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  • Kate 08:59 on 2022-08-07 Permalink | Reply  

    It was, as Radio-Canada says wryly, a busy night: near midnight, a car was shot at in Rivière‑des‑Prairies, although the driver wasn’t hit. Later, around 4, three men were injured in two separate stabbing incidents near the corner of Crescent and Ste‑Catherine.

    • Kate 21:52 on 2022-08-06 Permalink | Reply  

      France also has a problem with Kevin.

      • JP 22:50 on 2022-08-06 Permalink

        This is the first I’m hearing of this and I don’t know why but I find it so surprising that a name like Kevin would end up being looked down upon.

      • Kevin 23:37 on 2022-08-06 Permalink

        It’s okay, I’m used to it 😉

        And the final season of Kevin can F$&% himself starts in a few weeks.

      • dhomas 06:32 on 2022-08-07 Permalink

        Also? What problem does Montreal or Quebec have with Kevin? Did I miss something?
        I’ve been working for French companies for about 12 years, so I know about the name Kevin. There are other names that elicit a response from the French. I once hired an employee called Bryan and every single time I would say his name to one of my French colleagues, I would get the response “Where is Bryan? Bryan is in the kitchen!”. (

      • steph 07:17 on 2022-08-07 Permalink

        Also I’ve known some anglophone Kevins that have had problems with the quebec government francizing their names to Kévin, (They’ve also done it to my name, changing mine to stéph, ugh.)

      • Kate 09:58 on 2022-08-07 Permalink

        steph, my sister had a female friend whose name was Jean Mary, and the Quebec government persisted in giving her a health card marked as male.

      • Chris 10:50 on 2022-08-07 Permalink

        For a minute Kate, your summary had me thinking “our” Kevin had made international news. 🙂

    • Kate 19:15 on 2022-08-06 Permalink | Reply  

      The finale of the fireworks festival – dedicated to the works of the band Genesis – will close the Jacques‑Cartier bridge Saturday evening.

      • Kate 19:11 on 2022-08-06 Permalink | Reply  

        A man was injured, not very seriously, in a shooting in Montreal North on Friday evening.

        CTV has a couple of maps showing gunfire hot spots in town, and citing Ted Rutland saying that simply throwing a lot of money at the cops is not the solution.

        • Kate 18:54 on 2022-08-06 Permalink | Reply  

          The odd thing about this report about a firebombing at the Direction de la protection de la jeunesse office downtown is not so much that it happened, as that it happened last Sunday and is only reported nearly a week later.

          • Kate 16:27 on 2022-08-06 Permalink | Reply  

            It’s a hot day for errands, but even in a short excursion along Jarry I noticed two things:

            SQDC store plastered with EN GRÈVE stickers. The store is not on this list of unionized stores, though, and people were coming and going as if not crossing a notional picket line.

            Small Fido store with its window boarded up – presumably broken by some of the high-end phone robbers we’ve seen reports on before.

            Didn’t get photos – words will have to do.

            • Kate 13:00 on 2022-08-06 Permalink | Reply  

              The two big things this weekend: the tennis tournament and the pride parade Sunday along René-Lévesque.

              • Kate 09:58 on 2022-08-06 Permalink | Reply  

                A Montreal gynecologist has lost his licence to practice after decades of complaints about inappropriate remarks made to patients.

                A woman in Saguenay who went to get the morning‑after pill was told by a pharmacist that he would not dispense it because it went against his religious convictions. Is a pharmacist allowed to block access to legally available medications because of their personal principles? It seems so.

                • jeather 10:51 on 2022-08-06 Permalink

                  Can’t have your head covered while you’re teaching in a public school named after Jesus, but you can prevent people from getting their legally prescribed medications if you claim it’s religious.

                • Kate 11:11 on 2022-08-06 Permalink

                  It’s been noted that the woman who gave François Legault his recent Covid booster, and was photographed doing it, is wearing hijab. (Presumably she’d be a technician, not a nurse?)

                • MtlWeb 15:16 on 2022-08-06 Permalink

                  The Bill 21 rule does not apply to health care staff even though, in 2013, the PQ’s charter of values as presented by Drainville did target all public service employees including those in health care.

                • steph 07:22 on 2022-08-07 Permalink

                  This is ridiculous. They should be out of business (if not rocks thrown in their windows)

                • Chris 10:53 on 2022-08-07 Permalink

                  Careful steph, advocating violence against someone for their religious convictions can get you in trouble. Seriously.

              • Kate 09:07 on 2022-08-06 Permalink | Reply  

                A swimmer is missing and presumed drowned Friday afternoon in the currents near Habitat 67.

                • Kate 12:00 on 2022-08-05 Permalink | Reply  

                  Media have various reactions to this week’s triple shootings.

                  TVA says the city suffered 36 hours of terror, but also interviewed the dead suspect’s brother who completely refuses to believe that Abdulla Shaikh could have carried out the killings. They also look into the matter of Shaikh having been freed from psychiatric confinement despite concerns about the risk: this latter piece also has photos and identification of the three victims and a timeline of Shaikh’s psychiatric history.

                  La Presse talks to the head of the Quebec order of criminologists, who says the treatment and followup of those found not criminally responsible due to mental illness is not well handled. They also tell us that public safety minister Geneviève Guilbault will be having words with the police chiefs.

                  Updating: Radio-Canada says Shaikh had threatened to kill workers in the psychiatric unit at Laval’s Cité‑de‑la‑Santé, and CTV says he used an illegally obtained firearm. François Legault wants to know why he was freed when he was thought to be a public risk.

                  The Gazette and TVA both talked to Mohsen Belhaj, the brother of one of the murdered men, whose decision to take the bus that night instead of driving turned out to be a fateful one, as he was shot at a bus stop. Radio‑Canada talked to a sister and a friend of the youngest victim, Alex Levis-Crevier.

                  Abdulla Shaikh’s lawyer is called François Legault. (I heard this on the radio and thought the news reader had made a slip, but it’s true.) He was not best pleased to hear his namesake say on TV “Je suis content qu’on se soit débarrassé de cet individu-là.”

                  • Kate 08:49 on 2022-08-05 Permalink | Reply  

                    We’re in for a hot muggy weekend.

                    Also, this weekend’s driving will be difficult.

                    • Moses 17:46 on 2022-08-06 Permalink

                      Was wondering why I didn’t get any heat warnings from the Environment Canada RSS feed, then a day’s worth of alerts arrived in a single minute. derp. Supposed to crash Sunday evening with rain, then 14°C on Monday.

                  • Kate 08:17 on 2022-08-05 Permalink | Reply  

                    Seems to be big news that Novak Djokovic is not coming to the tennis tournament opening Friday in Montreal because he refuses to get vaccinated against Covid. Bright boy.

                    TVA says Rafael Nadal won’t be here either after an abdominal injury.

                    • Bert 09:25 on 2022-08-05 Permalink

                      Maybe Rafa hurt his tummy because he was laughing to hard at Novak.

                  • Kate 20:43 on 2022-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

                    A woman who hailed a cab downtown and paid with her debit card found she was scammed of almost $10K after the driver handed her back a fake card.

                    • Ephraim 21:49 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

                      First thing you do in a taxi, take a picture of their licence. Nothing puts a driver on notice faster. Anywhere in the world.

                  • Kate 15:38 on 2022-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

                    The feds are dishing out $42 million against armed violence in Quebec.

                    “It will be up to the province to decide which organizations receive the federal funds for ‘community-led initiatives.’ ”

                    How much do you think will pay for sports facilities or counselling for troubled teenagers vs. how much the Legault government will use for francisation programs on the premise that only by integrating people into the dominant culture can they be saved from thug life?

                    • Ian 17:47 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

                      Call me cynical but I assume it’s all going to go to police budgets.

                  • Kate 15:31 on 2022-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

                    The father of the now deceased suspect in the three recent Montreal‑area shootings says he suffered from serious mental problems. He has been named as Abdullah Shaikh, 26, and he was awaiting trial on various assault charges. It’s notable that while those charges were issued in 2016, his trial was only scheduled for 2023.

                    And further, the suspect was freed from an unnamed institution although one psychiatrist felt he was a risk.

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