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  • Kate 20:48 on 2011/07/31 Permalink | Reply  

     
    • david m. 12:08 on 2011/08/01 Permalink

      i don’t want to be disrespectful, but i’m not really sure what this sort of thing signifies at this point. is the assumption is that he was murdered by that cop? is it a more general statement about the relationship between minorities and authorities? what does this mean? is it a more general statement to the youth of montreal? don’t get involved in the street gangs, it just sees you dropping out of school, getting wasted, and getting shot by some cop during one of your more absurd and eccentric attempts to show off to your friends? i just don’t see the point at which the various lines intersect on this one. does one have to be a member of the community to get it? is this kid’s unfortunate story a major grievance among some folks? to the point that a bill like this rallies folks?

    • Kate 12:52 on 2011/08/01 Permalink

      You ask a lot of questions, mister.

  • Kate 17:01 on 2011/07/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Several media outlets have taken note that today is the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of Cédrika Provencher from Trois-Rivières. Her family still has hopes of finding her alive.

     
  • Kate 16:54 on 2011/07/31 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse has video of Mayor Tremblay telling us not to panic about the collapse of a 20×20 meter chunk of concrete in the Ville-Marie tunnel today. Transport minister Sam Hamad wants answers; after summarizing these, Radio-Canada also has Richard Bergeron denouncing the under-funding of infrastructure maintenance and also has some video.

     
    • Bill Binns 08:48 on 2011/08/01 Permalink

      Just off the top of my head I can remember a highway overpass collapse that killed an entire family, a large chunk of concrete falling off a building on peel street and killing a woman in a restaurant below and a parking garage collapse that resulted in death. All in Montreal in the last few years. How many people would have been killed by this tunnel collapse if it happened at 9:00 am Monday rather than Sunday?

      Although these are not all transport related it does seem that Montreal has a greater frequency of deadly engineering failures than any other city in North America. It seems that it is just a matter of time before the area sees a major disaster that results in hundreds of deaths.

    • Kate 11:46 on 2011/08/01 Permalink

      Two of those were private, not infrastructure, although after them I saw a flurry of discussion about how seldom privately owned buildings are given engineering inspections. I have no idea whether changes have been made in the rules about that, or if they have been, whether anyone makes sure the new rules are followed.

  • Kate 16:44 on 2011/07/31 Permalink | Reply  

    News from the UK that people with anarchist views should be reported to police is raising eyebrows, but it’s not so far from recent local news that our police have created a squad to monitor groups with dissenting political views. Economic crunch, tough times, unwelcome social change, repression. We’ve seen this before.

     
  • Kate 10:35 on 2011/07/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Brief item about a $14.99 Iroquois souvenir bought in Old Montreal makes me wonder whether they’ve spotted the “Made in China” on it yet.

     
  • Kate 10:34 on 2011/07/31 Permalink | Reply  

    A glimpse into the method of making fortune cookies at Chinatown institution Wing’s Noodles.

     
  • Kate 10:28 on 2011/07/31 Permalink | Reply  

    OpenFile has a timely guide to barbecuing in public parks.

     
  • Kate 10:13 on 2011/07/31 Permalink | Reply  

    A concrete structure fell onto the eastbound Ville-Marie autoroute Sunday morning from the tunnel ceiling near the Hôtel-de-Ville overpass. No one was hurt, but the eastbound 720 is closed for the moment. Photo. It’s tremendous luck that it didn’t fall on a weekday morning. Additional images in this Radio-Canada item and the initial La Presse report stray into “holy shit” territory.

    Later thought: Since the fallen structure is a paralume, one of a series of grilles meant to accustom motorists’ eyes to tunnel dimness – couldn’t they be made of something lighter than concrete?

     
    • JaneyB 11:35 on 2011/07/31 Permalink

      If this had happened on a weekday, many would have died and the news stories would have richocheted for weeks. A miracle. One wonders what exactly our ‘inspectors’ do, if they can’t determine stuff that is on the verge of collapse…sigh.

    • Chris 11:45 on 2011/07/31 Permalink

      Why assume it’s the fault of inspectors? There’s a whole chain, from inspection, to decision making, to construction.

  • Kate 10:07 on 2011/07/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Globe and Mail has some CP video on Montreal yarn bombers although my impression was this trend peaked last year. (I also have to admit I find it a pointless, wasteful gesture and that I’ve occasionally considered packing scissors to cut yarn bombs down, especially as they don’t age very well and soon look ratty and unpleasant.)

     
    • James 08:04 on 2011/08/01 Permalink

      I’m a bit confused by the hate directed towards yarn bombing. I don’t do it personally but I think it’s kind of fun/semi-interesting. Isn’t any art “wasteful”? I told a collegue she should do some yarn bombing since she basically extrudes knitting all day and was pretty much verbally attacked for the suggestion.

    • Kate 10:39 on 2011/08/01 Permalink

      I didn’t say I hated it, and I’m unaware of anyone else having said so. I just find it wasteful and neither pretty nor thought-provoking. And, you know, not art.

  • Kate 10:02 on 2011/07/31 Permalink | Reply  

    The second of three Bons Voisins days along Saint-Viateur had perfect weather and seemed livelier than the first. A brief description in the Journal.

     
  • Kate 09:59 on 2011/07/31 Permalink | Reply  

    The posh Ogilvy department store, which has belonged to the FTQ, has been sold to a Toronto firm that also owns Holt Renfrew and upscale shops in Europe.

     
  • Kate 09:56 on 2011/07/31 Permalink | Reply  


    The city is waging a war against an invasive plant that’s pushing out native greenery. It’s called “nerprun cathartique” in French, European buckthorn in English, and according to that Weeds Canada page not only is it invasive, it can carry a fungal disease that damages other plants; according to the Wikipedia page it can also harbour a damaging aphid. Image from Wikimedia.

     
    • Chris 11:45 on 2011/07/31 Permalink

      It’s pretty.

    • Kate 12:05 on 2011/07/31 Permalink

      So are some other invasive species – that’s how they got here. Wikipedia says the buckthorn was introduced from Europe as a decorative shrub. But being pretty doesn’t make it benign. Purple loosestrife is also pretty but is so invasive it’s crowding out native wetland species.

      I suppose the eventual effect of globalization is to create a very samey biome all over the planet, allowing for climate differences, but – as in other matters – it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight back in some areas.

    • qatzelok 18:40 on 2011/07/31 Permalink

      That “samey biome” might not include humans, or many other “smart” mammals.

    • Kate 20:06 on 2011/07/31 Permalink

      I wonder if the inevitable pattern will mean a streamlining of the world biome to a handful of aggressive species – including us. But monocultures have vulnerabilities and disease could mean a loss of major food crops if we screw up. But so long as there’s life, eventually what’s left will speciate into more variety in the remote future. Maybe not including us, although with 7 billion or more of us, some of us quite inventive, we could take a deal of killing.

  • Kate 09:47 on 2011/07/31 Permalink | Reply  

    As July draws to a close, it looks like it may break a temperature record set back in 1955. (But similar things were being said last year.)

     
  • Kate 09:45 on 2011/07/31 Permalink | Reply  

    mtlurb forums asks and answers an interesting question: is the Montreal area ready for another million residents?

     
  • Kate 14:46 on 2011/07/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Some striking new then-and-now shots from Guillaume St-Jean: St-Urbain and St-Antoine – too bad the Power Soda Bar Restaurant is gone; Ste-Catherine just west of Saint-Denis with the J. Donat Langelier sign bright and clear, then faded nearly to illegibility; another in the same area is a close-up of commercial signage of the era; Notre-Dame and de Lorimier before and after the construction of the Jacques-Cartier bridge, the old shot showing how the pumping station, now isolated under the massive bridge pylon, used to be part of an ordinary city block.

    He’s added another on Sunday: rue de la Commune – or, as it was known then, Common Street.

     
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