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  • Kate 06:50 on 2019-03-20 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC notes thirty years since Joe Rose was murdered on a night bus for being a visibly gay man. Mildly curious here what became of his killers.

     
    • qatzelok 09:06 on 2019-03-20 Permalink

      I knew Joe Rose because he was good friends with my room-mate in the late 80s.

      I remember that he was wearing a black “AIDS: Silence = Death” t-shirt with his candy pink hair the night he took the all night bus (at around 4 am), and was killed on that bus in front of a traumatized bus driver near Frontenac metro station.

    • Ian 12:57 on 2019-03-20 Permalink

      The Gazette had a very good article on Joe Rose & the evolution of the gay pride movement in Montreal that is well worth the read.

  • Kate 06:45 on 2019-03-20 Permalink | Reply  

    A successful petition against the Publi-Sac will force a public consultation over the distribution of the advertising bundle.

     
  • Kate 22:44 on 2019-03-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Valérie Plante says she approves of the new federal budget, especially the money for first-time home buyers and the transfer of some gas tax money to municipalities. Radio-Canada notes, however, the lack of specific funds for public transit projects.

     
  • Kate 12:11 on 2019-03-19 Permalink | Reply  

    A pedestrian was killed by a truck late Tuesday morning downtown.

    Update: I was sure I saw earlier reports it was a man who died, but Tuesday evening it’s reported to have been a woman in her 70s.

     
    • Jack 12:41 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      In the ten months I have lived in Chinatown thats the third pedestrian killed within 150 meters of my residence. The one thing however that is surprising is that the driver wasn’t hospitalized for a “choc nerveux”, must be made of stern stuff.
      I do hope his assistant did not exit the truck yelling « Ostie de Montréal ! » when he saw a crushed 79 year old grandmother, because let’s be honest thats bad form.
      I am however getting truly sick of the idea that this level of collateral damage is an acceptable part of the urban experience. These trucks have engineered blindspots so they can’t see pedestrians and cyclists and are literally turning on top of pedestrians exiting from Place des Armes Metro and the Palais des Congress. Valerie your the mobility mayor ….really??
      https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/grand-montreal/201901/28/01-5212582-pietons-tues-par-des-camions-ce-nest-plus-acceptable.php

    • Kate 14:47 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      Jack, CBC says “The driver was taken to the hospital to be treated for shock.”

    • Ian 18:49 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      I kind of suspect that it’s mandatory

    • Kevin 08:02 on 2019-03-20 Permalink

      @Kate
      Certain officers said off the record Tuesday morning that the victim was a man in his fifties.

    • qatzelok 09:08 on 2019-03-20 Permalink

      The car industry has a special fund to help drivers recover from shock after crushing someone with their vehicle.

    • dwgs 14:55 on 2019-03-20 Permalink

      qatzelok, I know I’m wasting my breath but that comment is in poor taste.

    • Ian 00:17 on 2019-03-21 Permalink

      Also totally irrelevant, let’s not conflate the truck safety problem with cars.

    • Chris 09:14 on 2019-03-21 Permalink

      dwgs, taste aside, I doubt it’s even true. Ian, *if* it were true, it would be totally relevant.

    • Ian 13:14 on 2019-03-21 Permalink

      Ok, I’ll bite – please explain how the safety problems we are seeing in the city centre with large commercial trucks vs pedestrians has anything to do with cars.

    • Chris 20:20 on 2019-03-21 Permalink

      Ian, what’s to bite at? My point is that it hardly matters if something is relevant or irrelevant when it’s a total falsehood.

  • Kate 07:04 on 2019-03-19 Permalink | Reply  

    I hope our editorial cartoonists make the most of the story that the city plans to try artificial intelligence as a way to get a handle on supplying its services effectively.

     
  • Kate 06:54 on 2019-03-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Question time at city hall is held once a month and is pretty tightly controlled, with those wanting to ask a question having to make a request in person, in advance. Council chair Cathy Wong wants to know how people would prefer to do it.

    I suspect the current arrangement evolved as a way of squelching people who like to show up and use the session to air their particular idée fixe, so if Wong can find a way to use technology to make it work better, that’s good.

     
  • Kate 21:53 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Upcoming gatherings as statements against violence, racism, xenophobia:

    Any others?

     
  • Kate 20:25 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    The public is to be consulted on the future of Jeanne-Mance park. Inevitably, the softball debacle gets a mention.

     
  • Kate 19:55 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Sporadic blackouts affected the city and environs Monday afternoon, following a glitch in Hydro-Quebec operations.

     
  • Kate 19:53 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    There will be no charges against a woman whose dog attacked her own grandchildren last summer, including a four-year-old who – it says in CTV’s report – “suffered serious injuries when the dog grabbed her head in its mouth.” Other children were also bitten by the dog the same day.

    The dog is still around and Anne France Goldwater is apparently in court later this week trying to keep it alive.

     
    • Steve Q 22:29 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      Amazing !

  • Kate 19:48 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    The STM is defending the actions of the security guards who were caught on video beating a man on the platform at Villa-Maria last week. But community groups, aided by one-man opposition force Marvin Rotrand, are asking for an investigation. Valérie Plante says she has not ruled out independent investigations into metro security incidents.

     
  • Kate 06:45 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal reminds us Wednesday is the vernal equinox (twice a year I get to remind journalists there’s nothing “official” about it, although they almost always use this word, whether in English or French).

    This piece also says days will get longer after the equinox, which is true, but they’ve been getting longer since the winter solstice a few days before Christmas. It’s not the equinox that’s the turning point.

    This piece also says there will be snow Wednesday night.

     
    • Raymond Lutz 18:36 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      Et l’heure officielle de l’arrivée du printemps sera 16h58 selon la Fédération des astronomes amateurs du Québec. 😎

    • Ian 19:16 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      Crazy they’re calling for snow overnight Wednesday, the high during the day will be 7, enjoy it if you can … this is such a nutty time of year. Just remember even though it’s legal to switch to summer tires it’s best to wait until it’s consistently 7C overnight.

    • Chris 22:44 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      Kate, can u elaborate on what’s not “official” about it?

    • Kate 06:59 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      Chris, an example: Canada Day is our official federal holiday. That’s because human beings decided it would be so, and enshrined it in law. In contrast, the equinoxes and solstices are due to the tilt of the Earth and its effects on the light and the temperature on various parts of the globe at key points of the year. They have nothing to do with human decisions or offices: they’re simple geometrical facts. We observe them, but we sure as hell did not ordain them.

    • Kevin 07:16 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      Meteorological spring started March 1, but I argue that seasons come around whenever they damn well feel like it.

    • Raymond Lutz 07:39 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      And I guess “The earth is a globe” is a simple geometrical fact too? NO! it’s an official narrative, planted into our head by the system.

    • Mark Côté 12:16 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      I’d say it’s even further than what Kate says: at what point did we decide that spring starts with the equinox? If there was some official body that decided that, _then_ it would be official. It’s just some random definition that suddenly people started calling “official”. We have four seasons, sure, but there’s nothing that says they have to be of equal length.

    • Chris 22:22 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      Mark, it’s hardly a ‘random definition’. It has a precise scientific definition that you can read about here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox

      Kate, thanks for clarifying your meaning. Not sure I agree with you though. OED defines ‘official’ as ‘Relating to an authority or public body and its activities and responsibilities’. Professional astronomers are an authority in their field and one of their activities is codifying astronomical events/occurrences. Thus their definition of the equinoxes is ‘official’. But we can agree to disagree.

    • jeather 11:03 on 2019-03-20 Permalink

      The earth is neither a sphere nor a globe, though a globe is a spherical representation of a planet or a star or the star map. The earth is an oblate spheroid, though it is very close to spherical.

    • Blork 12:02 on 2019-03-20 Permalink

      I want to form a punk band and call it “Oblate Spheroids.”

    • Mark Côté 14:39 on 2019-03-20 Permalink

      I didn’t mean that “equinox” has a random definition, lol. I do respect the precision of science.

      I meant the fact that equinoxes (and solstices) are used to denote some sort of “official” beginning to the seasons is random (well, “arbitrary” is a better word, admittedly). From the article you quoted (emphasis mine), “The equinoxes are *sometimes* regarded as the start of spring and autumn.” Astronomers of course define equinoxes and solstices, but they don’t, as far as I understand, define *seasons* in any sort of “official” way.

      And even if they did, why does the day and night being equal in length mean that it is now spring? Of what utility is that? Just so we can agree that “today is spring” even though we’re then going to go on about how it does (and never does) “feel like spring”? A much more useful “official” definition of spring, were such a thing to happen, would be some sort of meteorological or biological event, like temperatures rising above a certain point, or the first buds on trees, or something like that.

    • Mark Côté 14:41 on 2019-03-20 Permalink

      Ha, seems the Swedes and Finns get me: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Season#Meteorological

    • Chris 18:04 on 2019-03-20 Permalink

      Mark, ah, I see now. You’re talking about ‘seasons’, I am not. Note that Kate didn’t discuss ‘seasons’ at all either. I’m talking only about equinox/solstice. I agree that the seasons are ‘arbitrary’, but fitting them to the equinox/solstice is not unreasonable.

    • Kevin 22:04 on 2019-03-20 Permalink

      Chris,
      Without meaning to cause any offence, I have been wondering, from that comment and several others you have made, why you fail to recognize common turns of phrase and interpret many statements in an extremely literal manner?

      How does a post to an article about spring, tied to Kate’s riff on the common mispractice of calling the equinox the official start of spring, lead to you saying that you are not talking about seasons?

      I am genuinely interested, since one thing I aim for in writing is clarity, and yet I do periodically get questions from readers who have clearly missed the point I was trying to make.

    • Mark Côté 09:31 on 2019-03-21 Permalink

      The lede of the article is “L’arrivée du printemps se fera officiellement mercredi”. If Kate mentioned the word “official”, it didn’t take much digging to figure out which mention of “official” she was referring to.

  • Kate 06:39 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    QMI says that its paper 24 Hres has been banished by Exo. The free paper used to be distributed on its train platforms in exchange for giving Exo a free page for its PR bulletins, but, QMI says, the deal was cancelled after it published several high-profile pieces criticizing how Deux‑Montagnes train service has declined in reliability because of REM construction. The article points out that other media have been saying the same thing about the service.

     
    • Dominic 06:47 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      Oh wow, that is petty.

    • qatzelok 11:45 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      Nothing in the article about any too-cozy relationship between Sun Media and the REM, so I guess “conflict of interest” isn’t the reason we are to be given for this banishing of a free rag.

    • Ephraim 14:09 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      I wonder if EXO took QMI out to the garage and beat them with a set of jumper cables until they submitted that newspapers are only allowed to print positive stories about how you aren’t doing your job right.

    • steph 17:46 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      It isn’t news that the Deux-Montagne line is gonna be royally screwed by the REM construction. Everyone knows and everyone that takes the train knows doubly.

    • Ian 19:17 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      Why one might almost think Exo was a for-profit enterprise looking to maintain its image and brand first and foremost.

    • Clee 14:11 on 2019-03-20 Permalink

      They should ban all of them. They all end up on the floors in the trains or the metro.

  • Kate 06:32 on 2019-03-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Work begins Monday on the Pie-IX bus rapid transit lane. It’s not expected to wrap up till 2022.

     
  • Kate 19:53 on 2019-03-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Drivers can get valet parking downtown for $8 on weekends as part of a city effort to make downtown a more appealing shopping area.

     
    • Ian 19:21 on 2019-03-18 Permalink

      Holy cow, PM is backing reasonably priced parking to support business? Never thought I’d see the day. I can only imagine what silent fury this causes Ferrandez.

    • Joey 09:03 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      I guess the valet parking they had on Laurier during the recent construction was a success. I think most of the indoor garages downtown charge about $8 for all-day weekend parking (though I guess this wasn’t known to CTV), but maybe the cachet of having a valet guy park your car for you will make some kind of difference.

    • Chris 22:29 on 2019-03-19 Permalink

      Ian, not sure why you conclude that. Backing reasonably priced parking, as opposed to the City providing *free* parking left and right, is exactly what should be done.

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