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  • Kate 18:31 on 2013/02/03 Permalink | Reply  

    The SQ and CSST will be investigating the Maskimo quarry where a ground collapse led to two deaths this week.

  • Kate 18:28 on 2013/02/03 Permalink | Reply  

    Kathleen Lévesque shows us a glimpse of local Mafia history with the 1973 inquiry into organized crime and its failure to effect any change. The inquiry revealed that some bank branches were complicit in money laundering, and yet there’s no mention of any penalties that followed.

    Another interesting morsel is that one of the mobsters named in the piece was involved in fundraising for Line Beauchamp in 2009. Beauchamp’s been in the news this weekend after a weepy interview with Denise Bombardier in the Journal (this effective sniping by Metro’s Judith Lussier echoes similar responses I’ve seen on Twitter and Facebook).

    • Ian 06:31 on 2013/02/04 Permalink

      JdeM paywall on the first Beauchamp link : “Cet article est réservé aux membres VIP du Journal de Montréal”

    • Tux 16:25 on 2013/02/04 Permalink

      I love how newspapers’ response to the coming death of print media is to make their online content less accessible. Enjoy your leaking life raft fellas!

    • Kate 10:37 on 2013/02/05 Permalink

      Sorry, Ian, and thanks for the feedback. I’m not subscribed so I’m not sure how I was able to see it.

      Tux: yeah, radically reduce the number of eyes on your advertising. Great plan.

  • Kate 17:59 on 2013/02/03 Permalink | Reply  

    Montreal isn’t hesitating to speak up about its needs for the new Champlain bridge: light rail and tolls for motorists. One report says the city wants to impose tolls on all south shore bridges to raise more funds for public transit.

    The new bridge rail system is envisioned to reach from downtown Montreal to DIX30.

    • Clément 12:14 on 2013/02/04 Permalink

      I have an issue with the idea of imposing tolls on ALL south shore bridges. Why? They’re saying that if Champlain is the only toll bridge, then users will pick another bridge. That argument makes no sense, especially when you remember that for a long time, there was a toll on Champlain and it was the only toll bridge to the south shore. Back then, people were using it, why would it be any different today?
      I’m not against the idea of imposing a toll on the new bridge to help pay for it, but we can’t “punish” all the south shore commuters. Short term, it might bring more money to the seemingly permanently empty coffers, but long term, more businesses will choose to move the south shore, creating yet more urban sprawl and turning Montreal into a doughnut.

      On a lighter note, there’s is a certain irony in suggesting that the light rail connect downtown to Dix30, especially when Dix30 is always quoted as a symbol of the cause and/or effect of urban sprawl.

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