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  • Kate 21:53 on 2022-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

    A man was found dead in NDG on Wednesday evening. It hasn’t been declared a homicide yet, but police are investigating.

    • Kate 21:51 on 2022-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

      An observer caught an incident Monday on video in which a runaway rail vehicle ran at speed into the Nuns’ Island REM station and then all you can hear is cartoon sound effects of things crashing inside. Construction has been stopped on the REM until an investigation is carried out. Nobody got hurt.

      • Kate 21:45 on 2022-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

        The city is planning a new census of the homeless to take place on October 11. It needs volunteers.

        • Kate 20:22 on 2022-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

          Denis Gallant, who used to be chief inspector of the city and a prosecutor at the Charbonneau Commission, has been appointed head of the city’s criminal prosecution service as of this month.

          • Kate 20:12 on 2022-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

            François Legault apologized Wednesday for an earlier statement in which he defended his low immigration numbers, equating immigrants with violence and extremism : “Les Québécois sont pacifiques. Ils n’aiment pas la chicane. Ils n’aiment pas les extrémistes. Ils n’aiment pas la violence. Donc, il faut s’assurer qu’on garde ça comme c’est là.”

            Legault also intervened Wednesday to extirpate English from the CAQ website and he’s sorry any of that dirt got tracked in.

            • GC 22:42 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

              Love this swipe from the Gazette: “An English donation page also remains.”

            • JP 23:59 on 2022-09-07 Permalink


          • Kate 15:30 on 2022-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

            A small park in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve will soon be renamed for Henry Morgentaler. The Parc de Beaujeu was originally named, according to the toponymy site, for Jacques-Philippe Saveuse de Beaujeu (1770-1832), who held various political and military positions that have become forgotten or blurred by time.

            A list of other namings and renamings are also mentioned in the article.

            • Ian 18:50 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

              I still think it would be valuable to have a plaque in every park explaining the name to avoid this kind of unpleasantness, but it’s good to see Morgentaler getting some respect.

            • Franck 06:16 on 2022-09-08 Permalink

              They do, it is on the sign of the name of the parc. Sometimes with older parcs the weather has faded the paint

          • Kate 15:14 on 2022-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

            The city is proceeding with the plan called Vision Zero to make roads safer for pedestrians, especially kids and older people.

            I still think “Vision Zero” is the worst possible name for a process that involves reducing blind spots in vehicles and visual obstructions at corners.

            • Blork 15:22 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

              I know. So lame. I used to work for a company called “Zero Knowledge Systems,” which makes sense to people who know about cryptography but to most people sounds like “those people admit they don’t know anything.”

            • Ian 18:09 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

              I know a guy that used to work at a video game studio run by a couple of guys from France, they named it “A2M”. Nobody had the heart to tell them.

            • dhomas 20:54 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

              Artificial Mind & Movement (A2M) have since rebranded to Behaviour Interactive, thankfully. If you’re into video games, you may have played Dead by Daylight which is their most popular game.


            • vasi 22:53 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

              Can confirm! I interned at Zero-Knowledge,and had to avoid wearing the company shirt outside of work. Every time I tried, had to spend all my time trying to explain that I wasn’t calling myself an idiot.

            • Ephraim 23:30 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

              Really, because calling Brault & Martineau BM in the ads is a mark of genius. Not to mention the PQ which is slang for toilet paper in France

            • Uatu 06:44 on 2022-09-08 Permalink

              I work in a building managed by GISM. It’s always good for a laugh when something breaks down and the call goes out for the GISM to fix it

          • Kate 15:10 on 2022-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

            Longtime Rizzuto sidekick Francesco Del Balso was arrested Tuesday and will face charges of intimidation and extortion. Allegedly, Del Balso went to a storefront where a religious community distributes used clothing, claiming that his ex‑wife had forgotten valuable jewelry inside clothes she had donated. He demanded $5,000 a week if the jewelry wasn’t handed over. From these reports, it’s not clear whether the jewelry ever existed.

            • Kate 09:12 on 2022-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

              There’s to be an update on Covid Wednesday at 1 pm, as the new Moderna vaccine with Omicron coverage becomes available here.

              • Kate 09:10 on 2022-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

                With the Publisac due to be banned soon, Transcontinental is working on a different kind of circular, printed more like a newspaper, and not to be delivered in a plastic bag. It will be tried out soon in Côte‑des‑Neiges‑NDG and distributed by Canada Post.

                • Ian 18:12 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

                  Honestly it’s just the cheap plastic bag that’s problematic. I actually like getting the fliers.

                • Chris 22:08 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

                  I think the problematic part is that it’s opt-out instead of opt-in. Wasting trees is maybe not as bad as wasting plastic, but it’s still bad.

                • su 12:59 on 2022-09-08 Permalink

                  For awhile they were using biodegradable plastic bags which were great for guilt free litter box waste disposal.

              • Kate 09:02 on 2022-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

                After a two-year hiatus due to Covid, the Grand Prix Cycliste is back this Sunday, closing the Camillien‑Houde to other traffic for some period of time. (Spotted: a mention of the “mighty” St Lawrence River!)

                • Blork 10:51 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

                  Well, with almost a trillion litres of water flowing past every day, I’d say it’s pretty mighty!

                • Kate 11:15 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

                  I know, but it’s a cliché we heard a lot as kids.

                • Joey 13:53 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

                  FYI the westbound Camillien-Houde is already closed (or was this morning).

                • Kate 15:23 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

                  Thanks, Joey. The closure is mentioned on Twitter by the STM. I’m guessing they’re smoothing the road for the bike race.

              • Kate 08:45 on 2022-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

                Aaron Derfel has had a look at a preliminary draft of a report on racism at the MUHC, directed both at workers and at patients, and he gives examples of incidents that support the charge that the big hospital hasn’t tried hard enough to shame racist behaviour out of some of its people.

                • Blork 11:01 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

                  It boggles my mind that this stuff goes on at this level, which makes it easy for me to understand why some people simply don’t believe it. But that’s why it’s important to do this kind of study and report, to actually document these incidents and bring them to light. It’s shows that it’s way beyond people being overly sensitive or “woke” and just whining. This shit is real.

                  Unfortunately Derfel makes a glaring error near the start of the article when he writes:

                  “The report was commissioned by the MUHC board of directors following the shooting death of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minn…”

                  Floyd was not shot; he died by neck compression (the famous knee on the neck).

                • Kate 11:16 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

                  The Gazette has removed the word “shooting” since the story was posted.

              • Kate 08:38 on 2022-09-07 Permalink | Reply  

                Ted Rutland points out these stories on how people trained in police technology in Montreal are leaving for other cities because we don’t pay them enough – “randomly published while the police brotherhood is in contract negotiation.”

                • Ian 18:26 on 2022-09-07 Permalink

                  At my school at least most of the police tech students are from off-island anyhow

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