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  • Kate 11:09 on 2017/05/31 Permalink | Reply  

    The Village Voice spends 48 hours in Montreal.

  • Kate 10:29 on 2017/05/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Three times in the last week transit cops have checked my Opus card – twice in the metro, once on a bus. Are they in a push for fines? Last night there were four heavies stopping people as they exited the metro, and a fifth with a booklet of tickets for the unlucky folks who’d chucked or misplaced their proof of payment.

    • ste.ph 10:32 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      Courts ruled this unconstitutional (in the metro), yet they keep doing it.

    • Kate 10:39 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      These cops were lurking just outside the turnstiles, I wonder if that was on the technicality.

    • Bill Binns 10:40 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      I have been seeing them more and more as well. Same thing, line of 4 cops at the top of the stairs. I haven’t seen anyone get a ticket though. Their placement suggest they are looking for people to come to the top of the stairs, see the cops and turn around and run back down.

      I have been very successful doing the “Costco thing” and just staring straight ahead and walking by them like I don’t see them.

      I’m all for it though. Why would anyone pay for tickets if there was no chance of getting caught?

    • Bert 10:45 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      I was about to make the same (first) comment as ste.ph. Since the ruling I have not been checked once on may daily train commute. Neither on the train/platform nor at the entrances / demarcation lines. Checks used to be at least monthly if not more often (once 6 times in 4 days). http://www.cat-bus.com/2016/09/stm-by-law-unconstutional/

      Kate, when you say “exited the metro”, do you mean they were on the platform (i.e. inside the turnstiles), inside the metro station but outside the turnstiles or outside the metro station? Bill’s explanation seems to suggest inside the turnstiles.

      Bill, you do know that when you sign up for a Costco Membership, you explicitly waive your right to refuse inspection? There are a few exceptions, but if you are a member you signed the membership. From the Costco website:

      You will be required to show your receipt for the items you purchased at the warehouse exit. This ensures that our cashiers processed the items you purchased correctly and that you have been properly charged for your purchases. It is also one of our most effective methods of maintaining accuracy in inventory control.

    • Bill Binns 11:05 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      @Bert – Yes I know. I don’t pitch a fit if I’m stopped but getting through without being stopped makes me feel like I have Jedi skills. I don’t stop at Walmart even if they ask and nothing has ever come of it.

    • Bert 11:14 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      I agree, if they ask and I am not required I continue on my way.

    • SMD 12:18 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      I asked an STM inspector at Édouard-Montpetit about the constitutionality of their checking (while being checked) and he said they are continuing to do it while they wait for the decision of their appeal.

    • Mathieu 14:41 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      It’s not the fact that they check if you have a ticket that’s unconstitutional, it’s the way the STM rules are written that make it impossible to prove you paid in any other way than by showing a valid ticket. And it’s a municipal court jugdment, so we’re far from it being final.

    • DeWolf 20:58 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      I was leaving Jean-Talon on Monday and there was a phalanx of transit police checking Opus cards and tickets right in front of the turnstiles. I had accidentally gone to the wrong exit (the St-Hubert one) and was about to turn back when I realized that might look suspicious, so I ended up walking two blocks out of my way in the windy rain.

    • Ian 10:15 on 2017/06/01 Permalink

      Weird, I’ve never had my fare checked on a bus. I was beginning to suspect they didn’t actually do that.

    • Kate 10:51 on 2017/06/01 Permalink

      Ian, sometimes they board a bus and check everyone. Happened to me just the other day and it wasn’t the first time. Always makes me feel like one of those wartime movies – “Papers?”

      Or they catch people leaving the bus to enter the metro.

    • Ian Rogers 18:40 on 2017/06/01 Permalink

      Interesting … I do a bus/metro transfer almost every day and am not exaggerating that I have never seen this on a bus. I mostly take the 51, 55, 80/435, 405/211 – what routes do you take? I only ask because I know they target specific stations and wonder if they also target specific bus lines.

    • Kate 00:32 on 2017/06/02 Permalink

      I’ve experienced this on the 55, and, more recently, on one of the buses to or from Lachine – 90 or 191.

    • Michael Black 00:49 on 2017/06/02 Permalink

      I’ve been on the 211 and they got on at Dorval. Another time they were waiting for the 211 at Lionel Groulx. I think there was a third time with the 211.


    • Dhomas 06:26 on 2017/06/02 Permalink

      I’ve been checked quite often on the 33 bus at the Langelier metro stop. They wait at each bus door and scan each passenger’s ticket. It’s​ quite annoying as it really slows down the flow of people exiting the bus at rush hour.

  • Kate 10:26 on 2017/05/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Work is resuming Wednesday on construction sites around town following back-to-work legislation, although many are unhappy about the situation.

    • SteveQ 10:52 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      My friend’s son (22years old) is quite happy to get back at work. Him who started to work in the construction field 3/4 months ago was putting money aside to buy appliances for his first appartment in july. The strike almost put his plan in jeopardy. Good thing it only lasted a week or so.

      And the father (my friend) will receive his new condo also in july but he was getting nervous that it wouldn’t be ready on time because of the strike. He was starting to look for options as a place to stay after the 1st of july and for a place to put his stuff.

      I never voted liberal in my life, neither did my friend. But we are both thankful they adopted this law and acted as a responsible goverment.

    • Kate 11:30 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      I would’ve had much more respect for both sides if it could’ve been settled without either side forcing the issue. But I’ve learned after many years of observation that people don’t hold strikes or walkouts unless they feel they’ve run out of other options. It isn’t done frivolously.

      That said, I’m glad roadwork will resume along Jarry, which is a mess all the way from St‑Denis to Christophe-Colomb right now.

    • ste.ph 11:49 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      I think it’s irresponsible for the government to step in. Government construction contracts include financial penalties to the firms for delays – but the companies often contest the fines in court and in Quebec they rarely pay. I really don’t know why our courts are sympathetic to the constant excuses, at the cost to taxpayers. The huge firms that get the government contracts can afford to pay up. Construction workers know there’s still major corruption at play all the time. Seeing the government step in for these corrupt employers only makes the collusion more obvious.

    • John B 22:51 on 2017/06/01 Permalink

      That law came really fast. I’m generally not a fan of union tactics, but when a strike starts it only seems right to give it a week or so to see if it gets bargaining started, and maybe even an agreement. This was what, 2 business days?

  • Kate 09:57 on 2017/05/31 Permalink | Reply  

    CTV’s Annie DeMelt has resumed doing Secret Montreal video reports, with a recent item on the Université de Montréal tower, while managing not to present its hollowness as a metaphor. There’s a Google map of all the earlier features.

  • Kate 09:27 on 2017/05/31 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has sold off the Rodier building to a private developer. It had originally acquired it with the intention to knock it down for a bus corridor that never happened, so anything that saves it from demolition is a plus – and, as can be seen in this image from 1920 when the ground floor wasn’t mostly walled up and the roofline wasn’t boxed up in ugly siding, the building always was a commercial one, although the city is now imposing a requirement for educational purposes on the new owner.

  • Kate 09:22 on 2017/05/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Sud-Ouest mayor Benoit Dorais has joined up with Projet Montréal in the run-up to November.

  • Kate 00:54 on 2017/05/31 Permalink | Reply  

    Breakfast Television isn’t a source I’ve used before, but it’s kind of interesting if true that Karla Homolka has been spotted volunteering at a school in NDG.

    • Zeke 07:54 on 2017/05/31 Permalink


      And in other news, the sun rises in the east. She has done her time, and all this is is irresponsible journalism that never seems to end. That is now wrecking children’s lives, not just her children’s.

    • jeather 08:40 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      If she had committed a financial fraud crime, she would not be allowed to work with money. This — if true — does not seem that different. I am very sympathetic to her kids, who are being hurt through no fault of their own. But “this woman murdered a bunch of teens, now she is volunteering with children” is something reasonable people can be concerned about.

    • Kate 09:38 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      Karla has done her time, technically, although she was sentenced before the most damning evidence was found and the case was not reopened.

      Imagine if she were a man, had done time for murdering teenagers, and now we found him lurking around kids. He’d be noped out of there so fast. Why do we give credit to Karla? Because she’s a good-looking blonde woman and doesn’t look like our template for a killer?

    • Bill Binns 10:54 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      We often see this “He/She did her time” line here. That means they get to be out of jail. Society at large is under no obligation to welcome these people back with open arms. Many people understandably don’t want to live near or work with convicted murderers. We especially can’t expect people to risk the lives of their children on government opinions about a person’s state of rehabilitation.

      Also, what’s Karla thinking? Does she want attention? Why not keep your head down and be one of the majority of parents who does not volunteer at school? Some schools can be pushy about this but I’m sure this school would have gladly accepted Karla’s “I’m a convicted sex murderer” excuse.

    • Goldorak 19:25 on 2017/05/31 Permalink


      She’s not really a school volunteer, she volunteered once at a school.

      I don’t think anyone’s giving her a break. She was ambushed picking up her kids after school, something she is legally permitted to do.

      Those kids are 100% innocent BTW. Her job now is to make sure they grow up well adjusted, normal, productive members of society. The media circus isn’t helping that.


      Maybe not society, but a group of devout Christians have. They believe in forgiveness and redemption, even if you feel superior to such things.


      Also, please note: she hasn’t had a single instance of recidivism. They know who she is and decided to do the Christian thing. They aren’t judging her. They believe in redemption and rehabilitation.

      Why don’t you?

    • jeather 07:08 on 2017/06/01 Permalink

      You can believe in redemption but not that she has achieved it, or that she can get rehabilitated but still should not be allowed to volunteer with children whose parents have not decided that they’re okay with this. (The school has admitted she does that, not just drop her kids off and pick them up.)

    • Kate 10:55 on 2017/06/01 Permalink

      Goldorak: I think it’s possible for someone to commit crimes so horrible they can’t ever just go away. I never bought that Karla was a victim, either – not after the tapes came out showing her participating just as actively as Bernardo.

      It’s too bad for her kids, but she willingly brought them into the world knowing they would eventually have to deal with her history. Life isn’t fair. Karla shouldn’t be treated like nothing ever happened, behind the shield of her innocent children. And yes, too bad for them. People dealt with being the children of Nazis, these kids will grow up and deal with the fallout of being the children of a notorious murderess. Or not.

      I don’t have kids, but I put it to myself like this: would I leave my cat in the care of someone who’d been convicted of animal torture, even if they’d done their time? Nope. Never. And nobody should be asked to trust Karla around their kids.

    • jeather 16:37 on 2017/06/01 Permalink

      The school needs to go up for a permit renewal this fall, so if this is all true and then they kicked out parents who complained that a child murderer was volunteering at the school, this looks like super bad news for that school.

    • Goldorak 18:20 on 2017/06/02 Permalink

      @Kate –

      Respectfully, the kids are innocent and she has a responsibility to ensure they come out as normal as possible.

      Children aren’t possessions… and reporters shouldn’t be ambushing her while picking up the kids at school. Totally reprehensible. The whole school has been put at risk by this thoroughly irresponsible reporting.

      Moreover, she was never a volunteer. She escorted her kids to the science centre as part of a field trip.

      Think of the gender, class and race issues present here. If her kids went to Sacred Heart, Villa Maria or The Study the report would have been kiboshed toute suite.

      She hasn’t had a single instance of recidivism. Name me one paroled Cdn murderer who went on to kill again. We have no faith in the part of the justice system that actually does its job well, entirely thanks to ‘reports’ like this.

      There’s no news here. Poor Christians (of colour) don’t get the same respect as rich White Christians, they get laughed at for believing in rehabilitation, redemption and forgiveness.

      And keep in mind, it was her husband who’s the irredeemable psychopath with a decade’s worth of sex crimes. She was not a criminal prior to meeting him. This idea the woman is in fact the ‘more evil’ of the two is rooted in anti-woman sentiment of our society.

      If we want her to go away, stop reporting on her movements, let the police do their job. She has some of the strictest conditions ever placed on a paroled ex-con.

      Want her to die? Stop writing/speaking her name. Shun her – it’s the best possible thing to do.

    • Kate 19:32 on 2017/06/02 Permalink

      I will never think Karla Homolka should be allowed around anyone’s kids. And I don’t find I have much time for the argument that she can use her own kids to get immunity from public judgement now, either.

  • Kate 14:46 on 2017/05/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Guillaume Lavoie says the corner where a pedestrian died this week in an unequal contest with a school bus is well known to be a danger spot, but the city never acts to remediate it.

    • js 18:00 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      I couldn’t figure out what made this intersection so much more dangerous than similar corners elsewhere. Is it just especially heavily trafficked? https://goo.gl/maps/4e2H3un7vUo

    • Kate 00:56 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      js, technically it’s highway 125, speeds are high, there’s nothing to calm traffic at that very open, sparse corner, and the traffic island in the middle is a tiny strip of nothing.

  • Kate 12:49 on 2017/05/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The city’s blue collar union has been put under trusteeship by parent union SCFP (CUPE).

    Update: Chantal Racette is no longer president of the union either.

    • Jack 13:08 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      Wow that is news!

    • Ephraim 17:12 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      Was this the union where the head of the union lent herself money from the union?

    • Jack 07:11 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      Apparently the straw that broke the camels back is when the president of the provincial wing, Marc Ranger was surrounded at a public meeting in March and threatened with a beat down.

    • mb514 12:07 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      this whole thing comes close on the heels of an attempt by workers in that local to form their own union, and disaffiliate from CUPE altogether. not that it’s evidence of anything in and of itself, but it is a common tactic for union nationals who want to crush unruly locals to claim financial mismanagement throughout their trusteeship process in order to make it more palatable. something way sketchier is happening here than this article suggests.

  • Kate 10:26 on 2017/05/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Quebec has passed a back-to-work law to end the construction strike.

    • Raymond Lutz 13:36 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      Je ne suis pas du tout ce dossier, mais je pensais que le gouvernement pouvait adopter une loi spéciale pour SES employés (j’y ai goutté), mais pas pour les citoyens en général …

      Geez, à quand une loi spéciale pour forcer les gens aptes au travail à tondre les gazons, nettoyer les berges du Saint-Laurent, remplir des commandes dans les entrepôts d’Amazon.com?

      Va-t-on graduellement adopter les conditions de travail du Mexique? Du Bangladesh?

    • Bill Binns 15:36 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      @Raymond Lutz – You realize that everyone is completely free to stop being a construction worker and go find a job that guarantees weekends off right? Nobody is being forced to a construction site at bayonet point.

    • Raymond Lutz 19:51 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      @ Bill Binns, je ne connais même pas leur revendication. Mais je sais que c’est le pouvoir de NÉGOCIER collectivement nos conditions de travail qui nous a extirpé des conditions invivables du début du siècle. Et si ce pouvoir s’érode, nous y retournerons.

    • jeather 08:42 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      I haven’t been entirely sympathetic to the construction workers and their requests, but the immediate “we’ll just legislate you back if you don’t come to an agreement in a week” government response is beyond terrible.

  • Kate 09:53 on 2017/05/30 Permalink | Reply  

    Everett-Green looks at the ongoing Festival TransAmériques and some of its shows. I’ve never been to a single FTA show but maybe this will be useful for somebody.

  • Kate 09:43 on 2017/05/30 Permalink | Reply  

    The question whether Canada has appropriated poutine, threatening Quebec society, is provoking some noise. The National Post reported on a grad student’s contention on the weekend.

    • Blork 11:05 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      The “cultural appropriation” discussion has officially jumped the shark.

    • ant6n 11:12 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      Here’s the article referred article, “Poutine Dynamics”: https://www.erudit.org/en/journals/cuizine/2016-v7-n2-cuizine02881/1038479ar/

      One does get the feeling this was written by somebody who wants to make fun of and undermine progressive ideas. But these days, who knows.

    • EmilyG 11:46 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      I think it’s important to discuss cultural appropriation when there are (usually marginalized) cultures actually being appropriated, or else treated unfairly. I don’t see that in this case though. This reads to me like a parody of the cultural appropriation discussion.

    • Bill Binns 12:05 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      I have never seen a case of so called “cultural appropriation” that didn’t seem hopelessly petty and equally jump the shark worthy of this one.

      Even here in the land of hat freedom where any resistance to folks wearing exactly the hat they want to wear in any situation has been judged to be racist and xenophobic you can get tossed out of a concert for which you have a ticket for the crime of making an incorrect hat choice.

    • Kate 12:42 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      Back again, qatzelok?

    • Lucas 13:13 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      I find the idea of cultural appropriation troubling in that it has been adopted by many as a doctrinaire orthodoxy instead of an idea. Unless one accepts the many premises upon which the idea if asserted it is invalid – there does not seem to be much room in Canada at present for theories of culture or civilisation that do not mirror this particular trend.

    • rue david 18:00 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      I agree this is dumb and probably a troll. But I’ve always been put off by the poutines you get in, say, Toronto. There’s something off about them, maybe the absence of cheese curds, maybe the weird stuff they do to it. I remember when banquise was totally exceptional for all the versions, and mostly the only poutines you could get were the classic, the galvaude, sometimes the Italian (which I’ve never liked), and the odd house specialty. The Canadians think it’s standard just to go wild, put eggs on there, whatever. And it has been imported back into Quebec (see poutineville). Bah.

    • Chris 20:10 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      It’s probably more of a clever critique than a troll.

    • steph 23:19 on 2017/05/30 Permalink


    • Douglas 00:28 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      Cultural appropriation of the “poutine” is the most hilarious thing I’ve ever heard in my life.

      Who came up with such an absurd term.

    • Ephraim 14:40 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      @Kate – Just think of how much of a draw you are, that years later, Qatzelok still feels drawn by your aura. Even the CBC can’t get people’s attention for that long :)

    • Kate 19:34 on 2017/06/02 Permalink

      Douglas, “poutine” comes ultimately from the word “pudding” – oddly enough.

      Ephraim, it’s kind of like mosquitoes in June.

  • Kate 09:39 on 2017/05/30 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA investigates the origins of a photo that’s gone viral recently showing new paving skirting a parked car on René-Lévesque. Text and video.

  • Kate 21:50 on 2017/05/29 Permalink | Reply  

    Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois has won Gouin riding for Québec solidaire.

    • ant6n 21:59 on 2017/05/29 Permalink

      69% – it’s like they picked the safest riding for the safest candidate.

    • Joe Mason 07:58 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      There was only one riding having a by-election, so they couldn’t have picked a different one…

    • Jack 09:00 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      Looking at the reaction in Le Devoir this week has been really disappointing. Plus publishing this screed is really telling in where Brian Myles is going, J de M “hautain”.

    • Kate 09:55 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      Le Devoir is trying to defend itself over that piece now, Jack.

    • Jack 10:18 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      I think Bill Clennett says it best, “De mon point de vue, Le Devoir a publié des textes démagogiques et intellectuellement malhonnêtes pour promouvoir une perspective partisane. Ce n’est pas parce qu’on a la possibilité de publier des bêtises que c’est une bonne idée de le faire.” Clennett also has added perspective vis a vis relationships to power, he’s been strangled by a sitting Prime Minister.

    • ant6n 11:03 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      I don’t get it how people come up with language like “sectarian”, “radical left wing”, the “radical left” for parties like QS or the NDP. Here’s a party that wants do undo the various neoliberal policies and improve education, and they’re being compared to Stalin. Who even buys into this BS.

    • Bill Binns 11:17 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      @ant6n – There is more than enough in QS’ Wikipedia page to deserve those labels and more…

      “Mass critique, an anti-capitalist collective.
      The Parti Communiste du Québec – Parti Communiste du Canada (PCQ-PCC), the Quebec membership of the Communist Party of Canada.
      Socialisme Internationale, the Quebec membership of the International Socialists.[28]
      Tendance Marxiste Internationale, the Quebec section of the International Marxist Tendency.[29]

    • ant6n 13:20 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      Bill, it’s kind of tiresome to respond to your intellectually dishonest drivel, but just for the record I’ll put in the paragraph above the quote you copied without context:

      “Québec solidaire also includes a number of collectives, made up of members in good standing who may, in compliance with requirements, promote their respective political views within Québec solidaire. Unlike the UFP, these groups do not have formal representation in the Congress, the National Council or other bodies of the party.[25] Current collectives include:”

    • Bill Binns 13:33 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      @Ant6n – Wow, now that I’m looking at things with all the “context” you provided, I can see that QS believes in and promotes communism and several of their members are also members of shadowy international pro-communism organisations. Nothing to worry about there. Lets give that system that has never worked anywhere another try.

    • ant6n 14:14 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      Uh no. Reading comprehension? QS is a democratic party of the left, that also allows some communist and socialist members to be members and speak their mind, without being officially represented.

      The main accepted ideological points are still these

      “Nous sommes écologistes”
      “Nous sommes de gauche”
      “Nous sommes démocrates” (please learn this word)
      “Nous sommes féministes”
      “Nous sommes altermondialistes”
      “Nous sommes d’un Québec pluriel” (please also learn this word)
      “Nous sommes d’un Québec souverain et solidaire”
      “Un autre parti, pour un autre Québec!”

      You pretending that their main reason to exist is some forced collectivization is either intellectually dishonest or stupid.

    • Jack 09:14 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      @ant6n , your first post asked this question.”Who even buys into this BS.”

    • Ephraim 14:44 on 2017/05/31 Permalink

      Wouldn’t it be nice is one of the slogans of QS was “Nous sommes rationnels.”

  • Kate 21:09 on 2017/05/29 Permalink | Reply  

    As if to underline rodeo’s hazards to animals, a horse died after a mishap in a St-Tite rodeo show on the weekend. Denis Coderre says the Montreal rodeo will proceed regardless.

    • Chris 09:16 on 2017/05/30 Permalink

      Well, at least he’s being consistent.

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