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  • Kate 13:38 on 2020-02-11 Permalink | Reply  

    A woman who’s now 80 years old has been sentenced to a year in prison for sexually assaulting students when she was a teacher in 1981 in Outremont.

    • Ephraim 13:47 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

      Just a year? I wonder how many years he has been in prison in his mind over this. And how many more haven’t come forward. May this start him on the road to full recovery.

    • Michael Black 14:25 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

      It may not be a good thing, but the sentence isn’t that unusual for such cases. Thirty years ago a teacher who had lured multiple students got only a few years.

    • Blork 15:08 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

      Also, the criminal justice system in Canada is supposed to be leaning more on the “harm reduction and rehabilitation” side than strictly “punishment.” While it’s hard to say if this woman can be “rehabilitated,” the fact that there is very little chance of re-offending due to her age and the fact that she is no longer a teacher, the “rehab” is sort of moot.

      Keeping her in jail will only cost the taxpayers with no benefit to society, and will occupy a space that’s better served by keeping an active criminal there.

    • qatzelok 18:30 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

      In Saudi Arabia, she would have a wall crashed over her for this.

      That’s really the standard, for me.

    • Ephraim 18:36 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

      Blork – Please, walk up to this man, who she abused in 1981 and tell him that. That she doesn’t deserve to be in jail for what she did to him, so we can save a few bucks.

    • JP 20:15 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

      Makes me angry. So very sad. She ruined his life. Our justice system doesn’t take these crimes as seriously as they should.

      He may not even be the only one…she’s probably done this to other kids.

    • MtlWeb 12:24 on 2020-02-12 Permalink

      JP – Sadly, you’re right; am sure there must have been more children violated by this horrible woman. 12 months is a joke; force her to wake up every single day in a jail cell…just like he has.

    • Blork 12:27 on 2020-02-12 Permalink

      Ephraim, I didn’t say she doesn’t deserve to be in jail. I’m just presenting a perspective on why a shorter sentence might have been given in this case.

  • Kate 13:31 on 2020-02-11 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA talks to two men who run across the frozen river because the Jacques-Cartier bridge is not accessible to them in wintertime.

    I always had the impression that while parts of the river freeze near the shore – I’ve walked over to Dowker Island in February, passing ice fishing guys who even bring big SUVs out onto the ice – there’s always a faster central channel still moving, no?

    • Clément 13:59 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

      The “normal” winter route is to run over the frozen seaway onto Île Sainte-Hélène and continue on the pont de la Concorde.

  • Kate 13:26 on 2020-02-11 Permalink | Reply  

    Forty percent of the snow removal is done with some boroughs trailing.

    • Kate 13:25 on 2020-02-11 Permalink | Reply  

      This is not the first and won’t be the last item about how Airbnb rentals can dominate apartment buildings and make them unpleasant for the remaining regular tenants. “Those responsible for the units will also have to pay business and property taxes starting May 1” says the item, but what about up till now? Have we not seen promises to tighten up on Airbnb before this?

      Update: Rosemont borough has decided to outlaw Airbnb except for Plaza St-Hubert.

      • Ephraim 13:51 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        Revenu Quebec asked for the portfolio but isn’t doing their job. We don’t seem to have a law on the books requiring a government office to actually enforce the law. This “Edris” needs to have a sign for the rentals on the outside of the building… and he’s in the realm of having to collect and pay GST/QST… but is he?

        So… how do you force Revenu Quebec to actually do it’s job? The fines are $2500 to $5000 a day… but only if they do their job.

      • dwgs 15:44 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        This isn’t a Montreal story but it’s related, Kate, feel free to delete if you wish. https://www.wired.co.uk/article/airbnb-scam-london

      • Raymond Lutz 12:20 on 2020-02-12 Permalink

        woah… dwgs article reads like a thriller! Only murders are missing 😎

      • Douglas 19:58 on 2020-02-12 Permalink

        The last building I lived in had over 100 airbnb operators inside out of 250 apartments!!

        Lockboxes on every single 2nd door.

        Cleaning people using the elevators to go back and forth between floors constantly. Always waiting for elevators.

        I heard one of the operators brag to another operator that he had 14 apartments. I filed my notice to leave the building shortly after.

        New management came and jacked up the rents for all airbnb operators by about 200$ a month to get rid of them.

        Never living in an airbnb complex again.

    • Kate 10:22 on 2020-02-11 Permalink | Reply  

      Since it’s news, let’s get it out of the way that the Queen’s grandson is divorcing his wife, Montrealer Autumn Kelly. Much was made of her “giving up her Catholic faith” to marry in, but in this day and age the distinction between Roman Catholicism and Church of England is negligible compared to the bigger issue whether you’re a religious believer or not.

      • John B 11:50 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        Hidden at the end of the piece, a photo of the queen at the train station. Because the queen takes the train. Yes, it’s probably a royal coach, or even a royal train, but imagine what trains would be like in Canada if Trudeau had to take the train.

      • Spi 12:22 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        @John what makes you so certain that the trains would be any better because a PM is on it? PM’s have been incredibly reluctant to spend any money on anything that could be seen as improving their lifestyle, which has lead 24 Sussex to its current state. The CC-150 they fly on isn’t particularly luxurious. Also at least 2 cabinet ministers regularly travel between Ottawa and Montreal by train (Marc Garneau and Miller)

      • Jack 12:23 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        People think of Autumn !

      • John B 12:34 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        @Spi: Maybe there would be more frequent service outside of the Quebec/Windsor corridor. Maybe prices would go down, (especially if he’s unwilling to spend money). Maybe there would actually be rail service in more of the country, (for example, only 5 of the 10 provincial capitals are reachable by train).

      • Michael Black 14:26 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        I’d forgotten about them, but their marriage got a lot of press as it was happening since she was local. Then no news that I remember,until this divorce..

    • Kate 08:58 on 2020-02-11 Permalink | Reply  

      There’s a smog warning again Tuesday, which is expected to last about a day.

      • Ian 09:06 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        Freezing fog on the West Island. It’s kind of pretty in Sainte Anne this morning, even if everything smells strongly of poop – out here instead of smog, atmospheric inversions seal in the farm smells.

      • EmilyG 10:38 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        I’d rather have something smelling of poop than the terrible rotten-egg-fart-smell of the Pierrefonds quarry.

    • Kate 08:49 on 2020-02-11 Permalink | Reply  

      Exo’s Candiac line is still down on Tuesday, blocked in Kahnawake, and I gather VIA to Toronto is also still unavailable. A Kahnawake spokesperson says that if people want to use the trains they should contact the federal government about the pipeline.

      • Chris 11:02 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        An anti-fossil fuel pipeline protest that blocks public transport!

        But the highways continue unimpeded with their 1.1 people per car!


      • Kate 11:21 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        Chris, please don’t be thick. Train tracks are a federal concern, they pass through or near indigenous reserves and are fairly easy to obstruct. They’re also an abiding symbol of Canada, coast to coast. A natural target for this action.

      • Chris 11:46 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        How am I being thick? Sure, it’s a “natural” target, it’s just the wrong one. The 132, 138, and 207 roads pass through their reserve too. They are also easy to obstruct. Public transport users are an ally against fossil fuel overuse, car users are not. They are targeting their ally, which is an odd thing to do.

        If we want less pipelines, we need _more_ public transport, not less.

      • Ian 14:45 on 2020-02-11 Permalink


        doc•tri•naire dŏk″trə-nâr′

        Relating to, adhering to, or insisting upon a doctrine or theory without regard to practical considerations or problems.
        A doctrinaire person.
        One who theorizes without a sufficient regard to practical considerations; a political theorist; an ideologist; one who undertakes to explain things by one narrow theory or group of theories, leaving out of view all other forces at work.

      • thomas 15:21 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        But the Coastal GasLink pipeline is fully under provincial jurisdiction and has nothing to do with the federal government. Why should the British Columbia government care that commuters between Montreal and Toronto are inconvenienced?

      • dwgs 15:49 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        Chris, are you aware that those roads you advocate blocking in place of the railway also carry public transit vehicles?
        thomas, as I understand it the protests here have more to do with how the RCMP, a federal police force, are blocking access to and from the Wetsuweten camp as well as conducting raids on the camp.

      • thomas 17:14 on 2020-02-11 Permalink

        @dwgs The RCMP are contracted to provide policing to BC. They are just doing whatever the BC government tells them to do. It is not the place of the federal government to intervene.

      • Michael Black 01:31 on 2020-02-12 Permalink

        People leverage with what they have, especially if they feel they lack power.

        The environmental movement has at the very least done cultural appropriation, maybe even racism, so that’s leverage to present this as an environmental issue. It really gets people going.

        In North Dakota the immediate concern was the pipeline was going over or under an important source of water. Water contamination is an existing problem among many of the peoples.

        But a bigger issue is power. Europeans came over and put names on things and divided up the continent, as if nobody had been here. Treaties were made, “giving” to People as if they hadn’t already long used those areas, then broken, when it was convenient to Europeans. In BC if I remember right, the reserves weren’t even a result of treaties.

        150 years ago there was an expectation that People should just roll over as Canada (and the US) spread out. How could we be traitors in Red River when few had any real ties to “Canada”? Even before settlers moved in, the continent was divided up by fur trade monopolies and absent owners claiming territory, and then sold and traded, again without concern with who was already there. Louis Riel formed a government, even involving people who didn’t completely agree with him, but it meant little. The expeditionary force went out to Red River, to “save” those who were hardcore Canadians, and there was more violence than during the Reistance. Not by the force, but just individuals wanting revenge. The force did include Sam Steele, and probably was the reason for the later formation of the North West Mounted Police.

        And it was far worse for people who weren’t Metis.

        People resisted back then, but it’s dismissed as “savages” being violent. People were badly subdued, and it’s taken fifty years, since the Occupation of Alcatraz, to fight back.

        An injury to one is an injury to all. Which is why the Syilx came to Quebec during the “Oka Crisis”, and why Peoples are blockading railroad tracks now. It’s not about “the environment”, it’s about who gets to decide, and what gets decided.

        People are people, they can have the same concerns as anyine else. But it’s not the same way as outsiders portray natives as environmentalists. Forget Grey Owl, and Earth Day ads with crying indians played by non-native actors, and appafently Chief Seattle’s famous speech was not made by him, or was mangled after he spoke it. Environmentalists may want to be native buddies, but it may not be the reverse, at least not as portrayed.

        Chief Phillip was on stage with Greta Thunberg in BC some months back, but it’s more complicated. When he spoke on the current issue, he was speaking of sovereignity. He’s Syilx, he can speak for me.

        “From first contact the influx of settlers was slow and yet steady, with both the Syilx/Okanagans and settlers worked towards a living arrangement.” Then “The Syilx/Okanagan people opposed the establishment of the reserves without first having negotiated a treaty.” And “We as the Syilx/Okanagan people still affirm that the land is ours, as no treaty has been negotiated.”

        That’s distant family, from the ONA webpage. I’m sure all the other Peoples in BC see things similarly. That’s why trains are blockaded.

      • Meezly 15:53 on 2020-02-12 Permalink

        Very simply put:

        Thousands of Canadians are feared to be inconvenienced as actions in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation intensify across the country.

        “You have to understand, being inconvenienced is like genocide to us.”


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