School composting a first step towards Montreal’s Zero Waste goal

"We also want to sensitize and educate young people to the importance of proper sorting, because the good habits they acquire in school will last a lifetime," says Laurence Lavigne Lalonde, seen in an April 2019 file photo. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette Montreal is hoping that one small step for local schools will be a giant leap toward its goal of zero waste by 2030.The city is launching a...

Montreal to hold public consultations on problem of vacant storefronts

An empty commercial location for rent on Ste- Catherine St. is seen in this file photo. Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette Montreal will take a first step toward tackling the problem of empty storefronts by holding public consultations starting Dec. 10.“I invite everyone to come and participate in the consultations so we can move ahead to find concrete solutions that I think will be talked about...

Ferrandez isn’t the first man who’s tried to tell me how to do things, Plante says

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said on Wednesday that a withering critique of the city’s budget by a former member of her executive committee isn’t the first time a man has tried to tell her what to do.Plante, attending a meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Ottawa, was reacting to comments made earlier in the week by former Projet Montréal city councillor and executive...

Luc Ferrandez blasts former Projet Montréal party about city’s budget

Spending by Mayor Valérie Plante’s administration is out of control, and the mayor’s right-hand man is lying about it, former Plateau Mont-Royal mayor Luc Ferrandez charged Tuesday.Ferrandez, who quit politics in May and is now a radio commentator, made the accusation on radio station 98.5, the day after the city unveiled its $6.17-billion budget and $6-billion, three-year capital works...

Capital works budget: Montreal slows spending

Montreal is putting the brakes on infrastructure investments that have risen yearly as the city has addressed crumbling roads and decaying water mains and sewers.With orange cones seemingly a permanent fixture across the city, and rising construction costs putting a strain on municipal finances, Mayor Valérie Plante said her administration is slowing down the pace of capital works investments...

Montreal budget: N.D.G., Verdun, Plateau homeowners face biggest hikes

Mayor Valérie Plante says the budget is geared to her administration's four priorities: mobility, ecological transition, housing and economic development. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette Residential property taxes will go up by an average 2.1 per cent while taxes on commercial properties will rise by 1.5 per cent under Montreal’s $6.17-billion budget for 2020.While owners of single-family...

Modest tax hikes expected when city budget comes down Monday

Valérie Plante's administration has categorically denied an investigative report by the Journal de Montréal saying that infrastructure spending is out of control. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette Property owners will get a better idea of what to expect in their next tax bill on Monday, when Montreal tables its budget for 2020.With real-estate values up by an average of 13.7 per cent in the new...

‘We have work to do’: Montreal police commit to action on racial profiling

Days after the city council unanimously passed a motion demanding Montreal police end the practice of baseless street checks, the department said it could address the issue by March 2021.Chief Inspector Marc Charbonneau presented the city with five commitments to address a recent study that found “systemic bias” against minorities in the city. Beyond changes to the intervention policy, the...

Gun-control advocates want other cities to follow Montreal’s lead

"Our desire is for this to become a Canadian cities movement," says Ensemble Montréal Leader Lionel Perez, seen in a file photo. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette file photo Gun-control advocates are hoping other Canadian cities will follow Montreal’s lead in calling on the federal government to ban privately owned assault weapons and handguns.On Monday, city council unanimously adopted an...