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  • Kate 17:28 on 2017/05/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Roads in Plateau Mont-Royal are mostly 30 km/h now.

  • Kate 16:41 on 2017/05/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Rue Masson looks at how Rosemont quarry stone is found in buildings all over Montreal.

  • Kate 11:01 on 2017/05/25 Permalink | Reply  

    A law professor and some of his students are trying to stop the rodeo planned for August in the Old Port, citing various animal protection laws.

    • Ephraim 11:21 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      And more free publicity…

    • Bill Binns 16:06 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      If you did to dogs and cats what these people do to horses, cattle and sheep in front of a crowd, you would be thrown in jail. At least Texas can claim it’s part of their culture and history. What’s our excuse?

    • Blork 16:42 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      OMG, Montreal 375 is guilty of cultural appropriation!


  • Kate 10:59 on 2017/05/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Construction workers are holding marches in various places throughout Quebec on Thursday.

    It’s interesting to see the spin being put on this story in various outlets. CBC emphasizes how the halting of one worksite in St-Henri has business owners upset. The Journal wrings its hands over a young family whose house construction sits idle, and tells us how well the workers are already paid. Global, at least, notes that what the workers chiefly want is better work schedules rather than more money, and Christopher Curtis in the Gazette goes and talks to one of the workers.

    • SteveQ 12:09 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      Yep, the small and independant businesses will be most affected by the greedyness of large corporate unions, once again. Hopefully the goverment will pass a special law forcing them to get to work. And if they don’t want to work they can always do something else.

    • Kate 12:11 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      The only leverage workers have when in a standoff with their employers is to deny their labour. Special laws are a poor substitute for honest negotiation.

    • John B 13:55 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      I with the Global article had gone into more detail about wanting more family time. I always thought that work like Construction, where you go, do the job, then leave, (unlike, for example, Law, where you bring home a pile of reading at night), offered pretty good family time, but if I’m wrong I want it explained better. What’s the “balance” the workers are after?

    • Daisy 14:15 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      Being able to spend weekends with their families.

    • CE 14:23 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      If you’ve ever worked any sort of manual labour, you know that a lot of your after-work time is spent sleeping or at least zoned out while resting your muscles.

    • Bill Binns 14:23 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      “Being able to spend weekends with their families.” + all winter + the summer “construction holiday”. Boo hoo. Who gets more time off than construction workers?

    • Bert 14:39 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      Bill, I am not sure that your characterization of the time off that construction workers get is all that accurate. Some outside workers might get winter off, strictly due to not being able to do their work, many do work 4 seasons. I can think of plumbers, carpenters, electricians, plasterers, painters, etc. I have seen masons, roofers erect structures to extend their seasons, along with working weekends (when it doesn’t rain).

      The “construction holiday”, while a vacation, is taken as such, it’s not paid time off.

      Teachers get something like 8 weeks “off” no? I think airline pilots have a lot of time off, though a lot of it may not be at home base. Want a laugh, go see the recess dates for 2017-2018 for the National Assembly…. http://www.assembly.wales/en/bus-home/Pages/assembly_timetable.aspx

    • Bill Binns 16:04 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      @Bert. I’m sure there are exceptions but construction is not a 9-5 Monday to Friday job. Neither is being a nurse or a doctor or a bus driver or a cop or a fisherman or a firefighter or dozens of other jobs. So, if it rains on Thursday and Friday and workers cannot work, they want to sit home on Saturday and Sunday as well? How could a project possibly be planned that way? They know they will have to work when the work is available regardless. What they want is to be paid quadruple overtime on weekends or some such nonsense. This is just a typical union money grab by another name.

  • Kate 10:53 on 2017/05/25 Permalink | Reply  

    A new trial for Jonathan Mahautière will begin in September 2018 after a jury was unable to agree on a verdict earlier this month. Mahautière admits he killed the young woman who wanted to break up with him: the issue is whether it was murder or manslaughter.

    The ongoing trial of Jean-Philippe Tremblay, who has also admitted to the 2009 killing for which he’s being tried, are being covered in detail in La Presse as well as the Gazette.

    The trial of ski coach Bertrand Charest for sexually assaulting twelve women in his charge has reached closing arguments.

  • Kate 10:23 on 2017/05/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Representatives of community groups demonstrated at the CSDM Wednesday against the recent rent hike the school commission imposed on premises that used to be affordable. The amounts mentioned are, in government terms, trivial: the commission says it makes $6.4 million from these rents but spends $9.6 million in maintenance. The government could cover this shortfall with what it gives Bombardier for candy money.

    A church on Atwater that has given space to a group that helps the homeless is about to be sold off for condos and the Open Door group has nowhere to go.

  • Kate 00:48 on 2017/05/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Van Son Nguyen, freed from prison based on the Jordan decision, wants to be sent back to the UK where he’s a citizen. I’m guessing that he, like Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham, wants to scram from Canada before the courts can find a way to reinstate his murder charge.

  • Kate 00:42 on 2017/05/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Bridge illuminations Wednesday evening honoured the victims of the attack in Manchester. This item doesn’t mention it, but city hall was also lit in the Union Jack colours for the same reason.

    • Fab Pine 08:21 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      Twenty Libyan toddlers drowned on their way to Europe yesterday. I wonder if they turned red white and blue to honor the British victims of terror?

    • Raymond Lutz 09:02 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      @Fab, vous m’avez devancé. J’allais faire le même commentaire mais en mentionnant les victimes (adultes et enfants) du Yemen, tuées par des bombes fabriquées et vendues par nous, les nord-américains. “Yemen death toll has reached 10,000, UN says”… ça fait 17 morts PAR JOUR pendant 2 ans et ça continue. Nos bombes.

    • Kate 11:04 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      I take your point, both of you, but we could light everything up every night to memorialize a massacre somewhere.

    • Ephraim 11:47 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      BTW, the bombs are from the United States, not Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, etc. No need to paint a wide brush to make your point. (And it strengthens the nonsense “fake news” argument.)

    • Fab Pine 18:01 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      Canada is one of the largest arms dealers on earth, and we are always there to help our superpower friend destroy small countries with strategic resources. We take the money, our media lies to protect the powerful, so we are complicit in mass murder and the creation of poverty and colonialism. Why would anyone cry for us? We’re basically a mercenary nation.

  • Kate 00:32 on 2017/05/25 Permalink | Reply  

    The amphitheatre the city’s kindly building for Evenko over on St Helen’s Island will be equipped with a $2M sound baffle to keep concerts from deafening the residents of the South Shore.

  • Kate 00:30 on 2017/05/25 Permalink | Reply  

    The Toronto Star says the longtime fruitless plan for a fast train between Toronto and Montreal has been abandoned, and Toronto’s looking in the other direction now at a shinkansen for the Niagara peninsula.

  • Kate 22:21 on 2017/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC enumerates all the sites that have gone silent in the construction strike.

  • Kate 22:05 on 2017/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre and Hydro-Quebec say they’re going to work together to create a memorial park near the Black Rock for the 6000 dead Irish that lie buried there.

    • SteveQ 23:59 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      It’s about time they get serious about creating a memorial. They’ve been talking about it for too long, once again. Now’s the time to do it…and do it well. I’m all for it !

    • Bill Binns 09:08 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      Hmm, I didn’t realize it was a burial ground. I thought it was just a memorial to the people who died. There are 6000 people buried under that road / parking lot? The (translation of) article says “figurative tomb of the people who died en route”.

      It’s probably the most interesting memorial we have in the city. It’s too bad it’s so hard to get to and such an unpleasant location once you do reach it. I would be in favor of moving it to an existing park in the Southwest or even downtown but I guess if there are people buried there it will be tied to that spot forever.

    • SteveQ 09:31 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      Indeed it would be better to move it somewhere else to have a better access and to get more visibility but if they manage to ”create” a nice park that will surround the black rock it could become a nice little mémorial site that will eventually grow in ”popularity” especially since the city is rapidly expanding towards that area.

    • Kate 09:59 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      Bill Binns, I think the precise location of all the graves is a bit vague, but they’re known to be in that general area. You can’t just move the Rock to some more convenient location, because it was placed there (as the inscription says) after workers found they were digging up Irish corpses, barely two decades later, when working on the Victoria Bridge.

      Thursday morning the Gazette also looks at this story.

      I wonder whether Montreal is involving Ireland in these discussions. In Quebec City there’s a Celtic cross monument donated by Ireland to mark the famine immigration, for example.

    • Jack 10:50 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      Just a general question for your readers, why is this event not a significant part of Montreal’s past, even looking at the 375th. I’m always curious how memory is constructed and what events are commemorated and what is forgotten…any ideas?

    • Kate 11:49 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      Jack, you know it’s not all that convenient to the majority narrative. If the site marked 6000 Acadien deaths we’d hear about it. But it’s also: a lot of those Irish dead were young and have no descendants. I don’t know whether anyone now is specifically aware of being descended from someone who died at Grosse Île or in the fever sheds here. We feel a sort of tribal connection, but that is all. We descend from the survivors.

      Another reason is that a lot of the people who might have been concerned no longer live here. Many of the Irish families who settled here for a couple of generations – and who built St Ann’s, St Gabriel’s, St Patrick’s and St Michael’s – no longer have descendants here. For example, most of my generation of my extended family now live in the rest of Canada or in the United States. My great-great-grandfather William Ryan, buried in ND-des-Neiges, has a lot of descendants, but I’m one of the very few who still lives in Montreal.

    • Taylor C. Noakes 15:10 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      @Kate- McGill did precisely that last year when they moved the Hochelaga commemorative stone to a more prominent location on its lower field.

      The move did not bring us any closer to knowing exactly where Hochelaga was, but it certainly re-enforced McGill’s dubious claim to being located on the site of the ancient community.

  • Kate 13:17 on 2017/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The city looks like having a $46-million deficit by the end of this year. TVA link plays video.

    • Bill Binns 17:25 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      I want to make a snarky comment here about the city being in the red by roughly the same amount spent to bedazzle the Jacques Cartier but…. I was underneath the thing the other night when it was all lit up in the same green color that it’s painted and it was gorgeous. I’m seriously rethinking my grousing about the costs. I hope the system holds together for a few years.

    • Kevin 10:27 on 2017/05/25 Permalink

      Montreal’s paying $1 million a year for the bridge lights, so you can’t exactly blame that for the deficit.
      Severely underbudgeting police overtime was silly. Police not handing out their quota of tickets when it’s no longer safe to go on green would be a joke if it weren’t so dangerous.

  • Kate 11:17 on 2017/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Last year during a drug raid in Montreal North a man died after being shot with a rubber bullet by an SPVM policeman. Now the officer faces a charge of manslaughter.

    • steph 11:48 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      … while he jumped out of a 2nd floor window to evade the police. Dany Villanueva was also arrested at that drug raid. Why does the community keep supporting & defending these stupid criminals?

    • Blork 11:53 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      I’d like to know more details, but it seems that knocking someone out of a 2nd-floor window is excessive use of force, especially if the person is fleeing and not presenting a threat to the police or anyone else. After all, this was just a drug bust, not taking down a terrorist ring or whatever.

    • steph 12:14 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      Here’s a list (Gazette article April 1, 2016) of things the police seized from the raid: $2,280, 237g marijuana, 2 rocks of crack, 8 cell phones, 6 guns, 2 counterfeit cards, Accessories for cooking crack.

      It’s a drug raid where the bad guys have 6 guns, and the cop used rubber bullets.

    • SMD 12:19 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      The officer shot him in the head with a rubber bullet, which knocked him off the balcony and onto his head. As a witness said at the time:

      « Tirer n’était pas utile, clame Jayjay. Le gars n’était pas armé, n’avait rien sur lui. Lorsqu’il était à terre, les policiers l’ont fouillé et n’ont rien pris. »

      On a related note, let’s not forget that this was a raid for selling marijuana, which Trudeau will legalize in a year. Major players with deep pockets and connections (including former Liberal MP Martin Cauchon) are already lining up their investors to make a killing off this new market, while the poor and racialized people who have been selling it to well-off white people for years (including to Trudeau and his wife) certainly won’t have their records expunged. And the families of victims like Jean-Pierre Bony won’t get their loved ones back.

      There are several layers of injustice and hypocrisy here.

    • Bill Binns 12:48 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      It’s weird that a cop would be using rubber bullets in a situation like that. I would assume the rubber bullets were because the cops knew a member of the sainted Villaneuva clan would be there and weren’t going to take any chances of losing another of the community’s heroes.

    • Blork 13:20 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      Steph, it doesn’t matter what was found at the scene. You don’t shoot someone out of a 2nd-floor window — rubber bullet or otherwise — simply because they’re fleeing the scene of a raid. The punishment for possession of any of those items is not “death.”

      …and again, just because he’s on the scene doesn’t mean he’s directly involved. He might have been just a friend of one of the thugs who just happened to be there. The point is, it is not up to the cop on the scene to pull a potentially fatal move on a fleeing suspect unless that suspect presents a clear and immediate threat. This isn’t the wild west. There are SOPs for how to do these things, and shooting people out of windows is not one of them.

    • Blork 13:22 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      @Bill Binns, I suspect it’s standard procedure to have rubber-bullet guns for close-proximity raids like that. Probably more accurate and effective than tasers for when they bust into a room like that, where regular guns would be overkill. (They undoubtedly also have regular guns, but the rubber bullet gun is the primary weapon.)

    • Bill Binns 13:38 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      @Blork – I don’t know. I always thought of rubber bullets being used for riots and things like that but. You lose a lot of the “less lethal” effect of rubber bullets at close range as we see here. I know if you asked me to crash into an apartment of bad guys who were expected to have real guns and I was armed only with rubber bullets, I’d probably be looking for another job, $68.00 an hour or not. If I did go in, I would probably have a pretty itchy trigger finger on my rubber bullet gun.

    • Blork 15:29 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      Sure. But as I said, they likely went in with a combination of weapons, which included the rubber bullet guns. I doubt very much that the rubber bullets were the ONLY weapons drawn.

      Rubber bullets can and are used at short distances to non-lethally disarm or disable people. But with body or limb shots, not head shots.

      Final note: this wasn’t a seige, so while it might have been “likely” that guns would be found on the premises, it was probably unlikely that the guns would be drawn. Thugs would much rather get hit with a benign weapons charge than to be charged with shooting and maybe killing the cops as they busted in. In other words, I suspect the perps rarely shoot back in these situations because it is usually self-defeating to do so and they usually won’t resort to that unless they’re some kind of a serial killer or terrorist who has been cornered. Big diff between that and having your door unexpectedly kicked in for a drug raid.

  • Kate 09:54 on 2017/05/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Late Tuesday a man was stabbed near Ste-Catherine and Crescent and there were five arrests. (Update: CBC radio just said this had become homicide #9.)

    A little later, a man was shot in lower NDG overnight, outside Les Amazones and PJ’s. TVA link has raw video.

    Incidentally, there are always some injuries when the weather warms up and people resume going out and mingling and, occasionally, rumbling. It’s not a crime wave.

    Update: the shooting has also become a homicide. Brief summary of both fatalities in Metro.

    • Blork 10:28 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      The stabbing took place near Ste-C and MacKay; the found the victim near Crescent.

      This morning I came out of the Guy-Concordia Metro at about 9:15 and Ste-C was blocked from Guy all the way to Crescent, with police cars flashing and lots of cops standing around. I don’t know what’s involved with these investigations, but it seems a bit silly to get the cops all puffed up for such a long period of time for the sake of a small stabby brawl. What’s to be gained by keeping the streets blocked almost ten hours after it happened? You’d think some kind of international incident had happened.

    • Bill Binns 11:06 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      @Blork – Well, it’s likely somebody will be on trial for attempted murder or murder at some point (probably 5 years from now) so all the rules of evidence collecting have to be respected. As usual though, it does seem wasteful to have a bunch of $68.00 an hour cops standing around for no other reason than to keep a street closed while crime scene techs do their work.

    • Blork 11:35 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      Fine, except for the total lack of crime scene techs. There were cop cars, uniformed cops standing idle, and barrier tape. Nothing actually going on.

    • Kate 12:10 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      Bill Binns, Blork, CBC radio news just said the Ste-Catherine stabbing victim died, and cops need to gather evidence as well as scout all the nearby businesses for possible video.

    • Blork 13:25 on 2017/05/24 Permalink

      Yeah, sure, but you’d think that 10 hours later they would have gathered any physical evidence at the site. They don’t need to cordon off the streets to canvas businesses for video.

      Anyway, I’m sure they have their reasons, it just seems like an impossibly slow process.

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