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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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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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The February Sud-Ouest Arrondissement/Borough council meeting will be on February 2nd, 2010.  A group of citizens from Pointe-St-Charles is expected to ask several questions about the CN Yards project in the Pointe.  For those who live in the Pointe who want to go to with others to the council meeting, the meeting place is at Charlevoix Metro station at 18:15 on Tuesday.

Citizens who want to ask our borough/arrondissement councillors and staff questions, it is best to arrive before 7 pm to register your question.

Sud-Ouest Arrondissement/Borough Council Meeting

  • Date: Tuesday, February 2nd.  19:00
  • Location: 815 rue Bel-Air, near Lionel-Groulx metro station.

Anyone who would like to comment about the Council meeting is welcome to reply to this blog posting.

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The Launch!

The Self-Serve Bike service “Vélo-libre” in Point St. Charles will be launched on Saturday April 18th ‘09  (Sunday the 19th if it rains).

Schedule of events:

  • 1 :00pm : Gathering at St. Gabriel Park – a rock’s throw from Charlevoix metro
  • 1 :30pm : Press conference
  • 2 :00pm : Bike parade in the neighbourhood
  • 3 :00pm : Snack and muscial performances

To find out if the activity has been postponed to the next day, check out the Autonomous Social Center’s calendar on Saturday morning.

More about the ASC’s Vélo-libre project:

1. To offer a system of free bikes for the neighbourhood.

  • Bikes painted with the colours of the ASC will be parked on racks installed in strategic places in the neighbourhood
  • People will be able to borrow the bikes to get around.
  • Road signs will be posted at all the exits of the neighbourhood inviting bicycle users to bring the bikes back to the Point.

2. To offer bike repair workshops.

  • People from the area will be able to bring their bikes in and learn how to fix them.
  • From now until May 29th, the ASC will be organizing workshops once in a while in St. Gabriel’s park… after the 29th, the workshops will happen in at the Autonomous Social Center (address to be announced).

More about the Autonomous Social Centre and the Vélo-libre project, contact velocs@gmail.com or visit their website: www.centresocialautogere.org.

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