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  • Kate 06:06 on 2018-05-22 Permalink | Reply  

    Residents are slow to adopt the brown composting box, although Mathias Marchal notes here that, since some boroughs combine composting with yard scrap pickups, the numbers aren’t entirely clear.

  • Kate 06:04 on 2018-05-22 Permalink | Reply  

    Excellent piece by the Journal’s Cité Métropole blog on the city’s secretive parapublic groups that take public funds but are not answerable for them.

    • Ephraim 07:21 on 2018-05-22 Permalink

      He forgot Stationnement Montreal and Tourisme Montreal, both corporate vampires.

  • Kate 06:02 on 2018-05-22 Permalink | Reply  

    Montreal’s style is all about quality of life over pure economic numbers and long may it be so. This item talks about the economic stuff as if it’s a weakness, but we don’t want Silicon Valley rents here either.

    • Bill Binns 06:48 on 2018-05-22 Permalink

      Yep, and you can have a fantastic life with no job too… until the credit card gets maxed out.

      Life is good here but it all feels very fragile to me.

    • Kate 08:39 on 2018-05-22 Permalink

      you can have a fantastic life with no job

      No you can’t, Bill Binns – not unless you have some illegal business paying the bills. It’s been possible to live in reasonable comfort on a modest patchwork income, yes, but that era is largely over.

  • Kate 05:56 on 2018-05-22 Permalink | Reply  

    Complaints are up at the STM especially concerning the metro, where downtimes and unrepaired escalators are particular irritants.

    The metro is also seeing a growing number of users compared to the bus, which TVA ascribes to the difficulties of roadwork. It’s an odd statistic because there are, after all, still many locations in town you need a bus to get to. It’s not a matter of simply deciding to take the metro instead, for most bus riders.

    • Thomas H 08:03 on 2018-05-22 Permalink

      If I had to wager a guess, the demographic of bus riders may be aging and shrinking. Anecdotally, an older neighbour of mine rides the bus up from Verdun to downtown everyday whereas most younger transplants (like myself) wouldn’t normally do that. But he will retire in two years and so will many like him.

      On top of that, many non-metro accessible spots of Montreal are getting more accessible by ridesharing, carsharing, Bixi, etc. Most younger people prefer these methods to the bus. You can often save time by taking the metro compared to these other methods, but you generally cannot with the bus.

    • Bill Binns 08:26 on 2018-05-22 Permalink

      The bus in Montreal has a pretty steep learning curve. It’s worth figuring this out if you are going to take the same route to work and back everyday but I have given up trying to get to random spots around town by bus. I think nothing of crossing the city by Metro to try a restaurant or a bakery but for anything that can’t be reached by Metro, it’s Car2Go or Metro+Car2Go.

  • Kate 05:48 on 2018-05-22 Permalink | Reply  

    Five years ago the SPVM bought an armoured vehicle, to the derision and disapproval of most of the public. But it hasn’t been used all that often.

    Reading this item I expected to see that it was news because it was being lent for the upcoming G7 summit, but no. The summit’s a huge thing: Hydro-Quebec’s been handed $3 million by the federal government to secure the power system around the Manoir Richelieu area where the event is planned June 8 and 9, for example. Protests are expected in Quebec City, the nearest big town, and as close as possible to the event, which won’t be close at all after security barriers go up.

    • Douglas 07:35 on 2018-05-22 Permalink

      The SPVM is lucky the habs are doing awful or else that car would have been put to use on Ste catherine preventing riots.

  • Kate 22:13 on 2018-05-21 Permalink | Reply  

    Four animal species are under threat in Montreal but is that so surprising when we also learn that while human beings constitute 0.1% of all life, we have caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half the plants that were extant when we showed up?

  • Kate 22:10 on 2018-05-21 Permalink | Reply  

    Researchers are using willows to clean up contaminated land in the east end.

  • Kate 22:04 on 2018-05-21 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada considers how people are making women more visible in toponymy, including even in graveyards.

  • Kate 17:46 on 2018-05-21 Permalink | Reply  

    A hundred people marched Monday in honour of the Patriotes, putting an independantiste spin on the history.

    I’ve noticed this year a much stronger trend to refer to this day, in English, without sarcasm, as National Patriots Day. I wonder how many Montreal residents know which patriots are referred to.

    • Kevin 05:26 on 2018-05-22 Permalink

      I have never before encountered that term in English. Do those same people talk about Pins Avenue?

    • Blork 08:10 on 2018-05-22 Permalink

      New England?


    • Chris 08:36 on 2018-05-22 Permalink

      If I put “Journée nationale des patriotes” into google translate, I get “National Patriots Day”. That’s also its name in the English wikipedia.

  • Kate 17:44 on 2018-05-21 Permalink | Reply  

    The Guardian has a report – made from Toronto, mind you – on the Rosemont Nazi.

  • Kate 09:35 on 2018-05-21 Permalink | Reply  

    I don’t remember who it was that asked me to take note of ice cream articles, but this weekend we have Lesley Chesterman’s nine favourite ice cream shops.

  • Kate 08:46 on 2018-05-21 Permalink | Reply  

    A body was pulled out of the river Sunday morning near Haig and Notre-Dame East after first being spotted near the clock tower. Police say it isn’t Ariel Kouakou, although that seems fairly obvious as it’s a different river. But nobody knows yet who it is.

  • Kate 08:42 on 2018-05-21 Permalink | Reply  

    A year and a half ago, bagpiper Jeff McCarthy was fined for wearing the traditional sgian-dubh, the small dagger that’s part of a full Highland outfit. The charges have been dropped and he’s getting his knife back.

    In the previous version of the blog (which I can’t access at the moment) I believe we had a discussion about the legalities of carrying a knife, but I don’t remember the details. I almost always have some kind of knife with me simply because it’s useful in so many ways. (I also carry a spork and a pair of portable chopsticks.) Leaving aside air travel, surely it can’t be illegal to have a folding knife with you? Anyone have the letter of the law on this?

    • Ephraim 09:39 on 2018-05-21 Permalink

      The magic number in Canada is 8 cm, anything 8cm and below is legal to carry. That’s just over 3 inches. No switchblades or butterfly blades. No buckle blades, no push daggers and no ring blades.

    • Chris 13:06 on 2018-05-21 Permalink

      Alas, neither article says anything about whether Mr McCarthy’s knife was < 8 cm…

    • Kate 16:02 on 2018-05-21 Permalink

      Chris, the Global link shows Mr. McCarthy holding the knife, and it’s tiny, basically a fancy little letter opener.

    • Blork 21:08 on 2018-05-21 Permalink

      Technically it’s a dagger, not a knife, although arguably a dagger is a type of knife. But in general a knife is designed primarily for cutting and has a single edge, and a dagger is designed primarily for stabbing, and is symmetrical with two edges. #justsayin

  • Kate 08:28 on 2018-05-21 Permalink | Reply  

    A group of victims of the MKUltra experiments at the Allan Memorial are still waiting for a public apology and compensation. Many of the original victims are dead, but their children maintain that the disruption caused by the experimental brainwashing of parents, mostly women, had harsh consequences on their lives.

  • Kate 08:20 on 2018-05-21 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC has the story of Léo Major, a Montreal soldier who single-handedly bluffed the Nazis out of a Dutch town toward the end of World War II and is still regarded there as a hero.

    • mare 10:31 on 2018-05-21 Permalink

      I’ve never heard about this. My sister lives in Zwolle but has never talked with me about it either. I doubt she knows about it. I sent her the link.

    • Kate 11:01 on 2018-05-21 Permalink

      I see there’s a Leo Majorlaan in the town, although more of a traffic boulevard than a main street. The item also says there’s a “monument to Major’s fallen comrade, Willy Arsenault” but they don’t show a picture. It’s time journalists linked to Google Streeview of things like this rather than just mentioning them.

    • Jack 11:18 on 2018-05-21 Permalink

      Do check out the “Deux Hommes en Or ” piece from 2013. https://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/01/17/leo-major-rambo-quebecois-heros-oublie-deuxieme-guerre-mondiale_n_6491642.html
      Here’s the big question why have French Canadian military heroes been utterly written out of Quebecs past and toponymy?

    • ProposMontréal 17:36 on 2018-05-21 Permalink

      I knew the name, but the first I really discovered the man behind said name was with this documentary available online: Léo Major: Le Fantôme Borgne.

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