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  • Kate 14:54 on 2017-12-31 Permalink | Reply  

    The last Centre d’histoire piece of the year looks back at a snowshoeing club that met in Côte‑des‑Neiges for a party at a long-gone hotel after trekking across Mount Royal.

  • Kate 07:56 on 2017-12-31 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal says that some Projet Montréal election placards are still up around town but I’ve only seen placards for other, defeated candidates around my area.

    • denpanosekai 17:51 on 2018-01-01 Permalink

      A few still up in Verdun, all parties.

  • Kate 07:41 on 2017-12-31 Permalink | Reply  

    Previously we’ve seen concerns about calèche horses suffering in the heat, but the SPCA thinks the rules about making them work down to –20°C are inhumane as well.

  • Kate 07:37 on 2017-12-31 Permalink | Reply  

    Daniel Renaud runs down a list of the SPVM’s activities against dangerous drugs in 2017, with fentanyl topping the list.

  • Kate 07:29 on 2017-12-31 Permalink | Reply  

    Some lists of what’s open and closed over the New Year holiday.

    Official celebrations are proceeding despite the lingering deep freeze. The party at the Old Port starts at 21:00 and the metro will be open all night.

    The 2018 Montreal City Weblog calendar is still available: in low rez or in high rez (18.7 MB, better for printing – 13 pages of 11×17 tabloid size paper).

  • Kate 11:01 on 2017-12-30 Permalink | Reply  

    A new snow hill for tobogganing has been created in the Sud-Ouest near Angrignon metro. But note: it’s a private enterprise and you have to pay to use it.

  • Kate 10:47 on 2017-12-30 Permalink | Reply  

    As well as year-end retrospectives, we’ll be seeing some pieces about the 20th anniversary of the 1998 ice storm, which began on January 5 that year. Andy Riga has a detailed piece asking whether we’re better prepared now for that kind of extreme weather, both collectively and individually. TVA link plays video.

    I have to admit, I have flashlights and candles (and know where they are) but I don’t think about most of the other things listed in the linked emergency kit, which apparently covers things like being stranded in a vehicle, not stuck in your house in the dark.

    When the Y2K scare was abuzz I bought a tiny camping stove and a gas canister, determined not to face caffeine withdrawal in the dark, but I’ve never used it. Maybe I should resolve to find and test it in the new year.

  • Kate 10:25 on 2017-12-30 Permalink | Reply  

    Le Devoir interviews the city’s first gentleman, Pierre-Antoine Harvey, husband of Valérie Plante, whose life also changed suddenly on November 6. But Le Devoir is so sober in its report – there’s nothing about Harvey’s clothes or haircut or fitness regime, tsk.

    • Chris 16:46 on 2017-12-30 Permalink

      Good, those things are irrelevant. Hopefully omitting them will catch on for ‘first ladies’ too.

    • Kate 09:28 on 2017-12-31 Permalink

      Chris, that was kind of my point.

  • Kate 10:19 on 2017-12-30 Permalink | Reply  

    Efforts are being made to persuade university students to stay in Montreal and join the workforce here after their studies are completed. But with the anglo students there’s an additional effort needed to get them to speak French.

    CBC reports that we’re seeing a growing number of international students coming to Montreal universities. (Note to the writer: it’s a boom, not a boon.)

    • Uatu 09:41 on 2018-01-02 Permalink

      A boom that’s also a boon! Also I think most of these students would’ve gone to the US if it weren’t for Trump and his institutionalized xenophobia so thanks ‘murica!

  • Kate 10:08 on 2017-12-30 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC went along with the Old Brewery Mission bus as it shuttled around town trying to find homeless people and persuade them to come inside. The cold snap will see night temperatures around –25°C until Tuesday at least, and we now have a smog warning up on the weather page alongside the extreme cold warning: don’t go outside, but if you do, try not to breathe too much.

    Le Monde has a report on the cold weather in Quebec City: “Malgré le froid, le travail continue”!

  • Kate 10:04 on 2017-12-30 Permalink | Reply  

    Homicides connected with organized crime are down, in fact homicides are way, way down compared with the 90 killings in 1977. For CBC, Joanne Bayly tells the story of an unsolved murder that year and shows that Montreal police have a relatively low solution rate that hasn’t changed even as numbers have dropped.

  • Kate 02:15 on 2017-12-30 Permalink | Reply  

    Saturday’s edition of La Presse is the last one to be printed on paper.

    • Uatu 07:30 on 2017-12-30 Permalink

      This will bring on the next hipster craze: personally handcrafted newspapers printed on authentic newsprint delivered to your door for only 50$ a month ;P

    • J 10:01 on 2017-12-30 Permalink

      Such an ugly first page for the last printed La Presse paper ever! They had so much time to think about it and this is what they came up with…

      @uatu wish there was an upvote system 🙂

    • Josh 16:51 on 2018-01-02 Permalink

      Uatu: Toronto musician and sometimes-newspaper columnist Dave Bidini has already done this in his neighbourhood. Meet The West End Phoenix, a print-only newspaper launched in October. It goes for some ridiculous price – more than $10 if I remember correctly from the interview I heard with him.


    • Uatu 17:12 on 2018-01-02 Permalink

      Haha. Ah well… If people want to pay for a 21st century version of a zine, then go for it

  • Kate 19:19 on 2017-12-29 Permalink | Reply  

    Not all the city’s boroughs think the sugary drinks ban in municipal buildings is viable or sensible.

    • Ephraim 19:27 on 2017-12-29 Permalink

      We pay these people too much money if THIS is what they are worried about, not the fact that it takes weeks or months to get a permit, that taxes are too high and that there are businesses who’s survival is entirely contingent on writing a proper tender.

    • Uatu 07:36 on 2017-12-30 Permalink

      People will eat and drink what they want even with a ban. At the Glen healthy eating is promoted yet customers get angry because they can’t order fries or a poutine…

  • Kate 18:33 on 2017-12-29 Permalink | Reply  

    Toronto Star says Montreal is Canada’s most trilingual city, going by Statistics Canada findings. That’s not surprising, given how many people I’ve known who speak English, French and a third other language they grew up with.

    • Ali Bear 10:10 on 2017-12-30 Permalink

      But we don’t really have community anymore – sharing, street life, etc. Instead, the majority of Montreal’s population live in moribund suburban sprawl that is multicultural – and non-cultural. Dead asphalt with machines rolling by. With various ethnicities behind the wheel.

    • Kate 10:15 on 2017-12-30 Permalink

      Ali Bear, I don’t know where you live, but where I live there are various scales of community groups and friendly gatherings. I don’t often participate because a lot of it is family-oriented, but I know it’s going on. Of course in this climate we’re not always able to go out socializing on the street or across the back fence, which does damp things down a bit, but it’s there if you look, and often the place where social life of this kind gets organized now is on Facebook.

    • Ali Bear 10:17 on 2017-12-30 Permalink

      I wasn’t speaking for my particular hood, but for the vast majority of our city’s people.

    • Kate 12:09 on 2017-12-30 Permalink

      Have you studied them or lived in a wide range of urban settings? Yes, I don’t doubt that there are bedroom communities which mostly house people who sleep there and conduct the core of their lives elsewhere, but don’t forget, people also find community among coworkers. People make community where they are. It isn’t as bleak as you like it to sound.

  • Kate 17:16 on 2017-12-29 Permalink | Reply  

    For CBC, Roberto Rocha looks back to a worse cold snap and all the days under 20°C since 1970.

    • david100 18:00 on 2017-12-29 Permalink

      The government warning has overnight temps on Saturday dropping (with wind chill, obviously) to between -36 and -42, not making it up. I’m very thankful not to be anywhere near Quebec or Canada right now. If you’re suicidal but too cowardly to off yourself with pills, a gun, rope, etc. Then simply walking to the corner dep in normal winter wear could be your ticket.

    • Kate 18:25 on 2017-12-29 Permalink

      david100, where do you see this? The government page says –23° overnight Saturday to Sunday. The coldest temp currently on the board is overnight Monday which could sink to –28°. Nothing in the minus thirties or forties.

      Oh I see. Wind chill. Well, that’s as may be. I think it’s a bit bogus.

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