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  1. Don’t you think the detoxification and opening of the canal to yuppie boaters leads to the disneyfication of Montreal’s industrial heritage? Where are the junkies to shoot up now? Fill in the canal to make way for social housing, please.

  2. Yes, let’s keep it toxic until such time as we can fill it in. What better way to pay homage to our industrial heritage than to erase all traces of it.

    The Lachine Canal is something that other cities would die to have, not to mention one of the most important pieces of Montréal history. That most of the factory buildings are being preserved and converted into living space and that the waterway is now available to kayaks, canoes, rowboats etc. is fantastic.

    People who rent kayaks aren’t necessarily yuppies and junkies will shoot up anywhere but yes, let’s build more social housing.

  3. That looks like fun .. although I’d be a bit scared to turn over and have to swim in the slightly toxic canal waters

  4. Seriously, the Lachine canal is a wonderful recreational facility. I personally love renting out the extremely awkward water-bikes they have just to the east of the Charlevoix bridge, slightly toxic waters or not. That said, the fact that people seem to take offense at projects that capitalize on the newly opened waterway (ie: Redpath lofts) seems absurd to me, thus my first post.

  5. I’ve read the word “disneyfication” a lot being used to refer to some urban projects in Montreal. I found Disney theme parks to be extremely efficient, safe and friendly (the first and the last one are things Montreal could improve), so I’ll assume “disneyfication” is a good thing (yes, I know you mean something bad, but I’m too stupid and I don’t get it). The only bad thing in Disney theme parks is that everything costs a lot of money to tourists, which is not the case with these urban projects so I’m sure the “bad thing” is something else. I hope someone can enlighten me.

  6. Ohh, social housing, yes we need more social housing. But why can’t we be disneyfied and have more social housing at the same time? :)

  7. Did I mention clean? Disney theme parks are CLEAN :). I’m a little sleepy.

  8. And I’m sneezy – or is that dopey & grumpy? Or maybe doc…

    “Disneyfication” as usually used – as a pejorative – emphasizes the whitewashing of history. That’s what it continues to mean to me. Saying it’s clean and efficient is irrelevant to that point. Mussolini, trains, etc.

  9. * you have to try very hard to overturn your kayak in the Lachine canal. it’s a pretty safe activity, and amazing on a hot summer’s day.

    * you can check the water purity levels for yourself on the city website, before going paddling

    * I think this kind of activity should definitely be encouraged – definitely better for the environment and the populace than other uses of the canal, like motor boat cruising.

  10. Every Spring, before Navigation Recommenced, they used to Close the Lock Gates Completely at Lachine and DRAIN the Whole Canal right thru to Montreal Harbour.

    A Small amount of Water was left Flowing.

    In this way, they could Inspect the Canal Walls, Lock Gates and remove Debris and other Junk.

    Stelco would then have to Install Pumps and Hoses and move Canal Water into their Plant across St. Patrick St.

    There were always Stories of Children who went Swimming in the Canal that never Surfaced, and, Supposedly, got Caught in Broken and Frayed Ship’s Hawsers in the Water.

    Another Urban Legend?

    Bodies and Automobiles WERE Found at times at Draining.

    One thing that would surely draw a Crowd on a Hot Summer’s Day was when the Police were ‘Dragging’ for a Body at Lachine Wharf, where the Two Lighthouses are.

    A Steam Buoy Tender, the ‘Grenville’, often was tied up at Lachine Wharf, and Lightless Buoys Canted on the Pier, as they were Removed before Lac St. Louis Froze Over.

    Once there was a Train Ferry from Lachine to the South Shore with the Railway then Heading South to Hemmingford and the USA.

    The Straight Road at the West End of the Off Ramp from the Pont Mercier is on the Old Railway Alignment after the Track Removed c. 1888.

    On St. Patrick St., the Crane still Standing was once used to Unload Coal from Canallers for LaSalle Coke and the Coal Crossed over St. Patrick St. on a Bridge in Small Narrow Gauge Railway Hopper Cars on a Moving Cable.

    Hydro Quebec Generated Electricity by Steam there, also, at Poste LaSalle, and the Wires for the Current rose on a High Tower then Crossed the Canal and Turcot Yards to another Tower behind Rose Bowl at Cavendish and Upper Lachine.

    La Salle Coke, Once Montreal Light, Heat and Power, ( as was the First Portion of the Dam at Beauharnois ) used to Manufacture Coal Gas for Stoves and Illumination before Natrual Gas Arrived from the West by Pipe Line c. 1956.

    Charles Duranceau Ltee. was Just East of LaSalle Coke and they Contracted Street Construction and Snow Removal.

    The LaSalle Loop Line Left the St. Patrick Street CPR Railway Line at Power Junction and Meandered thru the Hinterlands of LaSalle to Seagrams Distilleries on Lafleur in Lachine.

    The LaSalle Loop Line once had Passenger Service.

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