Although there have been a few incidents, the massive protest downtown, still going on after midnight – it received a few police warnings but the illegal call around 10 pm was pulled back – has mostly remained peaceful. Tweets have boggled at the sheer numbers that have come out in response to Bill 78.
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A lot of people are out in the street demonstrating tonight, and Twitter says police have just declared the demo illegal, with tear gas, rubber bullets, percussion bombs and the whole kit.
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In the spirit of “tell Vic everything” people have been phoning the police to get permission for all kinds of gatherings – “On a une réunion de famille demain et on s’en va de tel coin de rue à tel coin de rue”…
The petition against Bill 78 that I linked and tweeted earlier was wishful thinking. It has no binding power. Please everyone, stay home and don’t cause any fuss.
As expected, the National Assembly passed Bill 78 on Friday afternoon. Wow, even using Facebook or Twitter to encourage people to demonstrate could be actionable now. Whether wearing a red square will be considered a provocation is not yet clear.
OK folks. These are my instructions: Stay home, only leaving the house to go to work, never congregate with more than half a dozen people at a time, keep your heads down and your voices down, and limit your net postings to pictures of kittens.
The three women accused in the smoke-bombing incident on May 10 have been released on bail with conditions that include never using the metro and keeping a curfew of 9 p.m.
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Legal experts are saying that Bill 78 tramples fundamental constitutional rights.
The BBC has a short piece on Montreal: One Square Mile of Canada – with lots of subtle mistakes and clichés, alas. It’s presented by Lyse Doucet, a longtime BBC reporter, who’s from New Brunswick.
For starters – the Main is anything but “sweeping” – that makes it sound like a grand Paris boulevard rather than the cranky one-way thoroughfare it actually is …”once the symbolic dividing line between the city’s French and English speaking communities” – again a cliché and never really true: anglos lived in Hochelaga and Rosemont, francophones in Ville Émard and Verdun and all over … “the Quartier Chinois, or Chinese quarter” – actually, we call it Chinatown, and it’s more a small shopping area now than a “quarter” where many people live.
“Maple Spring”? That translates printemps d’érable which was mostly just a pun on printemps arabe. And translating Garde-Manger as “The Larder” is just kind of weird.
And hey – Mount Royal is not a hill.
But “the mighty St. Lawrence River” – it’s always fun to spot one of those.
Nice chat with Mike Finnerty though.
(I can’t tell whether this is a piece in itself, or a teaser for a longer report. But I do know it’s part of a series on Canada that the network is doing.)
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The 24th night demo saw thousands of people pour into the street as the debate on Bill 78 at the National Assembly pondered heavy fines for pickets at CEGEPs and universities and for many categories of demonstration. Although big, the demo was peaceful and there were no arrests.
100,000 signatures are needed by 4 p.m. to defeat Bill 78: loi78.com.
La Presse says the summer will be chilly and wet with lots of storms, based on the predictions of U.S. site AccuWeather and the recurrence of El Niño, while the Journal says it will be hot and dry, based on quotes from an Environment Canada authority.
The Montreal City Weblog summer weather prediction is that it will be a mix: sometimes the one, sometimes the other.