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  • Kate 21:35 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Not the first time a touring band has been robbed of all their gear in this town, but they don’t always lose the vehicle too.

    • Ephraim 21:55 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      Don’t know who is more to blame, the police who don’t even seem to have a bait car, the insurance companies who don’t insist that a police report be made for every single one of these crimes against a vehicle, the manufacturers who haven’t secured the vehicles against theft so that they aren’t easy targets or the government, who don’t insist that insurance companies can’t pay out unless a police report is made.

      Between these three actors, we have the real criminals…. a crime doesn’t exist until it is reported and the police,who won’t do anything unless it’s a crime and they have to report on them to the public. Essentially this is ripping off the public, who pay both the insurance premiums and the salaries of the policemen who don’t seem to do anything about the fact that we are a central for vehicle crime. For example, the rampant theft of catalytic converters, that cost the insurance companies $2K to replace, the owners up to $1K in deductibles for a few bucks, see for an example of this spate of thefts. (Incidentally, this is considered by insurance companies to be a partial theft of a vehicle.) Worth a few hundred bucks, done in a few minutes at the side of the road. (Manufacturers can do a number of things to stop this, including putting a cover in place so that it is much more difficult to remove without fully hoisting the car.

      Thefts of full vehicles are about 168 per 100K… but that’s just what’s reported and FULL vehicles. And just that is $1B a year.

    • steph 22:19 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      Bands should know not to leave vans full of gear unattended. This isn’t a rule exclusive to Montreal.

      “Other bands who have had their gear stolen in Montreal include The Stooges, Hedley, Camper van Beethoven, Elliot Brood, Rufio, Black Halos and even locals get robbed, including Endast, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Obey the Brave and Men Without Hats.”

  • Kate 21:33 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Anyone making bus connections at Vendome will be discombombulated this summer as the familiar bus loop has to close for work on the tunnel to the hospital.

  • Kate 18:19 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine house, left to decline into decrepitude after the pointless demolition of the Overdale neighbourhood in 1987, has finally been restored. Text and audio from Radio‑Canada. It’s not clear from the text who owns it now (possibly the developer) nor who paid the bills, nor what it will now be used for.

  • Kate 18:11 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Mayor Plante is to take transport minister François Bonnardel and “ministre déléguée aux Transports et ministre responsable de la métropole” Chantal Rouleau for a rush-hour jaunt on the orange line Tuesday morning, responding to Plante’s pointed invitation back in February.

    Security will surely see that the trio are not closely jostled by commuters, but maybe it will be instructive for them anyway to observe sardine class from the middle distance.

    • Tim S. 20:32 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      Also CEGEPs and Universities are done, so tens of thousands fewer students.

    • Kate 21:45 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      Yep. They should’ve gone at 8:15 a.m. on a February morning to get the full effect.

  • Kate 15:43 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    The New Yorker covers the redemption of David MacMillan and Fred Morin at Joe Beef.

  • Kate 09:28 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse talked to Denis Lebel, transport minister in the Harper government, about the epic of getting approval to commission the new bridge scheduled to partly open next month.

  • Kate 08:50 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Grass is not well adapted to city life and is expensive to keep up, so the city is looking for better alternatives for park greenery and especially for strips beside roads and sidewalks.

  • Kate 08:43 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    A man attacked two others with a guitar early Sunday, sending them to hospital, although not so much because of their injuries as because they were very, very drunk. The attacker has not been caught.

    • Jack 08:57 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      Usually its the opposite

  • Kate 08:30 on 2019-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    This item on microchipping pet animals notes that it will be obligatory after this year to have cats and dogs microchipped. The bargain clinic described costs $40 per animal, whereas it’s normally $90 at the vet, according to the piece.

    • jeather 15:23 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      “Même au niveau légal, si tu perds ton chat et que ton voisin décide d’adopter ton chat, il a le droit techniquement s’il n’a pas de micropuce.”

      This isn’t how the law works. It might be difficult to prove the non-microchipped cat is yours, but that doesn’t mean your neighbour is allowed to steal it.

    • Ephraim 17:59 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      Is it really stolen if it leaves of it’s own accord? Does the animal itself have rights or are they a possession. (Just asking for a friend.)

    • Kate 18:27 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      I’ve heard of cats voluntarily decamping from one household into another that they found more congenial, but usually that’s because the original owners weren’t very attentive anyway.

  • Kate 21:30 on 2019-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    A water main break closed the green line between Frontenac and Viau for most of Sunday.

  • Kate 13:24 on 2019-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Good Radio-Canada piece, text and audio, discussing with urbanist Gérald Beaudet the bizarre situation of transit in the Montreal area – with development supposedly confided to the ARTM, in fact it’s the Caisse de dépôt making all the decisions.

  • Kate 12:36 on 2019-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    QMI went around and got a few Plateau merchants to dance ungracefully on Luc Ferrandez’ political grave.

    • Chris 12:47 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      In the video, a merchant wished for cheaper parking. Don’t merchants, of all people, understand the supply/demand/price curve? Does she think lowering parking prices will result in more empty spaces?! If anything, we need more expensive parking, in order to ensure that some spaces will always be available.

    • Ian 15:39 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      …only because nobody will want to park there, defeating the whole point of making parking available to customers…

    • Chris 17:02 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      Ian, could you elaborate?, not sure I understand your comment. You mean if parking prices are raised too high, then few would come, and many spaces would then be available? Well, yes, of course. The price should be set on the proper place on the supply/demand curve, and should even change dynamically. It can be too low, and it can be too high. Just right is where the resource is mostly used, but a few spaces per block are available.

    • Alex L 17:39 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      I liked his idea of making all on-street parking paying, be it a small amount in far-off places. Apart from the evident huge impact cars have on our environment and that our city is subsidizing it, I like the idea that the resulting money would go on off-setting or reducing the impact of motorized transport in our city.

    • DeWolf 21:07 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      One of the Laurier Street merchants quoted in the story said her customers used to come all the way from Boucherville. Is it really a sustainable business model to rely on a base of customers that live 20km away, rather than those that live 2km (or 200m) away? It’s not as if people on the Plateau are short on cash. If your neighbours aren’t interested in your shop, maybe it’s time to move to a different neighbourhood.

    • Kate 08:11 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      If your store carried a very specific category of goods, you could have customers from all over. But in general, if you had a storefront on Laurier, you should get customers from Outremont and the wealthier segments of the Plateau and Mile End, none of whom should have to drive unless disabled.

    • Jonathan 08:40 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

      A lot of the negative comments from merchants seem to come from the retail sector. I think their clients are just choosing to buy online… We all know the retail sector is struggling. The article mentions the ceramic cafe as doing pretty well. I think it’s pretty telling that these are the more successful businesses, the ones less affected by the online craze. Even restaurants are probably seeing less business because they are being cut into by the meal boxes.

  • Kate 09:11 on 2019-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    It was 80 years ago, on the brink of World War II, that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (mother of the present queen) visited Montreal, disembarking from a train at what’s now Parc station and processing down Park Avenue to the cheers of massed crowds.

    Radio-Canada also notes that the BAnQ is making a lot of historical images and documents free to use via its website.

    The Centre d’histoire piece this weekend looks at the corner of St-Jacques and Inspector, an intersection that no longer exists in Griffintown.

    The Gazette continues with the “history through our eyes” feature, this week looking back at the 1977 Stanley Cup parade and the massive tire dump fire in St-Amable in 1990, among others.

    • ProposMontréal 15:14 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      Funny story about the Inspector-St-Jacques piece. The apartment (chambre) with the open window over the Matthew’s Lunch was my father’s first place when he arrived in Montreal in 1958. He called me at 7am this morning to tell me that his old place was in the Journal. (Although I already knew that, old folks like to repeat themselves)

  • Kate 07:54 on 2019-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    A man was found dead in a rooming house in eastern downtown Saturday evening, and it’s under investigation, although I don’t see any homicide number yet. (We haven’t had a homicide on the island since the end of March, although there have been a couple of noted ones in off‑island suburbs.)

    Later in the evening, a man was shot in Montreal North, but he’s still alive and not talking to police. (I see CBC is now calling the area Montréal-Nord.)

  • Kate 20:05 on 2019-05-18 Permalink | Reply  

    This isn’t the first time in this blog’s existence that the city has announced an attempt to persuade smokers not to throw their butts all over the place. Even though buildings install cigarette disposals outside, close to a third of the city’s litter is still discarded butts, full of toxic substances.

    • Jonathan 07:17 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      I did a bit of research myself a while back on what kind of toxic chemicals are actually in cigarette butts and found that there was nothing toxic in cigarette butts… The filters are made out of plastic fibers… So definitely a nuisance..

      It seems like the only thing I could find about toxicity is just quotes from people like in this article saying they are toxic. But no actual evidence.

      I’m not a smoker. Haha.

    • Kate 07:42 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      Maybe they’re not toxic till used?

    • dhomas 08:48 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      Kate is correct. Un-smoked cigarette butts are “just” plastic (Cellulose acetate), basically, though this is already not very good. Once smoked, cigarette filters retain up to 25% of the cigarette’s nicotine content as well as other toxins from the cigarette. The cigarette tobacco, as well as what’s left in the filters after they are smoked, is indeed toxic, especially for marine life, but also if ingested by children. There are some scholarly articles on the topic, but even just reading the Wikipedia article gives you enough information.

    • Chris 10:27 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      Also, toxicity isn’t boolean, it’s a matter of dose. Even water is toxic at high enough dose:

    • Kate 10:56 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      Chris, you’re the prince of tangents. Yes, even breathing air will eventually kill you, what does this have to do with the price of tea in China? The problem here is the accumulation of toxins over time.

    • Chris 12:04 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

      Kate, I’m not disagreeing that the problem is accumulation over time. It was just a example of why categorizing something as toxic or not (just two categories) is misleading.

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