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  • Kate 17:06 on 2016/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Speed radar is going to be installed along the Jacques-Cartier bike path, with the intention of encouraging cyclists to keep under 20 km/h. Cyclists have died because it’s easy to pick up too much momentum for safety: the article cites a fatal collision between cyclists a year ago, but in 2013 there was also an accident in which a solo cyclist died after hitting a pole.

  • Kate 14:54 on 2016/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The replica of Pierre Ayot’s Mount Royal cross sculpture is going up next to Hôtel-Dieu despite Denis Coderre’s fatwa; in return, the mayor is withdrawing the $10,000 grant the city had accorded to artists Marthe Carrier and Nicolas Mavrikakis.

    I’m a little appalled that the city’s arts council, or whatever entity gives out grants, is not more independent than this, and has to give or take grants purely based on the mayor’s whim.

    • Ian 15:10 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      Such a fine line between “man of action” and “petty tyrant”.

  • Kate 13:10 on 2016/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    This week saw a preview launch for the Montreal Biennale, opening October 19 and running till mid-January. Jérôme Delgado summarizes the preview as does Mario Cloutier in La Presse; artnet listed the expected artists as long ago as May; the Globe’s Everett-Green splices a piece on the new Livart space onto a Biennale item. Might add more links on the subject here as I find them.

  • Kate 12:09 on 2016/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The Globe’s Konrad Yakabuski summarizes the problems besetting the Montreal airport.

  • Kate 11:46 on 2016/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    A new book called Le Code Québec is out Monday, co-written by polling expert Jean-Marc Léger with two other experts, dissecting Quebec’s identity and trying to find out what makes it unique.

    Inevitably, the contents of this book will be endlessly discussed by the pundits and may play into the PQ’s leadership race. The Globe and Mail already got an advance copy: yep, Amazon shows both an English and a French edition coming out this week.

    Léger will be on TLMEP this Sunday.

  • Kate 11:34 on 2016/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Ingrid Peritz has a nice report on a Nuns’ Island mini mall where the three Middle Eastern religions cohabit and collaborate peacefully.

    • Simon 19:39 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      Il n’y a pas que trois religions qui sont issues du Moyen Orient.

    • Kate 20:06 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      Les 3 majeurs, certainement.

  • Kate 10:56 on 2016/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    This nonsense has to stop.

    Here’s reporter Michael Nguyen’s June report on the misbehaviour of judge Suzanne Vadboncœur after a Christmas party last year. Her car was stuck in the Palais de Justice parking garage and she was mad. Nguyen reports she called the security guards cons, imbéciles, épais in her temper. In fact his article appends a list of examples of things she’s reported to have said. It’s a little mean, but it’s far from being the torrent of expletives it could have been.

    Now the story – not, to be sure, the biggest scandal ever – has come back with much heftier implications after the SQ seized Nguyen’s work computer with the intention of finding out who leaked the video to the media.

    That’s not what I’m on about, here.

    The Gazette gives us an account of the judge’s apology but, first, attempts to translate the judge’s words and then, then, censors itself! Paul Cherry claims the judge called the guard “a goddamned a–hole” which is simply bad, ludicrous, insulting reporting.

    First, we’re in Quebec here, so if someone called somebody a “gros criss de con” we understand it and don’t need it turned into some clumsily equivalent English version, and second, if someone actually had been called an asshole, we could cope with that too.

    I’m not saying I want rude words all over the news, but when rude words ARE the news we need to know about it.

    Another example this week is the CBC’s account of police incivility to wheelchair-bound Leon Shand. The article begins with a warning about graphic language, but when we get to that bit of the story we read: The officer says “I’m going to give you a f–king ticket. You asked for it.”

    Who are they sparing? And what consequences exactly are they being spared here? It was part of the news that the cop said “fuck” – it wasn’t a gratuitous bit of shock value. Even worse, on radio this was bleeped out. You’re telling us a story about a cop behaving badly, including saying ::BLEEP:: to somebody. That’s less than useless.

    The francophone media here have few or no issues with reporting language when it’s part of the story. The anglo media should sit down, look each other in the face, and admit that the days when somebody would faint if they read or heard the word “fuck” – let alone “asshole” – are long, long over. Trying to gloss over “swear words” is patronizing us and insulting our intelligence. It can stop.

    • Alison Cummins 12:08 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      There are a few words that pack so much punch that I prefer not to read them. Obviously, I know what words ‘f–k,’ ‘c–t’ and ‘n—–‘ refer to but it disturbs my reading to see them spelled out fully.

      A little bit like the difference between us chatting and you saying, ‘the judge slapped the security guard’ and saying, ‘the judge did this to the security guard’ while slapping me.

    • Kate 12:11 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      I disagree. If we see a part of a word in text, we have to mentally fill it in. Putting in hyphens actually calls more attention to the word, makes us say it aloud in our heads. Printing it normally takes that extra power away.

      We hear these words every day. We shouldn’t give them extra genuflection in our media. They should be treated as perfectly routine parts of the language.

    • Ian 12:32 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      As Louis CK pointed out, when you say “the n word”, you’re forcing me to say it in my head.

    • Viviane 14:30 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      F–k or fuck? Don’t care either way. But I wouldn’t have translated “con”, “imbécile” or “épais” as “asshole”. Although “asshole” can be used to mean “idiot” or “stupid” (which was the intended meaning here), I think it’s mostly used these days to mean arrogant, rude, obnoxious, etc.

    • Kate 14:39 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      Viviane, good point. The judge was calling the guards’ intelligence into question, not their particular behaviour to her. Asshole implies some deliberately bad attitude or behaviour on someone’s part, not just stupidity.

    • EmilyG 16:00 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      I seem to remember once reading a Gazette article about the Austrian town called Fucking, and they somehow managed to not say the name of the town in the article.
      (I just tried googling the article, but it’s difficult to find since they didn’t use the actual name.)

  • Kate 10:14 on 2016/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The contractor doing work on St-Denis from Duluth to Marie-Anne has pocketed a $100,000 bonus for completing the work ahead of time. In addition, the city is confident this part of the street will not have to be dug up again anytime soon. People are still stung by the multiple digs needed on the Main when work was poorly coordinated there (or where work was deliberately screwed up to pad the bill, depending what you believe).

    • Ian 10:29 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      When they redid Parc there were some sections that got dug up again 5 times.

    • JaneyB 12:38 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      Great! I am full of irrational hope! Down in Verdun this summer, they were doing deep roadwork on a part of Lasalle Blvd for several months. They finished it, paved it then, opened it and…one week later(!), they reopened it all the way down to the pipes again. All the heavy machinery was back. One week. That cannot happen without poor planning.

  • Kate 19:13 on 2016/09/23 Permalink | Reply  

    Brief La Presse piece gives the numbers for the bankruptcy of the original company that managed Bixi, but also notes that this was some time ago and was rolled into the city’s accounting in 2013.

    • Ephraim 13:39 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      Now, in total, how much was paid out to management and how much was paid to the BoToMM? In other words, how much have they again managed to steal from the citizens of the city?

  • Kate 10:45 on 2016/09/23 Permalink | Reply  

    Trudeau airport is marking its 75th anniversary. Piece has some interesting historical background, but the modern stuff reads more like a PR handout from Aéroports de Montréal.

  • Kate 10:43 on 2016/09/23 Permalink | Reply  

    This may be a new opportunity in seeing how different media handle a story: a group – well, a pair – of anglo sovereignists have launched Anglos for Quebec Independence. Oh pardon me, Québec Independence – must be scrupulous with the accents-aigus here. La Presse says the group claims 40 members and that its launch was held at the Société St-Jean-Baptiste, mostly in English. (The CTV piece notes that both named members are from other provinces.) Andy Riga reports briefly for the Gazette.

    I am unimpressed by Jennifer Drouin, whose official page at the University of Alabama says “For the 2016-17 academic year, Prof. Drouin is on research leave in Montréal.” This anglo separatist project is just an academic junket, and after this year Drouin will be off again to the anglo academic world in the U.S., unconcerned by any shit stirred up here in 2016.

    • Bill Binns 14:11 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      I have often wondered if there were any Anglos for QC independence. Here they are, both of them. Kind of a Jews for Jesus kind of thing.

    • Michael Black 14:20 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      There’s always been some. There was someone who’d immigrated from England who was part of the FLQ. I thought there had been an English speaking PQ MNA, but sometimes it’s hard to tell from names.

      But it does seem the most enthusiastic have moved here from elsewhere.


    • Viviane 15:23 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      David Payne, from North Yorkshire, was a PQ MNA for 13 years.

    • Ian 12:40 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      It’s a conundrum, on one hand you could argue that somebody not “from” here may not be as emotionally invested in federalism. You could also argue that they may not be so caught up in the history of the interethnic power struggle to blindly accept a specific political viewpoint based on the language they speak.

      Yet another way to look at it is that snidely looking down your nose at newcomers daring to have political opinions about Quebec is exactly the argument that the PQ and their ilk make about why the opinions of anglos in Quebec don’t matter chez nous.

    • Kate 12:48 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      It’s not the first time I’ve heard of an academic coming here, jumping on the Quebec bandwagon, doggedly writing “Montréal” and “Québec” in English text, and otherwise being the good little nationalist doggy until they move along to another posting and forget all about it.

      I have no patience with it.

    • MtlWeb39 13:25 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      Prof Drouin is a 2005 McGill grad who has already published a ‘Quebec in Canada’ book.
      Think you are right that she is taking a sabbatical from Alabama to collect material for her next publication; what better way to infiltrate and entice both ends (including media) than to start a bandwagon party.
      Or she misses Montreal (she is in Alabama) and figured she needed a ‘reason’ to take a LOA from her duties down south.

    • rue david 16:32 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      yeah, i remember her speaking as a representative of either the bq or pq during a mcgill election forum/debate thing. she’s been around for a while.

  • Kate 10:33 on 2016/09/23 Permalink | Reply  

    The SPVM has been slow to produce the data it promised earlier this year as part of an open data initiative.

  • Kate 08:03 on 2016/09/23 Permalink | Reply  

    A Superior Court ruling has disappointed Projet Montréal: it says the Plateau’s ban on billboards is invalid because it violates freedom of expression.

    How does the exchange of money factor into this? I can’t write graffiti on public property, then claim my freedom of expression. How does the fact that a company has paid over cash sanctify its freedom of expression?

    • Ephraim 08:04 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

    • Chris 08:09 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      Money is God.

    • Raymond Lutz 11:37 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      @Chris, non, l’argent ne mène pas le monde. On aime bien vous répéter ce mensonge, car ça donne l’illusion aux bourgeois et aux petits boss, que s’ils finissent par en accumuler, ils auront aussi du pouvoir (climbing the social ladder).

      Ce n’est pas l’argent qui mène le monde, ce sont les puissants (l’élite, les ploutocrates). Oui, incidemment, ils ont de l’argent, mais justement parce qu’ils sont puissants et qu’ils dominent. Qui? Ceux qui dînent au 357c .

    • rue david 12:44 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      that’s bananas. a really terrible decision that seems a very subjective and wide-ranging interpretation of freedom or expression, had to be the judge. i hope they appeal based on the crazy precedent that would set. if it sticks (hard to imagine), i guess PM could try raising taxes on advertising to high but not quite punitive levels.

    • Ephraim 13:31 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      rue david – The problem is, this decision was KNOWN. The party knew they would lose. It’s been up before the courts numerous times and it always comes down to freedom of expression. Now… taxing signs by size….. doesn’t stop freedom of expression. 1 sq meter of sign versus 5 sq meter of sign… can have 5 times the tax :)

    • rue david 16:33 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      yeah, i was under the impression that the challenge to allow people to put up signs, not the content of signs that are up. guess i could read the decision…

  • Kate 07:54 on 2016/09/23 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s not the first time this has come up: a judge has ruled that Sikh truckers have to wear hard hats while working in the Port of Montreal. I have an old blog entry from ten years ago about this exact same issue.

    The judge is casually ignoring the fact that Sikhs don’t simply “wear a turban” – it’s not a hat they can easily swap for different headgear. Observant Sikhs never cut their hair. Jamming a hard hat down on a lifetime’s growth of hair wouldn’t be safe anyway: ask anyone who’s grown their hair long, you need to stow it away not to get it caught in things. A turban is a practical way to deal with a long mane of hair if you’re working around machinery.

    • Bill Binns 09:15 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      Nobody likes wearing these things and in most jobs where they are required you could finish a 40 year career without it ever saving you from injury. So, let everyone take responsibility for their own safety and make them optional for EVERYONE.

    • Brenda 09:55 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      This makes me wonder: Do Sikhs have to wear bicycle helmets in B.C. or other provinces with mandatory helmet laws?

    • Blork 10:51 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      Business opportunity: helmets designed to go over turbans (padding not necessary; all you need is the hard shell).

    • Kevin 11:15 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      Turban-wearing Sikhs are exempt from motorcycle helmet laws in BC and Manitoba, but not Ontario.

    • Bill Binns 11:47 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      I wonder how one goes about proving they are a Sikh when pulled over by the cops. Do they get a special ID card to go with their immunity from traffic laws?

      I would love to be one of the brave souls that goes out and tests these things. I would enjoy challenging a police officer or a judge to prove I am not Sikh. Sadly, my wife does not share my enthusiasm for such things and has warned me ominously to stay out of the newspapers.

    • Kate 13:41 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      Willing to let your hair grow for several years and learn to wrap a Sikh Dastar, Bill Binns?

    • Bill Binns 14:02 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      @Kate – I might be. You may have caught a glimpse of a parachute pants and Members Only jacket wearing, hair down to his shoulder blades Bill on St Catherine around 1986 or so. That guy loved motorcycles and hated helmets.

      I’m sure there are lots of guys (and girls) out there with long hair who would rather not wear helmets. I don’t think we should force them to be members of a sixteenth century offshoot of Hinduism in order to have a choice in the matter.

    • Chris 17:34 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      @Kevin: interesting. Does it actually exempt only “turban-wearing Sikhs” or just anyone wearing a turban? Reading the wikipedia article on turbans, I see that they are worn by some sects of Christians, Rastas, Jews, and Muslims.

    • jeather 19:01 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      I’m curious what women who don’t have short hair do with hard hats. I assume they braid it and then tuck it into their clothing?

    • Brenda 08:47 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      They stay home and make delicious dinners for their Sikh husbands?

    • Kate 10:18 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      I don’t think the women jeather refers to are necessarily Sikh, Brenda. Women have reasons to be on worksites and in factories. I imagine most of them keep their hair reasonably short, but anyone who wants to be on site or around machinery with long hair would have to do something along the lines jeather suggests.

      I don’t even know whether Sikh women are enjoined to keep their hair uncut like the men.

    • Ian 10:33 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      Sikh women also do not cut or trim hair.

  • Kate 07:25 on 2016/09/23 Permalink | Reply  

    The Concordian has condemned MTL Blog’s “borrowing” of some social media images for an article on hot students at Concordia.

    • EmilyG 09:53 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      Just when I thought MTL Blog couldn’t possibly reach a new low, it has proven me wrong.

    • ProposMontréal 18:38 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      Why is MTLBlog so shared throughout all of social media? All of my englo friends all follow it on Facebook and thinks it’s all good fun? Do I need new anglo friends? ;)

    • Kevin 20:31 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      MTL blog is a great way to cull your social media contacts. It is the forwarded chain email of this decade

    • EmilyG 20:40 on 2016/09/23 Permalink

      Update: MTL Blog has removed the articles on hot McGill and Concordia students.

    • Ian 09:45 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      @ProposMontréal None of my anglo friends follow it on Facebook. You clearly do need new anglo friends :D

    • Chris 10:47 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      I find it hard to be sympathetic. People love to *publicly* put all these images on social media, now they’re getting collated and spread on social media. Sounds like the system is functioning. :(

    • Ian 13:52 on 2016/09/24 Permalink

      Right, and if they didn’t want to be objectified they shouldn’t have dressed like that, eh? /s

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