A stabbing took place Wednesday evening in the Berri-UQAM edicule at the corner of Ste-Catherine and Berri that was apparently unconnected with the student demo going on nearby.
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boston.com does a piece on food and wine here and in Quebec, although I feel at the moment that posting light lifestyle links is sort of whistling in the dark.
I’ve rounded up a brief selection of tweets at this hour responding to the new Charest law.
Thursday is the 370th anniversary of the city’s founding and there will be various performances in the Quartier des spectacles.
Having examined Calgary’s virtues last month, Quel Avenir’s François Cardinal turns his gaze on Ottawa to ponder whether Montreal can learn anything from it as a city. He starts by looking at Ottawa’s new double-decker buses to be used for long bus runs from suburbs into town. So far the STM resists the idea – the few double-deckers in town belong to private tour companies – but Cardinal makes a case for them.
Masked protesters came to city hall Wednesday for discussions on the mayor’s hasty mask ban, which Radio-Canada says went badly, with most critics saying the proposed law infringes on fundamental liberties and gives police too much leeway, and La Presse says was torn to pieces in the course of discussions. Projet Montréal is on record as being against it, Richard Bergeron saying that police already have enough methods at their disposal.
A scantily-dressed demo is under way downtown, leaving from the usual gathering point – Berri Square.
Jean Charest is currently passing a special law expected to clamp down on civil disobedience and reinstate classes. Tweets are saying that schools will resume the winter semester in August and start the fall session in October.
This is making the rounds today: renowned Le Devoir photographer Jacques Nadeau is bowled over by a mounted policeman while covering a demo.
The STM has decided on the name Azur for the new metro trains; the article also says there’ll be a model train car to visit at Berri-UQÀM from June 8.
If you’ve seen a lot of Red Admiral butterflies this season your observations are not off base. Eastern Canada has seen the biggest migration on record this year, brought on by exceptionally warm winter temperatures in their winter homes in the southern U.S., which has just seen its warmest 12 months ever recorded.
You can report butterfly observations on ebutterfly.ca.
Two CP writers have a piece on how the student strike has revealed a break between the right and the left in Quebec – something anyone who reads this blog and its comments can see for themselves.
Victor-Lévy Beaulieu talks about the violence used to subdue students, the suggestion of agents provocateurs within the ranks of the protesters, and his distaste for the mayor’s new anti-protest laws, which echo similar laws written by Jean Drapeau in the 1960s.
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Students held yet another demonstration Tuesday evening and it remained peaceful.
(Listening to the CBC local news this morning I heard the news reader say the student demos had become “gradually more violent” which struck me as both inaccurate and inflammatory: the violence spiked in Victoriaville on May 4 but since then it’s been clear nobody wants a reprise of that kind of scene.)
Proof that injunctions can’t force people back to classes was demonstrated Tuesday at a CEGEP in Ste-Thérèse. Rima Elkouri ponders the ludicrous notion of using police methods to force people to teach and learn – while Jean Charest prepares a law to do just that.
Meantime, Michelle Courchesne may have said some magic words in her first pourparlers with student leaders.
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There are promises without many concrete details about public wi-fi coming to parks and other public sites this summer.
This reminds me to ask: has anyone here used the public wi-fi that’s supposed to exist along the Main between Sherbrooke and Mont-Royal? I tote around an iPod Touch and it sometimes connects there but more often does not. I blogged about this last fall.
Also, anyone else constantly see ATUQ as a supposedly open network in various places all over town, yet never succeed in getting a connection on it?
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