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  • Kate 19:19 on 2017/08/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Trucks were the cause of 20% of cyclist fatalities since 2005 – yet politicians hesitate to make side guards mandatory.

     
    • Ephraim 11:47 on 2017/08/14 Permalink

      You can also say that they hesitate to make road safety courses for cyclists mandatory as well.

    • paul 15:04 on 2017/08/14 Permalink

      If 20% of cyclist fatalities were caused by pitbulls I guarantee Mayor McTwitter would act on it!

  • Kate 19:16 on 2017/08/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Philippe Couillard sent a message to Quebec’s expatriate anglos this weekend: you should come home. This came in a speech to close the young Liberals’ conference in which they firmly turned down the idea of allowing freedom of choice over language of instruction.

     
    • Douglas 16:06 on 2017/08/14 Permalink

      If you want anglophones to feel welcome, change the laws that force all immigrant children to learn french. Dismantle the “french language police” and a variety of other nationalistic policies put in place as a finger to the anglophones.

    • Ian 08:29 on 2017/08/15 Permalink

      Well of course he said that. The PLQ think they have Anglos in lockstep, and they want the votes. Of course, it might have helped if he had said it in English instead… most of the Anglos that ran away are weird about that.

  • Kate 18:47 on 2017/08/13 Permalink | Reply  

    The Rogers tennis tournament has set a world record for attendance.

    Alexander Zverev won the event in the final against Roger Federer. Zverev had also dismissed local favourite Denis Shapovalov in Saturday’s semifinal.

     
  • Kate 10:35 on 2017/08/13 Permalink | Reply  

    I hadn’t previously seen any report on this service that brings things to the homeless – books, eyeglasses, paper and pencils – that people need besides food and shelter, plus ordinary thoughtful conversation not geared to goals like getting them off the street.

     
    • Michael Black 12:04 on 2017/08/13 Permalink

      I would argue that too much of what they see is institutional, so this sort of thing has important value in the process. “You’re welcome, so long as you are something else” isn’t about inclusion or change. “Homelessness” is a situation, it doesn’t mean there isn’t more to them. But if the first thing they always get is “let’s fix things”, that can’t be their total life. Some level of acceptance first may improve the process.

      The stuff going on at Cabot Square and the Open Door seems to do a lot with them being Inuit, rather than homeless. (And there’s an irony, they were nomadic until somewhere within the past hundred years, can nomadic people be homeless? But once made to live in a fixed European home, the cost goes up, they are less protected, and can become homeless.). So they get seal meat, and put on a fancy dinner, it doesn’t seem aimed at “the homeless”, but the Inuit, and I think they get anyone who’s interested.

      Michael

  • Kate 10:15 on 2017/08/13 Permalink | Reply  

    Gabriel Deschambault shows us an old postcard of a tram on St-Denis when the street was largely residential, compared to how it looks now.

    Gilles Proulx gives us his view of how the Oka Crisis happened, and he’s not what you’d call keen on “ces Warriors mafieux et surarmés”!

     
    • Jack 12:04 on 2017/08/13 Permalink

      You know I’m often tough on Gilles Proulx, because of his obvious racism and historical revisionism. But I have to give credit where credit is due. This is the first time I’ve ever read a piece of his about First Nations where he doesn’t refer to the men, women and children of First Nations communities as savages.

    • rue david 18:18 on 2017/08/13 Permalink

      Surely you’re exaggerating, “savages” like sauvage? Even if he used that term once or twice, he must surely have meant it as a contextual reminder of how people viewed each other back then.

  • Kate 09:44 on 2017/08/13 Permalink | Reply  

    The 1945 publication of Bonheur d’occasion (usually known as The Tin Flute in English) was declared an historic event by the Quebec culture minister on Buy a Quebec Book Day, Saturday. The Gabrielle Roy book was so ubiquitous as an assigned text in school that I feel the weight of having had to read it, although I don’t have any memory of the story at all.

    The neighbourhood history series in Metro has a piece on St-Henri this week.

     
    • David S 13:53 on 2017/08/13 Permalink

      I find it ironic that the book speaks of the poverty and misery of saint-Henri, yet the article has an advertisement embedded for new condos in that same neibourhood.

    • Patrick 17:25 on 2017/08/13 Permalink

      Kate, you can refresh your memory of Roy’s novel without adding to the weight by skimming my little critical guidebook to it, published under the title “The Limits of Sympathy” (ECW Press). Shameless plug! :)

    • Kate 20:08 on 2017/08/13 Permalink

      Patrick, I see the BAnQ has your book, and have made a note to look at it next time I’m there.

    • Ian 09:54 on 2017/08/14 Permalink

      When I moved to Montreal in 1990 most of my ideas about the place were informed by the books I had read set in Montreal. I was thrilled to move into an apartment a few blocks over from Lacasse, and felt privileged to work at a garment factory on de Gaspé, nods to Bonheur d’occasion & the Favourite Game respectively. Neither were assigned texts where I went to school, but should be for every school in Montreal.

  • Kate 08:56 on 2017/08/13 Permalink | Reply  

    La Presse went to talk to Haitian community spokespeople about the asylum seekers, and also got an earful from Amir Khadir.

     
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