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  • Kate 18:16 on 2023-09-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Both Ottawa and Quebec are sinking billions into a Swedish‑owned battery plant to be opened near Montreal – across McMasterville and St‑Basile‑le‑Grand on the South Shore. As François Legault said (I also heard this on radio): C’est gros en tabarouette.

    • Faiz Imam 22:16 on 2023-09-28 Permalink

      Whats interesting about this vs some of the other recent investments is this is reasonably close to the city as opposed to near remote towns which often is what happens with these big industrial sites. Example the copper foil factory being built in Granby, the VW plant in St-Thomas Ontario, or the battery plant in Becancour.

      This place is basically 10 to 20 mins drive to most of the south shore, and its a 20 mins bus ride from Longeuil metro. (also 20 mins bus from the REM terminal)

      So a lot of workers in the Montreal area can access these jobs.

    • Meezly 09:01 on 2023-09-29 Permalink

      I wonder what kind of fumes and toxic waste a battery plant would generate.

    • Kate 10:12 on 2023-09-29 Permalink

      C’est gros en tabarouette.

  • Kate 17:44 on 2023-09-28 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has agreed to pay out $300,000 to settle the matter of the previous mayor of Côte‑des‑Neiges‑NDG and her chief of staff. Interestingly, the chief of staff gets the larger portion, while Sue Montgomery will get $130,000.

    What the truth of the matter is – did Annalisa Harris harass borough workers, or did the borough director harass her – will never be made clear. But a sense that they hated each other percolated through the reporting at the time, and still does, even in this late bulletin.

    CBC lets Harris throw some shade around in the closing paragraph.

    • walkerp 19:44 on 2023-09-28 Permalink

      Interesting and deeply unsatisfying semi-conclusion to this affair. Does Stéphane Plante still have the same role? Why did the mayor go to bat for him?

    • Su 06:54 on 2023-09-29 Permalink

      And why was there so much misinformation at the time claiming that comptroller HR reports are not to be scrutinised by interested parties?
      “In a statement, the city ackowledged that Montgomery should have received a copy of the human resources department’s reports on the matter:

    • Kate 10:19 on 2023-09-29 Permalink

      Maybe because she’d been a journalist? I have wondered whether that was a reason the civil servants at the borough were never happy with her. Maybe they expected that she’d find out and disclose things to their detriment.

      I know nothing about it, just thinking about the personalities involved.

    • Su 12:48 on 2023-09-29 Permalink

      Oh yes. I think she had been reporting on that corruption inquiry UPAC prior to being elected as burrough mayor

  • Kate 13:14 on 2023-09-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Onetime city police chief Philippe Pichet is taking the mayor and several other honchos before the Tribunal administratif du travail with an accusation of psychological harassment.

    Pichet has never been openly accused of any particular lapse, but his five‑year contract was cut short in 2017 after two years. Since there must have been a reason that was not made public, it should be interesting to see what’s reported from the hearings, scheduled for mid‑October. Several key people have been named besides the mayor, including the fire chief, the city controller general and previous police chief Sylvain Caron.

    • Nicholas 18:33 on 2023-09-28 Permalink

      There was a lot of hubub around Pichet during that time. Right before the 2017 election the SQ raided the SPVM over internal affairs issues, and Coderre, who appointed Pichet, claimed the police weren’t his responsibility. Just over a month later, and three weeks after Plante was sworn into office, the provincial Public Safety Minister supported Pichet’s suspension, as did the Police Brotherhood and seemingly anyone who would talk. (This was December, not November as this R-C article says.) I doubt the mayor herself had much time to psychologically harass anyone in the busy first few weeks of her job, but she probably can answer some questions about who knew what. Clearly things were already happening, and I bet she just said better to cut him loose and start fresh.

  • Kate 11:26 on 2023-09-28 Permalink | Reply  

    A man working on a road construction site in the West Island was killed early Thursday when an unoccupied construction vehicle hit him. CTV specifies it was a heavy truck and was assigned to the victim. Investigations are under way.

    • Kate 11:24 on 2023-09-28 Permalink | Reply  

      Simon LeBlanc, who took the second spot in last weekend’s marathon, was an unexpected winner: he doesn’t do highly technical training, doesn’t use a fancy watch, didn’t study the course. He just goes out and runs.

      LeBlanc had, however, won an Ironman competition last year. He’s not an entire newbie.

      • Kate 11:11 on 2023-09-28 Permalink | Reply  

        La Presse keeps a pretty close eye on the workings of the Port of Montreal. Earlier this month they discovered that some of the people on the waiting list for good jobs are currently babies. Now they’ve found a man in a significant port job who used to be a big cheese in the Hells.

        • jeather 12:38 on 2023-09-28 Permalink

          I’m really curious to see what’s happening with nepo list there, because later articles said they were about to go in negotiations with the port of Montreal.

      • Kate 10:58 on 2023-09-28 Permalink | Reply  

        St-Leonard has decided after all to open the soccer dome, after saying it was too expensive to do. They also plan a permanent structure for 2025.

        • Kate 09:56 on 2023-09-28 Permalink | Reply  

          Bixi is to have some megastations in key locations starting next year, busy spots which often run out of bikes.

          The organization is celebrating 15 years of existence Thursday at Victoria Square. This year, usage numbers have been higher than ever.

          • Joey 10:54 on 2023-09-28 Permalink

            And there’ll be a reduced winter season! Great not just for winter warriors but also us regulars who are willing to keep riding until the snow arrives in sufficient quantity, usually after the November 15 end-of-season date.

        • Kate 09:45 on 2023-09-28 Permalink | Reply  

          The front doors of HEC were splashed with green paint overnight and the words “Capitalisme ne sera jamais vert” written on the ground outside.

          Well, they’re not wrong.

          • Meezly 14:34 on 2023-09-29 Permalink

            OMG, I just made the connection that this stunt, and the SUV tire slashing, were part of Climate Rage week culminating with the climate (rage) march happening at this very moment.

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