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  • Kate 19:04 on 2019-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

    A man who was apparently living in Mount Royal park two years ago has been found guilty of stabbing a man who was strolling around the park with his son, although for some reason the charge of attempted murder was dropped. He’ll be sentenced later.

    • david100 19:05 on 2019-07-17 Permalink

      Probably dropped because they determined that they couldn’t prove he had the requisite intent.

  • Kate 18:14 on 2019-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

    The façade of a building under renovation was looking so shaky Wednesday afternoon that the corner of St-Denis and Bélanger was closed off. People are currently working to shore it up.

    Aaaand just when you might want to peek in on the corner on the city’s traffic webcam, it’s down.

    • ant6n 19:05 on 2019-07-17 Permalink

      Webcam says image non disponible

    • Kate 19:08 on 2019-07-17 Permalink

      Exactly. They all went offline about a week ago and some haven’t come back up. Somebody at the city told me it was a software issue, not physical problems with the cameras.

    • ant6n 19:35 on 2019-07-17 Permalink

      Oh now I get the confusion. I thought you meant the facade is down, not the webcam.

  • Kate 17:21 on 2019-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

    A truck driver accused of causing the massive blockage on autoroute 13 in 2017 has been cleared of all charges. The story makes it clear the accusation was ill-founded.

    • dwgs 09:53 on 2019-07-18 Permalink

      Everything about that story stinks. The tow truck driver should be charged with mischief and whatever cop put together the mug shot lineup should be reprimanded.

  • Kate 12:14 on 2019-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Police have busted a trio robbing mailboxes in upscale neighbourhoods and using the harvested information to steal identities and commit fraud.

    • Michael Black 16:23 on 2019-07-17 Permalink

      In the US at least, just stealing packages becomes viable, though likely a random reward.

      Couriers are being used by Amazon in Montreal at least, and I’ve gotten email with nice photos of the front door, with the package in full view. My thought is “I don’t need proof it was delivered, I need it hidden a bit so it will be there when I am home”.

      Canada Post has a place on their tracking page to tell them to leave a package in an alternative place, but each time I’ve told them “side door” they just left a note to get it at the Post Office.

      A few years ago, the postman did better. Sometimes under the mat, where it’s less obvious. At least behind the snow shovel in the winter, when it is on the front step. Ne time they did leave a package at the side door, I didn’t realize it until months later.


    • Kate 19:00 on 2019-07-17 Permalink

      I’m happy with Canada Post’s Flex delivery service. You pick a convenient post office, register, get an address with some mysterious numbers, and direct parcels there. It suits me because otherwise packages get shunted to a branch which, although not that far from my address on the map, is in an inconvenient and annoying location where I never have other reasons to go.

      Flex doesn’t work if you’re ordering from a business that won’t deliver to P.O. boxes, but otherwise it’s handy. Also, you could have more than one, if you wanted one close to work or whatever – doesn’t have to be close to your home address.

    • david100 19:29 on 2019-07-17 Permalink

      Man, that reminds me of the one winter the mail carrier decided to stop delivering mail to our place and we had to pick up our mail in the middle of nowhere.

      One morning in January, there was a notice that the mail carrier was worried about icicles dropping on him from the balcony above, and we should remedy the danger or we could lose home mail service. We right away began diligently using a broom and knocked the icicles away whenever they’d appear.

      Then, a few weeks later, in late January, we got another note stating that we would no longer receive home delivery because, on multiple occasions, the snow wasn’t cleared – this one was real enough, we just weren’t there enough to keep it clear of snow at the times he’d come. Anyway, the letter explained that we would have to pick up our mail until such time as the carrier felt safe delivering mail to our door.

      The kicker was that they indicated that the mail could be picked up at the sorting facility down near Little Burgundy! Like, to get from the Plateau to there then, it was a metro ride to Atwater or Lucien L’Allier and a long hike in the blistering cold as the wind whipped in offer the fleuve. There was no way to change it online, I couldn’t get them to do it over the phone, nothing. Needless to say, I never once made the trip.

      I’m pretty sure that we’d have gone without mail until the spring except that a neighbor chatted with me one day at Petit Bar, realized that I wasn’t getting mail either, decided it was a mailman scam to avoid work, and started a campaign calling and writing Canada Post. All told, we went without mail delivery for 5 weeks.

      Anyway, the system is a lot better now.

  • Kate 08:03 on 2019-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

    The winter of 2015 was a hard one and the city was thawing water pipes with electric induction. Unfortunately, this caused several fires. Now it’s paying the owners of the buildings for the damage caused, and it’s refined its process for thawing pipes (not needed every winter, thankfully). Striking photo with this story, too.

    • Kate 07:59 on 2019-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

      There was nobody to direct traffic Tuesday at the traffic light on the Camillien-Houde, so the STM detoured the 11 and 711 buses away from the mountain. Since the main purpose of those bus routes is to ferry people to and from Mount Royal park, it seems clear the STM was making a statement.

      • Jonathan 13:25 on 2019-07-17 Permalink

        The only thing that I find clear is that it’s unsafe to drive up the mountain because drivers are not paying attention and the STM is taking passenger safety seriously. I think anything else is speculation.

      • mare 14:45 on 2019-07-17 Permalink

        WTF? So drivers are ignoring the traffic lights so they put a person with a flag there? Why not a cop who tickets everybody? Or a traffic red light camera? This feels like two centuries ago when cars needed a person with a flag in front of them to warn they were coming. Although I must admit I wouldn’t be against THAT on the mountain.

    • Kate 07:42 on 2019-07-17 Permalink | Reply  

      A driver was arrested after knocking down a pedestrian late Tuesday on Berri downtown, then speeding away. There are hints the driver was drunk.

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