CPP Montreal Registration, Travel, and Lodging

“The Obama Years: War, Peace, and Environmental Sustainability”
« Les années Obama: Guerre, Paix, et Développement environnemental »

McGill University/Université de Montréal
October 29-31, 2010

sponsored by
Centre de Recherche en Éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM),
the Philosophy Department of McGill University,
and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill

LOCATION
Conference sessions will take place at Thomson House, the conference venue run by McGill University graduate students. Thomson House is located at 3650, rue McTavish (cross street: rue Dr Penfield)

REGISTRATION
Conference registration fee: $100.00 (USD or CAD)
Saturday night banquet is an additional $25, payable on site.
Checks/cheques should be made payable to: CONCERNED PHILOSOPHERS FOR PEACE
Registration details (name, affiliation, and confirmed title of your presentation) should be mailed, with payment, to:
Tracey Nicholls
Centre de Recherche en Éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM),
C.P. 6128 succursale Centre-ville
Montréal QC H3C 3J7
CANADA
(Please note that the registration fee will be waived for students, but you are still asked to register and declare your student status at that point.)

NEAREST AIRPORT
Pierre Elliot Trudeau International (YUL)

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
Travel from the airport (Pierre Trudeau International Airport, code: YUL) is fairly straightforward. You can take a taxi to the downtown area (centre-ville) for about $38 plus tip, or you can take the shuttle that the municipal transit service has just introduced, the 747 Express, for $7.

Taxi
As you exit the arrivals area with your luggage, signs directing you to the taxi stand should be clearly marked. Please note that the fare between the airport and centre-ville is a fixed rate. It will be clearly posted on the windows of the taxicabs and you should not pay more than that posted rate (unless you opt to stay at an address that falls outside the centre-ville zone indicated on the signs).

Bus
As with taxis, you should find signs to the bus fairly clearly marked. The bus runs every 15 minutes between 8am and 8pm; every 30 minutes at non-peak times. Passes for the 747 Express bus can be purchased at a kiosk at the Currency Exchange desk, which is located in the public area of the airport that you pass through after collecting your luggage. You can pay by credit card, and you have the option of a $7 one-day pass that will give you access to the entire transit system (metro and buses) for 24 hours or a 3-day carte ocasionelle (about $13).

ACCOMMODATION
I have made block bookings at two different hotels in the downtown area, and confirmed availability at a third. The block-booked hotels are both located on Sherbrooke Street, which is the main east-west artery of the downtown area, one to the east of the main entrance to the McGill campus and the other to the west. Both hotels offer easy access to McGill via the 24 Sherbrooke bus route.

Chateau Versailles
There is a block of 25 rooms here under the name “Concerned Philosophers for Peace” (group booking code CPJ19S). This hotel is located at 1659 Sherbrooke Street West, so you will need to travel east on Sherbrooke to reach the McGill campus (about 8 blocks). It is a beautiful, old-world style hotel offering all standard hotel amenities and continental breakfast for the rate of $144/night (Canadian) plus applicable taxes. You can make reservations at 1-888-933-8111 or http://www.chateauversaillesmontreal.com. Please note that any unreserved rooms left in this block will be released on September 29, 2010, so you need to book with them before then.

Holiday Inn Midtown
There is a block of 15 rooms here under the name “2010 Concerned Philosophers for Peace Conference.” This hotel is located at 420 Sherbrooke Street West, so you will need to travel west on Sherbrooke to reach the McGill campus (about 4 blocks). It also offers all standard hotel amenities and continental breakfast for the rate of $131/night (Canadian) plus applicable taxes. You can make reservations at 1-800-387-3042. Please note that any unreserved rooms left in this block will be released on September 24, 2010, so you need to book with them before then.

L’Abri du Voyageur
This is your low-budget option. They have a web special of $62/night plus applicable taxes, available if you book online at http://www.abri-voyageur.ca. Alternatively you can make reservations by phone at 1-866-302-2922. L’Abri du Voyageur is located at 9 St-Catherine West (corner of St-Catherine and St-Laurent, which is the major north-south artery of centre-ville). It is, as you will immediately notice if you book there, right smack in the heart of the “red-light” district. The area is perfectly safe, if a little seedy, and I have personal testimony from friends who have stayed there that the hotel is clean, safe, and remarkably well-appointed for the price. You can reach McGill quite easily by walking a block north on St-Laurent to metro St-Laurent and taking the subway west (direction: Angrignon) three stops to metro Peel. From the Peel subway stop, it is about a four block walk north to our conference location. I have not booked a block of rooms here, but I have confirmed that they have rooms available.

Please feel free to contact me directly (at this email address, or at 312-218-6834) if you have any questions that I have not answered here. And, just by way of helpful reminder for those of you who may not have travelled to Canada recently, let me give you a heads-up that you will need to make sure your passport is up-to-date in order to get across the border!

Regards,
Tracey Nicholls
Local (Montréal) Organizer, 23rd Annual CONCERNED PHILOSOPHERS FOR PEACE Conference

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