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  • Kate 23:16 on 2017/03/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Brief piece on the Biosphere reaching 50 this year mentions an upcoming exhibit about Expo 67, but at the Centre d’histoire, not on the islands.

  • Kate 22:22 on 2017/03/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Montreal now has its own tartan and Denis Coderre has a whole jacket in it.

    • ant6n 23:18 on 2017/03/27 Permalink

      Mayor McTwitter had fun playing dress up.

    • Bradley M 05:53 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      I remember making a comment on this blog years ago that Montreal taxis should be clad in the city’s tartan. Did I have a prescient vision of this news story all those years ago, or has this tartan always been around?

    • Tim F 06:43 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      “The Scots played an important role in the founding of Montreal”?

      Am I missing something or being too picky? Certainly Scots helped develop Montréal, but did they play an important role in 1642?

    • John B 09:37 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      The CTV article has been updated to clarify that Montreal already had an official tartan, and this is a new “modern” one called “Montreal 1642.”

    • jeather 14:03 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      That is stunningly ugly.

    • Michael Black 15:06 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      So who gets to wear it? Do you have to have enough Scottish blood? Or do you just have to be Clan Montreal? Or is it reserved for the mayor and other local “royalty”?
      Or maybe you have to be willing to wear cheap suits? As a jacket, it dies look more like a cheap sports coat, than something formal. And who will be the first to wear it as a kilt?

      There were bagpipes at the event, was anyone ticketed for having the ceremonial knife, or did they just make people check them at the door?


    • Ian 17:50 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      The deal with tartans is that you can wear a city tartan if that’s your city, but you can only wear a clan tartan if it’s your clan. There are also province and country tartans to be had, so even if haven’t an ounce of Scot in you there’s several tartans you’re entitled to wear. FWIW there is an official Canadian tartan that is actually pretty attractive. I prefer the red-based tartans aesthetically, but it could be worse, you should see the official tartan of Longueuil…

    • Kevin 20:16 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      As they say in Scotland, there aren’t any tartan police…

    • mare 22:56 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      Now there’s a winning idea. The police should wear cargo pants made of this tartan.

  • Kate 20:29 on 2017/03/27 Permalink | Reply  

    The SQ is now investigating Costa Labos, who used to head the SPVM internal affairs division, and one of his henchmen. Labos was investigated by the SQ two years ago but not charged.

    • Jack 06:00 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      The same SQ whose captain, who was responsible for the A-13 the night of the storm, was busy at his notary organizing a sale of one of his twenty apartment buildings. He is also a real estate agent…while working full time. Reading through LaPresse this morning was particularly depressing at least three cases where a simple check of personal ethics could have saved considerable money and frankly suffering in the public sector.
      I was thinking where would a public servant get a basic course on the notion of service and making that a personal committement. At Quebec’s premier point of learning on public administration. “Jacques Bourgault, professeur associé à l’École nationale d’administration publique, …Les titulaires de charges publiques ont le droit d’avoir des activités lucratives, dont certaines sont plus visibles que d’autres. Un emploi de courtier est plus visible par exemple que des transactions en Bourse, souligne-t-il. Par ailleurs, il faut faire attention aux accusations de personnes jalouses des revenus d’un collègue ou des plaintes de gens qui ont fait le choix personnel de tout consacrer à leur emploi et qui veulent imposer leur modèle personnel aux autres ” If that’s the standard being taught to our cadres we are collectively fiddled.

    • Kate 09:31 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      Jack, I was about to link to that story above, having heard a précis of it this morning by Mike Finnerty on CBC, who was clearly outraged. But you’ve also done a good job here.

      I suppose anyone with a full-time job can have a sideline, but your employer is within their rights to tell you that activities for the side job can’t interfere with your main job duties. Michel Lapointe should be fired, no question, no appeal. He was not doing his job.

      I would also wonder whether being a real estate tycoon can’t have elements of conflict of interest, if you’re a cop.

    • Jack 11:38 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      What absolutely kills me isn’t that Capt. Lapointe is a jerk who should be canned. But this guy, Jacques Bourgault, professeur associé à l’École nationale d’administration publique. Who says in an unparsed quote that we cant allow people who are devoted to public service and their jobs to promote that value… “il faut faire attention aux accusations de personnes jalouses des revenus d’un collègue ou des plaintes de gens qui ont fait le choix personnel de tout consacrer à leur emploi et qui veulent imposer leur modèle personnel aux autres”
      He teaches public administration, not private, public.

  • Kate 10:32 on 2017/03/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro has an interesting backgrounder on how city council sessions work.

  • Kate 10:26 on 2017/03/27 Permalink | Reply  

    The city plans to inspect the road around the STM’s 7500 bus stops where the stop and start of buses tends to damage the road, and fix the broken ones. Won’t be cheap. Sample contracts listed here include $1.7 million to repair 29 stops and $674,000 for ten others.

    • Patrick 12:22 on 2017/03/27 Permalink

      Concrete paving is already used at bus stops in some cities (such as Los Angeles), and it does help, though there’s always a problem at the edge where the concrete meets the asphalt.

  • Kate 10:23 on 2017/03/27 Permalink | Reply  

    Quebec has allowed two months and $106,000 to find out why things went pear-shaped on autoroute 13 during the March 14 blizzard.

    • Blork 10:32 on 2017/03/27 Permalink

      Hey, I’ll do it in 15 minutes and will only charge $50,000.

  • Kate 00:02 on 2017/03/27 Permalink | Reply  

    No surprise here: Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is the Québec solidaire candidate for the Gouin byelection, which isn’t scheduled yet. TVA link plays video.

    QS is apparently talking about merging with Option nationale, but since the latter party has never come close to winning even one seat, it’s kind of a non-story. Bring me a left-leaning party that doesn’t nail Quebec independence to the mast. That will be a story.

    • mare 01:27 on 2017/03/27 Permalink

      Technically there is the NDP Quebec. They’re not very active though.


    • CE 08:06 on 2017/03/27 Permalink

      Unlike the federal Greens, the Parti vert in Quebec is almost as far left as QS but federalist. I’m not sure why QS would want to merge with ON since they have pretty different views of independence.

    • jeather 09:04 on 2017/03/27 Permalink

      My rule is that I won’t vote for a party with a unilingual webpage. (Not all the content needs to be there on the English side.)

    • Ian 15:48 on 2017/03/27 Permalink

      I find it weird as QS has advocated for nationalism based not on ethnicity but common political will, i.e.; true leftism, not ethnoleftism. You don’t have to read too far into the ON programme to see that they support the same interpretation of “secularism” that the PQ are in favour of, right down to protection of Quebec’s ethnically French majority culture & a law against funny hats.

    • CE 23:19 on 2017/03/27 Permalink

      Yeah, the two parties just seem too far away from each other to merge. ON would be a better fit with the PQ IMO.

    • Ian 10:19 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      Well, that’s not a great fit, either – the whole point of ON was to court the Anglophone vote to ensure a victory for sovereignty as opposed to the whole “money and the ethnic vote” PQ thing. They’re very similar otherwise, but not being paranoid about English is a major sticking point.

    • MH in NDG 12:17 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      A social democratic Quebec political party without the sovereigntist direction of QS is in the works: the NPDQ. It is now in an embryonic phase of development. Although the founders include some who have been active in the federal NDP, the provincial party will be completely independent from the federal party.

    • jeather 14:02 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      I am very much looking forward to voting NDP in provincial elections too.

    • Ian 17:53 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      It’ll be interesting, the federal NDP has tried to steer clear of the whole ethnic thing to avoid losing Quebec votes. If a provincial NDP can maintain the leftism & inclusivity of the QS with the federalism of the parent party it’s be a heck of a balancing act. My greatest fear is that they will follow the PLQ and not bother with Anglos at all and just expect us to vote for them while enacting laws to court “real” Quebec.

    • jeather 23:13 on 2017/03/28 Permalink

      If they’re like the PLQ except actually left, that could be a lot worse.

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