux heures de pointe et oui aux autobus articulés. Pas normal (et pas sécuritaire?) d’être entassé debout de Vendôme à Cavendish…

Parcs à chiens : oui, il en faut (un seul existe dans tout mon secteur). Les chiens qui peuvent courir et dépenser leur énergie sont des chiens plus dociles et moins agressifs; un plus pour tout l’monde. Mais attention de ne pas aller les mettre à côté d’habitations (jappements); un équilibre pas facile, j’en suis conscient…!

Boulevard de Maisonneuve : je ne suis pas favorable à la direction à deux sens sur de Maisonneuve. Déjà que les automobilistes longent de très près la voie cyclable, qu’est-ce que ce sera à deux directions!?

Boulevard Cavendish : je suis favorable au prolongement de Cavendish vers l’autoroute 20, qui va probablement diminuer la circulation sur St-Jacques, de Maisonneuve, etc. Mais du même coup, je suis contre le prolongement jusqu’à la Transcanadienne; Cavendish ne doit pas devenir un autre boul. Décarie!

Puis-je suggérer que la ville se munisse d’outils pour mieux contrôler les dépenses? Peut-on également rendre imputables les élus lorsqu’il y a mauvaise gestion de nos taxes? Je suis responsable d’un budget à mon travail et si je fais de grosses erreurs, je serai mis à pied. Ce doit être le même principe qui se manifeste au domaine public.

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63) Bonjour Mr Searle,
J’aimerais vous remercier du pamphlet que vous avez envoyé récemment dans le but d’avoir nos opinions et propositions concernant notre arrondissement. Ma conjointe et moi avons pris le temps de lire le document et nous nous voulons vous faire part de nos suggestions.

Sports et loisirs: Bonification / maximalisation du parc Benny

a) Le parc Benny est génial durant les mois d’été mais devient désertique lors des mois d’hiver. Il serait pertinent d’y voir une patinoire familiale, des montagnes de neige pour la glissade et divers jeux d’hivers. J’en suis sur que les nombreuses familles de NDG  profiteraient des ses installations et aiderons à passer un hiver plus jovial.

b) Il serait intéressant d’avoir des fin de semaines “Farmers market” afin de promouvoir la consommation locale et augmenter le sentiment d’appartenance communautaire.

Sécurité des piétons:

Installer un passage piéton pour un accès plus facile au Benny parc sur la rue Cavendish (ex.: Starnes / Cavendish, ou Duncan / Cavendish). Ceci aidera de même à diminuer la vitesse des automobilistes dans une zone écolière.

Rue Sherbrooke:

Il semble avoir une confusion de la part des automobilistes depuis la modification de la rue Sherbrooke (une voie de Cavendish à Girouard). Il semblerait logique d’installer une piste cyclable afin d’éviter cette confusion et des accidents potentiels.

Tunnel Décarie:

Nous sommes d’accord avec la proposition d’un tunnel.

Prolongement de Cavendish:

Cette mesure est intéressante et pourrait faciliter la vie à une grande partie de la population de NDG. Par contre, nous aimerons être informés des impacts concernant la congestion afin de prendre une décision plus approfondie.

Encore une fois, merci d’avoir sollicité notre point de vu. Nous sommes contents d’avoir l’opportunité de partager nos préoccupations et d’être entendus afin d’améliorer notre quartier.
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64) Bonsoir Monsieur Searle,

Habitant  l’arrondissement nous souhaitions répondre à votre invitation d’exprimer notre opinion concernant certains des sujets évoqués dans votre communication. Nous résidons sur la rue West Hill entre Sherbrooke et De Maisonneuve. Vous trouverez ci-dessous les points sur lesquels nous avons une opinion mon épouse et moi-même.

Stationnement réservé aux résidents : Il est vrai qu’en période d’hiver il peut être un peu plus laborieux de trouver devant chez soi un stationnement à cause de la neige, mais nous n’en voyons pas l’utilité à ce jour. C’est évident que si le boulevard De Maisonneuve devenait à double sens, cela deviendrait peut-être nécessaire car le stationnement sur De Maisonneuve est une alternative actuellement. Mais les frais annuels seraient encore des frais à rajouter alors que nos taxes sont tout même élevés pour des personnes comme nous de la classe moyenne.

Parc à chiens : nous comprenons le besoin éventuel d’en avoir plus, mais il faudrait s’assurer que cela ne se fasse pas au détriment de la sécurité des enfants, car il y a beaucoup de chiens par exemple au parc Girouard qui pour se rendre au parc à chien sont épeurant pour les enfants. Il serait bon aussi de voir à ce que les règlements soit appliqués. Par exemple au parc du centre sportif Monkland, il est très fréquent que la pelouse soit souillée d’excrément canin. Les animaux, oui mais pas au détriment de l’hygiène et des loisirs de notre avenir à tous, les enfants.

Sports et Loisirs : Nous sommes bien placé au niveau infrastructure, puisque la nouvelle bibliothèque devrait bientôt voir le jour. Les travaux vont-ils être livré comme prévus?  Nous utilisons la pisicne Monkland, et en sommes satisfait. Le seul Bémol est que nous trouvons l’accès au bains libre un peu restrictif, il serait plus facile d’y avoir accès de façon plus étalé, c’est-à-dire des heures plus prolongé que seulement 55 minutes ce qui ne laisse que peu de flexibilité en semaine avec des enfants.

Optimisation du boulevard De Maisonneuve : Nous sommes plutôt contre ce projet, car la piste cyclable est la plus sécuritaire de NDG par ce que justement elle plus isolé. L’embranchement après le métro  Vendome et le chemin Upper Lachine est très dangereux déjà à sens unique, nous avons failli être écrasé pas plus tard que Samedi  dernier. Si cette option devait être choisi, il faudrait sécuriser la piste cyclable avec des « séparateurs » en béton plus sécuritaire que des poteaux. De plus les stationnements le long du boulevard qu’utilisent les résidents de toutes les rues perpendiculaires seraient supprimés, ce qui aurait un impact important sur la qualité de vie de toutes les personnes vivant en dessous de Sherbrooke. Des ralentisseurs seraient necessaires même maintenant car la circulation  y est trop rapide.

Sécurité des piétons : les signaux pour piétons sont très court sur les grosses artères comme Décarie et Queen Mary. En sortant du Métro Snowdown pour se rendre à l’école Internationale, il est fastidieux de traverser avec un enfant car les feux sont très court. Rajouter des ralentisseurs dans les rue et près des parcs est vraiment très bien, merci de continuer à le faire et éventuellement d’en rajouter devant certaines écoles SVP.

Remontées Mécaniques dans les stations de Métro : les familles avec des poussettes, ou les personnes handicapés ne sont pas considérées suffisamment. Le gain en autonomie que cela engendrerai pour ces personnes serait important. Bien que les coûts soient élevés, cela serait une bonne chose.

Ligne 105 : les deux propositions sont pleines de bon  sens dans les deux sens, il faut juste ne pas réduire la fréquence des autobus, mais c’est une excellente idée. Les autobus articulés sont une très bonne idée.

Prolongement de Cavendish : bien que vos arguments soient logiques, il est vrai aussi que beaucoup de résident de NDG vont emprunter cette nouvelle voie. Le temps gagné par les habitants de l’Arrondissement n’est pas négligeable sur leur qualité de vie. Décarie est un enfer à toute les heures de la journée. L’impact sur la pollution à cause des embouteillages est aussi à prendre en compte, la circulation devrait être plus fluide néanmoins sur Décarie. Et sur Cavendish, la circulation devrait être régulée avec des feux de circulation. Nous sommes plutôt pour ce projet.
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65) Mr. Searle, I will give you my opinion on certain subject maters as I think need to be addressed.

My first one RESERVED RESIDENTIAL PARKING (SRRR)
Yes in my opinion this is a good idea. I live at the corner of Walkley and Sherbrooke. Now any one who lives in this area have a hard time finding a parking spot because the customers of CARDO do not want to pay a parking fee in the meters in front of CARDO. I would gladly pay for a parking permit for my daughter who comes up every so often from Champlain NY to see me. I have to walk around with a cane and some time I have a hard time walking around.

My second one PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
O I have my opinion on this. As stated I live at the corner of Sherbrooke and Walkley. A pedestrian crossing Walkley from the area of Kerwin apartments to Meldrums the mover are taking there lives in there hands. They have to fight for there right against cars turning right from Sherbrooke to Walkley. Even the 105 which has a bus stop in front of Meldrums has to watch out for the cars and vans as they pass the bus on its left side and turning right to go up Walkley. This happens very often and yes it happened to me as I was crossing Walkley. 

My third one PORTA TOILETS AT METRO STATIONS
Very good idea. To bad the Drapeau administration did not think of it.

My fourth one CHAIR LIFITS AT METRO STATIONS
To bad the Drapeau administration did not think of it at the time also the elevator. As I have a hard time walking up and down stairs I no longer use the Metro but prefer the buss.

My fifth one BENDY BUSES FOR THE 105
Very good idea as long as you can have the administration of Meldrums have Allied Van Lines respect the rights of Seniors at the corner of Sherbrooke St. And Walkley. It seams that when Allied shows up it is always two vans and both block the bus stop with one on the sidewalk while the other stays in the bus lane as well as the second lane leaving the bus to stop half way across Walkley to let the passengers off.  Or move the Buss stop to the other side of Walkley in front of 6651 Sherbrooke St. W,

My sixth one CAVENDISH AND SHERBROOKE PEDESTRIAN WALK LIGHT
Is it at all possible to have the timing of that light to last a little longer. A lot of us seniors can not walk fast enough to cross from one side to the other without a motorist who is in a hurray to turn right in front of us as we cross. Don’t forget Cavendish is a very large Blvd.


You ask for our opinions on certain maters and I have given you mine as I think should be addressed 
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66) Hi Mr. Jeremy Searle,
It was nice to meeting you to discuss about our issues. Thank you for your time there.

About the parking problem in the street, the best solution I found is to not to allow to park from 3 AM to 6 AM. That way people (from CSL) will not leave their cars overnight, and at the same time we can park our visitors cars on the street in normal hours.

I forgot to mention a concern I always had. There are some streets in Montreal, for example Blvd Decarie, in which there are signs not allowing to park at certain hours from Monday to Friday. That makes sense because of rush hour. My question is why do not add to the sign an exception for Holidays like labour day or Canada day, in which there is no rush hour, and does not make sense the prohibition.

You talked about the Cavendish ‘Extension’. As alternative to the use of the car, why not to improve the public transit? Why not an express bus from NDG to Ville Saint Laurent? Why not an extension of the metro along Cote-Saint-Luc Road or Sherbrooke until Westminster?
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67) Dear Mr. Searle,

Here is my opinion regarding some the subjects mentioned in the questionnaire that I received from the borough a while ago:

Snow removal: 2013-2014 was indeed the worst snow removal I remember since I moved from Calgary to Montreal in 2004. Usually, I have no complaints regarding the snow removal. I indeed find the process quite impressive. In comparison to other years, last year was the worst. Please note that I lived in the same address since 2004.

Roads and sidewalks: I am sure that you are aware of the state of our roads and sidewalks. I was driving on Terrebonne near Cavedendish and there were so many potholes one after the other, as if grenades were exploded on the road in war zone. The roads are getting worse and are blocked by orange cones, with no work being done. If the city wants to work on a patch of road, please work on it, clean up and open the road.

Sports and recreation: Space is needed for people to go and shoot baskets. Some decent basketball hoops in parks around NDG would be great and I don’t think it would be costly.

Pedestrian safety: Police must reinforce the law and issue ticket to drivers who do not stop for pedestrians. The ones who do usually are pressured by a driver honking their horns and rushing them.

Porta toilets at Metro stations: I am absolutely against this. I do not want to look at them on the way to metro station or inside a metro station. They make the space look ugly and it is disgusting. Please invest on making decent washrooms at metro stations.
Chairlifts at Metro Station: No. Invest the money on the long term elevator project. It is mind blowing that installing an elevator in Snowdon station is supposed to take a few years! I think Calgary Children Hospital was built faster than the Snowdon elevator. 
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68) Thank you for your flyer asking for opinions.
My pet peeve for the last few years is the sidewalks. The first two summers I lived here (2010, 2011), the sidewalks were wonderfully smooth. Last summer and the summer before they seemed to be infested with those small sharp stones used for traction in winter well through the summer. Last summer the sidewalks were only really smooth by the fall. This year, they’re still not smooth – I encounter last year’s abrasives after every time it rains. This really bothers me, especially when I see the road sweepers out twice a week and the sidewalk sweepers out once a year, if that.

If you are paying the same people the same amount, you are not getting your money’s worth, because things have gone downhill. Also, it takes more than one sweep to get most of the stones off the sidewalks. And I wonder why the street is swept twice a week (something I have never seen in any of the other cities I have lived in) in the first place. (Maybe it’s to keep snow clearers employed in the warmer months?) My social worker tells me there are streets that are rarely cleaned, so I suppose I shouldn’t complain we are getting regular sweeps, but it does seem expensive for the results.

Also, you ask about chairlifts at metro stations. In my opinion, anything you can do to make the metro more accessible is a good thing. The sooner the better. And yes, toilets would be a good thing, too. (Accessible ones!)

If there’s anything you can do to get the STM to be more accessible in general, that would be great. They don’t really seem to understand disability very well. I have not been allowed on transit since January 2012, after 20 months without problems (I moved here May 2010) because they are afraid I will hurt myself on transit. And they don’t use email for serious issues, which is also an accessibility issue. But that’s probably not in your jurisdiction. I just thought I’d add a little rant.
The Cavendish extension: I am not a driver, but the extension would make getting to the Ikea a lot easier, assuming there would be sidewalks all the way and you would be connecting the two sections. It would make a nice walk on a sunny day. That’s my only thought on the subject.
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69) Bonjour,
Dans un premier temps, je vous félicite d’avoir eu l’idée de consulter les candidats face à leur/s préoccupation/s. Cela démontre votre ouverture à bien remplir le mandat qui vous a été confié.
Pour ma part, à NDG je crois que les routes et les trottoirs devraient faire partie des priorités ainsi que la sécurité des citoyens de façon générale. Toutefois, je constate qu’il y a eu beaucoup d’améliorations..

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70) Dear Mr. Searle,

In response to your most recent opinion survey I think that:

– Terrebonne should be reopened to traffic at Girouard

– Speed bumps should be installed on ever residential street in NDG , those without speed bumps have become speedways

– Service would be improved if there were more 105 buses in circulation

– I would like to see some of the councillor’s discretionary budget go towards funding of the meal            program at St.Thomas’s Church which involves the combined effort and resources of the church, Forward House and the volunteers of Au Pois Chic.

– I don’t feel that Canada Post should deprive Montrealer’s of door to door mail delivery service

– Like yourself, I don’t feel that the streets of NDG be used as short cuts for suburban motorists

– I don’t feel that an additional sign to our already overloaded sign posts would contribute to improve pedestrian safety

With best regards

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71) Bonjour Monsieur Searle, 
Je réponds à un “questionnaire” que j’ai recu dans ma boite à lettre il y a quelque temps nommé “Connaitre votre opinion”.
Malheureusement les différents points n’ont pas de numéros alors je procéderai dans l’ordre :

-PARC NDG , reponse OUI pour nouveaux jardins communautaires

- GIROUARD, Oui limitation à 30km/h (PARTOUT dans NDG)

- DOS D’ANE non pas sur toutes les rues

-CIRCUIT BUS 105, plus d’autobus est souhaitable ( meme rythme que le 51)

-POSTES CANADA, je voudrais garder la distribution à domicile

- RACCORDEMENT CAVENDISH, non surtout pas car plus de facilité pour la circulation des véhicules AUGMENTE la circulation des voitures

-TUNNEL DÉCARIE, non surtout pas car plus de facilité pour la circulation des véhicules AUGMENTE la circulation des voitures

NOTE sur la circulation des piétons au centre d’achats Cote st Luc devenue DANGEREUSE
Depuis la construction du Mc Donald, la circulation des piétons est devenue hazardeuse, imprécise, DANGEREUSE même avec la nouvelle construction d’un trottoir (mal placé et non déneigé!!!). Je me sens en insécurité  ainsi que ma belle-mère agée de 85 ans qui va au centre d’achats à tous les jours. Merci de faire quelque chose pour rendre cette traversée à pied du stationnement sans stress.

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72) Dear Mr Searle,

I am very glad to get these questions concerning traffic and safety in the district of NDG, I hope at least some suggestions will find their way in new regulations.

  1. Closing the access to Terrebonne from Girouard long ago was outrageous and even dangerous for anyone entering Terrebonne Street from the East or North. There does not seem to be any reason to close this street maybe except for high ranking city officials who lives there and want less traffic.
  2. Close to this very spot there is another problem: it is possible to turn right from Terrebonne into Cote St-Luc road but from right lane, if the Decarie highway is congested, anybody who wants to continue straight or left from Cote St-Luc is stuck on Terrebonne. And this rule is still in place when the entrance to Ville Marie highway on St Jacque is closed.
  3. As for the children safety, I agree with the 30km speed limit in residential area.
  4. As for the general safety of pedestrian and a better traffic flow the worst, and in a sense even dangerous, are the green arrows. You cannot turn right on red, you cannot turn right on the green arrow while the intersection is void of pedestrian, and when you are allowed to turn you get pedestrian in front of you, this is IDIOTIC!
  5. Regarding the bus line I am in favor even though I do not use the bus.
  6. Canada Post not delivering mail in big cities with high population density such as Montreal, I find extremely inappropriate.
  7. I am in favor of connecting Cavendish in St-Luc with the other part of Cavendish in ville St Laurent, but I am against connecting it with Decarie expressway through NDG.
  8. As for the congestion in the west end of NDG, I find the railway crossing at Elmhurst and Westminster streets a 19th century relic. Shame! It require overpass on one of the streets.
  9. Speed bumps are effective way to slow the traffic, however as long as the state of roads is not significantly improved they are oblivious. The poles installed for the summer season are waste of resources. The disadvantage of bumps is for emergency vehicles if in a hurry.
  10. I strongly suggest to change few cross section lights to stop signs (blinking red) after school hours or at least at early night.
  11. Some streets, close to Concordia University, West of Mariette on Terrebonne Street, should have reserved parking for residents. With the expansion of the site it is impossible to park.
  12. Dogs should get much better treatment, they are the best human companions, the park on the corner of Fielding and Trenholme is a joke. Recently city of Lachine introduced ban on dogs around Lachine canal and even along the river. Other Canadian cities (out of Quebec) have much better regulations i.e. off leash before 9am and after 9pm.

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73) Hello, Mr. Searle  – I’ve read your flyer, which came in last week’s mail, and have a few thoughts to share:

Terrebonne — Yes, I strongly support reopening Terrebonne at Girouard. For the past 20 years, to access Terrebonne heading west along Cote-St-Luc we have had to turn left against traffic, with no lights, onto Old Orchard. It has never felt safe to me, and I’ve often wondered whose influence was used back then to create this unsafe condition for the rest of us. Your flyer is the first time I’ve seen this matter raised, and it’s about time.

Along the same lines, and not mentioned in your flyer, is another mysterious situation:  In the winter of 2007-2008, the left lane of Terrebonne, where it meets Cote-St-Luc, was made left-turn only. This makes little sense, as pretty much anyone wanting to go west onto Cote-St-Luc from that area would likely take Girouard right up to Cote-St-Luc anyway. The unwelcome effect of this change was to compress all right-turning traffic at the end of Terrebonne into a single lane — which then enters onto three lanes of Cote-St-Luc. This measure slows circulation down unnecessarily, with many cars on Terrebonne not being able to get through the light in time, and creates a lot of frustrated drivers in the early morning rush hour — and by the way, in the past 7 years, I’ve only ever seen two cars take that left lane.

Buses – There is a lot of talk about the 105, but not much about the Monkland bus routes (162, 103), which leave much to be desired. I live on Madison near Monkland, about 1 km (15 blocks) from Villa Maria station. Outside of rush hours (day or night), if I need to get to the metro, I start walking. About 90-95% of the time, I end up walking all the way to the metro without ever seeing a bus, as they are that infrequent. In the summer that’s not so bad, but it makes getting around in the winter really difficult. (By the way, I do consult the online schedules, but they seem to be generally unreliable.)

Cavendish highway connection – I believe this initiative has the potential to create havoc in NDG. Already, the intersections at Cote-St-Luc and at Sherbrooke are very congested at rush hour, with traffic often backed up from Sherbrooke to Madison and higher. The thought of more vehicles coming down Cavendish all the way to St. Jacques, raises many concerns about how NDG will cope with the added load.

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74) Mr. Searle,

I applaud your effort to seek community input on the various measures you are considering.

I believe that speed bumps are needed on every street in NDG. I have personally requested such (and asked that my neighbourhood do the same) for my street (Madison Av between Monkland and Terrebonne) but this may have fallen on deaf ears. This concerns me greatly given the speeds at which I see cars racing down this street (police included), which is the home to many children.

Regrettably, this city has a history of doing too little too late. You may know that a 3 year old boy was killed at the corner of Grand and Terrebonne and that speed must have been a principal factor in the severity of the incident in which one of the market’s largest SUVs was thrown and flipped over; this in an area where the speed limit is supposed to be 30 km/hr. After this, of course, the city hastily threw up all sorts of measures, none of which would bring that boy back. Why not take the measures in advance?

I am encouraging you to promote speed bumps on all streets in NDG and am again specifically requesting the installation of such on my street.

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75) Dear Mr.Searle,

Thank you for this opportunity.
I will respond to those questions about which I am most interested :
1)Discretionary Budget:
 Forward House which provides Mental Health Services in helping adults achieve autonomy in conjunction with Au Pois Chic Cuisine have been providing lunches every second Friday at St Thomas Church till December when their funding ran out.
This luncheon is open to the Community as well as forward House members who are the waiters and help with food preparation under the guidance of Chef Nabil and Forward House staff.
My husband and I plus many acquaintances have been fortunate to eat the great food but share also in supporting Forward House.
These luncheons are also a social and culinary event for manyTerrebonne of the community’s Seniors.
I would appreciate your financial support and when funding is re-established come and have lunch with us.
2) Pedestrian Crossing Safety:
   Drivers in the main are ignorant of pedestrian crosswalks.
We live near two..one at Hingston and Monkland( which incidentally flashes) and one further along Monkland  at Melrose.
Your pictogram would be welcome and publicity via our newspapers etc would help.
3)  Terrebonne: Definitely Terrebonne should be re- opened at Girouard. Among other reasons congestion on Monkland would be reduced .

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76)

It is clear that the road infrastructure of NDG is in serious shit, with traffic concerns prioritizing the list of topics on your pamphlet. While far from being the worst borough, it is the one I am most familiar with as a chimeric receptacle of all facets of abuse that is heaped upon those who patronize the out-of-doors. I drive, bicycle, pedestriate (I’m making it a thing) and use public transit. A couple of anomalies that top my list of nightmares right now before I forget: the Westbound 105 stop on the corner of Walkley and Cavendish is a special kind of hell, reserved for people who have clearly sinned gravely in their past lives (see attached picture of the offending intersection). For the lucky handful of people who live south of it, the one block strip between Sherbrooke and de Maisonneuve, it’s pretty peachy, for the rest of us damned souls it means crossing Sherbrooke at a busy intersection with no lights, signs or crosswalks to catch a bus that has been reduced in frequency, often leading to tossing caution and profanity to the wind and bolting across the no-man’s-land of westbound drivers pissed at having to wait a minute at Sherbrooke and Cavendish and eastbound drivers eager to avoid the same fate. While there’s obviously no simple solution: a light’s out of the question because literally ‘aint nobody got time for that, and the driver in me is cringing at the thought of a stop sign. I propose a series of broad, white stripes be painted on the street perpendicular to the traffic flow for pedestrians to follow, like a snake has, you wouldn’t drive over a snake and by proxy the pedestrians traversing it to jam themselves into a sweaty, overfilled bus. This would also benefit drivers coming up Walkley from De Maisonneuve because that’s just as scary if not worse, now we could use pedestrians as literal human shields in our attempts to get home to bring granny her cookies or whatever.

Unless of course Granny lives in St.Laurent, in which case **** that dusty old ho. To get to St.Laurent I am gently “encouraged” to take the mother of all cockups, Decarie. If only there was a completely reasonable and close alternative that would cut travel time in half, alleviate stress from the already constipated (interestingly a kind of reverse constipation where a piece of shit full of assholes) Decarie. Yes I’m talking about Cavendish. Nobody doesn’t want that road done, nobody with a good reason anyway other than boohoo those damn suburbanites and their humvoos and Ford folkuses are ruining my game of bridge with Hershel and Bethany. Seriously though, like 100 yards of pavement, an overpass and a big old **** off to whichever rail company if dicking about there. Rail companies ruin everything good in this world, that was hyperbole but you get me. I did this for a project in CEGEP for urban planning, I put about half an hour into the project and got an A because I said we could line the road with trees and shit and make it an “urban oasis” and the teacher was one of those people but also because it just makes too much sense not to get an A. You suggest we’d be concerned with “giving our streets over in perpetuity in order to make it easier for suburban motorists to find a permanent shortcut for downtown and other venues”. Roads are for us to use not some country club where we can keep out a class of people for living far from the core and enjoying “venues”, open Cavendish and everything’s gonna get better. **** trucks though, trucks ruin everything good in this world.

Here’s a brief TL:DR for all points of the menu:

NDG Parks: **** bocce

Terrebonne: This isn’t that bad might as well leave it closed.

Girouard: If you make Sherbrooke and Cote St. Luc 30km/ph zones, I will take every single traffic ticket I accrue, papier-mache them into the shape of a tyrannosaur, go to Hogwarts and earn a wizarding degree and animate that thing and send it after you, personally.

Speed Bumps: EVERY RESIDENTIAL STREET IN NDG? Is our traffic grid powered by the wailing of the damned? Put them on streets adjacent to where children play and let that be it. Granted, children play x-box in their homes so maybe you’re right.

The 105 Bus Route on Sherbrooke: See unhinged rant above.

Pedestrian Safety and Better Traffic flow: Forget all this, fix the bike path at the corner of Decarie and De Maisonneuve. Someone. Is. Going. To. Die. There. (nvm superhospital lol)

Democracy in Quebec: I thought this was going to be about the charter of values but it’s just about mayors pleasuring themselves with loopholes. Bottom priority.

Pedestrian Safety “Electrostatics”: I thought this was going to be about electrocuting jay walkers but instead I experienced my second big disappointment of 2015 (I wanted a son not a daughter)

Discretionary Budget: I’m not going to be smarmy here, and I honestly commend you for being open to suggestion with this. I recommend community garden initiatives like Action Communitaire, as well as after school tutoring and activities for disadvantaged youth, with a little work they can be combined into something necessarily good for the community.

Canada Post: All I get in the mail is bullshit anyway, this is an inconvenience at worst.

Cavendish Highway Connection: You know what must be done, you acknowledge yourself the people wave spoken, just do it. I know I’ll be dead before it’s done, but as the saying goes, we didn’t inherit the Earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children, and my children want to drive to the Morgan Arboretum in like 20 minutes.

Decarie/Laurentian Tunnel: Whatever, seems an odd choice but maybe I’m not seeing the big picture.

Sidewalks and Roads: There’s a seam running down the Decarie service road designed to murder motorcyclists.

Pedestrian Crossing: Let me sue anyone who smashes me for all they’re worth, a couple of these cases go down and you won’t need updated signage.

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77) Bonjour,

Tout d’abord, je voulais vous dire que j’apprécie les petits sondages de la population que vous faites sur certains sujets concrets et locaux. Cela permet de s’exprimer de façon simple, rapide et on a la sentiment de pouvoir être écouter ou lu et qu’éventuellement cela pourra servir.

J’habite dans le quartier de monkland depuis 6 ans (ville St.-Laurent avant) et je dois que dire que l’état des routes est vraiment honteux. Cela doit être l’un des pires du Québec, cela correspond à des routes de tiers-monde. Au prix ou est l’immobilier ici et les taxes, il me semble que l’état des routes devrait être revu en priorité. Il y a certaines portions que j’évite et lorsque je n’ai pas le choix je redoute… Faut-il investir dans un camion pour vivre ici ?? Il me semble qu’un site localise bien l’état des routes, il faut s’en servir et investir massivement pour reprendre cela correctement. Je compte sur vous sur ce point, je n’en peu plus…

Pour le raccordement de Cavendish, je trouve cela tellement logique. Nous sommes présentement dans une enclave ou il n’y a que la 20 ou la 15 pour sortir dans seulement 2 directions. Cette solution permettrait de désengorger les accès existant à ces 2 sorties et d’améliorer le flux sur ces axes. Il ne s’agit pas de transformer le boulevard en autoroute comme vous le dites mais juste de raccorder la portion qui manque. Le nb de lumière donc la vitesse n’en fera certainement pas un Decarie !! Cela pourrait aussi être interdit aux poids lourds pour limiter les nuisances. Bref, beaucoup d’avantages. Merci de vous ouvrir un peu plus sur le sujet.

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78) Bonjour M. Searle,

Merci de vous préoccuper de l’opinion des citoyens,

Je souhaite répondre aux questions posées dans le dernier prospectus que vous avez distribué mais ne sais pas comment m’y prendre. Avez-vous un modèle de réponse sr votre site ou dois-je répondre directement par email? Merci de me le préciser.

Par ailleurs, j’aimerais attirer votre attention sur l’état dégradé des arbres sur l’avenue Prince-of-Wales. Plusieurs arbres ont été coupés, depuis plusieurs années, dont un devant chez moi au 4332, et la ville n’est pas pressée de retirer les vieilles souches, ni de replanter. Celui devant chez moi a été abattu il y a plus de 3 ans.

Quand on sait le temps que met un arbre à pousser, chaque année compte. De plus, vous connaissez l’importance des arbres au maintien de la fraîcheur urbaine et à la réduction du carbone.

J’ai déjà signalé le problème à la ville, mais rien ne bouge. Que faire pour accélérer le processus? Merci de m’éclairer.

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79) Cher conseiller municipal,

Enfin, on peut joindre directement quelqu’un, sans dédales administratifs, avec qui on peut parler de vraies affaires.

Au sujet des autobus:

Sur la ligne 162: mes deux filles, une qui va à Villa Maria et l’autre à McGill, se plaignent du manque d’autobus en direction est et ouest. Auparavant, l’attente était de 20 min pour passer maintenant à 30 min d’attente et les autobus sont pleins lors des heures de pointe.

Sur la ligne 105: en matinée, direction ouest pas assez d’autobus. C’est aussi le cas en soirée vers l’est.

Que font-ils les inspecteurs lesquels sont censés rapporter les lacunes du transport en commun?

Au sujet du trafic à l’intersection Sherbrooke et Cavendish:

Un policier pourrait faire son quota de contraventions en une seule matinée à verbaliser les automobilistes qui passent au feu rouge.

Je suis témoin de ceci tous les matins en allant chercher mes journaux au coin de Saint-Jacques et Cavendish.

Savez-vous que chez nos voisins du sud, ils ont réduit la durée du feu orange ? Un feu orange trop long fait gagner du temps pour passer au rouge, n’est-ce pas !

Au sujet de la démocratie au Québec:

Quant à moi, pas de privilège aux maires d’arrondissement de voter à deux reprises pour pouvoir adopter des motions.

Au sujet des dos d’âne:

Remplacez-les par des dos de chameau, bien plus haut à franchir à vitesse élevée pour les récalcitrants au Code de la route. Une fois qu’ils auront endommagé leur véhicule et vont s’en souvenir des dos d’âne surélevés, n’est-ce pas !

Merci de m’avoir permis de m’exprimer directement à vous !

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80) Hi Jeremy

Thank you for asking me for my opinion. Just some feedback regarding two issues:
Terrebonne should be re-opened to traffic. It never made sense to close it in the first place. 
Speed bumps are the stupidest idea for road speed control. They merely cause people to slow down but then accelerate which is bad for fuel consumption, and is also bad for the environment. There are better ways to control speed on residential streets.

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81)

May I suggest a system such as the corner of Victoria (Westmount) and Sherbrooke.  All traffic (north/south, east/west) is halted allowing pedestrians to cross.  When the light turns green, all traffic moves including those turning right both on Cavendish and Sherbrooke.  This might also alleviate the two block back-up for those trying to turn right on Cavendish during morning rush hour.

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82) Good evening Mr. Searle:

Happy New Year to you and your staff.

I am very plased to have received your flyer for NDG residents as I needed to contact someone regarding a traffic problem we, 105 commuters, live every single morning.

As it might be a little difficult to explain, I will note in a list the issues in order to be clear: 4

Bus 105 Westbound

  • Trafic jam between West Broadway and Patricia rush hours 8am to 9am
  • Cause: Parked cars on Sherbrooke (North side)
  • Lane is reduced to 1 due to lack of space taken by parked cars
  • At Sherbrooke and Elmhurst most traffic needs to turn left (to the South) over the train tracks
  • When train passes all trafic is stalled creating jams (Elmhurst all the way back to West Broadway)
  • If cars were not allowed to park on Sherbrooke (North side) from 8 am to 9am the 2 lanes would be free and bus would be able to circulate

Please, take this into consideration. When the bus lane was reserved I was glad and thought that finally traffic jams were over; but the lane stopped at West Broadway. Someone didn’t do proper research.

Thus my request would be to allow parking on Sherbrooke between West Broadway and Patricia only after 9am.

Regarding the 105 service, during rush hours and below zero weather, service is very slow. STM should take into consideration that buses are quite crowded starting from Vendome metro because of Concordia University students, Loyola high school students, Montreal Association for the Blind (MaKay Center) and a day care, that ride most of the 105 line.

Thank you very much for your support.

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83)

Je viens de recevoir par la poste une invitation de votre part à vous soumettre mon opinion concernant nos préoccupations d’ordre municipal.

Voici donc mes principales préoccupations:

1) Ma première préoccupation est d’ordre financière. Il me semble, comme pour beaucoup de citoyens, que nous n’en avons pas pour notre argent. Voici donc ce que j’attends de vous:
a) Les conventions collectives sont coûteuses et rendent souvent l’appareil administratif inefficace.Vos priorités dans ce domaine devraient être:
  – Diminution de l’absentéisme en diminuant les possibilités d’absences, notamment en maladie. Il est inadmissible qu’en plein mois de janvier on se retrouve avec des effectifs réduits à cause de “fausses maladie”. Conscient qu’il est difficile pour un employeur de prouver ce genre de fraude je vous suggère donc de diminuer drastiquement le nombre ( couper la moitié des crédits de congés de maladie) en contre-partie l’employeur paierait les congés inutilisés. Plusieurs entreprises ayant ce genre de problème sont arrivés à ce compromis. Revoir les descriptions de tâches des employés afin que ces derniers soient plus mobiles. Ça me choque toujours de voir un col bleu aller réparer une pancarte accompagné de son chauffeur privé. Je crois qu’en tant que représentant élu vous n’avez pas de chauffeur privé alors pourquoi un col bleu en aurait un. Je crois qu’un seul employé peut aller réparer une pancarte. D’ailleurs voici une anecdote que j,ai vu dans un autre quartier de Montréal: Je vois justement un col bleu descendre d’un véhicule de la ville pour aller poser une nouvelle pancarte indiquant qu’il y a une borne fontaine à cet endroit puis repartir avec son chauffeur privé.En voyant cela j’ai imaginé le scénario:
Une équipe, d’au moins 2 cols bleus, est allé dans un premier temps “plantée” le nouveau poteau, puis l’équipe de 2 employés est allée installé la nouvelle pancarte sur le nouveau poteau. Il y aura sûrement une nouvelle équipe d’au moins 2 employés qui ira enlever le vieux poteau. Il y aura eu donc au moins 6 employés qui seront allés accomplir ce travail. Or, si on me l’avait demandé j’y serais allé seul et j’aurai redressé la veille pancarte. La ville aurait économisé 5 employés ainsi que les dépenses pour le nouveau poteau et la nouvelle pancarte.
C’est un exemple parmi tant d’autres. On le voit aussi lorsque la ville doit réparer un bout d’aqueduc. Un ou deux chauffeurs qui attendent, un conducteur de “pépine” deux ou trois cols bleus accotés sur leur pelle et un ou deux contremaîtres. Il me semble que le conducteur du ou des camions pourrait mettre la main à la pâte. etc.
Alors pour revoir ces procédés et les rendre plus efficace je vous suggère d’embaucher des techniciens en génie industriel. Toutes les compagnies en embauchent mais pas les organismes gouvernementaux. Pourquoi? On préfère être inefficace?

”PLUS UN ORGANISME DE L’ÉTAT EST EFFICACE PLUS LA DÉMOCRATIE ME RASSURE”

Voilà, je me limiterai à cela aujourd’hui. Je vous reviendrai avec d’autre suggestions lorsque vous m’aurez transmis un budget indiquant une diminution des dépenses totales de la Ville de Montréal.

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84) Bonjour M. Searle,

À votre invitation je vous fais part de mes préoccupations concernant le raccordement de Cavendish. Je demeure sur la rue Cumberland, entre Fielding et Chester, depuis bientôt cinq ans. De ma fenêtre de cuisine je vois le trafic sur la rue Cavendish, et l’été j’ai le bruit engendré par la circulation automobile et d’autobus comme musique de fond dans ma cour. Il s’agit principalement de trafic de résidents de Côte-Saint-Luc et NDG qui se déplacent pour le travail car dès 19 h la situation s’améliore. Toutefois, jamais je ne considérerais habiter directement sur Cavendish, qui bien qu’étant une rue principalement résidentielle, n’en a pas les attributs. La rue est très large et donc propice à une vitesse excessive. C’est une artère importante et bruyante. Et tout ça avant même la raccordement possible avec l’autoroute 40.

Depuis que ce projet de raccordement est revenu d’actualité, je me demande si je ne devrais pas vendre ma maison avant que trop de gens en aient écho, car je crains une perte de la valeur foncière de ma propriété. Décarie a déjà défiguré NGD il y a 50 ans. Ne faisons pas la même erreur du tout à l’auto. Nous ne pouvons pas indéfiniment faire passer le désir de fluidité automobile des résistants aux alternatives que sont le vélo, le transport collectif ou le covoiturage au détriment de la quiétude de nos quartiers.

Bien sûr j’aimerais ne pas avoir à faire le tour de la ville pour me rendre chez IKEA. Mais c’est un bien petit inconvénient. Après tout nous sommes en 2015, pas en 1955! Soyons modernes et construisons une passerelle pour piétons et cyclistes entre les deux sections de Cavendish.

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85) Hi Jeremy,

I am a resident (since 2001) of Walkley, between Monkland and Terrebonne.

I’ve never seen a speed bump on Walkley. Is there some sort of policy that restricts it?

Cars whip down our street all the time. It’s much higher traffic than say Prince of Wales or Cumberland.

Is it because no one has requested it?

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86) Dear Mr. Searle,

We recently received a letter through our mail slot requesting our opinion on various issues in western NDG.  Thank you very much for this opportunity for our contribution to the democratic process.  Here are our views:

Snow Removal: OK for our area (starnes st.)

Roads and Sidewalks:  Recommend improving east west streets to help with traffic crunch during the ongoing  “traffic storm.”

Food Security: we support community food initiatives, to provide access to Food Security.

Sports and Recreation: Generally good, but we would like to see more summer activities for children.

De Maisonneuve Boulevard:  We are against making de Maisonneuve bi-directional through NDG – we prefer the current arrangement.

Pedestrian Safety:  We would like to see more reserved lane bike lanes (such as the deMaisonneuve bike path).

Porta Toilets at metro stations:  We are against this idea – they are eye sores, smell, and are not convinced of their utility.

Chairlifts at metro stations:  Not a priority to us, but why not.

The Decarie Tunnel:  Sound like a great idea, I think it would hep tremendously with traffic in Montreal, definitely support this idea.

105 West:  Do not see the need, so not support.

Bendy buses for the 105:  Yes, we support this idea.

Improving bus routes:  The 102 is not a priority for us; we would prefer to see more frequent service on the 104.

Cavendish highway extension:  we oppose this initiative.  Given that we live adjacent to Cavendish, we are concerned about the import increase in traffic.  We do not wish to live adjacent to the equivalent of Sources or St Jean, and are not convinced it is necessary.  We absolutely do not agree with the extension.

Thanks again for the opportunity to express our opinion.

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87) Hello Jeremy,

Thank you for sending out the booklet asking for our opinion. I have lived in NDG for 15 years now, and to be honest never bothered to voice my opinion in regards to the neighbourhood. In the last few years I have been getting more in touch with the area as my husband and I have started looking at NDG more as a home, not the place we are living.

Many of the topics you brought up in the booklet are great, glad to see they are at the top of your list. I will only focus on a few.

This will be long. Sorry…

Dog Runs
 PROBLEMS:

Yes we are dog owners, there are many in this areas & it is surprising how few dog runs there are. I know people assume that if you own a dog you should have a place with a backyard. Most do but dogs need a place to socialize with each other and other people. I know there are many in NDG who do not like dogs (many live on my street largely because they come from places where dogs are usually trained to be violent, as they tell me) but if dogs are not given a chance to socialize then problems do occur, they are sometimes harder to take on walks when there are other people around.

In my area, in particular (boxed in area from Sherbrooke W. up to Côte St. luc Rd. & Connaught to West Broadway) there are TONS of dog owners. Our dog run is horrible!

It is located on Fielding between Patricia and Trenholme at the end of William Bowie Park. It is too narrow, and if you get more than 3 dogs in there they can’t get much energy out. Not to mention that with it being right next to the road many of the dogs just run along the fence and bark at cars (not a good behaviour to have reinforced in dogs in a city & not fair to homeowners close by). If it rains it becomes a giant puddle of saturated dog pee as the gravel isn’t really spread out well. Also a gravel base is bad for dogs paws.

The park just underwent a facelift, as the park had irrigation issues, but the dog run was not touched.

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS/IDEAS

I think a better location for a dog run in the area would be at the park down the street between Coronation & Doherty on Fielding. There is enough space to add a dog park that would be close enough for dog owners, large enough for all in the area and away from the roads.

I think it would also be nice to get a specialist in dog parks to come in to redesign the existing ones and any new ones. Many dog parks in the US are getting a makeover with a focus on proper stimulation for the dogs.

Porta Toilets

Great idea!  I know many who are relieved (pun intended!)

I was wondering if the idea of Public Toilets as done in Europe have been considered in the city. People say Montreal feels like walking into some parts of Europe, why not add the Public Toilets?

Chairlifts in Metros

Another great idea! I have a baby and try to get around everywhere with my stroller but have avoided the metro because of poor access in this area.

I was wondering if these would not be an easy option instead of elevators in the metros that are closer to the surface, like Vendome?

102 Bus Route

Something does need to get done about this route.

East bound: I live at the terminus for this route. The new time change has done nothing to help the line, I find more people are running to catch the bus & the driver not stopping or always having to stop and pick up runners just before they turn down Patricia.

By the time the bus has hit Girouard it is packed & gets stuck in traffic on Decarrie on route to Vendome.

West bound: I agree with your assessment.

I ‘m not sure what can be done, except to say it is nice to have the 102 close by, not having to walk several long blocks to 103, 51 or 162, especially on days with horrible weather.

Cavendish Highway Extension

I really wish Cavendish continued further north. Ikea would be easier to get to! I know many people who work up there & many who live in that direction who work in our area that this option would benefit.

I remember hearing an alternate option that city council was supposed to have put into the budget but cut at last minute making Côte St. Luc  council furious, a plan to connect Kildare to Jean Talon via the old hippodrome. Is that something that’s still on the table?

Concerns not in booklet

  1. I see there was an off ramp built on the Decarrie (south bound) leading to De Maisonneuve. It is currently blocked off. Will this open soon?
  2. I have seen the bus route 262 thought Côte St. Luc, that takes senior residents down to Angrignon Tuesday -Thursday. I think this route should be expanded to an actually bus route with stops in NDG. This far side of NDG is boxed off from much access to major chain stores either by train tracks or highways. Those who take public transit to spots such as Jean Talon & Angrignon take a long time, it turns into a day trip.
  3. The city has been pushing people to stop taking their cars everywhere and encourages biking. With that a few years ago I decided to take up biking to reduce on dealing with poor bus routes that do not get me places locally (I don’t travel outside the area). I was excited to take my bike to attend zumba classes at the new centre sportif NDG on Monkland. On my second last class my bike was stolen. I was devastated as I had saved up for a long time to get a new bike (i’ve never had a brand new bike). I filed a police report & they asked me if there were security cameras in the area. Police said they would have a better chance at catching the suspect if there was video. I remembered seeing cameras mounted on the building and hoped the centre had caught something. Sadly all cameras are pointed at the building. All the bike racks are set far away from the building, close to the streets, a few racks surrounded by trees with poor lines of sight. I also found out that mine was not the first, but the fourth stolen, since the centre’s opening (this was the first year it was open). I spoke with Peter McQueen at a social function. He asked me to email the details to him. I did and got a thanks for emailing me & please support the party email from him. Only this year have I returned to the centre (via bus or by foot) & I see the only improvement to the bike rack system was signs telling people how they should be locking their bikes up. I find that rude. If someone is going to steal your stuff and they want it badly enough they will find a way. I don’t believe it would be so hard to install camera’s or have camera’s facing the directions of racks or even the playgrounds to ensure the safety of residents and their belongings.

Again sorry for being long winded & thank you for asking our opinions on the topics.

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88) Hello Mr. Searle,

It has taken me a while to actually sit down and write to you with respect to your recent mailing.

As a resident of West Hill Ave. (between Somerled and Fielding), I have several concerns:

1) Our roads are treacherous, particularly for cyclists. Riding up Grand Boulevard (on the bike path, no less!!) and then west on Somerled means taking your life in your own hands. In fact, my son had a nasty run-in with a pothole and was thrown from his bike, resulting in road rash on his hand and leg. My boyfriend lives outside of Montreal and jokes that he finds Somerled reminiscent of a war zone. With the taxes we pay, the condition of our roads is absolutely shameful.

2) I don’t agree with the idea of opening De Maisonneuve to two-way traffic. The narrowness of this roadway would make it more dangerous for cyclists. Plus, the stretch you are referring to provides some of the only free (and much-needed) parking in the area of the Concordia University sports facility.

3)  I live directly across from Doug Harvey Arena and am often not able to park near my home as soon as the snow begins to fall (Dec-Mar). In fact, parking on West Hill and surrounding streets becomes difficult around dinnertime as early as September, when hockey season starts. The arena parking lot often remains half-empty, because people prefer to park on West Hill or Biermans to be closer to the entrance (you can exit the arena into the parking lot, but you cannot enter). Once there is snow accumulation, the problem is exacerbated because there are fewer spots in the parking lot AND on the streets. WE DEFINITELY NEED reserved residential parking on West Hill! Please, please, if you can make this happen, my neighbours and I who don’t have access to a driveway (i.e. own or rent upper duplexes) would be eternally grateful!

That’s all for now.

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89) Dear Mr Searle,

A few weeks ago all the residents of our street (Borden between Somerled and Fielding) received notices that the sidewalks would be repaired between Oct 8 and 31st.

The only activity has been the daily movement of the folding ‘No Parking’ signs on different sections of the street, varying in placement. So far nothing has been done.

There are painted marks on the sidewalk as to where replacement will take place.

When I took my dog for a walk I noticed that there are many other sections equally in need of replacement. What criteria was used to decide?

I took photos and have attached only some of them so you can see what has been omitted. Can anything be done?

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90)

Dear Mr Searle,

I am writing to you as a very concerned parent who has just been informed that the CSDM has announced that at the end of this school year they will be closing Ecole Ste Catherine de Sienne, to rebuild the school. This activity is loosely projected to take 2-3 years. This will leave ~300 students in your district without a school and, when questioned, the CSDM has not been able to provide a plan for accommodating these students in NDG and providing for their education while their district school is closed.

There is, as you know, a vacant school right next door to Ste Catherine de Sienne, but this has “appears” to be low on the consideration list for CSDM as the situation between the two school boards was quoted as “being very political”. Politics aside, these children need to have a place to receive an education. The CSDM schools in NDG are bulging at the seams – even with the construction of the new – albeit undersized – school.

I am not sure what help you can offer to me and other worried parents, but I know this is going to be a situation that affects a lot of very young lives in the area over the course of the next 2-3 years.

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91) Hi Jeremy,

Thanks for your “Researching your opinion” pamphlet.

  • I’d be interested in knowing more about Reserved Residential Parking (SRRR) and how I can get one.
  • I think making De Maisonneuve 2 day is a great idea
  • I favour the Cavendish extension

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92)

First of all,  I must say,  I am quite satisfied with your performance and a few months ago, I loved your remarks ( agreed) on the Separatists, even while,  and you know it,  you got into hot water !!

Snow removal

I know quite well, my street  MADISON is a minor street, so it is normal when the snow is first moved from large streets such as Sherbrooke.

What I was not happy about,  when the city leaves the snow there for 3 – 5 days,  and I parked my car diagonally, since all the snow made parking difficult,  I got a Parking ticket.

We are supposed to park our car parallel to the sidewalk, but if they do not take away the ****-ing snow,  is it MY FAULT ??  The city should be reminded, a Parking ticket is then NOT ACCEPTABLE !

Maybe some idiot needed his daily quota, but this guy was close being a Nazi,  he has to put himself into the position of a citizen !!

Maisonneuve Boulevard, NDG

Big enough for a two way traffic ?    Barely.  But putting into this tiny stretch LARGE BUSES ?   You must be joking.   That is a bit ridiculous;

By the way,  this road is close to a Potatoe field.  In my home country Germany they would be embarrassed to have such a paved street.

In Montreal it is normal to have a BADLY paved road.      Some major overhaul would be needed,  not just a cheap patch up.  My poor car is protesting constantly !

Cavendish Street

As we all know,  Cavendish DOES NOT CONNECT to Highway 40 and closeby Ikea.  But it is possible !!  Oh yes.   It wouild be reasonable to connect it North to South  COMPLETELY.

Bus 105 on Sherbrooke

Since this year,  the frequency is ridiculous.   This morning alone I had to wait 20 minutes (20)  since either no Bus, or only FULL BUSES rushing by.

The City has cut service and 105 is a very popular route, so frankly,  the Bus service and certainly at Rush Hour is not up to the needs.  COMPLAIN !!

We know that the Transit system loses money,  that is no secret, but maybe we could start cutting the salaries of all the fat cats on their fat ass making $ 150 – 280’000 !

And not cutting a service like the 105

I hope you like my colourful explanations.

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93) Jeremy

I have read that City Hall and Mayor Denis Coderre considers following other towns across North America to ban plastic bags. Oh yes, I agree with that.

Producing and later destroying plastic bags involves energy and pollution. We all are inundated with plastic bags in our daily lives.

This past weekend, I had sorted out and counted my plastic bags in my house and I came to approx.  350 – 400 bags in different sizes and shaps.  Too many !

And that is even while trying to avoid them.  But they have accumulated during the past 5 years  (total less those I have used, like for garbage disposal….)

You being an elected city counsellor and close to the  ” power base ”  at City Hall can have a word to say and I am suggesting that you bring this point up at the appropriate time

” Ban plastic bags in all stores,  and if they are given, charge not less than $ 1 for each bag ” .  That way,  and being then so expensive, many brainless citizens will re-consider and refuse them.

That is how we are going to change society and the world.

Thank you for your attention,   your constituent in NDG                   cc :  my girlfriend,  also environment minded like myself.

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94) Dear Mr. Searle:

1) PLEASE DO NOT MAKE DE MAISONNEUVE 2 WAYS! This is our only truly safe street to cycle on, to jog on, to stroll on. Montrealers are terribly selfish, impatient drivers and de Maisonneuve will be totally transformed into a noisy, polluted, dangerous, stop sign ignored boulevard in NO TIME.

2) SPEED REDUCTION:  I raised my kids on a street where 50KM was considered ok and 200m from my door is a school. Go figure. I am all for lowering the speed and have been for 2 decades! Lower the speed and enforce it.

3) SPEED BUMPS: They need to be as obvious to the driver and as potentially “hazardous” to the car as the pot holes. The speed bumps I drive over now are useless.

4) My kids hate the 105.

5) Please make the rinks a sport of pride we Canadian are supposed to adore. Pathetic ice conditions abound on our city rinks.

6) Keep Cavendish closed to Decaire/40 access. Please!

7) Don’t waste the budget on patching up sidewalks.

8) I think the SOMERLED commercial strip between Walkley and Cavendish has earned a facelift from the city’s cosmetic budget. It is about time to help them out.

9) I’d like to enforce motorists to respect the 4 (or is it 5) metre no parking zone at all curbs. And put up some signs as reminders. Con U adjacent streets are notorious for this oversight.

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95)
My prime concern is to have you be fully present at borough and city meetings, ready to give full attention to, and choose wisely among, the competing and complex  alternatives….. And give consideration not only to borough issues but to what is best for all the citizens of Montreal.

Even if you have good ideas and a good relationship with individual citizens, if you find that you cannot work closely with and among your fellow councillors,  I’m sorry to say that I think you should let someone else do the job.

Congratulations on your parks initiative and your attention to pedestrian safety a (cycling should be included) but the focus of your communique seems to be on traffic. (the 51 bus route is excellent)

Rather, my priorities at this time:

Support for mental health;

Support for newcomers to the area, city, country (Project Genesis type of work);

support, recognition, a prize (?) for local, cooperative initiatives: urban agriculture, connections and sharing of any kind between groups or people; composting, block get-togethers,, etc

support for the ‘movement collectif pour un transport public abordable.

Thank you. May we work together to make 2015 a fair and good year for all.

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96)

Parks – William Bowie was unavailable all summer I hope that it will used again next spring

Terrebonne – Good idea to open it up to 2-way traffic at Girouard.

Girouard – Keep the speed as is

Speed Bumps – Not in favour – prefer the 2 poles one has to navigate between

Democracy – How about one vote, only when there is a tie.

Postal service – door-to-door is needed

Decarie-Laurentian Tunnel – there would be years and years of disruptions while it was being built.

Roads – Fielding Avenue between Coronation and West Broadway needs to be resurfaced

Pedestrian safety – Pedestrians (many of whom wear black winter coats) are very hard for drivers to see.  I would like people to wear some sort of reflecting armband. Any idea where these are available (at not more than a few dollars?)

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97) Dear Councillor Searle:

I apologize for the delay in response to your survey request.  Please see below my thoughts on your survey topics and one of my own.

Road and Sidewalks

Many key roads in NDG are in poor and degrading shape.  I’m sure that I do not need to re-iterate them to you.

Food Security

Anything that can be done to support the operation of local food banks must be encouraged.

Porta Toilets at Metro Stations

These facilities are meant for temporary installations and should continue to be so.  Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a simple solution for public toilets.

The Cavendish Highway Extension

North-South routes are lacking for motorists and are almost absent for bicyclists.  A Cavendish extension that is bicycle friendly is crucial.

Bicycle Friendly Road Infrastructure

Too often we see new road infrastructure that is designed for the sole usage of motorists.  While this makes sense given automobiles are the majority (and increasing) road users, overall road safety may decrease.  When bicyclists are forgotten, all road users suffer.  Take for example the modified curbs installed on some intersections of Westminster in neighboring Montreal West.  The sidewalks have been extended into the intersection to give pedestrians less exposure to the street and cars.  But the extension was taken too far, squeezing the road to a single lane.  A bicycle passing through the intersection must now merge into this lane, inviting conflict when this could have been avoided.

It is essential that any new infrastructure built in NDG is able to safely accommodate all road users.  This is especially important for the upcoming de Maisonneuve – Decarie re-design.

Thank you for your consideration in reviewing my feedback.

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98) Hello Mr. Searle,

We just received your flyer asking our opinion on

several ideas  and issues facing our part of the city.

Thank-you for your on-going work and concern in trying

to improve all aspects of our roads and parks.

I have only one request however, can you please dedicate your

efforts in making sure our roads are properly repaired

so that pedestrians, cyclists and motorists have a smooth, clean

and hole-free surfaces which would go a long way to ensure public safety.

In the 50+ years having lived in NDG, the state of the roads have never been worse.

The roads in other parts of the city are reasonable and yet our sector continues

to deteriorate. For example, take a drive down Somerled Ave. from Cote St. Luc to West Broadway

and compare that to any other street in Montreal and you’ll see a significant difference.

Before introducing bus lanes and intelligently designed crosswalks,

please work to restore some pride in our sector of our city.

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99) Dear Councillor Searle,

First, I commend you on reaching out to the Loyola community with your opinion newsletter! I appreciate your effort to find out more about the opinions of residence on ideas or projects you have.

I have reviewed each item on the newsletter and list my personal thoughts on each in a hope they may be useful for your reflection. I also have several ideas for improving the document in future which I have listed at the end of this email.

NDG Parks

I am in favour of replacing disused or abandoned facilities with increased green space as was done at the William Bowie (Patricia) Park. I support your idea of adding more community garden space as the current spaces are quite full.

Terrebonne

I don’t feel there is a need to change the current configuration.

Girouard

I am in favour of a speed limit reduction. Studies demonstrate that reduced speeds reduce accidents (see http://www.rospa.com/roadsafety/adviceandinformation/driving/speed/inappropriate-speed.aspx) and I believe the significant hill on Girouard encourages high speeds when heading southbound. In the letter you allege that speed limit reductions may be repeated elsewhere in the borough – I am not in favour of general reductions, but each situation should be considered case by case.

Speed Bumps

I am not in favour of speed bumps. While speeding is occasionally an issue on my road (MacMahon) – I feel the speed bumps are far more frustrating for the citizens using the road every day than any inconvenience caused for occasional speeding drivers.

105 bus route

I do not take this route – so I have no opinion. I general, I find bus service in NDG satisfactory.

Pedestrian Safety and Traffic flow

In our area (Loyola) I have no major issues with pedestrian safety. I agree that the Cavendish – Sherbooke intersection is problematic for both pedestrians and traffic flow, especially north south.

Also, a major issue of traffic flow and pedestrian safety is the level crossing at Elmherst. In the mornings, the train commuters and significant traffic heading south toward St-Jaques seems dangerous. I believe much of the issue could be resolved by adding a no left turn sign at the corner of Elmherst and Harley/Broughton. Left-turning vehicles at these streets frequently block traffic in both directions and create traffic bottlenecks.

Democracy in Quebec

I agree with the second vote system. Voting systems such as Robert’s Rule of Order give the president the option to “break a tie” and I see this as the same.

Pedestrian Safety Electrostatics

I appreciate efforts to improve pedestrian safety! I would like to better understand how the electrostatic would contribute to pedestrian safety however – it is unclear to me what outcome is expected.

Discretionary Budget

Please continue to support local community service groups! I encourage to keep your use of these funds as close to the Loyola district as possible.

Canada Post

As much as I appreciate door-to-door service, I must note that I receive less and less mail via Canada Post. I would prefer if Canada post reduced the frequency of delivery (3 times per week perhaps?) rather than drop door service. It seems that the cost of installing and maintaining many outdoor boxes is being ignored in the discussion. I would prefer that the City of Montreal not facilitate the installation of outdoor boxes.

Cavendish Highway Connection

I am in favour of a highway connection. I am not sure of the source of your statement that the connection would generate “the same” traffic volume experienced on the Decarie Expressway? It seems more likely that drivers currently using Decarie as the only access to Cote St Luc would now have an alternative route. Drivers looking for a rapid connection between the 20 and the 40 are more likely to continue to use Decarie  which has no stops or lights, compared with the more residential traffic restrictions on Cavendish.

Decarie/Laurentian Tunnel

I am curious to know more about this study.

Sidewalks and Roads

Rue Coffee is in a rather bad state, and is frequently used during rush hour.

Pedestrian Crossing

I like the idea of clear signage at pedestrian crossings, especially as an alternative to the painted crossings which can be obscured during the winter! In combination with lowered speed limits like those proposed for Girouard, this can only help pedestrian safety.

Ideas for improving the “Researching your Opinion” Newsletter

To facilitate the responses to the newsletter, I recommend the following “cosmetic” improvments:

– Add a date or reference number in the heading, so that each issue can be refered to without confusion

– Number each item so that feedback can be provided more easily.

– Include upcoming items from the city council agenda for feedback, beyond ideas of your own. I found that few of the items mentioned seem to be from the current agenda.

Once again, I appreciate your effort and support your initiative for increased communication!

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100) Monsieur Searle,

J’approuve la mise en place de dos d’âne tel que demandé dans « Connaître votre opinion ». Ma rue, Patricia, sert de raccourci pour contourner des lumières sur Sherbrooke et certains conducteurs vont passablement vite.

Je crains pour la sécurité de mes enfants ainsi que de leurs nombreux copains des alentours.

Ce courriel est le témoin de l’importance du problème selon moi.

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101) Hi Mr Searle,

Thank you for all your efforts towards making our district safer and lovely.

Speed bumps

In regards to the speed bumps, I would like to have some installed on my street (mayfair avenue between fielding and somerled) because cars are going easily at 40 km/h and more. Although our neighborhood is surrounded by schools, drivers tend to speed a little. I have just bought a duplex because of the proximities to parcs and schools and to my surprise I saw how unsafe our street can be.

Terebonne

In regards to the access to Terrebonne street from Girouard I think it is a great idea. That way we dont have to go on cote-st-luc.

Canada post

Door to door mail delivery is a must especially for older generations, people with disabilities and even for mothers with newborns (such as my wife) as they are the ones to suffer the most from this change. Plus, finding a place for the mailboxes could be hard. What would happen for large packages? We would have to go to our mailboxes to find out that wehave to go to the postal office, so 2 travels.

Decarie/laurentian tunnel

Great idea.

Cavendish highway connection

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102) Dear Jeremy Searle,

As you have taken the time and expense to produce your questionnaire I feel it only right that I respond at length:

NDG Parks: My only comment is that, as time, groups of citizens who have benefitted from special consideration often act as though the city-built facilities are their own private facilities. For example, in Gilbert Layton park there is a very well-used bocce court. The NDG citizens of Italian heritage use it Spring, Summer and Fall. They also have access to and use the chalet to the north of the bocce court as a kind of private club. Blinds have been installed in the windows and when these citizens are inside, either playing cards or simply socializing, one cannot see what is going on. As far as I know, this park and these facilities should be open to everyone to use. I not not begrudge the bocce court at all, the use of the chalet as a facility reserved for a single user group should be looked at with the aim of making it more inclusive, more welcoming. A first step would be to remove the blinds so all citizens can see the facility, how it is being used and by whom. A message should also be sent: the park is for EVERYONE and everyone should be welcomed with a smile and a friendly greeting.

Regarding unused bocce courts and horseshoe toss courts – any that are not being well and regularly used could be turned into community garden plots – of which, as I understand it, there are never enough. This seems like an obvious solution.

Terrebone: access from Girouard was stopped for reasons which are beyond me. It was a huge mistake and should be reversed immediately. If it is a desire to strict multi-axle truck traffic on Terrebone, that is a separate issue which should be addressed – but there is absolutely no reason to deny access to regular traffic.

Girouard: 30 kilometers per hour equals 18.64 miles per hour. A healthy, athletic person running can achieve 13 miles per hour. A very average country skier, 20. A good cycling speed for a normal, average person is between 13 – 18 miles per hour. If the problem on Girouard is the risk of children running across Marcil park into traffic on Girouard, the solution is not to reduce the speed to unreasonable rates but to protect the children. If child steps in front of a car rolling at 30 kph, it will still be a very serious injury. And one should not imagine that this speed will miraculously help average  drivers avoid such sudden accidents  A fence along the east side of the park would, to me, be a better and safer solution. No, I am not ready to reduce the marked speed on major NDG thoroughfares to 30 kph.

Speed bumps: No, certainly not on every residential street. That is ridiculous. They are particularly dangerous in winter when during icy conditions the bump is sufficient to divert the direction of a car driving even a modest speeds.

The 105 bus Route on Sherbrooke: keeping the reserved lane when the number of busses has been reduced seems to be a pointless exercise.

Pedestrian Safety and Better Traffic Flow: Something generational has occurred when it comes to pedestrian protocol on our streets. As a child, we were taught to look both ways, to cross the street quickly, to keep looking around, to be aware and mindful or the traffic and our place in it, to meet the eyes of drivers so that they know that we see them and are sensitive to their progress and they are aware of ours. In 2015, this has all but broken down. Pedestrians and cyclists, particularly younger ones, show a marked recklessness, disregard if not contempt for moving vehicles. The tendency of people of all ages to be engaged on their mobile communication devices while walking is also a very important negative aspect of pedestrian life. The lack of social engagement on the street level by many pedestrians is truly shocking and, no, I do not see this level of incautious behaviour in drivers. For the most part, drivers have been forced to become hyper vigilant when it comes to pedestrians and cyclists. Unfortunately, this also makes them more tense, more nervous more likely to react with anger at mindless pedestrians and cyclists. To me the solution is two-fold – a well-designed and enforced public awareness campaigned designed to go back to the good, solid protocols of my youth. Look both ways. Cross quickly. Make eye contact. Be mindful of your actions. Be in the moment. No phone conversations while crossing intersections. On the infrastructure side – I have never understood why it has been so impossible to construct proper, highly visible, an extremely well-lit zebra crossings on our streets. These would include visible wide stripes on the road, over-head, hanging sides and yellow flashing lights, light standards on either side of the road. An accompanying campaign to promote a road-crossing protocol for citizens and drivers alike would be good. And a substantial fine and loss of demerit points for failing to stop when a pedestrian indicates they would like to cross. If this sound too much like Toronto, so be it.

Democracy in Quebec: this situation of a borough mayor having two votes is absurd and should be abolished.

Pedestrian Safety ‘Electrostatics’: a band aide solution – save your money and see above for more disruptive but longer-lasting suggestions.

Discretionary Budget: See my comments above regarding the use of parks by “private” groups.  In general I would suggest “investing” money rather than giving it away. The old saying, “Give a man a fish/Teach a man to fish…” is a good guide.

Canada Post: Employment as a letter carrier was and still is a way for a certain class of people to have a protected, union wage with a pension when, in another context, they would be engaged in unskilled labour, perhaps ending up as burdens on society. It is not that I have a low opinion of letter carriers – most are well-educated and pleasant enough, but, this is a protected work sector and these individuals would not have their work-for-life  contracts were it not for their unions which always resort to the threat of violence, or violence itself, to achieve their aims. Much as I dislike being held hostage by such unskilled workers, I am not ready to give up home delivery. On the other hand, if Canada Post can reduce its work force and survive as a viable service by opting for mail boxes on public land, I would not be against it.

The Cavendish Highway Connection: This has been a bone of contention for as long as I can remember. The manner in which you have phrased the question reveals clearly where you stand on this issue. I am opposed to your position. For decades, Cote-St-Luc residents and business owners have had more-or-less free unfettered access to all the streets of Montreal. Their cars, their business vehicles have driven and rumbled over streets from Verdun to Riviere-des-Prairies. Yes, there are some restrictions but lets not quibble about small and singular exceptions. All this time, when it comes to Cote St-Luc, Hampstead and, in your opinion, NDG, suddenly the streets are different. They are special. They must be protected from nasty vehicles from the 40, or Ville St-Laurent, or Decarie or Dorval. Why? A street system that carries traffic is an organic whole. It is like a living organism that can accommodate traffic if it is permitted to distribute the load in an organic manner. Drivers who confront repeated traffic problem on one route, will explore other routes and the traffic will eventually be redistributed and find balance. This process of impeded if not blocked entirely when cities decides, for usually selfish reasons, that certain routes and part of the city should not carry their fair share. Cavendish should have been open decades ago. the rain yards notwithstanding, Blue Bonnets notwithstanding – Cavendish is a boulevard that can easily handle many time the traffic that it handles now, without appreciably affecting the quality-of-life issues that opponents throw under the wheels of any effort to change the status quo. In your question you took pains to write, “…NDG residential streets,” and “…traffic volume throughout NDG…,” and, “…Decarie Expressway traffic through NDG residential streets…”.

You have front-loaded the issue, in my opinion, in an unfair manner. Your comment is revealing, “Clearly, I am opposed to giving over our residential streets in perpetuity in order to make it easier for suburban motorists to find a permanent for downtown and other venues.”

Let’s unpacked this sentence a bit: first, we are not talking about NDG residential streets (plural) but rather, one major boulevard, Cavendish. Second, access to a newly opened Cavendish boulevard corridor could be controlled as access is controlled in many other boroughs and cities. For example, access could be denied to 18 wheelers trucks (tractor/trailer) unless the truck was making a delivery in your very own borough – a plus, no? Third, this “snobbish, NIMBY” attitude on the part of Cote St-Luc and Hampstead, and now NDG is a shedding of the collective responsibility that all boroughs should share. I don’t feel very good knowing that Ville St- Laurent has boul. Marie Laurentien to handle heavy traffic while we in NDG silently smirk that Cavendish is protected from this. I don’t feel good that business owners in Cote St-Luc and Hampstead and NDG use Montreal streets for their business vehicles, including heavy trucks, while these same trucks are denied a shorter, more ecologically sound route through Cavendish. If you compare the residential area in Ville St-Laurent, between Décarie and Marie Laurentien, you would find that these small streets are no more bothered by heavy truck traffic than we are here in Western NDG. Your argument, ne tien pas la route!

Your comments about traffic working like water is the very best argument FOR opening a link between the 40 and Cavendish – let’s equalize the traffic pressure – just look at what happened and is still happening at the intersection of Décarie and Cote St-Luc during the current construction – an insane situation exacerbated by a lack of intelligence and a shirking of collective responsibility.

The Proposed Décarie/Laurentien Tunnel: you’re kidding, right? After all the money spent on the 15/40 interchange, someone is actually proposing a tunnel? So, anything except open up Cavendish? Right – so do the project that is the most expensive, most likely to over-run its budget rather than a project that would be much less expensive and rational?

Sidewalks and Roads: Snow and ice removal and a 24 hour hotline for pot-holes with response guaranteed within 6 hours. Get these right and 80% of the issue is solved.

Pedestrian Crossing Safety: See my comments above.

You asked for it, you got it.

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103) Hi Jeremy Searle,

Thank you for your recent flyer, I appreciate a chance to put in my 2 cents worth.

NDG parks: yes, good idea to get rid of those silly game sites that nobody uses. For the fenced in one, a garden sounds good. I walk around Loyola park with my dog a lot. I do resent the fact that a huge area is fenced in for baseball. Most times, even in mid-summer, it is empty and at night there are huge lights blazing all round. i know this does make the park safer for us to walk, but couldn’t we have smaller cheaper lights on if the field is empty? They used to have a skating rink in winter and we could let our dogs play in there then. Why can’t we use the field in winter for dogs? If you don’t want them there in summer, OK but the space is totally unused in winter. It seems like a large part of the park is closed to most residents, with football taking up another huge area.

Opening up Terrebonne, would be handy but I can live with it as it is.

Girouard: I like the idea of a 30 km/hr speed limit. My block of Coronation, between Terrebonne and Somerled, has a 30km school sign part way down. Nobody takes a bit of notice, they just tear down the street to get to Fielding or Cote-st-Luc rd. I do like the idea of speed bumps too. They work well in Hampstead, better then the stupid posts in the road. Talking about Coronation Ave, would it be possible to put in a small sidewalk on one side in the block from Monkland to Terrebonne? I know the street is narrower, but there is only parking on one side in the day, you could extend that to night as well. Everyone has a driveway anyway. I don’t mind walking to Sherbrooke to get the 105, I am facing traffic. But I hate coming home with my back to traffic, I feel very vulnerable. A sidewalk would be safer.

105 bus route, And 102 bus
The reserved bus lane is a terrific idea, but is anyone policing it? All I see is parked cars in the afternoon.
We need more 105’s, absolutely. Going east,I get on near the terminus and get a seat, but by about Hingston or earlier, people can’t get on. And I don’t travel in rush hour.It is a mad scramble at Vendome too.

The 102 is really bad now. It used to be every 30 minutes, on the hour and half hour at each terminus. That is not enough, it should be every 20 min. but at least I always knew when to get it.Now they are messing around with the schedule in the afternoon and making it every 33 minutes or so instead of 30 minutes.So after awhile you have no clue when it will come. I know you can find out on your phone, but it is a great nuisance and puts me off taking it, so lowering the ridership and then there will be more cuts. It is an incredibly useful bus.

The 104, 138 buses. are really inadequate. We need it to be much easier to travel inbetween Sherbrooke and Somerled/Fielding for example, there is very bad north/south travel.People need to get to the CLSC, the sports centre and the new library for example. The schedules for 104/138 were changed so they both come almost together, then there is a 40 minute delay for another bus.I am fed up with the bus people making stupid and unnecessarily difficult schedules, buses are supposed to SERVE the community.

Pedestrian safety, traffic flow.CAVENDISH and ST.JACQUES is a nightmare. There was a letter in the Gazette about it recently.I go to the garage on the corner. Can I cross over to Loblaw’s? NO!!! There are pedestrian signs on St.Jacques, you can cross that road OK, but Cavendish is a nightmare. No signs at all and people turning a lot of the time, coming at you from all directions.
They should build in a 4 way stop, so we can go diagonally across. I am amazed that there are so few deaths there.
I like your pictogram to help pedestrians.

VOTES, should be one each on the borough council. No 2 votes for the Mayor. (S)He should only vote to break a tie.

Canada Post. A resounding NO to community mailboxes unless they are in a building and monitored. And I don’t want to have to go miles to the mailbox. Delivery on MWF only or Tu/Th would suit me fine. It seems to come that way now, anyway.

Cavendish highway connection. I used to be very much in favour, since I worked in Ville St-Laurent and it would have got me to work very quickly. But now I am retired and I see that your arguments are very persuasive. I like the quietness of our area, huge trucks rumbling through would not be pleasant. They would go down to the 20 easily and noisily. And destroy our roads ,which are not good anyway. So I am now against it.

Proposed Decarie/Laurentian tunnel. i know that nasty top of the Decarie very well and I think the tunnel would be terrific.

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Rue Terrebonne: je ne pense pas que cette rue devrait etre ouverte  à la circulation.

Dos d’âne: le  but des dos d’ânes est louable, mais c’est un problème quand il y en a trop dans une rue très près l’un de l’autre.

Postes Canada: je fais partie de l’âge d’or. Si je considère l’hiver que nous vivons, et l’état pitoyable  de nos rues et surtout de nos  trottoirs  , je ne vois pas comment  je pourrais aller chercher mon courrier. J’estime que Poste Canada devrait continuer la livraison à domicile.

Merci d’avoir pris la peine de nous consulter

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105) Bonsoir M. Searle,

j’espère qu’il n’est pas trop tard pour répondre au sondage.

Je tiens tout d’abord à vous remercier pour votre implication et dévouement.  Je me rappelle que vous avez été très actif à supporter les citoyens lors du projet de réaménagement du site de Benny Farm- dans lequel mon conjoint et moi avions été impliqués (moi, un peu plus en périphérie car nos enfants étaient encore petits).

Disons que ma position est la suivante en ce qui concerne les déplacements dans le quartier : je souhaite que toutes les mesures soient prises pour encourager les transports actifs et collectifs.  Je trouve que l’automobile prend de plus en plus de place dans le quartier et ceci me préoccupe grandement (et oui, je possède une voiture).

La 105 : Quelle belle idée de faire une voie réservée.  Il faudrait seulement que les gens qui ne la respectent pas soient pénalisés en conséquence.  Les quelques fois que j’ai pris la 105 à partir de l’avenue Walkley, il y avait plusieurs voitures stationnées et sans contravention, quand ce ne sont pas des gens dans leur voiture qui obstruent la voie en attendant le/la conjoint/e qui fait les courses chez Akhavan, par exemple.  On pourrait aussi ajouter un meilleur service sur la 162, par exemple.  Ma fille n’arrive pas à la prendre pour aller au collège, tellement c’est bondé vers 7h35.  Elle préfère donc marcher même si il fait très froid.  Aussi, si ma mémoire est bonne, une récente étude démontrait que lorsqu’il y a de l’offre pour le transport en commun, les gens l’utilisent.   Alors pourquoi ne pas augmenter l’offre aux périodes les plus achalandées ?

Raccordement Cavendish : j’ai bondi lorsque j’ai lu ceci et je serais curieuse de savoir où habitent (réellement) les gens qui sont en faveur de ce projet.  Je n’approuve pas ce projet qui augmenterait la circulation sur Cavendish.  Je tiens à ma qualité de vie (et il me semble que je paie assez cher pour pouvoir en profiter).  Si j’avais voulu m’établir en bordure d’un grand boulevard, c’est à Brossard que j’habiterais.  Les études démontrent bien les impacts sur la santé des gens qui habitent près de voies achalandées (asthme et autres).  Je pense aussi à la sécurité des enfants qui se rendent à l’école à pied (il y en a encore !), mais aussi à celle des piétons qui peinent déjà à traverser Cavendish de façon sécuritaire.  Sans compter le bruit.  Ainsi, je partage tout à fait votre point de vue et je suis prête à m’impliquer pour m’assurer que ce projet ne voie jamais le jour.

Passages pour piétons : c’est dommage à dire, mais je crois qu’il n’y a pas assez de volonté pour faire respecter ces passages.  Est-ce qu’il faudrait que les policiers soient plus de la partie (idem pour le cellulaire au volant)?  Je les vois fermer les yeux bien souvent.

Tunnel Décarie : comme automobiliste, je trouverais ceci génial.  Mais comme je n’habite pas en bordure de ces artères, je trouve cela plus délicat de me prononcer.  Il faudrait aussi plus d’informations sur ce projet pour comprendre l’impact que ceci aurait sur la circulation et la vie des habitants de ces quartiers.

Je continue de réfléchir à certains éléments du document que vous nous avez transmis.

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106) Hello Mr. Searle:

In reply to your request for feedback about various issues:

NDG parks: Community gardens are a great idea but it goes best if you have someone who can run it well among the users.

Terrebonne: Why was the block between Girouard and Old Orchard made one way in the first place?

Girouard: I doubt a 30 kpm limit will be observed and people will get frustrated. Why not a fence if people are worried that children will run from Marcil to Girouard.

Speed bumps: not on every street or they get ignored after a while. But yes on busier residential streets like Wilson where they are already.

So far no trouble with the 105 for me–the waits aren’t long.

Democracy in Quebec: This seems to imply that the mayor makes any final decision. Odd.

Canada post: I think we need door to door delivery; I know many people who can’t get out to post boxes–what are they to do? Want about reducing it to 3 times per week, or two as a compromise?

Cavendish Highway: No. There is a reason people choose to live on residential streets and not on heavily trafficked main arteries.

Proposed tunnel: Sounds like a good idea so far.

Safety crossings: Do better with flashing lights as well to draw attention.

Thank you for asking

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107) Councillor Searle,

Please advocate for NOT connecting Cavendish Boulevard to highway 40. This will only re-route high volumes of car traffic through NDG, which will in turn spill onto adjacent residential streets, increasing noise, air pollution, and further endangering pedestrians and children living in the neighbourhood.

Why do folks living on the West Island think they should not have to pay the price for living in the environmentally-unfriendly urban sprawl of the suburbs (which do not have sufficient building and population density to support public transit)? If you live in subburbs designed around feeder roads and insist on driving single-occupancy vehicles you WILL be stuck in traffic, there is no way around it. NDGers should not be penalized by West Islanders’ unsustainable lifestyle choices.

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Bus 105 Westbound

– Trafic jam between West Broadway and Patricia rush hours 8am to 9am

– Cause: Parked cars on Sherbrooke (North side)

– Lane is reduced to 1 due to lack of space taken by parked cars

– At Sherbrooke and Elmhurst most traffic needs to turn left (to the South) over the train tracks

– When train passes all trafic is stalled creating jams (Elmhurst all the way back to West Broadway)

– If cars were not allowed to park on Sherbrooke (North side) from 8 am to 9am the 2 lanes would be free and bus would be able to circulate

Please, take this into consideration. When the bus lane was reserved I was glad and thought that finally traffic jams were over; but the lane stopped at West Broadway. Someone didn’t do proper research.

Thus my request would be to allow parking on Sherbrooke between West Broadway and Patricia only after 9am.

Regarding the 105 service, during rush hours and below zero weather, service is very slow. STM should take into consideration that buses are quite crowded starting from Vendome metro because of Concordia University students, Loyola high school students, Montreal Association for the Blind (MaKay Center) and a day care, that ride most of the 105 line.

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109) Bonsoir M. Searle,

j’espère qu’il n’est pas trop tard pour répondre au sondage.

Je tiens tout d’abord à vous remercier pour votre implication et dévouement.  Je me rappelle que vous avez été très actif à supporter les citoyens lors du projet de réaménagement du site de Benny Farm- dans lequel mon conjoint et moi avions été impliqués (moi, un peu plus en périphérie car nos enfants étaient encore petits).

Disons que ma position est la suivante en ce qui concerne les déplacements dans le quartier : je souhaite que toutes les mesures soient prises pour encourager les transports actifs et collectifs.  Je trouve que l’automobile prend de plus en plus de place dans le quartier et ceci me préoccupe grandement (et oui, je possède une voiture).

La 105 : Quelle belle idée de faire une voie réservée.  Il faudrait seulement que les gens qui ne la respectent pas soient pénalisés en conséquence.  Les quelques fois que j’ai pris la 105 à partir de l’avenue Walkley, il y avait plusieurs voitures stationnées et sans contravention, quand ce ne sont pas des gens dans leur voiture qui obstruent la voie en attendant le/la conjoint/e qui fait les courses chez Akhavan, par exemple.  On pourrait aussi ajouter un meilleur service sur la 162, par exemple.  Ma fille n’arrive pas à la prendre pour aller au collège, tellement c’est bondé vers 7h35.  Elle préfère donc marcher même si il fait très froid.  Aussi, si ma mémoire est bonne, une récente étude démontrait que lorsqu’il y a de l’offre pour le transport en commun, les gens l’utilisent.   Alors pourquoi ne pas augmenter l’offre aux périodes les plus achalandées ?

Raccordement Cavendish : j’ai bondi lorsque j’ai lu ceci et je serais curieuse de savoir où habitent (réellement) les gens qui sont en faveur de ce projet.  Je n’approuve pas ce projet qui augmenterait la circulation sur Cavendish.  Je tiens à ma qualité de vie (et il me semble que je paie assez cher pour pouvoir en profiter).  Si j’avais voulu m’établir en bordure d’un grand boulevard, c’est à Brossard que j’habiterais.  Les études démontrent bien les impacts sur la santé des gens qui habitent près de voies achalandées (asthme et autres).  Je pense aussi à la sécurité des enfants qui se rendent à l’école à pied (il y en a encore !), mais aussi à celle des piétons qui peinent déjà à traverser Cavendish de façon sécuritaire.  Sans compter le bruit.  Ainsi, je partage tout à fait votre point de vue et je suis prête à m’impliquer pour m’assurer que ce projet ne voie jamais le jour.

Passages pour piétons : c’est dommage à dire, mais je crois qu’il n’y a pas assez de volonté pour faire respecter ces passages.  Est-ce qu’il faudrait que les policiers soient plus de la partie (idem pour le cellulaire au volant)?  Je les vois fermer les yeux bien souvent.

Tunnel Décarie : comme automobiliste, je trouverais ceci génial.  Mais comme je n’habite pas en bordure de ces artères, je trouve cela plus délicat de me prononcer.  Il faudrait aussi plus d’informations sur ce projet pour comprendre l’impact que ceci aurait sur la circulation et la vie des habitants de ces quartiers.

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110)

Je suis domiciliée a NDG depuis de nombreuses années. Mon mari y a grandi. Nous sommes opposes au projet d’ouverture de Cavendish.
Au cours des années, nous avons vu NDG se detriorer au niveau de la qualité de vie.
NDG est deja borde (a l’est) par l’autoroute 20 et Turcot (au Sud). Le CUSM ne prévoit aucune voie d’acces via Westmount.
Ouvrir Cavendish aura pour seule consequence d’ouvrir une nouvelle artère majeure (a l’ouest). La congestion y sera constante. Aucun accès direct, logique de Cavendish a la 20 ne peut être prévu. (Cet accès y a été exclu via un dezonage recent la ou se situe l’ancien Motel Raphael). Resultat, toute la congestion se retrouvera sur Cavendish, Monkland, Sherbrooke et St-Jacques (dans NDG). NDG se retrouvera donc en étau a l’est, au sud et désormais a l’ouest si Cavendish est ouvert.
Je vous demande donc de liguer vos efforts, ceux de votre parti et ceux de M. Jeremy Searle afin d’empêcher cette ouverture de Cavendish est ouvert.

Ouvrir Cavendish n’aura aucun effet bénéfique pour NDG. Les seuls effets en seront négatifs, sur la qualité de vie de ses residents.
Nous demeurons disponibles pour en discuter.

Je continue de réfléchir à certains éléments du document que vous nous avez transmis.

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111)

NDG Parks
Re-allocating space to community gardens seems like a good idea. Give it a try and see what happens.

Terrebonne
Open it up.

Girouard
At present this  is a major north/south artery, leave the speed limit at 50 km.

Speed bumps
These seem like a reasonable device on residential streets. As an after thought to control speed just don’t fix the cracks and potholes?

Pedestrian Safety, Lights and Sidewalks
In our “nanny state” it is expected that governments are supposed to look after everything. Well, in real life the individual must take some actions to survive. For instance, when crossing streets, put away the phone, look over your shoulder, stand back from the curb if vehicles are turning, wait for lights and do not Jay walk.  If due to icy sidewalks it is necessary to walk on the road, walk facing the traffic to give an escape route.

Democracy
The Mayor should have only 1 vote and that should only be used as a tie breaker.

Varia
As discussed, future fliers should have mailing address so dinosaurs like me can send you comments from time to time.

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112) Dear Jeremy Searle,

I am writing to you in the hopes of addressing important issues I’m concerned with as a resident of NDG and as a small business owner in the Loyola District, on Fielding.

I have been a resident for over 17 years, attending school, volunteering and participating in many neighborhood acivities. I love the people and diversity of NDG and am happy to call it my home. For theese reasons and more, I decided to open my business on Fielding.

As a new business owner, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the residents from around Fielding and quickly discovered that there is still a stigma associated with this area, there are still fundamental needs that aren’t being addressed and there’s very passionate people that see the potential and want to make a difference but need your support.

The following is a list of the alarming issues that I wish to find out what measures as district councillor or the borough is taking in the effort to solve them.

-pedestrian crossing & calming measures between Walkley and West Broadway
-revitalizing Fielding for example a mural, plants, Livre Service,…
-access to public communication such as a community bulletin board

I look forward to hearing from you and will follow through with a phone call.

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113) Hello Jeremy,

My name is Izak Matatya, live in NDG.  We just spoke on the phone at around 1pm today.

I have many ideas on how to improve our traffic system and thus the safety of drivers and pedestrians.

I hope they will be taken into serious consideration.  I had answered multiple surveys in the past and no considerable changes have been implemented.

I have lived in many countries before Canada, where good and solid traffic systems have been in place.  I feel Quebec needs to improve in many aspects.

I have received your flyer about painted bicyle boxes.  They are indeed a good idea.  However, the roads have to be in good condition before we do that.

It is absurd to paint a road nicely over pot holes and send a cyclist into those holes.  I like cycling myself and the roads are in such terrible conditions that I was a victim myself, riding through a very deep hole, which resulted in an injury and hernia operation.

After paying income taxes we receive a pie chart, showing how our tax money is utilized.  Part of this pie reflects on the fixing of the roads, which did not take place for over 30 years, that I live in this country.  It seems like this portion of our taxes is going somewhere else, and we are being cheated in this area.  Fixing of the roads is a safety matter, that needs to be taken very seriously.  I have seen accidents where cars were trying to avoid pot holes and hitting cars traveling next to them.

Or some parts of the roads are fixed, such as Fielding, but the remaing road of Fielding is left unfixed.  As though this fixing was made for the show, that some roads are being fixed.  In Germany, when one pot hole is detected, the entire street is rebuilt.  And it doesn’t take them 5 months to rebuild a street, but not longer than 5 days.  In Germany an entire highway is built within a month.  They also do not disrupt the traffic when a highway is built.  They simply deflect the traffic into two other lanes until the bad lane is fixed and the traffic flow moves on just as well.  Germany is a good country to compare road conditions, as road there feel like ironed.  That’s why cars can drive there in full safety with no speed limit on highways.  And there are not that many accidents.

The pedestrian security is also a big issue.  In no other country I have lived, that I have seen pedestrians given green light simultaneoulsy as cars driving in their direction.  They have their own green light, while cars WAIT behind their stop line.  And when cars go, pedestrians have a red light.  What can be safer than this?

I was crossing Marcil street once on Monkland.  Pedestrians had a green light.  So did cars turning right on Marcil from Monkland.  Yes, pedestrians have priority, but only if cars can see them properly.  Suddenly a truck was also turning right and the driver DID NOT SEE US crossing the road.  I had to grab my 3 year old nephew from his waist and throw him towards the side walk I left from.  We were lucky not to be killed.

The other dilemna is the traffic system combined with pedestrian crossings.  For instance, when a car wants to go straight from Fielding crossing Cavendish, there are two lanes.  The right lane is for turning right only.  The left lane is for going straight and turning left.  Once, I wanted to go straight. There were two cars in front of me.  The one on the left wanted to turn left.  The one on the right wanted to turn right.  When the light turned green, the car in front of me wanting to turn left could not turn left, because of the cars coming from the other side of Fielding, so he waited. The car turning right could not turn right because pedestrians also had a green light to cross Cavendish.   When the car turning left finally decided he could turn left, when the cross traffic stopped, pedestrians continued crossing Cavendish, so he could not turn left either.  So, I was sitting there trying to go straight, which is the most straightforward thing to do and I kept waiting and waiting.  Finally, the car turning left had to cross at a red light, which is illegal, when pedestrians finally also stopped (because of the same red light).  I ended up not crossing because it was red light for me.  Don’t you see how ridiculous this system is?   Everybody has green.   Cars going straight, wanting to turn left, wanting to turn right, pedestrians of course, with their priority.  And no one can move!!!  Find it totally stupid.  Whoever designed the traffic system in Quebec must not have a high IQ, or simply doesn’t observe better systems in the world and doesn’t try to mimic them.

Another issue concerns safety.  My wife was driving up Queen Mary once bringing our daughter to school in Marie de France.   She had to turn left into Victoria, where there were no flashing green light then to turn left.  So she had to let cars coming from the other side across.  When she found the right moment to turn left, a pedestrian came running to cross her road and she had to break to let him go.  But a car coming down on Queen Mary could not stop and hit our car endangering our daughter sitting in the back seat.  Totally and very dangerous.  Again because of the system.  Because pedestrians did not have their own light.  Because cars turning left had green and so did the pedestrians.  This time the car and the passengers were terrible endangered.

In Israel, for instance, where I lived 10 years, this never happens.  Every car and pedestrian in every intersection has their own green and red light.  There is no way a car will turn left on a green light and will find pedestrians crossing.  Also every car has its own lane to turn left.  No car turning left should disturb cars wanting to go forward.  And this doesn’t take much design.  It’s only a matter of repainting the roads.  It’s so simple.  The road approaching an intersection, whch has 4 lanes can be repainted to have 5 slightly narrower lanes. This way, cars wanting to turn left will be properly separated from cars wanting to go straight.  And the traffic will be not disturbed or slowed down.  If you look closely most roads in Montreal have such possibility to be repainted.  In fact, some have already been done.  But I wonder why does it take 30 years to implement such a simple thing?  Where other countries have already this in place for decades.  Why aren’t we observant and don’t take good examples.

Turning right in Israel is not an issue.  It’s the simplest thing.  No car turning right should have a light to watch, only be careful about cars coming from the left. No pedestrians should disturb them either. They cross the road when their light is green only.  Right turns should have a light only when there are lots of pedestrians crossing that intersection.

Other issues with the traffic system concern again lights to go straight, right arrow to turn right and left arrow to turn left.  At times, it happens many times, that a car designated to go straight is sitting on the right lane, because the sign shows that lane can go straight and turn right.  And the car wanting to turn right has a green arrow, but the car in front of him is stopped because he had a red light.  Totally stupid.  This happens on Cote St. Luc road crossing Cavendish.  A similar situation is on Decarie, for instance, when a car coming from Jean Talon wants to go straight.  The middle lane shows one can turn left and go straight.  They give a green light to go straight, but the car sitting in the middle lane wants to turn left and he has a green light.  Thus the car wanting to go straight cannot go anywhere.  He has to change lanes (in agony and frustration) to the right lane suddenly in order to go straight, which is another cause for accidents.

Well, this is it for now.  But trust me I see lots of such dilemnas and inconsistencies like that on the roads, which simply don’t make sense.  I was crossing University street once on Notre Dame and suddenly the light turned red.  When I stopped for the light, I ended up being on the part of the road which had lines for no stop area.  And I got a ticket for stopping because of a red light.  Yes, tell it to the judge.

The road justice system is probably going to be another long email.  I was turning left once from Cedar to Cote de Neiges and there was road construction and only one lane was operational.  That lane happened to be a bus lane.  I had no choice driving on that lane, until the second lane was finally available.  I immediately leave the bus lane to the proper lane.  Police stops me and gives me a ticket for driving on the bus lane.  I was shocked.  The officer places me back into the bus lane, where I had to stop so he could give me his ticket and 4 buses behind had to deflect their road for the police officer could comfortably give me his ticket.  I went to court for that and complained.  The judge asked me to shut up as he has the report from his officer whom he trusts and that I should pay my fine, additions and court charges.  What do think about that?   Great justice and justice system.   Again, many such cases to report.  But let’s focus today on road safety.

Please let me know if any of the above issues are being considered or followed up.  I would be more than happy to see some improvements which will make drivers and pedestrians safe and have a better traffic flow with no angry and frustrated drivers.

After all, constructive criticism is what makes things better.  Being quiet about issues does not bring any changes.  I appreciate every citizen’s comment on your valuable web site.

Looking forward for your reply.  Feel free to publish my comments anywhere you find appropriate.  Even an escalation to the proper authorities would be the best thing to do.

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114) Cher Mr Searle,

nous nous tournons vers vous car durant les derniers conseils
municipaux auxquels nous avons assisté, vous nous avez profondément
touché par votre sensibilité, et votre volonté d’être à l’écoute des
citoyens de Notre Dame de Grâce, ce qui est maintenant rare de la part
de nos élus.

Nous sommes un groupe de citoyens de longue date de la rue Hingston,
de tous ages, regroupés en comité afin de défendre l’identité même de
notre milieu de vie, que la ville tend dangereuse à métamorphoser à
outrance… Oui certains quartiers ont besoin de changement pour se
propulser vers un mieux être, mais d’autres quartiers comme le notre
sont déjà des paradis en soi. Tout leur charme tient dans leur habitat
existant qui donne tout le cachet des lieux et témoigne de notre
histoire autant que de celle de Montréal. L’église Saint Columba fait
totalement partie de cette identité, de ce charme, de cette histoire,
bientot de 100 ans la concernant.

Nous ne concevons pas que l’on puisse raser tout ca, sous le simple
prétexte de faire toujours plus d’argent et je sais que sur ce point
vous serez d’accord avec moi. Un article paru dans notre FreePress de
Vendredi, et écrit par Mr Bumbaru va en ce sens. Mr Bumbaru s’oppose à
ce que cette église soit détruite. Arrêtons de démolir des églises et
transformons les en lieux de vie, de renaissance, de convivialité.

Nous ne sommes pas contre des habitations sur le lieu de Saint
Columba, mais nous voulons qu’ils soient réalisés DANS l’église, même
avec un accent de modernité. Ce serait un projet FANTASTIQUE…!

Alors Mr Searle, en tant que notre représentant, et en tant que
citoyen de Notre Dame de Grâce, défendez avec nous le projet de
conserver cette si mignonne petite église ainsi que son espace vert
environnant, qui font tout son charme.

Du plus profond du coeur, nous vous disons MERCI pour votre écoute et
votre attention, et comptons sur vous pour empêcher ce massacre lors
du vote au Conseil Municipal qui concernera ce projet.

 

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