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  • Kate 17:22 on 2017/04/20 Permalink | Reply  

    I always enjoy stories on odd new names given to children and the list for 2016 doesn’t disappoint. TVA looks at the most popular names for babies last year and also teases out some curiosities though falls down on not knowing that Zoltan is a traditional Hungarian given name and not, possibly, a comic book character.

    I’m still flummoxed by the ongoing popularity of “William” around here.

     
    • CE 16:29 on 2017/04/21 Permalink

      Here in Colombia, William is a strangely popular name as well.

  • Kate 17:11 on 2017/04/20 Permalink | Reply  

    With all this fuss over Donald Trump’s “attack” on our dairy producers – which I suspect will simply come down to Trump getting applause for an issue he was told would buy him that applause – I’m put to wondering how big a market Canada would offer for American milk anyway. We have 1/10 the U.S. population spread over a larger area.

    In any case, we don’t allow growth hormone and steroids in dairy products, which the U.S. does. Froth that one up, Donald.

     
    • EmilyG 17:53 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      I’m glad that we don’t have hormones and steroids in our milk (and I tend to drink a lot of it.) The milk is something I miss about Canada when I’m in the U.S.

    • Blork 20:40 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      AKAIK the issue is mostly around the shipping of Canadian “ultrafiltered milk” into the US. UF milk isn’t even “milk” as we think of it; it’s a processed milk protein thing that is used in the production of cheese (more efficient than using straight milk). Apparently there is a LOT of Canadian UF milk crossing the border into the US, and it’s cheaper for US cheese manufacturers to use Canadian UF milk than to use American milk.

    • EmilyG 21:11 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      Thank you for the explanation, Blork.

    • Kate 22:07 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      Yes, thanks, Blork

    • Kevin 00:42 on 2017/04/21 Permalink

      I belive it is the other way around.
      Our manufacturers were importing this. That is why farmers were protesting last year. Then Canadian or Ontario rules changed to cut the price local farmers were allowed to sell at.
      And so Grassland told Wisconsin it wouldn’t be importing anymore.
      Despite supply management and frequent milk dumping by Canadian farmers, Canada imports milk products from US

    • Blork 08:50 on 2017/04/21 Permalink

      I think Kevin is right, actually, but even then I think it’s more complicated. The current situation is that the US has an oversupply because they don’t have a supply management system. So they’re swimming in excess milk, which they have, until recently, been selling into Canada (mostly as ultrafiltered milk). But in the past year or so, the “rules” in Canada have changed, and there are now incentives for Canadian cheese manufacturers to use Canadian milk instead of imported US milk. That leaves the US producers with boatloads of milk they can’t sell. (Wisconsin is the epicenter of this.)

      AKAIK this is a fairly recent thing. Ontario changed these rules last year and the rest of the country soon followed. However, I also think (but I’m not sure) that the situation I described in my first comment was true 10 years ago.

      Also, there might be regional differences. For example, Quebec has a big dairy industry and Vermont has a fairly big cheese industry, so the original situation might still be in place here but the new situation more evident farther west. (But I’m speculating now, so I should stop… all I know for sure is that it’s complicated.)

    • Tim 09:32 on 2017/04/21 Permalink

      Oversupplies occur in the Canadian system as well. More than a million litres of skim milk were dumped in Ontario last May. Interesting column from the Globe last year about this: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/dairy-dilemma-time-to-dump-subsidies-not-milk/article25045134/

  • Kate 17:04 on 2017/04/20 Permalink | Reply  

    The city is keeping up its war against the emerald ash borer with more than 5,000 afflicted trees taken down last year but more than 25,000 given a treatment meant to save and protect them.

     
  • Kate 17:01 on 2017/04/20 Permalink | Reply  

    I see now why Uber has been spamming job listings on Craigslist and Kijiji lately: the launch of UberEATS, which is expected to do the same favours for individual restaurant delivery guys as it’s done for our taxi drivers.

     
    • Ephraim 05:30 on 2017/04/21 Permalink

      Get an F plate and treat yourself as a contractual employee, so you can legally deduct all expenses and track every single KM you do, carefully, or see your taxes auditted one day because Uber isn’t going to help you.

    • JaneyB 08:55 on 2017/04/21 Permalink

      Uber: making the shitty jobs even worse. We need them gone – or turned into a real employer and regulated.

    • raymond lutz 14:50 on 2017/04/21 Permalink

      La prolétarisation s’accélère. http://arsindustrialis.org/prolétarisation pour un peu de french techno philosophie. 8-)

  • Kate 16:59 on 2017/04/20 Permalink | Reply  

    People are getting high on Mount Royal Thursday to celebrate 420 and the impending legalization of cannabis.

     
    • EmilyG 17:52 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      Is that why it’s so cloudy today? :P

  • Kate 14:24 on 2017/04/20 Permalink | Reply  

    Opposition to the plans for a rodeo this summer is growing, the SPCA having spoken up against it and launched a website against it. Website may have points to make but is graphic in places.

     
    • ant6n 14:56 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      These issues, like bull fighting or running of the bulls, are always very controversial. But at least in Spain or out West they have a long tradition and strong cultural connections. Here it’s just a gimmick.

    • Michael Black 17:00 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      But, I thought somehow “cowboy culture” made a mark in Quebec. There are some rodeos here, “Lucky Luke” may be from Belgium but it has some presence here. We had the first French language country-western station just outside if Montreal. It’s a vague thing, since I’ve not paid any real attention, but something seems to be in Quebec.

      That said, it’s not something that seems to be part of Montreal.

      Michael

    • Kate 17:07 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

    • DavidH 20:23 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      St-Tite has tried to hold a satellite event here in Montreal for a few years and it never really catches on.

      You can go back all the way to Drapeau and the Expo (at the defunct Autostade) for attempts at getting rodeos to catch on in this city. It never works. Just like baseball, some people keep trying to push it as something we are. I don’t understand why, it’s simply not a Montreal thing.

      Some people I know go to the real St-Tite every other year. They go see it as outsiders. To them it’s a tourist festival to visit, not a celebration of their culture. They’ll listen to Paul Daraiche and don cowboy boots for a week. Then they come back to their real life where cowboy hats are a costume, not actual clothing.

    • ant6n 23:37 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      I’d say if it’s a “vague thing”, it’s preservation doesn’t trump ethical considerations.

  • Kate 12:13 on 2017/04/20 Permalink | Reply  

    On Radio-Canada, Jean-François Nadeau and Annie Desrochers look back to the era when Montreal was a walled city.

     
  • Kate 10:57 on 2017/04/20 Permalink | Reply  

    Montreal chef David McMillan was recently quoted as saying Toronto has a better restaurant culture so the cat is among the pigeons now.

    I don’t get it. Presumably you can eat well in both cities if you have the money and know where to go. I don’t think anyone even ever said Montreal was the best, if that even means anything. Different cities have different food cultures that arise from their history, their distinctive immigrant profiles, dare I say even their terroir. Or, as Antonio Park is quoted here, “Je ne pense pas que c’est une compétition.”

     
    • Blork 11:47 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      I agree with Park. I have no interest in this phoney competition. It’s not even about food or eating, it’s about “the scene,” for which I give zero f*cks. As McMillan says in the article, “À Toronto, on sent l’argent dans les restaurants quand on regarde les couverts, la décoration, les verres, la carte des vins. On sent vraiment la métropole.”

      Yeah, whatever. I like to eat, and I like to eat well, but I have no desire to pay an extra $100 for my meal just so I can have it presented on an expensive plate and a tablecloth that’s worth more than my iPad.

      And yes, I know that makes me sound like a provincial, or a grumpy old fart. But I’m way more interested in good quality hoi polloi food that is thoughtfully prepared and presented than in nouveau-bourgeois conspicuous displays of faux-wealth.

      And now it’s time for lunch. (Warmed up leftovers, but what leftovers!)

    • rue david 14:42 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      i’m not at all an expert about toronto, but i like the line he takes where he says something like “you can smell the money in there” whereas in montreal, it’s a lot of chef-owners running small places. montreal definitely feels like that to me – an enormous variety of excellent restaurants. even though toronto is so much bigger, this has never been my impression there.

    • JS 16:46 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      Toronto = larger ethnic communities = more ethnic restaurants. South Indian? We got 2. Hakka Chinese? We got ess eff ay. Ethiopian/Eritrean? hahaha

    • Ian 20:06 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      Try getting a good falafel or a bowl of matzoh ball soup in Toronto, though.

      Anyhow that’s not the kind of restaurant Dave McMillan was waxing poetic about. He’s talking about high end fancy joints and all that big money Toronto has. It’s kind of amazing he hadn’t noticed that Toronto has more money before.

    • Brett 23:29 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      Aren’t matzohs those things you’re supposed to eat when you’re not allowed to eat anything that tastes good?

    • Uatu 08:55 on 2017/04/21 Permalink

      If you have Netflix watch Anthony Bourdain’s show, The Layover. He visits cities around the world and goes on a 24-48hr. layover food/restaurant crawl. Very informative and entertaining and he has a show on Montreal and T.O. So watch and judge for yourself. Bourdain seems to favor mtl.

    • JaneyB 09:06 on 2017/04/21 Permalink

      The ethnic food options in TO are truly incredible eg: cheap Ethiopian…sigh. Plus, in TO, going to restaurants is the main form of entertainment for people without kids; dining has probably replaced shopping, sports, golfing etc. Here, I find terroir food culture is much more intense and people still favour house parties and backyard/ruelle/pool socializing. Different.

  • Kate 10:44 on 2017/04/20 Permalink | Reply  

    The city’s financials for 2016 shows that it didn’t reach its quota of traffic and parking fines, although the take was up compared to 2014 and 2015.

     
  • Kate 10:34 on 2017/04/20 Permalink | Reply  

    With all the recent rain, and more expected, the Rivière des Prairies and the Mille-Îles could rise and flood in low-lying spots in the archipelago.

     
    • Max 15:56 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      They’re not exaggerating the flood risk. I was by Lac St. Louis the other day and the water level is the highest I’ve ever seen.

    • Fab Pine 18:16 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      It would be interesting if the high water washes away some of the hideous waterfront bungalows in suburbia so that some ineresting parks could be created there.

  • Kate 02:32 on 2017/04/20 Permalink | Reply  

    More stories Wednesday about the disabled group that wants to launch a class action suit against the STM and the AMT for better transit services.

    I don’t doubt services could be improved, but I don’t see how suing the transit authorities is going to help.

     
    • ant6n 08:41 on 2017/04/20 Permalink

      Raising awareness, I guess?

  • Kate 01:38 on 2017/04/20 Permalink | Reply  

    Four men accused of a surge of thefts in Montreal and points north have been caught and locked up and will face as many as 64 charges. Cops want anyone who thinks they may have been robbed by these pretty boys to get in touch. TVA link plays video.

     
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