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: Here’s how much your taxes are going up by

Homeowners in the following boroughs will face the highest average tax hikes: Verdun (3.2 per cent), Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (3.1 per cent), Plateau-Mont-Royal (3.1 per cent) and Ville-Marie (3 per cent). Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette Residential property taxes will rise by an average 2.1 per cent in Montreal next year, but the size of the increases will vary by borough and...

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...

As repairs pile up, STM buses on Montreal roads are at a 10-year low

In a span of 10 years, the city’s transit agency has shown it can do less with more buses.As the fleet of the Société de transport de Montréal’s buses grew 10 per cent from 2009 to 2019, going from 1,680 to 1,849, the number of buses actually picking up passengers has stayed relatively stable or decreased over that period.In recent days, the STM has had the fewest number of buses on the...