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  • Kate 17:58 on 2024-06-15 Permalink | Reply  

    Police carried out a swoop earlier this month, ticketing dozens of drivers for parking in handicapped spots without permits.

    • Ephraim 21:52 on 2024-06-15 Permalink

      Bravo. But at $312 plus fees (over $350), they should be doing it all the time. Even stopping in these spots should prosecuted. My mother had a placard and only once… in Westmount, did a parking attendant ask to see it. It was where it was supposed to be, but they were unable to see it because they were still in their car. I showed them, including the expiration date and they thanked me and went on.

      I have a friend who is in pain for every step he takes, when someone is using the spot, he has to park further, which means more pain. He sometimes has to flash his placard and argue with people to get them to get out of the spot. Sometimes they won’t move at all.

    • Daniel 12:18 on 2024-06-17 Permalink

      What I’ve noticed in my time with a disabled placard is the number of people who would, for instance, never park in a handicapped space and go into a store for a big shop or wander around for an hour. AND YET … they’ll park in a handicapped spot “just to run in” or “just for a moment” and put their four-ways on.

      Guess what: I can’t park on top of you while you run in to get a doughnut. What am I supposed to do? I could go on, but if I had a message for the world on this topic that would be it: Using these spaces “just for a minute” is still using the spaces. Not cool.

      As a sign I saw in Italy said: “Want my parking space? Take my disability too!”

  • Kate 17:54 on 2024-06-15 Permalink | Reply  

    Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery is criticized in this piece for cutting its staff to the point where things are not getting done, files are vanishing from the office and weeds still proliferate (although I’m rather a fan of tall weeds in cemeteries).

    • Steph 10:05 on 2024-06-16 Permalink

      The 2020 story “Groundhogs occasionally dig up bones at Montreal’s Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery…. Bones are collected, reburied in same spot where they are found, says cemetery spokesperson”. Without the proper, a basic job like this staff it takes how long?? And how much longer with the weeds covering things up for easy surveyance.

  • Kate 17:50 on 2024-06-15 Permalink | Reply  

    The city’s homeless shelters are full and we haven’t reached Moving Day yet.

    Residents near two homeless shelters are starting class‑action suits against the city, the province and the shelters, seeking damages for what they call a negligence of safety and security concerns. They also want to see the shelters closed down.

    • Kate 09:55 on 2024-06-15 Permalink | Reply  

      It’s 20 years since a referendum was held on the big city merger piloted by the Parti québécois, and 15 towns on the island voted to demerge after three years of unsettled cohabitation.

      • Kate 09:51 on 2024-06-15 Permalink | Reply  

        The Journal looks at eight newspapers of the past, including Allô Police.

        • Kate 09:04 on 2024-06-15 Permalink | Reply  

          The New York Times talks to the lead plaintiff in the MK-ULTRA case. The Quebec appeal court recently ruled that the U.S. could not be sued in a Canadian court, then the class‑action suit was turned down by the Supreme Court, but Julie Tanny plans to continue her case against the federal government and the MUHC.

          • Kate 08:43 on 2024-06-15 Permalink | Reply  

            A real Astérix-style bagarre broke out in Mercier, the easternmost bit of MHM, on Friday night, when two fathers got involved in a teenagers’ brawl, ending with one of them knocking the other down with his car and getting arrested. A night to remember for the boys.

            • Kate 08:15 on 2024-06-15 Permalink  

              The pro-Palestinian campers at McGill are now offering education about colonization, but the university depicts this as supporting violence in another attempt to make governments act to remove the encampment.

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