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  • Kate 13:14 on 2020-01-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Snow removal will begin Sunday evening at 19:00.

    • Kate 12:44 on 2020-01-19 Permalink | Reply  

      Daily Hive claims that McGill and UQÀM figure on Canada’s “sugar babies” list, but since they confuse the Université de Montréal with UQÀM it’s doubtful these numbers have much relationship to reality.

      • Dhomas 13:01 on 2020-01-19 Permalink

        I didn’t really want to click on a “Daily Hive” link (they are pretty much junk journalism), but I had no clue what a “sugar baby” was and I wanted to find out. This article did not change my opinion of the site…

      • Michael Black 13:19 on 2020-01-19 Permalink

        There was a documentary on the topic a few years ago, I think it aired on CBC TV. Someone got curious, and tried it, or at least that was the presentation. Maybe her main goal was to make a movie.

        I think.I saw some figure about Montreal or specifically about McGill some time back, that reinforces the story. Don’t those “news sources” rehash legit news stories rather than create them?

      • Blork 16:16 on 2020-01-19 Permalink

        For anyone who’s wondering WTF this is all about, the TL;DR is basically that there is a large industry around young (usually) women students renting themselves out to wealthy men. It’s coordinated through web sites. It’s not quite sex work because the arrangements often don’t involve sex, at least not immediately. It’s basically the old fashioned “escort” business but primarily involving students it seems.

        A couple of non-shitty articles where you can read more are this one from The Bull & Bear (“McGill’s Student-run News Magazine): http://bullandbearmcgill.com/dont-sugarcoat-it-sugar-babies-of-mcgill/

        … and this older one (2013) from the McGill Tribune: http://www.mcgilltribune.com/features/sugar-babies-at-mcgill/

      • Michael Black 19:20 on 2020-01-19 Permalink

        Wasn’t this all covered in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”?

      • Blork 21:49 on 2020-01-19 Permalink

        Yeah. But I think what’s surprising people is the sheer numbers. It’s not just an obscure thing that a handful of people are doing. According to the article Kate linked to, more than 800 McGill students are signed up at the primary “sugaring” web site. Are they all doing it? I doubt it. But even if half are doing a bit of it, that bascially means 400 somewhat high-end escorts in the city’s escort pool are McGill students.

    • Kate 11:23 on 2020-01-19 Permalink | Reply  

      This weekend’s Centre d’histoire piece shows us one of the first women drivers in the city – in 1906.

      Radio-Canada examines the history of bring-your-own-wine restaurants, which began with a change of law in 1982, and goes over the 110-year history of Le Devoir.

      The Gazette describes a piece of hundred-year-old radio history.

      • Kate 09:49 on 2020-01-19 Permalink | Reply  

        The existence of LED lights that are cheap to buy and run has revolutionized how we light up city landmarks, but can there be too much of a good thing? Montreal has no overall policy on how much light is too much at night.

        • Joey 18:45 on 2020-01-19 Permalink

          Somewhat related, walking home in the snow last night I really missed the old streetlights – the snow was almost brightly illuminated, it didn’t have that warm orange colour.

        • CE 18:56 on 2020-01-19 Permalink

          My street still has the old orange-tinted lights and it looks a lot nicer right now than the streets with white lights.

        • Ian 11:28 on 2020-01-20 Permalink

          I do like the darker streets for sleeping but it’s also a lot harder to see potholes at night…

        • Blork 12:34 on 2020-01-20 Permalink

          I have two issues with LED lights. The first is color, but that is theoretically easy to deal with as long as whomever is in charge knows to get “warm” toned LEDs instead of cool toned. But the bigger problem for me is that LED lights are extremely bright pinpoints instead of diffused sources like you get with non-LED lights. This can be really harsh on the eyes, particularly for people with sensitive eyes or bad night vision.

          It seems to me this could also be easily fixed by just placing a bit of a diffuser over the lights, but few people are complaining about it and hardly anyone thinks about lighting in terms of “quality of light” so it ain’t gonna happen.

      • Kate 09:30 on 2020-01-19 Permalink | Reply  

        Renovation of the Biodome, which has twice been extended, seems to be drawing to a close for this spring.

        • Ephraim 15:36 on 2020-01-19 Permalink

          Finally get our penguins back from Calgary…. any chance we can get the two from Pittsburgh back as well?

        • Kate 15:56 on 2020-01-19 Permalink

          Ephraim, for a moment there I thought you were making a hockey joke. But I see on the roster that the Penguins have only one player from Montreal.

        • Ephraim 18:41 on 2020-01-19 Permalink

          @Kate – I guess you missed the one who played for the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL… ask anyone in Rimouski, he’s adopted Quebecois.

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