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  • Kate 15:56 on 2020-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

    Place des Arts has received $4 million from Quebec to make itself more accessible. The ground-floor hall of the complex was renovated relatively recently, but now there’s more work to be done putting in elevators to get people up from the metro into the audience.

    • Mr.Chinaski 23:27 on 2020-01-26 Permalink

      At the end of the access tunnel to the PDA near the subway station there is a 8 step stair. The only way to have it comply with the CNB code is a typical 1:12 slope ramp… so about 15m in lenght.

  • Kate 15:54 on 2020-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

    A man was found unconscious in a walk-in fridge at Milano on the Main on Sunday morning.

    Update: the man has indeed died as noted below, and police suspect no criminal angle in his death.

    • Chris 00:59 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

      It was an employee, and now he’s dead. 🙁

    • YUL514 16:17 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

      Oh my, how unfortunate. That explains why they were closed yesterday. When I passed by a note on the door mentioned something about a death. I assumed it was a funeral for a family member so didn’t think much of it. That was about 3PM and there was no one around in terms of an investigation.

    • CE 16:45 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

      I work in a lot of walk in fridges with draught beer systems. Co2 gas leaks are always in the back of my head. If there’s enough of it in the air, it makes you fatigued and you can just fall asleep and quickly suffocate. I really need to get a co2 detector for my belt!

    • Kate 20:07 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

      You really should, CE. It would be a sad way to go.

  • Kate 15:47 on 2020-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

    The Centre d’histoire takes us for a look at the bookstore of Henri Tranquille, where the Refus global was launched and books were sold despite the disapproval of the Catholic church. Tranquille’s name came up recently as well when it was announced that the Clark Street space (park in summer, rink in winter) will be named for him. Also, nice as an adjective.

    • Kate 10:11 on 2020-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

      I was scanning obits recently for family history reasons, and thought I might scan them every few weeks to point out interesting ones.

      I was struck by the matinée idol photo of Manny Barnoff, who died at the end of 2019. He started the Bar-B Barn, which I hadn’t known was partly named for its founder.

      Media are noting the death of Sheldon Sazant, who worked at Steve’s Music for decades and was well known to local musicians and bands.

      Nelson Tousignant, one of the founders of the Musée de l’Imprimerie du Québec, died on January 13. The museum is inside the old Lovell Litho building on St-Nicolas.

      Radio-Canada notes that Kate McGarrigle died ten years ago, and writer Anne Hébert 20 years ago.

      The Journal’s current crop of obits includes two nuns and a priest. It’s unusual to page through a couple of weeks of obits in the francophone press without seeing at least a few clerics.

      • Max 19:10 on 2020-01-26 Permalink

        Also, Mr. Roger Nicolet, a highly accomplished engineer, businessman and administrator passed away in Austin, Texas on January 18th.


      • Kate 20:09 on 2020-01-26 Permalink

        Good addition, Max. Thanks.

      • dwgs 10:35 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

        @Max, make that Austin, Qc

      • Max 18:02 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

        Thanks, dwgs. That bit flew right over the top of my head.

      • Orr 21:07 on 2020-01-29 Permalink

        Kate McGarrigle park on Laurier ouest is still going strong.

    • Kate 09:54 on 2020-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

      The Chinese new year festivities weren’t very lively here this year, as people stayed away from places where exposure to the new coronavirus seemed possible. Not likely, but possible. Toronto has seen its first probable case in a man who had recently visited Wuhan, where the illness first manifested itself.

      • Kate 09:45 on 2020-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

        I have no beef with the memory of Warren Allmand, who served decades as a Montreal MP and one term, afterwards, as a city councillor, and never got entangled in any scandal. But politicians are prone to naming things after other politicians, as we’ve noticed, and now some of them want to name something after Allmand. It’ll probably be in NDG, where the man was MP for so long.

        Pity he never represented Griffintown.

        • Kate 09:35 on 2020-01-26 Permalink | Reply  

          A demonstration was held Saturday against the technology called 5G, a new standard in cellular communications.

          So I’m like, OK, maybe these were environmentalists protesting at how a new technology will cause waste because people will throw away perfectly good phones to buy new ones. Or maybe these are social justice folks concerned about conditions in phone factories in China or the coltan mines in Africa.

          Or maybe, since 5G is closely associated with Huawei, we’re back to China again and these people don’t want Canada or Canadian companies investing in Huawei?

          Nope. They’re nutbars, probably aligned with the folks who didn’t want smart meters from Hydro‑Quebec. “Le vice-président du Rassemblement électosensibilité Québec (RESQ) […] portait d’épaisses lunettes noires. Sa tête était couverte d’un capuchon : il a choisi ses vêtements en fonction de leurs capacités « à bloquer les radiofréquences […] [et] a confié ressentir des symptômes lorsqu’il est exposé aux champs électromagnétiques : maux de tête carabinés, perte de vision, oreilles bourdonnantes…”

          • jeather 18:04 on 2020-01-26 Permalink

            Oh, I assumed it was because of the 5G interferes with weather forecasting concern.

          • Kate 20:05 on 2020-01-26 Permalink

            I thought you were joking, jeather, but you were not.

          • CE 23:12 on 2020-01-26 Permalink

            I thought it might be because of rumours that it helps spread the Coronavirus.

          • Kate 10:14 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

            CE, that’s even more nutso.

            I saw the video of the man collapsing in the street, described in that article, and was suspicious. It seemed entirely too ben trovato.

          • Raymond Lutz 20:31 on 2020-01-27 Permalink

            And radio-astronomers too are worried… https://www.insidescience.org/news/brief-5g-internet-next-big-thing-light-pollution

            And who does really need the mobile bandwidth 5G will provide? Autonomous cars? 4K video streaming? When tech (and financial sector betting on growth) derails and produces something superfluous. Apple watch? Google glass? wifi connected juicer? Ciboire! Are they going to broadcast neural nets over the air? Is edge AI really a thing? aaaarghh.

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