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  • Kate 17:41 on 2013/02/08 Permalink | Reply  

    The 12-year-old charged with shooting his own brother dead last month has also been charged in connection with an armed robbery on January 2. Precocious little bugger.

  • Kate 15:08 on 2013/02/08 Permalink | Reply  

    Not Montreal-specific, but transit issues are clearly of interest here: Spacing has an interesting piece on ten questions to ask a transit planner.

  • Kate 13:34 on 2013/02/08 Permalink | Reply  

    The Twitter hashtag #manifencours is back as a demonstration against the Plan Nord proceeds downtown; latest news is the demonstrators have dispersed.

    • Bill Binns 16:54 on 2013/02/08 Permalink

      From the Gazette: “By 1 p.m. they had broken a window of the Palais, done graffiti on police cars and damaged the windows on two cruisers”

      Well this sounds like just the sort of group that will eventually get whatever it is they are demanding. Breaking windows and vandalising cop cars is a good start but they should really consider throwing rocks or molotov cocktails at police and maybe taking over some public institutions.

    • Kate 17:49 on 2013/02/08 Permalink

      Bill Binns, you’ll be pleased with La Presse’s report that the group failed to get access to the Salon des Ressources naturelles at the Palais des congrès, which they had hoped to disrupt.

  • Kate 12:45 on 2013/02/08 Permalink | Reply  

    Six years ago, NDG’s private Fraser-Hickson library closed. The institution is now coming back in a different form, supporting literacy programs.

    • owl 11:49 on 2014/03/06 Permalink

      Cuts to library services are a hot topic in the CDN-NDG borough.

      Library services have been abysmal since NDG residents lost Fraser-Dickson. The two remaining libraries are small. Of all the places where the borough could have cut the budget, why were library services targeted again?

  • Kate 12:37 on 2013/02/08 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has fired two men who were suspended after they were named at the Charbonneau commission and suspended a third until his resignation takes effect in March.

    There were some further amusing remarks from Joe Borsellino Thursday at the Charb and some interesting stuff about attendance of political fundraisers but the commission takes a break from testimonies next week before resuming on the 18th.

    A complicating story Thursday was the discovery that Borsellino has a charitable foundation to which many politicians have made donations.

  • Kate 11:49 on 2013/02/08 Permalink | Reply  

    CTV says Montreal has identified a site in Saint-Laurent for composting, although I heard on CBC radio Friday morning the current owner is not too keen on selling it. Le Devoir emphasizes the resistance of St-Michel residents to the creation of a new waste project next to the old Miron quarry, which already has a recycling plant and used to be a dump. Borough mayor Anie Samson is not happy at all about the plan.

  • Kate 11:33 on 2013/02/08 Permalink | Reply  

    Raymond Rouette, a man who’d been in jail since 1988 and bolted from an escorted excursion a couple of weeks ago, was picked up downtown and is back behind bars.

    It would be kind of interesting to ask someone who’s been locked up since 1988 what they find different when they look around now, but I don’t imagine this is the kind of conversation people would start with M. Rouette.

    • Kevin 12:25 on 2013/02/08 Permalink

      Michael Morton can tell you http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/innocent-man-part-two
      “There were other details that startled him too, like the peculiar metal spires he saw in the distance every now and then, which he soon understood were cellphone towers.”

    • Bill Binns 12:34 on 2013/02/08 Permalink

      I moved here in 2003 after not seeing the city since 87. I remembered St Cat east of University as one big red light district in the 80’s and the whole downtown area being a lot more lively at night than it is now. As an American highschool student who wouldn’t be able to legally step foot in a bar for another 5 years, Montreal was quite the discovery.

    • Anto 13:48 on 2013/02/08 Permalink

      He just wanted to use his “buy 10 cassettes, get one free” loyalty cards before HMV shuts down.

    • Ian 20:23 on 2013/02/08 Permalink

      @Binns that was around the time I decided to move here. It certainly was much different back in those days and yes, way more lively downtown at night.

  • Kate 10:43 on 2013/02/08 Permalink | Reply  

    Montreal’s not getting the worst of the nor’easter that’s shutting down flights to and from New York and Toronto, but there will be some wind and snow throughout Friday and accidents have closed some highways.

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