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Message from the Point History Society and the PSC Community Theatre:

Joe Beef Market takes place this Saturday, September 11 th 2010, at the Joe Beef Park, located on Centre Street, at the corner of Richmond in Point St. Charles, from 10am until 4pm.

This event is a joint effort between the PSC Community Theatre and the Point History Society with the objective of bringing local History alive and having some fun doing it ! It is a real family event !

Some of the activities planned for this year include:

  • Historical skits by the PSC Community Theatre, with actors dressed in period costumes, and highlighting both Joe Beef and Thomas C. Keefer. Each year we honour an individual that has a street named after him/her in the Point and this year it is Thomas Keefer. (A small part of Atwater St. in the Point was recently changed to Thomas Keefer Street)
  • A number of Artisan Booths selling very interesting & unique goods
  • Joe Beef will be serving Free Soup from noon until 1pm
  • Some Irish music by Belfast-Andi
  • Information booths from Parks Canada & the Montreal Fire Museum
  • And much more…..

And this year, for the first time, we will also have an afternoon of free entertainment with a variety of singers; dancers, and other talent acts from both the Point – and other parts of the city.

There be lots of stuff to see and do, so if you have an opportunity, do drop by the Joe Beef Market this Saturday.

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Where: Village des Tanneries. Cazelais street and 780 St-Remi.

When: June 5, 2010. 1PM until 10 PM

A roster of bands will perform live on stage; a bazaar, a BBQ as well as a group photo exhibit and film screening about Turcot will take place. Local businesses and merchants are contributing food and $700 in prizes. Lucky winners will win supper with the borough mayor Benoit Dorais at restaurant Bitoque, luxury spa treatments, gift certificates as well as hourly door prizes. Proceeds of the $5 raffle tickets sold will help finance 2010 summer projects in the Village des Tanneries.

http://fetedesvoisins-solidaires.wikispaces.com/

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Picture yourself living in the working class Irish neighbourhood of Pointe-St-Charles in 1871, and the closest elementary school is over a 30 minute walk away in Griffintown. What to do? In 1871, over 272 citizens petitioned the Protestant School board to build a school that would accommodate over 500 children from the Point. Plenty of discussions and petitioning ensued, and five years later, Point St. Charles school was opened on Favard Street at the corner of Ste-Madeline . The school was renamed Riverside school in 1886.

Postcard. Collection BANQ.

Riverside school was enlarged in 1894 and 1907, to accommodate a growing population. Although the school was the centre of the community, the school had to be closed several times because of fire in 1927 and 1949.

Insurance plan of the area, 1940. Collection BANQ.

Due to dwindling enrolments in the 1970s, the school was closed in 1978, just two years after its centenary. Local citizens from the Pointe-St-Charles Intervention Group (PSCIG), wanted to save the building and turn it into cooperative housing in the early 1980s. In October 1982, the PSCIG was outbid by the City of Montreal for the building and land. The building was demolished, and transformed into Parc des Cheminots.

Parc des Cheminots, Google Streetview.

Sources:

City bid imperils Point homes plan. (1982, October 7). The Montreal Gazette. p. A3. Retrieved from: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Fr8DH2VBP9sC&dat=19821007&printsec=frontpage.

Damaged School Reopens Shortly; Six Buildings Under Construction. (1949, December 22). The Montreal Gazette. p.13. Retrieved from http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Fr8DH2VBP9sC&dat=19491222&printsec=frontpage

Macleod, R. & Poutanen, M. A.(2004). A meeting of the people: school boards and Protestant communities in Quebec, 1801-1998. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.

Protestant board shuts more schools. (1978, March 16). The Montreal Gazette. p.2. Retrieved from March 16, 1978. Montreal Gazette. p.2.Retrieved from: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Fr8DH2VBP9sC&dat=19780316&printsec=frontpage.

Riverside School Not All Destroyed. (1927, March 2). The Montreal Gazette. p.4. Retrieved from http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Fr8DH2VBP9sC&dat=19270302&printsec=frontpage.

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I welcome any comments about this blog post, especially if anyone has memories of Riverside School.

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One of my favourite activities in Winter is tobagganing (in French, Glissade).  Montreal has many hills designated for tobagganing, including two in the Sud-Ouest arrondissement.

To check out the glissade/tobagganing conditions of the hills in the Sud-Ouest click here.

Here are the Glissade/Tobagganing sites in the Sud-Ouest

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Do you miss skating outdoors in the Winter ?  Are you trying to figure out what to do with your kids over the holidays? Winter is upon us and the outdoor skating rinks will open soon.  There are quite a few rinks available in the Sud-Ouest and Verdun. There are several types of rinks, PP= paysagée (décorative) – decorated skating path. PPL=patinage  libre – skating only. PSE = pour sport d’équipe / hockey team skating.

Before you head out, it is best to check the ice conditions here. Don’t forget to dress warmly and bring warm drinks.

Outdoor rinks in the Sud-Ouest Arrondissement – Borough

  • Allée piétonne des Tanneries, rue Courcelles (PP)
  • Parc Angrignon, 3400, des Trinitaires (PP) (chalet)
  • Parc Campbell-Ouest, 1990, rue de Maricourt (PSE avec bandes) (chalet)
  • Parc Campbell-Ouest, 1990, rue de Maricourt (PP)
  • Carré Hibernia, rue Ropery coin rue Mullins (PSE avec bandes) (chalet)
  • Carré Hibernia, rue Ropery coin rue Mullins (PPL) (chalet)
  • Parc Ignace-Bourget, 5925, avenue de Montmagny (PSE) (chalet)
  • Parc Ignace-Bourget, 5925, avenue de Montmagny (PP) (chalet)
  • Parc de La Vérendrye, 5900, rue Drake (PSE avec bandes) (chalet)
  • Parc de La Vérendrye, 5900, rue Drake (PPL) (chalet)
  • Parc Le Ber, 470, rue Fortune (PSE avec bandes)
  • Parc Le Ber, 470, rue Fortune (PPL)
  • Parc Vinet, 560, rue Vinet (PSE avec bandes) (chalet)
  • Parc Vinet, 560, rue Vinet (PPL) (chalet)

Skating Rinks in Verdun Borough/Arrondissement

  • Parc Elgar, 260, rue Elgar (PSE) (chalet)
  • Parc Elgar, 260, rue Elgar (PPL) (chalet)
  • Parc de la Reine-Élisabeth, 1650, rue Crawford (PSE) (chalet)
  • Parc de la Reine-Élisabeth, 1650, rue Crawford (PPL) (chalet)
  • Parc Willibrord, 800, rue Willibrord (PSE) (chalet)
  • Parc Willibrord, 800, rue Willibrord (PSE) (chalet)
  • Parc Willibrord, 800, rue Willibrord (PPL) (chalet)

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The Sud-Ouest Express newsletter for December 2009 is available online.  This newsletter, in French, provides a lot of information for residents in the Sud-Ouest arrondissement/borough including:

  • Swimming Pool Hours
  • Arena Schedule
  • Fitness Courses
  • Centre Gadbois Information
  • Leisure courses for children, adults, and seniors.  Including Hip Hop dancing!
  • Library hours and activities
  • Christmas Events
  • Cultural Events at Maison de la Culture Marie-Guay, and Georges-Vanier
  • Borough News and Snow clearing information

The Sud-Ouest express is available online, at your local library, borough offices, and in today’s publi-sac.

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In the recent borough council meeting, it was announced that the St-Henri swimming pool won’t open for another 3 months.  Further repairs to the pool is required. To read more about the pool repairs see the Voix Pop article.

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