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  • Kate 22:16 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    This item starts with a splash about how equipment left behind in the old Royal Vic will be sent to Cameroon to benefit hospitals there. However, way down the article we find out that the Lakeshore hospital got most of the stuff, and the remainder goes to countries in need.

  • Kate 19:28 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Alan DeSousa won’t be jumping to federal politics with the Liberal party. The party is not explaining why they’ve ruled him out.

    • rue david 22:54 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      learned that the fix is in for some as yet unrevealed star candidate who’ll shoot straight into cabinet.

    • Kate 23:12 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      I see Yolande James mentioned.

    • rue david 23:29 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      she checks most of the boxes: female, non-white, competent, able to communicate in french, lawyer. the only one she’s missing (from my earlier ruminations) is that she’s not a muslim, so doesn’t make that particular statement. i guess you can’t have everything.

    • Kevin 23:35 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      Rue david
      The other accepted candidate, Rizqy, is muslim, female, lawyer, mulitlingual, and last election got enough votes to force a recall in Hochelaga

    • rue david 23:36 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      aha, so yolande has her work cut out for her in the backrooms!

    • SteveQ 01:01 on 2017/03/01 Permalink

      The political correctness of today’s world at it’s best…..or worst, depending which way you look at it @

    • Jack 09:59 on 2017/03/01 Permalink

      DeSousa’s proximity to the Tremblay era would make any party wary, two UPAC visits also didn’t help.

    • Kate 09:59 on 2017/03/01 Permalink

      SteveQ, not sure what you mean. DeSousa was a Union Montreal guy for years, and while he’s managed better than some to distance himself from that party’s reputation, it’s possible that the Liberals are aware of a possible cloud over him, or at least something that could be made to look like one in retrospect. Or, more simply, they could’ve concluded that while he’s a guy who operates OK at the municipal level, he doesn’t have the disposition for federal politics.

      Or, what Jack posted as I was writing this : )

    • Chris 11:02 on 2017/03/01 Permalink

      Damn Liberals. They promise open democratic nominations, then, oh, not really. Pathetically, DeSousa still wants to be involved with them, which speaks volumes.

  • Kate 18:54 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    The Mint is producing a $3 coin for Canada’s 150th. I know. I want to make the joke too, but I’m holding back.

    • Ephraim 18:58 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      Actually, maybe they should have issued a $1.50 coin… make the kids out there learn math!

      They should issue a new $150 bill for Canada’s 150th.

  • Kate 18:20 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre isn’t well; Valérie Plante is a gentleman:

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    Some notes from TVA.

    • rue david 22:57 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      mindblowing that we live in a world where discretion has eroded to such an extent that this ultra private information could be a normal thing for a public person to reveal in such a public way.

    • Kate 23:14 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      I thought that too at first, but then I figured it’s pretty smart to tell us what’s troubling him, and why he needs a week off, so that rumours it’s something more serious can’t get a foothold.

    • Chris 11:10 on 2017/03/01 Permalink

      rue david: Bodily systems break down all the time. What’s so ‘ultra private’? Because it’s a reproductive gland? It’s no different than having heart trouble or whatever else.

    • rue david 12:51 on 2017/03/01 Permalink

      coderre saying “i had a heart attack” doesn’t turn the stomach in the same way this does.

  • Kate 17:45 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro columnist Judith Lussier, always worth reading, has packed it in and ended her column after seven years after too much abuse on social media.

    Update: Comment on Lussier’s resignation from Toula Drimonis, who has come in for her share of abuse as well.

    Another update: Excellent commentary by Peter Wheeland.

    • Patrick 03:07 on 2017/03/01 Permalink

      My default mode is never to read comment sections in certain publications, so the remarks cited in the article were a shock to me. It’s really a shame: I agree that Lussier is a solid writer, more about arguments than attitude.

  • Kate 17:15 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Projet Montréal says it has numbers showing that small storefront businesses often pay higher and higher taxes while chains often see their taxes fall.

  • Kate 13:28 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    (I seem to be linking to more and more historical pieces lately, but I don’t think it’s me, it’s the 375th thing giving ideas to editors and writers.)

    Metro is starting a series about neighbourhood history, starting with a piece about the history of the Mile End, a fascinating collection of facts and background collected by four writers very keen on the subject.

    • Ian 18:22 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      “the” Mile End? Even wikipedia says “Mile End”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mile_End,_Montreal

    • Kate 20:05 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      Haven’t we discussed this? I’ve seen the usage drifting from “Mile End” to “The Mile End” for ten years now.

    • ant6n 20:20 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      this is the End, my friend

    • rue david 22:07 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      It’s been mile end as long as I can remember. I think it’s coming out of the French (le mile end).

    • rue david 22:59 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      then again, no. the mile end is pretty common. can’t even remember, shouldn’t have said anything.

  • Kate 12:32 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    The two investigators whose bombshell on J.E. opened a massive can of worms on the Montreal police department say they sent a long letter about the problems within the SPVM three years ago to the public security ministry, cc’d to other important police honchos – and nothing happened.

    La Presse has a second item Tuesday about ex sergeant detective Philippe Paul suing the SPVM and Québecor for ruining his career and his reputation.

  • Kate 12:10 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Aref Salem, the city traffic czar, says there will be no right on red on the island of Montreal. Yay!

    • jeather 21:48 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      I’m not sure if I am more relieved that they are not adding rights on red or that the conversation will stop for a while.

  • Kate 11:39 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    The Crown has dropped stayed murder charges against Michael Gero, originally accused of killing his girlfriend Sherri Thomas in 2013. The prosecutor says he can’t be sure Thomas didn’t shoot herself, as Gero has claimed all along. Gero still faces some firearms charges.

    Update: It was later clarified that the murder charge had been stayed, not dropped. Stayed charges can be revived for a year, whereas dropped ones can’t.

  • Kate 11:15 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    A woman’s body has been found on the grounds of Sacred Heart School. Cops don’t think it’s criminal, so far.

    The update says the body was that of an Iranian woman who went missing from Côte-des-Neiges on the weekend and was found in a grotto to the Virgin Mary. Definitely something novelistic or cinematic about this outcome.

  • Kate 10:52 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    The latest is that the Grand Prix will be returning till 2029 but we’ve so often seen promises made over this, then conditions applied, demands for more money and more “investment” of public money in the thing, that it’s hardly what I’d call a done deal. Hell, by 2029 the internal combustion engine may be illegal. We can hope.

    • Faiz Imam 11:24 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      That’s why they have the electric version in development. It’s reasonably interesting and i’m looking forward to the course this summer. At some point when the tech is advanced enough, F1 will transfer over and ICE will fade in competitive use.

      As usual the total lack of transparency is a concern.


    • Blork 11:44 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      It will be interesting to see how they design electric cars for racing. In particular, the battery re-charge. There’s no way you can re-charge batteries in the middle of the race, so they’ll have to come up with some mechanism that swaps out the entire battery bank and replaces it with a charged one, all in a few seconds.

    • Kevin 13:17 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      Under current Formula E rules a pit stop means the driver gets into a new car, which hardly seems environmentally friendly.

    • Ephraim 14:01 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      Really, because electric cars that use rare earth metals and that no one yet knows what to do with recycling the batteries (except Tesla, which recycles it’s own) is environmentally friendly?

      Calculations that I saw are about 50 tonnes of CO2 per F1 car per year. A typical car is about 4.7 tonnes of CO2 per year. Of course that doesn’t include building the car, transporting the car, CO2 for refining gasoline or producing electricity (outside of Quebec), oil, etc. It’s a really contrived calculation. Even electric cards produce CO2.

      See https://electrek.co/2016/03/10/tesla-model-s-singapore-emissions/ for the whole long discussion on how Singapore found an electric car in it’s worst band of emissions…

    • Faiz Imam 14:52 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      Current Fe cars only do half the race, they have 2 cars so the drivers literally run out of one and into the 2nd one. It’s pretty funny. It’s a reasonable compromise between range, weight and speed.

      But in 2019 they will have a new vehicle that will do the whole race in one shot. It’s already been announced.

      The whole point of formula racing is to catalyze Research and development. The tech that makes all our current cars as efficient as they are was all developed in F1 ten to twenty years ago. The battery and power tech in Fe will be in electrical cars for decades to come. Its why big auto companies don’t mind losing money with it.

      Ephraim: as the singapore example shows. the emissions of EV’s are complicated. While in the worst case they approach ICEV’s in emissions, in most cases they are significantly more clean, and over time are becoming more so because there is a lot of new development being done.

      Anyways, I like talking cars, and quebec is in the rare position to be able to have the infrastructure to have much of it’s population have EV’s for cheap. Reducing out oil use massively is possible.

      But I always feel like noting that cars are not the overall answer. We need to reduce car use overall and use more active transport and transit as well.

    • Blork 17:44 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      Faiz Imam is correct that the R&D from racing trickles down to regular cars, particularly WRT to fuel efficiency, etc. I’m no fan of F1 and the like, but I acknowledge this contribution. (It’s a bit like the unsavoury roots of much web development…)

    • Ephraim 18:57 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      Faiz, my point was that the cars in the F1 race are a pittance in the world’s CO2 problem. And that the CO2 problem won’t simply be solved by electric cars. We mistakenly forget to calculate a lot of variables. While Quebec’s energy is clean, most of the electricity elsewhere produces CO2, as Singapore itself admits. And the F1 cars have brought a lot of fuel saving technology to the car industry.

      We often forget that sometimes even the time of day can make a difference. Red-Eye flights use more CO2 than daytime flights… in fact, double the amount of CO2 for a red-eye than a daytime flight.

    • ant6n 19:40 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      You know what’s more environmentally friendly than an F1 race?
      A bicycle race.

    • Ephraim 09:47 on 2017/03/01 Permalink

      You know what’s more environmentally friend than a bicycle race, a race with people running.

      Doesn’t use rubber, doesn’t use metals, doesnt’ need a road, etc.

      Also, cycling has a carbon footprint… thought that depends on the food you are eating… beet sugar versus agave, an organic tomato in the winter that has to come air freight… almost everything has a carbon footprint. Lowest carbon footprint for transportation… walking.

  • Kate 10:37 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Weather forecasters say it’s been a mild winter but it isn’t over yet although this week will remain mild. Some are promising milder than usual temperatures all spring.

    Is it really necessary for Environment Canada to put out a red weather alert which says, when you open it, “More mild weather with rain through Thursday”?

    • steph 11:52 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      The red warnings irk me to no end. You’d think it was the apocalypse: “Warning 10cm of snow!”

    • mare 15:35 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      Lots of melting snow and rain can cause flooded river banks and water intrusion in basements. Maybe that’s what they’re warning for?

      The soil is soaked at the moment, and only lightly frozen, with lots of snow still to melt, in some shadowy places. Our sump pump that keeps the basement from flooding was pumping very often this weekend.

    • Michael Black 16:35 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      Yes, if this warm came right after the snow last week, there’d be big puddles, at least, probably with the drains clogged so it couldn’t go anywhere Now it’s had time to dissipate but surely they are also thinking of areas near lakes and rivers, flooding is likely to be on the menu there.

      I don’t know if it’s changed, but years ago it was fascinating to see things melt around Jeanne Mance Park. Big torrents of water, I assume snow and ice on the mountain melting, causing heavy but narrow “rivers”.

      But the rain will also help to wash away the winter. February is now over, we can’t expect much snow or real cold from this point on. We’ve survived another winter, January and February being the worst.


    • Kate 23:16 on 2017/02/28 Permalink

      Michael, I can recall seeing torrents coming off Jeanne Mance Park and making their way downhill along Duluth. Not every winter, but it happened sometimes when a lot of snow was followed by a quick thaw.

    • Janet 02:17 on 2017/03/01 Permalink

      I used to live at the corner of St-Laurent and Duluth and can remember seeing torrents cascading down Duluth and intersecting with the torrents running down St-Laurent. Made you realize just how much snow was up there on the Mountain.

  • Kate 10:35 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Les Forges de Montréal is being allowed to stay in the old Riverside pumping station building after a struggle with the city.

  • Kate 02:57 on 2017/02/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Apparently nobody knows the name of the artist who designed Quebec’s iconic maple syrup tin.

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