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  • Kate 17:24 on 2010/08/09 Permalink | Reply  

    A year and a half after the Journal de Montréal lockout began, labour minister Sam Hamad has named a mediator to try to bring peace between the two sides. Nominee Jean Poirier succeeded in settling the Journal de Québec conflict in 2008.

  • Kate 17:20 on 2010/08/09 Permalink | Reply  

    Jean Chrétien was sent home from hospital today after successful head surgery. Considering he and Jacques Parizeau both opted for the Jewish General, that’s probably a good clue where to go in town if you need an operation. Chrétien’s 76.

  • Kate 16:20 on 2010/08/09 Permalink | Reply  

    Today is the 165th anniversary of the birth of Brother André, but the big party is planned for his canonization in October.

    • Elizabeth 18:00 on 2010/08/09 Permalink

      Hard to believe that at one point in history, different groups were discussing if they should just leave the little chapel or start building a major edifice on the mountain. After all, Brother Andre was getting old, and perhaps people would stop coming after his death.
      From what I saw today, it was a good idea to build the Basilica. Tons of tourists and pilgrims made their way there today.

  • Kate 16:18 on 2010/08/09 Permalink | Reply  

    A new patrol of young folks – starting fairly late in the summer, it seems to me – is to make its rounds to tell people about conserving water.

    Maybe some general environmental entity ought to go around distributing composting boxes and water barrels? Just an idea.

    • J 09:08 on 2010/08/10 Permalink

      Most boroughs in Montreal offer subsidised composters for 25$. You can find them either at the borough offices or at the Éco-Quartiers. Some Éco-Quartiers also offer workshops on constructing your own rain barrel system using things like those giant vats filled with handsoap malls and hospitals have. They usually PAY to have these disposed of, so they’ll be happy to give them away.

    • Kate 11:50 on 2010/08/10 Permalink

      But will they deliver them? I tried getting a composter last year but a) they were always out of them and b) I would’ve had to take a taxi home, or find some way of putting the thing on wheels.

    • J 08:50 on 2010/08/11 Permalink

      Hmmm. Yeah, there is no budget for delivery… you may get away with it by having your grandmother call and ask them to be kind enough.

      They often run out, but depending on the borough they are constantly getting more in. The trick is to get it early in the season. I find the best things for composting are the half barrels they use to make whiskey. The big home improvement stores sell them, and they are often on sale. I have a 2-barrel system going where one stays fallow for half a season while the other one is accumulating organics. And i use a burlap sac on top to keep the flies away.

      Hope that helps!

  • Kate 07:04 on 2010/08/09 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro, appropriately, is previewing the new warning tone for the door closing in the metro, and wants to know what we think.

    • Marc 08:00 on 2010/08/09 Permalink

      The chimes are fine, but the voice is not necessary. What they must remember to do is close the door AFTER the sound is heard; not do both at the same time.

    • Alex 10:29 on 2010/08/11 Permalink

      Si seulement on avait, comme certains commentaires de la page liée le disent, des noms de stations de bus!
      Je ne comprend pas comment les touristes font pour utiliser les transports à Montréal, je n’ai jamais vu un tel bordel dans le reste des villes du monde…
      Mais bref, enlevez la voix et ne gardez que le son…
      (et peut être quand on arrive en fin de ligne faites jouer: Il fait beau dans l’métro? :P )

    • Kate 18:08 on 2010/08/11 Permalink

      J’adore le vidéo de cette toune.

  • Kate 06:57 on 2010/08/09 Permalink | Reply  

    A study done on arrests by Montreal police shows that black people are far more likely to be arrested in Montreal than white people, especially in the north end. (Or, as Patrick Lagacé puts it in his column, the police arrest almost as many blacks as whites – although blacks make up only 14% of the population.)

    But having commissioned the detailed study of 163,630 police report files by a doctor of criminology, and not liking the implications of the results, deputy director Jean-François Pelletier is now saying the study is flawed. Lagacé considers the issue and finds an echo of the conservative tendency to ignore evidence and rely on received ideas instead.

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