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  • Kate 14:07 on 2018-11-13 Permalink | Reply  

    An arrest warrant has been issued for local Nazi Gabriel Sohier Chaput.

  • Kate 10:37 on 2018-11-13 Permalink | Reply  

    Why is TVA doing a meta-description of a Richard Martineau commentary?

    • Jack 15:07 on 2018-11-13 Permalink

      «Je suis une naine noire de 22 ans» stay classy Rick.

    • Raymond Lutz 17:11 on 2018-11-13 Permalink

      Kate’s EnviroMtl pointer to JdM Lise Ravary’s nauseous piece on LePacte movement made me realize one thing: Journal de Montreal comments are silently censored. Comments with hard facts about climate change appear when posted but vanish a few hours later. Is this a Facebook thing?

  • Kate 08:02 on 2018-11-13 Permalink | Reply  

    Montreal is going to work out the details of becoming a sanctuary city next year. Legally it could be complicated for city-level services to be offered to non-status residents, but I’ve seen indications we already offer school spaces to all children. If we agree that you can’t have a population of kids growing up with no formal education, other services should follow via the same philosophy.

  • Kate 07:54 on 2018-11-13 Permalink | Reply  

    McGill students have held a non-binding referendum and have voted to remove the Redmen name from all the men’s sports teams at the university.

    • Dan 17:24 on 2018-11-13 Permalink

      Good for them! And boo hoo hoo to those crying about ”tradition”.

  • Kate 07:44 on 2018-11-13 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal says Paris got a better deal from Bombardier for new metro cars than Montreal just did. But after all, you can’t expect the French government to care about subsidizing a Quebec corporation.

    • Douglas 14:58 on 2018-11-13 Permalink

      Now that Trudeau bailed out Bombardier I wonder if this will continue forever with no accountability.

  • Kate 07:41 on 2018-11-13 Permalink | Reply  

    A design blog picks out ten Montreal restaurants with high design interiors, nicely photographed.

  • Kate 22:32 on 2018-11-12 Permalink | Reply  

    Two years ago it was rumoured that Saks Off Fifth Avenue would open a store downtown, a plan cast in doubt earlier this year. Now the no-Saks story is definite; although current reports say that French sports equipment store Decathlon will open in the Eaton Centre instead, it was not there, but in a section of the Bay facing de Maisonneuve, that Saks was originally expected to open.

    I have a suspicion that Saks may open here later, in the Royalmount mall. We’ll see.

    (QMI foresees a traffic nightmare on the Met when that mall opens.)

    • SMD 10:14 on 2018-11-13 Permalink

      The Commission sur le développement économique de la Ville de Montréal will hold a public assembly on the impacts of the Royalmount mall project on Tuesday, November 27th at 7pm at City Hall. If you can’t make it in person, feel free to send your comments to the Commission president, Richard Ryan, at richard.ryan@ville.montreal.qc.ca.

    • jeather 11:44 on 2018-11-13 Permalink

      Honestly my cat who gets lost on staircases could predict increased traffic problems when that mall opens.

  • Kate 22:28 on 2018-11-12 Permalink | Reply  

    There will be new charges against a man who attacked a senior citizen downtown last month because that man has died of his injuries. The alleged assailant, half his victim’s age, was facing an attempted murder charge already. Homicide #26.

  • Kate 22:15 on 2018-11-12 Permalink | Reply  

    This is definitely not the first time I’ve linked a story that goes metro runs with doors open. This one was an older train, an MR-73, on the green line Monday morning after rush hour was over.

    • Blork 11:06 on 2018-11-13 Permalink

      This is one of the reasons why I don’t like crowded Metro cars. Imagine being pushed up against those doors, with your back to them so you don’t even have much to hang on to, and then the doors open while it’s racing through the tunnel.

    • Kate 11:28 on 2018-11-13 Permalink

      The image shown is the doors cracked open a couple of inches, not bare-ass open as in earlier incidents. But yeah, even so.

    • mare 15:36 on 2018-11-13 Permalink

      I bet the doors didn’t open during the trip, they just didn’t close. And somehow the sensor that immobilizes the train didn’t work. Usually those sensors are too sensitive and the metro can’t leave without slamming the doors a few times. Activating those sensors is also a good way to make an emergency stop, and have everyone reading their phone or newspaper tumble. I experienced that one time after I saw some teenagers do that during rush hour, by pushing something (a knife?) between the rubbers of the doors and opening them a centimetre or two. Immediately the brakes were fully activated and the train came to a screeching halt. Not fun.

    • mare 15:39 on 2018-11-13 Permalink

      I stand corrected. The article didn’t want to load so I hadn’t read it. That’s very weird, and yeah that would be frightening. When I can’t find a seat I always lean against the door since I can’t lift my arms very well.

    • jeather 17:22 on 2018-11-13 Permalink

      I also lean against the door, everyone was very lucky that this was after rush hour because that would have been a horrible disaster.

  • Kate 16:31 on 2018-11-12 Permalink | Reply  

    Once again, Bombardier exercises its mysterious power over government, as Ottawa agrees to pay for more Azur cars for the Montreal metro, more to keep 170 workers in La Pocatière off pogey than to keep Montreal running.

    Update: Fierce bit of criticism from Gérald Fillion of Radio-Canada: Quebec and Ottawa both lavish money on Bombardier, but it never has any shame about cutting jobs while paying its top executives millions in bonuses.

    • SMD 17:27 on 2018-11-12 Permalink

      When even the right and the left agree, it is more than time to nationalize Bombardier.

    • Faiz imam 18:54 on 2018-11-12 Permalink


      Half a billion dollars of capital investment would Be of huge value and that could be used all over the system.

      That’s many km of high quality reserved bus lines, new buses, investment in bike systems. Heck you could embark on every single elevator acessability project for that money.

      Yeah, the extra 10% capacity is important, and as we discussed just recently, the new trains are beautiful and comfortable.

      but the fact is the mr73 trains were expected to be in great shape for another decade.

    • Dhomas 07:26 on 2018-11-13 Permalink

      I kinda see some kind of logic behind this. We will need these trains eventually. If there is no one left to build them at Bombardier, it will be much longer and more costly to get another firm to build them whereas Bombardier has the equipment and skilled personnel to build them now.
      Still, it does seem like Bombardier has some kind of recipe to get whatever they want out of our governments.

    • Mr. Chinaski 09:48 on 2018-11-13 Permalink

      Look at this PDF by the STM : https://www.stm.info/sites/default/files/affairespubliques/Nouvelles/ap_briefing_mr_73_oct_2014_stm.pdf
      It was saying the MR-73 could live up to 60 years, with them being replaced by early to mid 2030’s. This is a blattent political move.

  • Kate 11:51 on 2018-11-12 Permalink | Reply  

    The body of a young man was found in the woods on Nuns’ Island on Monday morning. CBC says police think the death was accidental but other media don’t seem so sure.

    Update: Reports now say the deceased was only 17 years old and police are treating the death as suspicious.

  • Kate 09:29 on 2018-11-12 Permalink | Reply  

    Saw these plain hard plastic seats in an STM bus on Sunday. They had an unfinished look and were not very comfortable. Hope this isn’t the future because these would make bus travel just that bit more grim.

    • Ian 10:24 on 2018-11-12 Permalink

      An hour on that and I’ll need a replacement butt. I hope they don’t put them in the 211 but knowing the stm that’s exactly where they will put them.

    • Blork 11:10 on 2018-11-12 Permalink

      FYI, that photo is incorrectly rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise.

      I suspect this might be due to the scare of picking up bedbugs from upholstered bus seats.

    • Emily Gray 11:23 on 2018-11-12 Permalink

      I think these kinds of seats are used because they’re easier to clean.

    • Emily Gray 11:23 on 2018-11-12 Permalink

      But yeah, I don’t like them either. Less comfortable and harder to relax in.

    • Kate 11:48 on 2018-11-12 Permalink

      Blork, I posted initially from my phone, but the image should be fixed now.

      You may be right about the bedbug scare. I used to stop by the Grand bibliothèque occasionally on the way home but find I’ve simply stopped going there, almost without thinking, since the last wave of bedbug stories.

    • Emily Gray 13:09 on 2018-11-12 Permalink

      I stopped going to the Grand bibliothèque after their first bedbug scare a few years ago. And I’ve since heard reports about a few other Montreal libraries having found bedbugs, so I’m not really sure which libraries don’t have bedbugs.

    • Kate 13:14 on 2018-11-12 Permalink

      I’ve heard at third hand that there have also been bug problems at the Marc-Favreau library beside Rosemont metro, a nice building and “third place” but not so much if so. Haven’t been in there in awhile.

    • CE 13:19 on 2018-11-12 Permalink

      I saw these the other day in a brand new bus on Henri-Bourassa. I don’t remember how comfortable the seats were but I remember that the bus had nice big windows that didn’t have anywhere you could open them so I suspect it was one of the new air conditioned buses.

    • David 15:57 on 2018-11-12 Permalink

      I hope they put these in all the buses for betterhygiene/prevent parasites. In fact, I never understood why they hadn’t already done this a long time ago, especially after the news reports of bedbug cases increasing in town….

    • qatzelok 19:12 on 2018-11-12 Permalink

      Conspiracy theory: Starbucks (or other commercial third spaces) are placing these bedbugs in libraries to drive the public out of their free third spaces.

  • Kate 07:45 on 2018-11-12 Permalink | Reply  

    A nice piece in Metro looks at the Sun Life building, its construction and some of its secrets.

    • steph 19:05 on 2018-11-12 Permalink

      Fun Fact: Sunlife is an awful & toxic employer.

    • Ephraim 08:53 on 2018-11-13 Permalink

      Insurance can be a very predatory product and draws in the kind of salesmen who work for companies like Enron and sell cars.. Best book on the subject was called “The Invisible Bankers” by Andrew Tobias. And understanding the whole industry can take it from being sold insurance by hucksters who are paid up to 125% your first year’s premium to buying the necessary life insurance to protect your home and family for pennies on the dollar. Essentially insurance companies SHOULD be able to sell you $1 worth of life insurance and pay out $1 and still make money… but rarely do. The best of the companies pay out about 80c on the dollar… the worst pay out 30c on the dollar. Credit Card insurance being one of the worst policies that you can buy.

  • Kate 07:39 on 2018-11-12 Permalink | Reply  

    Ensemble wants to put an end to applause in city council and is prepared to petition to change the rules of procedure to achieve this.

    Hmm, what about boos?

  • Kate 18:50 on 2018-11-11 Permalink | Reply  

    A car driver who clipped a truck in traffic in Montreal East Saturday night somehow ended up with his car upside down in a construction dig. “Police believe the man may have been drinking.”

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