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  • Kate 11:43 on 2017/05/10 Permalink | Reply  

    I prefer to diversify the stories linked in this blog, but flooding has flooded all channels this week:

    Le Devoir talks about the ultimate economic impact of the flooding and TVA says Montreal has already spent more than $900K on managing it. After a brief worry that Canada would bill Quebec for calling in the armed forces, Justin Trudeau stepped up and said Ottawa would cover that bill.

    The city has put up a Google map of affected areas and flood-related services around the island. CTV has a listing of various kinds of help being made available to flood victims.

    • Ian 09:22 on 2017/05/11 Permalink

      “flooding has flooded” I see what you did there. One might say we have been inundated with a flood of news precipitating panic – I just hope we can keep our heads above water as the media opens the floodgates. Just floating the idea.

  • Kate 11:36 on 2017/05/10 Permalink | Reply  

    A man who pulled a stupid prank on a stranger on a metro platform has been given a five‑month sentence. Éric Duchesne is 42 years old, but clearly not grown up yet.

    • Ian 09:23 on 2017/05/11 Permalink

      Wow, I thought that kind of “saved you” stunt was limited to the boisterous preteen set. I see I was mistaken.

  • Kate 10:49 on 2017/05/10 Permalink | Reply  

    A couple of items of particular concern to women:

    A man has been aggressively accosting women and photographing or filming them around Lionel-Groulx and Place St-Henri metro stations. Police are investigating.

    Police are also seeking possible additional victims of Adamo Bono, who’s facing various charges of sexual aggression.

  • Kate 00:40 on 2017/05/10 Permalink | Reply  

    The Grande bibliothèque has a new exhibit on 41 people who shaped modern Montreal.

  • Kate 00:38 on 2017/05/10 Permalink | Reply  

    Flood stories still dominate the local news: CBC has a story about a man who gets arrested as he tries to deliver sandbags – I bet there’s more to this story than we’re told, although substantially the same tale is told in the Journal – as well as the news that the waters have peaked; TVA says 4000 homes are flooded throughout Quebec in 166 municipalities and that people are being generous with donations – as Toula Drimonis commented on Facebook, so much for Andrew Potter’s claim of Quebec’s lack of solidarity (TVA links have video, as usual); Global has a list of ongoing school closures; as noted in a comment below, the Galipeault bridge has reopened; the New York Times, the BBC and Aljazeera have the story.

    • Blork 10:00 on 2017/05/10 Permalink

      According to something I heard on CBC, he was delivering sandbags to build up an unauthorized sandbag wall; unauthorized because that wall would have diverted the water to another location which would have threatened existing walls and degraded the ground under a road (or something like that).

    • Kate 13:05 on 2017/05/10 Permalink

      I’m seeing Facebook chat that it wasn’t a road at risk, but train tracks. Anyway, he was acting independently in a zone where people had to accept to act concertedly.

    • Viviane 13:14 on 2017/05/10 Permalink

      Quote from CBC: “Police spokesperson Const. Jean-Pierre Brabant said Furlano was told repeatedly that by putting down sandbags he risked diverting the flow of water and eroding the ground underneath nearby train tracks, which could in turn make them unsafe.”

    • Kate 01:41 on 2017/05/11 Permalink

      More detail from CTV on the sandbag man story.

  • Kate 00:14 on 2017/05/10 Permalink | Reply  

    The STM is about to experiment with all-doors bus boarding on thirteen bendy-bus lines this summer. A fairly long list of other conditions is explained in the article, which doesn’t mention the results of the initial experiment on the 121 line along Côte-Vertu – but they must have been mostly favourable.

    • steph 06:29 on 2017/05/10 Permalink

      I must not be the only person who’s turned off by all-door boarding. Everyone lines up for the front door, yet proximity to the back doors allows some to enter while others continue with the line. It doesn’t help that the last time I took the 139, a bunch of rowdy teenagers barged in the back door before letting others off.

    • Ephraim 10:51 on 2017/05/10 Permalink

      @steph – Same people who enter elevators before letting people out. It’s not their age, it’s their upbringing.

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