MONTREAL – Vehicles can’t turn right on red on the Island of Montreal but if the Plante administration has its way, cyclists would get the green light to do so.It is one of various proposed amendments by Montreal lawmakers to Quebec’s Highway Safety Code, which is currently being reworked at the legislature for the first time since 1986.City officials recently outlined a number of would-be changes to the province’s plan, including the right-turn option and rolling stops at stop signs.Treating a stop sign as a yield — known as an Idaho stop — would require cyclists to slow down and yield to others at the intersection, but permit them to continue without coming to a full stop. The measure is used elsewhere, including some European cities.Cycling advocates say it is all about safety.“A cyclist at an intersection is the moment at which they are at their most vulnerable and there are the most accidents,” said Suzanne Lareau of Velo Quebec. “Getting away from that intersection (by turning on a red light) means an added measure of security.”Not being able to turn right on red has been a longstanding grievance for Montreal drivers.Montreal and New York City are believed to be the last jurisdictions in North America to prohibit right turns on red.Montreal has routinely balked at giving its blessing, with the safety of pedestrians and cyclists cited as the main reason for not allowing it. The rest of Quebec has permitted it since 2003.A coalition of 15 Montreal island mayors failed to persuade the city’s former administration to consider a change a little more than a year ago.Groups representing motorists like the CAA-Quebec said allowing right turns for cyclists and allowing the Idaho stop would be risky for everyone involved.“There is a lot of activity on the roads — in Montreal, there’s never been so much activity, there’s never been so many vehicles, there’s never been so many distractions,” said spokeswoman Annie Gauthier.“There’s never been so many situations that put us at risk, regardless of the type of road user we’re talking about.”One resident, Alexandre Laflamme, recently complained to Mayor Valerie Plante, with media present, that she is pushing Montreal’s reputation as a bicycle-friendly metropolis at the detriment of everything else.He said cyclists already don’t follow the rules.But Lareau dismisses the notion that cyclists are the only ones to blame.“What I always say is that there are people who don’t follow the rules — and some are on foot, some are cyclists and some are drivers,” Lareau said. “It’s not just cyclists who have a monopoly on bad behaviour on the roads.”For the city, it’s about striking a balance that would put all road users on an equal footing, including the million or so Montrealers who opt for the bicycle as their preferred mode of transport.The city also wants the province to consider a number of other measures including sideguards on heavy trucks and allowing cyclists to use pedestrian lights to cross, to be able to avoid vehicles.
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WILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington continues to cope with the drowning death of a 19-year-old in Silver Lake on Wednesday night.Town Manager Responds“This young man’s drowning is an incredibly tragic incident,” Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull told Wilmington Apple. “Our deepest condolences and our thoughts and prayers are extended to his family and friends.”“Many thanks go out to the entire rescue team – Police, Fire and Dispatch personnel all worked tirelessly in an effort to save this young man,” continued Hull. “Additionally, I would like to extend my acknowledgement and sincere ‘thank you’ to the many residents around Silver Lake who assisted the rescue team by identifying the swimmer’s location and supporting this valiant effort.Police Department Responds“Thank you to all community members, families, and first responders who assisted in efforts to help the young man who passed away at Silver Lake,” Wilmington Police said in a statement. “We understand this is a difficult time for many and would like to offer emotional support for those seeking those services.”The Police Department offered free counseling to the witnesses, bystanders and beachgoers involved in Wednesday’s tragedy at the Public Safety Building on Thursday night.The Police Department also plans to offer free counseling to the members of the community at large, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 4, form 3:30pm to 7pm, at the Public Safety Building.“Counselors will be available for one-on-one private conservations about coping, witnessing a trauma, and how to hold age appropriate conversations with young children,” reads the statement. “If you would like to speak to someone privately or cannot make [Tuesday night], please reach out to WPD Social Worker Samantha Reif at 978-658-5071.”The Police offered the following resources from the Riverside Trauma Center:Practicing Self-Care After Traumatic EventsTalking With Your Children About Traumatic EventsThings To Think About And How To Care For Yourself During Times Of Disaster/High StressSilver Lake ClosedAccording to police, the Town Beach at Silver Lake will remain closed until Saturday morning.Lowell Sun ReportKori Tuitt, of the Lowell Sun, interviews Town Manager Jeff Hull, Recreation Director Karen Campbell, and Police Chief Michael Begonis about Wednesday’s fatal drowning for today’s paper. Read the article HERE.(NOTE: Cover photo courtesy of Anne Gilardi.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police & Fire Chiefs Recognize The Officers & Citizens Who Responded To The Silver Lake TragedyIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Accepts Flag Pole Donation For Silver LakeIn “Government”(GOOSE) POOP HAPPENS: Town Beach Has Successful Season Despite 16-Day Swimming Ban Due To High BacteriaIn “Government”
Dhaka University. File PhotoA special senate session on Wednesday nominated the incumbent Dhaka University vice chancellor professor Md. Akhtaruzzaman, pro- vice chancellor (administration) Muhammad Samad and professor Maksud Kamal as the members of VC panel, reports BSS.The VC panel was nominated at the meeting held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on the campus this afternoon.President Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, may appoint anyone from the panel as the DU VC under the Article 11(1) of Dhaka University Order-1973.The article 11 (1) says, “The vice-chancellor shall be appointed by the chancellor for a period of four years from a panel of three persons to be nominated by the Senate on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the chancellor, and shall be eligible for re-appointment for a further period of four years.”Earlier, Blue Panel, the Pro-Awami League (AL) teachers’ body of DU yesterday finalised the three as their candidates after a voting for the nomination of VC panel at a meeting.Pro-VC (admin) professor Muhammad Samad bagged 42 votes, incumbent VC professor Akhtaruzzaman got 36 votes and DU Teachers’ Association President professor Maksud Kamal bagged 30 votes.White Panel, the BNP and Jaamat-e-Islami backed teachers’ body, boycotted the VC panel election raising allegation that the 105-member senate was not formed properly.