Archive for September, 2007

Sage advice

From yesterday’s Montreal Gazette:

If the city says it is coming to your street to beautify it – you know what to do. Organize your neighbours in an all-night vigil, armed with shotguns. Hire security forces, then set up a street blockade to keep the city out. It is not coming to help you – it is coming to bury you.

Private Elementary and High Schools in Montreal

Coming straight from the suggestion box:

Locate private schools in Montreal on an interactive map, find open house dates and times, and get quick access to their websites.

It’s odd. It’s very linear.

Jeanson as Victim Part Deux

The second part to Alain Gravel’s excellent report on Enquête (Radio Canada) was aired yesterday. Some absolutely fantastic reporting by Mr Gravel. The two part series which included the confession by Miss Jeanson as having been doped on EPO since the age of 16, was gripping reporting.

Yesterday’s reportage attempted to explain who was to blame for all of this. How could it be that a 16 year old girl was introduced to EPO ?

Details of a security alert on the McGill campus last Friday

Last Friday morning, at 9:30 a man, wearing camouflage fatigues and carrying a case of some sort, was intercepted in the McGill University Strathcona building.

The individual was known to be a former McGill student, he subsequently left the campus and was apprehended by the police on Prince Arthur Street. The University has been advised that he was not armed and that he has subsequently been released by the police as they were unable to find any reason to hold him.

In the early afternoon, some members of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and security received some threatening emails. McGill Security and the Montreal Police will continue to monitor the situation.

Please keep your eyes and ears open and advise McGill Security of any threats, strange activities, suspicious circumstances, or peculiar patterns of behaviour.

Does she have what it takes?

In the Gazette this morning, there is a large article on Pauline Marois and her husband’s estate on Ile Bizard. The article suggests some shady dealings done in order for them to have acquired this property. I can’t say that I’m surprised. As I often say, the politicians job is to secure votes from the poor and to secure money from the rich all on the premise of protecting one from the other. Hypocrisy seems to be a requirement for running for office. What, too cynical? I thought it was particularly telling that she graciously invited journalists to view her modest home in Charlevoix overlooking the St Lawrence river, while never inviting them to her “real home” on Ile Bizard. (Their words not mine.) Looks like she’s learned the ropes well.

Genny Tells All – Tonight!

Tonight on Radio Canada the show Enquête will interview Geneviève Jeanson, former Olympian and professional cyclist on the doping scandals that plagued her shortened career.

Rumours in the local cycling world is that she will tell all tonight, confirming that not only was she doped, but that she was romantically involved with her coach, and that he abused her throughout their relationship.

Which, isn’t really news if you were involved in the Quebec cycling world during those years.

Nevertheless, should make for a very interesting hour.

When pigs fly; or, A by-election update

Approximately once per century, the federal Liberal bastion of Outremont falls to another political party. In the twentieth century it was the Progressive Conservative Party, which broke a 71-year Liberal winning streak when they scooped the seat in 1988. In the twenty-first century, the victors are the New Democratic Party, which won the riding by an impressively wide margin last night. Of course, the NDP candidate was himself a Quebec Liberal not too long ago, which actually makes him something akin to an old-school Conservative, but that would be splitting hairs, wouldn’t it? In any case, enjoy the intermission while you can.

Mois de la photo à Montréal

Does anybody know about this thing? I have no idea what it’s about because I didn’t read the website. I just bumped into it while looking for something else that I haven’t found yet, but I’m interrupting that, because photography is interesting.

It’s at its 10th edition and it’s the first time I hear about it. Since photography has become so accessible, there’s a great increase in interest too.

Anyway, I’m going to get back to what I’m searching for, here’s the website for Le mois de la photo à Montréal.

My day at the office: Redux

This entry first started out as a comment on Andre’s reposting of my “Day at the Office” story from last year, but I apparently had more to say than I first thought.

So far today the college is very, very quiet. I haven’t been this bored at work since early Summer, just after classes and exams had finished. What this tells me is that teachers are taking it easy in their classes today (they had no or little printing and/or handouts to give out – I work in the print shop). Some teachers even canceled classes altogether or are cutting them short.

I’ve spoken to a few co-workers and teachers and they all seemed just fine, like it’s a normal day. I haven’t personally seen any press people yet, but they’re mostly being kept at bay by the police, who have most of the streets surrounding the building blocked off. I might try to nab a few pictures of them, just for kicks.

Here’s the itinerary for the day’s events. It was brought up that, if it “felt right”, I could take some pictures of these activities (I’m typically the college’s designated photographer for events), but it seems that it’s a sensitive issue so there will be no photographs taken by this shutterbug of anything happening from withing the college. There’s a strict ‘no camera’ policy in place for today.

I will hopefully be able to attend everything that’s been planned for the day (it’s tough to leave the office when we’re short staffed with one person on vacation and another that wasn’t comfortable with coming to work today), but I’ll attempt to write another post later on or tomorrow and give a report sorts of how the day went overall.

Jason’s day at the office, one year ago

Whether we are covering monster hurricanes, terrorist bombings or political upheaval, the many servers and writers of the Metroblogging network have often proven useful when an entire city (or country) is having a really really bad day. One year ago myself and some of the other city captains were setting up a series of procedures for what we call “crisis mode”. I never expected these to be useful.

As we tried to make sense of what was happening in Dawson College, something in the back of my mind kept nagging at me. I knew that I knew somebody that worked there, but in those fevered hours I just couldn’t nail it down.

Turns out it was Jason, one of our own writer. Once he got his emotions in check, he was able to post what was, for a time, the only first hand account of the tragedy that was available online. Needless to say, it was read by tens of thousands of visitors. I am reposting it today to help us remember how we all felt on that terrible day.

Well, where do I begin?

First, my apologies for not posting a little sooner. I spent a good chunk of the afternoon outside near de Maisonneuve/Atwater, making and receiving countless phone calls, checking voicemail, talking to people and trying to help out by getting people pushed back farther away toward Lambert Closse. I finally decided it was time to go home around 3:15PM and walked to the Lionel Groulx Metro station where it was thankfully working in my direction. Once home, I fielded even more phone calls and tried to catch up on what the news was saying.

Trying to gather my thoughts over the last couple of hours, I’ve decided that I’m not going to bother with posting hourly updates. I don’t know anything more than what the news reports are saying. I’ll leave that sort of thing to my fellow Metbloggers, unless I have something of value to add.

My intention is to relay what I saw/heard and what I know as fact. I will also hopefully be posting, over the next couple of days, stories of some of my colleagues and other people that I will be talking to… if they are willing to share.

My story after the jump. (Be warned, it’s a little lengthy)

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