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  • Kate 19:33 on 2019-08-02 Permalink | Reply  

    A judge has stopped nearly a thousand charges against Paolo Catania and other people involved in the old Construction Frank Catania firm. The basis was the Jordan ruling against undue delay in going to trial.

    • walkerp 22:11 on 2019-08-02 Permalink

      An absolute travesty. You can’t tell where the incompetence ends and the corruption begins.

    • Kate 10:14 on 2019-08-03 Permalink

      Le Devoir has a good piece Saturday on how this situation arose: crown prosecutors obstructed the defense until the rule against delays applied.

    • dwgs 08:45 on 2019-08-04 Permalink

      You think maybe there were people in positions of power who didn’t want a full and frank airing of the details in some of those cases?

    • Kate 09:09 on 2019-08-04 Permalink

      I don’t know, dwgs. There have been ridiculous delays getting some of these Charbonneau commission-related cases to trial, but then any trial involving nearly a thousand charges has to be a paperwork nightmare and a monster to prosecute. Can’t imagine what it feels like for a Crown prosecutor who’s spent a couple of years familiarizing themselves with the details of a case like this only to be told it’s off.

    • dwgs 10:22 on 2019-08-04 Permalink

      Yeah, I’m not saying for sure there was but you have to think that with enough will things would have been prioritized and pushed through.

  • Kate 11:02 on 2019-08-02 Permalink | Reply  

    L’actualité traces Michel Rabagliati’s Paul and some recognizable locations in Montreal.

    • Patrick 14:41 on 2019-08-02 Permalink

      I wonder who thought those below-street-level garages, withe the short sloping driveways (illustrated in the Saint-Léonard panels) made any sense in a winter city like Montreal? They just seem to say, “Flood me!”

    • Kate 21:24 on 2019-08-02 Permalink

      Or “Fill me up with snow!”

    • Uatu 21:54 on 2019-08-02 Permalink

      The same people who think exterior spiral metal staircases are a good idea in a climate with 6 mos of wind, ice and snow

    • dhomas 09:07 on 2019-08-03 Permalink

      I have one of those sloping garages. The sloping driveway (if the construction is well done) goes deeper than the actual floor of the garage, creating a kind of lip. At the bottom of the driveway is a drain. Even when there is a torrential downpour, the water never gets over the lip, provided you keep the drain grate clear of debris. My neighbour’s grate was not clean during the recent storms, so the water began to rise above the garage floor (the crisis was averted when I went over and told them to fix their drain). The only problem I’ve ever had was in the winter with the freeze/thaw cycle we had. Ice would melt and go down to my drain, then it would freeze again. The drain being in the shade, it stayed frozen longer than the rest of the ice. This was exacerbated by the storm drains in the street also being iced over. But this was the first time this happened in the 5 years since I’ve owned this home.

      That said, I do install a “tempo” during the winter because shoveling snow is hard enough without it being literally an uphill battle.

    • Chris 10:48 on 2019-08-03 Permalink

      Patrick: total guess, but maybe something like zoning height limitations made it so the only way to get 3 stories was to have partial basements, and the sloped garage was a cheat/workaround/compromise.

  • Kate 09:27 on 2019-08-02 Permalink | Reply  

    Thursday evening there was a non-fatal stabbing in eastern downtown and a brawl in Ahuntsic.

    • Kate 09:20 on 2019-08-02 Permalink | Reply  

      Some notes on weekend traffic restrictions. Also en anglais.

      • Kate 09:10 on 2019-08-02 Permalink | Reply  

        There were three arrests Thursday evening after someone let off a firework and pepper spray at Place Émilie-Gamelin during a concert, and police turned up.

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