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  • Kate 10:03 on 2020-02-01 Permalink | Reply  

    Someone broke the front windows of the Serrano chicken rotisserie on St‑Viateur, early Friday, and used a vehicle and chain to drag the ATM out. I’m amused that the Journal says some of the folks working at the branch of St‑Viateur Bagel across the street are witnesses because they were busy at the “fabrication de leurs petits pains troués.”

    • Ian 10:58 on 2020-02-01 Permalink

      Haha that’s comedy gold! Maybe the writer didn’t grow up in Montreal so they wanted to make sure nobody was confused by a non-French word like “bageL”. Also good, the article in the Gazette –

      Montreal police believe at least one suspect was involved in the heist

      That’s some fine police work there, Lou

    • GC 11:24 on 2020-02-01 Permalink

      That’s hilarious, Ian. I think it’s more a sign that our media sources are sorely lacking in editors these days. At least, I hope it’s not a direct quote from the police.

    • Patrick 11:36 on 2020-02-01 Permalink

      Isn’t the remark about the bagels more likely to be a joke? Jokey paraphrases are fairly commonplace in French journalism, like the whole “langue de Shakespeare” thing, tedious or clichéd as they may sound to anglo ears.

    • JP 11:37 on 2020-02-01 Permalink

      Seems fishy to me. Their contract (lease, I guess) just ended and they recently didn’t have a security camera…I’m skeptical that they had no idea this was going to happen.

      “On n’avait pas de système d’alarme ni de caméra de sécurité depuis peu, notre contrat venait de se terminer, se désole Mme Saavedra. Là, c’est sûr qu’on va renouveler.”

    • Blork 12:42 on 2020-02-01 Permalink

      The JdeM piece gets the geography all wrong. It says Serrano is near de Gaspé, 500 metres from the bagel shop. But in fact it’s right across the street from the bagel shop, between Waverley and Esplanade.

    • Blork 12:43 on 2020-02-01 Permalink

      JP, I’m pretty sure they mean their contract with the alarm company had ended.

    • DeWolf 15:08 on 2020-02-01 Permalink

      I believe the family owns the entire building so they don’t need to worry about their lease ending.

    • EmilyG 09:40 on 2020-02-02 Permalink

      Maybe it’s the journalistic practice of using synonyms wherever possible? Like how you can’t find an article about Mars that doesn’t call it “the red planet” somewhere in the article, or how articles on elephants usually refer to them as “pachyderms” at some point.
      There’s a name for that practice, but I’ve forgotten it.

    • Kate 11:28 on 2020-02-03 Permalink

      I know. You can’t write about the Pope without referring to him as “the pontiff” on third or fourth mention. It’s elegant variation.

      If it’s done right you won’t notice it. English and French have slightly different spots where it sounds OK vs where it sounds silly. I know the “petits pains” thing was on the right side for French, but just enough on the silly side for English that I noticed it.

  • Kate 09:44 on 2020-02-01 Permalink | Reply  

    Blogger Jean-Claude Rochefort, picked up after posting praise of the Polytechnique killer around December 6 (“Saint-Marc Lépine”) and facing charges of inciting hatred, has been told to stay away from UQÀM and stay off the internet. Rochefort says he’s afraid “l’homme blanc québécois perde ses privilèges.”

    • Kate 08:52 on 2020-02-01 Permalink | Reply  

      Here’s a feel-good piece about retired calèche horses finding friendship on the farm.

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