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  • Kate 21:02 on 2020-07-12 Permalink | Reply  

    While the NHL withdraws from the U.S. in a desperate move to save the hockey season, rumour has it three players on the Canadiens have tested positive. They need to bite the bullet and shut it down.

     
  • Kate 20:12 on 2020-07-12 Permalink | Reply  

    A woman found unconscious on Ste-Catherine in Westmount overnight has died, and police think she was probably hit by a vehicle.

    A man was stabbed on Jeanne-Mance near Sherbrooke on Sunday afternoon. He isn’t dead.

     
  • Kate 09:11 on 2020-07-12 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal must have sent out all their summer stagiaires to check out every hand sanitizer dispenser in the metro to be able to report that more than a third of them don’t work for various reasons including vandalism.

     
    • Azrhey 18:04 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      also, is it just me, or the hand sanitizer in the metro smell bad, something fierce? Like rotten meat, or day old spilled beer or something… it is vile!

      After a couple of times I’ve taken to bring my own because, that thing gives me a headache!

    • Kate 18:11 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      Oof. I haven’t been in the metro since the shit hit the fan. Occasional bus rides only. Thanks for warning us!

  • Kate 08:47 on 2020-07-12 Permalink | Reply  

    A follower of the blog’s Twitter feed tells me the mayor is in hospital for a minor operation, from where she posted an Instagram. It’s not in the news (yet).

     
  • Kate 08:43 on 2020-07-12 Permalink | Reply  

    Anyone following local Twitter feeds and other sources will be aware that a wave of anonymous sex misconduct allegations has been rippling through Quebec, displacing, among others, the head of Ubisoft and others in its management. I’m already seeing people online (not from here) advising each other to shun Ubisoft products.

     
    • steph 09:42 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      what’s the instagram account?

    • Kate 10:11 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      I didn’t mention an instagram account in this post. If you mean the mayor’s instagram account, it’s linked in the post about that topic.

    • EmilyG 11:42 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      There is an Instagram account about local sex misconduct allegations: https://www.instagram.com/victims_voices_montreal/

    • Kate 12:03 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      Thanks, EmilyG.

    • EmilyG 12:41 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      Also, on Facebook there’s a list of potential aggressors.
      Some famous names on there.
      https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=104036198055270&id=104007051391518&__tn__=-R

    • Kate 14:19 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      That’s a very long list.

      So far, the only person I’ve seen deny the implied accusation is Julien Villeneuve – Anarchopanda. I don’t know him personally, but I’ve been following his Twitter feed and other writings for years, ever since he became prominent in the student protests of 2012. For what it’s worth – and it may be worth nothing, since I’m a nobody myself – I have always had the impression he’s an honourable guy.

      But I realize two things: a list like this has to generally be believed, because false accusations are extremely rare, and you cannot always understand from a person’s artistic or literary output how he behaves in sexual situations.

    • Alison Cummins 15:36 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      > “you cannot always understand from a person’s artistic or literary output
      > how he behaves in sexual situations”

      Very pertinent observation. Jian Ghomeshi’s on-air politics were very pro-woman. His off-air behaviour… didn’t match.

      So I can easily accept that someone has different personalities and behaviours depending on the condition of their genitals. They might not notice when they are abusing someone: they might “just assume that if [person they are abusing] wanted anything, it was their responsibility to try to get it.” Or they might notice, and that might be thrilling in the moment even if not congruent with who they think of as their real self.

      No excuses.

      • You can’t trust even the nicest guy not to be a dick. Not that all men are dicks when aroused, but you can’t take it as a given. Pay attention, trust your gut and don’t blame yourself for misreading.

      • Just because something is making you happy it doesn’t mean your partner is happy. You genuinely might not think you need it, but practicing explicit consent will make your sex life better. (It will definitely make it more consensual.)

      • A warning to people who know X personally to be a really nice/fair/progressive person: unless X is into you sexually, your opinion that they couldn’t possibly be an abuser counts zilch. Unfortunately.

    • EmilyG 16:11 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      Oddly, Jian Ghomeshi is on the Facebook list, and I thought it was a Quebec-specific list.
      Unless he’s moved out of Ontario?

    • Kate 17:19 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      Alison, that’s quite the core dump. Do you mind if I edit it?

    • Alison Cummins 17:46 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      Kate, please do.

    • Kate 18:33 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      EmilyG, you’re not the only person to notice Ghomeshi on there. I would doubt he’s moved here, but have heard nothing about it either way.

      [I’ve edited Alison’s comment.]

    • EmilyG 21:44 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      I got curious, and looked him up. He has some sort of new podcast this year, but it’s not well-known, I didn’t know about it before today, and I don’t know if it says anywhere where he’s doing it from. (Probably Ontario?)
      So it’s pretty odd that he’d be on a Quebec list unless there’s more that isn’t known.

    • Michael Black 23:17 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      But just beause there’s a list doesn’t mean all that much. We don’t see accusers linked to the the accused. Do we know who is actually keeping the list? What’s the criteria for being on the list? Even when there is legit complaint, it can cover a wide territory, someone being touched to something more blatant. The fact that Ghomeshi is on the list may be an indicator of the list rather than that he’s now in Quebed. It would be easy to add names of people already known, rather than new accusations from people actually affected.

      What kind of world do we want? Where mob rules? If cop behaviour is bad, them deciding certain people are criminal by the way they look, then isn’t there something wrong with this list, ignoring rules but assuming they are all guilty because there name is here?

      People talk about laws that protect criminals. But they are actually there to protect the innocent. If cops could be certain, there’d be no reason for judges etc. But we can’t trust them. This list (not whatever complaints are behind the list) is as bad as a cop swearing at me, or thinking it’s okay to illegally search me or threaten to beat me up because they’ve already decided I am a criminal bevause of the way I look.

  • Kate 08:22 on 2020-07-12 Permalink | Reply  

    The cost of parking in a couple of large indoor lots downtown has been reduced to encourage people to shop.

    At the beginning of this lockdown, we were told it was best to stick close to home and not circulate from one part of town to another frivolously. I never heard this contravened, but it must have been at some point, mustn’t it?

     
  • Kate 18:13 on 2020-07-11 Permalink | Reply  

    Urbania has a video report on how the popularity of city parks, in the absence of festivals this summer, has led to overflowing garbage bins. The two‑meter microphone boom is appreciated.

     
  • Kate 18:06 on 2020-07-11 Permalink | Reply  

    If you’ve been in a bar since July 1 – as a customer or as an employee – public health wants you to get tested for Covid.

    Bars are not required to inform the public if workers or patrons test positive, although some establishments have done so out of civic duty.

    If we needed a blinking sign saying “Too early to reopen bars” I think we’ve got one.

     
    • Faiz imam 22:44 on 2020-07-11 Permalink

      This is a situation where that contact tracing app makes perfect sense.

      I think if you are going to step into a small crowded indoor establishment, you need to show that you have the app installed.

    • Joey 23:04 on 2020-07-11 Permalink

      Shouldn’t this apply to restaurants too? Presumably many of the people who have been to bars have also been to restaurants. Even if the distancing measures on restos are more effective than in bars (a medium-sized if), wouldn’t it pay to be extra cautious? Especially if the province is concerned about low testing numbers generally speaking?

    • Kate 08:14 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      Joey, I think social behaviour is just different enough in bars vs restaurants that it isn’t quite as pressing, although obviously anyone who thinks they need a test should go get one.

    • walkerp 10:10 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      Walked past Buvette Chez Simon on Friday and it was packed, inside and outside. Walked by on Saturday and it was closed. One of the 5 or just being cautious?

      In any case, other than a few plexiglass separators between tables, nothing seemed to be changed about the layout or max capacity than before the pandemic.

    • DeWolf 11:22 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      I guess we’re being plunged into yet another episode of confusion, because what’s the difference between a restaurant and a bar? The line is very blurry in many cases, especially since restaurants are now legally allowed to serve alcohol without food.

      Here’s a scenario: I had a 3pm lunch with a pint of beer at a “restaurant-bar” on July 3. I was sitting on the terrasse, which had half its tables removed and staff wearing PPE. And because it was mid-afternoon there were many empty tables. Between ordering, receiving the food/drink and paying the bill, my total contact time with anyone else was less than two minutes.

      Was that a bar experience? Or a restaurant experience? I’m happy to get tested but I don’t really want to stand in line at Hôtel-Dieu with a bunch of club kids who were not distancing.

    • DeWolf 11:34 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      @walkerp – according to their Facebook page, Chez Simone is only open from Monday to Friday, 4pm-12am. I imagine it’s to avoid the kind of weekend crowds you saw on Friday.

    • Kate 12:40 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      DeWolf, you may be forgetting that people go to bars to socialize and, in many cases, to flirt with strangers and possibly even engage in canoodling. That’s not so common at restaurants. I don’t think the distinction is so much about food service.

  • Kate 17:13 on 2020-07-11 Permalink | Reply  

    The two girls concerned in the Amber Alert we saw and heard earlier this week have been found dead in rural Quebec. The father is still missing.

     
  • Kate 11:11 on 2020-07-11 Permalink | Reply  

    Thirty years since the Oka crisis, various media are looking back. Le Devoir is going over the 78-day standoff day by day. Radio-Canada interviews several indigenous people about the impact they felt from the crisis. Jessica Deer writes about the warrior flag for CBC. Alanis Obomsawin’s film on Kanehsatake is on the NFB site. Regional chief Ghislain Picard has written an open letter to François Legault saying nothing has changed since 1990.

    Update: Mohawks held a procession over the Mercier Bridge to commemorate the day the crisis began.

     
  • Kate 23:24 on 2020-07-10 Permalink | Reply  

    Early in the pandemic the idea was briefly floated to close the bridges and isolate Montreal. Aaron Derfel explains here how those tables have turned and we might want to protect the city from the 450.

     
  • Kate 23:18 on 2020-07-10 Permalink | Reply  

    Sorry if this runs into a paywall, but this is an interesting piece in the NY Times on social activist Balarama Holness.

     
    • ant6n 07:27 on 2020-07-11 Permalink

      I had followed him on twitter during the election, and I thought it was odd how he was trying to become a municipal representative while mostly talking about systemic racism in a general sort of way. Perhaps it would’ve made more sense to talk more about things like mobility, services, snow cleaning and quality of life.

  • Kate 19:32 on 2020-07-10 Permalink | Reply  

    I know this is not specifically Montreal news, but I think it’s important and not getting much social play (at least, on the feeds I follow): the Supreme Court upheld a law banning genetic discrimination on Friday. Neither employers nor insurance companies will be allowed to demand your genetic information.

     
    • JaneyB 07:36 on 2020-07-11 Permalink

      That’s great news!

    • Matthew 10:54 on 2020-07-12 Permalink

      The fact that the court found suppressing discrimination is a valid criminal law purpose bodes well for some of the more fractious policing and criminal justice reforms certain communities have been asking for.

  • Kate 18:24 on 2020-07-10 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has announced yet another extension of the state of emergency that began on March 27.

     
  • Kate 12:54 on 2020-07-10 Permalink | Reply  

    The STM is planning its next steps: more free masks and an app to distribute information, in real time, about how crowded buses and metros are.

    I heard on noon radio news that fares will start to be collected on the bus on July 20.

     
    • Max 23:13 on 2020-07-10 Permalink

      I spotted a couple of inspectors on the Vaudreuil train line this week. For the first time in months. Which sucks, cuz I was kind of enjoying my free mid-day socially-distanced train rides. I guess I’ll have to buy a pass for August.

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