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  • Kate 13:05 on 2022-11-25 Permalink | Reply  

    Things to do this weekend: CityCrunch, Daily Hive, CultMTL.

    • Kate 12:54 on 2022-11-25 Permalink | Reply  

      Merchants in the zone around the Palais des Congrès are worried about the effects the COP15 barriers will have on business, especially with the news that they may be left up till January, blighting the holiday season.

      Although there’s some indication here that COP15 deliberations may last beyond December 19, the official ending date, the real reason for not removing them seems to be simply that the contract says they needn’t guarantee their complete removal till after the Christmas break.

      • Kate 12:49 on 2022-11-25 Permalink | Reply  

        A man was stabbed in broad daylight Friday morning on Prince Arthur, after an altercation with several others.

        • jeleventybillionandone 19:02 on 2022-11-25 Permalink

          I walked by this morning and saw the dog handler without her dog. She wasn’t obviously a cop, and it was weird to see someone walking around with a gun but no uniform.

        • jeleventybillionandone 19:03 on 2022-11-25 Permalink

          Oops. I was referring to the person pictured in the first (TVA) story.

        • Kate 20:41 on 2022-11-25 Permalink

          You’re right. I even looked twice at that photo because I wondered about her expression. It didn’t click that she wasn’t in uniform, although I don’t know whether police dog handlers always wear them.

      • Kate 12:47 on 2022-11-25 Permalink | Reply  

        Ted Rutland gives his thoughts on Fady Dagher and community policing, in a twitter thread.

        The risk is that instead of providing community services, the city can simply provide police. I also like his point that “the police don’t so much work with communities as *produce* communities. The people and groups they work with become “the community,” a police-community alliance that informs and feeds the repression of non-allied community members.”

        I remember being enlightened some years ago, in a piece concerning the experiences of Black people in Montreal, that journalists tended to talk airily about “the Black community” but that there wasn’t any such thing. There were anglophone Black folks, Haitians, Black francophones from Africa, and many Black people not fitting into any neat category.

        Anyway, read the thread.

        Dagher is promising a balance between repression and prevention.

        • Kate 10:40 on 2022-11-25 Permalink | Reply  

          This revelation of the forced sterilization of Indigenous women collides with Quebec’s challenge to the court ruling that police can’t randomly stop people, the judge having said clearly that random stops give police a way to express their institutional racism. Because after all, Quebec has absolutely no institutional racism, except when it’s snipping the tubes of some Cree woman because she has “too many children.”

          • Kate 10:15 on 2022-11-25 Permalink | Reply  

            Quebec has finally decided to make the flu shot free for everybody – an “exceptional” measure for this year only.

            I’ve been getting a flu shot every year for at least ten years, and never had to pay. I’m not a senior citizen, I don’t have any obvious risk factors – but nobody has ever asked me, or anyone within view, for money. I tend to think that Quebec wanted people to believe they had to pay, to keep numbers down, but in fact if you went and asked for a flu shot they gave it to you, no questions asked.

            • Kim 10:24 on 2022-11-25 Permalink

              I also get a flu shot every year at the pharmacy, and have had to pay every year, as well as my partner.

            • jeather 10:36 on 2022-11-25 Permalink

              In my experience at a pharmacy, they are strict about who gets a free shot, while at a clinic they just give it to anyone who wants.

            • Kate 10:48 on 2022-11-25 Permalink

              Previous years I went to the CLSC, once – in the first year of the pandemic – to a special flu shot clinic. But this year, Clic‑Santé sent me to the closest Pharmaprix. A few people were lined up, people of various ages, I waited, I got the shot, and I didn’t have to pay – maybe because this was an arrangement with Quebec rather than the pharmacy itself? But there wasn’t a cash desk or card machine anywhere in sight.

            • Mark Côté 10:53 on 2022-11-25 Permalink

              Same, I’ve rarely paid. Last year I did, although my daughter was free because she has light asthma. This year I went to the same pharmacy and when I asked about paying at the end the nurse just sorta smiled and shrugged.

            • EmilyG 11:36 on 2022-11-25 Permalink

              I’ve never had to pay for a flu shot. I’m prepared to mention my asthma if they ask if I’m in a priority group, but they haven’t asked.

            • Daniel D 11:41 on 2022-11-25 Permalink

              When I went for my COVID shot last week at the Olympic Stadium, they offered me the flu shot as well free of charge even though I’m not in a priority group. Perhaps this was unofficial policy?

            • jeather 11:46 on 2022-11-25 Permalink

              Guess the pharmacy depends, I haven’t heard stories of it being free before. I’ve never paid either, but I only have gone to vaccination centres. It was very weird going in asking only for flu (because I had gotten covid booster a few weeks prior), most people wanted both and a few just covid. I’m hoping the good news about mRNA for flu comes soon because I got so sick from the vaccine when the COVID ones have had no effect and I’m convinced it is the reason. (All vaccines make me sick, though only temporarily.)

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