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  • Kate 20:43 on 2022-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

    A woman who hailed a cab downtown and paid with her debit card found she was scammed of almost $10K after the driver handed her back a fake card.

    • Ephraim 21:49 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

      First thing you do in a taxi, take a picture of their licence. Nothing puts a driver on notice faster. Anywhere in the world.

  • Kate 15:38 on 2022-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

    The feds are dishing out $42 million against armed violence in Quebec.

    “It will be up to the province to decide which organizations receive the federal funds for ‘community-led initiatives.’ ”

    How much do you think will pay for sports facilities or counselling for troubled teenagers vs. how much the Legault government will use for francisation programs on the premise that only by integrating people into the dominant culture can they be saved from thug life?

    • Ian 17:47 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

      Call me cynical but I assume it’s all going to go to police budgets.

  • Kate 15:31 on 2022-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

    The father of the now deceased suspect in the three recent Montreal‑area shootings says he suffered from serious mental problems. He has been named as Abdullah Shaikh, 26, and he was awaiting trial on various assault charges. It’s notable that while those charges were issued in 2016, his trial was only scheduled for 2023.

    And further, the suspect was freed from an unnamed institution although one psychiatrist felt he was a risk.

    • Kate 15:24 on 2022-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

      Thursday sees the achievement of a dubious milestone: more than 16,000 dead from Covid in Quebec. That includes 18 deaths chalked up in the last 24 hours.

      Santé Québec is still making that number available, but they’ve stopped marking the deaths in specific areas, Montreal having ground to a halt at 5533 deaths weeks ago.

      • mare 08:24 on 2022-08-05 Permalink

        I’m surprised no journalist has filled an access to information request to get this data.

      • Kate 20:17 on 2022-08-05 Permalink

        Maybe they have. Getting information that way can be painfully slow.

    • Kate 15:21 on 2022-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

      The Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel will be closed on and off till 2025 for repairs after it turned out to be more magané than expected – more magané to the tune of an extra $900 million.

      • Kevin 15:28 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

        Everyone continue working from home and this won’t be a problem.

      • Kate 15:48 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

        I was going to suggest they should put that money into more and better public transit, but expected to be booed down.

        Kevin, is there a reliable percentage figure on how many people can work from home, vs. people who actually have to be present in person to do their jobs – nurses, cooks, construction workers and so on?

      • Joey 16:01 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

        You know, I’ve taken that tunnel maybe five times in my life. And yet it would be bad – for all of us collectively and for me personally – if we let it rot. I get that politics and budgets is often a zero-sum game. But keeping the entry-points do the island, you know, functional, is pretty critical to daily life, just as is comprehensive, reliable and affordable public transit.

      • Kate 16:03 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

        True enough, Joey.

      • dhomas 18:47 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

        I agree we need the tunnel. I live nearby and used to use it every so often to go to Ikea in Boucherville. But what I mostly see in the traffic around the 25 South is tons and tons of 18-wheelers. So, it is very important for transport. That said, I don’t think all these trucks should be transiting through Montreal, but there is no other way until we devise a better way to get to the 30 without taking a massive detour.
        Also, I really think we should install tolls on all entry points, the revenues of which could go toward funding public transit. But that will never happen for two reasons. First, it’s political suicide for any politician that proposes it. Secondly, I doubt want construction companies would agree to do it without taking a cut of the revenue (see the other side of the 25 for an example).

      • Ephraim 19:03 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

        If I remember correctly, the tunnel was the only open connection in/out of the city during the ice storm.

      • Kate 20:54 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

        That’s not surprising, Ephraim. The bridges would’ve been super dangerous.

      • Ephraim 21:50 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

        So maybe keeping this tunnel in good running order is well worth the money 🙂

      • Ian 22:35 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

        There’s a reason we get fresh vegetables and fruit in winter. Trucks.

      • Kevin 22:37 on 2022-08-04 Permalink


        According to Stats Can, 40% in April 2020. And yes, it is tilted to higher education/higher paying jobs, especially in finance.


      • dhomas 06:43 on 2022-08-05 Permalink

        @Ian I’m not saying we should ban all trucks on the island. But the majority of these are just “passing through”. I see them every day. They come from off island on the 40 over the Charles-de-Gaulle bridge and continue South on the 25 back off the island onto the south shore. It would make sense to give them a route to avoid having to do this. Even the truckers themselves find it’s nonsense:

        Also, I’ve been quite intrigued by rooftop greenhouses, like Lufa Farms has. Imagine if every giant grocery store had a rooftop greenhouse? Much less need to truck in fresh vegetables this way, I think.

      • Ephraim 10:43 on 2022-08-05 Permalink

        @dhomas – That’s why an Island toll would solve part of the problem and during rush hour.

        On the South Shore they have the 30 as a bypass. But on the North Shore there really isn’t a full bypass. We need to finish the 640 through to the 40 with a bridge at OKA. Now, do we have the money? I mean, we still haven’t finished the 35… it’s been stuck at Pike River for years.

      • Joey 10:48 on 2022-08-05 Permalink

        That report als says that only 23% of Canadians spent most of their working hours from home in August 2021. It established 40% as the maximum figure (“… 39% of Canadian workers hold jobs that can plausibly be carried out from home”), which was was what was observed in April 2020. I would wager that the downward trend, which started in June 2020, has continued, though the Omicron spike in cases last winter might have nudged it back up. Similar trends described in the US here: https://jabberwocking.com/raw-data-wfh-turns-out-not-to-be-a-forever-thing-after-all/

      • Kate 14:30 on 2022-08-05 Permalink

        Kevin and Joey, thanks for the stats on working from home. But I’m intrigued by the phrasing “Roughly 40% of Canadian jobs can be done from home” because I’d want to ask “according to whom?” If they asked employers they might get a very different response than if they asked the workers themselves.

        dhomas, I’m a Lufa user. It’s clear there are vegetables, as well as a lot of fruit, you can’t readily cultivate in a rooftop greenhouse. Or maybe it’s that it’s simply not as efficient or profitable to produce potatoes, for example, from a high‑tech greenhouse, as it is to simply plant them in some nice dirt on a farm somewhere?

        Also: do you think the trucks you see are coming down from plane cargo at Mirabel and cutting through Laval and Montreal to reach the south shore? What’s the pattern?

      • Tim S. 16:34 on 2022-08-05 Permalink

        As for working from home, it also depends on the degree of emergency. Teachers can work online, but it’s really not ideal. Other jobs (my wife’s, for example) are pretty much exactly the same whether you’re in a cubicle or a home office.

        For what it’s worth, based on my occasional travels on the 15 and in the Mirabel region, there doesn’t seem to be a significant amount of truck travel coming from Mirabel. I think we also might underestimate just how much of our stuff is coming out of, and maybe even still made, in various warehouses and factories all along the 40.

      • Joey 17:02 on 2022-08-05 Permalink

        The actual work-from-home numbers are likely rooted in survey data (did you work from home). As for the maximum potential WFH data, the source paper has the following footnotes:

        The terms “telework” and “working from home” are used interchangeably in this article, although telework also includes working remotely from other locations when lockdown rules are not in place.
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        The approach used follows Dingel and Neiman (2020) and assesses the task content of occupations. Specifically, an occupation cannot be performed at home if it meets at least one of several criteria, such as the need to perform for or work directly with the public; to work outdoors; to operate or repair machinery and equipment; to inspect equipment, structures or materials; to wear common or specialized protective or safety equipment; to handle or move objects; or perform general physical activities. Otherwise, the occupation can be performed from home. The analysis is based on the March and September 2019 waves of Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey for workers (employees and self-employed) aged 15 and older.
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        By comparison, Dingel and Neiman (2020) estimate that approximately 37% of jobs can be done from home in the United States.
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        The approach used in the study assumes that all teaching jobs can be done from home. If one assumes that teaching jobs in elementary and secondary schools cannot be performed at home, the estimate of telework capacity in educational services decreases from 85% to 49%. However, this assumption has a small effect overall, reducing the aggregate telework capacity from 38.9% to 36.3%

      • Kate 00:23 on 2022-08-06 Permalink

        Thank you for the analysis, Joey!

    • Kate 15:07 on 2022-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

      CBC has some text and video about the issue of electric scooters on bike paths. One man in the text makes the point that if it has a license plate, you need a helmet and you can’t use a bike path. But is anyone enforcing this?

      • MarcG 16:33 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

        I enforce it with scowls.

      • Ephraim 19:12 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

        Give an inch… let’s be realistic there are so many people pushing the limits… sidewalks, pedestrian streets, crosswalks, bus lanes, handicapped parking… and no one doing enforcement. Of if they do enforcement, it’s one day a year. Without enforcement, there is no law. (The city gave out about a ticket a week for illegal handicapped parking.)

    • Kate 15:05 on 2022-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

      Radio-Canada looks back 15 years to the closing of the Spectrum on August 5, 2007.

      • Kate 09:15 on 2022-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

        Radio-Canada reports how a recent escalation in gang violence in Haiti is affecting the Haitian community here, as they worry about family and friends in the beleaguered nation.

        • Kate 09:01 on 2022-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

          Plateau borough has adjusted its ceiling of affordability for a program offering renovation grants to landlords, making a three-bedroom apartment “affordable” at $1700, for example, and causing a reaction among tenant groups, who say the city’s being a little too generous in its views of affordability.

          • Ian 12:04 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

            I wonder how many of the PM landlords have already applied.

          • Tim 13:30 on 2022-08-04 Permalink

            Maybe somebody here can explain the benefits of this program to me. Why is the city subsidizing specific landlords up to $500k? Building owners are running a business and should be 100% responsible for maintaining their buildings as part of that business.

            And why is there a 6 tenant minimum and 5 floor maximum to get this grant? Once again, government is deciding winners and losers.

        • Kate 08:30 on 2022-08-04 Permalink | Reply  

          A young skateboarder shot dead Wednesday night in Laval is said to be a victim of the same killer who murdered two Montreal men the previous evening.

          Now the news comes that the presumed shooter has been shot dead by police in a motel parking lot in St‑Laurent.

          TVA says the man was 26 years old. Nothing’s yet out about his identity or his possible motives.

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