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  • Kate 08:03 on 2020-02-18 Permalink | Reply  

    Following a random attack on the weekend in which a woman was hit on the head by a man wielding a stick, several similar incidents are described in other parts of town recently.

  • Kate 07:50 on 2020-02-18 Permalink | Reply  

    A body was found in a burning car in TMR early Tuesday. Police have not yet determined whether it was a homicide.

  • Kate 19:53 on 2020-02-17 Permalink | Reply  

    A group of protesters blocked Sherbrooke Street Monday afternoon in front of the Roddick Gates in support of Wet’suwet’en.

  • Kate 13:23 on 2020-02-17 Permalink | Reply  

    BBC has an interesting piece on Montreal researcher Dr Alain Brunet who’s working on a technique for reducing the psychological impact of painful experiences or memories. I don’t know whether there’s also a philosophical inquiry into the implications. Some people might benefit from removing or softening memories of a traumatic incident, but when it comes to romance, often we learn from surmounting the bad experiences.

    • Tee Owe 16:29 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      Not sure I get why romance should feature more than other experience – trauma is trauma, learning is learning, no?

    • Kate 16:47 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      I haven’t taped this out completely, but supposing someone is present for a random violent event. They’re in a bar when someone gets shot, say, or they witness a car crash. Nothing to do with them, but traumatic. That’s one thing, and there’s not much to be learned by it. On the other hand, you get into a relationship by choice, you pick a person, the relationship progresses to some extent, you do things that offend them and/or they do things to offend you, or the relationship falls apart for other subtler reasons, external pressures, fault lines in your mutual understanding. Painful, but you have learned something about people, about yourself, about the pitfalls of romance.

    • Tee Owe 16:54 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      So, can we choose which romantic experiences to delete – the ones we learned nothing from? Can get complicated – I’m on the side of retaining everything, on the off-chance that we might one day learn from it

    • Blork 16:59 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      You guys know you’re rehashing “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” right? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338013/

    • Kate 17:03 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      The movie’s mentioned in the article, Blork. I haven’t seen it.

      Tee Owe: I think my painful experiences are part of “me” and although not fun at the time, would I be me now if I had been able to edit them as I went along? I don’t think so.

      But then I can say this as someone not prone to depression. I’ve seen two people I knew moderately well die of broken hearts, and I feel I’m lucky not to be so disposed.

    • Tee Owe 17:07 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      We are the sum of our experience – it’s not always easy. Some do better than others – sorry to hear of your friends. No more from me on this.

  • Kate 13:17 on 2020-02-17 Permalink | Reply  

    We’ll be getting some snow on Tuesday – Environment Canada says 5 to 10 cm.

    • Blork 17:03 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      And rain Tuesday night. Shovel your roofs before it’s too late!

    • Ian 17:36 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      I’m hoping it’s like crème brulee and not a thick layer of sponge-toffee-like ice encrusted to everything.

      Yes I am comparing ice and snow to caramelized confectionaries, what of it.

  • Kate 13:13 on 2020-02-17 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is establishing a right of first refusal on land for social housing in seven boroughs, but this list may change over time.

    • Spi 14:51 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      I understand that it’s a relatively new policy, but we’ve seen examples in the past where the city was outbid for parcels of lands (like on beaumont). Until we actually see the city use the right of first refusal, it’s just an option that won’t be exercised because they don’t have the money. It’s a pointless exercise of political theatre. It also opens the door to some potentially corrupt practices, (fictitious buyer agrees to buy land coveted by the city at an inflated price, so the city is forced to match the inflated price)

    • Jonathan 22:47 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      I think this fictitious buyer is example is a little bogus. I mean, the first refusal mechanism is used after the purchase agreement is made. The risk of actually having to pay the price or the penalty is too high. What bank or finance institution would back up a fictitious buyer?

      Either way, the tool can be used for negotiation. That’s what the city did with Molson. Rather than the city buy the site entirely, Molson agreed to cede part of the land in order for the city to back down. This is a great use of the tool and definitely one of its intended purposes.

  • Kate 08:57 on 2020-02-17 Permalink | Reply  

    As happened during SARS – which never manifested itself in Quebec at all – businesses in Chinatown are enduring a lean period presumably from fears of COVID-19. People returning from visits to China are voluntarily staying home for two weeks, and the general public is staying away, although we’ve had no cases of the coronavirus yet here either.

    • Ian 09:10 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      I’ve still been going for meals a couple of times a week and it has been surprisingly empty, I even see people walking around with masks. At least I can always get a seat at my favourite dumpling places regardless of the time of day… I feel bad for them though, Chinese New Year is supposed to be the busiest time of year especially for restaurants.

    • jeather 11:12 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      I went for dumplings last week and it didn’t seem exceptionally empty. I have immunocompromised family members and I am sure my regular metro use is much more dangerous for them than the off chance of an employee in a Chinese restaurant having recently enough been in China that they’re still asymptomatic but also ill.

    • Kevin 12:08 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      People are amazingly unable to accurately calculate risk.

      The CDC estimates there have been at least 26 MILLION flu cases, and 14,000 deaths this season in the United States.

      Canada’s gotten off remarkably lightly: only 46 deaths, when normal estimates are 3,000 dead.

    • Tee Owe 16:35 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      With Kevin on this one – the numbers are overwhelmingly that flu is a bigger killer but we are way more scared of covid-19. Time will tell I suppose.

  • Kate 08:50 on 2020-02-17 Permalink | Reply  

    Rosemont borough wants to make a lot of parking spaces metered but the central city has to study and approve the plan.

  • Kate 08:48 on 2020-02-17 Permalink | Reply  

    TMR residents have voted in favour of building a new sports complex currently valued at $48.7 million. I’m going to guess that it’ll cost closer to $75 million by the time it’s done.

    • Ian 08:54 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      Considering Royalmount is expected to generate 45 million a year in tax revenues that’s still not much in the big picture. Better to get shovels in the ground while the political will is still there.

  • Kate 22:46 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Exo’s Candiac line is expected to still be down on Monday.

  • Kate 22:43 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Slightly off-island, but a man was shot on quiet Victoria Street in St‑Lambert on Sunday. He wasn’t killed, and the cops haven’t caught anyone. Daniel Renaud and QMI both say the victim is a Hells Angel associate and that he’s cooperating with police.

  • Kate 13:14 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

    This weekend the Centre d’histoire looks at a cyclist on Ste-Catherine in 1980 and ponders how the city’s attitude to cycling has evolved since that time.

    Radio-Canada profiles the city’s first black neighbourhood, Little Burgundy, where workers on the railway put down roots. The area was openly disdained by the city, which ordained mass demolitions under Jean Drapeau and cut through it to build the Ville-Marie. This is quite a long piece and worth reading for a piece of the city’s history that isn’t widely known.

    This week CTV spoke to Marc Lalonde about the FLQ crisis. Lalonde, now 90, was in Pierre Trudeau’s government at the time and later held cabinet posts including Finance, Justice and Attorney General.

  • Kate 12:56 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal set out to do its first ranking of CEGEPs and came back with the appalling news that the anglo ones do best with Dawson being especially notable. That post-secondary students want to learn English has Mathieu Bock-Côté’s knickers in a veritable tango.

    • Tim S. 16:41 on 2020-02-16 Permalink

      I worry that, just like in the case of the school boards, the success of the anglo schools will be used as a stick to beat the others, and then eventually justify the launch of some ill-thought out drastic reform.

    • jeather 17:36 on 2020-02-16 Permalink

      It’s also an issue that anglophones who want to go to English schools are shut out because they are limited in how many students they can take in and since it’s mostly grade based, francophones with better grades get the spots. I’m not saying the schools are wrong for doing it based on grades, nor that francophones should not go to or get spots in English cegeps — mostly that probably the English cegeps need to be allowed to expand and that all high schools need to vastly improve second language teaching.

    • Kevin 17:55 on 2020-02-16 Permalink

      If only MBC had some sort of advanced education in sociology so he could understand people and their motives..

    • Tim 23:11 on 2020-02-16 Permalink

      @Jeather, I am leaning towards a French education for my kids because coworkers have told me how competitive it is for English CEGEPs . I think that having a French education will give them the most options as English will be used in the home. My hope is that they will be equally comfortable going to post secondary education in either language.

    • Ian 08:51 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      If your kid is fluently bilingual it does sound like a pretty easy win to apply for French CEGEP first, especially as once you’re already in a CEGEP it’s a lot easier to transfer into another CEGEP or even another program in another CEGEP.

      Another thing worth considering is that everyone assumes that getting a DEC is the only way to go, there are also AEC and DEP programs that are often much shorter than a DEC as they don’t have all the extra requirements a DEC has like like gym courses… some AECs are even tuition-free, although you have to be out of school for one full academic year before you can apply for an AEC program.

    • jeather 10:35 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      French education so your kids would feel comfortable in post-secondary education in either language? I don’t think you get into an English cegep any more easily from a French high school. It looks like Dawson is separate from the regular SRAM system so you can do both Dawson and at least one other school concurrently. But who knows what will be in a decade.

    • Tim 10:48 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      it’s about having more options Jeather. Colleagues of mine whose kids have gone through the English system have said that their kids aren’t comfortable enough to take post secondary courses in French. So they are limited to English institutions.

    • jeather 11:14 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      There are a lot of interesting, complex interrelated reasons. Watching friends of mine choose between the English and French systems and hearing about the other school parents who make the same choices is really interesting.

    • Filp 16:05 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      Speaking from personal experience, I think it would have made more sense for my parents to send me to the french system for primary and secondary given that I speak English at home, pretty much for the reasons Tim explained. I was actually just having this conversation yesterday. I mean, I ended up just fine and I regret nothing, except for my hilariously sub par french education in the English system. Seriously, those classes were terrible, and now I have to work double time on my grammar.

    • Kate 16:54 on 2020-02-17 Permalink

      Filp, same here. English education, terrible French classes. It’s not the grammar that got me, though – it’s the accent. I’ll never sound 100% like I grew up here, which I did. My dad, who also went to school in English but who learned his French playing in parks in Hochelaga, had a better accent than me.

  • Kate 12:36 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Baseball is a chronic itch here, and it’s back this week with talk of some part of the Tampa team being bought by Stephen Bronfman to play here.

    Some day it will have to dawn on Bronfman that baseball left because there simply was not enough interest or support, and that the interest provoked by an occasional exhibition game is not sustained over time. All that should concern us is how much public money he will be able to siphon off for this venture before it too falls down of its own weight.

  • Kate 12:33 on 2020-02-16 Permalink | Reply  

    The New York Times did a 40 years of L’Express piece in December. CTV is also noting the anniversary this weekend.

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