On a beautiful sunny day we’re still talking about Tuesday’s rain, with the mayor holding a press conference to assure the public that the city responded quickly and that it has done a lot to improve the sewer system which, nonetheless, is not up to handling the quantity of water thrown at it in such a short time “but neither is any other city’s.” Metro has an item noting the major rainstorms that have hit the city since summer 2008, hinting at a growing trend the city will have to cope with.
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The hand and foot found in Ottawa have also been linked with the torso discovery in Montreal.
(This was on RDI when I stopped earlier for a bowl of noodles at a Vietnamese resto in the ‘hood. “Appetissant!” we agreed.)
Update: Weirder and weirder, the suspect is said to have dated Karla Homolka although the CBC investigation only contains a quote from him saying he’d never even met her. And the suspect tweeted (mostly a lot of banal quotations).
Wednesday night has been declared Casseroles Night in Canada and I’m seeing stuff about demos in London and New York as well as the faintly amusing tag #maplespread. People are, of course, launching commercial spinoffs: t-shirts and beer for starters.
David Suzuki writes as no one else can about why the student tuition protest is about wider issues, including the simple question of what government is for.
La Presse looks at the nightly demos from a police perspective.
A challenge to Bill 78 is to be heard in Superior Court on Friday.
Justin Ling repeats his journalistic theme that demos are getting boring and he’d like something more interesting to lead with.
Report on the situation in Time Magazine.
Marianne Ackerman writes for Maisonneuve an account of the Donovan King/Fringe Festival bustup that has lingered around the English theatre community for ten years.
Tuesday’s torrential rains and floods and Wednesday’s cleanup after the storm damage are much bigger news today than the student negotiations, the 36th consecutive demo or even the body in a bag. Nature can always provide a bigger news story than we can.
According to the CBC report, 80 mm of rain fell Tuesday although it sounds like the fall was uneven and downtown got the worst of it. This compares respectably to the 1987 storm and flood – our biggest rainstorm in living memory – that’s recorded as being something over 100 mm. Also, the average rainfall for May is around 80 mm, so we got an entire month’s worth of rain in a few hours.
La Presse has found the man believed by many to be lying in a coma after the May 20 riot – and chatted with him. He’s was indeed hurt in the riot, but was patched up at the General then went off to Quebec City to stay with friends.