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  • Kate 21:08 on 2017/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    A policewoman took her own life with a service revolver in an Anjou neighbourhood police station Wednesday morning. Not much else has been made known, except that she’d been in service for 15 years.

    • rue david 23:30 on 2017/08/16 Permalink

      I can’t be the only one whose mind defaults to a certain matricule number…

    • Viviane 00:49 on 2017/08/17 Permalink

      Can’t be her. She retired from the police force in October 2015.

  • Kate 20:57 on 2017/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Two young guys who wedged themselves between two metro cars and rode the rails like that were caught on video and it’s in popular circulation, with the simple narration “Tabarnaaaaak!” TVA link plays video.

  • Kate 20:38 on 2017/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Propos Montréal thinks, as I do, that we’ve been trolled by Quebec City in the matter of this new piece of art down near the Botanical Garden.

    • ProposMontréal 22:02 on 2017/08/16 Permalink

      Happy someone agrees with me. I have nothing against the sculpture itself, it’s actually well done, but I believe it belongs in the MAC and not as public art. That’s all. The shirts have names of animals in the back with meaning full numbers like 67 or 76 (Expo and Olympics). I mean, it,s not a bad modern piece. But public art it’s not.

    • Kate 06:21 on 2017/08/18 Permalink

      I have something against the sculpture itself. It’s dreadful.

  • Kate 20:14 on 2017/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Denis Coderre says the new “religious neutrality” law should not apply in Montreal, which would make nonsense of it – and he must know this – because most of the people it’s intended for live right here.

    I’d like to think Coderre simply doesn’t like the motivation behind the law, but TVA frames it more in terms of M. le Maire wanting to control how his workers dress or to whom they offer services.

    However, Quebec’s Stéphanie Vallée has already cracked the whip and reminded Coderre who’s boss.

  • Kate 19:56 on 2017/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    Police cadets will now be directing traffic where needed, instead of regular police earning overtime pay.

    • Roman 20:15 on 2017/08/16 Permalink

      Why doesn’t “smart city” include automatic intersections like in most major cities?

    • Kate 20:17 on 2017/08/16 Permalink

      In this case we’re not talking about normal conditions, but situations where somebody needs to control traffic around construction or some other unusual obstacle.

    • Kevin 22:52 on 2017/08/16 Permalink

      All I ever see cops doing is manually switching the lights, or leaving them on maximum delay–thereby guaranteeing terrible traffic jams.
      Last week I walked past a cop who had parked on the sidewalk and had the gadget through his window so he could use the AC

    • Ian 22:58 on 2017/08/16 Permalink

      That’s a great initiative, as it was really a waste of manpower – and police cadets can use the experience. Reminds me of the old model of beat cops,where the most junior cops were forced to walk around neighbourhoods to get a feel for the street. This is pretty much the “get used to downtown” equivalent considering a good chunk of them come from places like Vaudreuil.

    • Ephraim 08:57 on 2017/08/17 Permalink

      @Roman, the city of Montreal has mechanical lights, in fact, the largest collection of them. We can’t do anything intelligent without starting to repair it.

    • Kieran 09:13 on 2017/08/17 Permalink

      Did anyone pass by the McGill College and Sherbrooke intersection last summer when there was major construction? They had a cop manually directing traffic, standing in the middle of the street with a whistle and waving cars, pedestrians, cyclists and construction trucks around. I used to go on my lunch breaks to people watch, but mainly to watch the cop tell everyone to wait for his signal. The cop battled hard to keep everyone in check, had to yell over the construction noise to keep jay-walkers on the curb. In the summer heat, I can say it looked like a very difficult job. We’re going to need some hard-nosed cadets to do that kind of work.

    • Ephraim 10:03 on 2017/08/17 Permalink

      The problem with many of the police who do this is that they favour cars without concern to pedestrians. My friend who walks with a cane all the time finally had to yell over to the policeman about waiting. The cop started to say something back until he noticed the cane. The problem is that handicaps are often invisible, people don’t always walk with a cane because they are too proud, or they don’t need it when they walk slowly. Many of these cops come from outside the centre and don’t realize how important pedestrian traffic is, in Montreal.

  • Kate 07:32 on 2017/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The Turcot’s far from finished but the Quebec government is already suing engineering firms over design flaws.

    • ant6n 10:49 on 2017/08/16 Permalink

      “Quebec is claiming damages of $1.35 million, but the government is also reserving the right to sue the consortium formed by the two companies for an additional $8 million.”

      (note the m in front of illion)

    • steph 11:36 on 2017/08/16 Permalink

      That’s peanuts on a $1.5 billion contract.

  • Kate 07:11 on 2017/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The suspect in that random Mount Royal stabbing last week is refusing treatment designed to make him fit for trial.

    • Ephraim 14:44 on 2017/08/16 Permalink

      Will the end result be any different?

    • Kate 20:59 on 2017/08/16 Permalink

      How effective can psychiatric treatment be if the subject doesn’t cooperate? I suppose you can force medication on them.

    • Ephraim 22:40 on 2017/08/16 Permalink

      The court can order it, in which case he loses all personal liberty and has to take the meds. But if he’s found guilt, he loses all personal liberty and can’t be released until he’s stable and taking meds and they are sure that he won’t reoffend. In the end, the result is likely the same… he lose personal liberty and ends up on the meds. One way is just faster. But the first way, he can end up never getting his personal liberty back again, EVER.

  • Kate 06:58 on 2017/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    A councillor from New York City was here this week to meet with the Haitian community and find out more about Canadian immigration policy so he can inform others of Haitian origin in the U.S. about the limits of Canadian beneficence.

    La Presse examines the sanctuary city concept and the many ways it doesn’t actually apply in Montreal. Denis Coderre can extend municipal services unquestioningly up to a point, but having police refrain from asking about a person’s immigration status and, if it’s irregular, reporting them to the feds, is a much bigger deal.

  • Kate 06:50 on 2017/08/16 Permalink | Reply  

    The STM will be replacing the old garage at Bellechasse and St-Denis with a new bus maintenance facility. The existing one will be demolished. Remember when they wanted to put the new CHUM in that spot?

    • mare 09:45 on 2017/08/16 Permalink

      Ummm, is that the same garage that they’re busy rebuilding the facade for many (6? 8?) months now? That seems like a waste of money.

    • SMD 09:57 on 2017/08/16 Permalink

      « Opérationnel en 2022, ce nouveau centre […] comportera trois étages et accueillera également des bureaux ainsi que des commerces au rez-de-chaussé. » Seems like a good way to have it integrate more with the surroundings.

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