Hey, what happened to the Nazi soap story? Last I read, police were supposed to investigate and find out if the curiosity shop on the Main really was selling death camp soap. Can’t find any report on it since late March.
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(On the other hand, I find it irritating that we can’t wave the card as we board a bus, as originally promised, but have to pause and compress it against the reader. There has to be a less clunky way of doing things.)
The Globe and Mail has a quite affecting photo of a dog rescued after its owners and their house sank into an unexpected landslide in Saint-Jude, near Saint-Hyacinthe. Here’s Google Streetview of the house before the collapse; photo sequence on La Presse.
Radio-Canada looks back to the 1971 mudslide in Saint-Jean-Vianney which swallowed up 40 houses and killed several dozen people.
Update: The dog photo has vanished but the G&M link now has some aerial photos of the subsidence and La Presse reports that the father of the family has been found dead.
Update 2: The entire family of four perished in the foundering of their house.
A study has shown the popularity of shisha among young Montrealers, some of whom may mistakenly believe it’s less harmful than cigarettes. On the other hand, it’s not like you can carry them around and smoke them all the time, as cigarette smokers commonly do.
In other tobacco news, dépanneurs are trying to act against the availability of contraband cigarettes: it’s been shown that, even at government offices, 10% of the cigarettes smoked outside are illegal ones.
The city’s central social services agency is considering turning the old Chinese hospital on Saint-Denis into a hostel for Inuit staying in Montreal for medical treatment. It’s time a new purpose was found for that building, but the borough mayor is concerned about the possible ruckus created by housing 150 to 200 Inuit together in one place. Visiting Inuit currently stay in seven different locations in the west end.
A municipal honcho in Outremont riding was beaten up by an unknown assailant as he arrived at his office yesterday morning. No explanation is forthcoming, and there are only hints about dissatisfaction in the borough.
The Canadiens’ win last night was greeted by celebration in the streets; the inspired idea of keeping motor traffic off Ste-Catherine helped keep things peaceful, but didn’t please everyone. (Re the Gazette article: I have no sympathy for the troubles of someone who drives from Westmount to the Bell Centre.)