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Montréal Monday: Secondhand happiness in a tiny, tiny park, Hydroelectricity’s landscape, and Mount Royal by bike – at night

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Each Monday, Spacing will bring you some of the popular posts from our sister blog, Spacing Montréal. We’ll keep an eye open for topics and discussions that are pertinent to current public space issues in Toronto.

• Parc du Bonheur d’occasion in St. Henri, named in honour of Gabrielle Roy’s celebrated 1945 novel about working class life in the area, is one of the smallest parks in Montréal. Measuring just under 300 square metres, the park fills a space in the streetscape that was likely created after a fire destroyed whatever building stood on the site previously, and now contains trees, a stone pathway, benches, and a bus shelter.

• The Robert-Bourassa hydroelectric complex is connected to Montréal by 60,000 km of aluminum power lines, which carry cheap, relatively clean energy to the city and beyond. Alanah Heffez draws light on some of the complexities and controversies of a development that is so important to the power needs of Montréal, yet due to its remote location 1,300 km north of the city, is often out of sight and mind for many city dwellers.

• Traveling deeper into the woods and higher up the hill, too dark for clear sight but surrounded by noise and guided by instinct, Christopher DeWolf cycles around the brooding dark mass that is Mount Royal at night, and shares his experiences.

Photo by Lily Pan