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  • Kate 23:55 on 2012/09/20 Permalink | Reply  

    More on the many people living alone in the Montreal area.

     
  • Kate 23:54 on 2012/09/20 Permalink | Reply  

    It seems to be a problem that people with marathon tickets sometimes back out and want to sell them to other people. I don’t really grasp why this is an issue.

     
    • Daisy 08:05 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      The issue is that the bib is registered to someone else. If something happens to that runner (lets say, a heart attack) the organizers will not have the correct runner’s information to pass on to emergency responders, not the contact info of their family.

      The ideal way for a race to deal with this is to have an official bib transfer program. This would allow a runner who is buying a bib from someone else to properly register their information. Here’s an example of a race that does this: http://www.broadstreetrun.com/Transfers.cfm

    • Daisy 08:19 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      I would also add that as a runner I prefer other runners to be registered in the proper age group and gender category. I am not fast but I do care about my placement, and I want to be able to compare myself of women in my age group, not to 25 year old males using other people’s bibs.

    • Kate 08:55 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      Thanks, Daisy. That makes the situation much clearer.

  • Kate 23:48 on 2012/09/20 Permalink | Reply  

    Some NHL players who haven’t gone off to Europe are planning a friendly weekly tournament between Montreal and Quebec City with the take to go to charity.

     
    • Taylor C. Noakes 08:34 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      Wow. Yes. Amazing.

      One of the best ideas I’ve heard in a while. Likely won’t happen though.

    • Kate 08:57 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      You think not? I think the main problem with the idea as described is they would probably have to play in secondary, suburban arenas not too accessible to downtown. The opening game is in Chateauguay ffs.

    • Josh 11:28 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      This is just a little thing, Taylor – it’s not something the NHL is going to be focused on shutting down. Quebec-born/raised players did the same thing during the last lockout, with all the proceeds then going to charity as well.

      And you’re right, Kate, they won’t be playing in any large arenas. I see no reason not to expect them to barnstorm through places like the Verdun Aud though.

    • Taylor C. Noakes 16:06 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      Hey if it works I’m not complaining, though I am concerned the game has become so incredibly corporate the NHL would try to put the clamps on it.

      Especially if it became popular.

      Perhaps I’m just a pessimist.

    • Josh 16:27 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      Fair enough, but it’s worth nothing that “the game” =/= “the NHL”. Junior hockey, senior leagues, CIS: You have all of these in Montreal. I hope they are all well-supported, especially during the lockout, but I fear they won’t be.

      I note that the Ottawa ’67s had a remarkable 11,000 people out at their game last night, and good on those fans for it.

    • ant6n 17:24 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      Well, the NHL may not own the game, but they may own the players — or better, they may own whatever the players play. Maybe the NHL could sue to get the proceeds, rather than having them go to charities.

  • Kate 22:31 on 2012/09/20 Permalink | Reply  

    The PQ is moving fast. Shale gas fracking is off the menu, Gentilly-2 is to be shut down and students are happy that the tuition freeze is back and Bill 78 has been cancelled. Pauline Marois is telling the business community not to worry even though, like every new government that ever comes into power, there’s less money for things than she thought.

     
    • walkerp 06:25 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      The closing of Gentilly-2 and the blocking of Shale gas exploration are huge victories for the environmental movement and are some real evidence that the PQ is a very different administration than the Liberals. I heard that they moved so fast on these decisions in order to catch their opponents off guard and get it done before the big money and lobbyists could get their claws back into the game. I am most impressed. Gentilly-2 was basically a giant pollution creator with a chance of being a real disaster waiting to happen and the Liberals mania for shale gas would have been devastating for Quebec’s environment. There are lots of fights left, but this is a big step in the right direction and says that the PQ actually has some vision other than short-term economic gain.

      Bravo.

    • SMD 07:57 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      She also cancelled the heath tax. A busy day!

    • Michel 08:58 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      What’s a heath tax? No, not being a grammar Nazi, just wondering if it’s a real thing.

      Also, isn’t Lucien Bouchard a lawyer representing the shale gaz industry? Thought I heard this in the winter. If so, bravo to Marois for having the ovaries to go against the eminence grise.

    • Kate 09:01 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      As others have observed, Marois is cutting sources of revenue, while putting moves toward things like having Bill 101 apply to a much longer list of businesses – which, whatever else it does, isn’t likely to create more jobs or revenue here.

      I get a strong sense Marois knows her government won’t be able to run to term, so she wants to make a mark while she can, and make enough crowd-pleasing moves to give her a better chance at a majority government next time. A lot of this effort may be lost depending how and when her government blows up and collapses. But it may do so before she has to reinstate different forms of tuition increase and health tax to balance the books, which would be good for her election prospects next time. It will all be in the timing.

    • Louis 09:31 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      @Michel
      The health tax (“contribution santé” or something like that) was a 200$ tax that the Liberals imposed on every citizen, whether millionaire or earning 15000 a year. It will be replaced by income tax increase for the wealthy, which might push some people out of the province according to corporate lobbies, but seems to me like the only fair way of financing the health care system, if we’re to keep it public and free.

      As for Lucien Bouchard, yes, he is lawyer for the oil and gas industry, but is hardly a PQ eminence grise. He, alongside the rest of PQ’s right wing (Legault, Facal, Guy Chevrette), cut bridges with their former party.

    • Michel 14:48 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      @Louis,
      Thanks so much for the info. I didn’t know about the health tax, although I do know that the Liberals increased the maximum of how much you have to spend yearly on medication before insurances kicks in. I used to pay around $850/year, this year it was over $1000.

      I didn’t know about the burning bridges either.

      Encore, merci.

    • Ian 15:24 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      Actually, I believe Louis meant “severed ties” instead of “cut bridges”. The French expression “brûler les ponts” directly translates into “burning your bridges” but has a more subtle meaning closer to “sever ties”. /pedant

    • Ephraim 09:42 on 2012/09/22 Permalink

      Well, so far it appears that she’s managed to unbalance the budget even further. We have to see this first budget to see where the money is going to come from. So, what are our chances that sales tax will increase to 10.5%

  • Kate 22:21 on 2012/09/20 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada has video of an interview with Dave Courage about the Metropolis attack and CBC has a text summary.

     
  • Kate 22:05 on 2012/09/20 Permalink | Reply  

    A disused STM bus is to become a feature of the Espace pour la vie – the official name of the Biodome-Botanical-Insectarium area – offering regular food but also insects and exotic plants.

     
  • Kate 15:28 on 2012/09/20 Permalink | Reply  

    Henry Aubin looks at Richard Bergeron’s new autobiography being published simultaneously in French and English. It’s called The Orphanage and sounds almost impossibly Dickensian for a mid-20th-century tale.

     
  • Kate 10:42 on 2012/09/20 Permalink | Reply  

    Accused Metropolis shooter Richard Bain managed to call CJAD radio Wednesday afternoon with a rant about separating Montreal from Quebec. The new public safety minister, Stéphane Bergeron, is displeased this was allowed to happen.

    Some on Twitter agree it was a dicey thing, others think it was something of a coup (and someone notes that a French station also ran the interview). More links pro and con in this OpenFile piece.

     
    • denpanosekai 12:11 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      I saw another “Free Bain” grafitti in front of the Tim Hortons at the Louis-Boheme on Bleury.

    • Marc 12:15 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      CJAD allowed it to happen. They could have just hung up on him or insisted that his lawyer be present.

    • Ephraim 13:38 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      What happened to free speech? Maybe they shouldn’t have let him have access to the telephone, but once he did, it’s CJAD’s job to put it on the air, it’s news. Doesn’t matter if you agree with Bain or not, it’s still news and we still have free speech in this country.

    • walkerp 13:43 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      Freedoms can be taken away if you don’t play nice with the rest of society. Kind of think Bain lost his right to free speech when he decided to communicate his views with a gun.

    • Marc 14:03 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      @ Ephraim: Those who kill have forfeited most of their rights, including free speech.

    • Taylor C. Noakes 15:00 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      I’m concerned giving him airtime is more than an issue of taste and journalistic ethics.

      What about the trial?

      Admittedly I haven’t listened to it, but going out on a limb I’m going to guess he came across as a) hostile, b) insane.

      Thank whatever god you pray to for our nearly-official secularism; an individual claiming to be on a mission from god (here) will likely be dismissed as a loon.

      Down South it might seal the deal and get you access to the nuke codes.

      But seriously – how do you find twelve people in the city who are ignorant of what he did, who he is and what he thinks.

      CJAD may have made this a far more complicated trial than it should be.

      Not smart.

    • Kate 15:02 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      denpanosekai: I don’t think that graffiti is anything but a troll. Nobody in their right mind thinks a killer (I should say “alleged” but there seems negligible doubt he did it) that hasn’t been tried yet should be freed.

      I think it would’ve been asking superhuman ethics for CJAD to have refused to talk to him when the opportunity presented itself. The real onus is on whoever left Bain alone with a telephone.

      Taylor Noakes has a point. The call has complicated the legal situation.

    • Ephraim 16:39 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      @Marc – Can you show me the clause in the constitution that says that? Under subsection 2 of the Charter it says:

      Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
      (a) freedom of conscience and religion;
      (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
      (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
      (d) freedom of association.

    • Kate 21:34 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      Marc, don’t forget that while it’s not questioned that Bain did kill a man at the Metropolis, he still is not a convicted killer. I wish someone with strict legal knowledge would chip in here, but I suspect that people like him don’t lose their right to free speech as such but that, as Taylor Noakes points out, it’s in order to keep the trial situation as pure as possible that they’re normally kept incommunicado.

    • Marc 21:46 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      Judging by the few snippets that were released, he didn’t come across as hostile, but he’s clearly not a well man. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was declared unfit to stand trial.

    • kg 07:56 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      Trudy Mason gave a detailed play-by-play rundown of Bain’s ideas in a report as late as about 2:30, but later that afternoon CJAD was saying that it had decided not to air what he said, so they obviously rebooted their POV on it. CJAD might have erred, but I can’t get too upset. As a consumer I prefer my media erring on the side of excess rather than conservatism.

  • Kate 10:37 on 2012/09/20 Permalink | Reply  

    Give recent interpretations of census statistics to show that marriage is on the decline, with fewer than half of us living as part of a couple, it’s not too surprising that the other side of the coin is that one-person households are up in Montreal. In fact, this piece says 36.5% of us are living alone and have never married as compared to a Canadian average of 28%.

    A bit more interpretation of family stats here.

     
  • Kate 10:34 on 2012/09/20 Permalink | Reply  

    While some folks are running the marathon this weekend, others will be attending Les Rendez-vous gourmands de Montréal at the relatively new venue called L’Arsenal in Griffintown. Official site.

     
  • Kate 09:49 on 2012/09/20 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has plans to move to greener vehicles, buying electric and other “ecoenergetic” cars for starters, but the opposition parties think it’s all going too slowly. Pieuvre has a bit more detail on the policy statement.

     
    • Tux 10:12 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      Going electric for the city fleet is an awesome, future-proofing kind of idea. Let’s just hope we don’t end up paying retail+kickbacks on replacement batteries or something.

    • Ephraim 13:33 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      Hey, maybe this means that with the limited distance that cars can be used, some of the employees will stop using these cars for personal business. (Which under Quebec law is a taxable benefit and needs to be listed on your tax forms.)

    • Chris 20:41 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      ‘green’ and ‘automobile’ are contradictions. What happened to the green onions on bicycle? Haven’t seen any of them lately. That’s a much greener vehicle.

    • Kate 21:35 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      Were there some? I’ve seen bike-based police but never any ticket wardens.

    • ant6n 22:16 on 2012/09/20 Permalink

      Those city-owned pick-ups probably won’t go away soon. At least if they were electric, there wouldn’t be any idling.

    • Kevin 08:22 on 2012/09/21 Permalink

      @Chris
      They’re on foot. There’s one guy on Sherbrooke who writes a ticket, then walks around the corner to wait for the next person to pull up to a meter and walk away.

  • Kate 08:24 on 2012/09/20 Permalink | Reply  

    Here’s a PDF map of the marathon on Sunday, via Andy Riga, and a statistical infographic from Metro.

     
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