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.
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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.
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.
The Globe’s Konrad Yakabuski summarizes the problems besetting the Montreal airport.
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.
Ingrid Peritz has a nice report on a Nuns’ Island mini mall where the three Middle Eastern religions cohabit and collaborate peacefully.
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.
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).
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.
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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.
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.
The SPVM has been slow to produce the data it promised earlier this year as part of an open data initiative.
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?
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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.
The Concordian has condemned MTL Blog’s “borrowing” of some social media images for an article on hot students at Concordia.