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  • Kate 19:37 on 2023-01-02 Permalink | Reply  

    The Port of Montreal saw a rise of 5.4% in its activities in 2022, after two slower years being ascribed to the pandemic. Incredibly, 37,000 cruise passengers also passed through. I had hoped Covid would bring an end to the wasteful and damaging cruise industry, but no such luck.

    • Kate 18:37 on 2023-01-02 Permalink | Reply  

      Rolling Stone left Céline Dion off their list of the 200 greatest singers of all time, and it’s being felt as a slight – even as far as Paris.

      • Kate 15:52 on 2023-01-02 Permalink | Reply  

        Cue harp arpeggio and ripple effects: cast your mind back to 1998, to the ice storm that year a quarter century ago. Hydro‑Quebec teams were out fixing the collapsed power pylons while people huddled in their dark chilly homes or tried to navigate streets full of ice and broken branches.

        Now Quebec wants Ottawa to pay up close to half a billion dollars it claims are owed under a fund meant to deal with catastrophes. The feds counter‑claim that Hydro’s woes don’t fall under its provisions.

        Although this presumed debt was handwaved during the intervening years under the Charest government, the CAQ feels it’s still on the books and has to be paid.

        Imagine living somewhere with one government, and not two governments that waste time, effort and taxes sparring with each other.

        • Tim S. 16:40 on 2023-01-02 Permalink

          Oh, I’ll take two governments any day – especially Quebec, and Canada in general, where provincial and federal voting habits have very little to do with each other. Watching somewhere like England, where a 42% vote every 4 years gives one party total, absolute power over everything makes me appreciate our system that much more.

        • Kate 10:09 on 2023-01-03 Permalink

          Cromulent point, Tim S.

      • Kate 11:05 on 2023-01-02 Permalink | Reply  

        TVA says it will be un lundi nuageux entrecoupé d’averses de neige while the Gazette tells us This is a Monday you will not like.

        I’ve commented on this before, this difference in how francophone media tell us the weather, while anglophone media try to personalize it, with the regular orders to bundle up or to bring an umbrella, or involve our feelings somehow like the current sample.

        I love this weather. Too bad, Gazette.

        • Kate 10:48 on 2023-01-02 Permalink | Reply  

          CBC talked to several people running shelters for the homeless, and all of them say that permanent solutions are needed, not a seasonal flailing to keep people off the streets.

          Can anyone tackle this issue effectively? Everyone knows that the main way to reduce homelessness is to give people stable places to live, then tackle their other problems – mental illness, substance abuse and so on. But orchestrating government assistance – especially in Quebec, where the province alternates between demanding help from Ottawa and determining to show it can go it alone – is nearly impossible.

          …Thinking about this, I realize that it’s a huge task to do, and to recruit workers for, because homes for the homeless would need monitoring, cleaning, and help on a level we’re having trouble recruiting workers for, in healthcare and other settings. I’m not saying it would be easy, but it would solve problems.

          • Em 17:18 on 2023-01-03 Permalink

            In addition to your very good point, I believe just giving homeless people permanent homes is also politically difficult at a time when so many low wage but employed people struggle to pay for shelter.

            There’s a low-cost rooming house near where I live, and I’m pretty sure some of the people living there would be homeless if it ever closed. I wish there were more of those places, but I also know it’s not the kind of business a lot of people would be interested in running.

        • Kate 10:29 on 2023-01-02 Permalink | Reply  

          A woman was shot while driving a car in TMR on Sunday evening, seriously wounded but not killed.

          A little later, a group of teenage guys apparently trying to meet someone to finalize a deal made online were attacked and hospitalized in Lasalle. Unanswered questions include what they were buying or selling, and why they thought it was a good idea to make the exchange at midnight.

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