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  • Kate 13:12 on 2017/03/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Police chief Philippe Pichet has presented his plans to reform the police force and change its internal culture, but – as others have also noted – the title of the thing, “pour rassurer et améliorer le lien de confiance des citoyens envers le SPVM” – smacks more of a public relations strategy.

    • d 07:53 on 2017/04/01 Permalink

      I’ve heard stories from the police academy that the people who are in the program have serious attitude problems, and often people with integrity usually just drop the program because they can’t stand the other people in the program. It would seem, this is would be a good place to start to have reform. I’d love to hear first hand accounts.

    • Kevin 10:28 on 2017/04/01 Permalink

      In Cegep my locker was next to Police Tech students.
      I would be hard pressed to assemble an equivalent collection of morons and petty criminals.
      They once spent two hours debating which was greater: the number of weeks in a year, or the number of cards in a standard deck. They eventually decided that both were the same number.


    • Ephraim 16:10 on 2017/04/01 Permalink

      Put real civilian oversight, real punishments and the attitude that any and all of this will be sent to the civilian oversight to decide how to proceed. The clear idea that you are going to get caught for violating the law or police ethics, you are going to get punished and the police can’t protect you because it’s civilian oversight. That should clear things up quickly. And any chief that isn’t reporting through everything has got to go. And if we have to bring in a chief from outside of the local system to clean in up. And a phone line to the civilian oversight that allows anonymous tips that MUST be followed up.

  • Kate 13:08 on 2017/03/31 Permalink | Reply  

    TSN talked to Mitch Garber about Montreal’s baseball plans.

    I think I know what all this is about. Denis Coderre will inevitably be re-elected this fall, but he knows it would clinch it beyond doubt if he went into his second term as The Man Who Brought the Expos Back.

    It makes me sick that the city is concentrating on going back to the 20th century, but if it’s the circus the people want, it’s the circus they will get. Even if it gives Montreal a deficit like Quebec City’s over the Centre Videotron.

    • Phil C. 13:32 on 2017/03/31 Permalink

      How are they going to use the word “teamwork” and “private” in the same sentence. We will be giving our hard earned money and prime land away, so a private company can do what they please. The results are never ideal. Hardly “teamwork”

      Since we’re apparently going to embrace and enable this pattern of last minute gift giving for reelection, can we at least be persuaded with useful gifts. A public transit grocery list comes to mind, and a billion dollars is a nice start

    • Tim S. 17:04 on 2017/03/31 Permalink

      I keep trying to tell every Project person I come across to make the next election a referendum on spending a billion dollars on the Expos. Instead, pitbulls…

    • ant6n 17:21 on 2017/03/31 Permalink

      As a pre-election year strategy the pit bulls make sense. Get all the support from some very strong feeling group a year ahead of the election. Then in the election year, move to bigger picture topics but keep the support of the dog people.

    • Kate 19:55 on 2017/03/31 Permalink

      Tim S., that’s a great idea. I wonder if Projet would risk the loss of populist popularity such a position would involve.

    • ant6n 09:11 on 2017/04/01 Permalink

      “Denis Coderre will inevitably be re-elected this fall”
      Don’t jinx it

    • Kevin 10:34 on 2017/04/01 Permalink

      Both expos and pit bull supporters are vocal groups, with far fewer numbers in Montreal than you would think.

      I was digging into pit bull supporters last year. Most denouncing BSL on several forums did not live in Quebec.

    • Tim S. 10:52 on 2017/04/01 Permalink

      Kate, there are no doubt some enthusiastic Expos fans, and some people who simply think it’s cool, but I would hope that given all the money it’ll cost, “let’s not spend our tax dollars on American millionaires” would be the populist position.

    • Kate 11:11 on 2017/04/01 Permalink

      Tim S., it has to be presented in stark numbers. If you want a team, you will have to accept higher taxes, slower development of public transit, more leisurely response to infrastructure problems, less money for culture and the other services offered by the city. We can’t have everything, and if what the population really wants is American millionaires throwing a ball around in a new stadium (and we’re great at pricing those out!), that is what they will get.

    • Chris 11:44 on 2017/04/01 Permalink

      If we reelect mayor Flintstone, we deserve it. :(

    • Kate 12:02 on 2017/04/01 Permalink

      We will. It only remains to be seen how much of an opposition can be mustered at city hall. With people like Réal Ménard and Richard Bergeron having thrown in with Coderre since 2013, I don’t have strong hopes in this area.

  • Kate 09:06 on 2017/03/31 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA has notes on weekend road closures. The Jacques-Cartier is closed overnight Friday to Saturday.

    Closures on the 15 are coming after the weekend.

  • Kate 02:02 on 2017/03/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Kristian Gravenor looks back at the gruesome litany of murders this city saw in 1977 – 91 murders that year, compared with 23 in 2016.

    Anyone around you shakes their head at the terrible times we live in, or lauds the good old days: this.

    • JaneyB 08:57 on 2017/03/31 Permalink

      I remember when I was a kid, Montreal was The Big City, even out west. We never heard about Toronto on the national news. Always volatile and chaotic with reports of seedy murders and truly massive labour strife, and the cultural centre for the whole country, Montreal was It. A little earlier there were the hundreds (!) of FLQ bombings (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Front_de_libération_du_Québec). As you say, these days are like a walk in the park. We live in a boutique, by comparison!

  • Kate 01:53 on 2017/03/31 Permalink | Reply  

    No surprise here: Ville-Marie is the most expensive borough in terms of shelter.

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