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  • Kate 18:29 on 2024-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

    Air conditioning on the REM has been found wanting on hot days this week.

    • Kate 18:01 on 2024-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

      Transport minister Geneviève Guilbault is said to be unmoved by the pleas of municipalities for more transit money, Guilbault seeming happy to let mayors make themselves unpopular by raising funds via higher fees for licence plates.

      • Brett 20:34 on 2024-05-24 Permalink

        Licence plates, not the licenses themselves.

      • dhomas 06:40 on 2024-05-25 Permalink

        Brett is correct. Driver’s licenses and their fees are managed provincially. The CAQ government has already slashed the price of driver’s licenses renewals to around 25$ since 2021. IMO, this was completely unnecessary as people were already used to paying the higher fee (it used to be about 115$), and I say this as a driver who pays for his license renewal every year. The extra revenue could have gone to fund things like, oh I don’t know, public transit? It was really only to buy votes.

      • Spi 09:07 on 2024-05-25 Permalink

        An argument can be made that the fee should reflect the actual costs of the service, if politicians want to charge drivers more to fund public transit then slap on a tax on top it instead of hiding it within a fee.

      • Nicholas 12:22 on 2024-05-25 Permalink

        Technically what was reduced (right before the provincial election) was not the driver’s licence fee but the insurance premium, which pays out injury claims as part of no fault insurance. The fund had gone into surplus, partially due to fewer crashes during the pandemic, so they vastly reduced the money going into it (you still pay if you have demerit points). However, money in the fund can be used for certain safety programs (to reduce injuries), and obviously could be used for things like public transit that reduces driving (and crashes), but the government chose not to.

    • Kate 09:17 on 2024-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

      Arsons are down a bit compared to last year, although a peek at the incident map‘s suspicious fires layer still shows a wide range of conflagrations from vehicles to businesses all over the island.

      • Kate 08:43 on 2024-05-24 Permalink  

        UQAM is requesting an injunction not to entirely remove the pro‑Palestinian encampment, but to ensure access to its buildings and stop any vandalism.

        • Kate 08:41 on 2024-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

          The Quebec public security ministry can’t agree with Montreal’s police over the optimum number of officers to pay for.

          • Ephraim 12:09 on 2024-05-25 Permalink

            The optimum number is simple… it’s the same number as those willing to wear bodycams

          • tom 04:45 on 2024-05-26 Permalink

          • Mark 10:52 on 2024-05-26 Permalink

            Was at the comic festival yesterday and saw a couple police patrolling, one with a patch that had a maple leaf with a thin blue line through it. Chilling.

          • Kate 11:50 on 2024-05-26 Permalink

            So they still haven’t found a way to make their officers remove patches from their uniforms? Not good.

          • CE 18:54 on 2024-05-26 Permalink

            I’ve seen those patches on police quite a few times. Metro constables as well.

        • Kate 08:13 on 2024-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

          Items for the last weekend in May from La Presse, CityCrunch, Sarah’s Weekend List, CultMTL.

          Also the driving crises of the weekend, but at least the weather will be nice.

          • Kate 07:45 on 2024-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

            A merger of the transit commissions of Montreal, Laval and Longueuil is under discussion. A recent report says a merger could streamline operations and save money, but do things like this always work out that way?

            • Nicholas 11:36 on 2024-05-24 Permalink

              If they were already together I probably wouldn’t advocate splitting them (maybe I would?), but I also don’t think I’d advocate merging them now. If there’s any staff that should be regional, move them to the ARTM. My guess is a merger would result in keeping the existing staff and adding a layer of coordinating management at the top.

            • Kate 15:34 on 2024-05-24 Permalink

              I know. The tendency in Quebec right now is to try to fix things by applying an additional layer of management. I suppose you have to do something with all those management graduates…

          • Kate 07:39 on 2024-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

            When Mamadi Camara was stopped by police officer Sanjay Vig in January 2021 – then falsely accused in the attack on Vig – he had been caught in the city’s most prolific ticket trap where cops catch drivers using their phones as they exit join the 40 near Park Ex.

            • Ian 08:36 on 2024-05-24 Permalink

              900 cremazie ouest is right before going onto the 40 ouest, not exiting it. It’s basically cremazie and wiseman.

            • Kate 15:33 on 2024-05-24 Permalink

              Thank you.

          • Kate 07:34 on 2024-05-24 Permalink | Reply  

            It’s a year since the fire at the Bon‑Pasteur building on Sherbrooke Street, but restoration is taking a long time to get going. The fire displaced both housing coop residents and cultural groups that had office space, and neither are close to being able to return.

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