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  • Kate 19:55 on 2023-12-02 Permalink | Reply  

    The Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) projected messages Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal and the Videotron Centre in Quebec City: “M. Legault, nous aussi on patine vite pour nos patients. Investissez en nous.” It’s a reference to the plan to spend millions to bring the L.A. Kings to Quebec next season.

    • Kate 19:52 on 2023-12-02 Permalink | Reply  

      A demonstration was held Saturday in Park Ex against Bill 31, the CAQ bill that will abolish lease transfers.

      • Kate 16:41 on 2023-12-02 Permalink | Reply  

        Dropped by Expozine on Saturday afternoon. It was packed, but I’d say maybe one person in 50 was masked.

        On the other hand, I keep seeing people walking in the street with masks on. They may have their reasons, but I don’t know what risk we’re at in the open air.

        • EmilyG 18:57 on 2023-12-02 Permalink

          I fairly often have a mask on outside, if I’m walking to an indoor place where I’ll be wearing the mask inside. And sometimes while I’m walking home, I’ll take my mask off, and sometimes I won’t bother.

        • MarcG 21:27 on 2023-12-02 Permalink

          I mask outdoors when I intend to spend time with people outside, like meeting up in the park or going for a walk, and if it’s cold outside I’ll throw one on before leaving the house to run errands so I don’t freeze my fingers putting it on. I see a lot of people wearing masks on the routes to and from the metro station nearby and have assumed that, like EmilyG said, they just leave them on before or after commuting. This may be surprising to some, but it’s actually not a big deal to wear a mask and once you get used to it you often forget it’s even there. Here are a couple of resources on outdoor transmission: NPR article, Interview w/ epidemiologist Dr. Theresa Chapple.

        • Kate 00:59 on 2023-12-03 Permalink

          Thanks for the explanations. I’m seldom in crowded spaces and I will mask when I am, but I don’t find the mask comfortable enough to forget to take it off when I’m outside and away from people.

        • Ian 17:39 on 2023-12-03 Permalink

          I was at the ComicCon yesterday and the only people wearing masks were cosplayers.

        • EmilyG 20:09 on 2023-12-03 Permalink

          I also sometimes keep my mask on outside in the winter for the slight added warmth. Though it is a bit inconvenient having my glasses fog up a bit more easily with the mask on outside like that.

        • carswell 21:25 on 2023-12-03 Permalink

          I was finally allowed to get the new COVID vax on Thursday. Have been and will likely continue masking on public transit and in indoor spaces except friends’ homes. Restaurants are probably out till terrasse season returns. Am encountering a few other maskers on transit and, very occasionally, at the gym but not often elsewhere.

          In nice weather, I walk to the gym but otherwise take transit, and mask-wearing on those days can last up to two hours, yet I often forget that I have it on when I leave. And as EmilyG notes, a mask does add an extra layer of warmth in the winter (though I wonder whether the freezing of breath moisture on really cold days is detrimental to its function or longevity).

          I occasionally get a surprised look at the gym but no other reactions to date except last week when I was on Laurier West walking from the SAQ to Gourmet Laurier. I didn’t bother removing the mask as I transited between the two stores and, on the corner of Hutcheson, a very bourgeois middle-aged guy coming in the opposite direction said “Non, non, non” and waved his finger at the mask. I politely told him where he could shove his digit.

          Aside from a horrible first encounter with COVID a year and a half ago, which significantly reduced my lung capacity, an affliction from which I only fully recovered from this summer, I haven’t had a respiratory illness in three years. (COVID I caught when I unmasked for a dental appointment.) No flu, no cold, not even a case of the sniffles. I’d probably be masking even if COVID weren’t still a concern.

        • chewyFruit 14:56 on 2023-12-04 Permalink

          On mont royal, random old white men have been saying ‘pute’ to me, as I pass by in my mask. They’re so triggered :,D

        • GC 18:44 on 2023-12-04 Permalink

          I was in Asia for the first time, in 2019, in Japan. I was amazed at the number of people who would wear masks on transit and in other public settings. At that point, it wouldn’t have occurred to me to put one on myself and I confess I sometimes thought they were maybe being a bit germphobic. However, it never TRIGGERED me to get angry at them or call them names. They weren’t hurting me in any way. (In retrospect, they might have been *helping* me, if they were contagious.) It is so bizarre to me to get angry at someone for wearing a mask–even if you’re convinced there’s no benefit to it.

      • Kate 13:05 on 2023-12-02 Permalink | Reply  

        An 81-year-old man from Montreal who’s been living in the U.S. has been extradited to Canada to face charges of murder in a 1975 killing. Rodney Nichols has dementia. Is there any point in punishing someone who won’t be able to remember why?

        • Ian 13:15 on 2023-12-02 Permalink

          It depends how advanced the dementia is. He may yet be declared unfit to stand trial.

          However, being unfit in the legal sense means something very different from being unfit in a medical sense. It’s basically the same requirements as insanity.

          “A person in unfit if “owing to mental disorder”:

          does not understand The nature and object of the proceedings against him, or
          Does not understand the personal import of the proceedings, or,
          Is unable to communicate with counsel.

          The test for fitness is not onerous. It only requires a “limited cognitive capacity” to communicate with counsel and understand the process.[2] Even “the presence of delusions do not vitiate the accused’s fitness to stand trial unless the delusion distorts the accused’s rudimentary understanding of the judicial process.”

        • GC 13:32 on 2023-12-02 Permalink

          I’m OK with him being tried. The victim is still dead, after all. I’m a bit concerned about the confession he allegedly gave while suffering from dementia, however. Again, as Ian said, it depends on how advanced it is. But, I hope they have something else tying him to the crime. (Also, imagine murdering someone because they lied to you about their age???)

        • Ephraim 14:01 on 2023-12-02 Permalink

          Well, for the family. But do it quickly. And then sentence him and suspend it, immediately. So at least we won’t have to spend more money on this nonsense.

        • dhomas 14:02 on 2023-12-02 Permalink

          If they let him off the hook, so to speak, on account of his dementia, it sets a precedent. My understanding is that under Quebec’s civil law, this is very important. It may become easier for future suspected criminals to claim that they should get away with their crimes on account of their age/mental state.

        • Meezly 15:03 on 2023-12-02 Permalink

          It’s possible for people with dementia to remember periods of their past in great detail. My cousin had a very fraught childhood upbringing with her stepmom. While caring for her stepmom in the hospice during her late stages of dementia, her stepmom often scold my cousin as if she was that child again, using the same nasty words she used to hear. Needless to say it brought up a lot of painful memories that my cousin had long buried.

          Perhaps it depends on how far the dementia has progressed for the murderer. He may even be playing up his dementia and pretend he doesn’t remember. Even if he won’t get the punishment he should have got when he was younger and haler, the punishment should fit his state of health, and he should be made aware that he has been caught and that he’ll now go down in the books as a cold-blooded murderer.

        • Kate 16:31 on 2023-12-02 Permalink

          Meezly, when my sister was doing her initial nursing training, she did a module in the psych ward at the Jewish. Some of the patients were Holocaust survivors, and thought they were still locked up in a camp. So they would do things like hide bits of food as they had had to do to stay alive in that situation.

          Talk about living nightmares.

          In this case, I wasn’t so much thinking of Rodney Nichols’ fitness to stand trial, as wondering how you punish someone who doesn’t remember from moment to moment why they are where they are, or understand what’s going on around them. It depends what we think punishment is for. Are we keeping dangerous people separate from society? Are we trying to rehabilitate them? Or are we just making people use up their limited time in a miserable setting to get back at them for a criminal act?

          And of course Nichols could be faking it. The article says he’s been living in an old folks’ home so he certainly could have observed the signs of dementia, and is mimicking them as a ploy to avoid his consequences.

        • Ian 23:07 on 2023-12-02 Permalink

          My father is in advanced dementia. He was a professional writer. He can no longer write entire sentences, is not sure where he is, doesn’t recognize me most of the time, and doesn’t know his age.

          He was first diagnosed with dementia early this summer.

          I assure you, someone with dementia isn’t playing at it – and it’s very apparent when it’s dementia at play.

          If you can fake incontinence, constant agitation and the dementia stare for the rest of your life for the privilege of being on a ward confined to bed fir the rest of your life, more power to you – it’s worse than jail.

        • Kate 01:01 on 2023-12-03 Permalink

          Sorry to hear that, Ian. It’s a sad way to go.

          And you’re right, a non-demented person could not keep up the pretense for long.

      • Kate 12:24 on 2023-12-02 Permalink | Reply  

        Canada has an immigration program intended for family reunification, but Quebec has opted out, leaving some Haitians disappointed. Quebec’s immigration minister Christine Fréchette basically says Quebec is full.

        • Ian 13:17 on 2023-12-02 Permalink

          If they were Belgian or French instead of Haitian I bet there would still be room.

        • Ephraim 14:03 on 2023-12-02 Permalink

          Ah yes, we are full, with a net replacement of 1.59 when you need over 2 just to keep the population stable and have the economy grow.

        • Robert H 03:30 on 2023-12-03 Permalink

          That’s an astute bet, Ian. In fact, what Legault, Fréchette and the CAQ are communicating by opting out of Canada’s targeted humanitarian settlement program isn’t even subtle enough to be called dog-whistle politics. Instead, they’ve decided the potential for votes to be mined from xenophobes and racists trumps the default preference for Francophone immigrants as a means of sustaining French in Quebec. What’s “Full capacity?” Are they referring to limits of the public purse? Because Canadian citizens will assume the responsibility and expense, as “Anchors,” of easing their foreign family members into life as new residents who will work and pay taxes. No, they are more likely exploiting visions of descending hordes of brown-skinned future clients of Bien-être social. Cue La Une of Le Journal de Montréal. Realpolitik in action.

        • Meezly 14:05 on 2023-12-03 Permalink

          Totally. For the CAQ, disappointing approx 200,000 Quebecers of Haitian, Colombian or Venezuelan descent was probably worth the potential voter gain among the 6 million white francophones. My only hope is that the more people the CAQ piss off the more minority groups will rally together to pull a Harper-like ousting in the next provincial election, that is, if not too many people are driven out of Quebec in the next few years!

        • Kate 15:23 on 2023-12-03 Permalink

          I still don’t understand how Quebec has its own immigration rules. There’s no barrier stopping someone from arriving in Toronto and taking a train to Montreal.

        • Ian 19:48 on 2023-12-03 Permalink

          @Meezly let’s be real, they’re all ethnonationalists, even the QS. The Liberals are the ones that came up with Bill 98. Nobody dares speak out against Bill 21. Then of course there’s this new attempt to make “foreign” students unwelcome, as a threat to French. You know if the PQ gets in they are going to treat all the CAQ policies as a thin edge of the wedge an enact even more laws to suppress anything that doesn’t have a French first and last name, speak French at home at least a couple generations back, and have skin no darker than a patate blanc.

          Were I a person of colour looking to relocate, francophone or no, Quebec would not be my first choice in Canada.

        • Meezly 20:32 on 2023-12-03 Permalink

          Do you mean Bill 96? I thought the PLQ are against it.

          I was also thinking of all the teachers, school staff, students and parents who are about to embark on their 3rd week of a school strike. They must be pretty pissed off too and I’m sure a number of them voted CAQ. They will surely remember how Legault tried to turn public sentiment against the teachers by blaming them for extending the strike this long.

        • Ian 22:16 on 2023-12-03 Permalink

          You’re right, I did mean 96 – but it was the PLQ that “accidentally” gave it teeth with CEGEPs. They came up with the 3 (new) required French courses then tried to walk it back when they realized they hadn’t consulted with the cegep (!?) And were roundly (and rightfully) mocked by the QS and CAQ for it. The PLQ betrayed its anglo base over this issue out of sheer incompetence.

      • Kate 12:18 on 2023-12-02 Permalink | Reply  

        A fire overnight on Tupper Street needed 80 firefighters to put out the blaze in a building over 100 years old. Doesn’t sound like arson is suspected.

        • Kate 11:22 on 2023-12-02 Permalink | Reply  

          La Presse’s Isabelle Ducas looked into the proliferation of homeless camps which are cropping up all over town, more and more of them in hidden spots so they can’t easily be found and evicted, but that means people in trouble often won’t be noticed or given help.

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