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  • Kate 18:19 on 2012/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Couche-Tard workers held a rally Saturday to deplore the union-busting tactics that led to the shutdown a year ago of a store that had unionized. C-Tard, which is rolling in profits, claims the specific location had not been profitable.

  • Kate 18:13 on 2012/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse is saying an NHL lockout looks unavoidable and the labour relations board turned down a bid to declare the lockout illegal in Quebec. So, will we miss the Habs? Will we miss the chronic anxiety of waiting for them to crash and burn? Background from the CBC, notes on how sports-dependent businesses are feeling grim, other leagues are feeling hopeful.

  • Kate 14:17 on 2012/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    The Guardian has a pensive piece on what’s happening to Canada.

    • Josh 14:58 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      Really feels like that article was put together by someone with an agenda, and then found the facts to suit it.

    • Kate 15:14 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      Shrug. That’s one way you could describe it.

      Also today: correctional workers are complaining about the Tory hard line on crime and how it’s overcrowding the prisons.

    • Alex L 17:57 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      Wow, the part related to Quebec is quite incoherent. Clearly the author had an agenda before writing that article, or didn’t bother to read anything else than the Gazette.

  • Kate 13:33 on 2012/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    On Quel Avenir, François Cardinal deplores how while Place Ville-Marie was a strong design gesture, the city has drifted into a period of unimaginative, imitative buildings. He’s right that it’s not necessarily expensive to think more originally (although that’s to handwave the pressure to make buildings out of stock sizes and shapes to save money).

    • Doobish 17:12 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      I have to agree. Other than the IBM-Marathon tower, the CCA building and the PaC museum, very few of our post-60s buildings are worth a second look.

  • Kate 13:17 on 2012/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    A man has been arrested for a 1995 shooting at the old Lupin tavern at Roy and Drolet.

  • Kate 11:36 on 2012/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Le Devoir looks at anglos today, at why there’s no government position for someone to see to their needs, and chats with various notable anglos including Patrick Watson, Julius Grey and John Gomery.

    And that leads to a question about this blog. Until the recent election I pretty much avoided language issue stories, except on the odd occasion. Until the election campaign, language issues haven’t been dominant for most of the 10+ years this blog’s been in existence, although they’ve never been quite dormant either.

    When I started the blog I was very clear that it wasn’t going to be an angry anglo platform. One of the reasons I wanted to do it was to integrate news from media in both languages to give a more complex view of life here, and I still think it’s valuable to do that.

    It’s simply a fact that when you talk about English in Quebec you’re mostly talking about Montreal. Not exclusively, but mostly. So stories about coping with English service in stores and English CEGEPs and so forth are mostly also talking about life in Montreal.

    And now with a PQ government, albeit a minority, we’re definitely going to see more stories about language.

    So this is the question: Do I continue as I’ve been doing, blogging about Montreal and occasionally casting an eye on language stories as relevant to life in this city? Or do I start a second side blog where stories on that theme get grouped, and where people can comment and scrap on that particular typically noisy topic?

    • Aymeric 12:24 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      I really like your blog, it’s convenient and I don’t think you should change it. If there are more entries about the language issue, so what? I use RSS, and I don’t have to look at the entries and the comments unless I want to.

    • Patrick 13:03 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      Samething that Aymeric said. You do an excellent job of gathering all the news for us. This blog shows the evolution of news about Montreal. If there’s more langage issue stories, then that’s what we will be reading.

    • glenn 13:22 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      Language seems like such a crucial part of what makes Montreal unique as a city and I think it would be a big loss not to cover it because it is a hot-potato issue. As I also use RSS, I don’t read most of the comments anyways so it doesn’t bother me if it occasionally becomes a platform for people to vent frustrations.

      It seems to me that a lot of my Anglophone friends try to avoid discussing language topics from fear of being tarred with the “angy anglo” label, but I feel this is a disservice to something very important in this city and province. I think anglophones have very legitimate things to be concerned about, as do francophones. Not talking about something is seldom the solution.

      Kate, you do a good job promoting civil discourse here and I don’t think you should worry too much. You also do a great job covering local news and it’s great that you draw attention to the various issues important to the city, language being one of many. Keep it up I say.

    • dwgs 14:09 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      I’ll basically echo what has already been said. Most of the discussions here (at least recently, wink wink nudge nudge) are at least civil and they often give me pause for thought. If we turn into a bunch of monkeys flinging linguistic poo then I guess you’ll know enough to change the editorial tack.

    • Hervé 15:49 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      Personellement j’aimerais mieux que les Québécois enterrent la question une fois pour toutes, mais en attendant, si c’est de ça que les médias parlent, je ne pense pas que ce blog se doive d’éviter le sujet.

      Évidemment, au bout du compte, c’est votre blog, Kate, et vous en faites ce que vous voulez. Si vous préférez ne pas aller renifler là où ça pue, on ne peut pas vous en vouloir pour ça.

      Mais en tous cas vous êtes à mille miles d’une “angry anglo platform”, je ne m’inquièterais pas pour ça.

    • Alexandre 17:22 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      I think there is no need for another blog. If we look at them closely, the eventual policies about language that are either suggested or talked about by members of the new government are mostly aimed at newcomers and at francophones (ie this weird idea that they will be able to prevent the French-speaking youth to go to cégep in English). The more worrying ideas, such as extending bill 101 to smaller businesses, have little chance of becoming a reality in a short future.

      As it was mentionned before in these commentaries, if there is more news about language, I guess this blog will naturally cover it more. Readers should expect this, as your work reflects very well what is going on in Montréal.

    • Ian 21:38 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      Like everyone else has said. You’ve never struck me as an angryphone and there’s not too much of that in the commentary here (thought there is some) but yeah, it is part of what makes Montreal de chez nous. I know you’re not scared to moderate the more unruly amongst us and trust your judgement as to what stories to address.

    • Kate 08:50 on 2012/09/17 Permalink

      Thanks all, merci tout le monde, for your thoughts on this.

  • Kate 10:22 on 2012/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    The indefatigable Linda Gyulai digs through municipal construction bids and finds patterns suggesting firms colluded on sharing out work, taking turns grabbing the bigger contracts and similar trends suggesting the companies made pacts to get work doled out as they wished. Explanations of the patterns are at the bottom of the article.

    On a related theme, the Charbonneau commission is about to resume, and the Gazette ponders how deep it will dig.

  • Kate 10:10 on 2012/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    More fines, higher land taxes, tighter budgets on services is the sketch for the city’s 2013 budget, but there will be some money for public transit (not enough – we should expect another fare increase for 2013). The city’s carrying a lot of pensions – people have to stop living so long.

    • Jack 10:16 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      Fireman retire at 52 in this day and age that is ridiculous.

    • Kate 10:52 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      There might be good reasons to not expect 50-year-olds to be as effective in action as men in their 20s and 30s, but maybe there are limited numbers of supervisory or desk positions for them to move into?

    • Fred 11:08 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      Believe it or not, actuaries have coined the term “longevity risk.” Awful concept.

    • Robert 11:19 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      I understand that certain professions are not really feasible for people in their 50s, but as a society we can’t give a retirement salary to people for the last 20-30 years of their life if they’re still in good health. Not only is it really expensive, but it just isn’t natural for people to spend a 3rd of their lives idle.

      We should work on programs that reinsert people into the workforce in other more feasible jobs.

    • Kate 12:49 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      In general I agree with you, although I’d prefer to see it done via carrots (create less physically demanding jobs for people over 65, offer easily accessible but relevant retraining) than via sticks (cutting back pensions or otherwise penalizing people who don’t continue to work). Demonstrating in various ways that staying active keeps people healthier and happier would be good PR.

    • Kevin 16:39 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      I have seen several people I work with take early retirement in the past 5 yrs, and I expect many more to do the same.

      I don’t get it.

      My dad is still working at age 67 with no plans to retire, and my grandfather worked until age 75 ( he lied about his age to keep working)

      Find a job that you love, where you don’t hunger for the weekend or a vacation. Isn’t that what life is all about?

    • Ian 21:40 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      Those of us without pensions or riches can pretty much expect to keep working as long as we possibly can.

  • Kate 10:03 on 2012/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Pierre Mainville, elected in Ville-Marie as a Vision Montreal councillor, crossed the floor to Projet Montréal in 2009 and has now abandoned Projet to sit as an independent, but it’s not much of a story because he doesn’t say why.

  • Kate 09:55 on 2012/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Some notes and pictures from Fashion Week, about which I was entirely oblivious.

    • willie granger 10:37 on 2012/09/15 Permalink

      They have ’em twice a year. First time in Griffintown this time around. Kicked off on election day.

  • Kate 09:52 on 2012/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC has an infographic to introduce what’s on at Comiccon, this weekend at the Palais des congrès.

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