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  • Kate 16:25 on 2017/03/22 Permalink | Reply  

    Police chief Philippe Pichet has just tweeted his suspension of two unnamed officers. It seems to be the consequence of incidents described here.

    Update: More details and names came out later in the day.

  • Kate 10:48 on 2017/03/22 Permalink | Reply  

    Anie Samson says the city successfully hit most deadlines for clearing the streets after last week’s blizzard.

    The snow will have melted away before we hear the end of the finger-pointing over autoroute 13 and the outrage over Andrew Potter’s little sally against Quebec in Maclean’s. Even the Gazette’s columnist disagrees with it.

    TVA says Wednesday may break the low temperature record (video).

    • Ephraim 17:04 on 2017/03/22 Permalink

      More or less? So. I packed your parachute for you perfectly, more or less. Still want to sky dive without checking it?

    • Kate 01:35 on 2017/03/23 Permalink

      I’m no fan of Samson, but there’s no way city hall can monitor the status of every street in the city. At some point enough completion reports must come in from city workers and contractors to say, Yes, this job is pretty much done. And for the level of certainty needed for this purpose, that’s good enough.

    • Ephraim 07:09 on 2017/03/23 Permalink

      Considering that this city has been doing this for decades, there should have been a point of time of where we had a system in place.

      But my point here is that you don’t get to call it victory when you add conditional words. This is a pass/fail, not a sorta pass/fail. Either you passed or you failed, you don’t get to call it a “sort of pass” and take credit for it. You get credit for it when you categorically passed. Until then, keep on working until we have it down pat.

  • Kate 10:05 on 2017/03/22 Permalink | Reply  

    A lawyer is suing Mohammad Shafia for more than $100K in unpaid fees.

    Isn’t suing a man in prison for life more or less blood out of a stone? What happens to the assets of a man when he’s killed half his family and the other half are behind bars?

    • Blork 10:41 on 2017/03/22 Permalink

      I’m guessing there is an “estate” held in trust somewhere. After all, it’s not like the government can just take your assets when you go to prison. If that were the case there’s be a prison on every block and they’d be bursting with prisoners.

    • Bill Binns 10:44 on 2017/03/22 Permalink

      Well, the lawsuit is essentially free for the lawyer and we all know what “in prison for life” means in Quebec. The guy may be taking bike rides around the city as we speak and could be free at any time. He could win the lottery. He could inherit money. Who knows. As Blork mentioned above, maybe the guy has money now and the lawyer knows it.

    • Kate 10:46 on 2017/03/22 Permalink

      Bill Binns, the Shafias are, as far as I can recall, imprisoned in Ontario, where the killings took place. I believe Shafia had assets – he was a businessman and owned at least one strip mall somewhere around Montreal, I think. Also, it seems to me they had other kids younger than the one who’s locked up, so maybe the assets are being held in trust for them.

      Anyway, you exaggerate. Shafia is not getting out anytime soon.

      Which makes me ask another question I’ve wondered about. What happens to the pets of people who are hauled off to prison?

    • jeather 10:47 on 2017/03/22 Permalink

      Nothing good, Kate, unless they have friends or family who take care of them.

    • Bert 11:13 on 2017/03/22 Permalink

      Regardless as to where they are being held, they were convicted of a Federal crime, so Quebec or Ontario have little to do.

      You would either place your assets in Trust or grant Power of Attorney to someone and they would take care of what needs taking care of. This could include bills, leases, mortgages, etc. as well as taking care of (one way or another) Fido and watering the plants. I certainly hope that it’s a bit more formal than just “friends and family”. I can imagine (or hope) what would happen if a “friend” walks in to my bank and says “Yeah Bert is in jail, he said for you to give me his money.”

    • ste.ph 17:06 on 2017/03/22 Permalink

      I thought lawyers were required to use retainers specifically to avoid clogging up the legal system with ‘unpaid fee’ cases.

    • PO 23:12 on 2017/03/22 Permalink

      The guy teamed up with his son and murdered his three children and the ‘wife’ he was holding hostage. Rammed their car into I think the best thing to do would be strip his name of every asset, pay every fee that needs to be paid, and put the rest into an account for his two other children. If he ever gets paroled, he doesn’t deserve to ever see a cent of what used to be his.

    • Frederic Cardin 11:04 on 2017/03/23 Permalink

      For a man who was seemingly obsessed with the concept of “honor”, he sure did put the Shafia name to shame for generations to come. Pathetic.

  • Kate 10:02 on 2017/03/22 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro has a very brief history of William Notman as the exhibition at the McCord prepares to close on March 26. Sadly, I bet it had relatively few visitors because of the roadwork being done right in front of the building.

    • Bill Binns 10:37 on 2017/03/22 Permalink

      Damn my procrastination! When that exhibition opened it seemed like I had plenty of time. Now I’m going to miss it. Kicking myself in the ass because I have been complaining for years that the McCord doesn’t make enough out of it’s vast Notman collection. I hope it was a success.

    • Kate 10:38 on 2017/03/22 Permalink

      I haven’t seen it yet either, but think I may be able to pop in on Friday.

    • Blork 10:43 on 2017/03/22 Permalink

      Thanks for the heads-up. I’ve been wanting to go.

    • Blork 10:49 on 2017/03/22 Permalink

      Anyone here know if you can just show up, or do you need to buy tickets in advance?

    • Kate 11:39 on 2017/03/22 Permalink

      I’ve never heard of advance tickets at the McCord, but you could call.

    • Blork 12:09 on 2017/03/22 Permalink

      Eww. (Phone.) The web site has a section about buying tickets online. I think I’ll just take my chances.

      BTW, they are open late this Thursday and Friday (until 9 instead of the usual 6), likely as a gesture for those people who are rushing to see it before it closes.

  • Kate 02:18 on 2017/03/22 Permalink | Reply  

    West end voters are preparing to fight the proposed provincial riding boundary changes. Anglo voters apparently feel they’re losing a voice in the National Assembly.

  • Kate 02:05 on 2017/03/22 Permalink | Reply  

    A Femen activist facing mischief charges connected with the 2015 Grand Prix has been acquitted.

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