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  • Kate 19:59 on 2023-02-05 Permalink | Reply  

    As in previous years, it’s mostly CBC that’s giving a nod to Black History month, with a new series on Black changemakers including a slam poet, an academic originally from Haiti, and two Black healthcare workers in the Eastern Townships using social media to talk about the lives and work of the Black residents of the area. There’s also a nice photo and text essay about Little Burgundy and some of its people.

  • Kate 19:36 on 2023-02-05 Permalink | Reply  

    User complaints were up at the STM last year compared to earlier years, but the only topic mentioned here is disorderly behaviour, rather than shortcomings in services.

    • Tux 20:15 on 2023-02-05 Permalink

      I would normally have Opinions about the STM but I haven’t commuted in years. Thanks, pandemic!

    • Uatu 12:59 on 2023-02-06 Permalink

      Tele working has diminished the amount of users and the metro stations have become almost like shelters for substance abusers and the mentally ill. I’ve had panhandlers yell at me for not giving them money and had a metro delayed by a guy who held the door open because he wanted to get into a fight with a guy on the platform. Outside of rush hour I really don’t want to use the metro and I’m seriously thinking of driving again.

  • Kate 13:36 on 2023-02-05 Permalink | Reply  

    An intoxicated driver went right into the front window of an SQDC outlet on St‑Denis just after midnight.

    • Blork 15:06 on 2023-02-05 Permalink

      Sounds like his GPS was working but his brakes were not.

    • carswell 16:04 on 2023-02-05 Permalink

      Il en a d’ailleurs profité pour tenter de commettre un vol…

      Or maybe the “accident” was on purpose and itself an attempted robbery?

      Wondering whether this is going to prompt the government corporation to rethink its store design.

    • shawn 20:32 on 2023-02-05 Permalink

      Holy smokes that’s my outlet! Now it’s personal.

      All I can say is that window in front faces this small antechamber where a guard sits and checks ID and controls a buzzer. There’s a divider with the second door much further back, after the desk, which leads to the actual store and the shelves.

    • carswell 21:44 on 2023-02-05 Permalink

      The stores are all designed that way, shawn, at the instance of the provincial government. The ostensible purpose is two-fold: to ensure no one on the street, especially underagers, can see any cannabis product or packaging and to provide a space for age checks that ensures underagers and the obviously intoxicated don’t make it into the actual store. By providing an additional barrier for would-be thieves to get past, the age-check area also helps prevent robberies.

    • Ephraim 21:55 on 2023-02-05 Permalink

      Curiosity… who’s insurance covers the damage, the car driver’s or the stores?

    • Kate 11:30 on 2023-02-06 Permalink

      at the instance of the provincial government

      On pense en français?

  • Kate 13:33 on 2023-02-05 Permalink | Reply  

    The city’s first Asian police officer has died. Quoc Tuan Trinh joined the force in 1988. The item notes that only 8.7% of city police are from visible minorities now. In 2021, 27.2% of Montreal residents were from visible minorities.

    • DeWolf 11:26 on 2023-02-06 Permalink

      The Gazette seems to be confusing census data for the whole metropolitan area with data from Montreal Island (the only place served by the SPVM). The island is 37.6% visible minority which makes the SPVM’s lack of representation even worse.

    • Kate 12:16 on 2023-02-06 Permalink

      Solid work, DeWolf!

  • Kate 10:20 on 2023-02-05 Permalink | Reply  

    A Laval building belonging to relatives of Tony Accurso was set on fire Saturday morning – the second time the building has been targeted by arsonists.

    Investigators think that a convict locked up for murder is behind the arson attacks on buildings belonging to Accurso’s family, as well as other firebombings around the Montreal area.

    • Kate 04:04 on 2023-02-05 Permalink | Reply  

      A man was both stabbed and shot in Old Montreal on Saturday evening.

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