A poll shows that Montrealers are disgrunted with the city administration. Just try to get them out and vote, though.
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A firefighter died Friday in Saint-Laurent when one of the fire department’s own trucks ran over him out on a call. I feel for the guy who was driving at the time.
The fraud case against Frank Zampino and his associates will take three months just for the preliminary inquiry because there’s so much evidence to be entered – 1400 truckloads by several accounts. Among the accused are people that were really close to the mayor – Zampino, his right hand man for several years, Martial Filion, who used to run the SHDM, and Bernard Trépanier, who was a political organizer for Union Montreal.
A man who says he was mocked and jeered at for speaking English to an STM employee has put in a formal complaint.
I’ve collected a few items on access to religio-historic sites in the Plateau and Outremont this summer. Nothing new, but some info on dates and times.
St. Michael’s on Saint-Viateur is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. till August 18. It’s a big, cool building and if you’ve never seen the interior you should really take a look. No other Montreal church is quite like this one.
St-Enfant-Jésus church, at Laurier and St-Dominique, will also be open Wednesday to Friday noon till 6 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saint-Viateur church on Laurier is open Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4:30 p.m. through August 26. Guided visits are offered. Information: François Beaudin at 514-840-9126
These church visits are free although they won’t stop you dropping a few loonies into the collection box. Thanks to Kevin Cohalan for this information.
There are guided tours of the gardens of the Hôtel-Dieu monastery on July 22, August 5 and 19, and September 9 – all Sundays – at 1:30 p.m. This costs $10. There are also tours of the chapel, the front door of which faces Pine Avenue, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on July 29, August 28, September 16 and October 14 – also all Sundays – for $6. Normally the public doesn’t have access to either of these sites. You have to reserve at 514-849-2919 and the posters where I found this information note that the tours are only given in French.
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Saw a flurry of tweets last night as the Alouettes, who looked like losing to Calgary, pulled off a last-minute maneuver to win 33-32. Some spectators had already left Molson Stadium assuming the Als had lost.
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River levels are exceptionally low right now, so bad that adjustments were made in an upstream dam to allow enough water through so a ship could dock at the port.
We didn’t have much snow, and now we’re not having rain. Many suburbs are forbidding lawn watering – only the Island of Montreal on this map is free of watering bans.
Areas of Quebec are at risk of forest fires (video, map and text – TVA tends to play video automatically) and there’s a ban on campfires in many areas.
Homeless people are among the groups under risk as the heat wave continues.