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  • Kate 17:13 on 2020-04-20 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s lucky the Hôtel-Dieu wasn’t turned into condos, because it’s back in service, accepting the more stable COVID-19 patients from the CHUM and, in a separate unit, noninfected people from CHSLDs.

  • Kate 15:36 on 2020-04-20 Permalink | Reply  

    City hall flags have been lowered to half-mast to honour the victims in the Nova Scotia rampage. At least 19 people were killed, although it sounds like police may not have found all the victims.

    Update Tuesday: the count is now at 23.

    • Kate 09:04 on 2020-04-20 Permalink | Reply  

      Côte-Vertu metro station was set to close this summer for work connecting it with the big underground train garage being constructed nearby. The work has been put off till 2021, so the station will stay open this summer.

      • Bert 08:01 on 2020-04-21 Permalink

        Good ol’ STM. Rearranging work schedules to ensure that as many people are inconvenienced as originally planned.

    • Kate 09:02 on 2020-04-20 Permalink | Reply  

      I gather from tweets and comments that Claude Lafortune has died which is sad if you grew up with his shows, but this is one of the moments where I experience the old “two solitudes” thing, because I never saw those shows and didn’t know who he was.

      • Clément 14:18 on 2020-04-20 Permalink

        As a kid, Claude Lafortune made a huge impression on me. I did not grow up in a religious family, but watching “L’Évangile en papier” on TV was fascinating. He had an amazing talent for recreating (biblical) stories with paper figures, narrated by his quiet story telling voice. You truly felt like he was your friend.

        If I want to attempt a “two solitudes” analogy, I can think of the “guy with the giraffe”.

      • Kate 15:55 on 2020-04-20 Permalink

        I didn’t watch a lot of TV as a kid, besides a few cartoons on Saturday mornings, but of course I know who you mean by the “guy with the giraffe” because my sister watched it, and being anglo, it was just sort of on in the background. I even have a vague memory it was in a half-hour block with Mr. Dressup, which I always found inane.

        It’s that kind of stuff – stuff you might not actively watch, but is around in your milieu – that comes to define you culturally.

    • Kate 08:59 on 2020-04-20 Permalink | Reply  

      As of Sunday, the number of COVID-19 deaths in Montreal was 513 and Quebec’s is inching ever closer to 1000.

      • Kate 08:27 on 2020-04-20 Permalink | Reply  

        La Presse interviews Dr. Mylène Drouin, head of Montreal public health, who’s been appearing alongside the mayor at pressers. “Mon patient, c’est la population de Montréal.”

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