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  • Kate 20:44 on 2020-04-24 Permalink | Reply  

    Le Devoir reports on more politics at CDN-NDG borough as Sue Montgomery suspends her directeur d’arrondissement for a third time.

    • dwgs 21:44 on 2020-04-24 Permalink

      Well I guess we know who really runs the borough. M. Plante gets what M. Plante wants.

    • Kate 22:23 on 2020-04-24 Permalink

      I get a sense that Sue Montgomery ran smack into a solidly embedded bureaucracy in that borough, and when she refused to merely act as a figurehead and rubber stamp for longstanding attitudes and procedures (whether they were corrupt from Applebaum’s time, or simply lifer fonctionnaires with no intention of changing their ways, I don’t know) it caused big drama.

      The question is why Projet sided with the bureaucracy against their own mayor. The whole story has not been told, and I don’t know whether journalists have not ferreted it out yet, or whether they know but are constrained from telling the story by legal concerns.

    • Feliza 00:01 on 2020-04-25 Permalink

      Those bureaucrats, in turn, consider Montgomery lazy and incompetent who has neither the will, experience or ability grasp of the complexities involved in doing her job well. They feel she is oblivious and uncaring about their difficulties in administering a uniquely large population with massive cultural and political diversity. The obvious solution is to split the borough into its two natural components, as should have been done a long time ago.

    • Kate 09:47 on 2020-04-25 Permalink

      Feliza, you’re hinting as if you’re someone who knows the inside story. I have no opinion on it, because I don’t know.

      But you’re not the first person to point out that NDG and Côte-des-Neiges are distinct areas with different needs. I tend to agree that they should never have been forced under the same administrative umbrella. It was one of the decisions made during the demerger mess, and I’m not even sure who to blame it on, but somebody ought to step up, admit it was a bad idea, and fix it.

  • Kate 20:42 on 2020-04-24 Permalink | Reply  

    The original Comptoir 21 on St-Viateur has closed up shop after a $1500/month rent increase. Many local restos which were hanging on despite rapacious landlords and other difficulties may be unable to rebound from the lockdown.

    I got a delivery menu today from a local restaurant. It’s not the first time I’ve seen a pared-down version of an original menu recently, as restaurant owners stick to their most popular basics for delivery.

    • Fliflipoune 09:42 on 2020-04-25 Permalink

      La grande question: qui va vouloir payer plus cher, et être un locataire plus fiable qu’un resto qui connaît un bon succès, après une pandémie, pendant une crise économique, alors que les travailleurs du coin seront souvent en télétravail, le tourisme à plat, et les gens sur le chômage?
      Soit le propriétaire a déjà un autre locataire potentiel, soit il est complètement déconnecté (à mon humble avis).

  • Kate 12:26 on 2020-04-24 Permalink | Reply  

    The SPCA is offering temporary pet boarding for people hospitalized with coronavirus. Via Jimmy Zoubris on Facebook. Version française.

    • Kate 10:17 on 2020-04-24 Permalink | Reply  

      A car chase early Friday ended with a crash and serious injury to the driver, and a real classic traffic jam on the approach to the Lafontaine tunnel Friday morning. The BEI will investigate.

      • Kate 09:30 on 2020-04-24 Permalink | Reply  

        The Red Cross is turning a Lasalle arena into a field hospital to cope with the surge of infections in care homes in that part of town. Downtown, the Hôtel Place Dupuis is also being turned into a hospital.

        Funeral home workers want support in getting protective gear for dealing with infected bodies. Montreal funeral homes are coping with 50% more bodies than in normal times.

        La Presse has video of a truck circulating in Côte-des-Neiges with a loudspeaker giving out COVID-19 information in 14 languages. The truck’s sponsored by the public sector union.

        CTV asks how the pandemic will change grocery stores, and CBC looks at how transit will be changed. The Journal looks at four iconic Montreal spots and how they’re doing.

        The Gazette says an “alleged” Mafia guy (is he still “alleged” if he’s been tried and convicted?) has been told to scram from the halfway house where he was sent to work off his sentence for participating in the execution of Salvatore Montagna in 2011. He still has to wear a GPS bracelet and be good.

        Montreal’s Muslims have just begun Ramadan, which will have to be celebrated differently this year – no iftar gatherings, no attendance at the mosque.

        La Presse rounded up local sources of stylish masks.

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