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  • Kate 20:12 on 2018-04-23 Permalink | Reply  

    The PLQ has promised a new emergency room for the Lakeshore General, in a piece that goes on with suspicion about the party’s shaky confidence in the anglo vote this fall.

     
  • Kate 19:00 on 2018-04-23 Permalink | Reply  

    Valérie Plante gave her condolences to Toronto Monday after the deadly van incident on Yonge Street; Quebec’s alert level is not changed.

     
  • Kate 18:45 on 2018-04-23 Permalink | Reply  

    A 202-page document about the REM was made public Monday but some basic details are still unanswered, like how much passengers will have to pay. A 99-year deal has been made but the Caisse de dépôt could apparently sell the whole thing anytime after 2028, although the spokesman says they don’t plan to sell it. Only the government is mentioned as a possible buyer: I don’t see anything stopping the Caisse from selling it to, say, a foreign investor or government.

     
    • Faiz Imam 20:17 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      I read most of it, people shouldn’t be scared of “202 pages”, the key details are only a dozen pages, with another 50 or so pages of semi-important text you can skim past, and the rest a ton of maps and appendices.

      Here’s a version with the entire first section in English, for anyone interested:
      https://rem.info/sites/default/files/document/2018-04-23-SummaryEN-AgreementFR_1.pdf

      To answer your question, it said straight up that the Quebec government has the right of first refusal on any sale. Also much of the guaranteed profits are tied to the Caisse owning it, a hypothetical third party would not necessarily be guaranteed the same cash flow. They definitely could though.

      Other key tidbits, the Caisse will own all the parking lots, and plans to charge for all of them.

      Also, the amount of parking around the stations has been cut dramatically(page 131). St Anne was over 2000 initially, now its 200. Kirkland was 1500 or so originally, and was claimed to be 2000 in the post here a couple days back, but this document says it’ll have 500 spaces.

      Ditto 500 for Sources, zero for fariview.

      Coupled with the paid parking, any exurbanite expecting a smooth park and ride experience is in for a rude surprise. Anyone on the west island wanting to use these stations will have no choice but to use a bus, which dramatically reduces its farmland destroying, sprawling power.

      I’m already seeing a bunch of west-islanders that are pissed 🙂

    • ant6n 01:41 on 2018-04-24 Permalink

      The responsibility for parking may have been shoved off to others.

      The concern of further privatization is moot — they’re already private, as in not accountable to the public (just look at how they’re screwing over various large groups of transit users by shutting down lines for years and years). Note also they use that rem “market value” — which means when flogging off infra to the private, they pay a tenth of the value, and when the public buys it back, well pay ten times the value.

  • Kate 11:45 on 2018-04-23 Permalink | Reply  

    Three teenagers are in court Monday, accused not only of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old but of videoing the incident and circulating the video. Five kids were arrested but it’s only the three that were detained that face charges so far.

     
  • Kate 06:08 on 2018-04-23 Permalink | Reply  

    According to La Presse, the city’s working toward ethical management of personal data. Toronto is using Google to find things out but Montreal, in a way that’s entirely typical of this city, wants to find a better way.

     
    • Kevin 07:03 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      Personally I would rather the city not take any steps toward this at all, aside from banning data collection outright.

      There are massive issues with Toronto’s “smart city” deal with Google that are terrifying and appalling for its residents (I thought about calling them citizens, but the full connotations of that word probably won’t apply after Google takes over).

    • Chris 08:31 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      Google is an advertising company. Best not to engage them in anything.

    • Raymond Lutz 08:40 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      Geez, that contrasts with some people in Berlin… they can’t be clearer: FUCK OFF GOOGLE. Ça contraste aussi avec l’association française La Quadrature du Net qui entreprend un recours collectif légal contre Google (et les GAFAM en général).

    • Ian 13:50 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      @Raymond Lutz a lot of Europe, actually. I visited the small city my grandma came from in Sicily on Google Maps and more than half the streetview is just blur after blur. Here in Montreal my place has a great shot of my butt because I was bending over weeding my front yard as the streetview car went by.

    • SMD 14:04 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      Should dovetail nicely with this initiative the create a Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence.

    • mare 16:06 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      There’s a series of me riding my bike on Streetview, one of them really close waiting for a traffic light while the Streetview car catches up with me. Incidentally it’s very close to where I live. My face is blurred, but my bike with red saddlebags and my Breaking Bad T-shirt is clearly visible, and if you know me you’d recognize me. That’s about as famous I’ll ever get, my 200 m of Streetview fame.

    • Blork 17:39 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      And your helmet matches your shirt! #misterfashion

  • Kate 06:01 on 2018-04-23 Permalink | Reply  

    A new report tells us something we already knew about the city waterworks: they’re getting older and more decrepit all the time.

     
    • Faiz Imam 13:12 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      Plante definitely took a hit with the “tax hike” but it was due to increasing spending on water infrastructure, and it’s clear that it’s money that is needed.

    • Ephraim 16:05 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      There was no need for the tax hike. The city is in surplus and the efficiency is low. There are dozens of ways to increase revenue that don’t involved hiking everyone’s tax burden. And hundreds of ways of making the city more efficient that will bring in even more money. For example, temporary permits for the usage of the street. Since there is no public database, nor a requirement to display a permit and list a verifiable permit, companies often don’t bother, or if they do, they apply for much less space that they need to. (For example, they may ask for 3 parking spots and then put the signs up on two sides of the street for 7 spots on each side and for less hours or days then they need). By having a public database of all such registered permits and the listing of the permit number on the sign, any citizen can verify and if need be, report to the city a violation of the permit. Increase the cost of the usage of public space while building. Sell temporary resident overnight permits that you can prebuy (they have these in Europe, it’s a card with all the dates. You pull the month, date and zone for it to be valid. One per day. You prebuy them and use them as needed.)

    • Kevin 19:24 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      @Ephraim
      They have those online temp parking permis in Toronto too. Your host prints it and you leave it on your dash overnight.

  • Kate 05:54 on 2018-04-23 Permalink | Reply  

    CTV’s piece on how green alleys are good for people is hard to argue with.

     
  • Kate 05:52 on 2018-04-23 Permalink | Reply  

    As if to justify the A-19 extension, media have pieces Monday morning about traffic congestion in the couronne nord and the hell it causes for drivers.

     
    • Ali Bear 08:14 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      This story seems to confirm that people can’t accept certain truths if these truths might cost them money (or advertising revenue).

    • Raymond Lutz 08:57 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      Yup, et ceux qui contredisent les main stream media (souvent sur le net) seront accusés de complotistes ou de rapporteurs de Fake News. Irak wars, Syria, Russia, REM, highways extensions, globe earth, chem trails, vaccination, AGW: we’re being brain washed by the MSM.

      Just for the fun, I tossed in some real fake conspiracies in the list… 😎

    • Jack 10:10 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      The single unique truth is that a 4000 lb metal vehicle, powered by a carcinogen producing global warming inducing engine. Being driven by one 150 lb person is the choice method of transit for the vast majority of the residents of these suburbs. It is also on the rise exponentially. Their is absolutely no solution to this problem with the exception of coercion. That coercion has to be focused on the fact that we can no longer build more roads that have this method of transit as its focal point. The longer these people waste their lives sitting in traffic is what will motivate these choices. The extension of 19 shows how far we have to go.

    • Kevin 11:09 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      @Jack
      Average adult male in Canada is 187 lbs, while average female is 155.

      AAaaaaaanddddd coercion doesn’t work well when setting policy for democracies. Nobody votes for broccoli and lima beans.

  • Kate 05:49 on 2018-04-23 Permalink | Reply  

    One borough has asked residents to stop calling in when they see a wild turkey wandering around because they’re harmless.

     
    • Max 08:16 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      Hah! I saw one a couple of weeks ago strolling down the train tracks in Pointe-Claire. Hard to get a good photo as it was pretty skittish.

    • Joe Mucci 18:55 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      I was heading east from on the 40 before getting off the last stop which is Gouin east, There I spotted 3 hens and 2 Toms on the South side between the fence and the golf course. I called 311, the gentleman from the city said they would see if they could of gone to verify but was not a priority.

    • Joe Mucci 19:11 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      The news the city is giving us is false. Turkeys are very shy and will fly away from predators but once a year from the end of April to mid May they become very aggressive. They begin to mate, 1 Tom can mate with up to 20 Hen, so the rest of the Toms are in heat and constantly fighting, do not approach, they have sharp spurs like knives on the inside leg, its know that they can kill young hens with them.

  • Kate 07:04 on 2018-04-22 Permalink | Reply  

    The Centre d’histoire piece this weekend looks at the faubourg Saint-Louis and La Gauchetière, one of the city’s oldest streets outside of Old Montreal.

     
  • Kate 07:01 on 2018-04-22 Permalink | Reply  

    Condé Nast has one of those 3 Days in Montreal pieces in which the usual suspects are trotted out – the Ritz, Notre-Dame, Toqué, bagels and poutine. With video, and with an accent on “Montréal” that flickers on and off, but none on “Quebecois”.

     
  • Kate 06:55 on 2018-04-22 Permalink | Reply  

    A woman was attacked by a pitbull in her back yard in Ahuntsic Cartierville this week, resulting in dozens of stitches. The dog is still free with its unknown owner.

     
    • CapitaineQuebec 17:28 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      Grenet is not in Ahuntsic. It’s firmly in Cartierville.

    • Kate 18:02 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      Thank you.

    • Marco 21:53 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      I can’t believe a pitbull would be capable of that sort of mutilation. Maybe we should think of doing something to try to prevent this from happening. No worries, I’m sure Valérie has a plan.

    • Ali Bear 08:16 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      Valerie’s plans will probably do more for stopping mutilation by car than mutilation by dog. Every mayor has his/her mutilation-prevention moment.

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

    A couple who were roughed up by police and fined for making “too much noise” while walking on the Main at 10 a.m. on a Saturday are alleging racial profiling because the woman is black.

     
    • Ephraim 08:07 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      How much noise can two people make that would violate a noise level at 10AM. I would love to see which ordinance they violated, because the standard noise complain carried just $100 to $300 fine for the first offence and would likely need to be “disruptive noise” which I can’t imagine talking to fall under.

      Even if this wasn’t racially motivated… this policemen need to be deposed as to which law they thought that they were enforcing and how they justify their actions. This needs to go to the commission… even without the question of race.

    • SteveQ 08:24 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      So let’s assume that the couple were not very loud. Then according to this lady, the police arrested her because of racial profiling ? Yeah right !!!!

      So why the police forces aren’t arresting every black women on the street at 10am in Montreal then ? If racial profiling is that would be the way to go.

      But out of the blue, just like that, they decided to target and arrest her, at 10 am, just because she is black ?

      And by the way, i dont know the story at all and dont even want to clik on the link because it smells like a frustrated lady is out to get some attention and some money out of the city/police force.

    • Blork 08:32 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      SteveQ, your level of ignorance on the issue of racial profiling is astounding.

      “Racial profiling” doesn’t mean the cops go around harassing and arresting every black person at all times. It means they harass and arrest black people for minor infractions, where they would otherwise not bother acting (i.e., if the person was white). It also means the cops harass such people simply because they “suspect” the person is doing wrong based on how they look; i.e., pulling over a black driver because they hear “black music” coming from the car so they figure they’ll find drugs or whatnot.

      FFS, do you really need to have this explained to you?

    • Kate 08:48 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      Blork, thanks, I was trying to compose a response to SteveQ but you’ve said it better than I could.

      Ephraim, I am curious too what the cops would claim they saw.

    • SteveQ 10:09 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      @Blork: First of all I don’t need your judgement or insult !

      But more importantly, are you suggesting no white people are being arrested or stopped or harassed for minor infractions ?

    • Myles 10:28 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      @SteveQ: Don’t resort to straw men. No one’s saying no white person has ever been harassed by police. It’s a question of much higher probability for black people to be harassed. It’s not a difficult concept.

    • Ephraim 10:56 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      SteveQ – The reality is that racial profiling and worse, race disparity in sentencing is alive and well. Another way of saying it… being black means that you are 400% more likely to end up sentenced to jail time than if you were white. And it’s really hard to understand unless you are part of a minority, even a non-visible minority can see it, sometimes. Even today, I won’t speed driving through certain states, because I’m afraid of being stopped by a “Good Ol’ Boy”.

      Recently VICE did a great show called “Raised in the System” and if you can watch it, you should. Because people in their adolescence do a lot of really risky and stupid shit… but if you are white, you likely end up with a judge sending you home to have your parents take care of it… and if you are black, you end up in the system.

    • David100 11:56 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      I’d like to hear the police side of this story. Is this couple known to police? I also have a really tough time believing the cops would roll up on these two, at 10am on the main, because the woman is black. Like they saw her and thought: “there’s a darkie, let’s show her what it’s like.” Seems utterly implausible.

    • Kate 12:10 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      It would be interesting to know whether any security cams caught a view of the couple before or during the arrest.

      See, it’s easy to say “Something must have been going on beyond what we’re told in this news story” but that doesn’t get us anywhere because we don’t know what the cops saw, or thought they saw. Cops thought they had some reason to stop these folks, and it’s not unthinkable that the woman’s race was the tipping point. SteveQ, the point about profiling, and why it’s so hard to eradicate, is that it’s like an iceberg: 90% of it is invisible even to the people doing it.

      The Gazette piece mentions, by the way, that Brian Mann is executive director of CUTV, which may have put him on police radar because its tendency has been very lefty and they’ve always done a lot of coverage of student protests and unrest. Their website still has footage up from the student uprising of 2012, for example. I don’t know how long police memories are, but it’s possible they knew who Mann was before they tackled the pair.

      Are we ever going to get a clear explanation of the cops’ rationale? I doubt it. I’ve been doing this blog for 16 years and there have been repeated examples of police brutality but never any report clarifying what the hell was in the cop’s head at the time.

    • steph 12:27 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      I suspect it was Mann that was being profiled.

    • Michael Black 12:58 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      So we erase the experience of a minority because another white activist has illusions of being enough of a threat to be targeted?

      It happened in the sixties, lots of people wanting to make their experience on par with minorities, except minorities don’t have to do anything to be stopped. And we saw it six years ago, the student kids wanting to feel like they were a threat, yet not taking responsibility for their actions which caused their “repression”. I remember about 1984, a local well known anarchist getting press coverage about the RCMP bugging him, yet that space could have been used to discuss the important causes that the guy would claim are the reason he was bugged. Meta stories which actually take away from the important stories, but which some think give more force to the original stories. “Thy repress us, we must be onto something”.

      The time the cop so badly wanted to beat me up in 1980, I’d been on the news the week before, a little picket line somewhere. There was never a connection between the two events. I resent this giving of power to people who probably have done little, and don’t experience police abuse when just walking down the street. Why is my experience and interpretation less valid than some nobody?

      One of these days I’m going to apply for a Manitoba Metis card, the only question is do I self-identify?
      But I think about if that hadn’t been erased, if I’d known since birth of that place in history, if I’d had a Metis card since birth. And as bad as it was to be stopped by the cops all those times, and just being stopped is bad enough, having a Metis card would have made it far worse. That’s the difference between being white and stopped too many times for no reason, and being an identified minority.

      People need to empathize with minorities, not claim similar levels of abuse. The latter is once again white privilege.

      Michael

    • Kate 14:22 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      Michael, you may be right. So might steph. We don’t know, and will probably never know, what sparked those police to do what they did.

      I was just surmising based on what I’ve heard about CUTV, not trying to minimize the experience of the young woman in this incident.

    • Raymond Lutz 16:02 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      Blurb from a pertinent Salon piece: White people aren’t the enemy: Why social justice demands a rainbow coalition of minorities & poor whites. Black Lives Matter rightly spotlights racial injustices. But let’s not pretend whites are living on Easy Street.

  • Kate 05:57 on 2018-04-22 Permalink | Reply  

    Jonathan Montpetit writes on CBC about how Philippe Couillard scrapped his own environmental credibility by flipping from a well regarded mobility plan to announcing the extension of autoroute 19 the same week.

     
    • Faiz Imam 13:29 on 2018-04-22 Permalink

      And without much delay, the PQ is giving up on its environmental credo it claimed only days ago by fully supporting the highway extension.

      Of course their take is that the extension is also election fodder, and won’t be built before 2025.

      https://twitter.com/MathieuTraversy/status/987420369282793472

      Nothing has changed, sustainability is a veneer all parties use when convenient, while activists are left hoping their cause is politically valuable.

    • Raymond Lutz 06:15 on 2018-04-23 Permalink

      Well at least something has changed, @Faiz: more studies have shown faster warming and melting for Antartica, Arctic and Groenland; new positive feedback loops are observed, like microbes thriving on ice!

      Our industrial civilization is too complex and fragile to survive a +2C planet, that is set for a decade or two. As I quipped, the new Champlain bridge will be a nice pedestrian bridge for stray cats and dogs in 2080. 😎

  • Kate 17:16 on 2018-04-21 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC profiles the operators of Lufa Farms and how they use modern technology to produce food in the city.

     
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