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  • Kate 18:10 on 2017-10-29 Permalink | Reply  

    I’ve already voted in Sunday’s advance poll. There were lines to vote in the basketball gym in Lucien-Pagé high school, where I’ve voted at every level in every election (and worked in a couple of elections too) since moving to Villeray in 2005.

    Since I am not working as an election official this spin round, I don’t mind saying I voted for Valérie Plante as mayor and Giuliana Fumagalli as borough mayor. Both are from Projet, both are women, plus I’d be pleased to see the back of Coderre and Anie Samson, who rules ViSaMiPex as his loyal sidekick.

    At this point I would not readily give odds on Plante vs. Coderre, but I can hope.

    Please vote if you can. Let’s get the participation up over 43% this year.

    • Kate 17:19 on 2017-10-29 Permalink | Reply  

      Ahmad Nehme, who killed his wife Catherine de Boucherville in their Lasalle home in 2012, has been declared guilty of murder in the first degree. I don’t tend to blog incremental courtroom reports, but this was clearly a harrowing trial in which it was shown Nehme had bought a hunting knife before killing his wife in the presence of their children; it was his 16-year-old daughter who called 911.

      • Kate 17:10 on 2017-10-29 Permalink | Reply  

        Vice looks at the Statistics Canada numbers showing that, overwhelmingly, Quebec’s immigrants who aren’t white choose Montreal. 83% of nonwhite newcomers stick to the big city.

        Be curious to know how this pans out with white immigrants. Surely they’re not picking Drummondville or Lachute in greater numbers?

        • Kate 11:47 on 2017-10-29 Permalink | Reply  

          René Bruemmer looks at Montreal’s commercial streets, some on the rise and some in decline, and reasons why this happens. This weekend’s Centre d’histoire piece looks back to a particular bit of Ontario Street East in the early part of the 20th century.

          • Kate 11:31 on 2017-10-29 Permalink | Reply  

            Advance polls are open Sunday from noon till 8 in the municipal election. CTV has brief but useful notes on how to vote. Sarah Leavitt’s explainer from last month about the electoral structure of the city is the best one I’ve seen.

            Notes on other island municipality elections: Westmount, Beaconsfield, Côte St-Luc on CTV and on CBC. Mayors in Kirkland, TMR and Hampstead were not challenged. (Most coverage of the western municipalities is in English.)

            • Kate 01:59 on 2017-10-29 Permalink | Reply  

              The firefighters’ union has announced their deployment of kits to revive pet animals caught in fires. They estimate 150,000 dogs and 270,000 cats live in Montreal residences.

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