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  • Kate 23:22 on 2017/05/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Montreal’s state of emergency will be lifted Sunday.

  • Kate 23:17 on 2017/05/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Several cars were torched in Montreal North Saturday evening.

    Update: Actually there were several car-burning incidents this weekend.

    (I just don’t know how it’s done. They’re made of metal. You hold a match to a car, it isnt going to catch fire.)

    • Bert 10:08 on 2017/05/15 Permalink

      There are a few ways I can think of…. Smash a window and throw in a molotov, or even just put a tea-candle under a seat. Put a larger fire (or a road flare) under the gas tank. Many tanks are now made of plastic and that should do the trick in short order. You could go all St-Basil and light a tire on fire. Apparently brake fluid and chlorine are quite reactive, though going that route requires a bit more effort.

      There are lots of plastics in cars and plastics burn all too well.

    • Blork 11:03 on 2017/05/15 Permalink

      Like Bert says. Cars are metal shells, but inside is full of plastics, foam, and flammable liquids. Burning cars are always burning from the inside.

  • Kate 23:16 on 2017/05/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Driverless buses are being tested around the Olympic park.

    Update: More on the two small driverless electric buses that are in town this week. La Presse considers the gains and losses that would follow any major adoption of driverless vehicles.

    • Faiz Imam 23:26 on 2017/05/13 Permalink

      The current fad is mini buses with the intention of providing transit to low density areas where full size buses with drivers become too expensive and necessitate circuitous routes to justify.

      I think there is some benefit to those, whether on a fixed schedule or somewhat on demand like “Lyft Line”.

      But More interesting is how more conventional full size buses will get automated.

      Much more likely, and more useful, than automating single passenger cars.

    • Viviane 10:29 on 2017/05/14 Permalink

      I will consider driverless vehicles to be safe on normal roads only when all vehicles are driverless. I would never want to get on a driverless bus that has to deal with orange cones, potholes, double parking and traffic police directions.

  • Kate 12:33 on 2017/05/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Kevin Tierney in the Gazette: Minorities have been left out in much of the city’s material celebrating its 375th anniversary. Have to say I like his coining of “audible minority” for anglo Montrealers.

    Another view on diversity is playwright Olivier Choinière’s in Le Devoir: Diversity as a subject doesn’t interest me: “Je veux simplement pouvoir donner un rôle à un acteur d’origine africaine sans qu’il joue Le Noir.”

    Peter Wheeland also grazes the diversity issue on a piece pooping on the city’s birthday party: “It’s not the founding of the city we rejoice, but the ongoing building of a community that is very different from the largely white European face that has dominated party planning.”

    • Ephraim 14:33 on 2017/05/13 Permalink

      375 years ago, you needed to be a White French Catholic to immigrate…. so maybe that’s what they want to celebrate. Of course, it’s not really Montreal…. but we can put on blinkers…

    • Fab Pine 18:00 on 2017/05/13 Permalink

      Yes, but 375 years ago, the city of Ville-Marie was about half First Nations.

    • Jack 19:44 on 2017/05/13 Permalink

      I think Choinière’s takedown is pretty devasting…..for his career…
      “J’ajouterais qu’il me semble absolument incroyable que le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde présente cette saison une production comme La bonne âme de Se-Tchouan avec une distribution entièrement blanche, de surcroît grimée comme des clichés d’asiatiques, ou que le Théâtre du Rideau vert, non content de reconduire les préjugés avec une comédie qui prétend les dénoncer, engage un Blanc pour jouer un Arabe, et Denise Filiatrault d’en remettre la faute aux agences de casting et aux acteurs de la diversité culturelle, révélant la pauvreté de sa réflexion, sa paresse intellectuelle et sa mauvaise foi.”

    • AQI 21:58 on 2017/05/13 Permalink

      Tierney didn’t coin the term “audible minority” just now in this article. Anglophones for Québec Independence used it in their press conference back in September 2016. In all likelihood, other people have probably used it before that too.

    • Kate 23:42 on 2017/05/13 Permalink

      AQI, thanks for the info. I googled the phrase but didn’t find that information.

    • Patrick 01:10 on 2017/05/14 Permalink

      Maybe someone should nominate the TNM for Ken Whyte’s “appropriation prize”…

    • Douglas 17:19 on 2017/05/15 Permalink

      As a visible minority I couldn’t care less.

  • Kate 10:03 on 2017/05/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Flooding is not quite at the suite et fin stage yet, but the local narrative is getting there, even if things remain rough in other parts of Quebec. The Gazette has a photo essay (the date taken is a useful detail) and Radio-Canada looks at the patience needed by people going back home after a flood. Urgence Québec has posted a list of the things you need to throw away after a flood, ranging from makeup to major appliances.

    A UQÀM geography prof says the flooding was predictable and a little planning and prevention would cost thousands but save millions.

    • John B 20:52 on 2017/05/14 Permalink


      “About 12 hours before, recalls Obendrauf, Premier Gaétan Barrette held a news briefing down this street.”

      Whoops, (but it made me check if I had missed some big news).

  • Kate 09:35 on 2017/05/13 Permalink | Reply  

    A first quick look at plans for the Maison Radio-Canada redevelopment site includes a shopping centre in the basement.

    I wonder when it will dawn on developers that shopping is mostly over.

    • rue david 09:46 on 2017/05/13 Permalink

      This one won’t happen either. If they can’t get.the feds to build affordable housing there than the best thing they could do would be just to upzone, build the streets and sell it off piecemeal. No mega project will ever come to pass at that site and everyone knows it. There’s just far too much competing housing in far better areas for a big for-profit project ever to pencil.

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