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  • Kate 19:54 on 2018-01-29 Permalink | Reply  

    It had to happen: a woman broke her ankle on an icy sidewalk and plans to sue the city, which is already talking about rethinking its policy of cleaning up after ice storms. Some media are emphasizing the difficulties for the disabled and elderly.

    Anjou mayor Luis Miranda has been rapped on the knuckles for ordering snow and ice cleared last week even though Montreal had condoned no such thing.

    Update: The city wants Anjou to pay between $200,000 and $300,000 for Miranda’s “premature” call for snow clearance; he says they won’t pay. Given that the city snow czar has already admitted it was a mistake not to clear up, they don’t have a leg to stand on (both are fractured).

    Update Wednesday: CTV has numbers on the fractures seen at a couple of hospitals and the defensiveness of the Plante administration on its handling of the ice problem.

    • dwgs 10:04 on 2018-01-30 Permalink

      The only thing more ridiculous than the state of the sidewalks is the fact that they’re now trying to remove several inches of uneven solid ice. They’re doing one side of my street today, I can’t imagine how they’re going to make a difference.

    • Steve Q 12:18 on 2018-01-30 Permalink

      Heated sidewalks are a must. If the city cares about pedestrians, elderlies, handicaped and mothers then it must start thinking about heating sidewalks.

    • Kate 19:18 on 2018-01-30 Permalink

      Steve Q, they’ve only ever discussed heating sidewalks on one part of Ste-Catherine Street. It’s not a thing we’re likely to see off a few major walking streets, if ever.

  • Kate 19:52 on 2018-01-29 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has decided not to go with the massive inflatable structure that was to cover parts of Ste‑Catherine Street throughout its lengthy roadworks. They feared it might delay the work.

    Westmount wants to demolish one of those bland buildings along Ste-Catherine west of Atwater and put up a honking new mixed use condo building instead.

    • Steve Q 12:19 on 2018-01-30 Permalink

      Great news for this portion of Ste-Catherine. And i should also say…it’s about time !

  • Kate 06:54 on 2018-01-29 Permalink | Reply  

    It was a weekend of remembrance, some holding vigils to mark a year since the massacre at the Quebec City mosque, others observing Holocaust remembrance day.

  • Kate 06:42 on 2018-01-29 Permalink | Reply  

    A woman was fatally stabbed overnight in Lasalle, the first homicide of 2018 on the island, and it appears to be a matricide.

    Update: the Journal has more detail on the first homicide of the year as does CTV.

    Also overnight, a younger woman was severely beaten downtown and is in danger of her life.

  • Kate 00:52 on 2018-01-29 Permalink | Reply  

    Leonard Cohen was awarded a posthumous Grammy Sunday for the song You Want it Darker. CBC talks to people from the synagogue choir that performs on the track.

  • Kate 10:02 on 2018-01-28 Permalink | Reply  

    The weekend’s Centre d’histoire piece looks at De Gaspé park, softball leagues and back alley sheds. The park is a small one in Little Italy south of St-Zotique.

  • Kate 09:19 on 2018-01-28 Permalink | Reply  

    The SPVM has received permission to query Facebook about the activities of a group described as far-left whose own website is hosted in France. The group brags about direct actions including fights against the far right groups that have sprung up here.

    • Steve Q 11:23 on 2018-01-28 Permalink

      Far right groups have sprung up here ? I didn’t not know that…

    • Kate 12:03 on 2018-01-28 Permalink

      You’ve not seen any reports about La Meute or Atalante Québec, or the Fédération de québécois de souche, Steve Q? They have websites and Facebook pages, which I decline to link to but are easily enough found.

      Here’s a report from last year not long after the shooting at the Quebec City mosque, and a CBC report from a couple of weeks ago. There’s been plenty of media reports on these groups, their aims, their relationship with groups of similar views in Europe, etc. etc.

    • Steve Q 13:11 on 2018-01-28 Permalink

      Ok, i haven’t seen any nor met anyone from these so called far-right groups yet but maybe i don’t go to the right places. But i have seen and came across so called far-left groups many times right here in Montréal….at many places and on many occasions.

      Should we say that they also have sprung up here ?

    • Kate 14:08 on 2018-01-28 Permalink

      Steve Q, there is evidence of extreme right and left groups here for a long time. Vice recently posted a piece about neo-Nazis in Montreal in the 1990s, Kristian Gravenor found evidence of neo-Nazis here in the 1960s and before that, well, there was Adrien Arcand and his pals. What I never see is evidence that the RCMP infiltrate such groups as they notoriously do with the far left end of the spectrum: people have long been aware of the “police boots” issue within the left, incidents in which the most destructive acts wreaked within anarchist protests are committed by strangers seemingly very keen to make the demonstration as violent and abhorrent as possible in the eyes of the public. Strange, that.

      In addition, I am aware of European right-wing notions being freshly imported here: in recent years Pegida has held demonstrations here and the Greek fascist group Golden Dawn has also made itself apparent. I have not heard of any equivalent lefty imports, this new group hosting their website in France being an exception.

    • Steve Q 14:26 on 2018-01-28 Permalink

      Oh wow, sorry for my ignorance on such topic. I thought this was a blog about Montreal recent news or activities and here we are talking about fringe from Québec city or groups in the 90’s or 60′ or the 30’s or related to greek groups etc…

      I guess i will be more careful when I go out on the Streets of Montreal from now on !

    • Faiz Imam 15:24 on 2018-01-28 Permalink

      Well, if you looks white and french you probably have nothing to worry about.

      The rest of us however are aware of definite changes in the social environment over the years.

    • Kate 16:25 on 2018-01-28 Permalink

      Steve Q: I thought you were querying the phrase “sprung up” which I used, although admittedly it may be misleading. I don’t know how much today’s groups descend directly from those observed here in the 1990s and earlier, vs how much they may be offshoots from groups in Europe. The internet allows the exchange of ideas much more readily than in the past, and they’re not always progressive ideas.

    • Raymond Lutz 17:00 on 2018-01-28 Permalink

      Kate, n’oublie pas les Soldiers Of Odin. Steve Q, voici un point de départ: https://gappasquad.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/la-meute-vue-de-linterieur/ Le recrutement va bon train dans la région de Québec selon une ami.

    • Kate 20:18 on 2018-01-29 Permalink

      Raymond Lutz, it annoys me that white supremacists have claimed the Nordic gods.

  • Kate 08:54 on 2018-01-28 Permalink | Reply  

    The city had hoped to avoid another snow clearance sortie, expecting more of a melt, but after days of icy sidewalks is sending in the machinery to clear things up starting Sunday evening.

    Update: The city snow czar, Jean-François Parenteau, is apologizing for making the wrong choice about clearing up last week’s storm leavings. While out this weekend I noticed the inevitable icy ponds at many corners and slippery sidewalks on the shady sides of streets; my own front walk was a rink after someone stole my bag of Windsor salt from where I’d stashed it behind my brown compost bin.

    • Emily Gray 10:02 on 2018-01-28 Permalink

      I wish they’d cleared the sidewalks sooner. I’ve sometimes had to walk in the road instead of on the sidewalk.
      I was wondering if it was just the boroughs in my area whose sidewalks were icy, but I visited different areas of town and the sidewalks were bad pretty much everywhere.

    • Steve Q 11:26 on 2018-01-28 Permalink

      @Emily: Please don’t wish too many things, Valérie will end up raising the taxes again while saying it is not a property tax but a ice clearing taxe !!!

    • Kate 12:08 on 2018-01-28 Permalink

      It can be a fine line. If the city says go, and the snow and ice mostly melts, people will cry wastefulness. If it doesn’t, and the melting is less effective than it might have been – as happened this time – it gets blamed for making the wrong decision.

      Steve Q, the budget for snow clearance is set well in advance. We know the city has to organize it, and it’s one of the more predictable parts of its budget.

    • mare 15:48 on 2018-01-28 Permalink

      That day was quite exceptional: first freezing rain and ice pellets. Then thaw and a freeze again, followed by rain on the already icy snow, and finally an extreme drop in temperature. The sidewalks and snow banks were so hard that the chenilliettes probably couldn’t do much except throw grit. Salt doesn’t work at those temperatures and throwing it on ice doesn’t make much sense anyway because it’ll just slide to the edges. A brine (salt with water) would normally work better, but also not at very well at those low temperatures on a thick layer of ice. I also don’t know if the chenilliettes are set up for that.

      Using big scrapers to remove ICE from the road and parking areas will damage the asphalt surface even more than removing snow and will cause lots of potholes when last year’s temporary (and shoddy) repairs are lifted out of the previous potholes.

      /I’m not a road maintenance expert but I’ve read quite a bit about the subject, and have an opinion to share on the Internet. It happens.

  • Kate 08:34 on 2018-01-28 Permalink | Reply  

    The Régie du logement has published its rent increase guidelines for this year, but the piece notes that these do not include a bump from tax increases.

  • Kate 18:27 on 2018-01-27 Permalink | Reply  

    In his first political sally since losing the election, Denis Coderre said Saturday that Valérie Plante must live with the consequences of the tax increases in her first budget. Coderre was interviewed by media after the funeral of Emmett Johns; tweets say Gérald Tremblay also attended.

    • David100 21:58 on 2018-01-27 Permalink

      Coderre is such a rat. Who doubts that these tax increases came from the city manager in response to Coderre’s budget busting and that Plante had a yes-or-no call on them? Sour grapes from a mayor who never should have been elected.

  • Kate 09:42 on 2018-01-27 Permalink | Reply  

    A man accused of running online ads offering $1,000 to kill police spokesman Ian Lafrenière has been acquitted after maintaining it wasn’t him, despite a known history of erratic behaviour. Police busting into the Westmount Library to arrest Anatoliy Vdovin must’ve been the most excitement the place has ever seen.

  • Kate 09:22 on 2018-01-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Two minors have been arrested in the firebombing of a restaurant on l’Acadie, the third in as many weeks. Commercial neighbours of the resto have been unsettled and inconvenienced.

  • Kate 09:14 on 2018-01-27 Permalink | Reply  

    A prominent local chef who launched a business in a deal with Juste pour rire’s Gilbert Rozon is now suing the comedy festival after Rozon’s disgrace cast a long shadow over the chain of co‑branded outlets.

  • Kate 08:30 on 2018-01-27 Permalink | Reply  

    The Globe’s Everett-Green sees Hochelaga, terre des âmes and situates it in Quebec’s ambivalence toward its own history.

  • Kate 18:36 on 2018-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

    A Lasalle landlord couple has to pay up after explicitly denying a lease to a couple of Haitian origin.

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