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  • Kate 08:47 on 2019-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

    The number of cars in the urban area is growing faster than the population with minivans and SUVs surging in particular and many of the vehicles on the road having only one occupant.

    • Uatu 11:41 on 2019-12-11 Permalink

      Yeah. This is obvious to anyone commuting. And also why I laughed when Yves Blanchet told Alberta to keep it’s oil because Quebec doesn’t need it. This guy is clearly disconnected from reality

    • Jack 11:57 on 2019-12-11 Permalink

      The question is what are we going to do about it. One 150 lb. person, surrounded by 5,000 ib. of metal powered by fossil fuels emitting carcinogens and global warming is pretty stupid. When are we collectively going to do something about it.
      The last climate demonstration we had is going to be the last “bon enfant” demonstration. The next mass movement fuelled by climate and environmental catastrophes will no longer allow comfort and indifference to be an excuse for our children’s suffering.
      If you think this is a polemic wait till 2030.

    • Meezly 13:23 on 2019-12-11 Permalink

      People still want their detached dwelling with garage, fill it with their offspring and get around in at least one large vehicle. Was it here that someone was super defensive about moving out of the city to avoid extra vehicles fees and how each family member had their own vehicle?

      The city tries to make it less convenient and affordable to drive vehicles on the island, so people move out to the burbs. Some well-meaning types take mass transit, realize it sucks and go back to commuting in their cars, and find out that being stuck in traffic is just as bad, but hey, at least they’re in the comfort of their metal box as they spew out carbon particles, and they can still enjoy their detached dwelling during the weekend when they’re not spending 2+ hours shopping at Costco where goods made of illegally sourced palm oil and wrapped In petroleum by-products have been delivered daily by transport trucks.

      A paradigm shift in mentality and education is critical along with ever stricter regulations, but that is probably only to come when some economic/environmental disaster is inevitably hits home. Meanwhile, people are just gonna keep on truckin’ until things get real bad.

  • Kate 13:38 on 2019-12-10 Permalink | Reply  

    Toula Drimonis lays out why it’s unsuitable to name the Griffintown REM station after Bernard Landry.

    La Presse covers tireless self-promoter Donovan King’s protest against the name.

    Drimonis suggests naming stations – why this one needs a name other than Griffintown, I do not know – after “some women, some artists, some Montrealers of diverse origins.” Tricky thing here, since Griffintown itself is named after one Mary Griffin, who, quoting Wikipedia, “illegally obtained the lease to the land from a business associate of Thomas McCord in 1799. She then commissioned land surveyor Louis Charland to subdivide the land and plan streets for the area in 1804.”

    I recall hearing that this happened while McCord was abroad for a time, and when he returned to Montreal he found his land had been developed and sold off piecemeal without his knowledge. Mary Griffin would make a great mascot for real estate developers, but she’s clearly not someone most of us need to recall with more honour.

    However, I say just name the station Griffintown. That’s where it is, why confuse matters?

    • Spi 14:35 on 2019-12-10 Permalink

      This in many ways reminds me of when they tried renaming Avenue du Parc into Robert Bourassa. Didn’t consult anyone, just an overly eager politician making a decision they thought would be popular.

      What surprises me the most is that this is coming from Plante, she wasn’t part of the political class doesn’t have to pay homage to a predecessor.

    • Chris 15:03 on 2019-12-10 Permalink

      Would be a strong feminist message: a woman can cheat and steal as well as any man! 😉

    • david100 19:29 on 2019-12-10 Permalink

      My take on this “controversy” is that it doesn’t matter to anyone who’s really complaining about it. Like, zero. This is a bunch of theater contrived by a bunch of people who have to fill column inches, or the modern equivalent.

      The real issue here is obscure, and has to do with Valerie Plante’s reelection or some other plan she has. The “why?” here has not got enough attention in this matter. This is the only thing work reporting on but, in classic fashion, instead people have lazily taken up angryphone arguments and US-imported wokeism.

      But there’s still time to get to the bottom of this! What’s behind Plante’s thinking on this? Is this an electoral move? If so, what does it imply about her electoral flank or what she thinks is going on? Was it something that Plante personally felt was important? If so, why? What’s her background that ties her to Landry or the family? Was it an executive counsel or chief of staff position that was thrust upon her? If so, why? Was it a Caisse plan that she’s being forced to take credit for? If so, what’s the calculus there? Is this a way to curry favor with Legault? With someone in Legault’s government? What’s going on? This move comes from basically nowhere, and serves no obvious constituency. So what’s going on??

      The news people who care about this should report on that, which is actual, real news, and not just throw up a bunch of opinions that waste everyone’s time.

      Then again, that’s just my opinion.

    • Kate 09:03 on 2019-12-11 Permalink

      david100, you cannot see why the remnants of the Irish community have 2 points here? One, that if anyone or anything should be commemorated in the area, it should be the Irish working class community that used to be centered there, or someone connected with it; two, that if anyone is commemorated, it should not be a politician associated with a generally anti-Anglo tendency?

    • david100 14:10 on 2019-12-11 Permalink

      Yeah, I can see the point, but in the end it doesn’t matter, and the people duly making a show of pretending they care are just putting on a show.

      But there is a real story here! Namely, how on earth did the idea come to pass? It’s very weird, and the explanation is probably pretty interesting, and certainly newsworthy at the very least!

  • Kate 13:26 on 2019-12-10 Permalink | Reply  

    Jean Pagé, who fronted La soirée du hockey on Radio-Canada for years, as well as reporting from many Olympic Games, has died. He was 73.

  • Kate 13:22 on 2019-12-10 Permalink | Reply  

    A worker took a fatal fall from one of the YUL highrises on René-Lévesque Tuesday morning. Report has no further details.

    • Max 11:21 on 2019-12-11 Permalink

      Your link’s gone 404.

    • Kate 12:20 on 2019-12-11 Permalink

      So it has, but I can’t find the story anywhere else, so I will leave this as is. Odd.

  • Kate 13:19 on 2019-12-10 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s a promising headline but a brief article, and the features mentioned will roll out gradually throughout 2020: Montreal modernizes its online services.

  • Kate 09:15 on 2019-12-10 Permalink | Reply  

    Christopher Curtis writes here on the trial of a far-right character who led the storming of Vice Media Quebec’s offices last year. The defence claims it was a sort of satirical theatre while the prosecution says it was no joke. Nobody mentions the Charlie Hebdo attack, which would give any journalistic office good reason to be freaked out if invaded in that way.

    The Vice Quebec office closed not long afterwards.

    • Myles 10:25 on 2019-12-11 Permalink

      Both articles I’ve read only mention an intimidation charge. I’d love to know if he’s also been charged with trespassing, which is a slam dunk since he’s on camera doing it.

  • Kate 09:11 on 2019-12-10 Permalink | Reply  

    The coroner’s report on an elderly couple found dead in their home last winter says it was carbon monoxide from their interior garage where a car had been left running.

  • Kate 09:08 on 2019-12-10 Permalink | Reply  

    The ARTM, in charge of all the transit in the metropolitan area, says that the whole thing will eventually get unified wayfinding signage. The STM has been in the middle of a very gradual shift from its original Univers 57 signage to bigger and supposedly more legible signs in something like Clearview. I suspect it will be some time before the whole citywide system is using the same signage system. Let’s just hope it won’t be in Comic Sans.

    • jeather 15:04 on 2019-12-10 Permalink

      Papyrus is cool.

    • Kate 19:14 on 2019-12-10 Permalink


    • Tim F 17:32 on 2019-12-12 Permalink

      If I’m not mistaken the typeface the STM already started moving to (and what looks like the ARTM will adopt) is the aptly named Transit:

      I just hope they move away from their goofy Arial Rounded looking typeface for their marketing.

  • Kate 21:53 on 2019-12-09 Permalink | Reply  

    Some years back a community centre opened on Clark Street in Chinatown, but it lapsed. The city has now given some money to renovate the building so that community can try again.

    • thomas 11:38 on 2019-12-10 Permalink

      if you ever wondered about the odd windows of that building the facade dates to about 120 years back when it was a multi level horse stable.

    • Kate 13:17 on 2019-12-10 Permalink

      I’ve heard that too, but look at the view of the building on this version of the story. It’s quite a classy Art Deco façade, doesn’t look like a horse palace to me. I wonder what it was originally built for.

  • Kate 21:51 on 2019-12-09 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada says Charles Dutoit has handed back his Order of Montreal because he’s facing charges of sexual impropriety, but CTV points out that Dutoit, once named a Grand Montréalais, was invited to exchange that for the replacement honour of the order, but he never did.

  • Kate 21:48 on 2019-12-09 Permalink | Reply  

    A second man this week has been arrested for threatening violence against women. The previous one was 70, while this one is only 20, and showed video of a gun along with a threat to reprise the Polytechnique massacre.

  • Kate 21:27 on 2019-12-09 Permalink | Reply  

    A Pierrefonds assistance organization had a serious fire Monday afternoon, destroying toys but not, as initially reported, a food bank.

  • Kate 13:33 on 2019-12-09 Permalink | Reply  

    The small driverless buses being tested out around the Olympic park have been given a C, more or less: nobody’s been hurt, but they’re prone to breakdowns and the batteries don’t hold up well to cold weather. Nonetheless, Michel Labrecque says here that they will continue to circulate.

    The vehicles were also circulating in the summer between Maisonneuve market and the Olympic park, in real traffic, but there’s no report in on that yet.

  • Kate 09:05 on 2019-12-09 Permalink | Reply  

    The CBC’s Leah Hendry has a moderately long read Monday about how Catholic church leaders ignored warnings about pedophile priest Brian Boucher, now doing time for molesting boys. It’s a version of the story that’s been told over and over again in so many places, and some people cited here are given aliases because they still don’t want to be on record as criticizing their church.

    Reported here without comment is that the archdiocese has asked a retired judge to examine how it responded to the Boucher affair. Should this kind of thing be investigated from within by someone chosen by the organization itself? Are the civil authorities here still unwilling to bring the full might of justice to bear on the Catholic church?

    • walkerp 10:15 on 2019-12-09 Permalink

      Great reporting, but it is just infuriating to read. The archdiocese needs to be raided and everyone working there investigated, especially the scumbags at the top. I bet you will also find a lot of financial shenanigans as well. It is rotten at every level. It’s crazy how powerful the Catholic Church still is after all the revelations have come out about its behaviour.

    • Uatu 11:43 on 2019-12-09 Permalink

      Yes. Financial shenanigans probably happened since abusive behavior is an indicator of fraud as this article suggests

    • Jack 12:19 on 2019-12-09 Permalink

      This story has been written a thousand times. The Roman Catholic Church has been complicit in covering up physical and sexual abuse forever. Like most Montrealers I was born into this institution , was an alter boy, attended a clerical boys school, had many Priests and Nuns in the family. etc.etc.
      But at what point do you look into the mirror and say I can not be a part of this. If you are a member of that institution do you condone this behaviour by attending and tossing money in the basket ? If you are, check out this documentary.

  • Kate 08:56 on 2019-12-09 Permalink | Reply  

    QMI has a vigorous piece about how the Rizzuto clan is back in charge and how the Sicilians, the Calabrians and the Hells Angels may be united under a strong leader again.

    • david100 02:32 on 2019-12-10 Permalink


      Two pretty important additional details are that (1) the Calabrians (based in Ontario) are the gang that made the play against the Rizzutos that resulted in the deaths and disappearances of so many mafia men (including three members of the Rizzuto family – the head, the heir apparent, and the consiglieri), it also resulted in the end of several of the Calabrians’ Haitian toadies/hired guns, plus a spate of arsons; and (2) this follows a major (and ongoing) international operation in Ontario and Italy this summer that many say greatly decreased the Calabrians’ power, and included a couple dozen arrests.

      We all know that over the past decade or so, much law enforcement work has gone toward cleaning up the unions and the construction industry. The government has also, of course, outfitted the ports with extra security and technology, and the workers there are more scrutinized than ever before. Technology, new market entrants, and changing attitudes have decimated other older line mafia scams such as taxi medallions, materials scams, extortion/”protection” of shops or businesses, stealing off transportation trucks for black market sale, pimping, and more. Basically, the result is that the field of operation of your sophisticated criminal gang is narrowing.

      As we saw with the Calabrian busts in Ontario, the big ones now are drug importation and sale, illegal gambling, scam websites, counterfeit goods, and – especially – money laundering from mafia activities (mostly drug related) abroad.

      My sense is that the Hells still have people at ports of entry and they move stuff around, and that the Rizzutos, as ever, are international drug traffickers. So, maybe there’s some sort of division of labor and expertise going on here, with the Calabrians sharing their contacts and vice versa, rather than a division of territory.

      Or maybe it’s all just a holding play by two weakened sides until one side can raise an army to take out the other. The Hells here are a red herring – they’re weak too, and they’ll never get to the heights to which they once aspired, but they do move product around the province.

      Another thought: some of those treacherous street gang members are known to the Rizzutos, and known by name to have betrayed them to the Calabrians (Ducarme Joseph, remember, was once a body guard to Tony Magi, and the same crew that the Rizzutos used flipped and had a hand in the deaths of all three of the construction guys, including the son). If it’s true that the Rizzutos have brokered a peace with the Calabrians, some of the arsons and shootings we’ve seen over the past month or so could well be reprisals by the Rizzutos against their disloyal street gang former chums. In the next few months, I’ll be watching the news for guys dying by shooting or fire, or disappearing, who have Haitian names – settling family scores is a great way for up-and-coming soldiers to make their bones.

    • david100 03:21 on 2019-12-10 Permalink

      Also worth underlining that the “gang of five” is basically the Rizzutos teaming up with the Hells, which was already the arrangement. I wonder if Hells had pulled back over the past few years so that this is a big deal, or if the big deal is that it’s a more formalized arrangement?

    • Kate 11:06 on 2019-12-10 Permalink

      david100, good analysis. My impression is that even the journalists who’ve made a particular study of organized crime – police too – can receive mistaken notions, either because an informant is deliberately misleading them, or because they’re getting a one‑sided view from someone with old news or pretending to know more than he does.

    • david100 12:57 on 2019-12-10 Permalink

      Yeah, like, you have three events that brought the Calabrians low: (1) the death of their head in Montreal, Andrea Scoppa; (2) the arrests of Jonathan Massari and Dominico Scarfo (and two hitmen) who are responsible for several murders of Rizzuto people, including the father of current underboss Stephano Sollecito; and (3) the raids by the OPP, RCMP and Carabinieri that led to millions in seizures and something like 35 arrests. Additionally, you’ve had several Calabrian members/associates die recently, most notably the recentish shooting in Toronto of the guy thought to have been the rifleman on boss Rizzuto.

      It seems to me that there’s a good chance that the Calabrians were simply removed from the table, and some faction of what remains sent out signals to the Rizzutos that they weren’t going to continue Scoppa’s moves.

      The real action is that the depleted Rizzutos may have resumed or deepened their relationship with the Hells. If the relationship was strained, it’s likely that the Hells didn’t want to get involved in the battle between Mafia groups. If this represents a deepening, it’s probably because the Calabrians did so much to thin the Rizzuto ranks.

      No matter what happens, it’s hard to believe that guys like Sollecito and Rizzuto won’t be retaliating against anyone who did them wrong. These are guys who lost multiple family members and friends. So, I’m skeptical of any report that the bloodletting will end any time soon.

    • david100 13:03 on 2019-12-10 Permalink

      Well, actually, the most notable recent death of a Calabrian aside from the murder of Andrea Scoppa, who was shot in the face, was probably the death of his brother, whose name I think was Salvatore, who they got back in April or May. If there really is a truce, I wonder if the Scoppas were cut loose by their Ontario bosses.

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