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  • Kate 12:21 on 2017/06/05 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre has been testifying Monday morning at the commission into spying on journalists. Shuyee Lee’s Twitter feed currently gives a sense of it. La Presse sums up Coderre’s claims so far.

    • ste.ph 14:16 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      “Je me suis défoulé”. That’s not an excuse, and that’s not how mayors should behave. Clown.

    • Kate 00:24 on 2017/06/06 Permalink

      Coderre is being disingenuous here. If the mayor phones the chief of police in a rage, the implication doesn’t have to be spelled out that the police chief ought to do something to fix it. But Coderre seems to think he can hide behind a claim that he didn’t give Marc Parent explicit directions.

      Update: Garnotte illustrates this perfectly. I especially like the little ciboire.

  • Kate 12:09 on 2017/06/05 Permalink | Reply  

    With major public events in the offing, La Presse inquires into security concerns after recent attacks on the public in London, Manchester and elsewhere.

    • Douglas 20:02 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      Our police need to be vigilant.

      1 terrorist attack on Grand Prix could cost the city millions and millions, not including potential lives lost.

      Its also Ramadan right now.

    • Ian 21:01 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      Funny that you bring up money before lives, and still manage to squeak in a random OMG Ramadan in there. Remind me again about all the Ramadan attacks in Montreal. Hockey riots would be more likely, if we ever win again.

    • Douglas 21:11 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      Why is it funny? Its a fact that ISIS pushes whomever their followers around the world to commit more terrorist acts during Ramadan.

      Remember, England had plenty of individuals that said “remind me of the last attacks in England”. Well 2 in 2 weeks now. Its a real threat.

    • Douglas 21:14 on 2017/06/05 Permalink


      200 civilians around the world in the first 5 days of Ramadan this year. This is ISIS inspired. Montreal is not some sanctuary where these attacks don’t happen.

    • Jack 21:16 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      Douglas a real threat and something I fear is trucks…killing cyclists.

    • Douglas 21:20 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      So you don’t think police need to be vigilant at all about potential terrorist attacks?

      Are you concerned about someone blowing themselves up at a concert? Or is that just fake news and is just a hoax.

    • Kate 22:04 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      Douglas, you seem to be spoiling for a fight here, but nobody’s interested.

  • Kate 11:47 on 2017/06/05 Permalink | Reply  

    Equiterre’s Steven Guilbeault says he turned down an offer from Denis Coderre to join his party for the November election, but doesn’t rule out an eventual sally into electoral politics.

  • Kate 11:45 on 2017/06/05 Permalink | Reply  

    A French astronaut who was living in Montreal for a decade before his mission flew the Montreal flag on the space station for a recent video, wishing the city a happy 375th.

    • Raymond Lutz 18:12 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      meh… I want the flag to fly _outside_ the ISS. At that speed, it should be impressive!

    • Blork 20:45 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      Uh… you know there’s no wind up there, right?

    • Ian 21:02 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      Patriotism knows no vacuum

    • Mark Côté 13:58 on 2017/06/06 Permalink

      Hm I guess it would just extend straight out, as though it were made from a solid structure.

    • Raymond Lutz 17:27 on 2017/06/08 Permalink

      @Blork, hmm isn’t it called “solar wind”? 8-)

  • Kate 10:30 on 2017/06/05 Permalink | Reply  

    The organizer of the contentious rodeo planned for the end of August in the Old Port has replied in court to the injunction by law professor Alain Roy, demanding Roy pony up $100,000, an amount that would demolish his opposition to the rodeo.

  • Kate 10:27 on 2017/06/05 Permalink | Reply  

    Although Super Sexe has closed, its sign on Ste-Catherine is something of a landmark here after many years. But the building’s owner is hesitant to sell it to someone who claims to want to preserve it.

    The city’s position is that the sign has no heritage value.

    • Ian 21:03 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      There’s heritage and then there’s notoriety.

    • Chris 00:15 on 2017/06/06 Permalink

      Huh, I had no idea it closed. It’s a pretty iconic sign IMHO, would be a shame to see it go.

  • Kate 10:03 on 2017/06/05 Permalink | Reply  

    The Gazette follows Radio-Canada into the murky question of Arthur Porter’s death certificate, which has still not been delivered here two years after the man’s ostensible demise.

    Do I think Porter faked his illness and death and is living it up on an island somewhere with his ill-gotten gains? It would make a good screenplay dénouement – after the whole mess, one scene of a shadowy but familiar figure ordering a drink somewhere east of Suez – but it’s not really likely.

    I’d still like an answer to why Stephen Harper put Porter on the Security Intelligence Review Committee in 2008, and then made him head of that committee in 2010. That was a hell of a powerful position for a non-Canadian who already had a big job to do in steering the superhospital development – but Porter was criticized later for taking on far too many jobs in different places at the same time.

  • Kate 01:02 on 2017/06/05 Permalink | Reply  

    I’m afraid it’s an example of how well-meaning urbanites can mess up city farming: a co-op called Miel Montréal is going around collecting swarms of bees that have spun off existing hives and set up house in places where people had no intention to embark on beekeeping. They’re suggesting that anyone who wants to dabble in beekeeping should start by taking a course in how to go about it.

  • Kate 00:59 on 2017/06/05 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre will take the stand Monday at the Chamberland commission into police surveillance of journalists.

  • Kate 00:56 on 2017/06/05 Permalink | Reply  

    A group of citizens wants more involvement in Jean-Talon Market including having a citizen seat on the steering committee. There’s also talk about having less vehicular traffic inside the market, but that’s a long-standing struggle.

    • Jack 07:42 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      Lino Berri says it all, “They’re coming to my place and tell me how to run it,” he told CBC.
      “They love the market because we made it like that. Now you have to come and tell me the way we did wasn’t good — no.” Close to 15 years ago he said exactly the same thing and was very upset with the implementation of any constraints on car traffic, the idea that he still serves a fleet of cars in an 8 foot space filed with pedestrians seems ok to him.He also said having a few hours on the weekend where cars were not allowed was going to ruin his business. Take a look at how the market is doing now. If people hadn’t got involved and pushed politicians to the right thing the market would be an awful experience on the weekends. The borough mayor has extended the hours this summer so it’s a step in the right direction. I’m happy a group of young activists are pushing the market to a look at what it is a , public institution and not a private corporation.

    • dwgs 08:35 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      I think it’s pretty good as it is. We are there pretty much every weekend from early July until mid fall and I have no major complaints. We live in NDG so we come by car, the underground parking is great and the prices are reasonable. Once a year we crawl in with the car to our tomato guy to get a few bushels to can, I don’t know what you could do otherwise to get them from the stall.
      Also, the earlier you arrive the more pleasant the experience.

    • Chris 09:45 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      dwgs, really?, you can’t think of another way to get tomatoes from a stall back to your parked car? How about some kind of cart with wheels? :)

      I’m almost never there, but was this weekend. I was shocked cars are allowed through there!

    • Tim S. 10:39 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      I haven’t been to the market in 15 yearsish so my comments may be out of date, but when I worked there there were two kinds of customers: people who showed up on weekend mornings who did their week’s grocery shopping, spending a few hundred bucks, and then yuppies/hipsters/whatever current term is who wandered around in the afternoon, soaked up the atmosphere, but didn’t actually spend much. The market is much more utilitarian place than many people imagine, and it would have a much harder time surviving economically if the first group weren’t allowed to bring their cars to carry away their week’s/season’s groceries. That said, it wouldn’t hurt much to ban cars in the alleys between say noon and 4PM.
      And this citizen’s seat: would people who live in RDP or Laval, who do their actual groceries there, be eligible, or only people living within a few blocks of the market?

    • John B 10:41 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      I always borrow a cart from whoever sells me the tomatoes, or make a couple of trips to the car carrying heavy boxes. The only reason non-delivery vehicles should be in the market is for people with disabilities, and even then it would be great if there was another solution when possible, (like someone from the seller’s staff carrying heavy loads, or pushing the cart).

      Tim S’s comments just popped up. I imagine there’s an early-morning crowd that buys more while the market is less crowded. I like his idea of banning cars during the later, busier, period.

    • Bill Binns 10:53 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      Weren’t there some stories going around a few years ago about Jean Talon being essentially controlled by a handful of long term stall-renters, many of whom were related to one another?

      I would love to see cars kept out of the market. Seems like a no-brainer. I remember being dumbfounded a few years ago watching a car push it’s way through a huge crowd simply so an old man could drop 2 flats of flowers into the trunk of his car. It’s a matter of time before there is one of those Florida style “pedal confusion” incidents and someone mows down 25 shoppers.

    • CE 12:08 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      I once saw something similar, a massive SUV was slowly trying to make its way along the little street on the south side of the market. There seemed to be a family in the car and they just drove from one end to the other so I assumed they wanted to check out the market without getting out of their car. It was a very busy weekend summer day so it was pretty obnoxious of the driver. At lease very few pedestrians made any effort to let the SUV pass so it was pretty slow moving (the driver looked quite frustrated the whole time).

    • dwgs 12:19 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      Yeesh, some of you people really don’t like cars at all. For the record, 90% of my getting around is done on foot, by bike, or STM. I have a pretty small petro-footprint. Once a year before 8 a.m. I drive very slowly into the market and load a couple hundred pounds of tomatoes into my car. If you’ve ever been there before 8 am you know that this is inconveniencing absolutely no one.

    • Ephraim 12:42 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      John B If you knew how often I have to call the cops to tell them to ticket handicapped spots, you would be shocked. The ticket is just over $150 and people often think it’s fine, if they are in the car. Some days, the walk of an extra 10 metres can be excruciating pain. Most store owners who have employees are understanding and will often send an employee to help. But sometimes the handicap is hidden or the person too proud. For example, the cart can be used instead of a cane.

      Some people just don’t realize that you can’t move fast enough to get out of their way… you just end up in hospital because you wretched your back in fear of their (insert skateboard, bicycle, unicycle, moped, etc.) heading your way.

      When I go to Jean Talon, it is often at 7AM in the morning. I’m in the 15 minute zone for about 10 minutes. Some of the merchants aren’t even open yet. A few of them recognize me as the guy who gets in and gets out. Weigh it, bag it, hand back change… I gotta go. But I have to admit that since we moved to buying organic from a farmer directly, I don’t go very often, unless it’s to buy bushels of second choice apples for things like applesauce.

    • Jack 18:07 on 2017/06/05 Permalink

      dawgs nobody’s complaining about people coming in early and filling big orders. They care deeply about a market that has been dragged kicking and screaming into this century. What started my involvement in getting the market to recognize pedestrians was having a car come within inches of my three year old kid and honk because we weren’t walking fast enough on marché du sud, a place without sidewalks. I learned a couple of things from that experience. First car windows are really hard. Second the market was run by people who found it normal that people drove up rolled down there window and bought 2 tomatoes…from their car. People like Berri and the Trottier’s have a view of the market which says it’s there’s…it’s not it’s ours.

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