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  • Kate 22:34 on 2017/06/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Sex and weapons offences in Montreal were up in 2016 but, overall, criminality was down. Homicides are at a 45-year low.

    • Ephraim 07:56 on 2017/06/29 Permalink

      This is reported crime, not crime. But some of these decreases are so small as to likely be within statistical error. Seriously, a drop to 4411 from 4523 in stolen cars? That’s 2.5%. And has the value of the stolen cars changed? And sexual assault is one of the least reported crimes, so if the statistics are up, that’s REALLY bad. I think the estimate is that only 6% of sex crimes are reported in the case of women…. .5% in the case of men. Yup, only 1 in 200 men will report a sex crime… so few are ever believed.

      The homicide rate is a number that’s hard to fudge, though the number of disappeared and missing does play a part.

    • Kate 10:15 on 2017/06/29 Permalink

      It’s just the annual accounting of police activity, Ephraim. Of course most of the numbers haven’t changed a lot. But journalists have to focus on trends in one direction or another to find a hook for a story.

    • Ephraim 12:40 on 2017/06/29 Permalink

      What they (the reporters) should focus on is that the number have hardly changed. That the police are essentially ineffective at stopping car theft and car theft rings. That they don’t make people feel safer. That the numbers are actually not failing.

      If the numbers don’t really change, you are doing half the job. You need to make a dent in those number. That’s one car stolen every 2 hours in Montreal. incidentally, these are the top stolen cars in Quebec….

      LEXUS RX350/RX450h
      FORD F250

      So, the reporters should be asking WHY the numbers aren’t changing dramatically. Why they are ineffective at putting a dent in crime. How many of those cars that are stolen are they finding? You find new tactics, bait cars, talking to parking lot owners about lighting or educational programs for the owners of targeted cars.

      The same is true about sex crimes. The statistics are horrible. How do you make people feel safer? For example, codes in the bathroom that someone can use to get help? A way to text 911 with a photo of someone, etc. You just have to start to really work at it… rather than sitting behind desks and taking reports.

      In other words, instead of stopping someone who driving while black or dancing next to his car, actually stopping real crimes or solving them.

    • Kevin 13:21 on 2017/06/29 Permalink

      Except they still fudge the numbers, only admitting to 23 murders in 2016 when there were 25 or 26. It took them 6 months to figure out two deaths were not accidental.

      There are generally 3 reasons to kill someone in a wealthy society like ours: being young and stupid, being in love and stupid, and being a criminal out to eliminate competition.
      Demographics largely took care of cause one.
      Cause two could be lessened if police were better at responding to complaints from abused women/partners. Which would be reflected in an increase in sex crimes…
      Cause three can be lessened by mass police roundups and/or undercover work, but it is mostly controlled by those same criminals being stable.

  • Kate 21:06 on 2017/06/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Antonino Catania was found dead in the l’Assomption river Wednesday but cops don’t suspect foul play.

    • rue david 22:35 on 2017/06/28 Permalink

      holy smoke! suicide?

    • Kate 22:41 on 2017/06/28 Permalink

      Implied, since he was very ill.

    • Chris 18:56 on 2017/06/29 Permalink

      I don’t see that implication in my reading of the article. To me, sounds more like “he was deathly ill and keeled over near the water.”

    • Kate 16:20 on 2017/07/01 Permalink

      True, could’ve been either.

  • Kate 15:31 on 2017/06/28 Permalink | Reply  

    A man who allegedly tried to rob a woman’s car in Notre-Dame-Des-Neiges Wednesday is in bad shape after the car’s owner allegedly knocked him down with the vehicle.

  • Kate 11:03 on 2017/06/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Projet launches its mayoral candidate for Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve; Claude Dauphin will be trying for his fifth term in Lachine; Normand Marinacci has joined Projet as have two other members of his council and he will try to keep the mayoralty of Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève under that banner. Gradually we’re seeing news stories accrue about the picking up of sides for the election, even now, in the lull between long weekends.

  • Kate 10:58 on 2017/06/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Archaeologists have found the location of Fort Lorette in Ahuntsic and the city hopes to protect the area from development.

  • Kate 10:57 on 2017/06/28 Permalink | Reply  

    An exhibit of baseball relics is being held at city hall in what I can’t help feeling is a not very subtle gesture from Denis Coderre.

  • Kate 09:57 on 2017/06/28 Permalink | Reply  

    An anti-capitalism group has ambitious Canada Day plans including burning flags, although if you burn modern nylon flags they just melt into a horrible charred lump.

    • Ephraim 12:51 on 2017/06/28 Permalink

      Ironically, burning flags means you added to capitalism by either buying them or if stolen, having someone buy them. If you were really anti-capitalism, you would make your own flag to burn using some sort of tree bark that you culled from a tree in a forest, no?

    • ant6n 14:18 on 2017/06/28 Permalink

      Capitalism != Production

  • Kate 09:25 on 2017/06/28 Permalink | Reply  

    The Crown wants to halt the deportation of Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham and try him for the murder of his wife although charges had been stayed based on the Jordan ruling. Thanabalasingham was expecting to leave Canada on July 5.

    In contrast, prosecutors are not going to pursue Van Son Nguyen, also the only suspect in a murder, who left Canada hastily at the beginning of the month after his murder charges were stayed based on the ruling.

  • Kate 00:40 on 2017/06/28 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s going to take four years to refurbish the Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine tunnel – four years of hell, according to the Journal.

    How long did it take to construct the thing originally?

    • Jim 08:40 on 2017/06/28 Permalink

      Wikipedia says: Construction began in 1963 and it opened on March 11, 1967. Close to 4 years also.

    • Roman 08:46 on 2017/06/28 Permalink

      Just for comparison. Channel Tunnel between Britain and France is 50km long and costs CAD$20 billion (in today’s money) to build. It is recognized as one of the “Seven Wonders of the Modern World”. And we are expected to pay $1 billion for a renovation of an existing tunnel?

    • Kate 09:02 on 2017/06/28 Permalink

      Jim: thanks for doing my Googling for me.

      Roman: Either it’s a boondoggle or it’s not. Would you want to drive in a tunnel under the Mighty St. Lawrence that’s had its maintenance neglected?

    • dwgs 09:14 on 2017/06/28 Permalink

      According to Wikipedia construction began in 1963 and it opened in March 1967.

    • Blork 09:55 on 2017/06/28 Permalink

      I’m generally among the first to complain when projects take so long (e.g., the subway tunnel air shaft on Bishop that is taking as long as the entire first iteration of the Metro took), but in this case I’ll make some allowances. Considering they will have to keep the tunnel functioning during the refurbishment, it means the work is constantly stepping around people actually using the thing instead of being able to just go at it full-bore.

      That said, I’m not happy (as a south shore resident). I almost never use that tunnel, and I don’t commute by car, but when there are bridge/tunnel closures it tends to mess everything up for everybody, even if you’re not going into town.

    • Raymond Lutz 10:01 on 2017/06/28 Permalink

      Having redone my roof lately (replacing shingles) I spent more time ripping the old stuff, extracting stuck caulking blobs behind sidings that should stay intact and realized that its more difficult and time consuming to work on an (old) existing infrastructure than building anew from scratch. So, yes, repairs are costly.

      The problem is that we neglected for decades (déficit zéro oblige) casual maintenance of ALL our public infrastructures (aqueducs, schools, bridges, roads, dams?)

    • Clément 19:20 on 2017/06/28 Permalink

      If you have 30 minutes, watch this old documentary on the construction of the tunnel.

      TL,DW: The tunnel was build on “dry land” in sections, which were then floated and towed to their location and then sank and held down with tons of sand and gravel. So it’s not really a “tunnel” in the sense that it wasn’t bored through the ground, but rather deposited at the bottom of the fleuve.
      Simple construction technique explains the relatively low construction cost and short schedule.

    • Kate 01:37 on 2017/06/29 Permalink

      Clément, that’s fascinating. Presumably that method was cheaper than either digging a real tunnel or building a bridge.

    • steph 22:31 on 2017/06/29 Permalink

      That was a great documentary. Could anyone shed any light on why it’s called ‘le pont tunnel’?

    • mare 12:06 on 2017/06/30 Permalink

      @steph There’s a section, between Ile Caron and the south shore, that’s a bridge. For car traffic only, so there’s no easy bike or pedestrian access to the island.

      Those type of tunnels are not invented by the Dutch, (but by the brilliant English engineer Brunel) but they use them a lot. It’s hard to bore a tunnel in mud, although they found a way to do that now by freezing the mud first, digging it away, make walls and then advance to the next section.

  • Kate 00:35 on 2017/06/28 Permalink | Reply  

    Police picked up five alleged pickpockets this week. By description they’d be more like opportunistic sneak thieves helping themselves to people’s wallets and other valuables when owners aren’t keeping an eye on their stuff.

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