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  1. I don’t see what the problem is. The city will make a fortune off taxe de bienvenue – use that money to build what ever new community centre is needed. There’s plenty of space in that neighbourhood for new constructions.

  2. Uh huh, so this is that moral compass that catholics are so proud about?

    It’s all about the money and keeping the pope in gold plated robes and toilet paper. When the Catholics act like this it just adds evidence that their “moral compass” that they tout for the rest of us is broken completely and totally. Just sell the building and get out of Quebec, we reject your intolerant doctrine and while we’re at it, it’s long past time that church leaders go to jail for the criminal abuses they have done upon the weak and the children of our society.

    Personally I think we should seize the church assets, and redistribute them to the poor. This would, for a change, put the teachings of Jesus front and centre. He was a good man, too bad the Catholic church perverted basically all of his teachings in exchange for wealth, power, and prestige. It’s OVER.

  3. While I feel it is unfortunate that another peice of religious architecture is losing its community function we can not expect the religeous orders to continue to foot the (no doubt) escalating costs of a building for community organisations that should by rights be subsidised by the municipality and not by the church. The order offerred the building up to its community memebers, (most likely) at fair market price and if they couldn’t meet that price then we can’t reasonablly expect the order to obsorbe the cost.

    What I find most frustrating about articles like this and these debates is the ongoing mischaracterisation of gentrification and its supposed negative effects on the city. The rise and fall of incomes within cities has is as old as time and too apply a blanket suggestion that all gentrification is bad, is a mischaracterisation of the actual issue of social and affordable housing. If our cities are to be able to sustain themselves and provide the services that we expect of them then we can only hope that property values will continue to rise and the citie’s tax base will improve, you can’t have services without taxes to pay for them. Campaigning against gentrification is pointless and in many ways reverse classism, campaigning for better social housing regulations, such as making the guidlines manditory, will have a much better impact on the future of our cities.

  4. I do want to note that in response to Dan (above), yes, the clerics of St. Viateur offered the building to the deaf and mute community and they could not afford it.

    Also, the Coalition des amis 7400 and those individuals and groups who supported them ARE asking for better social housing laws, in addition to combatting the gentrification as Dan described it.

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