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  • Kate 22:00 on 2020-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has caved on the Rachel Street pedestrian lane and given it back to motorists.

    • DeWolf 12:57 on 2020-06-20 Permalink

      It was very poorly implemented. The paint scheme made it look like a bike path and it expanded a sidewalk that was never particularly busy in the first place. By contrast, the extra-wide bike corridor is well used and appears to be staying put for the rest of the summer.

  • Kate 21:59 on 2020-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

    The state of emergency over the urban agglom that began March 27 has been prolonged in mostly five-day segments since then, and has now been extended once again till June 23.

    • Kate 21:57 on 2020-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

      The heat wave is complicating social distancing in some parts of town.

      • Kate 21:46 on 2020-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

        Although some are marking 30 years since Nelson Mandela came to Montreal, they’re also asking whether things have changed enough for the Black community.

        • Blork 13:05 on 2020-06-20 Permalink

          I remember seeing him speak at Champ de Mars. I’ve always loved the sound of his voice, and I found it charming that he’d pronounce “Montreal” like “Mon-TREEL.” To this day I still think of Montreal as “Mon-TREEL” when having silent conversations with myself. (Aside: one day those conversations won’t be silent and then I will be “that guy” on the Metro…)

        • Michael Black 13:27 on 2020-06-20 Permalink

          Desmond Tutu was here in 1987. He spoke at one of tge churches, but I can’t remember which.

          He was standing right over there, being interviewed. I could have gone over to talk to him, but I had nothing worth saying.

          All I wanted to do was see him, we then went off to the playground.

      • Kate 16:26 on 2020-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

        I am absolutely sure I’ve seen the same figures come around before: a report Friday says one out of five of the city’s bridges and tunnels needs repairs. But that shouldn’t be surprising: structures don’t last forever.

        • Kate 16:21 on 2020-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

          The director of CACTUS, the safe injection group, says overdoses are up because three of its four locations have had to close temporarily. Regional health says it hasn’t seen this problem, but other provinces have recorded a surge in overdose deaths.

          Services to the city’s itinerants have also been interrupted and have resulted in worsening drug, alcohol and mental health problems in that population.

          • Kate 16:18 on 2020-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

            Some protesters held a demo on Rachel Street Friday morning to protest the city’s temporary changes giving more room to cyclists and less to motorists wanting to park.

            Urgences-Santé is concerned that these changes in street layout will pose obstacles to their being able to reach some emergencies.

            Michel Tremblay is also out there critiquing the pedestrianization of Mont-Royal Avenue, but has he never seen how that street flourishes during a normal summer’s street sales? OK boumeur one is tempted to whisper.

            • Benoit 16:52 on 2020-06-19 Permalink

              Doesn’t Michel Tremblay live in Key West anyway?

            • Kate 18:45 on 2020-06-19 Permalink

              I’ve heard that, but he might come back in the summer.

          • Kate 16:14 on 2020-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

            Anyone planning to pass through Trudeau airport now must have a mask and face a health check, and nobody but workers and passengers will be allowed in the terminal.

            • Kate 11:55 on 2020-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

              Here’s some recent Covid number crunching from Aaron Derfel (on Twitter). (Easier to read in order on Thread reader but without the comments.) The tl;dr: hospitalizations for Covid are down, but our emergency wards are way overcrowded, and community transmission is still uncertain.

              • Ian 12:15 on 2020-06-19 Permalink

                I read that and one thing I found a bit confusing is that the numbers were given fo ER capacity (which are often over 100% that’s what triage is for) but nothing for ICU numbers which is more the issue for covid, or so I have been led to believe.

              • DeWolf 12:49 on 2020-06-19 Permalink

                According to today’s latest numbers, there are 62 Covid patients in the ICU, down 3 from yesterday.

                Steve Faguy makes a nice chart every day for the Gazette and posts it on his Twitter account @fagstein.

              • Kate 12:51 on 2020-06-19 Permalink

                I was coming to post the same data in this CTV report.

            • Kate 10:47 on 2020-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

              SPVM police are accused this week of pulling out guns on two Black women in a car with a four-year-old. Police excuse is that they suspected the car had been used in some armed robberies, but that doesn’t explain handcuffing one of the women and traumatizing a little kid. People took video.

              • Uatu 13:50 on 2020-06-19 Permalink

                Keep moving along, folks. No systematic racism to see here. We don’t have it. The government says so.

            • Kate 10:28 on 2020-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

              Three weeks ago, on May 27, a man was beaten in a downtown park near Atwater, and now he has died. We’re not given a number here, but the assumption is homicide #9.

              • Kate 09:51 on 2020-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

                A pedestrian was badly injured by an SUV while crossing l’Acadie in Ahuntsic, Thursday evening. The driver fled.

                Also Thursday, somebody got stabbed during a fight in the secondary, unmanned entrance to Laurier metro. It’s not life-threatening.

                Another man was stabbed in St-Léonard close to midnight.

                I’ve often noticed that people get stabby when the weather’s hot – and the heat wave warning has been extended to Tuesday.

                • Alison Cummins 22:20 on 2020-06-19 Permalink

                  British colonial law in Nigeria instructed judges to sentence more leniently during the hot season.

              • Kate 09:31 on 2020-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

                Radio-Canada economics writer Gérald Fillion writes passionately about how Quebec has to do more to support and sustain Montreal financially over a difficult time.

                • Kate 09:05 on 2020-06-19 Permalink | Reply  

                  There will be a lot of road construction sites this summer. La Presse lists ten specific ones and warns of many closures on weekends.

                  Here are notes on this weekend’s road closures.

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