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  • Kate 21:55 on 2022-06-09 Permalink | Reply  

    Two men were hospitalized after stabbing each other in Montreal North on Thursday afternoon. One of them is in serious condition.

    I wonder whether they were both brought to the same ER.

    • MarcG 12:48 on 2022-06-10 Permalink

      It’s a comedy sketch waiting to happen.

  • Kate 14:25 on 2022-06-09 Permalink | Reply  

    The CBC says that a CNESST report on the death of a worker at the Grande Roue was released Thursday, but it blames the same failings mentioned in other reports released last month: negligent practices around a dangerous piece of machinery.

    • qatzelok 19:51 on 2022-06-09 Permalink

      Some perspective about dangerous machines:

      Cars kill far more people than ferris wheels do in virtually every country on earth.

    • Kate 22:00 on 2022-06-09 Permalink

      qatzelok, that’s a silly comparison. This is a story about a negligent employer, there’s no basis of comparison with traffic fatalities.

    • qatzelok 16:12 on 2022-06-10 Permalink

      When employers tell their drivers to “hurry up,” they kill people indirectly.

      And there are other comparisons: both cars and ferris wheels are potentially dangerous thrill-seeking machines.

      People often give cars “a pass” because we’re all so brainwashed by car-sponsored media memes.

    • dhomas 17:29 on 2022-06-10 Permalink

      I think the comparison is a bit of a stretch, @qatzelok.

      That said, I was pretty happy to see this:

      These folks are definitely not giving (gas) cars a pass!

    • Kate 21:08 on 2022-06-10 Permalink

      Whenever I cue up video reports on local media, or even try to use the CBC live radio page on my desktop, commercials play. I realize media need the revenue, but at least half of the commercials are for cars, and most of them are for SUVs or pickups.

      I especially dislike the one that goes something like “Get back to nature!” then shows a tight edit of an F‑150 being driven at breakneck speed through a forest. You couldn’t even satirize that, it’s self‑satirizing.

    • Chris 01:12 on 2022-06-11 Permalink

      >This is a story about a negligent employer, there’s no basis of comparison with traffic fatalities.

      We are a negligent society. We don’t even bother to charge a little extra for the heaviest most deadly vehicles. We know SUVs have more blind spots and more mass, but we not only let them exist, we buy them up, they are the top sellers!

      A much bigger problem than covid, but with nowhere near the effort to combat it.

  • Kate 14:20 on 2022-06-09 Permalink | Reply  

    The Gazette has posted the fourth of the five‑parter on violence among teenagers: how the justice system deals with them.

    • Kate 08:49 on 2022-06-09 Permalink | Reply  

      The Foundation of Greater Montreal and the Institut du Québec studied the experiences of women from minority groups in Montreal and, to summarize tersely, they don’t have it easy, whether it’s a question of sexuality, disability, racial visibility or economic hardship. The English version of the report is here (PDF).

      It’s not a sidebar to this story, but La Presse also has a report on how some bars take measures to protect their customers – in practice, mostly women – from getting roofied or from other forms of sexual aggression, but not all bars do. So there will be obligatory training for bar workers as of this fall.

      • Kate 08:40 on 2022-06-09 Permalink | Reply  

        The CSSDM has increased rents for some daycares in its school buildings by 280% or more, forcing them to move.

        • Kate 08:37 on 2022-06-09 Permalink | Reply  

          Major sports events are largely back in town, according to Tourisme Montréal, although not quite back to their pre‑pandemic level.

          • Kate 08:22 on 2022-06-09 Permalink | Reply  

            Police say they can’t figure out how an intoxicated driver managed to place his car in an unusual position in his driveway in Ahuntsic.

            • Blork 09:29 on 2022-06-09 Permalink

              My forensic analysis module literally broke in two trying to figure out how that car got in that position.

            • MarcG 09:39 on 2022-06-09 Permalink

              It would be great if a neighbour has a security camera and we could see how it was done (and possible add the Benny Hill music).

            • mare 12:16 on 2022-06-09 Permalink

              This looks like a prank some people do with their mates who are passed out drunk. A bit more elaborate than writing messages on someone’s face with sharpies, but to get likes on social media you have to up you game.

              I’ve been cycling in Ahuntsic a lot in early spring and I saw a lot of these steep garage entrances have stacks of wood and sheets of plywood to make a level surface for winter parking of cars. The ramps are too short and steep to be usable with snow and ice, so many people do that, and then add Tempo on top of the whole thing. Some of the stacks of wood are still there though, and I saw a remarkable number of caravans and mobile homes ‘parked’ on them to prepare them for the summer. They might have used a setup like that (and removed it) or used materials from neighbouring ones. The big 4×4 post on the left, which looks like it was recently pushed sideways, is another clue. My guess is that some mates parallel parked his car and then ‘hopped’ and slid his car sideways over the mossy wooden sides. A sedan can be lifted and moved by three people when they alternate front and rear, and here, with a pit underneath, they could even use pieces of wood as levers. Or there was still a complete winter setup.

            • Kevin 14:36 on 2022-06-09 Permalink

              If it’s not a prank (the guy is facing DUI charges), I think I can figure it out. Backing up with right rear wheel on retaining wall, then jamming steering to the right and accelerating hard to get the front up the other retaining wall and into this bizarre position.

            • Blork 21:20 on 2022-06-09 Permalink

              Ooo Kevin, that might be it. Nice work. Of course the next question is how do you get it down from there?

            • dwgs 09:44 on 2022-06-10 Permalink

              I would go to the nearest construction site and pay someone to come over with a material handler and some lifting straps.

            • Kevin 09:54 on 2022-06-10 Permalink

              Blork: TVA updated the piece with a video report and they talked to the tow truck driver about how he got it down without causing more damage to the building. He backed up the truck and ramp directly underneath the car, then dragged the front end out while making sure the car didn’t tip.

          • Kate 08:15 on 2022-06-09 Permalink | Reply  

            There were three incidents of gunfire Wednesday evening, in Rivière‑des‑Prairies, downtown, and in Verdun. In the last incident, a man was shot in the legs, the only human victim of the evening. Some cars may have been hit in the RDP incident.

            La Presse has gathered and encapsulated a series of recent articles by its journalists on the topic of gun violence in Montreal.

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