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On Renaming.

Posted by Jer / December 12, 2006

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Now that the heated city council vote has come and gone, and Montreal undergoes the awkward year-long transition of renaming Parc-Bleury after the late great Robert Bourassa, I figure it is time for some healing. Many of Parc's residents and merchants are still pursuing legal action. But, being afraid of conflict and in love with compromises in which no one ends up happy, I propose the following:

Let's rename the library pictured here: Bibliothèque Parc-Bleury. The quaint building sits on the corner of Wiseman and Saint-Just. Considering the mayor's heavy-handed handling of the whole situation, it would only be (saint) just to rename it. The library is a very nice, quiet space and much cleaner than the old Parc/Bleury. And while you can't eat, drink, or shop inside, there are lovely workspaces and internet connections abound. The best part is the foyer, which is typically filled with art exhibits. Perhaps through a bit of negotiation, the disgruntled merchants could secure the foyer space and move their stores in there instead. I'm not sure if this would still require a change of business cards, but, whatever, Parc/Bleury would live on.

Monsieur Bourassa would probably be posthumously happy (if such a state is indeed possible) to relinquish his rights to the bibliothèque, now that he has one of Montreal's main arteries named in his honour. However, if losing the library causes even more tension, perhaps we could look at other things to rename after Monsieur Bourassa. For example, the act of driving your car into a lot or garage would be called Bourassa-ing. Greenspaces would henceforth be called Bourassas. Hey, did you check out the new Trailer Bourassa Boys movie?

Alternate, brilliant proposals are welcome.

Discussion

9 Comments

J Mac / December 12, 2006 at 10:29 am
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Brilliant. This will smooth everything over, until the lines between what is right and what is wrong have become Bleury.
mark / December 12, 2006 at 08:02 pm
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booooooooo[rassa].

didn't realize that John had assumed the vacant position as town horrendous jokester. someone should probably tell him to go home.

i would but, see, i'm in love with this girl named anne. think i might even marie her someday...

Sabina / February 4, 2015 at 08:34 am
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military intervention is not a viblae option to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear capability.Whereas endless talk has produced one stunning diplomatic breakthrough after another. What does this guy want to try next, sign language, semaphore flags?The general said it would be difficult to plan an operation in Iran because there's no guarantee that one shot would solve the problem. And he said, If you fail in one shot, it is a catastrophe. ."[O]ne shot", who is this guy kidding? One shot is for Single Bullet Theory conspiracists and other loonies. You don't win military conflicts by firing "one shot", they are won by being willing to fire more shots than your enemy.Worst of all is how this sort of pre-emptive surrender language only reassures and emboldens Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons.One more time:A NUCLEAR ARMED IRAN WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THIS NEW CENTURY'S SINGLE WORST STRATEGIC BLUNDER.
golu dolls / March 21, 2019 at 12:59 am
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Kanchipuram sarees / March 21, 2019 at 02:18 am
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Kanchipuram sarees / March 21, 2019 at 02:18 am
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Herbal Powder / March 21, 2019 at 02:19 am
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