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  • Kate 17:14 on 2019-07-10 Permalink | Reply  

    The Gazette’s Jason Magder reports that not a single study has looked at the effects of shutting down the Mount Royal tunnel in six months’ time.

    • ant6n 23:24 on 2019-07-10 Permalink

      To be fair, concerns were brought up by a bunch of ppl at the BAPE, I believe a bunch of suggestions were made as well. But then again, the ‘BAPE c’est pas le pape’…

  • Kate 07:50 on 2019-07-10 Permalink | Reply  

    I had to check the date on this one, but it’s current: police are fighting for the right to wear camo pants and other non-uniform gear as a protest, claiming the 2017 law enforcing uniforms isn’t based on public safety, but is an attack on their freedom of expression. Montreal cops aren’t currently wearing protest clothes – but they might want to in the future.

    • Roman 08:24 on 2019-07-10 Permalink

      I’d have to side with the cops on this one.

    • Jack 08:57 on 2019-07-10 Permalink

      I’d side with them wearing Turbans, Kippa’s and Hijabs. Oh but their union said that would be wrong , clown pants and hosiery cool, its part of their “freedom of expression”. Wave to us on your way back home to Blainville, Terrebonne and Mascouche.

    • Blork 11:09 on 2019-07-10 Permalink

      Wow, the hypocrisy! You can’t wear a hijab and be a cop because wearing a hijab would indicate a bias on your part and what if a hijab-wearing cop was breaking up a fight between a muslim and a christian, would the cop’s pro-muslim bias affect the outcome? (That so-called “problem” ignores the fact that humans are boiling over with prejudices and biases — it’s human nature — but cop training is supposed to teach you how to work through that.)

      So now what if a cop wearing “protest” combat pants is breaking up a fight between a union striker and a manager at some factory? Do we assume the cop will be biased towards the striker, because his protest pants shows that bias?

      What if a cop is breaking up a fight between a person who openly disrespects the authority of police and someone who doesn’t? Do we assume the cop will be biased in favour of the person who disrespects the authority of police because he is doing so himself by disrespecting his own uniform?

      I could go on for days…

      (BTW, my tirade above is more about the folly of those “what if” arguments against religious displays than it is about the goddamn pants. Just sayin’)

    • Ephraim 11:47 on 2019-07-10 Permalink

      Don’t think they should be allowed to wear camo at all. In fact, many countries ban anyone but the military from wearing camo. Now, if they want the right to wear regular pants, jeans, slacks, shorts or even leopard skin tights… I don’t have a problem. But I do with camo. They are already unapproachable enough… we don’t need them to look para military.

    • Kate 12:49 on 2019-07-10 Permalink

      To be fair I said camo, because that’s what many cops were wearing during that long protest, but I also saw many officers in other patterns and colours. The point is the police are tightly constrained by laws about what they can’t do by way of protest, which is why they turned to wearing offbeat clothes until Quebec passed the law barring even that. I don’t think the cops were trying to look paramilitary, although admittedly wearing camouflage tends to give that impression.

    • steph 18:04 on 2019-07-10 Permalink

      The pink camo pants are what I remember. https://tinyurl.com/yxekyqk8

    • Ian 13:35 on 2019-07-11 Permalink

      Jack nails it.

      @steph I once saw a truly fabulous crew of parking cops in the Village wearing pink camo leggings – they were into it, and so was everyone else. Very handsome bunch, probably did more for police relations in one hot summer afternoon than the entire decade’s police outreach PR team.

    • dwgs 18:30 on 2019-07-11 Permalink

  • Kate 06:54 on 2019-07-10 Permalink | Reply  

    An alley of such significance that it has a street name parallels Mont-Royal for blocks – the ruelle Généreux. People whose businesses back onto it are mad because it’s been filthy this year from spilled cooking oil and garbage allegedly put out at random times by Airbnb tenants or operators. One restaurant is hoping flower planters will keep trash away from its back door.

    There are also complaints about garbage piles in Ville-Marie, but these are being blamed on post-Moving Day dumps not yet tackled by the city.

    • Ephraim 11:48 on 2019-07-10 Permalink

      AirBnB… the absentee landlords. The city should send in the inspectors and send out the fines.

    • Ian 13:36 on 2019-07-11 Permalink

      In my alley we have simply taken to throwing inappropriate garbage back over the offending neighbour’s fence.

    • Chris 05:54 on 2019-07-12 Permalink

      Don’t like all the AirBnBs in your neighbourhood? Move! (see what I did there?)

  • Kate 06:45 on 2019-07-10 Permalink | Reply  

    Two candidates for the borough mayoralty of the Plateau have made themselves known, neither having ventured into political life before.

    • Kate 06:39 on 2019-07-10 Permalink | Reply  

      Robert Ferguson, the man who survived having his boat capsize in the river, but whose companion – a total stranger who asked for his help retrieving a drone – did not return, talks to Radio‑Canada about the incident. You can see in the aerial photo how lively the rapids are around the aptly named Devil’s Island.

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