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  • Kate 19:36 on 2019-11-30 Permalink | Reply  

    This week will mark the 30th anniversary of the Polytechnique massacre, and Le Devoir has a sheaf of pieces this weekend: what it was like to get the story as a rookie journalist, and a new book by Josée Boileau, who was on duty that day at the paper; an elegy published on December 8, 1989 which still rings true today.

    Allison Hanes has more details about the origin of Boileau’s book in a request from Comité mémoire, a group determined not to let the killings be forgotten.

    There’s bound to be more coverage this week, given it’s the 30th anniversary. The issue of gun control is also bound to follow this story.

    Some thoughts from Francine Pelletier, whose name was found on the list (still unpublished) of prominent Quebec women Marc Lépine dreamed of assassinating.

     
    • Kate 19:18 on 2019-11-30 Permalink | Reply  

      A woman in her 70s is in critical condition after an SUV hit her at a corner, Saturday afternoon.

       
      • qatzelok 10:38 on 2019-12-01 Permalink

        “a male driver in his 30s”

        Watch out for these!

    • Kate 11:28 on 2019-11-30 Permalink | Reply  

      The SPVM plan to beef up its arsenal has sparked demands from 25 diverse groups including the Ligue des droits et libertés, unions, indigenous and LGBT community groups and others, for debate and discussion over what the police think they’re up to.

      At the same time, the force has suspended the purchase and distribution of tasers, after technical difficulties with the ones they have.

      In other police news, the force has signed up a larger proportion of women over the last couple of years compared to previous numbers.

       
      • Kate 10:05 on 2019-11-30 Permalink | Reply  

        Analysis of why the handrail ruling matters: there must always be a legal basis for police actions, people can’t be punished for failing to obey random orders given by police.

         
        • js 10:26 on 2019-11-30 Permalink

          “…in Laval on Montreal’s north shore…” – ???

        • Kate 12:41 on 2019-11-30 Permalink

          I see that the CTV writer of this piece is based in Toronto – on the east side of Mississauga over there.

        • Blork 13:19 on 2019-11-30 Permalink

          “… there must always be a legal basis for police actions, people can’t be punished for failing to obey random orders given by police.” That’s the best thing I’ve seen in a long time, and it goes against the current trend of abandoning principles in favor of reacting to personal indignation.

      • Kate 09:59 on 2019-11-30 Permalink | Reply  

        Plateau borough has begun a system of tailoring the cost of a parking vignette to the horsepower of the vehicle engine, so that owners of SUVs and the like will have to shell out more.

         
        • Faiz Imam 11:40 on 2019-11-30 Permalink

          And more importantly IMO, the 20% of residents that own of EVs or small engine cars benifit from no increase to their rates.

          This is the sort of thing that can change buying choices. Ideally we would have this as part of vehicle registration province wide.

        • Faiz Imam 12:50 on 2019-11-30 Permalink

          Hey wait. Is this something new or something old that I was unaware of?

          Turns out saaq does charge higher registration fees for vehicles with cylinder capacity above 4L

          https://saaq.gouv.qc.ca/en/saaq/rates-fines/vehicle-registration/additional-registration-fee-large-cylinder-capacity-vehicles/

          That’s pretty huge though. Plateau lowering that cutoff to 3.5L is actually a big deal.

        • Dhomas 14:37 on 2019-11-30 Permalink

          This is another issue, like the Camillien-Houde one, that has people (who are affected zero percent by this change) up in arms, based on principle alone. Some folks I know have already started with the ridiculous claims like “as if we don’t get taxed enough! Soon they’ll tax the air we breathe!” The irony of that statement was completely lost on them…

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