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  • Kate 12:11 on 2018-07-22 Permalink | Reply  

    A man run down by a car Saturday downtown is being treated for head injuries.

    Notice the tone taken here: the driver could not avoid him. What next, helmets for pedestrians?

    • Ali Bear 12:31 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      And no mention of whether the vehicle was an SUV or truck – killers at low speed.

  • Kate 10:07 on 2018-07-22 Permalink | Reply  

    Here’s the history centre’s historical anniversaries for the week.

  • Kate 09:24 on 2018-07-22 Permalink | Reply  

    More on the moon rock at the science centre. Kind of like a holy relic in the old days.

  • Kate 01:03 on 2018-07-22 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC gets into some odd stories at times. Here’s one about a woman in NDG who “moved to Montreal from Brooklyn […] in part to access Canadian public healthcare.” She goes on to snipe at her doctor on Facebook and is now unhappy that the doctor has chosen not to deal with her any more. Is this really a social justice story worth pursuing?

    Not sure how I feel about an American coming here to “access” our healthcare, either.

    • Brett 08:25 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      We already have refugees coming to access our heath care, so why should Americans be treated any different? #WelcomeToCanada

    • Kate 09:20 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      Question of need vs. convenience.

    • Brett 09:26 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      Maybe she actually needed it? Not all Amercans have insurance.

      In the case of this woman however it seems that she believed the Canadian system (not that it’s totally homogeneous as it varies by province) is better at providing patient care than what she was getting in Brooklyn. I guess she didn’t read the articles about our emergency room waiting times.

    • Kate 09:48 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      Brett, Canada can’t possibly square up to provide medical care to any Americans who “need” it. We already have an influx of people coming from needy places. Canada just accepted fifty peacekeepers and their families from Syria, for example. We need to do this, but people coming from war-torn, poverty-stricken or oppressed places are bound to need medical care and lots of it. Whereas Americans, well, they figure they can just call up their GP and get seen that day. Chop chop. And if they don’t get the service they expect, they complain to Facebook and the media? Really?

      That said, this woman, as a non-refugee, would only qualify for our “free” care if she had established residency here, so presumably her intention is to immigrate. But it was more in the way she’s quoted as speaking about it that ruffled me somewhat.

    • Thomas H 10:56 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      Exactly, Kate. This woman would have needed to demonstrate some sort of legal status in Canada (citizen, resident, etc.). Obtaining a RAMQ card is a fairly bureaucratic and intensive process, even for Canadians who move from a different province. She must have some tie here or perhaps she is even paying out of pocket. I have known uninsured Americans who still find it cheaper to pay out of pocket here than in the US (as a single payer system, Canada enjoys much lower administrative and prescription drug costs).

    • Daniel 11:31 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      Part of the story mentioned above (moved here … “in part to access Canadian public healthcare”) doesn’t seem to be in the story anymore. In any case, this is a mildly interesting story about health care in the age of social media and whether/how doctors can drop patients. The American aspect and the moving here for health care seems to be a bit of a red herring. She may have been interested in moving here because of the health care (or not) but you can’t just move here on that basis, certainly. She must have had some other reason to be eligible to move here.

    • Mark Côté 12:02 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      She has insurance via Blue Cross; she isn’t getting anything for free. That was part of the problem; her insurance has restricted hey choice of clinic.

    • Mark Côté 12:33 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      She also said she couldn’t reach her doctor for two weeks concerning a prescription; she had no unreasonable expectations from what I read. Her original comment that started all this was pretty tame imho, and others have agreed with her feelings about the receptionists there.

    • jeather 12:45 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      Yeah, a minor bitch about “can’t reach my doctor for two weeks when I am pregnant and need drugs for an infection and the receptionists are nasty” on a private facebook group leading to “whoops sorry, no doctor at all for you my pregnant friend” is pretty extreme.

      She appears to be an MFA student at Concordia. Perhaps the health care factored into her decision about which school to go to.

  • Kate 00:37 on 2018-07-22 Permalink | Reply  

    The driver of a 99 bus was attacked in Villeray Thursday night while trying to intervene to protect a woman from an assailant. Discussion of whether buses should have partitions to protect the driver from attack.

    • Steve Q 09:12 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      This bus drive is a brave man who did more than his job requires, very few people like that anymore. Also, the story doesn’t say if the savage attacker was arrested or not. And if he wasn’t, why no description ?

  • Kate 11:20 on 2018-07-21 Permalink | Reply  

    I don’t often do this kind of thing, but I’ve been working in St-Henri for a year now, and while I can’t say I know it well, I know it better than I did. Here are some things I’d like to recommend:

    Atelier Pops-Art on Beaudoin south of Notre-Dame, in a kind of undefined space between rows of houses. The best popsicle type things I’ve ever tried. Right now I’m in a cucumber-lime phase but that could change.

    Saint-Henri Books, on Therien, a tiny street that runs along the west side of massive St-Zotique church on Notre-Dame. They offer an exquisitely curated selection of titles in English and French in a small storefront on an obscure side street. New, not used.

    Coffee from Campanelli.

    These three things can be usefully combined in a visit to leafy George-Étienne Cartier square nearby, one of the city’s finest classic squares with a terrific fountain in the middle.

    • Roman 13:46 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      You missed the Adamos pizza?! It’s to die for.

    • Blork 16:09 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      Adamos is great! Not exactly cheap, but the slices are pretty big. Supposedly New York style, but arguably should be called “New York inspired.”

      Also noteworthy is Tejano BBQ burritos around the corner on Courcelle. Rustique pie shop is so adorbs you just wanna die from too much adorbs. The pies are good too, as are the other baked things.

    • Kate 18:01 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      I don’t work close enough to Notre-Dame to lunch there, and at the end of the day I mostly want to get back up to my home turf.

    • jeather 20:00 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      I don’t get the love for Adamos. It’s fine, but not that amazing. I don’t like Rustique because I find mini pies have the wrong ratio of crust to filling, but they had these maple cookies in March that were amazing. The new bookstore is indeed lovely. There’s also a little bakery on Notre Dame right west of the underpass that is nice.

    • Max 21:46 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      Tejano is the shit alright. Just be forewarned that their burrito’s gonna fill you up for the day. In a good way. 50% more expensive than M4’s, but 78% better.

      Also, I don’t know what’s up with Sud-West BBQ’s redoing themselves as a place for oysters and other such froufrouferie, but thankfully their frites with the brown sauce remain the best on offer island-wide. The best $5 you’re gonna drop on a mange in St. Henri, bar none. Corner Greene and Notre-Dame.

    • Kate 09:22 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      Thanks all for the recommendations. Oysters are not froufrou though, they’re fundamental.

    • Blork 17:10 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      @jeather, you’re completely right about Rustique’s mini-pies. They’re really just pie crust cookies with a dab of flavour on tip. But the full-size pies are great, as are the various cookies and macaroons, etc.

    • jeather 17:20 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      I’ve never tried their full-sized pies, to be honest. The mini pies are not pie crust cookies, which are much better. (I find their crust is not rolled out thin enough — or it’s just too thick in general if it’s a crumb crust.) And I’ve had a bunch of their cookies, which are good, but that maple thing was the best by a long shot, it was incredible.

      I have really high standards for desserts I can make, and I can make a pie.

  • Kate 10:09 on 2018-07-21 Permalink | Reply  

    As this item says, the history of Hydro-Quebec is a microcosm of the history of Quebec since its inception, and it has a warehouse archive of objects illustrating the social and technological changes over that time. Some of them will be on display, but this item is too brief to show you any examples or tell you where you can see any of them.

  • Kate 10:07 on 2018-07-21 Permalink | Reply  

    The construction holiday has begun. TVA cheerfully predicts rain and La Presse looks at some of the worksites that aren’t shutting down.

  • Kate 09:45 on 2018-07-21 Permalink | Reply  

    Le Devoir is doing a series on various ridings in advance of this fall’s Quebec election. Not all will be in Montreal, but this weekend they consider Viau in the east end.

  • Kate 09:16 on 2018-07-21 Permalink | Reply  

    The wave of stories about kids being taught how to be safe around dogs leaves me ambivalent. I never needed any training except my sensible mother’s advice to keep my distance from dogs. Seems to me it’s up to dog owners to keep their animals leashed and train them not to lunge at people – especially kids.

    Dog owners should not go around expecting kids to have been dogproofed like this. This is a bit like teaching kids to duck and cover during an atomic bomb attack, or hide when an armed intruder enters their school.

    In any case, it’s not likely to be a fuzzy little dog like the one shown in the CTV photo that half rips a kid’s face off, is it?

    • dwgs 10:44 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      I disagree with your last statement, small dogs can do a lot of damage and I find that the little ones are often poorly socialized (the dogs that is) due to being carried around and fussed over too much and not allowed to interact with their own kind.
      Kids should know a couple of basic rules; stay away from the dog if it is eating or has a ball / stick / whatever and never approach a dog without first checking with the owner. You would be amazed at the number of times kids as young as toddlers have been allowed to walk right up to my two dogs (65 and 30 lbs) and try to pet / hug / poke them. My dogs are very sweet and love kids but I make a point of telling the child in a voice loud enough for the adults to hear that even if the dog looks friendly they should always ask the owner if it’s okay. If the dog is tied up outside a store leave it alone.

    • Daisy 15:40 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      I agree. The onus should be on the dog owners themselves to make sure children and others are not injured by dogs (assuming no obviously stupid behaviour, like deliberately taunting a dog, but even then, the owner should be around to see what is going on).

    • Blork 16:11 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      The onus SHOULD be on the dog owners, but if I had a kid I would not trust that all dog owners have fulfilled that obligation. To just assume all dogs have been properly trained in just irresponsible.

    • Bert 16:23 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      This can be boiled down to: “it’s not your dog”. I understand that children don’t understand this concept, so it needs to be handled by the adults.

      No one should approach a dog (or other pet) like they have an inherent right to interact with it. Approach the handler / owner first and above and beyond simply asking if it is OK to interact with the animal it can show to the animal that the interaction is allowed.

    • Kevin 20:32 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      ADULTS don’t understand the concept of not approaching strange dogs.

  • Kate 08:26 on 2018-07-21 Permalink | Reply  

    The companies still hoping to pave over Pierrefonds’ remaining wetlands to build 5,500 new housing units have noticed that the city administration has dedicated the land to a park and circumvented the plan to build a new highway to the area. They are not happy.

    • Ali Bear 18:21 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      Boohoo, the loss of suburban lebensraum.

  • Kate 08:11 on 2018-07-21 Permalink | Reply  

    There were stabbings in the wee hours near Chinatown; nobody is dead, but two men are in hospital.

    Update: CBC noon news says one of the two victims has died, making him the 15th homicide of the year.

    Friday evening, a woman was found dead in a building on fire on St-Timothée in eastern downtown. It’s under investigation.

  • Kate 21:10 on 2018-07-20 Permalink | Reply  

    A Lebanese food counter that’s been open nearly a decade in the Carrefour Industrielle Alliance building has been served with various warnings by the landlord after a Double Pizza franchise also moved in, because some of its offerings involve toppings on flat breads.

    On reddit, people suggested protesting by emailing the landlord or posting to Double Pizza’s Facebook page – or bringing more business to Chez Fourna.

    (If you’re wondering which bit of the interior city is the Carrefour Industrielle Alliance building, it’s the old Simpson’s building containing Simons and the Scotiabank Cinema. The building’s food court listing includes both a Basha and Chez Fourna and that doesn’t seem to have been a problem.)

    • Emily Gray 21:51 on 2018-07-20 Permalink

      Weird, I’ve been in that area a lot, and I guess I didn’t know it was a building with multiple stores and a food court (not sure if it qualifies as a “mall.”)

    • Kate 22:26 on 2018-07-20 Permalink

      It’s almost all below street level.

    • dwgs 09:01 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      The food court there is better than most, there’s a decent pho place, at least one place that specializes in fish and seafood and Chez Fourna is quite good.

    • Uatu 12:17 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      It’s a decent food court and I used to eat there before seeing a movie upstairs. Haven’t been in a while since I don’t go to the movies like I used to and It’s been under construction lately so I’m not interested in having a meal there. This shouldn’t be a big deal since people will get a pizza if they want a pizza…

    • Bert 13:15 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      Well, that makes me want to start having lunch at Chez Fourna.

      On a side note, I like how the article mentions “press time.” Really? Press?

    • Kate 18:34 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      Bert, I noticed that too, and wondered, considering Global isn’t and never was a print medium.

  • Kate 20:59 on 2018-07-20 Permalink | Reply  

    The new federal infrastructures minister is keen on getting our new bridge delivered by the deadline.

  • Kate 19:27 on 2018-07-20 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA has a piece about businesses having trouble with itinerants in the Plateau, and Christopher Curtis pushes back against the tone they take.

    • Bill Binns 20:16 on 2018-07-20 Permalink

      I have been spending a lot of time on Mt Royal Ave this summer and it’s bad. Not as bad as St Cat in the Village but it’s bad. I don’t know what kind of food Pintxo sells but I’m buying some of it tomorrow. Good for him for speaking up.

    • steph 21:11 on 2018-07-20 Permalink

      Bill Binns disgusts me. I wish he’d go away and not come back.

    • Brett 22:10 on 2018-07-20 Permalink

      Au contraire. I like Bill Binns’ comments.

    • Emily Gray 22:10 on 2018-07-20 Permalink

      Good for Christopher Curtis. When I was reading the initial article, I was wondering why people would be photographing and filming the homeless people, and thinking that they probably wouldn’t like it. I know, homeless people’s behaviour isn’t always the best, but they have harder lives than most of us, so why annoy them like that?
      And yeah, considering that these people come from the North of Quebec, I do kind of see disturbing racial undertones that Curtis mentions.

    • Steve Q 23:58 on 2018-07-20 Permalink

      I agree with Bill Binns entirely. Not because you are homeless that it gives you the right to disrespect other people and businesses. Not because you come from the North of Quebec that you should be entitled to behave badly. If these people are a disturbance to the society then it’s time to adopt a different approach and relocate them in a better place.

    • ant6n 02:58 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      Maybe they should be moved to some sort of … Camps!

    • Douglas 07:50 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      Are those camps concentrated somewhere?

      Tough situation. Homeless people often make places of business unpleasant. But I never experienced it myself. Theres a bunch of homeless camped out on parc and sherbrooke but they don’t seem to bother patrons at all.

      Maybe its a few really bad apples.

    • Dhomas 08:00 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      @Steve Q “If these people are a disturbance to the society then it’s time to adopt a different approach and relocate them in a better place.”

      Veux, veux pas, “these people” are PART of society. Maybe the people taking pictures and video of them without their authorization are a disturbance to them?

    • Ali Bear 08:52 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      Homeless people don’t need to be “moved elsewhere,” they probably need a better framework of social services that are better suited to them.

      Standing on street-corners selling magazines, washing windshields of stopped cars, and screaming obscenities to yourself as you walk down a busy sidewalk… are not an ideal integration. Commercial cultures like ours have a hard time accepting or integrating those who are outside of the status-accumulation circuit (treadmill).

    • mb 15:29 on 2018-07-21 Permalink

      I live exactly here and I can’t believe all the fuss for this group of 4 people who hang out in the hood without bothering anyone. As for reacting while being filmed without permission, if it’s legitimate for anyone of us, why not for them? The key term is of course “du grand nord québécois”.

      This kind of news is a good indicator of the kind of provincial lala-land we are living in. This said, I sense the hostility towards this small group more in the comments above than on the street.

    • Emily Gray 11:23 on 2018-07-22 Permalink

      Well said, mb.

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