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  • Kate 23:01 on 2019-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

    The National Assembly forbade applause in the chamber in 2015, but the city has decided not to follow suit in this matter, as the opposition had suggested.

    • Kate 06:12 on 2019-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

      A building housing a deli near Concordia’s Loyola campus began to collapse Friday and the entire building had to be demolished.

      Update: A bit more detail from the Gazette.

      • dwgs 08:47 on 2019-09-07 Permalink

        It was more like a dep that made sandwiches but that’s too bad, the family who run it are nice. I wonder if the problems were in part due to the recent construction next door.

      • Mark Côté 10:24 on 2019-09-07 Permalink

        I got some video and pics of it going down: https://twitter.com/markrcote/status/1169670670856404992?s=19

      • dhomas 11:42 on 2019-09-07 Permalink

        I used to go there all the time when I went to school in the area. Real nice folks that ran the place; it really sucks for them. There was a cool comic book shop (and a not so hot 99c pizza place) next door, but it looks like it’s long gone and replaced by condos. It’s a little disappointing to see a major artery entirely replace commercial buildings with fully residential ones. Would have been nice to have kept the ground level commercial and upper levels residential.

      • Blork 11:47 on 2019-09-07 Permalink

        Wait… WTF? A contractor is working on the upstairs and he sees some cracks forming and his reaction is to TEAR THE WHOLE BUILDING DOWN? WTF is that? Was that his decision to make?

        Something really fishy going on there. If I were to speculate, I’d speculate that he tore the building down to cover some gross error his made in the work he was doing that caused the cracks in the first place. BUT THAT’S JUST SPECULATION.

      • Mark Côté 12:49 on 2019-09-07 Permalink

        The story I heard on FB was that the rear of the building sank a foot overnight, which prompted the emergency demolition.

      • Blork 18:34 on 2019-09-07 Permalink

        Sure, but I don’t see how the contractor had the right to make that decision without (apparently) consulting with an engineer, or the city, or maybe not even the building owner! (There’s no mention of the owner in the story.)

        Evacuate, yes. Establish a safe perimeter, yes. But just demolish an entire building that you don’t own and have no demolition permit for? Whaaaaat?

      • dwgs 08:14 on 2019-09-08 Permalink

        A building which has stood for 80+ years doesn’t suddenly shift like that, something stinks and I’d say it’s the contractor, I hope he’s well insured.

      • Mark Côté 09:19 on 2019-09-08 Permalink

        It didn’t just suddenly shift; they were putting a third floor onto a building that had foundation problems. Although one wonders how they missed those problems before starting such a big job.

      • Kate 09:05 on 2019-09-09 Permalink

        Mark Côté – Since that’s the case, they must have had an assessment by an engineer before making up plans? In which case that engineering firm could be sued hard.

      • Mark Côté 12:12 on 2019-09-09 Permalink

        I’d be very surprised if no one were sued after this.

    • Kate 05:59 on 2019-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

      CTV’s headline The union leader Charbonneau star will not run for Bernier’s People’s Party is a little scrambled, but pans out as this: Ken Pereira, one of Maxime Bernier’s buddies, won’t be running in next month’s election because his son has been accused of a murder in Villeray in July – this one. Giovanni Bucchianico, 49, was found dead after a group assault; Matthew Morin-Pereira is one of five people accused of killing him.

      Ken Pereira had been going to run in Quebec City after a brief media career touting bizarre conspiracy theories, a favourite populist theme de nos jours. But not any more.

      • Kate 05:46 on 2019-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

        If you look at the Google doodle now – I’m up early Saturday, and I don’t know when it will change again – you’ll recognize it, and the person it celebrates, although I don’t see any particular anniversary being marked on this date in her life.

        Update: CTV headlines their piece about this doodle “Google Doodle celebrates a dissident Quebec artist” but the text doesn’t explain the choice of adjective.

        • dhomas 11:37 on 2019-09-07 Permalink

          You can see more details about the doodle here:

          In previous years, Google would put up a Brazilian flag on September 7th, to celebrate Brazil’s independence day. I’m pretty they do not want to celebrate Brazil, given what’s going in the country right now. This replacement doodle was probably ready to go, so they posted it instead of a Brazil-themed one.
          Or maybe they posted about Ferron since she has a connection to Brazil (“exhibiting her work at the 1961 São Paulo Biennial in Brazil, where she won a silver medal”)?

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