UPDATED: Mayor Coderre gets anti-homeless spikes removed

Picture tweeted by Jasmin Lavoie (La Presse), retweeted by Mayor Coderre

Mayor Denis Coderre took to Twitter Tuesday calling the spikes installed in front of Archambault unacceptable.

Coderre said the spikes — designed to keep homeless people from sleeping or panhandling in front of the building — would be removed by the end of the day, even if he had to do it himself.

A picture of two employees removing the spikes at the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Berri was retweeted by Coderre at around noon.

Via twitter Coderre said it was not Archambault or the City of Montreal who installed the spikes. 

Martin Tremblay, the president of public affairs for Quebecor, who owns Archambault, said the spikes had been there for a year or two and installed by the owner of the building, Pierre Varadi. He said Quebecor and Mayor Coderre put pressure on him to get them removed.

Tremblay said Quebecor is a tenant of the building and is not happy to be involved because it supports the homeless and prints the Itineraire magazine for free.

Calls to Varadi's office by CJAD have not been returned.

Coderre said all spikes in the area, including those in front of the McDonald's next to the Archambault, have been removed.

He said the spikes were an affront to human dignity.

"What kind of city do you want to have?" he asked. "The minute I heard about it I blew a gasket because it's totally unacceptable. This is not how you treat a human being."

He also mentioned safety concerns, wondering what would happen if a child riding a bike fell onto the spikes.

Coderre has made the homeless a priority since taking office last year, calling for a multi-pronged approach that involves mental health, housing and employment.

He says a census of Montreal's homeless population will begin in September.

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  1. MayorWho? posted on 06/10/2014 12:44 PM
    You know, priorities. Who does this guy think he is? Privately owned businesses are allowed to if there's no law forbidding it.

    How much will the city be sued for? I mean... how much will we pay for this?
    1. Wooly Bumblebee posted on 06/11/2014 07:55 AM
      @MayorWho? So in your infinite wisdom, anything inhumane that is not strictly forbidden under law is ok then? I see you have quite the skewed moral compass and very little compassion for humanity. People like you are the problem, not the homeless.
  2. Joe DeRome posted on 06/10/2014 12:46 PM
    You know....I like this Mayor more and more every day.
    1. GT posted on 06/11/2014 08:28 AM
      @Joe DeRome Well, I'm the opposite, the more I see this guy doing these photo ops, the more I see he is a pompus ass. If he believes so strongly about treating the homeless (who pay no taxes) with dignity vs the business owner (who pay alot of taxes) have them sleep in front of your mansion Mayor Coderre. Better yet, since your always out for the photo ops and radio shows, you can have the homeless sleep in your office.
  3. Critical Skin posted on 06/10/2014 01:43 PM
    Forget about spikes or not spike, restrict alcohol sales if you want to stop the homeless problem!
    1. Wooly Bumblebee posted on 06/11/2014 07:51 AM
      @Critical Skin So alcohol is responsible for homelessness? What a stupid comment. You clearly have no clue about the homeless, the numerous causes and factors involved, nor do you have any compassion or empathy for human beings. People like you are the problem, not alcohol. Stop being so ignorant. Anyone can become homeless at any time for various reasons, even you. Ever talked to a homeless person to understand them and why they are out on the streets? I have, and their stories can be quite surprising. No one wants to be homeless and no one is immune to it. Stop being such a jerk.
    2. Marguerite posted on 06/11/2014 09:34 AM
      @Critical Skin I hope one day you do not find yourself homeless and to be classified as an acholohic. Not all homeless are!!!!!!! Next time think before you post!!!!!!
  4. Janet posted on 06/10/2014 02:32 PM
    Mr. Coderre is a fast mover. He did the right thing. Now, if he could only be as quick in getting the roads redone and filling the potholes everywhere including the West Island. Our main thoroughfares, Sources, St-Jean and St-Charles have been in dire need of total repaving for years and years, yet they keep getting patched up making them bumpy and hard on our cars' suspension and tires. We pay enough taxes, we shouldn't have to drive on these horrible roads, Mr. Coderre and other municipal mayors. Please do your job and set your priorities straight. Instead of the drivers paying taxes to drive, a portion of these taxes should be returned to each and every one of us drivers in the form of a credit until the roads are acceptable. That will get you moving on this.
  5. Shelly posted on 06/10/2014 07:59 PM
    I guess the spikes weren't the multi-pronged approach he had in mind
  6. Antonina posted on 06/11/2014 07:20 AM
    Mayor Coderre,
    Thank-you, for taking action, as most wouldn't even bother and turn a blind eye to the homeless. Thank-you for taking a stand to this silent bullying of the most vulnerable, as most are indifferent to these people, as they are mostly invisible except when someone is inconvenienced.
    Yes, I like you too more and more also. This time just for getting our attention.
  7. Guy posted on 06/11/2014 08:31 AM
    Instead of having flat ledges slope them build them @45°. Same effect but not quite as ominous.
  8. Brad posted on 06/11/2014 11:26 AM
    The homeless are an issue just like long wait times in the ER, or surgical wait times, or affordable housing. This is Quebec, we are a very socialist province (which hurts us economically obviously) but there are programs and other means to handle this situation. Right now, Mr. Coderre violated his mandate as Mayor by interfering with a private business considering he doesn't pay their taxes. He needs to keep his mouth closed and find other solutions for this.
    1. markR posted on 06/11/2014 04:26 PM
      @Brad Agree 100% with you. I think Mayor Coderre likes to shoot off his mouth too fast or is Opportunist attention hog. Just like his previous suggestions of 24/7 airport, no toll bridge, and now this nonsense of humility to the homeless, wrong priorities. Fix our streets, lower our taxes, stick another bagel in your mouth!
  9. YUL posted on 06/11/2014 12:34 PM
    This is pure hypocrisy! Where is the outrage when benches in the metro system are made so you can't lay on them? Or new benches being installed in the city with dividers so you can't lay on them either! Businesses are already crumbling under taxes and regulations. It is the city's job to control the ever growing homeless population, they harass people in the street for money and get violent and abusive if you dare not to give them beer money!
  10. Andrew posted on 06/13/2014 11:03 AM
    So the spikes were there for one to two years now and this week somebody made it the most important item on the major's list of repairs in the city. Sure, let's talk about infrastructure, care to blow a gasket and start repairing roads and overpasses? I buy you a new gasket.
  11. matt posted on 06/18/2014 08:09 AM
    That's unbelievable that the Mayor thinks he can bark orders around to businesses. If I owned a business downtown I'd install spike everywhere and put his name on them. What a jerk. He should worry about the rampant corruption everywhere in this province, the poor will be just fine with a few places less to sleep.
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