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  • Kate 22:46 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Exo’s Candiac line is expected to still be down on Monday.

    • Kate 22:43 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

      Slightly off-island, but a man was shot on quiet Victoria Street in St‑Lambert on Sunday. He wasn’t killed, and the cops haven’t caught anyone. Daniel Renaud and QMI both say the victim is a Hells Angel associate and that he’s cooperating with police.

      • Kate 13:14 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

        This weekend the Centre d’histoire looks at a cyclist on Ste-Catherine in 1980 and ponders how the city’s attitude to cycling has evolved since that time.

        Radio-Canada profiles the city’s first black neighbourhood, Little Burgundy, where workers on the railway put down roots. The area was openly disdained by the city, which ordained mass demolitions under Jean Drapeau and cut through it to build the Ville-Marie. This is quite a long piece and worth reading for a piece of the city’s history that isn’t widely known.

        This week CTV spoke to Marc Lalonde about the FLQ crisis. Lalonde, now 90, was in Pierre Trudeau’s government at the time and later held cabinet posts including Finance, Justice and Attorney General.

        • Kate 12:56 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

          The Journal set out to do its first ranking of CEGEPs and came back with the appalling news that the anglo ones do best with Dawson being especially notable. That post-secondary students want to learn English has Mathieu Bock-Côté’s knickers in a veritable tango.

          • Tim S. 16:41 on 2020-02-16 Permalink

            I worry that, just like in the case of the school boards, the success of the anglo schools will be used as a stick to beat the others, and then eventually justify the launch of some ill-thought out drastic reform.

          • jeather 17:36 on 2020-02-16 Permalink

            It’s also an issue that anglophones who want to go to English schools are shut out because they are limited in how many students they can take in and since it’s mostly grade based, francophones with better grades get the spots. I’m not saying the schools are wrong for doing it based on grades, nor that francophones should not go to or get spots in English cegeps — mostly that probably the English cegeps need to be allowed to expand and that all high schools need to vastly improve second language teaching.

          • Kevin 17:55 on 2020-02-16 Permalink

            If only MBC had some sort of advanced education in sociology so he could understand people and their motives..

          • Tim 23:11 on 2020-02-16 Permalink

            @Jeather, I am leaning towards a French education for my kids because coworkers have told me how competitive it is for English CEGEPs . I think that having a French education will give them the most options as English will be used in the home. My hope is that they will be equally comfortable going to post secondary education in either language.

          • Ian 08:51 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

            If your kid is fluently bilingual it does sound like a pretty easy win to apply for French CEGEP first, especially as once you’re already in a CEGEP it’s a lot easier to transfer into another CEGEP or even another program in another CEGEP.

            Another thing worth considering is that everyone assumes that getting a DEC is the only way to go, there are also AEC and DEP programs that are often much shorter than a DEC as they don’t have all the extra requirements a DEC has like like gym courses… some AECs are even tuition-free, although you have to be out of school for one full academic year before you can apply for an AEC program.

          • jeather 10:35 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

            French education so your kids would feel comfortable in post-secondary education in either language? I don’t think you get into an English cegep any more easily from a French high school. It looks like Dawson is separate from the regular SRAM system so you can do both Dawson and at least one other school concurrently. But who knows what will be in a decade.

          • Tim 10:48 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

            it’s about having more options Jeather. Colleagues of mine whose kids have gone through the English system have said that their kids aren’t comfortable enough to take post secondary courses in French. So they are limited to English institutions.

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

            There are a lot of interesting, complex interrelated reasons. Watching friends of mine choose between the English and French systems and hearing about the other school parents who make the same choices is really interesting.

          • Filp 16:05 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

            Speaking from personal experience, I think it would have made more sense for my parents to send me to the french system for primary and secondary given that I speak English at home, pretty much for the reasons Tim explained. I was actually just having this conversation yesterday. I mean, I ended up just fine and I regret nothing, except for my hilariously sub par french education in the English system. Seriously, those classes were terrible, and now I have to work double time on my grammar.

          • Kate 16:54 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

            Filp, same here. English education, terrible French classes. It’s not the grammar that got me, though – it’s the accent. I’ll never sound 100% like I grew up here, which I did. My dad, who also went to school in English but who learned his French playing in parks in Hochelaga, had a better accent than me.

        • Kate 12:36 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

          Baseball is a chronic itch here, and it’s back this week with talk of some part of the Tampa team being bought by Stephen Bronfman to play here.

          Some day it will have to dawn on Bronfman that baseball left because there simply was not enough interest or support, and that the interest provoked by an occasional exhibition game is not sustained over time. All that should concern us is how much public money he will be able to siphon off for this venture before it too falls down of its own weight.

          • Kate 12:33 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

            The New York Times did a 40 years of L’Express piece in December. CTV is also noting the anniversary this weekend.

            • Kate 12:15 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

              The McCord Museum has one of the biggest collections of indigenous artifacts in Canada and has hired an indigenous curator to look after it.

              • Kate 12:09 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

                The SPVM held a minority hiring fair Saturday in St-Michel in an attempt to appeal to more diverse recruits and inch away from the charges of systemic racism that have been made against it for years.

                • Ephraim 15:09 on 2020-02-16 Permalink

                  They want to step away from them, put in some damn policies that make cops think TWICE before trying it. Put in rules about cellphones and publicly announce them, so the cops can’t deny them… like:

                  1. You can use your phone to record the actions of the police. Without hinderance.
                  2. A police officer may request your phone, but must notify you that you can lock it prior to handing it to them. You may photograph them before locking it.
                  3. The police office must put it immediately in an evidence bag without examininig it and hand you an official receipt.
                  4. All telephone searches will require a subpeona to look at the contents of the telephone.

                  Once the police know that you know… they are less likely to intimidate someone about their telephone and less likely to act as if the telephones out there aren’t recording their action

              • Kate 02:03 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

                A man was shot Saturday evening in St-Laurent and is in very critical condition. I don’t think I’ve seen that qualifier before.

                Update: The man has died. First homicide of 2020. Later note: Second. Vanessa Primeau was the first.)

                Two other men were shot overnight, one in a bar on St-Hubert. The other simply showed up in hospital with a bullet in him, and details are scanty.

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