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  • Kate 15:51 on 2020-06-25 Permalink | Reply  

    Ouate de phoque? An Arctic bearded seal is visiting a marina in Laval. Item says the St Lawrence, but the Bo-Bi-No marina has three locations – one on the Mille-Îles, one on Lake of Two Mountains and one facing Île Bizard across a narrow channel of the Back River.

    Update: get Google Translate to read “ouate de phoque” out loud in French.

    • Kate 15:44 on 2020-06-25 Permalink | Reply  

      Most things in Quebec have been given the nod to reopen, exceptions being non-day camps for kids, combat sports and major festivals.

      • MarcG 16:46 on 2020-06-25 Permalink

        That Global live translator is surely underpaid – what a tough job.

      • MarcG 09:02 on 2020-06-26 Permalink

        Also: Still waiting for instructions on how to play soccer while keeping 6ft from everyone else

      • Michael Black 09:05 on 2020-06-26 Permalink

        Maybe everyone will have to be in bubbles.

      • Dhomas 14:24 on 2020-06-26 Permalink

        I’ve played bubble soccer before. It’s loads of fun, even if it’s not proper soccer.
        Here’s a place that organizes it:

        This is where I played:
        I see they reopened this week.

    • Kate 10:18 on 2020-06-25 Permalink | Reply  

      The Gazette is heavily hinting that there may be a Grand Prix weekend this autumn – over Thanksgiving weekend, in fact.

      • MarcG 11:11 on 2020-06-25 Permalink

        Cue the theme from Jaws. I spoke too soon. 🙁

      • Kevin 11:45 on 2020-06-25 Permalink

        One of my co workers was super excited. “Think of the tourists!” they said

        I pointed out that under current trends nobody from the USA would be allowed into Canada, and they deflated.

    • Kate 10:12 on 2020-06-25 Permalink | Reply  

      A developer with eyes on agricultural land in Boisbriand may be suing the urban agglomeration for blocking their plans, although I don’t see anything here suggesting they have anything but a sense of entitlement to build a case on.

      • Kate 10:01 on 2020-06-25 Permalink | Reply  

        This restaurant owner offered 600 free meals to workers in health care – people from “Saint‑Jérôme, Laval, Sainte‑Justine” – at his restaurant in Griffintown, on Tuesday night. Not a mask in any of the photos.

        • Chris 11:14 on 2020-06-25 Permalink

          I thought health care workers were our heroes? Why now mask-shame them? They wear PPE all day, they’re probably enjoying being without a mask for once. And food and drink go in your mouth, pretty hard to do that with a mask. Also looks like a young crowd, where covid is not a big risk.

        • Kate 11:21 on 2020-06-25 Permalink

          I am making an observation, Chris. I am not “shaming” anybody.

        • MarcG 11:35 on 2020-06-25 Permalink

          The staff seem to be wearing those plastic facemasks

        • Kate 11:47 on 2020-06-25 Permalink

          At least there’s that.

        • Alison Cummins 21:29 on 2020-06-25 Permalink

          My-sister-the-doctor wears masks in public for the sake of others’ comfort. It’s strictly social signalling as far as she’s concerned — which is important, so she wears the mask.

        • Kate 22:11 on 2020-06-25 Permalink

          Alison, so she doesn’t buy any of the studies that show a mask – any kind of mask – cuts the amount of droplets a person potentially exhales onto other people?

        • Alison Cummins 09:16 on 2020-06-26 Permalink

          Kate, It’s possible she’s just that confident she doesn’t have it, but since other people don’t know she’s covid- she wears a mask anyway.

        • Kate 09:54 on 2020-06-26 Permalink

          Alison, how can anyone – especially a doctor – know from moment to moment that they don’t have it? Maybe she tested negative yesterday, but she could catch it tomorrow and start passing it around. Testing negative is not a permanent status.

          The mask is a piece of insurance because nobody can be certain of their Covid status unless they’ve just been tested.

        • Michael Black 10:18 on 2020-06-26 Permalink

          But I bet for most people, they are wearing a mask in the belief it protects them. They are thinking of themselves, rather than others.

          Hence for most people, it matters that they don’t have it.

          In three months I’ve been inside twice, both times to the hospital. If I get the Virus, it’s from passing contact out walking the dog. I’m not immune, but the chance of me getting it is very low.

          I suppose I’d wear a mask if I went somewhere (they expected masks at the hospital), but social.pressure kicks in.

        • Alison Cummins 18:10 on 2020-06-26 Permalink


          I’m really not sure how that works.

        • Uatu 23:19 on 2020-06-26 Permalink

          Meh. Just because someone is a doctor doesn’t make them infallible. NB can attest to that.

        • Alison Cummins 03:21 on 2020-06-27 Permalink


          Just making an observation. Not suggesting anyone’s right or wrong, just adding a data point to Kate’s.

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