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  • Kate 08:47 on 2019-06-25 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse talked to people evicted or inconvenienced by Airbnb in their neighbourhoods.

    • Ephraim 14:59 on 2019-06-25 Permalink

      Reminds me of a poem by Martin Niemoller… a little too late to cry now. When the problem started… they should have said something.

  • Kate 08:41 on 2019-06-25 Permalink | Reply  

    The new bridge faced its first rush hour Tuesday morning.

    • Faiz Imam 11:45 on 2019-06-25 Permalink

      I saw the JdeM headline, and damn, I thought we were past that sort of nonsense!

      fearmongering over congestion is just the worst.

      I’m actually more interested to hear how well it handled the rush hour buses with the new reserved bus lane system.

      Also, does anyone know how they will implement the evening rush hour lanes for the next 4 days? cars are still using the old bridge but they need a reserved bus lane somehow.

  • Kate 08:37 on 2019-06-25 Permalink | Reply  

    Having dismissed the previous operator, the city can’t get anyone else interested in the contract to operate two of its ecocentres.

  • Kate 07:16 on 2019-06-25 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal digs into history for an infographic on Verdun’s relationship with the river now that it has a beach.

    • Jonathan 08:49 on 2019-06-25 Permalink

      When I worked on environmental outreach in Verdun I often found myself chatting with seniors in their kitchen over a cup of tea. Numerous told me in the 50s and 60s (if I remember correctly) that the riverbed was used as an open dump. Then the city buried it all. I wonder if this is one of the reasons they used the excavation material to ‘expand” the riverside.

  • Kate 06:55 on 2019-06-25 Permalink | Reply  

    This year is the 40th jazz festival so the CBC has 40 facts about the festival and its history.

  • Kate 06:49 on 2019-06-25 Permalink | Reply  

    A man was stabbed in a fight overnight in Lasalle, but nobody got killed.

  • Kate 08:49 on 2019-06-24 Permalink | Reply  

    Quick look at what’s open and closed for St-Jean and at the bus routes disrupted by the parade.

  • Kate 08:39 on 2019-06-24 Permalink | Reply  

    The typography of the program sheet for the 1850 St-Jean parade is a treat, so it’s worth a closer look at the PDF file linked here. The guys at the Minerve printing shop must have cracked out every display font in the place to list the order of the procession, which involved, among others, a temperance group and its band – and, of course, a mass. Via the BAnQ.

    • steph 09:05 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      Does anyone know when they abandoned the tradition of starting the parade with a British flag?

    • Kate 09:13 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      When did the SSJB take a Quebec nationalist turn? Possibly not even till after WWII. But it would take research to pin it down more exactly.

    • Blork 15:00 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      The second “O” in “procession” is upside down and now that’s all I can see when I look at that poster.

    • Kate 15:49 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      There are a few other typos – LES ENFANS, pas d’obtacle, and best of all, “mprimerie de la Minerve” at the bottom with no capital I – but that’s a good catch.

    • Jack 10:25 on 2019-06-25 Permalink

      I want to know where they got their money, that group is rich. Big mansion on Sherbrooke , scholarships, banquets and they sponsor every nationalist linguistic or historic grouping. Where did they get that cash….anyone.

  • Kate 08:12 on 2019-06-24 Permalink | Reply  

    The first drivers crossed the new bridge on the inbound side, first thing Monday morning.

    • Ephraim 11:47 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      I see a Subaru that should have gotten a ticket for a burnt out light

    • Faiz Imam 23:56 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      I just realized. The bridge should have a pretty decent view of the fireworks.

      Makes me sad the path isn’t open till fall. Would have been great this summer.

    • Blork 08:23 on 2019-06-25 Permalink

      Hmm, I’m not sure it will have a great view of the fireworks. It’s almost 7 km distant. I’ve crossed the Victoria a few times while the fireworks were going and it was nice but even then far away. Champlain is a lot farther and with structures in between (Iike the Jacques-Cartier). You’ll definitely see the higher ones, but very distant.

      The best place to see them from a bike path is right here: https://goo.gl/maps/Bh8aSdQ7MXPRw5xx6

  • Kate 08:08 on 2019-06-24 Permalink | Reply  

    Two men were shot in an industrial part of Dorval Sunday night. Nobody died.

  • Kate 23:12 on 2019-06-23 Permalink | Reply  

    The Quebec federation of school boards says it’s going to start applying Bill 21 immediately, dissociating itself from the CSDM, which has asked for another year to sort things out. How will François Legault’s team bring pressure to bear on the province’s largest school board? Will the CSDM and EMSB find themselves united against the rest of Quebec? Stay tuned…

    • dwgs 08:51 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      It would be quite a statement if the two boards allied over this. Unfortunately at least one of those boards has a hard time tying their shoes in the morning so I’m not holding my breath.

    • Roman 08:57 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      Funny thing about hijabs, if that’s what they were targeting, is that, arguably, they aren’t religious. There’s no mention in Koran about wearing a hijab. It’s a cultural thing, just happen to be wide spread in Muslim countries.

    • Kate 09:39 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      Roman, that’s a reductive argument. There are statements in the Koran about modesty – “a Muslim woman should cover her head and bosom with a khimar (a head covering), and her body with a jilbab (a loose over-garment).” This has been elaborated over time by tradition and further orders from spiritual leaders, naturally. But it’s in there.

      Lots more on this in the Wikipedia article on hijab. There are a lot of variations in garments responding to the requirements.

    • Chris 13:24 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      Roman, even if the Quran said nothing about hijab (and it does), it’s not the only holy text in Islam. There’s also the various Hadith. Lots of things in Islam aren’t from the Quran. Like the ritual of the five daily prayers.

      This isn’t unique to Islam. The Bible says nothing about the trinity, so I guess the trinity has nothing to do with Christianity either, right?

      Perhaps you are trying to say that the hijab predates Islam? Yes, it probably does. But that doesn’t mean the concept wasn’t subsumed by the religion.

    • hamza 16:54 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      it would be nice if non-muslims didn’t try to tell muslims what is and isn’t a part of their religion.

    • Chris 17:31 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      hamza, could you clarify? Religion can be studied academically, like any subject. Universities indeed have such departments. One doesn’t need to be a member of any particular group to study any particular subject. Surely you’re not saying one must believe in a thing to learn/study it?

  • Kate 19:44 on 2019-06-23 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA is getting excited about the (half) opening of the new bridge.

    • Faiz Imam 23:49 on 2019-06-23 Permalink

      RTL buses are free tomorrow, so my mom is going out of her way to take the 90 and travel over the new span for the first time.

      The view looks to be a great reason to cross. I personally can’t wait for the bike path to get finished.

    • steph 13:27 on 2019-06-24 Permalink

      FYI its NOT free today. 🙁

  • Kate 18:17 on 2019-06-23 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada has some notes on St-Jean festivities around town. Likewise from CTV.

  • Kate 09:47 on 2019-06-23 Permalink | Reply  

    The Centre d’histoire piece this weekend looks at the old Lachine Canal, a branch of the existing canal that’s still a bucolic spot on the water. Map.

    This week, the Journal also looked back at the construction of the Champlain bridge about to be put out of service after fifty years.

    The Gazette’s “through our eyes” looks at a 1965 nationalist sit-in in a downtown restaurant and election day goons with baseball bats in 1962, among other topics.

    Radio-Canada’s archive items this week include the royal opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The retirement of longtime arts journalist Francine Grimaldi is marked with a look back at her fifty-year career in its productions.

    (Has anyone made an editorial cartoon of Grimaldi retiring because she always wears a head covering and that’s no longer acceptable?)

  • Kate 08:34 on 2019-06-23 Permalink | Reply  

    Swallows have been using the old Champlain Bridge as shelter for their nests for a long time. Experts are trying to re-create the same conditions under the ice bridge, which isn’t going to be dismantled, to persuade them to move their nests before the old bridge is taken down.

    The federal infrastructure minister thinks people may be prepared to buy pieces of the old bridge as a souvenir. (But did people want souvenirs of the old Forum because of the Richard riot? Or because it was the renowned temple of a revered sports dynasty?)

    La Presse’s Bruno Bisson shows how the new bridge was assembled from segments constructed offsite.

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