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  • Kate 21:46 on 2019-09-16 Permalink | Reply  

    A year ago a police chase ended up with the injury of a woman outside her house on Sherbrooke East and now the case is in court, where the defendant is representing himself, never a good plan. The Journal item linked above is from the original story, where the defendant is described as a sovereign citizen, which might explain the stupidity.

    It’s worth reading La Presse’s description of the police chase, which careened from the Jacques-Cartier bridge to the Plateau and then eastward, although the corner of Wurtele and Sherbrooke is as near as dammit to a four-corner meeting of Rosemont, the Plateau, Ville-Marie and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve so I can’t identify the borough. The items from last year mention how badly hurt the random woman was in the crash, but there’s nothing in the current item about how she’s doing.

    • Patrick 22:06 on 2019-09-16 Permalink

      I remember walking in front of the accident scene, it was further east than Sherbrooke and Wurtele, probably in front of 2910 Sherbrooke East.

    • Ephraim 13:49 on 2019-09-17 Permalink

      The Dunning-Kruger effect in living colour… represent yourself because you are a sovereign citizen.

  • Kate 21:31 on 2019-09-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Valérie Plante has a brief but open-ended shopping list for federal election candidates: investment in green infrastructure and support for social housing. Silly coda quotes Lionel Perez sniping at her for this, while we know that if she didn’t make any request of the feds, he’d be sniping at her for her failure to do so.

    • DeWolf 10:52 on 2019-09-17 Permalink

      What an exasperating man.

    • ant6n 12:57 on 2019-09-17 Permalink

      I only talked to Perez once on the phone, when I was trying to convince him to pay attention to where the REM will be putting the new Canora rail station (that’s the one just North of the Mont-Royal tunnel), and that it will move further away from his CDN riding, further into TMR, and that this may represent a missed opportunity for urbanising Northern NDG. He just said the CDPQ is taking care of all that and that I shouldn’t worry about it…

  • Kate 15:24 on 2019-09-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Local jazz legend Vic Vogel has died at 84. Wikipedia.

    • Kate 12:31 on 2019-09-16 Permalink | Reply  

      The city has given out a contract to run three of its four eco-centres recycling sorting centres to a single bidder, after making attempts to break it down to smaller pieces to attract other firms.

      • nau 15:13 on 2019-09-16 Permalink

        I think the contract is for the sorting centres for household recycling not the eco-centres, which are where they collect stuff that can’t be recycled in one’s “blue box.”

      • Kate 15:26 on 2019-09-16 Permalink

        I believe you’re right. There was another story recently about eco-centres and I jumped to conclusions.

    • Kate 12:21 on 2019-09-16 Permalink | Reply  

      Swastikas have been daubed on some election signs, leading the federal Liberals to lodge a police complaint about the defacements. In cases like this I don’t even think the vandals actually mean to imply the candidate is a Nazi, more likely using the symbol (which they often can just barely manage to reproduce) as an attempt to shock.

      • Ephraim 16:19 on 2019-09-16 Permalink

        Or a way to show their racism. In the case of the Conservative in the photo, her family is originally from Egypt (of course, she could be Muslim, Coptic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant or Jewish, since those are the different religions in Egypt,) but it’s not really like those who are racists really look any of that up… they just see a name that isn’t “French” or even “English” enough and decide to spread their hate.

    • Kate 12:17 on 2019-09-16 Permalink | Reply  

      We’re going to have a sunny week, getting quite warm again by the weekend. In recent years we’ve even had September heat waves, but this year the temperatures fell off a cliff after Labour Day weekend, and it’s been feeling more like October to me since then.

      In the street it’s been a real mix. On the weekend I was seeing sandals, shorts and t-shirts on the same block as puffy jackets, hats and boots.

      The Weather Network (MétéoMédia) is predicting a particularly cold winter for this part of the country. People should save their puffy jackets for later.

      • Mark Côté 13:26 on 2019-09-16 Permalink

        I have a friend whose mom worked in immigration services in Saskatchewan. One of her regular conversations was convincing people from hot climates to save their big jackets until December so they could acclimate slowly to the cold. “If you think it’s cold now, you’re in for a shock…”

      • Michael Black 17:48 on 2019-09-16 Permalink

        Isn’t Friday the “first day of fall”?

        Friday through Sunday the Syiox have the salmon festival and feast in BC, activity for all.

        Friday is also the McGill pow-wow in the afternoon, in the field above Sherbrooke Street.

        Puglaas’s book, “From Where I Stand” is out on Friday.

        But I figure the warm weather is because I’ll finally be home, after a week short of six months inside. It’s only fair, I missed spring and summer.


      • Kate 22:14 on 2019-09-16 Permalink

        I hope you’re feeling better, Michael.

        Isn’t the McGill field one of the proposed locations of the original village of Hochelaga?

    • Kate 12:13 on 2019-09-16 Permalink | Reply  

      A man was shot dead Monday morning in a Lasalle residence. Suspects were seen running away but have not yet been apprehended. Homicide #12 this year.

      • Kate 08:12 on 2019-09-16 Permalink | Reply  

        La Presse says while the city spent $10 million to add 20,000 places to that Jean-Drapeau amphitheatre for Evenko, that extra space is not being used. It now has room for 65,000 spectators, but even Osheaga only had 43,000 attendees.

        • Su 09:11 on 2019-09-16 Permalink

          Oh. So that Nature Amphitheatre on St Helen’s Island turns out to be a concrete slab ? Privatization of public parks is starting to be a big issue.

        • qatzelok 13:48 on 2019-09-17 Permalink

          Yes, and Evenko cut off direct access to the Calder statue a few times this summer so that their “ticket booth” could be featured prominently. I can’t believe they were allowed to spill out over onto a “public” walkway leading to a prominent piece of public art.

          Then again, the YUL food festival blocked a major piece of the bike path network they didn’t need – and were sponsored by Ford Motor Company.

          Privatizing the commons… just before the guillotines hopefully reappear.

        • SMD 14:09 on 2019-09-17 Permalink

          And the ridiculous “Mile Ex End” music festival took over the Rosemont bike path by the train tracks, starting at 9am on a Sunday! Very frustrating.

      • Kate 08:01 on 2019-09-16 Permalink | Reply  

        A Journal writer takes the new 445 Express Papineau bus and weighs it up against the metro for getting from Rosemont to Berri and Ste-Catherine.

        • Joey 10:02 on 2019-09-16 Permalink

          Because of the major construction site on Papineau on the block north of Rachel, there are traffic jams on Sunday mornings. No idea why anyone would expect things to flow quickly during weekday rush hour until the work is done and the street is re-opened.

      • Kate 07:59 on 2019-09-16 Permalink | Reply  

        The blades fell off the Fleming windmill in Lasalle on the weekend and nobody knows whether it was vandalism or the wind that did it. Caption here says they were not original, but were added after a 1990s reno. The mill dates back to 1827.

        • Kate 07:47 on 2019-09-16 Permalink | Reply  

          Valérie Plante is going to hold the line with the developer of the project on the old Children’s site: a sixth tower has been added to the plans, although no permit has been granted yet. Leverage!

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