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  • admin 16:58 on 2010/07/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The Lachine woman accused of having tried to murder her own daughter in what’s being described as an attempted honour killing has been denied bail and must stay behind bars till her trial at the end of August.

  • admin 16:36 on 2010/07/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Martin Patriquin samples a dessert poutine at Paul Patates; a Toronto writer tries to suss out Mile End.

    • naftee 19:18 on 2010/07/30 Permalink

      i’m not sure why he decides to start out his article with a visit to a sketchy sandwich place? A dive’s a dive, and there are plenty in Toronto and Montreal.

    • admin 09:00 on 2010/07/31 Permalink

      Wilensky’s is kind of a famous joint, and a survival of the past, but nobody goes there expecting an epicurean epiphany. It isn’t Schwartz’s.

  • admin 10:02 on 2010/07/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The Ahuntsic pastor accused of defrauding his flock is denying their claims he asked for loans and has failed to pay them back. But court cases against him are piling up.

  • admin 09:56 on 2010/07/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Here’s a big surprise: the federal government’s guidelines for automobile design are having zero effect on the greenhouse gases emitted by Canada’s vehicles and never will.

  • admin 07:48 on 2010/07/30 Permalink | Reply  

    As London launches its version of the Bixi, a Guardian writer comes here to check out how it works (with a link to Da Gryptions’ immortal anthem). The Gazette notices that London has 6000 bikes, 1000 more than in Montreal – but it’s a much bigger and more populous city, so that’s not unreasonable. (BBC says it has 5,000 bikes now and plans to ramp up to 6,000 later. Either way, all the bikes were made in Canada.)

    It’s also a nice irony that our lack of a helmet law is one of the things that has contributed to Bixi’s popularity: in Melbourne, you’re fined if you aren’t wearing one, no matter what you’re riding, so their Bixi-type system isn’t thriving. It’s the sort of thing that flourishes on spontaneity.

    It’s less of a nice irony that we end up paying more for our Bixi because we can’t benefit from it five months a year. Also, users want more Bixis.

  • admin 07:38 on 2010/07/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Now the city is saying work on Place d’Armes will be completed by fall 2011: people working nearby miss the square and the trees that used to be there. Good for tourism to have the square in devastated condition for two summers in a row?

    • Marc 07:46 on 2010/07/30 Permalink

      I still really think they should have revived those mothballed washrooms. Same for Philips Square. Would make life much more bareable for no shortage of people including those like me with chronic medical conditions.

    • admin 07:50 on 2010/07/30 Permalink

      Yes, but they would have to spring for attendants because the bathrooms would be used for other activities, which is why they were shut down in the first place. I do think it’s a shame that one often can’t find a bathroom without buying a coffee or something (which can just add to one’s problem, I realize).

    • Tux 12:17 on 2010/07/30 Permalink

      Maybe the problem of the criminal element could be mitigated by making them pay toilets that self-clean, like in Paris?

    • admin 09:46 on 2010/07/31 Permalink

      I don’t see those being installed underground in the old vespasienne spaces beneath Phillips Square or Place d’Armes somehow.

  • admin 07:23 on 2010/07/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Cédric Sam has a piece about the evolution of Plaza Swatow in Chinatown, which is set to open on Sunday, and points out that its name in Chinese has nothing to do with Swatow, a city name more usually transliterated now as Shantou, 汕頭. I’m assuming its ground floor will be something like a small mall, or else the “plaza” part of the name will be equally misleading.

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