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  • Kate 19:12 on 2022-09-12 Permalink | Reply  

    The old Katacombes punk club on the Main at Ontario will be turned into affordable housing for students soon.

    • Kate 17:21 on 2022-09-12 Permalink | Reply  

      Sad to say I had to decline working for Elections Quebec this fall, as they are not going to require either masks or vaccination status from their workers.

      When I was called up for this, and asked about masks and vaccination, the man who called was at pains to reassure me there would be no requirement for proof of vaccination, and no requirement to wear a mask. He seemed taken aback when I said in fact I wanted people working the polls to be vaccinated, and masks to be mandatory.

      • Kevin 20:28 on 2022-09-12 Permalink

        I have the definite sense that we’re at the beginning of an upward surge. I know 6 people who have tested positive in the past week, and another 6 or 8 who are terribly sick.

        Last time I knew this many people who were sick simultaneously was in the 2 weeks after New Year’s.

      • EmilyG 21:06 on 2022-09-12 Permalink

        I’ve also heard that there are people who are reluctant to give blood because masks aren’t mandatory at blood-donation places.

      • H. John 22:46 on 2022-09-12 Permalink

        The number of new infections has dropped slightly; but, it’s worth noting more than 18,000 people contracted covid today in Quebec, and over 50,000 people in Ontario. That’s for one day, and the numbers could be much lower if Santé QC had continued to push ventilation, distancing, and masking.

      • Chris 09:43 on 2022-09-13 Permalink

        Kate, you’re the most covid-phobic person I “know”, and I’m genuinely curious to understand your view. What are you waiting for to resume activities that you would have done in the past (like this poll worker gig)? For covid to become extinct? For a Chinese-style zero covid policy? For cases to fall below some threshold? For compulsory masking across society? In my view, covid is here forever, like the flu, and I’m fine with vaccinating, and catching covid every few years, but I’m not going to let that stop me from living my life.

      • Kate 11:22 on 2022-09-13 Permalink

        Chris, poll work means sitting close beside two strangers for 13 hours. Proximity is unavoidable, especially during the scrum at the end, after the doors close, and you have to collaborate closely on counting the ballots and ensuring that everything tallies.

        I don’t think it’s unreasonable to make sure that if I work that closely with people that they should also be vaccinated. Being vaccinated is not only in itself a benefit but it’s also evidence that a person is conscious of risks.

        Do I need an excuse? I live alone and am absolutely dependent on remaining healthy and functional. Covid would damage my ability to meet my commitments and thus put my contract work at risk; long Covid could mess up my life entirely. Damn straight I do not want to catch this thing if simple means can help me avoid it.

        (I’ve also enjoyed not having had colds, flu or other common contagious diseases for two and a half years!)

      • Kevin 12:37 on 2022-09-13 Permalink

        I said earlier this year that I would be happy when doctors and nurses started being able to take vacation without putting the system at risk.
        However, it’s become evident that our country has taken a permanent hit to its capacity to provide healthcare. Our provincial governments have seriously screwed up in getting people trained as medical professionals, and it’s going to take a decade to correct *if the political will exists to fix it*.

        So I have no interest in catching the organ-attacking disease that randomly causes long-term side effects. Say what you want about the flu, but nobody is walking around six months after getting influenza and suddenly finding themselves unable to function — whereas I know several people who have had Covid twice and they are clearly not the people they were before they had the disease.

        Maybe it’s an age thing?

    • Kate 15:46 on 2022-09-12 Permalink | Reply  

      Nick Suzuki has been named new captain of the Canadiens, but he doesn’t speak French. The team really ought to make potential players pass a French proficiency exam even before signing any contracts.

      Your stickhandling score cannot be considered more important than your ability to conjugate être.

      • Uatu 20:09 on 2022-09-12 Permalink

        This immigrant is ruining the national cohesion of QC

    • Kate 14:38 on 2022-09-12 Permalink | Reply  

      The UK has declared a holiday next Monday for the Queen’s funeral, and Australia has decided to have a memorial day on September 22.

      Toula Drimonis has tweeted this informal poll showing that only 65% of Canadians would opt for a day off for the Queen. Really? 35% of Canadians would doggedly choose to go to work to spite the monarchy?

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

        I would gladly take a holiday if one of the Queen’s corgis had a bellyache.

      • Chris 09:43 on 2022-09-13 Permalink

        It’s not a scientific poll, and so you should read nothing into it at all.

    • Kate 10:03 on 2022-09-12 Permalink | Reply  

      It’s news of the day that the Canadiens are now wearing an RBC logo on their jerseys. Les Perreaux tweets: I see even Chantal Machabée can’t sell the Royal Bank du Canadiens.

      Update: Greenpeace is asking fans to paint the RBC logo black if they buy a jersey that includes the bank’s insignia, because RBC is a huge investor in fossil fuels.

      • Kevin 14:28 on 2022-09-12 Permalink

        I think a lot of people just got a wallop upside the head that the team is nothing but a business.

        De Saint Flanel à Sacré Flanel

    • Kate 08:35 on 2022-09-12 Permalink | Reply  

      CultMTL has an outline of the prevalence of video game studios in this city.

      • Thomas 08:44 on 2022-09-12 Permalink

        The coolest thing about this article (for me) is that it was written by Natalia Yanchak of the seminal Montreal band The Dears!

    • Kate 08:34 on 2022-09-12 Permalink | Reply  

      The federal government is constructing a new office building on St‑Jacques in Old Montreal, directly to the east of the Aldred Building on a lot that’s been used for parking for some time. No sketches yet of the proposed building.

      • Joey 10:25 on 2022-09-12 Permalink

        The story implies the building will be used to replace the Federal Court building on McGill/de la Commune – I suppose it makes sense to stay in the neighbourhood (especailly with the Palais de justice nearby), otherwise it seems insane that the federal government would be buying and building in what must be one of the most expensive places to do that in the city (La Presse already mentions the archaeological work that must be done before any building happens).

      • Kate 11:16 on 2022-09-12 Permalink

        It would be good to have more information about the reasoning, I agree.

      • DeWolf 13:31 on 2022-09-12 Permalink

        The federal government actually bought this land several years ago when prices weren’t nearly as high as they are now.

      • Joey 15:57 on 2022-09-12 Permalink

        @DeWolf preusmably the land was still relativel high-priced at the time, and the opportunity cost of selling the land and building/renting elsewhere shouldn’t be ignored…

    • Kate 08:27 on 2022-09-12 Permalink | Reply  

      Dissecting this headline from Global: Montreal students born after 9/11 learn importance of honouring victims of the attack: basically, why? Yes, students need to know that the attack on September 11, 2001 happened and became part of history, but why should students here “learn the importance” of “honouring victims”?

      The people who died in that attack were not heroes, they were simply people going about their lives on an otherwise ordinary day. They did not become saints because of their misfortune and there’s no reason for Canadian students to be told they’re somehow special because they’re American and they lost their lives. There are many other victims of circumstance around the world that are just as important if not more so.

      • Thomas 08:40 on 2022-09-12 Permalink

        In our little colonial backwater, we have have merely replaced the British empire with the American one. How embarrassing

      • Kevin 09:32 on 2022-09-12 Permalink

        Two points of disagreement: The people on United Airlines Flight 93 had enough time to realize what was happening that day and they fought back against the hijackers, causing the plane to crash into an empty field instead of buildings. That’s definitely heroic.

        Secondly, there is a strong push to make Father Mychal Judge who ran into the Twin Towers, a saint.

      • Michael 10:54 on 2022-09-12 Permalink

        American empire right now is almost single handedly supplying the weaponry needed to save free countries like Ukraine and stopping warlords like Vladimir Putin and the Russian federation. Meanwhile many parts of Europe is meekly begging Russia for gas lines to re-open.

        I’ve learned to appreciate America’s role in protecting our global and domestic interests. America and NATO was attacked on 9/11, that was the only time Article 5 as invoked. I am very glad we responded and came to our allies aide.

      • Meezly 17:19 on 2022-09-12 Permalink

        It’s quite easy to find essays on how 9/11 reshaped American Foreign Policy but noticeably more difficult finding essays on how American Foreign Policy contributed to the 9/11 attacks as well as the rise of religious terrorism during the latter half of the 20th century.

        Now that’s something that should be taught to students as well as the general public!

      • Michael 08:09 on 2022-09-13 Permalink

        We do not teach fringe extremists positions that are mainly circled around amongst the religious fanatic groups as justification for murder.

      • Kate 08:31 on 2022-09-13 Permalink

        Michael, we shouldn’t teach as if American foreign policy was a beneficial force, either. There should be some balance. History isn’t just a parade of factoids, there has to be some sense of cause and effect.

        A well-known example is how the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, imposed such harsh reparations on Germany that it was a factor in the rise of the National Socialist party. This doesn’t excuse the Nazis, but it does partly explain their success. Likewise, as Meezly suggests, understanding actions by the United States (the UK too) in the Middle East through the 20th century is important in analyzing the rise of Al-Qaida and other Islamist groups.

      • Chris 09:59 on 2022-09-13 Permalink

        >It’s quite easy to find essays on how 9/11 reshaped American Foreign Policy but noticeably more difficult finding essays on how American Foreign Policy contributed to the 9/11 attacks

        Marginally more difficult I grant, but a zillion such essays and books have been written, and are not so hard to find. You could start with Chomsky and go from there.

        Similarly, it’s quite easy to find essays on how 9/11 resulted in lots of “Islamophobia” but noticeably more difficult finding essays on the many problems with the doctrines of Islam and how “radical Islamist” interpretations of Islam are in fact quite compatible with the quran and hadith, and more widely held than just a plane full of crazies.

      • Meezly 10:10 on 2022-09-13 Permalink

        How fringe extremist positions can become legitimized in society and how it can been used as justification for murder throughout human civilization are subjects that definitely should be taught.

    • Kate 08:10 on 2022-09-12 Permalink | Reply  

      The transit fare hikes for Laval and Longueuil residents that started in July have, not surprisingly, reduced ridership from those zones, although transit authorities are at pains to say there may be other factors.

    • Kate 08:02 on 2022-09-12 Permalink | Reply  

      The Gazette has a history bit about the construction of the Palais de justice in 1969.

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