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  • Kate 18:28 on 2017/05/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Fairview mall was evacuated Sunday after thieves smashed up a jewelry counter in the Bay store. 

    Contrary to rumours, no shots were fired.

  • Kate 11:07 on 2017/05/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Le Devoir has a dossier this weekend on Montreal via the five senses.

  • Kate 10:54 on 2017/05/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Thirteen candidates will be running in Gouin riding for the May 29 byelection, but there’s no PQ candidate even though J-F Lisée’s attempts to chivvy Québec solidaire and Option nationale into the PQ fold have not succeeded. Gouin covers most of Rosemont borough.

  • Kate 10:50 on 2017/05/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Studies on the Hasidic community were presented this week. La Presse reports on two of them soberly with a comment that the individuals who go to the media after breaking with the community are not typical members. Le Devoir tells us about a Radio-Canada documentary specifically about those who want a more general education for their children and the stresses this creates within the community. TVA and Radio-Canada both reported this week on the growing prevalence of homeschooling since the government began cracking down on the community’s “illegal” schools.

  • Kate 10:37 on 2017/05/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Three men are in hospital, one fighting for his life, after an armed brawl at Sherbrooke and the Main just after the bars closed. Report and raw video from TVA.

    Update: The most seriously injured man has died and police are trying to figure out whether all three were hurt in the same fight. Fourth homicide of the year.

    Hmm. Global says it’s #7.

  • Kate 10:26 on 2017/05/14 Permalink | Reply  

    CBC’s Jonathan Montpetit looks back at the flood of 1886 and how the city responded to repeated flooding, especially as river ice broke up in spring. A flood wall was eventually built, as well as pumping stations Montpetit doesn’t mention, two of which can still be seen under the Jacques Cartier and near the Peel Basin.

    The Centre d’histoire piece Sunday summarizes events held for previous city anniversaries. Not surprisingly, the high point of 1942’s celebrations was an open-air mass. This was not replicated in 1992 nor will we be seeing one this year.

    Gilles Proulx, gotta love him. I never realized that the development of the railways around Montreal was part of a long plan to marginalize Quebec in favour of Ontario, and to anglicize the Métis.

    • KH 14:40 on 2017/05/14 Permalink

      At 8:45 a.m. in front of the Basilica, the original bell from St. Joseph’s Oratory will be rung to commemorate the founding of Ville-Marie on this day 375 years ago. Other Montréal churches will join in pealing their bells.
      At 9 a.m., residents can attend a heritage anniversary mass, which will be attended by the mayor of Montréal, the prime ministers of Canada and Québec will be in attendance, representatives of different religious faiths and representatives of the First Nations.

    • Kate 00:56 on 2017/05/15 Permalink

      KH: Which basilica? We have a couple here.

      I do wish people writing in English wouldn’t write “Montréal” – not unless you actually say the name as a French word when speaking English, too.

    • Patrick 12:25 on 2017/05/15 Permalink

      I second your wish, though it’s a pet peeve I’ve been reluctant to express.

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