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  • Kate 17:48 on 2017/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The city having failed to come up with alternative services, the SPCA will extend its presence in several boroughs.

    In addition, the Plateau has signed a separate deal with the SPCA.

  • Kate 17:10 on 2017/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    I’ll be working for the St-Laurent byelection Monday. Thursday was the training session and I ended up afterwards at Côte-Vertu metro station with an hour or so to kill, and needing to eat.

    I had blithely assumed the busy CV-Decarie corner would feature an Amir or Basha, but no such luck. I went into a little computer shop to buy an iPhone cable, and asked the man there where I could get a shish taouk nearby.

    He had no idea. I found this hard to believe by the evidence of my eyes but eventually he said “Saboui. Just at the corner.”

    Saboui? I set off and a moment later was laughing. A Subway is on the corner there.

    Eventually I ate at an okay Vietnamese place, then sought out espresso. I am in a place called Melting Pot Cafe. When I came in I asked if they had espresso. Real espresso? Yes, she said. I gave her $3.45 and as I watched she placed a capsule into a machine.

    I told her this wasn’t real espresso but she disagreed. Needed the hit too much to ask for my money back. I don’t care if you use capsules in your home (your degraded hovel of a home) but please, don’t try to pass it off on me for money.

    • Kevin 17:31 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      Add that to the list of questions to never ask salespeople.

    • rue david 17:40 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      there’s a good taiwanese restaurant up there, maison mignon (could have sworn the name was different buy yelp tells me that’s it and it looks identical), the beef noodle soup is a great winter lunch option. i don’t think they’re likely to do a decent espresso though.

      you also have that senegalese restaurant right on decarie – i’ve never tried but i lived in france for a while and became addicted to the yassa at this one senegalese joint. man, so good. there, again, i’d not bet on a great espresso.

    • denpanosekai 19:07 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      Decarie hot dog!!!!!

    • Brett 19:09 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      You didn’t find the Van Houtte when you wanted coffee?
      Also, I’d say the restaurants there are generally low quality because the majority of the clientele comes from the nearby Cegeps. I’d like to try the Rasputin restaurant sometime though.

    • jeather 21:00 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      The dumpling place down the block, Yi Pin, is good. And I feel like Choco Max sells real espresso.

    • Kate 01:47 on 2017/03/31 Permalink

      denpanosekai: had I been on my way home I’d’ve indulged in some poutine at Decarie Hot Dog, but I needed to stay awake till, well, now, and I find poutine slows me way down.

      jeather: I don’t expect to spend much time around there, but thanks for the recommendations.

      Brett: I saw no Van Houtte. Hm.

    • JaneyB 08:44 on 2017/03/31 Permalink

      I only know that strip a tiny bit but should you be feeling hungry after the polls close on Monday, here’s a helpful go-to resto list by some local food maniacs: https://endlessbanquet.squarespace.com/blog/2014/9/30/the-list-a-m

      I think someone mapped all the places for handiness but I can’t find it…

    • Kate 09:07 on 2017/03/31 Permalink

      Thanks, JaneyB. I’ll be finishing at 9:30 pm after 13 hours without a meal break, so you never know.

    • Poutine Pundit 01:21 on 2017/04/01 Permalink

      Ban Lao Thai is really good, close to Cote Vertu, especially if you go for the Laotian menu.

      Yi Pin Xiang also decent for northeastern Chinese dumplings, different from what you get elsewhere around town.

      No decent coffee up there, as far as I know. There’s an Italian coffee place called Dolci Piu that looks like it might be good, but don’t be fooled: it’s appalling.

  • Kate 16:23 on 2017/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Michael Applebaum was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison and probation to follow.

    • ant6n 17:48 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      Now we could use a good rant about Canadian justice being “too soft”.

    • Chris 20:51 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      At least he’ll be in jail.

    • Kate 21:57 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      For an exemplary month or two.

    • Tim S. 22:41 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      “exemplary month or two.” I remember that when one of the sponsorship scandal players had a sentence reduced or was released early, one of the mitigating factors the judge cited was that he had a job to go to. I sorta thought at the time that if the crime you committed was through your job, having a job to go back to should hardly count in your favour. Anyways, when Applebaum is invariably released early, let’s keep an eye on the justification.

  • Kate 10:57 on 2017/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Turned down for excursions from prison, Valery Fabrikant appealed to the Supreme Court to have his legal fees paid, but they have also turned him down. Fabrikant is regarded as still potentially dangerous: commenters here who have implied Canadian justice is too soft on offenders take note.

    • Bill Binns 12:22 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      Still too soft. Fabrikant is his own worst enemy and never turns down an opportunity to remind everyone he is crazy and unhinged. If he played the game and said all the right things he probably would have inherited Guy Turcotte’s old bicycle by now or even been handed a couple of prescriptions and set free like Vince Li.

    • Taylor C. Noakes 15:31 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      @Bill – legally speaking, Fabrikant isn’t insane and was never considered NCR.

      Vince Li was determined to be NCR from day one; the prosecutor (i.e. the Crown) did not appeal that decision.

      Stop lumping all mentally ill people together and demonizing them. It’s not helpful.

    • Kate 12:22 on 2017/03/31 Permalink

      Bill Binns, what else do you want them to do to Fabrikant? You’re beginning to remind me of an elderly relative who wanted them to bring back the lash.

    • Bill Binns 13:21 on 2017/03/31 Permalink

      @Kate – I’m fine with Fabrikant’s current situation. I’m just saying that he is not necessarily a great example of the revolving door of Canadian justice getting tough when the situation calls for it. Somebody else who committed his crime but had enough sense to find Jesus or write a children’s book while in jail would likely be enjoying leisurely bike rides through the park on a regular basis by now. His behavior prevents even the most progressive of officials from taking a chance on giving him privileges.

      This bring back the lash idea is intriguing. Does your relative have a petition I can sign? ;-)

    • ant6n 14:42 on 2017/03/31 Permalink

      “The exception [that] proves the rule”

    • CE 20:09 on 2017/03/31 Permalink

      @Bill: Do you have any examples of someone who wasn’t NCR who killed and wounded multiple people in Canada and then found themselves riding their bikes around the park 20 years later?

    • Kate 20:36 on 2017/03/31 Permalink

      Bill Binns: the point is still potentially dangerous. Fabrikant has never ceased to blame others for “making him do what he did” as narcissist personalities are apt to frame it. The parole board looks for signs that a person accepts responsibility for their act and has processed some of the feelings involved. They’ll never get that from old Valery.

      I don’t think it’s useful to see Fabrikant and Li as remotely similar. Fabrikant’s motives are understandable to a sane person. He felt that credit for his work was being stolen by others. He had been kvetching about this on Concordia mailing lists for years. Later it was acknowledged by Concordia that he was at least partly correct about this, and they made some changes in how papers were credited.

      Even so, ultimately Fabrikant went off the deep end and simply lashed out, shooting anyone he found in the department that day. None of the individuals he had blamed were there: he missed his target completely. Had I been Fabrikant’s lawyer, I might’ve tried for NCR based on this loss of control. But Fabrikant sacked lawyer after lawyer, presumably because nobody wanted to plead his case according to his ideas.

      Vince Li was in deep psychosis when he killed Tim McLean. Witnesses said the two men hadn’t so much as exchanged a word. It wasn’t an escalated quarrel. Li fixated on a random person with the ill luck to be nearby when he fully cracked, and killed him horribly. I am not a student of psychology and can’t tell you whether someone remains chronically prone to this kind of psychotic break, but Li was not a bad man, not a warped bitter guy with a personality disorder like Fabrikant: he was a deeply sick man, it’s obvious from the story line. But things I’ve read suggest Li now does recognize that he killed someone and that this guilt will never leave him, even if he can no longer recall the state of mind that made him do it. I’ve never read anything suggesting Li blames anyone else for his act.

  • Kate 10:31 on 2017/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Laurent Blanchard, retired from politics after serving briefly as interim mayor in 2013, gives his thoughts on Denis Coderre: “Lorsqu’on est maire, ce ne sont pas nos fantasmes qui doivent nous guider, mais le bien commun. Avec lui, le bien personnel et le bien commun se confondent parfois.”

  • Kate 10:25 on 2017/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    More than a thousand trees have been cut down on St Helen’s Island to pave it over and build an amphitheatre for Evenko and nobody has taken any serious notice.

    One side effect of all the construction is that the aquatic complex – built and sustained by large chunks of public money – will be unusable this summer and possibly next summer because of noise and dust from the construction. That gives a sense of the scale of the project.

    • JaneyB 08:48 on 2017/03/31 Permalink

      Unbelieveable! I thought that Evenko evilness had been stalled into oblivion. Outrageous. And the baseball nonsense is on the horizon….

  • Kate 10:08 on 2017/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is pondering ways of reducing the bill for traffic direction around construction and roadwork sites, including possibly resorting to private firms for manpower. This follows a fait accompli in which they sacked 51 of their own security guards, who looked after various municipal properties around town, and replaced them with workers from private firms.

  • Kate 10:04 on 2017/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Do not stow your shovels yet. Environment Canada warns of 5-10 cm of snow starting Friday.

  • Kate 01:38 on 2017/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The city wants the power to shut down massage parlours.

    • ant6n 08:42 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      More Drapeau-style politics.

  • Kate 01:36 on 2017/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The Shield of Athena women’s shelter had its van stolen last week, but has received a brand new vehicle via a donation from Avon Canada.

    • Michael Black 08:25 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      The Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal was fundraising for a new van last February, they hadn’t had a van for a year. But I don’t see anything on their website about whether they got a new van or not.


  • Kate 01:34 on 2017/03/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Abolition of the trainbus 935 down Park Avenue is lengthening commutes for some workers and may send some right back into their cars.

    • Jack 08:35 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      Why would you live in Morin Heights and commute to Montreal. Wasn’t that cottage country like 4 years ago.

    • Mathieu 12:23 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      It still is.

      And that women is probably not accounting for her time correctly. She says it used to take her 1h15 to get to work, but it takes 30 min to get from Morin-Heights to Ste-Thérèse with no congestion plus another 30 minutes to get to Parc. Assuming it really took her 1h15 to get to work, this means she had a 15 minutes ride on the 905 bus that now takes 1 hour on the 80. This is ridiculous, especially when she says she used to arrive for 8AM short and now it’s more like a bit before 8:30 (so really 20-25 minutes more, not one hour).

      Besides, assuming she works around Complexe Desjardins (she says it’s 20 minutes walk from Lucien-L’Allier), it would take 40 minutes to get from Ste-Thèrese to Place-d’Armes if she switched at Concorde, so a total of 1h10 from her door, plus a short walk.

      It just looks to me like someone who’s not happy with change whatever it is.

    • Joey 15:59 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      It says she works at McGill…

    • Joey 16:02 on 2017/03/30 Permalink

      BTW, a 15-minute ride from Gare de Parc to Parc and Pine on the 935 seems reasonable, since the 935 only used to stop a couple of times, and only if passengers were getting off. Even 10 minutes, if the traffic is light. On the 80 that ride probably takes more like 25 minutes.

      Somehow I doubt that the STM has actually increased capacity on the 80/435 line. Surely the STM will release the data showing the increase in the number of buses…

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