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  • Kate 12:15 on 2024-02-04 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio‑Canada says the Quebec government will be making an announcement on Monday that the roof and technical ring of the Olympic stadium will be replaced. “Les travaux coûteront des centaines de millions de dollars, mais ne devraient pas atteindre le milliard.” Let’s come back in a year or two and see.

    I missed a few days ago this gem from La Presse: “Le gouvernement Legault a nommé le cousin et « meilleur ami » du premier ministre au conseil d’administration du Parc olympique, malgré une recommandation différente de la part de l’organisation.” This man, Pierre Schetagne,* at least won’t be made chairman – for now, anyway.

    *Legault’s mother’s name was is Pauline Schetagne. This is a version of a Prussian surname which is believed to have been brought to Quebec when mercenaries were employed by Britain to defend Canadian borders during the American fuss in 1776.

    • Ian 14:07 on 2024-02-04 Permalink

      Are we sure about Prussian? I thought the Gernamn mercenaries were Hessian? But it could very well be. What was the original name?

      I found this article on the topic which may be of interest –


    • Kate 15:04 on 2024-02-04 Permalink

      This brief text on nosorigines.qc.ca says Prussian, for what it’s worth.

    • Kevin 16:47 on 2024-02-04 Permalink

      I am highly skeptical of these continued estimates that place the cost of demolition at about twice the cost of repairs, especially since

      I also want to know what magical substance will be used to make the roof.

    • Ian 19:04 on 2024-02-04 Permalink

      Kate – neat site!
      I imagine with church records it’s a lot easier to track this kind of thing.
      The oldest Schetagne listed on that site was Joseph, born in Vaudreuil in 1788. It would be interesting to see the older versions of the name.

      I have a lot of Swiss Germans in my family and we have clear records for that bunch going way back, it’s really neat watching their names slowly evolve over generations.

      One branch was Krahenbul, of Bern, Changed to Krehbiel in 1680 when they moved to the Rhineland-Palatinate. That first Krehbiel’s children lived in a time of family name flexibilty, as the children went by Graybeal, Grabill, Krahenbuhl, Krehbiel, and Krehbel. Eventually when my branch moved to the US in the early 1700s they became Graybill…

    • Kate 19:37 on 2024-02-04 Permalink

      Kevin, scientists are developing a substance called Adamantium in a secret facility under the stadium tower. It will be ready any day now. (Also, if you’d like to finish that first sentence, pop it into another comment and I’ll splice it in for you.)

      Ian, it’s only a few generations ago that a lot of our ancestors couldn’t read or write, so spellings of names can shift around a lot.

      The Drouin brothers microfilmed a ton of Quebec church records – Protestant churches and synagogues too – and they’re a great resource for ancestry research if your family has been here for more than a couple of generations. Unfortunately, all the indexed versions are paid access, and some of the microfilms verge on illegibility.

    • Brett 21:15 on 2024-02-04 Permalink

      Was? As far as I can tell, she’s still alive at 94.

    • Kevin 00:08 on 2024-02-05 Permalink

      Ah yes, in the secret rooms that are the real reason why the subterranean garages are closed…

      And … especially since the cost of repairs has mysteriously doubled since the last estimate.

    • Kate 00:23 on 2024-02-05 Permalink

      Brett: thanks for that, I made an assumption.

    • Uatu 03:37 on 2024-02-05 Permalink

      If they can dismantle Shea stadium then they can do the same for the big o

    • Kate 10:37 on 2024-02-05 Permalink

      Was Shea stadium right on top of 2 subway stations?

    • Ian 11:11 on 2024-02-05 Permalink

      Kate, good point on them probably not being super literate – but they coulld all sign their names – there was always a family bible, usually handed down for many generations. I feel like there’s something else afoot like when my ancestors, the Morgenstern family changed their name to Morningstar in the 1600s, or the Kuntz family changed the spelling to Koontz 😀

      I did see some suggestion that Schetagne may have come from Chatigny, but what the original German was is hard to find.

    • thomas 12:23 on 2024-02-05 Permalink

      The research paper referenced above say, “Schetagne, apparently an alteration of Stange ‘pole’, the surname of a tall and thin individual.”

    • Ian 16:00 on 2024-02-06 Permalink

      Also German slang for “boner”, just ‘sayin.

  • Kate 09:50 on 2024-02-04 Permalink | Reply  

    I imagine most of us were shaken out of a sound sleep around 6:30 Sunday morning by an Amber Alert. The child in question has been found safe.

    (I am shocked, shocked, that the text alert is also given out in English, even to people without historical justification for government communications in English! Surely this has to stop.)

    A teenager was chased by a group and stabbed in Pierrefonds late Saturday afternoon. No arrests.

    A man was stabbed in NDG early Sunday during a mugging. No arrests there either.

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