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  • Kate 18:58 on 2022-10-25 Permalink | Reply  

    I don’t know what the big deal is about Occupation double, and I don’t want to know. #badanglo

  • Kate 18:01 on 2022-10-25 Permalink | Reply  

    Ensemble’s Aref Salem tried to stir up trouble with a claim that the Ville‑Marie tunnel would be closed for security reasons during COP15, from December 7-19. The mayor has countered that the tunnel, which runs directly under the Palais des congrès, would remain open. Various police and security people questioned in the article also confirm they have no plans to close the tunnel.

    …Which does make me wonder, didn’t anyone consider, when putting the Palais right there, that having a traffic tunnel right under it might some day pose a security risk?

    • Kate 17:52 on 2022-10-25 Permalink | Reply  

      The Quebec nursing order is asking people to avoid sexy nurse costumes this Halloween, saying they bring the profession into disrepute. R*chard M*rtineau gets bent out of shape complaining about it.

      MBC, in turn, wails that he won’t be able to dress up as Pocahontas because of the wokes.

      Is it “woke” for a professional order to ask for a little respect?

      Have these guys tipped over consciously into self‑parody?

      • Blork 17:54 on 2022-10-25 Permalink

        And it’s not like anyone’s asking for it to be illegal FFS.

      • Chris 20:09 on 2022-10-25 Permalink

        >Is it “woke” for a professional order to ask for a little respect?

        Is it even disrespectful? I don’t think so.

        The nursing order needs to take a chill pill.

      • Kate 20:12 on 2022-10-25 Permalink

        Chris, have you been R*chard M*rtineau all along?

      • dhomas 00:42 on 2022-10-26 Permalink

        Dick M: «Peut-on s’amuser une journée par année sans que les curés nous disent: ❝Tu n’as pas le droit de faire ci et tu n’as pas le droit de faire ça.❞»

        Also Dick M (paraphrasing), to nurses: “tu n’as pas le droit de demander du respect.”

      • DisgruntledGoat 01:50 on 2022-10-26 Permalink

        Hi Kate, just a note to say I love the alliteration in this headline. It gives me fond memories of playing SimCity 2000 and the feedback in the local newspaper from the city councilors based on your (limited) player decisions, haha.


      • dhomas 06:44 on 2022-10-26 Permalink

        @DisgruntledGoat I just heard “reticulating splines” in my head after reading your comment.

      • Chris 09:33 on 2022-10-26 Permalink

        Kate, I don’t even know who he is. And what’s with the asterisk anyway? Is his name a curse word to you? Or do you deify him like G-d? 🙂

        I recall in the Bill 21 debate days, most commentators here were saying people should be free to choose their own clothing, regardless of what it represents to others. Many feel the hijab represents patriarchy, repression, subjugation of women, etc. (see Iran). But no need to worry that wearing such clothing would negatively impression others, it was argued. Yet now, the populace is apparently so impressionable that the sight of a sexy nurse costume (for just one day per year!), will cause them to lose respect for the profession. Nonsense.

      • Kate 09:58 on 2022-10-26 Permalink

        This has nothing to do with Bill 21 or hijabs, Chris. Ask any nurse about being groped. Ask any nurse about being treated as a giggly sex doll rather than a working professional.

        The asterisks are so he can’t be found here by a web search.

      • Joey 09:59 on 2022-10-26 Permalink

        FFS Chris. The point isn’t that wearing a costume that trivializes a group of women will cause others to ‘lose respect’ for women in nursing; it’s that wearing a costume reveals that lack of respect the costume-wearer *has* for women in nursing. It diminishes and objectifies them and is deserving of being called out. The parallels to women wearing or not wearing religious garb is only relevant if you’re purposefully trolling, which I don’t think is your intent. Winding up on the same side of an issue as assholes like Martineau and MBC happens from time to time. Take a breath and maybe consider if that’s where you meant to end up…

      • Kevin 10:20 on 2022-10-26 Permalink

        The name is Richard Martineau, a noted columnist for Quebecor.
        He spouts the usual racist rubbish while pretending that ethnically French Quebecers are always the victims, even as he continually punches away at anyone who doesn’t have his background.

        Aaand female doctors or nurses are routinely propositioned by patients.
        If Quebec allowed doctors to refuse patients, there’s a hell of a lot of men who would find themselves without medical care.

    • Kate 16:02 on 2022-10-25 Permalink | Reply  

      Workers who would be directing traffic in the tunnel under repair are afraid of getting hurt or killed. Every year since 2017 more of their number are injured on the job.

      • Kate 15:09 on 2022-10-25 Permalink | Reply  

        The Concordia Link has a ferocious piece on the history of the Grey Nuns, whose convent Concordia took over a few years ago: “While the legacy of Marguerite d’Youville and the Grey Nuns is of benevolence and charity, their role in slavery, colonialism and residential schools over the course of centuries proves otherwise.”

        • Kate 13:35 on 2022-10-25 Permalink | Reply  

          The fire in St-Henri on Saturday damaged a building from 1896 beyond repair – photos from Toula Drimonis show how far gone it is. CBC describes how two women from the building have started to collect items to help the others who’ve lost all their things but, typically, doesn’t give any link to the Facebook page mentioned.

          Looking for it, I’ve discovered that the landlord of the building is Peter Sergakis. And here’s the page.

          There’s no mention of any Gofundme or other cash collection, although I imagine it could be difficult to divide money fairly among so many tenants. Finding people new places to live and helping them set up is probably wiser.

          • Kate 10:31 on 2022-10-25 Permalink | Reply  

            A murder Tuesday morning in Laval has already been linked to the Mafia by police. CBC radio says it’s Laval’s ninth homicide of the year.

            • Kate 08:56 on 2022-10-25 Permalink | Reply  

              Work being done to refit the old Royal Vic buidings is being held up by a group of Mohawk women who feel there are indigenous people buried on the site, killed in the Ewen Cameron experiments in the 1950s, and want this possibility explored before any construction work begins.

              McGill had the site surveyed in 2016 and archaeologists found no evidence of such burials, but this conclusion has been deemed unsatisfactory. Now the situation has been complicated by the vandalism of architects’ offices on site by a different group.

              • Uatu 10:43 on 2022-10-25 Permalink

                I don’t know but I think in the 50s and 60s that it’d be a lot easier to just send the bodies to the morgue for disposal or give them to the medical school for dissection. And after working at the Allan I can tell you that they’d have to rip up the pool and surrounding parking lots etc to make a definitive assessment.

              • Kate 11:20 on 2022-10-25 Permalink

                Uatu, I tend to agree with you. I think it unlikely the Allan was sending people out in the dark of night to bury bodies in the grounds, when they had more discreet ways of disposing of them.

                If the Mohawk women think there are much earlier indigenous burials on the site, that’s a different question. An indigenous burial was found not long ago near St Joseph’s Oratory, so it’s possible that similar burials might be found near other existing buildings.

              • Kevin 11:44 on 2022-10-25 Permalink

                The key question is did Dr. Ewen Cameron work on anyone without keeping a record of it.
                He had many patients — some entrusted into his care by the courts — and was seen at the time as an upstanding citizen and a leader in psychiatry. Some of his funding may have been covert, but his work was not, and it was discussed throughout the psychiatric field.

                Some of the people being brainwashed by Cameron were the children of people that he and his colleagues knew, and they didn’t hide the outcomes of their work.

              • Kate 13:47 on 2022-10-25 Permalink

                Kevin, was Cameron known to recruit indigenous subjects? This is the first I’m hearing about that angle.

              • Joey 15:35 on 2022-10-25 Permalink

                Interesting to read these stories (including some of the previous Rad-Can reporting on this) coupled with Taylor Noakes’s piece. The Mohawk Mothers seem uniquely convinced, against what seems like any tangible evidence to date, that there are *indigenous* remains to be found on the RVH site; Noakes contends that the adjacent McGill campus was most likely not the site of an indigenous settlement prior to the arrival of the colonists. Obviously there is no specific link between the two (I hope I’m not giving the impression that Noakes’s article refutes the Mohawk Mothers’ claim). But there is a thread about location, memory, and distrust of party lines, for lack of a better term, that comes through.

                I don’t really see a way in which the concerns of the Mohawk Mothers can be addressed to the point that they would endorse/tacitly support the Vic project from proceeding, absent a complete dig and the identification of remains (presumably a dig that produced no remains would be considered incomplete and a dig that did produce remains would be grounds for halting any development ever). It’s not in the summary, but the article makes clear that the elected Mohawk leadership of Khanwake is basically supportive of the process underway.

              • Kevin 17:50 on 2022-10-25 Permalink

                The affidavit that is the heart of the Mothers’ lawsuit says there were several indigenous youth being treated, but I don’t know if anyone’s looked through the lists. He had hundreds of subjects and a lot of them have received payouts from previous suits and settlements.

              • Taylor C. Noakes 18:34 on 2022-10-25 Permalink

                @joey – Just to be clear, my only contention is that the Hochelaga stone on McGill’s lower campus is not exactly near the Dawson Site (which was near the intersection of Mansfield and Maisonneuve and where a site of Indigenous habitation was found), and that historical research doubts the Dawson site was the location of Hochelaga.

                If the Dawson Site was in fact a satellite village of the larger settlement (which is a plausible theory), that settlement could absolutely have been located on McGill’s campus, it’s just that there’s no evidence to point in that direction (whether because nothing has been or because no one bothered to look).

                I’d say anywhere between the mountain and the St Lawrence would have been a likely site for human habitation and thus Hochelaga: it’s where Ville Marie was founded, it’s where the dawson site was found. It’s protected from Northern winds, the land was fertile in the pre-industrial age, it’s close to the river and to the many streams that once crisscrossed the island, and remains have been found all over the place in that area.

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