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  • Kate 22:27 on 2024-07-04 Permalink | Reply  

    A man who was bludgeoned during a fight in a Plateau alley Thursday evening is in critical condition. No arrests yet.

    • Chris 23:04 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

      Just biked up the REV and saw a shit tonne of cops there; I knew I’d find out why on Kate’s blog!

  • Kate 22:24 on 2024-07-04 Permalink  

    Now that Toronto has banished their pro‑Palestinian encampment, I’m seeing a presage of dissatisfaction about ours. TVA reports on McGill lecturers refusing to teach in person and CTV that the camp refused to allow a fire safety check.

    • Kate 18:58 on 2024-07-04 Permalink | Reply  

      André Vezeau, who’s been looking after the massive landfill in the east end where the ash from the city’s sewage incinerator is put to rest, is retiring. Interesting about what happens to our sewage.

      Later, the Gazette also covered the sewage ash story.

      • Kate 18:50 on 2024-07-04 Permalink | Reply  

        The coroner’s report is in on two highway deaths near the Ullivik Centre in Dorval, where Inuit visitors are put up while having medical treatments in the city. The two deaths occurred separately within 24 hours in August 2022, and one of the women was in a wheelchair. Éric Lépine has a series of recommendations so that the residents will understand the local geography and they won’t feel so isolated.

        • Nicholas 18:54 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

          The local geography is they put this centre in an industrial zone and literally on a highway and surrounded by two other highways and a rail line, with no services or parks or homes or anything nearby unless you take an incredibly unpleasant walk (I’ve done it). I can’t imagine not feeling isolated there.

        • Kate 19:48 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

          I suspect that was done on purpose. They must be hoping to keep their visitors from wandering away into the city.

          When my sister worked at the old Children’s, they often had Inuit patients who’d arrive accompanied by a family member, and these relatives would sometimes drift away and have to be found and brought back when the kid was ready to go home. One of the usual spots was the old Diana Bar on Ste‑Catherine somewhere near St‑Mathieu.

        • Nicholas 23:49 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

          I’m sure they put it there because everyone flies in and so they can easily transport them from the airport. If you’re undergoing medical treatment I get not wanting people to leave. So I get that for sure.

          And I remember passing that Bar Diana sign hundreds of times, but never went in. There are a few stories about it, I’ll read up tomorrow.

        • Ian 09:54 on 2024-07-05 Permalink

          A lot of very bad things happened in Diana, including being a common point for not a few murdered & missing native women.

      • Kate 18:44 on 2024-07-04 Permalink | Reply  

        A five-alarm fire broke out in Verdun on Thursday afternoon, an extra‑large contingent called to relieve firefighters because of the heat.

        • Kate 12:07 on 2024-07-04 Permalink | Reply  

          Thursday morning, a man was arrested after he chained himself to a statue in a building on Square Victoria. The brief report suggests it was some kind of protest but not whether it was related to the encampment on the square.

          • MarcG 12:21 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

            Must be talking about the statue w/ water fountain inside the Centre de commerce mondial de Montréal.

          • Kate 13:00 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

            Amphitrite – let’s hope she didn’t get damaged.

          • CE 20:08 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

            I saw photos of her with a message spray painted on her. It would be a shame if the statue is damaged because it’s a few hundred years old.

          • Ian 09:51 on 2024-07-05 Permalink

            274 to be precise – but at the same time, it’s pretty old for us but statuary from the mid 1700s by lesser-known artists is a dime a dozen in Europe, where it was imported from to spiff up the business district. The slab of the Berlin Wall isof more historical significance and can also tell us an important lesson about art and politics, especially how spraypaint doesn’t “damage” even highly culturally significant public landmarks, it adds context.

          • Kate 10:39 on 2024-07-05 Permalink

            OK, but there’s a difference between spray‑painting a wall, and spray‑painting a statue like that.

            I’ve made the point before, but will say it again: we don’t have many statues of women. No city does. We have some Virgin Marys around, and Amphitrite is just as mythical, but at least it’s a female form. Besides those there are two Queen Victoria statues – McGill has hidden theirs in a box, last I saw – , a small Jeanne d’Arc in front of the Union Française building, Marguerite Bourgeoys near the Palais de Justice, and the Athena statue in Park Ex. That’s about the size of it. Amphitrite is by far the most sexy. What does defacing her tell us?

          • Ian 10:54 on 2024-07-05 Permalink

            Point taken. That said, the vaguely prurient aspect of mythological semi-nudes appeals to the menfolk in the halls of power, too – it certainly did historically.

            The McGill Queen Vicky statue is of special interest as it is a cast of an original marble done by her grand-daughter, Princess Louise.

          • Blork 22:15 on 2024-07-05 Permalink

            I used to walk by that statue frequently, years ago when it was on my daily lunch-walk route. I had no idea it had any history. Frankly I thought it was just concrete knock-off, nicely placed in a newish building. Nice to know it has some history, and f*ck that guy and his self-entitlement that thinks he can just mess up things that other people enjoy because of whatever bee is in his bonnet. It’s not like he had a specific beef against Amphitrite or Poseidon.

          • CE 16:41 on 2024-07-06 Permalink

            I’ve read that the statue was in a small town in France and the CEO of Canada Steamship Lines was visiting and asked if it was for sale. To his surprise it was so he had it shipped to Montreal and installed in its current location because he would be able to see it from his office that has a window overlooking the fountain (which itself is a feat of engineering, especially in a climate where the ground shifts as much as ours!)

        • Kate 11:45 on 2024-07-04 Permalink | Reply  

          Bixi has launched a program rewarding users for redistributing bikes throughout the system.

          • DeWolf 15:16 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

            They’ve had this program for several years now, but a lot of people still don’t know about it, so I guess they’re putting the word out there.

            I haven’t been using Bixi that much this summer, but in previous summers I’ve been able to get at least a couple free electric rides per month without even trying. If you actually pay attention and make an effort to rack up a lot of points you could do pretty well for yourself.

          • Nicholas 18:59 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

            Yah, it’s up to four free 30-minute electric bike rides a month. They changed it in August or so, when it meant you could give a friend a free 30-minute regular ride or 15-minute e-bike ride, but it was much clunkier. As DeWolf says it’s not hard to max out your passes if you use it regularly, and if you pay a little attention and choose between adjacent docks, it’s very easy.

        • Kate 08:21 on 2024-07-04 Permalink | Reply  

          The federal government announced $33 million in funding this week for community projects in Park Ex and St‑Michel – all in Justin Trudeau’s Papineau riding.

          • Kate 08:17 on 2024-07-04 Permalink | Reply  

            There are journalistic quirks that annoy me, and one of them is, as here, to declare something “broken” which isn’t working well. Public transit funding is broken according to this CBC piece. But it isn’t broken. Broken implies something that just randomly happened. Public transit funding has been deliberately shortchanged by the CAQ government, largely because the party knows there’s no payoff for them in funding nice things for the Montreal area. There’s nothing random about it.

            • MarcG 08:39 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

              Part of the passive voice problem? Also kind of trendy to use programming/tech lingo.

            • steph 09:03 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

              I was amused last week to see an article about the 3iem lien being for trams (Quebec City transit), and with that they called Legault “anti-char”. Either the title is being thrown around too loosely, or my Montreal-centric perspective of the CAQ needs adjusting.

            • Derek 09:52 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

              If we’re being pedantic here, being “broken” doesn’t necessarily imply a degree of randomness. You can deliberately break or neglect something, and that can still lead to it being broken.

            • Kate 11:17 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

              If we’re going to get pedantic, “is” broken suggests something random. “Has been” broken suggests an action. Shall we continue?

            • jeather 13:06 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

              Being the most pedantic, “x is broken” is not passive, while “x has been broken” is. (I’ve heard this kind of wording called the “exonerative voice”, usually in re journalism about police misconduct, fwiw.)

              I’m not sure that “is” broken necessarily implies accidentally in the same way that “has been” or “was broken” in some contexts (where “and has since been fixed” is not part of the context) implies it definitely has a causal agent that is known. But my intuitions are not strong here.

            • Kate 13:38 on 2024-07-04 Permalink

              I like “exonerative voice” however this pans out.

              I think saying “Public transit funding is broken” partakes of the exonerative voice.

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