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  • Kate 20:13 on 2020-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

    A last-minute change in Quebec law has loosened up the old rules for sales and delivery of beer and wine.

    • Kate 16:42 on 2020-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

      A Superior Court ruling in the Sue Montgomery situation states that Montreal mishandled the harassment claims that led to Montgomery’s ejection from Projet. The judge says the city should never have intervened in what was essentially a borough-level issue.

      • Jack 17:00 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

        “Mayor Plante’s office released a statement Monday, saying the ruling confirms the existence of an unhealthy work climate and accusing Montgomery of creating that climate. ”
        “All employees of the City of Montreal must be treated with respect, civility and dignity.”
        I am along time Projet supporter but this is absolute BS. Montgomery was elected, she is decisional, the City employees are not. The same thing has happened in Quebec City with Provincial Civil Servants. It’s invariably a male who feels bad when told to do their job by a female. My respect and dignity are not challenged by a female telling me what to do in a workplace.

      • walkerp 12:29 on 2020-12-12 Permalink

        Why is mayor Plante so unrelenting on this issue? Why is she going to bat for a civil servant who ran a fiefdom and clearly didn’t like any progressive change (and may well also not like a female boss as Jack implies above)?

        Even if Montgomery had some poor leadership behaviour, it is clear from the report that the toxic work environment existed before her and that Plante (the civil servant, not the mayor) was one of the signficant players in that toxicity. Would it not have made much more sense for her to take a neutral position at least?

        Any way I think of it, it’s really a bad look for mayor Plante. There is either some form of political or corruption persuasion from the civil servants union or protectors of Plante (the civil servant) or it is personal between her and Montgomery.

    • Kate 16:38 on 2020-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

      A young man was punched in the face in the metro by an unmasked passenger, with whom he hadn’t even exchanged a word. There were witnesses but no security footage.

      • Kate 12:10 on 2020-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

        Canada is seeing 6,500 new cases of Covid daily and may hit 15,000 cumulative deaths by Christmas.

        Quebec is defending its decision to close restaurants, as if it’s a big scandal that they chose to go beyond the recommendations of Horacio Arruda as numbers continued to climb.

        Apparently there’s been a strong rumour that schools would be declared closed for the holidays as of today, Friday, but these have been contradicted by education minister J-F Roberge.

        Hospitals outside Montreal are reaching saturation point with Covid patients.

        Meanwhile, retail stores are claiming there’s been hardly any transmission in stores. I just heard a story from an American online acquaintance who manages a store in a state where they’re specifically forbidden to require masks. He caught Covid, got moderately sick, but then passed it to his wife, who had some existing condition, and she is now seriously unwell.

        • Daisy 12:36 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

          Regarding transmission in stores… Isn’t contact tracing failing to find the source of a large number of cases? If people are in fact getting infected through shopping, there would be no way of knowing this, since stores don’t keep logs of those who enter.

        • Kate 12:51 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

          Legitimate point, Daisy. Anyway, retail hasn’t exactly got an objective viewpoint on this. While understanding their desire to open their doors wide before Christmas, we can also see the point of doing everything to reduce transmission.

        • EmilyG 13:02 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

          As for contact tracing, the tracing app has sometimes not been working on iPhones, and it’s easy for people to not realize that.

        • EmilyG 13:04 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

        • Kevin 13:43 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

          The last day for schools is Wednesday the 16th, as was declared weeks ago. High schoolers are currently scheduled to return to their buildings on Jan. 11.

        • Kevin 13:48 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

          Nova Scotia just extended its school break – Dec. 18 to Jan. 11.

        • mare 16:48 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

          I expect a lockdown until Jan 8 starting next week. I hope not too many businesses and professions are deemed essential, last time that list was awfully long.

          A good addition to curb the virus would be more stringent measures like a nighttime curfew, and a ban on all travel more than 500 meter from your house (in cities; in rural areas to the nearest village) that’s not 100% essential with random checks by the police, and huge fines and demerit points.

          Buy your toilet paper and flour when it’s still there, people!

        • Max 02:16 on 2020-12-12 Permalink

          Sorry to hear about your friend and his wife. May they both pull though ok. The concept of “specifically forbidden to require masks”… this breaks my brain more than a bit though.

          The Queen E finally shut down their lobby area today. It was the last place I knew of downtown where you could comfortably chow down some takeout from 5 Guys or M4 Burritos. For a few minutes at least. Not any more.

          Hang in there kiddos. The sun will be coming up over the horizon soon enough.

        • JP 19:08 on 2020-12-12 Permalink

          Yeah, I mostly only stuck to the outdoors this past summer, but the Queen E lobby was the only “public”/non-home indoor space I would spend a bit of time in to either grab a bite or read a book. There were hardly any people when I went there so I felt I could maintain distance while eating and reading.

        • dhomas 07:08 on 2020-12-13 Permalink

          That’s really a shame for your friend and his wife, Kate. I hope she gets better.
          I’m curious to know which state they are in that doesn’t allow store owners to require masks. Sounds like it may be Florida, but I’m not sure.

        • mare 11:18 on 2020-12-13 Permalink

          @dhomas It might also be decreed by his corporate overlords if it’s a franchise. I know several chains forbidding masks because “it might scare away some customers”. It would certainly scare me away.

      • Kate 11:59 on 2020-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

        The city is buying two buildings for $2.1 million for conversion to affordable housing.

        • Kate 11:32 on 2020-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

          I thought we’d seen the worst 2020 could dish out, but someone has invented tourtine.

          • Chris 11:56 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

            Ouf. It looks regurgitated.

          • Kate 12:20 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

            It probably tastes OK, but I don’t see the point. Proper tourtière isn’t a pot pie – the filling shouldn’t have a liquidy sauce like poutine. Basically, this is a poutine en croûte.

          • JaneyB 12:52 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

            How perfect lol. Now all we need is a terrible drink to wash it all down (and preferably away). Ideas?

          • Blork 13:07 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

            Well, tourtière du Saguenay (AKA tourtière du lac-St-Jean) tends to be soupier than regular tourtière, with more chunky bits. But still…

          • Kate 13:21 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

            Ah. I’ve never had the Lac St-Jean variation.

            My dad used to bridge the two solitudes by having his tourtière with HP Sauce.

          • DeWolf 20:41 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

            I was shocked the first time I had the Saguenay version. It’s quite different compared to normal tourtière.

            Honestly this tourtine doesn’t sound too bad, all things considered…

          • Blork 22:23 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

            They interviewed the guy on AIH tonight and now I’m thinking I want to try it.

          • Jorgh 03:51 on 2020-12-12 Permalink

            The Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean version is the only tourtière (though every family has their one “authentic” recipe). The proper nomenclature for small, shallow ground pork pies with no potatoes or venison is “pâtés à la viande”. Obviously. Also, “la puck”, not “le puck”, and skipping class is “loafer un cours”, not “foxer un cours”. Montréal French is simply wrong in so many ways. (seriously though, it is a bit of a culture shock the first time around, and regardless of one’s preferred nomenclature, every one should try what the Saguenay calls a tourtière at least once in their life)

          • Kate 16:22 on 2020-12-14 Permalink

            My family didn’t have a recipe, since I don’t have any French ancestry at all. My mom used to get the La Belle Fermière ones, which I don’t think exist any more, which are my baseline for how they should look.

        • Kate 11:30 on 2020-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

          Some giant shiny installations will be appearing downtown till the end of February.

          • Kate 11:15 on 2020-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

            Covid vaccinations here are to begin this weekend at the Maimonides residence in the west end, which has struggled with keeping the pandemic at bay. TVA talked to one resident about getting the shot.

            As with the first wave, some CHSLDs are having a rough time.

            • Kate 11:01 on 2020-12-11 Permalink | Reply  

              QMI, who didn’t seem perturbed about Pornhub in our midst – it wasn’t a secret – till the recent New York Times piece put the cat among the pigeons, now shows us the newly constructed castle of the porno king near the Bois de Saraguay. QMI goes on to note that the house was built after the destruction of a bit of forest that the borough was unable to protect – the very forest that gave cover to the assassin of Vito Rizzuto Sr. in 2010. Quite a storied corner of town, then.

              Update: La Presse says 220 trees were sacrificed to build that house.

              • walkerp 11:36 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

                That little tidbit about the forest that I never would have discovered on my own is one of the many reasons this is the best Montreal website. Nice one, Kate.

                Man, that forest should have been protected for environmental and heritage reasons.

                And yuck what hideous taste.

              • Kate 12:13 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

                walkerp, I thought the house wasn’t too much of an eyesore.

              • Blork 12:26 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

                What gets me about that kind of house is the lack of imagination. They toss in all these curly things and Louis-Quatorze embellishments that do nothing other than say “oooo, fancy!” to people who don’t know much about architecture. It could have been much worse, but I’m so tired of seeing all this faux French chateau stuff whenever someone wants a building to look classy.

              • Kate 12:28 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

                I suppose if it’s either this chateau stuff or a stark box, I might opt for the chateau. I mean, either way, you’re gonna get a breakfast bar.

              • Blork 12:45 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

                I’ll take the stark box, which is all about light and space and modernism, over the phoney fancy any day.

                And the breakfast bar. OMG how I covet the breakfast bar! (More specifically, how I covet the gigantic kitchen workspace that might as well have a few seats thrown in…)

              • Kate 12:54 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

                I was amused by this, which a friend showed me online. I don’t know the source:

              • Blork 13:01 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

                That’s just silly BUT LOOK AT ALL THAT COUNTER SPACE!!!!

              • Kate 13:25 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

                You can get kitchen islands at Ikea for a couple of hundred bucks, Blork. Of course, you need space for one.

              • Jebediah Pallendrome 14:58 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

                How long before he’s making a considerable donation to Con-U to clean up his image?

              • Kate 15:40 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

                Would Concordia be able to countenance accepting it, though?

              • Orr 22:49 on 2020-12-11 Permalink

                First, you make a charitable foundation,
                Then the foundation makes the donation.
                Easy peasy.

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