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  • Kate 12:13 on 2017/05/18 Permalink | Reply  

    Montreal drivers pay more in gasoline taxes than other Canadians.


    • Kevin 15:36 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      The reason Quebecers own more electric cars than anywhere else.

    • Blork 17:30 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      Also due to cheap, abundant, and relatively “green” electricity. Running an electric car on power generated from a coal-fired plant is sham greenery, but HQ is very green by comparison.

    • Jim 20:13 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      But the beer is cheaper…

    • DeWolf 21:57 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      Gas is still a lot cheaper here than in coastal BC. Not sure why if taxes are so much higher here.

  • Kate 12:10 on 2017/05/18 Permalink | Reply  

    There’s been an arrest in a hit-and-run early Thursday that seriously injured a man at the corner of Sherbrooke and the Main. Drunk driving seems to be part of the picture. Raw video on the TVA link.

    • David S 18:20 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      A hit and run and a stabbing on the same corner in one week. Wow.

  • Kate 12:08 on 2017/05/18 Permalink | Reply  

    The Pointe-à-Callière museum is marking 25 years, having opened as part of the city’s 350th fandango in 1992.

  • Kate 10:28 on 2017/05/18 Permalink | Reply  

    Spring flooding has given opponents of the massive Cap-Nature project proposed for Pierrefonds another argument against building on wetlands in the area.

    Eighty-five houses in Montreal have been declared uninhabitable since the flood.

    • Tim 11:29 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      In order to drive a car, I am required by law to purchase car insurance.

      Home owners that live on properties that have been identified on a 100 year (or greater) flood risk should be required by law to purchase flood insurance. Figure out a way to phase this in over a period of time, and let’s move on. If you decide to live on a flood plain, you should be compelled to have flood insurance.

    • ste.ph 11:46 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      @ Tim, insurance companies call those ‘pre-existing conditions’ with ridiculous rates.

    • Tim 13:49 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      @ste.ph it’s not a ridiculous rate if there is a high probability that there will be a flood. I’m sure it’s expensive, but that reflects the inherent risk involved in living in such an area.

    • paul 14:20 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      In some areas of BC it is obligatory to have earthquake insurance, don’t see why you wouldn’t apply the same rules here in prone areas.

      Blanket policies will keep the costs down as well.

    • Kevin 15:39 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      Until recently overland flood insurance has simply not been a product offered by insurance companies.
      Now some are starting to offer it in certain areas, but it’s massively expensive.
      The issue is, as insurance companies see it, building should not be allowed in same areas.

      The problem is municipalities decide where people can build houses, and municipalities are never responsible for bailing out homeowners who get flooded.

      Perhaps provinces and the feds, who do bail out people, should change that.

  • Kate 10:10 on 2017/05/18 Permalink | Reply  

    The mayor is considering a reprise of Wednesday night’s light show, because he says it was spoiled by the police demonstration. (Garnotte has a good cartoon Thursday on police protest pants.)

    A man was stabbed during the event, apparently by someone he knew. Police are still seeking this suspect.

    • EmilyG 10:44 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      Weird stuff. (to both items.)
      I hope the stabbing victim will be okay.
      As for the first item, I admit, I did roll my eyes a bit at it. And I’m wondering if there’s a reprise, if it’ll cost anything extra (though the millions-of-dollars price tag may have been for the initial installation of the lights, I assume? Could be wrong.)

    • Kate 12:23 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      From now onward, we should see any of Coderre’s decisions as campaigning, although he already has to know he’ll be getting a second term.

    • ant6n 14:39 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      I don’t understand why you insist on calling the election already. It feels defeatist, self-reinforcing … and somehow inappropriate.

    • Kevin 15:43 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      She’s calling the election because most people have no idea who opposes Coderre, and although there are people who are angry with Coderre, many of them don’t have a vote because they don’t live within city limits.

      That said, Coderre has one of the highest approval ratings for a mayor in Canada

    • ant6n 17:04 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      “She’s calling the election because most people have no idea who opposes Coderre…”

      That’s why I think it’s inappropriate for a news source to effectively campaign for a candidate it doesn’t even like.

    • Kevin 20:16 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      If you really want to get depressed, I’ll show you the readership counts for articles about municipal politics.

      @EmilyG The $40 million is for the ten-year run of the lights on the bridge.

    • Kate 00:58 on 2017/05/19 Permalink

      ant6n, it’s realism. I don’t feel any paradigm shift happening here yet, and anyway – as Kevin says – municipal politics doesn’t interest all that many of us. I do not see Projet widening its support without a more stellar mayoral candidate: Valérie Plante is a decent and hardworking politician, but I fear she is not the person to knock King Denis off his throne.

      In 2009 about 39% of the city’s eligible voters turned out to vote, and with the better option of Projet Montréal staring them in the face, they re-elected Gérald Tremblay, a pallid mayor whose weak and lacklustre administration had already been clearly shown to be corrupt.

      Between 2009 and 2013 the media exploded with story after story about the deep, institutionalized corruption at city hall. Result? In 2013, about 39% of the city’s eligible voters turned out to vote, and elected a man whose federal career had narrowly skirted charges of corruption, and who numbered among his candidates a lot of councillors left over from Tremblay’s Union Montreal.

      I have no clear explanation why Montreal so often makes bad choices like this, or – worse – refuses to make choices at all.

    • ant6n 09:40 on 2017/05/19 Permalink

      I’m not questioning your predictive power, but rather how you are influencing the process in a rather insidious (and cynical) way.

    • Kate 16:29 on 2017/05/19 Permalink

      ant6n: I doubt I have influence on how anyone votes. But I can’t BS on this either. I wish I saw a different outcome in my crystal ball.

    • ant6n 14:45 on 2017/05/20 Permalink

      I don’t think it’s ‘BS’ to not actively shit on people who work hard to try to make Montreal a better place.

      I think it’s total BS to pretend that people don’t have a choice in the matter anyway, that the election is already decided.

      And I think it’s BS to pretend that news sources have no influence.

    • Kate 11:47 on 2017/05/28 Permalink

      This is an older comment but I just saw it. ant6n, I don’t shit on people. I’ve been so pro-Projet that I’ve been accused of bias (not that I ever promised this blog would be a bias-free zone). I’d love it if Projet won enough seats and Valérie Plante got enough votes to win in November and set this city on a new path.

      But I can’t pretend I think it’s the most likely outcome. I’m sorry if this annoys you, but I’m commenting here, not campaigning, even for a party I support.

  • Kate 00:58 on 2017/05/18 Permalink | Reply  

    After three years of struggle, the city and firefighters have come to an agreement in principle over the tricky issue of pensions. QMI says cases concerning the August 2014 incident at city hall will also be dropped but the Gazette doesn’t agree on that point.

    • Ephraim 09:13 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      The city should not have a say in criminal prosecutions.

    • ant6n 09:57 on 2017/05/18 Permalink

      Just in time for the election?

  • Kate 00:39 on 2017/05/18 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada offers 17 images of the May 17 events.

    Archives de Montréal has put together a Flickr album of city maps as they’ve evolved from 1650 to 1973.

    CTV has posted a video of the whole bridge illumination and TVA talks about the crowds down at the bridge on a really summery night.

    More than a thousand police demonstrated Wednesday evening alongside the celebrations.

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