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  • Kate 22:25 on 2017/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre is claiming that Sud-Ouest mayor Benoit Dorais was about to join up with his party but changed his mind at the last minute and took up with Projet instead.

  • Kate 22:22 on 2017/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    Weekend history pieces: Gilles Proulx describes the building of the Chemin du Roy to link Montreal to Quebec City; the Centre d’histoire looks back at a forgotten fortress that used to stand beside the Back River. Radio-Canada has ongoing multimedia history features, a recent one on the Faubourg à m’lasse collects some of its archival material. Gabriel Deschambault, who swore off doing history bits not too long ago because he’s too busy, wrote an interesting one I hadn’t seen before about the open-air medical clinics that used to crop up around town.

  • Kate 22:12 on 2017/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    Powered scooters aren’t allowed to circulate on bike paths, but are police looking the other way when they do? I like the idea of this Radio-Canada feature, where you can send in a question and ask their journalists to check on something.

  • Kate 22:09 on 2017/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    Téo Taxi is going to its shareholders for help in staying in operation.

    • Chris 14:38 on 2017/06/04 Permalink

      I guess it’s hard to compete against Uber, and its limitless cash!

    • Bill Binns 09:06 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      On paper, Teo should be just what I’m looking for. Call and pay with an app, really nice cars and professional uniformed drivers. The problem is that the places I use taxis downtown almost always have a taxi stand out front or nearby with available waiting taxis. An app may be convenient but nothing beats a car right here on the street waiting. The regular Montreal taxis are also finally stepping it up with the credit card acceptance (thanks Uber). Although card usage here still isn’t nearly as easy as it is virtually everywhere else at least it has been a while since I got a flat refusal.

    • Kate 10:38 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      For the very occasional moment I need to take a taxi from home, Téo has been perfect. But that’s less than once a month, so I’m obviously not keeping them in business.

    • GC 12:01 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      I agree. I’ve enjoyed the service the two total times I’ve used it, but I’m just not a frequent enough user to keep them viable.

    • Blork 13:02 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      Me too. Got the app. Never used it. (I take a taxi in Montreal on average about once every five years.)

  • Kate 21:51 on 2017/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    The Journal has a rather fancy feature on what it calls controversial Africans buying local real estate.

  • Kate 14:47 on 2017/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    The transport ministry is keeping a Sources Blvd. overpass under close scrutiny and barring heavy vehicles from using it, but it could be a couple of years before it’s demolished and replaced.

  • Kate 13:27 on 2017/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    Despite rain and unseasonably chilly temperatures – what happened to summer? – a reported 15,000 cyclists did the Tour la Nuit Friday evening. Video from CTV. Sunday’s ride has 25,000 people signed up, with showers in the forecast.

    Update: Sunday morning actually looks like ideal cycling weather.

  • Kate 11:24 on 2017/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    Global says that the coroner’s report on cyclist Justine Charland St-Amour’s death a year ago calls it an accident, even though the dump truck driver was making an illegal turn at Rosemont and d’Iberville when he struck St-Amour’s bike. The coroner goes on to blame St-Amour for not wearing a helmet, although I somehow doubt a layer of styrofoam can save a cyclist from a dump truck.

    • Jack 12:53 on 2017/06/03 Permalink

      Here is the coroners email gilles.sainton@coroner.gouv.qc.ca . I just wrote him with some of my thoughts.

    • Viviane 15:34 on 2017/06/03 Permalink

      Wondering why an Eastern Townships coroner was chosen to do a report on a Montreal event.

    • Blork 11:31 on 2017/06/04 Permalink

      I drove through that intersection yesterday, and I just reviewed the signs using Google Streetview. Technically, the truck’s right turn was illegal, but not because the traffic signals indicated “no right turn.” Rather, there are two microscopic signs amidst all the visual clutter that indicate trucks (and specifically only trucks) can’t turn right or go straight.

      My point is not to blame the victim, or to absolve the driver. I just want to point out YET AGAIN that street signage in Montreal (and Quebec in general) is terrible and seems to have no design or “usability” thinking behind it.

      The result is drivers either don’t see signs, or they ignore them because they don’t make any sense, or they end up distracted from driving while trying to see or far-away, tiny, or Kafkaesque signs. Unsafe!

  • Kate 10:54 on 2017/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    Metro has assembled a map of summer events throughout the city.

  • Kate 10:37 on 2017/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    I totally admit I don’t listen to 98,5 FM and have only ever played back the occasional clip from Dutrizac’s show, for blog purposes, but it was nonetheless surprising to hear Benoît Dutrizac has been sacked. There’s no specific scandal, apparently – just the station’s intention to change its programming.

    • Jack 11:12 on 2017/06/03 Permalink

      He is the absolute incarnation of the “mon oncle” in québécois culture. Bitch, complain, and tell québécois that they’re weak and small. A great guy to have at a party.

    • SteveQ 11:17 on 2017/06/03 Permalink

      So I take it you’ve never listened to him either, Jack !

    • Jack 12:55 on 2017/06/03 Permalink

      I am a glutton for punishment. I do watch Franctireurs just to see the weather for these guys, they have more influence than you think. Martineau is also given multiple platforms for the same insidious PKP drivel.

  • Kate 10:25 on 2017/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    Major construction sites are slowed down in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec by new rules from the transport ministry about transporting large prefab pieces to the sites, as well as by the engineers’ strike that’s been in effect since May 24. Parts for the new Champlain are being stockpiled off island while the ministry demands transport permits with much more stringent conditions than it previously required.

    • Bert 11:26 on 2017/06/03 Permalink

      Do I hear Yakety Sax playing in the background?

  • Kate 10:20 on 2017/06/03 Permalink | Reply  

    A man was shot in Montreal North on Friday evening, and there have not yet been any arrests. Text and raw video from TVA.

    Police are asking the public to look out for one Frederick Silva, suspected in the shooting death a week ago outside Les Amazones.

    Van Son Nguyen, freed under the Jordan ruling for the 2013 machete murder in which he was the only suspect, and never tried, has left for the UK. TVA report plays video. (I wonder, in a case like this, if our cops can warn the UK cops that this man may be a loose cannon, or if they’re not allowed to do that.)

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