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  • Kate 21:58 on 2022-09-21 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC summarizes how Gabriel Nadeau‑Dubois was backed into a corner in the first leaders’ debate and taunted until he said the N‑word (in French) presumably to demonstrate that he is not too “woke” – and why the word (in either language) has become the pivot of a debate about academic freedom in Quebec.

    A second debate is planned for Thursday evening but all five leaders will also be on Tout le monde en parle this Sunday too, and that may be the real moment of truth.

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

      Too pathetic to even find this funny and disturbed that this happened in a televised debate. These are the “men” who want to be leaders of our “nation”. He had options to gracefully get himself out of it, he wasn’t completely backed into a corner, but he chose to say it to prove he won’t be cowed by the “woke mob”.

      Isn’t it yet another small cut to the visible minorities of Quebec? ie. academic “freedom” is more important than making you feel Othered, “secularism” is more important than you having a job, etc.

    • Ian 08:36 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

      Frankly I’m not surprised to see GND doubling down here, he’s been positioning QS to pick up the lefty ethnonationalist vote that used to go to the PQ. It’s a shame to see what QS is becoming under his direction.

    • Kevin 19:14 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

      True enough. I know many would-be QS voters who have changed their pick based on this campaign.

  • Kate 21:54 on 2022-09-21 Permalink | Reply  

    A protest here Wednesday denounced the death in police custody in Iran of Mahsa Amini, a woman whose only offence was to wear her hijab “improperly.”

     
    • Chris 00:13 on 2022-09-24 Permalink

      Let’s go Iranian sisters! Down with hijab!

  • Kate 16:10 on 2022-09-21 Permalink | Reply  

    The federal government has rejected the city’s request for Canada Post to obey the city bylaw banning mass distribution of the Publisac. “This has become a political issue,” says the mayor’s press attaché.

     
    • Andrew 16:39 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

      The existing system Canada Post mentions in the article is:

      “To stop getting unaddressed advertising, simply put a note on your mailbox stating that you do not wish to receive Canada Post Neighbourhood Mail™. Place the note in or on your mailbox, or on the inside lip of your community mailbox, group mailbox or postal box.”

      https://www.canadapost-postescanada.ca/cpc/en/support/kb/receiving/mail-delivery/how-to-stop-receiving-advertising-mail

    • Joey 17:20 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

      Only a crown corporation would insist you leave a sentence-long message on your mailbox instead of just abiding by the ‘no solicitation’ stickers everyone already has… guess they get a lot of revenue from junk mail.

    • Ian 20:32 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

      So dump it in the mailbox marked “return to sender”. See how long it takes for Canada Post to stop delivering Publisac.

    • Jonathan 01:52 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

      The typical no flyers stickers seem to work for me to stop receiving unaddressed mail.

    • Bert 08:50 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

      In my experience, the actual Publisac are distributed by a third party and on Canada Post. Yes, Canada post does deliver other advertising / unaddressed stuff, but not the PS itself. As Andrew stated there is a CP method to stop getting unaddressed stuff. I have used this method, in my community mailbox, for well over 10 years and have maybe gotten 5-10 pieces per year.

      There is also the no flyer sticker that you can put on your front door / house mailbox, such as these: https://cotesaintluc.org/services/environment-and-waste/ecological-footprint/free-no-flyers-sticker/ Again, for over 10 years this has been working fantastically. Maybe 1 PS and a few local flyers / business cards per year. You can also double-down the no flyers with a no solicitation.

    • Kate 10:02 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

      That’s the thing, Bert. Non-Canada Post carriers are constrained by the no‑flyer sticker, but Canada Post is not. So somebody sent around to distribute menus or real estate solicitations or other junk mail on a freelance basis – which, until recently, included Publisac – has to obey the sticker. But things like the newsletter from your MP get through because they’re bulk mail carried by Canada Post.

      As mare observed previously on this topic, letter carriers are not likely to be thrilled to carry the heavy, cumbersome Publisac as well as everything else, especially if they’re expected to hang one on every door. Maybe Canada Post will have to hire people for this task only.

      Transcontinental is prepared to eat the cost of having their stuff delivered by Canada Post to make a point that they’re not going to be constrained by the city bylaw. I don’t know what this does to their profit margins on the venture.

    • Bert 12:52 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

      Kate, Governmental notices, such as Message from your MP, MPP, City Council, etc. are explicitly excluded from the “no unaddressed mail” situation. They will always be delivered. They don’t get through “because they’re bulk mail carried by Canada Post”, they get through because they are official or “official” government publications.

      Unaddressed mail, in regards to CP are the flyer, menus, coupon books and the like that a postal carrier would deliver to a mailbox or a community box.

      Even if TC pay CP to distribute the PS, it would still be unaddressed mail and should fall under the “Do not deliver unaddressed mail” category.

      I will humour your scenario, I would love to see what CP does to my community mailbox when I leave a few weeks of PS to fester in the box.

      The list of items that would still be delivered is available here; https://www.canadapost-postescanada.ca/cpc/en/support/kb/receiving/mail-delivery/how-to-stop-receiving-advertising-mail

    • Kate 14:58 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

      Bert, then I wonder what difference it’s expected to make to have Canada Post distribute the Publisac rather than a crew sent out on that task alone.

    • MarcG 17:11 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

      The city wanted it to be opt-in only. In this case, it’s still opt-out so nothing will change.

  • Kate 13:40 on 2022-09-21 Permalink | Reply  

    In a pilot project starting next month, dogs will be allowed on the metro outside of rush hour, wearing a muzzle and on a tight leash. They can ride for free.

     
    • EmilyG 14:51 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

      The link also says for dog owners to not let other customers pet their dog. (I’m just writing that here to let people know, they’re probably not allowed to pet dogs in the metro when they see them.)

      The part about not feeding your dog to prevent motion sickness in the metro – I’m not a dog owner myself, but is this something that could commonly happen in the metro?

    • EmilyG 14:53 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

      (I meant to say, not feeding your dog before the metro trip, as mentioned on the STM website.)

    • carswell 15:07 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

      Diapers should be required too. At least they aren’t letting them on buses and are banning them from the front cars, now a refuge for more than just cyclists. Assuming the ban is enforced, that is, always doubtful with the STM.

    • Blork 16:11 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

      I tend to agree regarding diapers.

      Sometimes a doggy accident can be a huge mess. Last weekend I was at the farmer’s market in La Prairie when a woman walked by with a Great Dane pup. The dog was young, so not even big yet, but he let fly with a string of sloppy poops that ran more than a meter (four separate blobs). The woman had poop bags, but it was a wet mess on a textured floor.

      Fortunately the La Prairie farmer’s market is the friendliest place on Earth (seriously, people are so friendly there that you think you’ve walked into some kind of trap) so before long there were a number of people helping out with paper towels, water, and at some point a bucket and mop showed up. Everyone had a laugh over it.

      That kind of accident on the Metro would have had a very different outcome.

    • thomas 16:14 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

      NYC has periodic stories of dogs who escape their confines to scamper off down the tracks. This results in line shut downs while employees search to retrieve the dog, usually unsuccessfully. I predict we will read such a story in 6 months.

    • Blork 16:15 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

      (And BTW, that agreement is just a tendency to agree based on a recent experience, not a carved-in-stone agreement. I also acknowledge the futility of such an idea.)

    • Myles 19:14 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

      My first thought was, “Awww, dogs!” My second was that if my parents’ dog is any indication, there are going to be a lot of dogs getting overexcited in a big crowd of strangers and peeing all over the floor.

    • Ian 20:09 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

      Yes, assume the smell of dog urine and feces as a delightful bonus to your time on the metro.

    • denpanosekai 22:12 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

      and I’m completely allergic to dogs, fuck me I guess.

    • J 00:28 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

      I’m not looking forward to this at all…I have a phobia of dogs. I’m generally ok around small ones. It’s my problem and I obviously understand dogs are part of society but really not looking forward to this.

    • Uatu 09:17 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

      Yeah I have dog allergies but I can probably get by by moving to the next car and wearing a mask

    • MarcG 09:39 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

      You’d think they would do like for bikes and restrict them to a specific car.

  • Kate 13:06 on 2022-09-21 Permalink | Reply  

    After two years of abeyance, the Montreal Marathon will be run on Sunday. Here’s a PDF of the map (the full marathon on Sunday is on page 2 – other running events are held Saturday and the maps for those are on page 1). Some details here about areas blocked off for the events.

     
    • Kate 10:26 on 2022-09-21 Permalink | Reply  

      There’s a conference on about the future of the Village, which has been hit hard by pandemic lockdowns and consequences.

      Next year the city will hold another conference, this time on how to deal with too many roadworks.

       
      • Joey 11:29 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

        If anyone wants to know how not to deal with roadwork, I encourage you to check out Queen Mary just west of Cote des Neiges any day this week around 8am. There’s a short construction job being done just east of Cote des Neiges that is creating a huge eastbound traffic jam – cars line up, immobile, well past Victoria. Nobody running the traffic lights or directing cars. Just a huge mess.

      • Ian 13:31 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

        Earlier this summer they blocked off both sides of the street for a full city block. They were intalling a bixi stand on the corner. Not even the crew knew why the whole block was no parking other than that’s what the permit allowed. Even 311 had no idea what was going on.

        The main problem is that there is no coordination of construction sites, just construction zones and general dates. This is why we see sites that block off whole streets with apparently nothing or little going on… simply because they can.

      • qatzelok 14:24 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

        I don’t understand why the city would facilitate private motor car travel.
        Can someone please explain to me why allowing cars to quickly tear through neighborhoods is important.

        Please start your explanation with: “It’s important that private motor cars flow smoothly through neighborhoods because….”

      • Ian 20:11 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

        Qatzi, do you never take the bus, or a cab, or a shared vehicle? It must be nice to live within bike/walk distance of everything and have no issues with mobility like strollers or arthritis…

        Roads benefit everyone, not just car drivers. I hope you never need an ambulance.

      • DeWolf 11:48 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

        Ian, none of what you mentioned are private vehicles. Literally nobody is suggesting we get rid of roads (!!). Buses, taxis, car share, it’s all good.

        But you can’t hide the fact that a large majority of people on the road are driving alone in their private car. It’s an incredible waste of resources that increases the burden on infrastructure and costs billions of year to maintain. It’s one of the leading sources of carbon emissions – road transport accounts for 36% of Quebec’s carbon emissions, and a huge chunk of that is people driving alone. On top of all that, the ever-increasing amount of private vehicles in the city makes our streets hostile and anti-social.

        There’s no reason why it should be the norm for the average, able-bodied person to drive alone, tear through streets at 50 km/h and warehouse their giant piece of metal for free (or nearly for free) directly in front of their residence. Or why a residential street should have 60 feet of concrete and asphalt just to accommodate private cars, instead of greenery, playgrounds, community facilities, etc.

        Private cars have their uses, but if we keep designing our cities primarily to accommodate the flow of private vehicles above all else, we’re just digging ourselves into a bigger and bigger hole.

      • Ian 12:24 on 2022-09-22 Permalink

        Explain to me in simple terms how the city deciding to look into too many roadworks = “It’s important that private motor cars flow smoothly through neighborhoods because”.

        Qatzi built a straw man, and you went for it.

        Too many roadworks and a lack of coordination affects everything from how your vegetables get to the grocery store to how come a bus that is supposed to come every 10 minutes only comes every 20.
        And yes, it is important that bicyclists and delivery trucks and postal workers and ambulances and fire trucks and hydro crews and waterworks etc. have clear and easy access, or can at least consult an updated map of road closures. They all get blocked up by the random street closures, it doesn’t just somehow affect only private vehicles. It’s a pain in the butt for pedestrians too, as quite often the sidewalks are blocked up as well.

        Seriously, I get that you guys think cars are awful, but get a grip and look around. If there were no cars in the city at all as of tomorrow besides taxis and rideshare, the streets would still be a mess, public transit would still be unreliable, and there would still be tons of hazardous conditions for everyone anywhere near the work sites… especially since the city has no idea what actual site are in operation at any given time.

        Not attempting even the most basic coordination sounds very “we tried nothing and we are all out of ideas”.

    • Kate 10:24 on 2022-09-21 Permalink | Reply  

      A Montreal man lauded for the invention of a ballistics analysis method widely used in criminal investigations has been accused of corruption, allegedly having paid bribes to get contracts in the Philippines.

       
      • Kate 09:28 on 2022-09-21 Permalink | Reply  

        Manufacturing consent much, CBC? The headline Privatizing health care isn’t the taboo it once was doesn’t speak for all of us.

         
        • thomas 16:21 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

          The experience in Sweden of privatizing health care over the past 20 years is a cautionary tale. It’s contribution to income and social inequality has contributed to the rise of virulent right wing politics..

      • Kate 09:08 on 2022-09-21 Permalink | Reply  

        The way this story has been headlined, an aged man was harassed outside the Russian consulate – but Claude Fournier was helping Serge Sasseville blast the Ukrainian national anthem at the building, as has been done for months.

        OK, antiwar gesture maybe for a few days, but Vladimir Putin is not in that building. Harassing the people who work there isn’t going to achieve anything – let it drop.

        Update: OK, I was wrong. Play the anthem. Throw eggs. Fine by me.

         
        • steph 10:28 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

          I encourage him to continue. Russian consulate employees should be ashamed of their country.

        • D. T. 11:05 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

          This call for mealy-mouthed civility in protecting the agents of a state engaged in a criminal war with constant atrocities from one daily minute of nuisance is cowardly bullshit and is absolutely beneath you. For shame.

        • walkerp 11:11 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

          Yes, I wouldn’t use such critical language, but pressure needs to be put on Russia at every level to then put the pressure on their leadership to get off their current insane path of aggression.

        • DeWolf 11:53 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

          You might have a point if they were targeting consular staff at their homes, Kate, but the consulate is the literal embodiment of Russia in Montreal. I can’t think of a more appropriate target for daily protests.

        • azrhey 12:19 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

          yeah, besides maybe not the lower level staff, but the consul and assorted attachés, that form the de facto apparatchik can and will put pressure on their counterparts in the homeland if their cosy consular jobs less fun. Change in Moscow will come either from violence at home or from pressure from Russians abroad.

        • dhomas 14:20 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

          If the folks working at the consulate are unhappy with the conditions of their workplace, they can change jobs. That would involve going home to Russia in this case. Which is worse?

        • qatzelok 14:39 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

          As far as I know, no one protested in front of the USA consulate after the N.E.D. (CIA) coup d’etated Ukraine’s elected government in 2014. Nor did they protest when the Ukrainian coup government started killing ethnic Russians and banning opposition parties.

          Following trends is not the same thing as being politically aware or knowledgable.

        • Ian 20:14 on 2022-09-21 Permalink

          Oh, you supported the Soviet puppet government? Thanks for coming out against the Orange Revolution, it’s good to see you’re on the wrong side of history about this, too.

      • Kate 08:48 on 2022-09-21 Permalink | Reply  

        A pedestrian in his 30s was fatally hit by a car Tuesday evening in Hochelaga‑Maisonneuve.

         
        • Kate 08:33 on 2022-09-21 Permalink | Reply  

          Three men were shot, one fatally, in an attack Tuesday evening at St‑Antoine and de la Montagne. Cops are seeking suspects who carried out the attack from the vehicle in which they fled. Homicide #25.

          Update: TVA says the victim was 21‑year‑old rapper Adam Jean‑Philippe, aka Young A Stunnin.

           
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