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  • Kate 19:49 on 2019-11-15 Permalink | Reply  

    The old Chinese hospital on St-Denis in Villeray is to be bought by the city and converted to social housing.

    • Kate 13:57 on 2019-11-15 Permalink | Reply  

      There’s allegedly a bad atmosphere at the Cote-des-Neiges-NDG borough hall, which will be investigated by the city controller general. Lionel Perez sits on that council and even TVA, which has been explicitly pro-Ensemble, has the subhead “L’opposition s’insurge.” It’s difficult not to see this as shit-stirring in advance of the election coming in two years’ time.

      Borough mayor Sue Montgomery is said not to be the target of the investigation – another article which contains allegations and denigrations by Mr Perez, who seems to be learning from the Donald Trump school of politics.

      • Kate 13:35 on 2019-11-15 Permalink | Reply  

        The water main that caused the flood Thursday at Square Victoria metro was installed only 17 years ago and was inspected recently. It remains a mystery how it came to crack open so soon.

        • Kate 13:33 on 2019-11-15 Permalink | Reply  

          Another police chase story, this time about a car thief who was stopped by an orange cone near the Victoria Bridge.

          I recall public discussion within the last 10 years about the wisdom of cops getting caught up in car chases, and whether it’s ever a good idea to put lives at risk to stop a car thief or the like. I also recall police more or less saying they’d stop doing that.

          • Blork 22:31 on 2019-11-15 Permalink

            “Car thief foiled by traffic cone” really oughta be the Montreal story of the year.

        • Kate 08:59 on 2019-11-15 Permalink | Reply  

          CBC tells us what to expect at the new gourmet food courts, in this case specifically the Time Out market at the Eaton Centre, which opened this week and evidently invited a lot of journalists to come take a look, at least on the anglo side: I’m not seeing the same excitement in francophone media. The food market has a website.

          Eater also has a look at it.

          • CE 10:46 on 2019-11-15 Permalink

            I took a walk through the new food court on St-Laurent at Ste-Catherine. It’s pretty cramped and the prices seem high for small amounts of food (as was discussed here awhile ago) but there were lots of people there at lunch time and some of the food looked pretty good. It’s unfortunate that they put it on the ground floor as it really deadens what was once a vibrant corner and there’s really nothing at street level for half the block (except Cleopatra). It looks like the windows are designed to open in the summer so it might be better then but food courts seem to be better suited for basements or, for a gourmet one like this, the upper floors (so they can get some light).

          • jeather 15:25 on 2019-11-15 Permalink

            I ended up going last night, it was very packed but that’s probably first night stuff. I went to Burger T and it’s a bit expensive, but the burger was indeed delicious. All the menus looked nice, honestly, and it’s definitely better than the food court options were.

          • jeather 15:26 on 2019-11-15 Permalink

            Also, I was surprised that it’s in the old Eaton’s building, which I guess was re-annexed to the Eaton Centre?

          • CE 16:30 on 2019-11-15 Permalink

            They’re merging the Eaton’s Centre and the Complexe Les Ailes and applying the Eaton’s name to both.

        • Kate 08:44 on 2019-11-15 Permalink | Reply  

          A pedestrian is in critical condition after being hit by a car in NDG Friday morning. There’s little detail how it came about, but Decarie and de Maisonneuve has always been a nasty corner for cyclists and pedestrians.

          Update: the man has died. He was 89.

          • PO 09:03 on 2019-11-15 Permalink

            When they started the Turcot work and were building the MUHC, they said they’d permanently close vehicle access to Upper Lachine from that intersection. I can’t figure out why it hasn’t been mentioned since.

          • Kevin 11:13 on 2019-11-15 Permalink

            I went through my notes, and found that in 2012 Peter McQueen said turning Upper Lachine into a park was a bad idea.

          • soundbyte 11:53 on 2019-11-15 Permalink

            Pet peeve of mine, but it should be “pedestrian….hit by driver of a car”….can never understand why agency is rarely assigned when a crash occurs between a driver of a vehicle and another road user.

          • Kate 13:20 on 2019-11-15 Permalink

            soundbyte, we’ve discussed that issue a lot here. But it’s bizarre to say “hit by the driver of a car” as well, since it suggests the driver got out and clobbered the victim in person.

            We don’t really have an accurate form of words here that doesn’t take several sentences to write, so we’ve arrived at “hit by a car” as a phrase that we mostly understand as the descriptor of an incident, even if agency gets a bit fudged. This may have to change as driverless cars become more usual.

          • Blork 13:49 on 2019-11-15 Permalink

            I agree with Kate. Saying “hit by driver of car” is ambiguous for the reason stated above, and it’s essentially personal indignation (anti-car sentiment) interfering with clear communication. We expect that sort of indignation-laden talk from Fox News and the like, but not from regular news that at least tries to remain impartial.

            After all, if a construction crane drops a palette of bricks on a worker we don’t say “Worker crushed by construction crane operator.”

          • Patrick 14:01 on 2019-11-15 Permalink

            I get the issue of agency, but isn’t it conventional in news writing to mention the victim first? For example, “a man was murdered last night,” or to use Blork’s example “a worker was crushed.” One reason for this, of course, is that, initially at least, the degree of culpability of the “suspect” is still to be determined. It isn’t a matter of minimizing the agency of the criminal.

          • Kate 14:10 on 2019-11-15 Permalink

            As I wrote above, “a pedestrian was hit by a car.” Passive voice. Focus on victim.

          • qatzelok 19:36 on 2019-11-15 Permalink

            Kate et al, if you’re going to assign blame to the vehicle, then you should also say that “the car hit the clothing of someone,” since we’re trying to avoid mentionning any human involvement in the manslaughter.

            Perhaps if the pedestrian had simply jumped out of his clothing, the car would have done no damage, and then both of the non-complicit/non-involved humans could simply get on with their…

          • Kate 20:21 on 2019-11-15 Permalink

            qatzi, you are not helping.

        • Kate 08:41 on 2019-11-15 Permalink | Reply  

          Weekend traffic notes et la même chose en français.

          • Kate 08:38 on 2019-11-15 Permalink | Reply  

            Radio-Canada reports that the SPVM have used their armoured vehicle, bought six years ago, 13 times since May 2018, although details of how or why it was used are not available. It has not been used to quell demonstrations, which was the concern when it was bought not long after the 2012 student protests.

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