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  • Kate 19:17 on 2022-09-03 Permalink | Reply  

    Virtual minutes after admitting they can’t provide family doctors for everyone, the CAQ is pushing private “mini‑hospitals” in Montreal and Quebec City.

    • Ephraim 20:19 on 2022-09-03 Permalink

      Call me a sceptic… how are they personally profiting from this?

      Maybe it’s time to start to ask the doctors and nurses how we can save money in the system. For example, do we really need radiologists to write a report every time they take a picture? Should there be a place where the doctor can opt out of the report when it’s needed for surgery (like where to cut?) And may look at a centralized reservation system to make sure we see a doctor as often as needed to lower costs?

    • Kevin 20:43 on 2022-09-03 Permalink

      Let GMFs choose their own receptionists/admin staff and healthcare will be twice as efficient, if not more.

    • Uatu 09:10 on 2022-09-04 Permalink

      Mini clinics and hospitals are possible within the public system with political will. Instead super specialized hospitals were built even with the knowledge of the coming grey wave. But we have a party that thinks the solution is the private system… just like the great success of privately run chslds! 😛

    • Ian 17:52 on 2022-09-04 Permalink

      I wonder if these private clinics will allow English and/or hijabs …

  • Kate 16:25 on 2022-09-03 Permalink | Reply  

    A man in a rural Quebec town took an image of a CAQ candidate’s campaign poster and photoshopped it with blood dripping down. He didn’t print it out and put it up in real space, but rather posted the altered image to the candidate’s Facebook page.

    He’s been arrested.

    The candidate, Sylvain Lévesque, is quoted here talking about “violence and intimidation” – but is it?

    A drawing? Is it not allowed to express oneself with an image, now? Is adding some pixels to a photo to be considered a violent act?

    Editorial cartoonists do this kind of thing all the time.

    The article goes on to say “The SQ investigation is ongoing, and police remind citizens that defacing campaign signs is not legal.”

    But nothing was added to the sign itself.

    I’m a graphic designer so this story’s of real interest to me. I’m curious now where the legal bounds of photoshopping will be deemed to lie.

    Incidentally, the media are certainly boosting the circulation of the allegedly illegal image.

    Update: I notice from the TVA account that the image was accompanied by these words: “Qui a voté CONTRE une enquête indépendante pour les atrocités survenues dans les CHSLD en 2020.”

    • Daisy 19:27 on 2022-09-03 Permalink

      I suppose it’s possible that the person meant it not as a threat, but as a way of saying “this politician has blood on his hands” because of the CHSLD thing.

    • John B 21:09 on 2022-09-03 Permalink

      It *looks* like a “a vote for this person is a vote for death” / blood on his hands message. I hope there’s a quick resolution and nobody decides to make an example of this guy.

      That said, with the other recent threats, I understand why candidates may be jumpy.

    • H. John 21:18 on 2022-09-03 Permalink


      I’m guessing the police involvement is a straight-forward reaction to the complaint of intimidation and violence from the candidate.


      I don’t think their investigation will be so easy since the interpretation suggested by Daisy makes sense.

      The question of defacing posters is a red-herring – especially since no poster was defaced.

    • Blork 21:41 on 2022-09-03 Permalink

      There’s a fine line here, and maybe the act of posting it on the candidate’s FB page is where it crossed the line.

      So it’s not so much the image as it is PUSHING the image that makes it intimidating. It’s a bit like if I wrote “you will die tonight” on a sheet of paper, there’s nothing problematic with that. But if I drop it in someone’s mailbox that’s a whole different thing.

    • H. John 21:45 on 2022-09-03 Permalink

      I should also mention, I expect the federal Liberals to use cases like this, and the harassment of Chrystia Freeland to push through their dog’s breakfast piece of legislation known as Bill C-36 “An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act and to make related amendments to another Act (hate propaganda, hate crimes and hate speech).

      Pablo Rodriguez, Heritage Minister, hinted as much:


      The original Bill was introduced just before the last election was called. It’s been reintroduced but Rodriguez has been struggling with it.

      If he’d thought about it, he could have snuck it into the budget implementation bill, just as they did with the provision making it a crime in Canada to condone, deny, or downplay the Holocaust. It so much easier to get things through if there’s no debate.

    • Kate 11:08 on 2022-09-04 Permalink

      I know we don’t quite have American-style guarantees of freedom of speech here, but surely it can’t be a crime to alter an online graphic and post it. Unless there are aspects that have not been reported, I tend to agree with Daisy that the implication of the wording and the blood is that the candidate has blood on his hands, a harsh image but not a threat.

    • Tim S. 12:31 on 2022-09-04 Permalink

      I’m kind of the opinion that it’s a threat, though I see the other interpretations. If we want to have a functioning democracy, we need good people willing to run for office, and this kind of stuff really isn’t helping. I’m torn, because on one hand free speech is obviously fundamental, and I don’t trust politicians to pass laws about what other people can say about them, but it’s also obvious that pre-internet norms are not sufficient.

    • Blork 13:03 on 2022-09-04 Permalink

      Kate, I go back to my example above. The line was (perhaps) crossed when he posted it to the candidate’s FB page, which can (arguably) be seen as a threat. If he had posted it on his own page, it could (arguably) be seen as just a statement.

      Back to my example. If you write “you will die tonight” on a sheet of paper, it’s not a problem. If you tape that sheet to a utility pole, it’s just a vague statement or even some kind of public art. But if you drop it in someone’s mailbox, it’s a threat.

  • Kate 09:52 on 2022-09-03 Permalink | Reply  

    Le Devoir has a dossier on housing this weekend, looking at the impending CMM policy on housing, which will have to tackle social housing, affordability – this touches people who work, so don’t qualify for social housing, but still can’t afford rising housing costs – plus housing different kinds of households, building while mindful of ecological needs, and the importance of getting all the CMM towns onto the same page with actions and policies. This latter item is a tricky one, as some suburbs have shown themselves unwilling to depart from the pattern of single‑family sprawl.

    • Kate 09:29 on 2022-09-03 Permalink | Reply  

      Montreal was officially declared a metropolis five years ago by Quebec. Although the journalist says the gesture was mostly symbolic, he goes on to list quite a few matters on which the city has been able to act free from provincial oversight.

      Like a good journalist, Félix Lacerte-Gauthier includes “balance” by having Ensemble’s Aref Salem snipe towards the end of the item. I could wish that journalists, having collected the requisite “balance” for their article, could snipe back and ask “So how would your party have handled that?” to watch them sputter.

      • Kate 08:52 on 2022-09-03 Permalink | Reply  

        A Maine paper sees the proposed Montreal‑Boston train as a link between here and Old Orchard Beach. Item also looks back to historic train links and considers the obstacles to the project.

        The Boston Globe also covers the story, hinting at the political levels that would have to be in accord to make the project work.

        I’ve been wondering how much demand there is to get from here to Boston, but hadn’t previously considered the opposite direction. People all through the route (see the map on the Globe article) might like being able to get to Montreal quickly and easily. It’s difficult to say whether the operators would consider the train – a night train, by definition – a local run. Would people want to arrive in Sherbrooke in the wee hours? Or would this mainly be a sort of retro luxe excursion that would let people relive the 1930s?

        • Blork 09:33 on 2022-09-03 Permalink

          I detect a lot of magical thinking. Five trains a day between Sherbooke and Montreal? 2000 passengers a day? At two hours, it’s beyond what we’d expect for work commuting, so who are these 2000 people who would go between Montreal and Sherbrooke EVERY DAY?

        • Kate 09:56 on 2022-09-03 Permalink

          For comparison I looked at the Via Rail site. There are four trains a day from Montreal to Quebec City.

        • Tim S. 11:03 on 2022-09-03 Permalink

          Good connections can create demand, of course.

        • Blork 11:27 on 2022-09-03 Permalink

          I’m surprised to see that. OTOH, it should come as no surprise that there’s a lot of traffic between Quebec’s capital and Quebec’s metropolis. But between Quebec’s metropolis and Sherbrooke? Five a day? I think not.

        • Blork 11:29 on 2022-09-03 Permalink

          to be clear, if that demand is real then I’m all for it. I just have a hard time believing that 2000 people would ever want to go between Montreal and Sherbrooke EVERY DAY.

        • mare 15:13 on 2022-09-03 Permalink

          I bet there are many more people going between Sherbrooke and Montreal every day, but not the same people. Trains can be used by other people than daily commuters.
          But if you live in Sherbrooke you probably already have a car so it doesn’t cost much if you use that (just gas, in their mind) and it’s faster, door-to-door, etc. North-America is bult around cars and it’s very hard to cure car brain.

          I have friends in Magog and in Sherbrooke, but I rarely visit them because I hate driving. If there was a train I might take it if it was reasonably priced. If it was $100* for a round trip… maybe not. I suffer from car brain too.

          *(which is about VIA Rail’s price)

        • Blork 21:44 on 2022-09-03 Permalink

          I have no doubt there are a handful of people who would like to take a train to Sherbrooke. But 2000 DIFFERENT people, EVERY DAY?

      • Kate 08:28 on 2022-09-03 Permalink | Reply  

        The city has been paying a lot of rent for an empty space in what’s now called the Square Children. In theory meant for a community centre called Sanaaq, the space is empty now and will probably be empty for years, but the city is committed to paying the rent.

        There have been difficulties between the city and the developers over this project, so I can’t help wondering if these thousands are not some kind of implicit penance by the city. As Vincent Larouche reminds us, there was supposed to be social housing and a school included in the project, but developers kicked too much, and the city retaliated by limiting the size of one of the towers, There may have been other moves in the story that I’ve forgotten.

        • Kevin 16:32 on 2022-09-03 Permalink

          The OCPM had a report about this earlier in the week

      • Kate 07:55 on 2022-09-03 Permalink | Reply  

        Weather on the long weekend will be a mixed bag, with a 30° Saturday followed by a cold wet Sunday and a chilly but sunny Labour Day.

        Here are some notes on driving, and here’s an open‑and‑closed for Labour Day.

        • Kate 07:51 on 2022-09-03 Permalink | Reply  

          It’s alleged that a man drove a car into two people in Old Montreal on Friday evening, after a fight. Nobody is dead and there’s been an arrest.

          I strongly feel that anyone who uses a vehicle as a weapon should have their licence taken away permanently and forever.

          Shots were fired Friday night in Dante Park in Little Italy. Police found shell casings but everyone involved had fled: TVA says “suspects and victims” but Radio‑Canada says nobody was injured.

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