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  • Kate 19:12 on 2013/01/02 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s going down to –20° tonight and shelters for the homeless go out trying to bring everyone inside so even the most antisocial street people won’t be at risk of dying from exposure.

  • Kate 14:55 on 2013/01/02 Permalink | Reply  

    2012 saw 35 homicides on the island of Montreal, the same as in 2011. Interesting numbers: half of these killings were gang-related with five specifically linked to the Mafia (compared to two Mafia killings in 2011). Ten killings were ascribed to domestic violence, and of all 35, half have been solved, including all the domestic ones.

  • Kate 11:29 on 2013/01/02 Permalink | Reply  

    Snow clearance is resuming Wednesday morning after half the town was reportedly cleared before the break, although I’ve been in various neighbourhoods over the last couple of days and a lot of folks are still walking on goat paths rather than sidewalks. Authorities are asking people to be vigilant but I wonder what they’ll do about people who had their own plows come in and pile up massive walls and reefs of snow right across sidewalks, as I’ve seen in a few places – and after nearly a week the snow has settled and hardened, too. Even so, the city hopes to have the job completed by Monday.

    • Chris 19:06 on 2013/01/02 Permalink

      They’ll do nothing. Why would they? Motorists always have more rights than pedestrians. :(

    • jeather 19:41 on 2013/01/02 Permalink

      I was in NDG today, where absolutely nothing has been cleared (and there aren’t signs for clearing in a lot of areas either), so there must be lots of places where both sides are cleared to balance it out.

    • SN86 20:47 on 2013/01/02 Permalink

      The city just got to western downtown. The main streets were cleared on the 30th and today the first half of the side streets. They are doing 2 passes so you’ll understand why it’s taking so long.

    • Bill Binns 11:30 on 2013/01/03 Permalink

      We had 6-foot wide dry sidewalks by Saturday morning but I found out it wasn’t the city that did it. The various apartment buildings and condo developments on the street use their own equipment to clear both sidewalks for the entire block. I wonder what the city unions think about this sort of thing. I would not be surprised to hear that it is somehow illegal.

  • Kate 11:23 on 2013/01/02 Permalink | Reply  

    Police blotter stuff for a slow news week: a man fell to his death from a building on rue Joliette and police want to know why; early Wednesday a man got into a bar brawl in Old Montreal and had his face slashed up; meanwhile in the north end, a man flipped his car after apparently having a malaise.

    • denpanosekai 15:32 on 2013/01/02 Permalink

      I don’t know of any bars on Saint-Jacques near McGill…

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