Fire At Old CN Yards In Point

Story here.

And here are some photos courtesy of Michel Latour.

And here is some video footage of the morning after from Boucrate.

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5 responses to “Fire At Old CN Yards In Point

  1. WOW… Those are some amazing shots.

    Same thing happened to the church Ste Elisabeth de Portugal in St Henri… Local residents kept complaining about the potential risk given the increasingly lax security, but to no avail.

    Action-Gardien is a coalition of community groups in Pointe Ste Charles; here is what they have to say:
    ” This is clearly a case of negligence for which consequences might have been much worse. Had there not been rain and were the winds not in our favour, this fire that has destroyed the North Complex on the CN Lands, might have also destroyed a large residential part of the community.”

    See their website for more info: http://actiongardien.org/

  2. Now the landlord who picked up the 3,5 million square feet of land for 1 $ can turn the site into condo developments. What could have been far better for the community would have been if CN had bequeathed the entire lands to the a non-profit organization set up to manage it on behalf of the community (Pt. St. Charles) and negotiating with the corporate world terms for employment etc… The CNR had employed people from the area since the Grand trunk Railroad had been created and yet when they walked away from the land it sold it for a dollar to a well connected lawyer. Corporate responsibility ? Community values ? cooperative development ?

  3. Corrected version, typing at a small somputer makes me make errors.
    Now the landlord who picked up the 3,5 million square feet of land for 1 $ can turn the site into condo developments. What could have been far better for the community would be if CN had bequeathed the entire lands to a non-profit organization set up to manage it on behalf of the community (Pt. St. Charles) and they could have negotiated with the corporate world regarding terms of employment etc… The CNR had employed people from the area since the Grand Trunk Railroad had been created and yet when they walked away from the land they sold it for a dollar to a well connected lawyer. Corporate responsibility ? Community values ? cooperative development ?

    That is a very difficult to replicate industrial infrastructure located within metro distance of 1,5 million people. That could have been an excellent selling point as many large scale projects are typically located in remote locations with limited skilled labour available. Selling this to a condo developer may have made good business sense to the CN in some convoluted way but to society as a whole it was utterly retarded as an entire economic policy for the southwest area of montreal could have been based upon that land holding. The current residential building boom is great for condo developers but here was a way to have employment for people who would not have required vehicles to go to far flung areas and it was thrown away. Worse than that because it has rail lines going right into the facility it could have been used to make large scale windmills or even have been turned into a car production line emplying thousands as it had been used to produce sherman tanks in WW2.

  4. The irony is the principle beneficiary (and possibly behind the fire) is advertising via google ads on this site.

  5. Possible victory snatched from the jaws of defeat. Building # 7 which was one of the industrial buildings making up the former CNR complexe has been handed to the community of Point Saint Charles. I hope somehow that some people have been influenced by my arguments to rectify the injustice that occured with the initial deal in the first place. If anyone interested in how this can be used to create worker owned co-ops, then read my blog called ‘modernized craft guilds’.
    Robert hennecke.

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