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  • Kate 12:11 on 2019-03-19 Permalink | Reply  

    A pedestrian was killed by a truck late Tuesday morning downtown.

    • Jack 12:41 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      In the ten months I have lived in Chinatown thats the third pedestrian killed within 150 meters of my residence. The one thing however that is surprising is that the driver wasn’t hospitalized for a “choc nerveux”, must be made of stern stuff.
      I do hope his assistant did not exit the truck yelling « Ostie de Montréal ! » when he saw a crushed 79 year old grandmother, because let’s be honest thats bad form.
      I am however getting truly sick of the idea that this level of collateral damage is an acceptable part of the urban experience. These trucks have engineered blindspots so they can’t see pedestrians and cyclists and are literally turning on top of pedestrians exiting from Place des Armes Metro and the Palais des Congress. Valerie your the mobility mayor ….really??

    • Kate 14:47 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      Jack, CBC says “The driver was taken to the hospital to be treated for shock.”

  • Kate 07:04 on 2019-03-19 Permalink | Reply  

    I hope our editorial cartoonists make the most of the story that the city plans to try artificial intelligence as a way to get a handle on supplying its services effectively.

  • Kate 06:54 on 2019-03-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Question time at city hall is held once a month and is pretty tightly controlled, with those wanting to ask a question having to make a request in person, in advance. Council chair Cathy Wong wants to know how people would prefer to do it.

    I suspect the current arrangement evolved as a way of squelching people who like to show up and use the session to air their particular idée fixe, but if Wong can find a way to use technology to make it work better, that’s good.

  • Kate 21:53 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Upcoming gatherings as statements against violence, racism, xenophobia:

    Any others?

  • Kate 20:25 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    The public is to be consulted on the future of Jeanne-Mance park. Inevitably, the softball debacle gets a mention.

  • Kate 19:55 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Sporadic blackouts affected the city and environs Monday afternoon, following a glitch in Hydro-Quebec operations.

  • Kate 19:53 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    There will be no charges against a woman whose dog attacked her own grandchildren last summer, including a four-year-old who – it says in CTV’s report – “suffered serious injuries when the dog grabbed her head in its mouth.” Other children were also bitten by the dog the same day.

    The dog is still around and Anne France Goldwater is apparently in court later this week trying to keep it alive.

  • Kate 19:48 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    The STM is defending the actions of the security guards who were caught on video beating a man on the platform at Villa-Maria last week. But community groups, aided by one-man opposition force Marvin Rotrand, are asking for an investigation. Valérie Plante says she has not ruled out independent investigations into metro security incidents.

  • Kate 06:45 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal reminds us Wednesday is the vernal equinox (twice a year I get to remind journalists there’s nothing “official” about it, although they almost always use this word, whether in English or French).

    This piece also says days will get longer after the equinox, which is true, but they’ve been getting longer since the winter solstice a few days before Christmas. It’s not the equinox that’s the turning point.

    This piece also says there will be snow Wednesday night.

    • Raymond Lutz 18:36 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      Et l’heure officielle de l’arrivée du printemps sera 16h58 selon la Fédération des astronomes amateurs du Québec. 😎

    • Ian 19:16 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      Crazy they’re calling for snow overnight Wednesday, the high during the day will be 7, enjoy it if you can … this is such a nutty time of year. Just remember even though it’s legal to switch to summer tires it’s best to wait until it’s consistently 7C overnight.

    • Chris 22:44 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      Kate, can u elaborate on what’s not “official” about it?

    • Kate 06:59 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      Chris, an example: Canada Day is our official federal holiday. That’s because human beings decided it would be so, and enshrined it in law. In contrast, the equinoxes and solstices are due to the tilt of the Earth and its effects on the light and the temperature on various parts of the globe at key points of the year. They have nothing to do with human decisions or offices: they’re simple geometrical facts. We observe them, but we sure as hell did not ordain them.

    • Kevin 07:16 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      Meteorological spring started March 1, but I argue that seasons come around whenever they damn well feel like it.

    • Raymond Lutz 07:39 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      And I guess “The earth is a globe” is a simple geometrical fact too? NO! it’s an official narrative, planted into our head by the system.

    • Mark Côté 12:16 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      I’d say it’s even further than what Kate says: at what point did we decide that spring starts with the equinox? If there was some official body that decided that, _then_ it would be official. It’s just some random definition that suddenly people started calling “official”. We have four seasons, sure, but there’s nothing that says they have to be of equal length.

  • Kate 06:39 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    QMI says that its paper 24 Hres has been banished by Exo. The free paper used to be distributed on its train platforms in exchange for giving Exo a free page for its PR bulletins, but, QMI says, the deal was cancelled after it published several high-profile pieces criticizing how Deux‑Montagnes train service has declined in reliability because of REM construction. The article points out that other media have been saying the same thing about the service.

    • Dominic 06:47 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      Oh wow, that is petty.

    • qatzelok 11:45 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      Nothing in the article about any too-cozy relationship between Sun Media and the REM, so I guess “conflict of interest” isn’t the reason we are to be given for this banishing of a free rag.

    • Ephraim 14:09 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      I wonder if EXO took QMI out to the garage and beat them with a set of jumper cables until they submitted that newspapers are only allowed to print positive stories about how you aren’t doing your job right.

    • steph 17:46 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      It isn’t news that the Deux-Montagne line is gonna be royally screwed by the REM construction. Everyone knows and everyone that takes the train knows doubly.

    • Ian 19:17 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      Why one might almost think Exo was a for-profit enterprise looking to maintain its image and brand first and foremost.

  • Kate 06:32 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Work begins Monday on the Pie-IX bus rapid transit lane. It’s not expected to wrap up till 2022.

  • Kate 19:53 on 2019-03-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Drivers can get valet parking downtown for $8 on weekends as part of a city effort to make downtown a more appealing shopping area.

    • Ian 19:21 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      Holy cow, PM is backing reasonably priced parking to support business? Never thought I’d see the day. I can only imagine what silent fury this causes Ferrandez.

    • Joey 09:03 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      I guess the valet parking they had on Laurier during the recent construction was a success. I think most of the indoor garages downtown charge about $8 for all-day weekend parking (though I guess this wasn’t known to CTV), but maybe the cachet of having a valet guy park your car for you will make some kind of difference.

  • Kate 19:46 on 2019-03-17 Permalink | Reply  

    While others were swigging and jigging uptown, a group held a vigil in Square Victoria for the victims, now numbered 50, of the attack in New Zealand.

    • j2 20:41 on 2019-03-17 Permalink

      My partner was disappointed it was so poorly announced, at least in the shadow of the events. She wanted to attend with the kids. (We did make the parade, but would have gone had we known.)

    • Kate 06:42 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      I didn’t see any notice of the vigil till it was over. There are at least two anti-xenophobia events planned next weekend, which I’ll post about soon.

  • Kate 19:44 on 2019-03-17 Permalink | Reply  

    The St Patrick’s parade: Photos from Le Devoir and CBC, as reports say it was crowded if chilly.

    Le Devoir reports on the plans for a new park for the Black Rock. It’s not yet clear to me whether the rock will be moved any distance, because the whole point is that it stands where bridge workers found buried bodies from the Irish fever sheds.

  • Kate 10:41 on 2019-03-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Several times this week I’ve seen this tweet from the city warning of a rental shortage and directing us to a page with resources for finding places to live. Passing it along.

    • Ian 17:29 on 2019-03-17 Permalink

      Kind of weird to be thinking of rental shortages this time of year – it’s not beginning of term, it’s not July 1… I wonder, what’s the catalyst to the concern here?

    • Kate 17:31 on 2019-03-17 Permalink

      I figured it’s because tenants with the classic July 1 lease will receive rental increase notices by the end of March, so it’s coming up.

    • PO 19:06 on 2019-03-17 Permalink

      I don’t think it means there will actually be a shortage of apartments for rent come July, just that there’ll be a shortage of listings as some places for July for some reason get posted further down the calendar. The panicked plan-ahead types will be disheartened that they may not find a place immediately, but I’m confident that places always pop up as May, April and June come along.

    • Tim 19:14 on 2019-03-17 Permalink

      Are there any numbers from the city to back up this assertion? Otherwise, this is just fear mongering.

    • Kate 20:06 on 2019-03-17 Permalink

      Tim, depending on neighbourhood, there are chronic reports of the loss of conventional rental space to Airbnb, for starters. Here’s a piece from the end of last year about the low vacancy rate.

    • Tim 20:25 on 2019-03-17 Permalink

      I can’t argue with those numbers Kate (great job). A brief Google search shows that anything under a 4% vacancy rate indicates a tight rental market, so the 1.9% reported by CBC bears this out.

    • Ian 19:22 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      New concept: Guerilla renters. Locate illegal AirBnBs and refuse to vacate them after the rental period, offering a reasonable monthly residential rent instead.

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