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Montreal Woman Dies In Freak Escalator Accident

 Fabre Metro Escalator

Right up there with having the subway doors close on me, getting sucked into an escalator is among my worst public transit related fears.

For one women, that fear came true on Thursday morning after her scarf became caught in the escalator at Fabre station in the east-end of Montreal. After struggling to pull out the scarf, the 30-ish year old woman also managed to get her hair tangled up in the moving staircase.

“When she bent over to try to get the scarf out, her hair was also caught,” Police spokesman Jean-Pierre Brabant told reporters.

The scarf began strangling her and by the time firefighters and paramedics arrived on the scene, it was too late; the woman died at the scene.

The coroner’s office will review security video, talk to witnesses, and conduct an autopsy to determine precisely what happened – although it’s pretty obvious she choked to death on her scarf.  And by witnesses, I hope they mean commuters who found her unconscious at the bottom of the escalator, not people who walked by without stopping to help.  At a metro station during Thursday morning rush-hour it seems kind of weird that there would be no one around to give her a hand. Perhaps it was actually a headscarf she was wearing and Montrealers were just letting their Charter of Values run it’s course…

Via: CBC News

Update: The Toronto Sun is now reporting that is was a headscarf that became tangled in the escalator, but I wouldn’t exactly call the Toronto Sun a reputable news source…

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Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum Gives Rob Ford a Run for his Money


Proving Toronto isn’t the only Canadian city with an embarrassing mayor, Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum has been arrested by Quebec’s anti-corruption unit on fraud charges.

Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum faces 14 criminal charges, including fraud against the government, breach of trust, conspiracy and municipal corruption. Looks like Rob Ford has new competition for the title of Canada’s worst mayor! But does Mayor Applebaum smoke crack with Somali drug dealers? Not yet.

Mayor Applebaum began his term as interim mayor back in November vowing to combat corruption at City Hall after former Montreal mayor Gerard Tremblay resigned amid corruption allegations. Then in May, anti-corruption police raided city hall and the offices of the Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace borough, where Mayor Applebaum once represented.

The charges against him stem from alleged acts before he became city mayor, during the years when he served as borough mayor, 2006-2011. Although details are scarce, the charges relate to obtaining permission and political support for two real estate projects in the NDG area.

“The corruption and collusion will no longer be tolerated,” Robert Lafreniere, head of the anti-corruption unit, told reporters. “No-one is above the law.

Mayor Applebaum is Montreal’s first Anglophone mayor in 100 years. Something tells me they won’t be electing another one for at least 100 more.

Via: CBC News

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Montreal Water

Current Event Cat - Montreal Water

A water warning is in effect for 1.3 million Montreal residents. The city, known for its crumbling infrastructure, issued an advisory after a mishap at a water treatment plant turned the water a murky yellow colour. Lovely.

City officials say the problem stems from renovations underway at the Atwater treatment plant. The plant has been undergoing extensive renovations to upgrade its infrastructure for the last four years.  Sediment stirred up during work appears to be the source of the discoloured tap water. And anyone familiar with the pace of Montreal construction will know that it will likely take another decade to complete the infrastructure upgrades.

Officials say the warning is a precautionary measure while they await results of bacteria tests. In the meantime, 1.3 million of Montreal’s 1.8 million residents (note: Westmount is part of Montreal), have been advised to boil all drinking and cooking water. City officials say you can wash your clothes with unboiled water, but you should think twice before brushing your teeth with it.

The advisory, which was issued Wednesday, is supposed to remain in effect until late Thursday.

For those Montrealers who took a sip of the pale yellow water right before the alert was announced: YOU’RE GOING TO DIE. Or worst case, diarrhea. 

Via: Current Event Cats