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  • Kate 22:00 on 2020-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

    Guy Laliberté is considering buying back the Cirque du Soleil.

    • david119 10:32 on 2020-05-25 Permalink

      Sell high, buy low.

  • Kate 21:59 on 2020-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

    People living near the CP tracks in NDG were evacuated Sunday afternoon when a suspicious package was spotted on the rails, but it turned out to be nothing. At least it was a pleasant enough day to be stuck outside.

    • Kate 21:56 on 2020-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

      There’s a massive demand for plexiglass as Montreal stores prepare to reopen with protective barriers in place and workers brace to receive shoppers both physically and psychologically.

      • j2 23:59 on 2020-05-24 Permalink

        Oh of course! I wanted it just so the top half of my DIY A/C vertical window box could allow light and the hardware store was out!

        I need a 20”x24” piece, I wouldn’t think that would help retail.

      • dwgs 18:40 on 2020-05-25 Permalink

        j2, call a glass shop and see what it would cost in a 1/8″ or 3/16″ glass. Tell them you don’t need polished edges or anything, just something utilitarian. it’s probably not far from acrylic in price.

      • JaneyB 08:09 on 2020-05-26 Permalink

        @j2, Also, lighter old windows could be useful for this eg: neighbours’ garbage, salvage yards (not sure on reopening dates – Habitat Restore, Ecocentres) plus you might be able to use the frame to mount it more easily. Fwiw, plexiglass was not cheap even before this crisis eg: 24sq in was about 50$ at Home Depot last year.

      • dwgs 11:37 on 2020-05-26 Permalink

        JaneyB unless that plexi was an inch thick you got hosed. 1/8″ acrylic (the most common thickness) should sell for about $4 or 5 a square foot.

    • Kate 21:52 on 2020-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

      An older cyclist who collided with a pedestrian on Île Bizard Sunday afternoon has died. Item doesn’t go into detail but notes that he was wearing a helmet.

      • Kate 17:16 on 2020-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

        Another long-term care worker has died of Covid in Montreal, a man in his 40s.

        • Kate 17:13 on 2020-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

          If we wanted an experiment in how heat will affect the virus, we’ve got it: a special weather statement warning of high temperatures midweek.

          That page updates regularly, so here’s a snapshot:

        • Kate 11:59 on 2020-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

          Last year the city won a Superior Court appeal against the developer who claimed a right to the Lachine part of Meadowbrook Golf Course. This week, Canada’s Supreme Court refused to hear the developer’s appeal.

          Part of Meadowbrook is in Côte St-Luc, and on Google aerial view the whole thing is still scooped out for a golf course, although I have no idea whether it’s still used for that purpose. That kind of damage lasts a long time: a lot of Maisonneuve Park still looks like a golf course from above, although it hasn’t been used for that purpose in decades.

          • Spi 12:17 on 2020-05-24 Permalink

            Maisonneuve Park still looks like a golf course because the city hasn’t really put any effort into making it not feel like one. A few strategically planted trees and a decade or two would completely change the feel/look of it.

          • dwgs 12:52 on 2020-05-24 Permalink

            It still operates as a golf course, there’s also a driving range. In the winter locals use it as a clandestine cross country ski / dog walking venue.

          • Kate 14:40 on 2020-05-24 Permalink

            I don’t know what a driving range even is.

          • John B 15:45 on 2020-05-24 Permalink

            A driving range is the fun part of golf: Smack the balls as hard as you can & see how far they go 😉

        • Kate 11:39 on 2020-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

          Fagstein looks back at 15 years at the Gazette and how the media landscape has changed in the meantime. With lots of visual examples.

          • EmilyG 12:24 on 2020-05-24 Permalink

            Wow. Looking at the “music scene” page, I remember going to some of the very concerts mentioned in that particular screenshot.

        • Kate 11:25 on 2020-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

          Cinéma Moderne, unable to carry on its usual functions, has had an artist putting up a greenhouse gallery all month. The Time Out item says you can get plants free on May 30, but on Facebook they also say that from May 27, you can buy seedlings there as well. There’s a video. It’s on the Main between Laurier and Fairmount.

          • david199 21:56 on 2020-05-24 Permalink

            I’ve not been to this place and really hope that it doesn’t close before I can. Going to buy a gift card or a tote online to support them some. Thanks for the head’s up!

          • Meezly 08:53 on 2020-05-25 Permalink

            Now that’s a clever pivot.

        • Kate 11:01 on 2020-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

          Frédéric Bastien, a PQ leadership hopeful, has been caught out on a claim about a mosque in St-Laurent. Bastien had alleged that 11 fines were handed out for an illegal mosque gathering last week. Only the SPVM said no such incident had taken place. Also, Bastien used a 2017 photo from Metro – which the writer dryly points out was taken without permission – showing police protecting the mosque after the Quebec City mosque shootings. (There’s also snow on the ground in the photo.) Bastien has apologized, but yeah, just what we need in Montreal now, an injection of fake news to build xenophobia.

          By the way, Eid Mubarak.

          • Kate 10:50 on 2020-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

            The city recorded 283 new Covid cases and 54 deaths on Saturday, 222 more cases and 30 more deaths on Sunday.

            • david199 22:08 on 2020-05-24 Permalink

              Christ, I mean, modify the number of deaths by age group at the bottom of this page: https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montreal-records-283-new-covid-19-cases-and-54-new-deaths-1.4951754

              It’s unreal.

              73.4% are 80+ years old
              17.4% are 70-79.99 years old
              6.3% are 60-69.99 years old
              so ~2.6% of all people dying from this disease, which could still end up being 2/10 of 1% of all people infected, including all the 97% above, are 59 and under. And we know – know – that these younger folks are people that are relatively unusual in their age group, for having at least one and often multiple co-moribidities: https://time.com/5825485/coronavirus-risk-factors/

              My feeling on this is clear: we need to protect the vulnerable, take precautions to get sick people out of the public, try to prevent spread, etc. but – super importantly – accurately describe the scale of the problem to the public, so that people can get back to work.

              The reckoning on the horizon is so much starker than people generally realize.

            • Kate 22:23 on 2020-05-24 Permalink

              david199, we know now you’re keen on reopening. We know you don’t much care about the collateral damage, so long as your investments don’t collapse. Let’s see how it goes a month from now after everyone’s had their time shopping and canoodling in parks.

            • Kevin 23:38 on 2020-05-24 Permalink

              You don’t know who is vulnerable.
              There are perfectly healthy people in their 30s losing limbs because of this disease.
              There are marathoners who recovered 8 weeks ago and still can’t jog around the block.

            • Chris 12:44 on 2020-05-25 Permalink

              >There are perfectly healthy people in their 30s losing limbs…

              Kevin, yes, there are. But they are very few and very exceptional. It’s easy to find a handful of examples of any rare thing.

          • Kate 09:34 on 2020-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

            Grocery stores can now open again on Sundays; Île Notre-Dame’s racing circuit is now open again to cycists, as is the city golf course; Ste-Catherine Street has been reorganized; everyone knows summer’s here. Mount Royal has become too popular, so that people are wearing unofficial pathways in the underbrush and damaging an already fragile ecosystem, which the city is determined to quash.

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