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  • Kate 09:21 on 2018-12-12 Permalink | Reply  

    The spike in costs for diesel and gasoline is biting the city hard.

  • Kate 09:18 on 2018-12-12 Permalink | Reply  

    Despite many charges in the court of public opinion, Gilbert Rozon will not be facing his accusers in a court of justice. At least, so the Journal says. Other media are saying the court has declined five accusations.

    CBC has an update: Rozon will be facing some serious charges dating back years.

  • Kate 08:12 on 2018-12-12 Permalink | Reply  

    I’ve seen attempts for three days to make this supposedly controversial nativity scene go viral, and it hasn’t because nobody cares. Radio-Canada’s “fait réagir” is off the mark.

    • Chris 10:22 on 2018-12-12 Permalink

      It might be more controversial if someone else was doing it, but it’s the church itself that’s put it there. If it were a store, there might be more fuss, but probably not much even then, as the vast majorities of Christians these days don’t get all riled up if someone mocks their religion (unlike some others).

    • Blork 11:18 on 2018-12-12 Permalink

      It’s always amusing to watch people try to force something go viral, especially when it fails.

    • Hamza 12:34 on 2018-12-12 Permalink

      ‘millennials on segways’ …sure

  • Kate 08:02 on 2018-12-12 Permalink | Reply  

    Engineers will be joining the STM’s Bureau de projet de la ligne bleue after the holidays.

  • Kate 07:55 on 2018-12-12 Permalink | Reply  

    The city wants to see if it can reconnect the Centre-Sud area with the waterfront as Molson moves out and Radio-Canada leaves the Maison. Odds are that developers want to glom onto pieces of waterfront property and privatize it before any such radical socialism occurs.

  • Kate 07:42 on 2018-12-12 Permalink | Reply  

    A man who used to work for TMR in a role that involved working closely with Carbonleo over the Royalmount project is now a councillor for Pierrefonds-Roxboro and sits on Montreal’s economic development committee. Conflict of interest? Some think so.

  • Kate 07:30 on 2018-12-12 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s difficult to imagine how they’d achieve it, but the 15 demerged cities on the island of Montreal want to be excused from the reduced social transit fare suggested by Valérie Plante.

  • Kate 18:46 on 2018-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

    The mayor has failed in her attempt to get a $33-million case thrown out of court concerning the contract for Formula E.

  • Kate 18:44 on 2018-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

    Excavation work on Ste-Catherine Street is expected to start mid-February.

  • Kate 08:02 on 2018-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

    The city’s 400,000 trees bring a lot of benefits including reducing pollution and limiting flooding. A researcher estimates they save the city $4 million a year.

  • Kate 07:53 on 2018-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

    Bill Brownstein writes a somewhat unfocused obituary for Johnny Vago, whom he calls the King of Crescent Street. Vago was a sort of older, less mercenary predecessor to Peter Sergakis. Born in Hungary, he was the main reason for the wave of cafés serving food from that country here in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as the creator of many of the famous night spots around that part of downtown. Vago was 94.

  • Kate 07:42 on 2018-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is devising a plan to counter racial profiling within the SPVM. Item mentions a similar plan from five years ago that demonstrably failed in its objectives.

    • jeather 13:49 on 2018-12-11 Permalink

      “The report found that Montreal police made an honest effort to address racial profiling — but missed the mark in many areas including training programs, hiring visible minorities, funding outreach programs and transparency.”

      Curious what this honest effort involved, then.

    • Kate 14:02 on 2018-12-11 Permalink

      At the time I posted about that “effort” and predicted it was just talk and would go nowhere, but I don’t have access to my old posts any more.

  • Kate 22:42 on 2018-12-10 Permalink | Reply  

    The Place des Festivals has been temporarily renamed Place des Droits humains to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (here in French and also in a lot of other languages).

  • Kate 21:47 on 2018-12-10 Permalink | Reply  

    Coyotes have become blasé about people, so the city is hiring a team of experts to go around and scare the hell out of them. I can see comedy possibilities here.

    Lots in the local media Tuesday about the coyotes, La Presse talking about the GPS collars they plan to try on some animals to track their movements around town – we need an editorial cartoon showing some of them drinking in a bar – and the Journal emphasizing the 19 bites ascribed to them since June 2017, none of them very serious.

    • Ian 22:13 on 2018-12-10 Permalink

      Oh I am so sad they aren’t called Acme Coyote Experts 🙁

    • Kate 07:55 on 2018-12-11 Permalink

      They missed a chance there.

    • qatzelok 11:42 on 2018-12-11 Permalink

      “scare the hell out of them” is more humane than killing them, but in the same way that terrorism is more humane than nuking.

    • Kate 14:21 on 2018-12-11 Permalink

      qatzelok, do you really want to find a coyote on your front steps or rummaging through your trash? I doubt it. They’ve become unafraid of people and that will have consequences.

      There’s nothing in the news about these animals as rabies vectors but I keep wondering about that.

    • Clément 15:19 on 2018-12-11 Permalink

      “Raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes are the terrestrial animals most often infected with rabies…”


    • dwgs 15:27 on 2018-12-11 Permalink

      I grew up in a fairly rural place so I’m probably in the minority here but they should be killed as humanely as possible.

    • Blork 17:59 on 2018-12-11 Permalink

      I had a deer in my backyard a few nights ago. 🙂 (OK, OK, not the same.)

    • Kevin 08:51 on 2018-12-12 Permalink

      If coyotes are not scared of people (which usually happens because people start feeding them) they will approach other people and get aggressive when they don’t get fed, then nip at people, then get tracked down and killed.

      So scare the fuck out of them.

    • dwgs 11:29 on 2018-12-12 Permalink

      Teaching them to be frightened of people is a good way to be humane and spare the lives of the coyotes. What it doesn’t do is spare the lives of the domestic animals (cats, small to mid size dogs) that those coyotes will kill and eat.

    • walkerp 12:35 on 2018-12-12 Permalink

      Rather my cat get eaten by a coyote than killed by a car.

  • Kate 21:43 on 2018-12-10 Permalink | Reply  

    Gentrification is having a devastating effect on the existing communities in Sud-Ouest borough, and more social housing is needed.

    • Ian 22:12 on 2018-12-10 Permalink

      When I saw that the old biker bar at ND & St. Ferd is now an ice cream joint I could guess the old neighbours probably got forced out too. My favourite diner at ND & Ste Marge is now a hipster resto with 20 dollar burgers. My sixplex at Beaudoin and Ste Marge got levelled and is now condos.
      Don’t get me wrong, it was a shitty neighbourhood in the 90s, but all those people that lived there had a neighbourhood. You know when burgers go from $3.50 to $20 something’s going down.

    • Bill Binns 13:44 on 2018-12-11 Permalink

      More social housing? I’d be interested to know what percentage pf Pointe St Charles is already social housing. We were really focused on the area for months when looking for a house and it seemed like no block was free of some sort of social housing.

    • Kate 14:05 on 2018-12-11 Permalink

      Bill Binns, we’re moving toward a minimum income society. It may not completely happen in our lifetimes, but the kind of work that the average person used to do has been largely automated or made irrelevant. But we can’t ask the people who are no longer economically profitable to walk into suicide booths – or not yet. They have to live somewhere.

    • Bill Binns 15:08 on 2018-12-11 Permalink

      What exactly is keeping anyone from getting out and participating in the work force? We are at record low unemployment. The IGA in Place Dupuis has a huge sign above the cash registers pleading for understanding “during this period of full employment”. We have politicians making the case that we have to import workers from other countries but we have to house and feed our own workers while they sit around and wait for Nordelec to reopen?

      Anyway, my initial comment wasn’t intended as a rant against the concept of subsidized housing just that the Sud-West has already done it’s part in accepting it. Maybe the city could look around for parcels in Outremont or TMR or the Plateau to house the next generation of people who can’t.

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

      Louise Menard ,who also owns the IGA at Complexe Desjardins ( and 3 others) has the same sign. Which is an excuse to have 3 Cashiers at 5:30 0n a Friday.
      Hey I thought this was capitalism, pay your employees more, treat them with respect and tell them that without them you wouldn’t be living in a castle in Candiac with 4 SUV’s.

    • Bill Binns 17:29 on 2018-12-11 Permalink

      It’s not just IGA. Take note of the help wanted signs you see as you travel around town. They are everywhere but the businesses that have entry level jobs available have to compete for employees with the government who will give anyone that asks the job of doing nothing at all.

    • Blork 18:19 on 2018-12-11 Permalink

      Bill Binns, cut it out, you’re shouting at clouds. As has been said many times here, a lot of the homeless and otherwise non-employed that you complain about so much are unable to reliably work because of heath and mental health problems. That covers a wide range of problems that can make it difficult for such people to get or keep any kind of job, particularly one that involves a lot of contact with the public.

      But this topic is about housing. Cashier jobs at IGA (etc.) do not pay enough to sustain yourself in non-subsidized housing in gentrifying places like Saint-Henri. As simple as that. Sure, some people manage it by piling six people into a two bedroom apartment, or by living in very shitty and decrepit apartments, but those are the ones that are most ripe for being bought, renovated, and then sold for far beyond what those cashiers can pay.

      Finally, the “job” of doing nothing at all is no gravy train. It doesn’t pay much at all, and it’s hardly appealing as a choice. Most people who live like that do so because they don’t have much choice (see above re: unable to work for various reasons.)

      And yes, if you look you might find some people who are able to work but who won’t. I think there are far fewer of those than you might believe. And when you do find such people you might want to take a close look to see what might be going on there. For example: imagine someone who has social anxiety or some other type of problem that doesn’t quite qualify as a disability. Their option is to get a job and spend 30 or 40 hours a week in utter misery, hating every minute, hour after hour, day after day, likely suffering daily stress and humiliation and all that (remember: social anxiety or maybe just socially maladjusted), and at the end of each day they are exhausted and they hate life, and all for what, $300 a week? Or they can stay at home on welfare for probably $200 a week but at least they don’t hate life and they have time for doing things they like, such as watching TV or writing their awful poetry or whatever.

      My point is that working a shitty job for lousy pay doesn’t appeal to some people.

      Also, you have to consider that a lot of people have terrible lives for whatever reason (mental health, abused as children, etc.) leaving them with very high levels of hopelessness. When a young enthusiastic whipper-snapper like yourself is out of a job he can muster some gumption and go get a job because he has a view of what his life can and should be like. But many people — particularly the ones you complain about so much — have lives of despair and hopelessness, so they are not very motivated to add more pain and annoyance to their lives in the form of oppressive bosses, the need to dress cleanly, SCHEDULES, etc.

    • Emily G. 23:59 on 2018-12-11 Permalink

      Blork, I think you hit the nail on the head. I’ve known quite a few people who just weren’t very employable and have had to live on welfare. The people I know are not lazy and not looking to freeload.

    • Hamza 03:42 on 2018-12-12 Permalink

      I don’t think one is obligated by any exterior authority or force to justify why they choose to exist without being employed. Yet we allow ourselves and others to put us down for this.

    • Bill Binns 09:51 on 2018-12-12 Permalink

      @Blork – You are conflating “can’t” with “won’t”. Your 4th paragraph is simply a description of “having a job”. Imagine working in misery like that only to be told that the half of the salary that’s taken away from you isn’t enough. You aren’t doing “your fair share”. “Look how these other people live. Isn’t it terrible?”

      These “needs” that people want satisfied will never ever be filled. Raise the income tax to 90%, cover mount royal in high rise buildings full of free apartments, there will always be a waiting list. The only thing that ever changes is the sad stories. When times are bad “OMG There are NO JOBS”. When times are good “OMG people have social anxiety and would really rather watch TV all day then work a shift at Tim Horton’s”.

      I’m no rich guy peering over my castle wall and sneering at the huddled masses. I grew up dirt poor. I lived in shitty neighborhoods right next to the people who can’t all the way through my 30’s. I have lived in trailers and garages. I arrived in Canada poor. I currently hire and manage entry level people. The reasons people live in (relative) extreme poverty are rarely a mystery when you meet them. The biggest reason of all has always been and continues to be people making children they are unprepared to care for followed by the male parent hitting the road. The second is chronically making horrible choices. Do you really believe that anything close to a majority of people who live in in subsidized housing are unable to work? If being “unhappy about going to work” is a legit qualification for scoring a free apartment, yes we are going to need a LOT more social housing (and a lot more suckers to pay for it). Go count the people who appear to be thrilled to be mashed into the metro at 8AM. The whole world hates getting up and going to work. That’s why people will give you money to do it.

    • MarcGuay 11:04 on 2018-12-12 Permalink

      … and so that’s why I usually don’t read the comments section.

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