Category Archives: Point Places

Social Vitality

Derrick, the counter man at a local electrician’s, recently told me about a boyhood scare. He was a young teenager walking home on rue Centre one night when a car pulled up beside him. The passenger door swung open, and … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers

When I stepped out my front door a couple of days ago, it was very, very hard to believe that the vernal equinox was exactly one week away. It has been a mean winter, with record hydro bills, and countless … Continue reading

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À Qui la Pointe? or, The Road to Recovery Belongs to Someone Else

My two best friends during this endless-seeming recovery from surgery have been Patricia and my Kindle. The first has a large supply of optimism and encouragement and the second has reading material. Neither, as turns out, has done much for … Continue reading

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AWOL…Not

What I’ve missed! Celebrating the success of BoomJ’s Cuisine, the new Jamaican carryout around the corner. Worrying about the Café Wellington, which has had Kraft paper covering its windows for the last 6 weeks. Kvetching about the lurid, artificially joyous … Continue reading

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The Old Point

Way back in the spring of 1975, my father kindly drove me and my then-wife to Montreal to help us look for a place to live. I’d been stranded in a small town in southwestern Ohio and the need for … Continue reading

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The Misery of Others

This winter, a spray-painted sign appeared on the failed Star of India restaurant a few blocks away. It said, simply enough, “PSC [Point St. Charles] White Watts.” I wanted to write about it, but it stuck in my craw so … Continue reading

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A Peaceful Launch and a Cheap Lunch

Last week, I saw some of the folks who were responsible for the constructive activism that began to transform the Point in the 60s. The occasion was the launch of a memoir by ex-Pointer Kathy Dobson: With a Closed Fist: … Continue reading

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Open House

Patricia and I, like a lot of other Quebeckers, abandoned our usual political affiliations  during the last federal election and voted for le bon Jack–NDP leader Jack Layton. More accurately, we voted for Tyrone Benskin, the NDP candidate in our riding, … Continue reading

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The Woods

This afternoon, David, an endlessly inventive designer I’ve worked with for years, wrote us a hopeful message: “So maybe in the new year we 3 can share a beer in the empty apartment and catch a meal down in your … Continue reading

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