Updates from June, 2021 Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Kate 21:00 on 2021-06-06 Permalink | Reply  

    With temperatures notching above 30°C the usual heat wave warnings are posted to stay hydrated and not overexert yourself.

    TVA inevitably claims 40° in the headline but explains in the text that this is the humidex. I wish they wouldn’t do that.

    The wave should subside with rain on Wednesday.

    • Ephraim 21:51 on 2021-06-06 Permalink

      We got an automated call from city. Did others?

    • Kate 07:52 on 2021-06-07 Permalink

      Not on my cell, Ephraim. Was yours on a landline?

    • Ephraim 09:09 on 2021-06-07 Permalink

      Yes, but we are also the property owners. I want to get rid of the landline, but the alarm company insist on it.

    • Kate 09:53 on 2021-06-07 Permalink

      Yeah, that’s how alarms work. You can’t have them rely on a device that might be taken out of the area or run out of battery power.

    • dhomas 14:04 on 2021-06-07 Permalink

      Most home alarm system will also use a battery backup so that someone cutting the power doesn’t prevent the alarm from tripping, and THEN using the land line to call the central. The battery is usually just trickle charging while you do have power.

      That said, I switched to a self-monitored solution (with no land line) and haven’t paid a monthly fee since. My insurance company even still gives me a discount because of my alarm system, even though it’s self-monitored.

    • dhomas 14:06 on 2021-06-07 Permalink

      Oh, and I didn’t receive any alert calls from the city on my cell phone nor on my pseudo-landline (connected via VoIP).

    • CE 14:58 on 2021-06-07 Permalink

      Do insurance companies require alarm systems to buy a policy? I’ve never had an alarm system but I’ve also never owned a home.

    • Joey 15:10 on 2021-06-07 Permalink

      @CE they don’t but they will apply a discount on the premium if you have one (typically not enough to cover the full cost of the alarm system, IIRC).

    • Ephraim 17:10 on 2021-06-07 Permalink

      @CE – Depends on the policy, but I deal with guests. I need a connection to the fire department. I hardly ever use the one on the house. Though, we went on vacation once and someone tried (unsuccessfully) to get in. I’m very fire cautious. I just replaced all of my 10 year lithium battery smoke detectors. They are all relayed, so if one goes off, the all go off. I have one in the central area that is relayed to the fire department.

  • Kate 20:51 on 2021-06-06 Permalink | Reply  

    The CAQ is going to reduce the English on its website.

    Surveys show that Quebec wants more severe language laws.

    • Ant6n 13:55 on 2021-06-07 Permalink

      Ugh, i thought caq ran on a platform of worrying less about nationalism, and more about the economy.

    • Uatu 13:59 on 2021-06-07 Permalink

      The next election is in October 2022 so start stoking those flames of fear and insecurity good’n early!

    • Kevin 15:00 on 2021-06-07 Permalink

      People are actively divorced from reality.

  • Kate 20:46 on 2021-06-06 Permalink | Reply  

    Shots were fired late Sunday afternoon at Parc Jean-Drapeau and a carload of folks rounded up, but it seems nobody was injured.

    • Kate 10:50 on 2021-06-06 Permalink | Reply  

      Global reports on groundhogs unearthing remains in a “nightmare” in Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, but we saw this reported last fall as well. Staff cuts at cemetery operations are blamed for allowing the burrowing to continue. But one spokesman makes the point that there’s always been wildlife on the mountain.

      • Kate 10:20 on 2021-06-06 Permalink | Reply  

        The city has created new manhole lids featuring a stylized version of the coat of arms. Article says “égout” (sewer) but the lid itself says “eau potable”. I hope nobody else is mixing those up.

        I wouldn’t’ve made the design quite so thin and spidery, and I would’ve used a heavy sans‑serif, not a serif letter, for the words. But they didn’t ask me.

        • Kate 09:30 on 2021-06-06 Permalink | Reply  

          QMI does its second pro-cyclist piece this weekend, speaking to a man who sued the city after a pothole swallowed his front wheel, throwing him off the bike and causing serious injury.

          Hmm, maybe even more than two. Here’s a bit on poorly maintained bike paths in Quebec as well.

          • Kate 09:27 on 2021-06-06 Permalink | Reply  

            Advocates for Chinatown say government action needs to come faster before changes are made that devastate the area forever. La Presse’s Isabelle Ducas notes a new condo building and some historical steps – the Ville-Marie, the Complexe Guy-Favreau – that have already chipped at the shrinking extent of the area.

            • Uatu 09:53 on 2021-06-06 Permalink

              I doubt anything will be done. Even the YMCA in guy Favreau that was meant for the community in exchange for the real estate is gone. Any promises to the neighborhood by developers are just empty lip service, vaporware commitments to social housing and schools. At best you’ll get a giant glass tower sitting on top of the Wings factory looking like it’s crapping it out onto the street

          • Kate 09:01 on 2021-06-06 Permalink | Reply  

            A fire Saturday evening in Dollard-des-Ormeaux forced the evacuation of 149 households.

            • Max 11:55 on 2021-06-06 Permalink

              Those were some of the first apartments built in the West Island. They were kinda sketchy even back in the early 70s.

          Compose new post
          Next post/Next comment
          Previous post/Previous comment
          Show/Hide comments
          Go to top
          Go to login
          Show/Hide help
          shift + esc