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  • Kate 10:27 on 2019-12-22 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada has a feature this week on the days when Montreal was a capital of disco.

    On a somewhat less frivolous theme, they also look back to 45 years ago when the heart of Brother André was returned to St Joseph’s Oratory after being in the hands of thieves for almost two years. Who they were, and how the return was managed, remains a mystery.

    Lawyer Frank Shoofey, mentioned for his involvement in getting the heart back, was murdered a decade later, a killing that was never solved.

    Also I’m wondering why they’re calling Brother André a thaumaturge.

    Most of the Gazette’s pieces this week were Christmas fluff, but there’s also a rather grim photo from 1963 of investigators working on parts of the plane that had crashed in Ste-Thérèse in late November that year.

    The Centre d’histoire piece this weekend shows a 1937 painting by Adrien Hébert of a tabagie of the era, and reminds us how ubiquitous tobacco advertising used to be.

    • Ian 12:59 on 2019-12-24 Permalink

      Thaumaturge just means miracle worker. Remember he got beatified for curing someone’s cancer in the 50s.

    • Kate 14:34 on 2019-12-24 Permalink

      Ah OK, I pictured it more as an alchemist or wizard.

  • Kate 09:43 on 2019-12-22 Permalink | Reply  

    There was a murder in an apartment in eastern Rosemont Saturday evening. Police have not yet specified whether the victim is a man or a woman, but Radio-Canada makes it homicide #23 on the island. I had been counting 21 till now, so I will check up.

    There were two other attacks overnight that stopped short of murder.

    • Bill Binns 12:08 on 2019-12-23 Permalink

      Rosemont is weird. You don’t see the crackheads and various street people that make Hochelaga and St Henri the wonderful and diverse communities they are but Rosemont has (comparatively) lots of gun and knife crime, arson etc. My neighbor from 2 doors down was executed in his car in Rosemont last year.

    • Kate 14:11 on 2019-12-23 Permalink

      And yet most of Rosemont is row after row of quiet and peaceable residential streets. I don’t know what the sociological quirks are that cause the issues you mention.

    • JaneyB 13:14 on 2019-12-24 Permalink

      Heard from some knowledgeable local a few years back and apparently the biker gangs moved from Verdun (and elsewhere?) to some part of Rosemont.

    • Ian 13:35 on 2019-12-24 Permalink

      Rosemont-Villeray have been a hotbed of that sort of thing for well over a decade now.

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