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  • Kate 17:34 on 2017/07/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Right now, some kind of standoff between a suicidal man and police is taking place, and closing streets, around McGill and St-Jacques and affecting traffic all around the Victoria Square area.

    Update: Brief explanation from TVA with seemingly amateur video, amateurly commentated in English.

     
    • Ian 18:01 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      If he makes it out alive I’ll be flabbergasted.

    • Kevin 20:18 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      He was arrested and taken in for psych eval.

    • Kate 20:29 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Thanks Kevin. I was just looking for any news of a resolution. Here’s the news link.

    • Kevin 15:13 on 2017/07/15 Permalink

      So many rumours flying around last night.
      I had people insisting the guy had a bomb, was shot at least five times by police, and more… none of it true

    • Ian Rogers 19:34 on 2017/07/15 Permalink

      Wow, that’s a surprisingly positive outcome! I guess all the outcry around killing psychologically distressed dudes armed with knives over the last few years has had some effect.

    • Kate 19:40 on 2017/07/15 Permalink

      Ian, maybe he was white?

    • Ian Rogers 21:03 on 2017/07/15 Permalink

      Sadly that thought crossed my mind.

  • Kate 15:26 on 2017/07/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Antisemitic graffiti including a swastika was found on a car in NDG this week, and police initially shrugged it off. Now it’s being investigated as a hate crime. What isn’t mentioned is how whoever did this would have to know something about their target, so the victim probably has a short list of people who could’ve done it.

     
    • Bill Binns 15:45 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Sounds like the cops accidentally gave their usual “yeah so?” response to graffiti complaints. They missed the hate crime enhancement that magically transforms graffiti into a crime that needs investigating.

    • rue david 16:46 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Makes sense. The charge is mischief, the symbol suggests a “hate” motivation, and investigation will determine whether a threat was implied, ie. whether it’s something more serious. The same logic doesn’t apply when someone tags their name on the wall. If you’ve limited police resources, this is the sort of triage you want to see, evidence of good work.

    • Ephraim 16:55 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Nice of the police to suggest that you take your hate-crime covered car and drive it over to the station… wonder if they would have had more sympathy had it been emblazoned with anti-police slogans.

    • Ian 17:56 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Anti-police slogans don’t count as hate crimes. You could, for all intents and purposes, emblazon your sweet van with airbrush art of a pig in a police uniform and not be breaking any laws… Though chances are they would indeed pull you over faster than if you were driving around in a van covered in swastikas. This is of course not to excuse the language diminishing the serious of hate crimes some have seen fit to employ in this discussion, hate crimes are significantly more serious than petty vandalism.

    • Ephraim 07:41 on 2017/07/15 Permalink

      Yes, but if the car was vandalized with it, would they come to you, or would they ask you to drive it over to them to make the complaint?

    • Kate 09:23 on 2017/07/15 Permalink

      The whole point of having cops circulate in cars is that they’re mobile!

    • Blork 09:57 on 2017/07/15 Permalink

      Cops are also mobile on bicycles. In Longueuil we even have a skateboarding cop! http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/canada-s-first-skateboarding-cop-hopes-to-inspire-other-police-1.4204940

    • JaneyB 10:03 on 2017/07/15 Permalink

      A skateboarding cop! That’s fantastic! Sometimes we do things really right here. :)

  • Kate 14:18 on 2017/07/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Jason Magder looks into how the STM lost-and-found works. It’s quite an operation.

     
    • Ian 17:57 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      And yet when my kid lost her bus pass with her picture, name, and school on it on the bus, we never saw it again. (imagine a light-hearted smiley emoji here)

    • Kate 19:39 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      If some random person picked it up and kept it, there’s not much the STM could’ve done.

    • Ian Rogers 19:36 on 2017/07/15 Permalink

      That would be a weird thing to do since student IDs have a photo on them… but the STM is actually pretty cool about replacing them, it’s just a trip down to the bus station at Berri & 5 bucks to replace one, with the fares still in place if you buy a monthly pass – and they deactivate the old one.

  • Kate 11:21 on 2017/07/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Another day, another truck collision, another blind spot, another dead cyclist.

     
    • Blork 11:55 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Tragic, particularly since this kind of thing is so preventable.

      The reports indicate it’s another case of a cyclist riding in the truck’s blind spot. The reports are also a mess, indicating the truck and cyclist were travelling west on Belanger and the truck turned north onto 6th. But 6th is one-way south (it’s actually east, but “Montreal south”).

      The photo on CTV’s report shows the body (covered) on 6th, south of Belanger, which makes more sense, but it also means it’s impossible to try to reconstruct what happened based on the media reports because they are so full of mistakes at this point.

    • mare 12:05 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      1) Too many trucks in the city. Big trucks should not drive in residential streets unless absolutely necessary. The small supermarket around the corner is visited almost daily by big trucks from IGA, Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola, Frito Lay, 3 different bakeries, 5 beer trucks, and I’m probably forgetting some. A lot of those trucks go also to the supermarket two blocks away, but on different days. And all the dépanneurs get stocked by even more different beer trucks.

      2) I regularly see cyclists pass cars and trucks on the right, even when those indicate they’re turning right. Do not do this. Ever. You might have right of way, but especially when cars/trucks are already turned a bit (and for instance have to wait for pedestrians) they can’t see you, and they’re looking what’s ahead of them, not what’s beside.

      3) I was taught as a driver in the Netherlands to go all the way to the edge of the road, next to the curb, before even attempting to turn. Just to make sure there was no cyclist next to me. Here I see people turn right from the middle lane, at high speeds, making very wide turns (and often without using flashers, but that’s another issue.)

      4) All trucks should have more mirrors. Dutch trucks are required to have a bank of mirrors on their right hand side, just to minimize the risk that they miss a bike or pedestrian. On big curved one towards the back, and one pointing forwards to show what is right in front of the truck. Also useful for parking or backing up. (This became mandatory after the mother of a killed cyclist, an acclaimed writer, sued the government for negligence for not having laws requiring safer trucks.)

      5) Trucks should have skirts so fallen cyclists or pedestrians are slid away from the rear wheels. This doesn’t prevent injuries but in many situations it does prevent death. This should be the law in the city or province. No skirts? You’re not allowed in Quebec/Montreal.

      Too many people die in preventable traffic incidents.

    • SteveQ 12:19 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      I agree, to many big trucks in the city. Regardless of who’s at fault. I understand there’s a need for truck delivery to bring us the product we are consumming but like many european cities, they should use mini vans or small trucks, even if we have to pay a little more for our products.

    • Blork 12:30 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      @mare: all excellent points.

    • Bill Binns 12:36 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      +1 Everything mare said. There have been enough of these truck / bicycle deaths that the city should be investigating the issue with some urgency.

      I wish the journalists reporting these issues would include, who owned the truck, what it was delivering, where it came from and where it was going to. For all we know, these trucks could be cutting across the island on city streets to get from Laval to the South Shore or something. Trucks over X feet should need a permit inside the city and there should be some special training for the drivers asking for those permits. The cost of the permits could finance a few cops who do nothing but pull over big trucks and check permits.

    • Blork 12:53 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      I’m always impressed with the tiny delivery trucks you see in European cities. Even the garbage pickup trucks are small. Yet here we have monster trucks just to deliver chips to a depanneur. And don’t even get me started on garbage trucks!

    • Roman 15:24 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Trucks and buses should make an audible beeping noise (same as reverse) when making a turn. Even Vietnam has that feature by law.

    • Jack 22:02 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Another life snuffed out, another family in absolute agony, seeing their crushed and broken loved one covered by a dollar store sheet on a Montreal street.

    • Brett 23:03 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      mare’s points are all good, but unfortunately bikes aren’t allowed to pass cars on the left – bikes must stay on the right hand side of the road at all times and aren’T allowed to lane split. i try to avoid streets that have lots of cars waiting in a right hand turn laneé also sometimes cars have to turn right and cut across a bike path without first going to the curb (especially the ones that are painted on the road).

    • Jack 07:14 on 2017/07/15 Permalink

      If you walk or are on a bike you are merely collateral damage to an insane infrastructure that makes a 6000 pound metal vehicle, powered by a carcinogen, the favored means of transport.
      http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/justice-et-faits-divers/201707/15/01-5116457-un-pieton-happe-par-un-vus-a-montreal.php

    • JaneyB 10:12 on 2017/07/15 Permalink

      @Blork – I would love to see tiny delivery trucks to stock deps here. I lived on Marianne for a while and it is one of the few truck designated streets in the Plateau. Every brand of beer and chip had its own monster truck to deliver to every dep. Deafening. That kind of traffic is all across the city plus the highly concentrated weight must be affecting our beleaguered road surfaces…

      @mare – really interesting! We need those Dutch measures here.

  • Kate 08:52 on 2017/07/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada looks back thirty years to the deluge that broke over the city on July 14, 1987, dumping more than 100 mm of rain in less than two hours. With some photo and video from the event.

     
  • Kate 08:00 on 2017/07/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Two cars were torched overnight in St-Henri on a canalside street and two others caught fire as well.

     
    • Bill Binns 09:19 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Take that people with jobs! We don’t want yer kind around here.

    • Ephraim 11:32 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      And the quote of the day is….

      Chevrefils said Montreal police’s arson squad would “analyze and understand the sequence of the events.”

      Doesn’t say anything about trying to solve the crime or preventing it in any way… it makes it sound like it’s a training exercise.

      You get yourselves a lovely luxury bait car and leave it out on Notre Dame and WAIT to see who’s doing this.

      That’s 3 households without cars, three insurance claims, at least one person who has lost wages because he doesn’t have his tools, plus they likely need to claim their tools on their home insurance policy, so another deductible to pay. Untold hours of lost work, never mind leisure time (because you have to not just buy a new car, you have to rent a car, you have to get the cheque from the insurance company and then spend endless hours trying to get insurance because they likely not just want more money, but will suspect you were involved (unless the police actually catch the person) because that’s how insurance companies work.

    • Bill Binns 12:17 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      It’s been 14 months since 30 masked men took over and robbed that grocery store in St Henri. There has not been a single arrest. Nobody should be surprised that the violence is ratcheting up since the cops have decided “anti-gentrification” violence is not violence they need to concern themselves with.

      No bait cars are needed. I am convinced that the cops now exactly who is committing these crimes. What’s needed is some doors being kicked down at 4AM and some heads getting cracked on the way to jail. This is textbook terrorism and it’s being ignored.

    • rue david 15:24 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Professor Binns accuses cops of complicity-by-inaction with terrorists, the basis of this accusation is his knowledge of internal discussions at the SPVM.

    • ant6n 23:45 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      “What’s needed is some doors being kicked down at 4AM and some heads getting cracked on the way to jail.”
      wtf?

  • Kate 07:28 on 2017/07/14 Permalink | Reply  

    There’s been so much roadwork that cones have blocked parking spaces and caused a dip in parking meter profits.

     
  • Kate 07:26 on 2017/07/14 Permalink | Reply  

    I don’t usually link to publireportage, but the Journal has a reasonable one on the newly opened promenade Fleuve-Montagne with some pictures and details.

    Update: A Radio-Canada critic is unimpressed by the $50-million project.

     
    • Blork 11:36 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      All the pretty details, minus a goddamn map. Where does it start? Where does it end? Where do you connect with it?

    • Kate 12:56 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Sorry, my blog post was too skimpy. The official city page, in English yet. Le Devoir had an item last month with a map.

    • Blork 14:16 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Kate, I wasn’t criticizing you. The Journal does a puff piece on it but includes no map. The Facebook page for it contains no map. (Etc.)

    • Blork 14:18 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Oh FFS! That official city page map? Just a bunch of dots, with no indication of where the actual promenade Fleuve-Montagne is!

    • Kate 14:24 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Here’s Le Devoir’s map, enlarged.

    • Blork 15:23 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Thanks. Note that my complaint is against the city and the people who report on this thing, not this blog. (My life’s work, sadly, is to present information to people, so I tend to get a bit bent out of shape when I see examples of it done very badly…)

    • Bill Binns 15:41 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      I have been wondering what those weird altitude indicators were. They kind of look like fire hydrants. More junk bolted to the already cluttered sidewalks.

    • Ian 18:04 on 2017/07/14 Permalink

      Do you actually like anything, ever, Bill? Haters gonna hate.

      For what it’s worth I thought they were kind of neat.

    • Bill Binns 10:20 on 2017/07/15 Permalink

      @Ian Do you ever walk on St Catherine? The sidewalk is already too narrow but it’s made worse by all signs, ads and other assorted junk the city bolts to the sidewalk. This junk also makes snow clearance more difficult.

  • Kate 07:17 on 2017/07/14 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA is already dreading weekend driving problems.

     
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