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  • Kate 23:20 on 2018-06-21 Permalink | Reply  

    I posted about this a few weeks ago, but now two citizens have put the city on notice that they have to obey a 1950 Quebec law mandating that when three flags are flown, the Quebec flag gets central pride of place, not the Canadian one.

    Are the courts going to have to waste time on determining whether Canadian custom or Quebec’s law prevails? This federal government page clearly states that “The National Flag of Canada […] should not be subjected to dishonour or displayed in a position inferior to any other flag or ensign.”

    Furthermore, “When only three flags are displayed, the National Flag of Canada should be at the centre. […] A common combination of flags is the National Flag of Canada with a provincial or territorial flag, and a municipal flag or an organization’s banner. In this case, the National Flag should be in the centre with the provincial/territorial flag to the left and the municipal flag/organization’s banner to the right (to an observer facing the display).”

    I don’t know whether these guidelines have the force of law.

    Maybe Mayor Plante should give a pied-de-nez to both, and put the Montreal flag front and centre.

     
  • Kate 23:02 on 2018-06-21 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada’s historian visits the city archives in this audio piece. I went there myself on a Mois de l’archéologie visit a couple of summers ago and our group was shown the exact pieces shown in the photos accompanying this piece.

     
  • Kate 23:00 on 2018-06-21 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is promising to return burial places to first nations people. Item mentions that eight such spots are known, including one that may be 4000 years old.

     
  • Kate 22:40 on 2018-06-21 Permalink | Reply  

    A report is out on the November 5 municipal election showing that only one quarter of young voters turned out. But who can blame them? Overall fewer than half of all eligible voters could be arsed to show up, so it’s not as if older adults are exactly setting a good example.

     
  • Kate 07:04 on 2018-06-21 Permalink | Reply  

    The MR-63 train is taking its final run Thursday on the blue line. The Journal talks to a few people about the historic rolling stock that dates back to the opening of the metro system.

    With some trivia: the trains came with heaters that were never used because, as it turned out, it was ventilators that were needed to keep drivers and passengers comfortable. The original designers can’t have foreseen how much heat would get trapped down there in all seasons.

     
  • Kate 07:00 on 2018-06-21 Permalink | Reply  

    If/when François Legault and his party get a majority this fall, Montreal can expect a long season of neglect as Legault courts his base in the remoter suburbs to “decongest” the city, including vetoing Montreal’s own transit wishes to make things nicer for his support in the 450. With diplomatic words from the mayor – “Nous sommes heureux de constater que, comme nous, les partis politiques réfléchissent à l’avenir…”

     
    • Ant6n 16:31 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      So KAK wants more low-capacity metros along highways. While complaining that the city of Montreal has too much power when it comes to transit spending … when in reality, in the last 30 years or so, most new transit investment has been for the suburbs (including the REM).

    • Ant6n 16:44 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      Looking at the Liberals, the PQ and KAK, we see that politicians make poor transit planners.

    • Ali Bear 19:05 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      The majority of Canadians are suburbanites like Doug Ford. We will have to live with the consequences of that way of “thinking.”

    • Chris 19:34 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      “KAK”? Is that spelling a diss somehow?

  • Kate 06:56 on 2018-06-21 Permalink | Reply  

    The SPVM is getting new branding. More photos are shown with the Journal version of the QMI story. It’s a harder look, but not well unified graphically. The word Police in white isn’t strong in that outlined effect hanging over the white part of the design.

    You could do an essay in how our cops have migrated from brandikng and uniform using blue – everything from shirts to cars – to a preference for a more American and quasi-militaristic black and white, but I haven’t got all day.

     
    • Roman 07:15 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      Looks too aggressive and imho ugly.

    • John B 07:50 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      With that crest it looks like the SQ.

      They should have gone back to the livery on the blue retro car.

    • Ephraim 11:13 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      Too militaristic…. too unfriendly.

    • Ali Bear 19:09 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      “Militaristic” and “unfriendly” are appropriate for a police force rebranding. Other adjectives like “soft” and “friendly” would be considered inappropriate.

    • Ephraim 21:17 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      Ali – They want us to respect them, not fear them. This is Canada, after all. They won’t get any of the respect that they want from the public being dressed like they are ready to assault us.

    • Dhomas 21:32 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      Remember when police were here to protect us, and not assault us? When we would feel safe when police were around, not fearful? Pepperidge farm remembers.

  • Kate 13:07 on 2018-06-20 Permalink | Reply  

    The driver fell out of a moving car in Rosemont Tuesday night and was badly injured about the head. Police are trying to puzzle out how it could have happened.

     
  • Kate 13:04 on 2018-06-20 Permalink | Reply  

    For some reason the jazz festival has decided to diversify and decentralize from the Quartier des spectacles and will be doing shows in various neighbourhood spots (but not, I gather, till next summer).

     
    • SMD 22:12 on 2018-06-20 Permalink

      Nice first-person narrative by T’Cha Dunlevy about the event.

    • david 23:33 on 2018-06-20 Permalink

      I’m sure part of the reason is that the downtown has looked like post-war Sarajevo for the entirety of the festival’s run and this fact, combined with some sort of conflict with a construction project or an increase in fees to shut down the street, has put the festival into a plan that was a long time coming. The paid jazz festival shows have always been all around town, why not spread around the free ones, while the PdS is under construction over the next 15 years.

    • steph 06:33 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      De Verdun, De Hochelag, De Rosemont, De Cote-Des-Neiges. I really hope those “de” don’t stick.

    • Kate 13:55 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      steph, I’ve a feeling that was just a “Festival de jazz …de Verdun, de Hochelaga” and so on. Not meant to be like that time they suddenly decided most metro stations had to have a “de” at the beginning of their name, before someone with better sense changed their minds for them. I hope.

  • Kate 07:04 on 2018-06-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Tony Accurso gets points for sheer chutzpah today. In court facing civil charges of corruption in Laval, he’s about to embark on challenging Quebec’s law on reclaiming a percentage of the cash presumed to have been acquired as the result of such activities.

     
  • Kate 06:58 on 2018-06-20 Permalink | Reply  

    I continue to be impressed with Eater, not just for its distillations of useful lists and news, but now for their attempt to find out how much public money has propped up Joël Robuchon’s restaurant. However, despite filing access-to-information requests, they were unable to find out whether $11 million actually did get poured into luring the French chef to the casino.

     
  • Kate 06:55 on 2018-06-20 Permalink | Reply  

    The leader of the Atalante group that broke into the Vice office last month has been arrested and will face a list of charges. His henchmen may also be charged. As reported by Vice itself.

     
    • steph 19:25 on 2018-06-20 Permalink

      Good.

    • Bill Binns 12:50 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      Yes good but let’s apply this zest for prosecution to both sides of the political spectrum. This incident is a whole bunch of nothing compared to the frenzy of destruction Amir Khadir’s daughter and her friends committed at the University of Montreal. Six figures of actual physical damage and the consequences were….drumroll…….nothing. Nothing at all. Community service and no criminal record. It will be interesting to see how the punishment for throwing some leaflets in an office compares.

  • Kate 06:51 on 2018-06-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Odd little brief piece in Metro in which Caisse de dépôt czar Michael Sabia affirms that the REM will turn a profit. Has no journalist grilled Sabia over the principle that public transit is meant to provide a service, not make a fast buck for investors?

     
    • brett 07:22 on 2018-06-20 Permalink

      The REM is basically going to be Quebec’s version of VIA Rail.

    • Ant6n 07:49 on 2018-06-20 Permalink

      VIA rail is under public control, the REM by law is not (i.e. the government may not interfere with the operations of the Caisse, which is the managing of assets on behalf of pension funds).

    • david 23:37 on 2018-06-20 Permalink

      The government can simply change the law later if they want.

    • ant6n 06:23 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      Well, the government ‘could’ make a law to nationalize CN or CP, but, uh, not really…

    • Ephraim 11:19 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      The market cap on CNR is $78.7B and CP is $35.8B plus a premium to nationalize… that’s a heck of a lot of money for the public to spend to buy it from the shareholders. Though, I have to admit that they have a good margin (and that I own stock).

    • ant6n 14:10 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      Well, Davids claim was that you could turn REM public by some words in a law. If you use purchasing as the standard for nationalization, then that would imply purchasing the REM — that’ll be a good 10-15B (if you assume a similar premium on nationalization as there was a discount on privatization)

    • david 15:01 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      The government is not required to pay them full market value either. If it’s draining the budget or whatever, they can just change the contract to whatever they want. Here’s the best layman’s overview immediately available online: https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/cancelling-contracts-power-of-governments-to-unilaterally-alter-agreements.pdf

      Now, it’s a different discussion whether the political stakes would be too high, given the pension plan’s role in Quebec. But still, if it’s too bad, the government can modify the contract as they will.

    • Ant6n 15:52 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      CDPQ is not a pension plan, it’s an asset manager. If you don’t get that, I don’t think you’re qualified to discuss this issue.
      And on the point of ‘market value’ — I guess you’re not aware that CDPQ is paying like 120million for the Deux-Montagnes line, which probably has a ‘market value’ in the 700-1500 million range.

    • david 19:04 on 2018-06-21 Permalink

      Okay, let me simplify this even more: I’m saying that it doesn’t matter that the contracts say, the government can change it, just as a law. The government in BC was using this all through the aughts to tear up the previous government’s contracts. The political consideration – ie. how balance sheet for the pension fund – is a major consideration in this. And everyone knows it’s the pension fund, don’t bother with that bullshit.

      Your mind has gone over to the other side, man. You’re grasping at anything as it all slips away from you, you should try to pull yourself together, maybe take a break from all this if it’s causing you such distress. What they’re paying for the tunnel and DM line is relevant to the deal, and it’s not great. But what I’m saying is that if it goes wildly off the rails in terms of government budgeted contributions like you’re saying, there’s iron in the glove. The government is not locked into this contract forever, it can very literally change it by an act of law.

      The question of whether it would do so is a different discussion, like I said, that implicates a lot of political considerations.

  • Kate 12:48 on 2018-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Police have already given out 200 tickets to drivers attempting to cross the Camillien-Houde despite the official closure.

     
    • Ian 13:00 on 2018-06-19 Permalink

      The Camillien-Houde ? Is that like the Mile-End? 😀

  • Kate 12:47 on 2018-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

    A woman was knocked down and killed on Papineau at St-Zotique Tuesday morning by a driver making a turn.

     
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