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  • Kate 19:47 on 2020-10-21 Permalink | Reply  

    Don’t expect to get a flu shot this year in Montreal.

    Incidentally, does anyone know if there’s a reason why you couldn’t have flu and Covid at the same time? They’re different classes of virus.

  • Kate 19:28 on 2020-10-21 Permalink | Reply  

    When I read that we may soon be allowed to order liquor along with restaurant delivery, and that the SAQ is improving its delivery game, I think the Quebec government knows that a lot of people will be locked in over winter and they’re going to need a drink.

  • Kate 19:25 on 2020-10-21 Permalink | Reply  

    A young man was shot in Montreal North Wednesday afternoon, and another was arrested nearby. Doesn’t sound likely to be a homicide.

  • Kate 13:28 on 2020-10-21 Permalink | Reply  

    The new PQ honcho wants Dawson taken off the list of Quebec infrastructure projects.

    • Ephraim 14:08 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      The PQ is still relevant? Seems to me that a man who went to McGill and Oxford is living in a glass house. And I can’t imagine that he did his degree at Lund in Swedish, though I may be wrong, since I did mine in a foreign language.

    • jeather 14:30 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      “Insofar as the number of places in anglophone CEGEPs will exceed those in francophone CEGEPs, we want to immediately reverse that trend.”

      I don’t know the size of all the cegeps, but there are almost 10x as many French as English across the province, and just doing a brief look at public ones listed on Wikipedia there are about 25k English spots in Montreal and 47k French so luckily there is no trend to be reversed.

    • Ian 14:42 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      “The construction of the new pavilion is to better accommodate the current number of students, not to expand its enrolment”

      C’mon, guys, we covered this back in June. The PQ is yelling at clouds.

    • Kevin 14:43 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      Alternate headline: “Newly-elected PQ leader wants to make sure guy who lost on first ballot loses his job.”

    • Jebediah Pallindrome 15:11 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      Post-Levesque PQ policy has always seemed to me to be based on maintaining a permanent underclass by limiting public-sector education opportunities for Francophones.

  • Kate 12:30 on 2020-10-21 Permalink | Reply  

    New Covid numbers show another uptick over 1000 cases.

    Teachers in Montreal want a Covid bonus to offset the extra efforts they’re now putting in.

    • Ian 14:44 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      I guess that’s just the CSSDM (formerly CSDM) union. I haven’t heard about this from any other teacher’s unions.

  • Kate 10:05 on 2020-10-21 Permalink | Reply  

    The Hôtel-Dieu has been rounded up to serve specifically as a Covid hospital a second time. The health system is also moving seniors around in response to a growing second wave among that population.

  • Kate 09:56 on 2020-10-21 Permalink | Reply  

    The STM has been coping with a ransomware attack: the stm.info site is still down as I post, and paratransit is limited.

    • Michael Black 10:54 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      The story I read yesterday didn’t seem clear. Initially I thought it was the website, but it see.s something more (and I find it odd that the two can be affected together).

      Adaptive transit can be reserved by phone, I kind of thought that was the most common way, but this is affecting everything.

  • Kate 21:07 on 2020-10-20 Permalink | Reply  

    The police Quiétude squad, tasked with getting illegal arms off the street but queried recently for a tendency to arrest Black individuals, is getting an extra $1.5 million from Ottawa and Quebec to get on with the job.

    • Ephraim 21:09 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      Which job? Getting the illegal arms off the streets or arresting black people? I mean, it’s the question we all want to ask..

    • Raymond Lutz 08:50 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      Hmm… je me demande s’il y a autant d’argent disponible pour désarmer les groupuscules de droite dans les régions de Québec, du Saguenay/Lac St-Jean ou de la Beauce… ?

      De radio-can: “il existe également de milices axées sur les armes à feu et d’autres mouvements de droite. Ceux qui se font le plus remarquer à la lumière de la pandémie sont sans aucun doute les théoriciens du complot. Vous avez quand même un certain nombre de membres, de gens qui étaient dans ces groupes d’extrême droite, qui sont tranquillement en train de s’inviter dans le débat sur la pandémie. On en voit par exemple dans le mouvement anti-confinement, on en voit à l’heure actuelle dans le débat sur la loi 61 – et comprenez-moi bien, la loi 61, il y a certainement des critiques pertinentes à faire à son endroit – mais donc, on voit quand même cette volonté de ces groupes-là d’essayer de s’infiltrer dans tous les débats qui peuvent créer des polarisations sociales, souligne-t-il.”

      Quel est le portrait de l’extrême droite au Québec?

    • Meezly 10:39 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      Well, so much for defunding the police.

    • Chris 11:28 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      >Well, so much for defunding the police.

      It’s just not something most people want. For example, only 19% of black Americans want police to spend less time in their neighbourhoods: https://news.gallup.com/poll/316571/black-americans-police-retain-local-presence.aspx

    • Meezly 12:05 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      How do the conclusions of this American gallup poll correlate with the additional funding towards our local Quiétude squad?

    • dwgs 13:20 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      False equivalency Chris.

    • Ephraim 15:35 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      Chris – First of all, defunding the police isn’t about getting rid of the police at all, nor cutting the time they spend in the neighbourhoods. It’s about reallocating the funds. But somehow reallocated the police budget just doesn’t resound when yelled. It’s bringing in social workers to help with family arguments, using funds from policing and ticketing the homeless into actually providing them shelter, and so on and so forth.

      It’s also about stopping police corruption (for example, arresting people just before the end of the day to get overtime, even though the charges won’t stick) and policing based on facts rather than prejudice.

  • Kate 21:01 on 2020-10-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Highway 20 is going to close through Dorval for several weeks for emergency repairs.

    A bit more from La Presse: the closure’s expected till the end of November and it’s necessary to repair two old overpasses.

    • Kevin 23:02 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      Oh that’s not good

    • Kevin 23:29 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      And I have to wonder what the hell is going on at Transports Quebec that we are shutting down highways without notice.

    • Ian 08:21 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      There has to be a back story they aren’t sharing, otherwise the incompetence is absurd.

  • Kate 15:33 on 2020-10-20 Permalink | Reply  

    The REM isn’t nearly operational yet, but Quebec is dreaming up extending it through the South Shore.

    • Uatu 13:54 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      This should have been in the plan in the first place

  • Kate 09:11 on 2020-10-20 Permalink | Reply  

    A new study is going to track Covid among children, find out who has it, how many have had it, and how they’re doing.

    The mayor of Westmount announced that she and her family have Covid.

    Summary of latest numbers Tuesday.

    • Meezly 10:19 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      Thanks for sharing, Kate. Looks like it’s backed by the feds and the city, but no involvement from the provincial government.

    • Ephraim 12:56 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      It looks like they are STARTING to find out some of the longer term effects of COVID-19 on people. Of course, we may not know the real long-term effects for years. The connections for things like Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) and Chickenpox/Shingles weren’t known for a long time and well understood either. It might be 50 years or more before we fully know the effects of COVID-19.

      And what a shame some of this is. WHO was just months away from finally eradicating Polio from the world. They had finally gotten it eradicated in Africa, just Afghanistan and Pakistan was left. And they had to stop… and if the US pulls out, they won’t have the funding to finish the job. (That would be the second disease that WHO has eradicated from earth, Smallpox being the first.)

    • Raymond Lutz 16:41 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      Googling PPS.. Yikes. “Researchers estimate that the condition affects 25 to 40 percent of polio survivors. Most often, thwy start to experience gradual new weakening in muscles that were previously affected by the polio infection. The most common symptoms include slowly progressive muscle weakness, fatigue (both generalized and muscular), and a gradual decrease in the size of muscles (muscle atrophy). Pain from joint degeneration and increasing skeletal deformities such as scoliosis (curvature of the spine) is common and may precede the weakness and muscle atrophy. Some individuals experience only minor symptoms while others develop visible muscle weakness and atrophy.” (NINDS)

    • Ephraim 17:27 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      And that’s the point. The only viruses in the Coronavirus family that we have actually dealt with before are the common cold, SARS, MERS and COVID-19. We really don’t know what the long term effects of any of this is. Herd Immunity means a herd of people who may have to deal with problems a lot later. But even some of the shorter term. From SARS, people reported fatigue even 3 years later and impairment of exercise ability. See https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/415378

    • dmdiem 17:37 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      Male fertility may be a future covid problem.


    • Kevin 19:35 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      Nowhere on Earth is close to herd immunity from Covid.
      MERS still has outbreaks in the Middle East.
      No researcher has ever before managed to come up with a vaccine for a coronavirus.

    • Chris 21:09 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      >and if the US pulls out, they won’t have the funding to finish the job.

      There are lots of other rich countries on Earth that could step up if they wanted to. Maybe Saudi Arabia could put some oil money to good use (ha!).

    • Ephraim 21:59 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      @Chris – The US (under Reagan) ruined the budget of WHO. Bill Gates’s foundation actually provides 9% of the WHO budget. Most of the funding for WHO is actually voluntary. The budget is less than $1 per human, considering that they protect us from diseases and pandemics… See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Health_Organization

    • Raymond Lutz 08:14 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      Oh, and THIS. Thanks Obama for sabotaging International efforts to eradicate polio! CIA organised fake vaccination drive to get Osama bin Laden’s family DNA

  • Kate 08:36 on 2020-10-20 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA says that a company with a troubled history is solely in charge of the city’s two recycling centres. Seems our recycling is often on the brink.

  • Kate 08:33 on 2020-10-20 Permalink | Reply  

    A computer virus is afflicting the STM, making it impossible to reserve adapted transit. The website is also down, but buses and metro are running normally.

  • Kate 23:38 on 2020-10-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Police bulldozed a homeless camp under the 720 on Monday.

    • dwgs 10:32 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      That piece by Christopher Curtis was well written and presented all sides fairly, a nice change from what we usually read. Also, this quote struck me, ““You have citizens sometimes who come to the camp to play police and it’s not always a good idea for people to do that,” said Dave Chapman, who runs a nearby homeless day centre. ”
      I’m pretty sure we can change ‘not always’ to ‘never. Yeesh, why would someone do that?

    • Ian 10:53 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      Interesting that the municipal police have to do the bidding of the provincial ministry.

      Also interesting that this follows directly on the heels of the Turcot officially declared “open for business”

    • Chris 10:59 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      Interesting how? A property owner reports trespassing on a Montreal property, and so the Montreal police respond. Pretty straightforward it seems to me. Why involve the SQ?

    • Ian 11:03 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      Orders to remove the camp immediately came form the Ministry of Transportation.

      “Police sources say commanders at nearby Station 12 and Station 20 resisted the idea of mowing the camp down. They say the push came from Transport Quebec.”

    • Chris 11:17 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      “Orders”? Transport Quebec owns the property. People were trespassing on it. Transport Quebec reported it to the police. The police probably said “Oh come on, you’re hardly using the property, give them a break”. The MTQ probably said “You have an official complaint of illegality, it’s my property, enforce the law”. I wouldn’t call that “orders”, the journalist’s word “push” is much better. At a certain point, the police have to enforce the law when a complaint is received.

      “Immediately”? Article says “The camp had been in place for years”. Seems the MTQ was actually pretty tolerant, until this alleged machete incident I guess.

    • Ian 12:00 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      I literally quoted the article, dissect that quote as you will. It certainly sounds like the catalyst to immediate action was the Ministry, but you are probably right in thinking there are many factors involved. I’m sure the cops on the scene didn’t want to be seen as the bad guys.

    • MarcG 12:02 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      To be fair, Chris was taking issue with the sentence which was not a quote.

    • dwgs 12:03 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      Interesting in that the property owner is the Ministry of Transportation and generally speaking it’s the SQ who patrols MT roads and property.

    • Ian 12:05 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      Exactly, but I’m not interested in arguing about it haha

    • Mull Again 12:09 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      We could all be homeless a year from now, so let’s promise not to pitch our tents anywhere that they could interfere with traffic.

  • Kate 19:54 on 2020-10-19 Permalink | Reply  

    There’s yet more trouble in the endless dossier of the Côte-des-Neiges-NDG city hall infighting.

    • Jack 10:13 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      I really don’t have access to any more information that is being published and even that seems weak on this story. There is something more here.
      The one thing I do know is that Stephane Plante is a long term municipal cadre that has presided over a borough that has seen its former mayor jailed for corruption. This along with the fact that UPAC is still investigating corruption in that borough, which led sadly to the suicide of one its managers.
      Sue Montgomery comes in with a clear mandate to change the way the borough operates. Conflict opens up between Senior management and the elected mayor. This is the group that judges… https://www.cmq.gouv.qc.ca/fr/la-commission/l-organisation
      Is there a conflict of interests here? Lifer Civil Servants at the Provincial level deciding on what is a toxic work environment? Do you think someone like Stephane Plante understands these career civil servants preoccupations.
      There is something about this situation that does not make sense.
      One is Valerie Plante’s reaction.

    • Ian 10:26 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      It’s kind of amazing that the Projet Montreal councillors circled the wagon against Montgomery to get rid of the bike path, of all things.

      We need to remember these names in the next election – Valerie Plante’s head will probably roll but a lot of political characters just flip parties.

    • dwgs 10:44 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      Surely it’s just a coincidence that a few days before these new charges came about Annalisa Harris filed a complaint with the CNESST. Also, Sue Montgomery is holding McQueen’s feet to the fire because she found out that money which had been earmarked for the Decarie / de Maisonneuve intersection had been spent elsewhere.

    • walkerp 10:50 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      I agree with your analysis here, Jack. This most recent move of piling on of charges really does look like a tactic to increase pressure rather than any actual attempt to get at the truth and fix the issues in the running of the borough. I am leaning my support from the middle to several ticks towards Sue Montgomery.

    • Tim S. 11:20 on 2020-10-20 Permalink

      I know nothing about Stephane Plante or any of the bureaucrats. I have met and seen in action most of the elected officials, and if all five councillors – who come from different backgrounds and have their own reasons to not like or cooperate with each other – are united against Montgomery, then I’ll tend to lean to their side. Is there any other issue on which Lionel Perez and Valerie Plante agree?

    • Ian 11:24 on 2020-10-21 Permalink

      That’s what they want you to think.

      This is exactly the same treatment Giuliana Fumagalli is getting in V-SM-PE… Once PM circles their wagons, they will stonewall everything to make you look ineffective, even if it means voting along with the opposition, even if it means stuff like bike paths or tenants’ rights gets the heave-ho.

      “Une séance extraordinaire du conseil d’arrondissement aura lieu demain, le jeudi 22 octobre, à 9h. La période des questions est ouverte.
      Suite à mon véto à la dernière séance du conseil d’arrondissement, les élu.es seront à nouveau invités à voter sur la motion déposée conjointement par Ensemble et Projet Montréal pour autoriser la fusion des logements dans l’arrondissement.
      Pourquoi suis-je la seule dans notre arrondissement à vouloir protéger les locataires des évictions abusives alors que nous vivons une crise du logement sans précédent? Je n’arrive toujours pas à comprendre les motivations de mes collègues !
      Si Projet Montréal voulait, on pourrait tellement en faire plus dans notre arrondissement!”

      Giuliana Fumagalli

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