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  • Kate 10:53 on 2017/05/09 Permalink | Reply  

    John David Molson, who owned the Canadiens at a time when they had five Stanley Cup wins, has died at 88. This Molson ran the team from 1964 to 1972.

  • Kate 10:50 on 2017/05/09 Permalink | Reply  

    A man who stabbed another man fatally as he tried to calm things down around a street brawl on the Main in 2015 has received a fifteen-year sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

    A fire in Lachine Sunday morning killed a man and all but destroyed a tiny apartment building, and two men have been arrested.

  • Kate 00:09 on 2017/05/09 Permalink | Reply  

    Flooding remains at the top of the local news: the CBC lists the ways victims feel they haven’t been helped by the authorities; CTV writes about neighbours helping each other; the Galipeault bridge remains closed and there are free trains on the Vaudreuil-Hudson and Deux-Montagnes lines; a fire station in Pierrefonds got flooded Monday. The state of emergency is being extended for five more days. Le Devoir has a dossier of stories. The Red Cross is accepting donations.

    • Max 01:16 on 2017/05/09 Permalink

      The Gazoo says the dams at Cornwall are pregnant and poised to give birth. Bring on the May flowers already, dammit!

    • ant6n 16:15 on 2017/05/09 Permalink

      This can be viewed in the context of suburban construction on flood plains. Some environmentalists are saying we shouldn’t build on the Wetlands in Western Pierrefonds.

    • Max 17:08 on 2017/05/09 Permalink

      The latest (May 9) newsletter from Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue says the Galipeault has reopened.

    • Kate 00:52 on 2017/05/10 Permalink

      ant6n, if this flood makes the developers back off that Pierrefonds project, it will at least have done some good.

    • Blork 17:09 on 2017/05/10 Permalink

      The Globe and Mail had an article the other day about the “Flood, Rinse, Repeat” cycle of building on flood plains:


      (That said, some of the current flooding is “historical” in that it’s beyond what is typically considered the flood plains… but some of those house make you think “what did they expect?)

    • mare 22:16 on 2017/05/10 Permalink

      And who at the city/borough was paid off by the developer to get a building permit to build in those flood plains?

    • Kate 01:38 on 2017/05/11 Permalink

      mare, it’s been going on around here for ages. When I was a kid in Verdun, there was one year a bunch of families left for Chateauguay. My mother observed that it wasn’t a smart place to buy a house because of flooding, and sure enough, some came back bitterly complaining that every spring their house was full of water.

      Hell, when my mother moved to Verdun her father tsk-tsked and said he’d never buy a house built over a swamp. But most of Verdun doesn’t seem to flood and I don’t know whether there was any truth in that. We forget that a lot of Montreal’s waterfront has been built up over the years specifically so it can’t flood, or not very often.

    • Uatu 10:12 on 2017/05/11 Permalink

      Either stop building on flood plains or follow the Dutch by building amphibious homes. They’re built with a hollow concrete foundation that makes the house like a floating barge when the waters rise.its anchored and all the utilities are run thru apipe. Yeah it’s expensive, but alot cheaper than cleaning up post flood.

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