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  • Kate 21:23 on 2023-09-23 Permalink | Reply  

    The ground floor of a building in Montreal North partly collapsed on Saturday afternoon, with at least two men caught in the basement.

    Also Saturday, a building in Dorval caught fire and 32 apartments had to be evacuated.

    Update: A worker was killed in the Montreal North collapse, but people are now being allowed back into their upstairs apartments.

    • Kate 14:50 on 2023-09-23 Permalink | Reply  

      Public unions locked into fruitless negotiations for new contracts are holding a demonstration Saturday afternoon, marching from Jeanne‑Mance Park down to the Quartier des spectacles. More than 90% of members favour a strike.

      • Ian 18:12 on 2023-09-23 Permalink

        The government isn’t even willing to offer raises matching the cost of living as there is “no money” but they gave themselves a 30% raise. It’s egregiously insulting to already overworked, understaffed, and underpaid public sector earners.

        Quebec has the lowest paid teachers and the highest paid provincial Assembly politicians. It’s a slap in the face.

        Enough bad-faith negotiation, 420k public sectors on strike at once can bring this province to a grinding halt – and aren’t afraid to do so.

    • Kate 10:01 on 2023-09-23 Permalink | Reply  

      A Superior Court judge has ruled that excavation can continue at the old Royal Vic site, disappointing the Mohawk Mothers who wanted all work to stop while searches are made for clandestine burials.

      • Kate 09:51 on 2023-09-23 Permalink | Reply  

        The number of asylum seekers landing at Trudeau has risen fivefold since 2019. An average of 114 asylum seekers have been processed daily this month. A spokesman says the airport isn’t equipped to process so many people seeking refuge.

        • JaneyB 08:25 on 2023-09-27 Permalink

          Wow. That’s a crazy situation. That works out to about 50K people per year. For years, we had about 200K immigrants and some smaller number of refugees on top of that. The recent Syrian campaign was for a mere 40K Syrian refugees.

          Now we are taking 400k immigrants and about 1 million+ visa student stream migrants, and another 50k of these asylum seekers. Despite a very strained housing and rental market and an enormously overburdened health care for citizens, for some reason, we’re adding 1.7 million newcomers. After voters punish the Liberals, I fear they’ll go after the immigrants. We had a real success story around immigrants and integration until now. This whole situation is a powder keg. Yipes.

      • Kate 09:16 on 2023-09-23 Permalink | Reply  

        There’s been an arrest in the assault on a homeless person at Berri‑UQAM station earlier this month, reported here. The man is still in hospital in critical condition.

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