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  • Kate 13:58 on 2020-01-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Lizzo, Kendrick Lamar and the Foo Fighters will be on the bill at Osheaga, at the end of July.

    • EmilyG 14:50 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

      That’s pretty neat.
      I was only at Osheaga once, though I might like to go again. I’ll wait and see what other bands/artists are playing.

    • denpanosekai 17:11 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

      Section.80, HiiiPoWeR

    • EmilyG 19:35 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

      Ah, they have the rest of the lineup announced now.

  • Kate 08:49 on 2020-01-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Last year saw a record 26 road rage incidents recorded by the SPVM.

  • Kate 08:46 on 2020-01-27 Permalink | Reply  

    A young man was shot in Rosemont Sunday evening, non-fatally, but is not cooperating with police.

  • Kate 15:56 on 2020-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

    Place des Arts has received $4 million from Quebec to make itself more accessible. The ground-floor hall of the complex was renovated relatively recently, but now there’s more work to be done putting in elevators to get people up from the metro into the audience.

    • Mr.Chinaski 23:27 on 2020-01-26 Permalink

      At the end of the access tunnel to the PDA near the subway station there is a 8 step stair. The only way to have it comply with the CNB code is a typical 1:12 slope ramp… so about 15m in lenght.

  • Kate 15:54 on 2020-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

    A man was found unconscious in a walk-in fridge at Milano on the Main on Sunday morning.

    Update: the man has indeed died as noted below, and police suspect no criminal angle in his death.

    • Chris 00:59 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

      It was an employee, and now he’s dead. 🙁

    • YUL514 16:17 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

      Oh my, how unfortunate. That explains why they were closed yesterday. When I passed by a note on the door mentioned something about a death. I assumed it was a funeral for a family member so didn’t think much of it. That was about 3PM and there was no one around in terms of an investigation.

    • CE 16:45 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

      I work in a lot of walk in fridges with draught beer systems. Co2 gas leaks are always in the back of my head. If there’s enough of it in the air, it makes you fatigued and you can just fall asleep and quickly suffocate. I really need to get a co2 detector for my belt!

    • Kate 20:07 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

      You really should, CE. It would be a sad way to go.

  • Kate 15:47 on 2020-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

    The Centre d’histoire takes us for a look at the bookstore of Henri Tranquille, where the Refus global was launched and books were sold despite the disapproval of the Catholic church. Tranquille’s name came up recently as well when it was announced that the Clark Street space (park in summer, rink in winter) will be named for him.

  • Kate 10:11 on 2020-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

    I was scanning obits recently for family history reasons, and thought I might scan them every few weeks to point out interesting ones.

    I was struck by the matinée idol photo of Manny Barnoff, who died at the end of 2019. He started the Bar-B Barn, which I hadn’t known was partly named for its founder.

    Media are noting the death of Sheldon Sazant, who worked at Steve’s Music for decades and was well known to local musicians and bands.

    Nelson Tousignant, one of the founders of the Musée de l’Imprimerie du Québec, died on January 13. The museum is inside the old Lovell Litho building on St-Nicolas.

    Radio-Canada notes that Kate McGarrigle died ten years ago, and writer Anne Hébert 20 years ago.

    The Journal’s current crop of obits includes two nuns and a priest. It’s unusual to page through a couple of weeks of obits in the francophone press without seeing at least a few clerics.

  • Kate 09:54 on 2020-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

    The Chinese new year festivities weren’t very lively here this year, as people stayed away from places where exposure to the new coronavirus seemed possible. Not likely, but possible. Toronto has seen its first probable case in a man who had recently visited Wuhan, where the illness first manifested itself.

  • Kate 09:45 on 2020-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

    I have no beef with the memory of Warren Allmand, who served decades as a Montreal MP and one term, afterwards, as a city councillor, and never got entangled in any scandal. But politicians are prone to naming things after other politicians, as we’ve noticed, and now some of them want to name something after Allmand. It’ll probably be in NDG, where the man was MP for so long.

    Pity he never represented Griffintown.

  • Kate 09:35 on 2020-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

    A demonstration was held Saturday against the technology called 5G, a new standard in cellular communications.

    So I’m like, OK, maybe these were environmentalists protesting at how a new technology will cause waste because people will throw away perfectly good phones to buy new ones. Or maybe these are social justice folks concerned about conditions in phone factories in China or the coltan mines in Africa.

    Or maybe, since 5G is closely associated with Huawei, we’re back to China again and these people don’t want Canada or Canadian companies investing in Huawei?

    Nope. They’re nutbars, probably aligned with the folks who didn’t want smart meters from Hydro‑Quebec. “Le vice-président du Rassemblement électosensibilité Québec (RESQ) […] portait d’épaisses lunettes noires. Sa tête était couverte d’un capuchon : il a choisi ses vêtements en fonction de leurs capacités « à bloquer les radiofréquences […] [et] a confié ressentir des symptômes lorsqu’il est exposé aux champs électromagnétiques : maux de tête carabinés, perte de vision, oreilles bourdonnantes…”

    • jeather 18:04 on 2020-01-26 Permalink

      Oh, I assumed it was because of the 5G interferes with weather forecasting concern.

    • Kate 20:05 on 2020-01-26 Permalink

      I thought you were joking, jeather, but you were not.

    • CE 23:12 on 2020-01-26 Permalink

      I thought it might be because of rumours that it helps spread the Coronavirus.

    • Kate 10:14 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

      CE, that’s even more nutso.

      I saw the video of the man collapsing in the street, described in that article, and was suspicious. It seemed entirely too ben trovato.

    • Raymond Lutz 20:31 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

      And radio-astronomers too are worried…

      And who does really need the mobile bandwidth 5G will provide? Autonomous cars? 4K video streaming? When tech (and financial sector betting on growth) derails and produces something superfluous. Apple watch? Google glass? wifi connected juicer? Ciboire! Are they going to broadcast neural nets over the air? Is edge AI really a thing? aaaarghh.

  • Kate 22:53 on 2020-01-25 Permalink | Reply  

    A man was stabbed downtown Saturday afternoon, presumably near Complexe Desjardins, although the writer of this CBC story was mixed up, because if you’re at Ste-Catherine and St‑Urbain you are not on Ste-Catherine Street East.

    TVA confirms the attack took place inside the mall, currently the site of Chinese new year festivities.

  • Kate 22:48 on 2020-01-25 Permalink | Reply  

    With a nod to the Gazette’s recent coverage, Urbania visits what it calls a village gaulois – St‑Laurent’s pocket trailer park.

  • Kate 10:40 on 2020-01-25 Permalink | Reply  

    When the cruise ship pier was renovated in 2017, $11 million was spent on an electrical charging station so that ships shouldn’t need to keep generators running while in harbour. But only one ship has ever used it. Seems most cruise companies are not in a hurry to adopt technologies that reduce emissions.

    • Max 16:23 on 2020-01-26 Permalink

      I suppose it’s a matter of establishing a critical mass of shore power infrastructure. As long as most ports don’t have it on offer, ship operators won’t be willing to install and haul around the (expensive and heavy) transformers and switchgear and whatnot needed to make use of it.

  • Kate 10:34 on 2020-01-25 Permalink | Reply  

    Mega Bloks has been a big employer in St-Laurent, so much so that it’s marked on the STM map as a destination. But not for much longer. Mattel, the parent company, plans to lay off nearly 600 people as production is moved to Mexico and China. None of them are unionized.

    • Ian 17:45 on 2020-01-25 Permalink

      Mega Bloks got over 50 million from the QC government to upgrade their main factory and sold it to Mattel within the year. Now all those jobs are leaving QC. I have seen this same thing time and again in many industries – there needs to be a moratorium on selling or closing within a certain period of time if there is a sizeable government investment. This is straight up robbing the public, a classic business grift that needs to be stopped.

    • Chris 12:26 on 2020-01-26 Permalink

      Robbing the public? No, it’s straight up government giving our money away. It’s corporate welfare that needs to stop.

  • Kate 10:32 on 2020-01-25 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s not an empty threat: the company operating our recycling centres is pulling out and the city may have to bridge things itself while it seeks other possibilities. There’s a promise that none of the collected material will go to landfill, but Quebec is being called on for help.

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