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  • Kate 11:46 on 2020-01-18 Permalink | Reply  

    The police ethics committee has formally dismissed an officer for stealing an iphone during a protest in 2012, but it was symbolic only, as the man had quit the force six years ago.

  • Kate 11:22 on 2020-01-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Homeless shelters have been crowded in this cold snap, with even the emergency shelter at the old Royal Vic filling up.

    We’re expecting a snowstorm starting late Saturday afternoon/early evening and overnight, although with any luck nothing on the scale of the blizzard that just hit Newfoundland and is being widely reported.

  • Kate 13:42 on 2020-01-17 Permalink | Reply  

    The botanical garden’s Agave guiengola is flowering, something it only does after 20 years of existence, whereupon it dies. Not sure the Espace pour la vie is fair in describing the sight as “once in a lifetime”: most of us have hopes of seeing a few 20-year cycles before we too expire.

    • mare 16:05 on 2020-01-17 Permalink

      Time to get an Access Montreal pass.

      Dumb question: Could they just plant a few, every 5 years or so?

    • Kate 19:44 on 2020-01-17 Permalink

      I’m sure they could, but I don’t know whether they’d choose to devote that much space to one species of plant.

      It would be interesting in these times to start a “long now” greenhouse with plants that grow slowly and only flower over long periods. I was reading about bristlecone pines recently, for example. But we don’t really have a social mechanism for that kind of long-term planning.

      I wonder whether our botanical garden is making any plans to help the biome handle climate change over time. Someone should go ask them and write an article.

    • Mark Côté 23:48 on 2020-01-17 Permalink

      “once in a lifetime” could be a sort of tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that the bloom is only once in a lifetime for the plant…

  • Kate 13:26 on 2020-01-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada has been investigating the early links of the Saputo family with the Bonanno family from New York, and connections with the Rizzutos here. English version on the CBC side. Lino Saputo published a memoir last year in which he denied any links to the mob. (I bet John Parisella has a few anecdotes from ghosting that book.)

  • Kate 13:19 on 2020-01-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Céline Dion’s mother has died at 92. Besides being the mother of 13 kids, including an international star, Thérèse Dion became a media star in her own right and established a charitable foundation. Her husband Adhémar died in 2003.

  • Kate 09:10 on 2020-01-17 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal has a preview of downtown’s third food hall to open within a year, Le Cathcart in Place Ville-Marie.

  • Kate 08:58 on 2020-01-17 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s being reported around that city hall opposition doesn’t like Bird or Lime scooters. Again, why is this news? The correct response is “That’s nice, dear.”

    (By the way, technically, does a city council even have an “official opposition” the way a full-scale Westminster-style parliament does? Or is it just journalists inflating the role of the second-largest party?)

    • Uatu 09:57 on 2020-01-17 Permalink

      Probably because lime has been recently been pulling out of some markets and laying off staff. Maybe they’re trying to ride the wave of disapproval to get rid of them. Which is no big loss. The scooters are just sidewalk obstacles that are transported from place to place.

    • Blork 11:11 on 2020-01-17 Permalink

      I doubt this opposition has anything to do with Lime’s pulling out of other cities (why would Mtl’s opposition give AF about that?). More likely just the standard griping about anything that’s not “business as usual circa 1970.”

    • Ephraim 12:20 on 2020-01-17 Permalink

      As a pedestrian… hate them. Probably wouldn’t if they would follow the law and stay off the sidewalk. But I still don’t understand who takes these things… expensive like heck and dangerous and do they really get you anywhere quickly?

    • Blork 13:22 on 2020-01-17 Permalink

      I too am annoyed by seeing them splayed all over the sidewalks. That said, I can see their appeal because I’m sure they’re fun to ride and it’s potentially a good way to cover a relatively short distance quickly.

      For example, let’s say you’re coming out of Brutopia on Crescent and you get a text that your buddies are all over at one of the Ramen shops on Ste-Catherine near St-Marc. Hey, there’s a Lime scooter, so you jump on and zip over there in about four minutes, knocking over only three or four pedestrians and causing hardly any cars to swerve to avoid you. And that would cost what, three bucks? Less than the cost of each of the four lattes you had today, so cheap. And since you’re a millennial you’re used to spending money that way because your GenX/Boomer parents RUINED EVERYTHING and therefore you are convinced that you will NEVER HAVE ANYTHING since those older fuckers took everything and left nothing for you.

      So yeah, that’s fun.

    • jeather 16:23 on 2020-01-17 Permalink

      Taking some cues from qatzi about weird screeds?

    • qatzelok 17:37 on 2020-01-17 Permalink

      While I also don’t like tripping over them, we do need every alternative to Giant, killer trucks and SUVs.

    • Ian 23:29 on 2020-01-17 Permalink

      More battery operated toys isn’t the answer, especially as we know lithium batteries are a resource that is gathered in a way that exploits workers.
      I mostly see these clustered around McGill or in clubland, these are toys. Blork’s rant aside they do truly only seem to appeal to a certain category of consumers in very specific contexts.

    • qatzelok 09:25 on 2020-01-18 Permalink

      I look at them like toys.. .that you can also get around on. Sort of like Mustangs, Jeep CJs and other “lifestyle” vehicles. All of the large, gasl-burning or electric battery toy cars consume more and destroy at lower speeds than those poor little Limes.

    • Raymond Lutz 15:18 on 2020-01-18 Permalink

      Lithium, source of workers exploitation. And war? https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/12/morales-claims-orchestrated-coup-tap-bolivia-lithium-191225053622809.html (à prendre avec un grain de sel…de lithium?)

  • Kate 08:50 on 2020-01-17 Permalink | Reply  

    A man in the Gaspé who received a parking ticket from Montreal has had it cancelled. I’m not even sure why this is news, except for the mild ludicrousness of the mistake.

  • Kate 08:46 on 2020-01-17 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s not clear from this account or this one why, after a few students claimed to have seen a gun in someone’s hand somewhere outside the school – Global says it was a BB gun – Lester B. Pearson school was locked down Thursday afternoon. The presumed owner of the alleged gun was never on the premises.

  • Kate 08:37 on 2020-01-17 Permalink | Reply  

    A man was stabbed in an apartment St-Laurent overnight and police are investigating.

  • Kate 21:53 on 2020-01-16 Permalink | Reply  

    A brand new co-op apartment building is being planned for the corner of St-Jacques and Mountain Street.

  • Kate 21:50 on 2020-01-16 Permalink | Reply  

    There’s been a Salvation Army store on Notre-Dame near Guy since I can remember, but now a new owner is closing it down to make room for condos and offices.

    • Tim F 06:42 on 2020-01-17 Permalink

      Is that still Griffintown? I always thought of it as being in Little Burgundy…

    • Kate 10:08 on 2020-01-17 Permalink

      Google maps indicates that Notre-Dame is the boundary there, things on the south side being Griffintown and on the north side, Little Burgundy. The Sally Ann is on the south side, but it’s a fine distinction.

    • Ian 23:32 on 2020-01-17 Permalink

      Sad to hear it, I made lots of great finds there as a student. Of course that was over 20 years ago…
      I didn’t realize the G and Little B were divided down Notre Dame – is the westernmost boundary still charlevoix?

    • Kate 10:58 on 2020-01-18 Permalink

      Ian, if you go on Google maps and click on the neighbourhood names, it fills the corresponding area in. I don’t know where they get borders for traditional neighbourhoods that may never have had official designations, but at a glance, Google thinks Atwater is the boundary between St-Henri and Little Burgundy. Charlevoix is not a boundary street on the Google map.

      I’m now clicking on this map and there’s a section that’s east of Guy and south of St-Antoine that isn’t included in Griffintown but isn’t part of any other ‘hood either. So it’s not perfect.

      At least it defines the Old Port correctly!

  • Kate 09:13 on 2020-01-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Aéroports de Montréal has a survey up about airplane noise, although the recent hike in complaints seems to be due more to a new app making it effortless.

  • Kate 08:58 on 2020-01-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Here are a few weekend driving notes well in advance.

    Update: Whatever notes were there on Thursday they’ve been changed because harsh weather is expected on the weekend.

  • Kate 08:52 on 2020-01-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Last August, a passerby died after a freak accident near the construction work on Plaza St-Hubert. A flying stone chip hit him in the head and he died two days later. Now the CNESST report reveals the site was not properly secured, the worker using a diamond saw had no training on using the tool, the work was being done by a subcontractor of a subcontractor and the middleman is washing his hands of the business.

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