(Once again, my real job kept me from my self-appointed Journal-monitoring rounds, this time for a full week. Here's what we missed)
The big news, sadly, is no news. One month into the Journal de Montréal lockout, there are no negotiations scheduled, no sign that any end is near.
But there's plenty of other stuff going on. Here's what I've found:
Habs stories top all others
Shortly before that big La Presse thing, when everyone was still talking about Alex Kovalev and how much the Habs sucked, Rue Frontenac posted an article from Marc de Foy about what Kovy supposedly said to his peeps back home, namely blaming other players for the team's misfortune.
Pretty standard fare for the Journal, because it sells papers to bring up stuff like this that has about a half-and-half chance of being true. De Foy was interviewed on CKAC, reports circulated on RDS and other Habs-crazy places, and that was enough to bring down RueFrontenac.com for a few hours on Wednesday evening.
That was enough to worry some hard-core followers. But don't worry, the site is still there.
Mongrain is the new Martineau
Jean-Luc Mongrain, formerly of TQS, has returned from a relaxing vacation and will begin giving blowjobs to all three of Quebecor's penises on March 2 when he starts a show on LCN. He'll also have a column in the Journal de Montréal (lockout shmockout) and a blog on Canoë (even though he says he's never seen a blog before).
You'll recall Richard Martineau already has an LCN show, a Journal column, and a Canoë blog, but Mongrain still thinks his will be new somehow (I think he means new to him).
He sees himself being a doorway to "citizen journalism" because people can email him ideas. I'm not sure he understands what "citizen journalism" means, but it involves a bit more than that.
Canoe has a video interview with Mongrain about his new multiplatform initiative.
- Le Collectif, the student paper at Université de Sherbrooke, explores a day in the life of a locked-out Journal worker.
- The World Socialist Website blames the STIJM union for ... uhh... well, it's not clear, actually. It goes into detail about concessions made at other unions, and the "bureaucracy" of unions in general, but I don't see what the STIJM has done wrong here, besides letting the capitalist system survive.
- Rue Frontenac gets nitpicky about headlines
- More protests at Journal-sponsored events
- More support from C-list celebrities and other people I've never heard of
- Locked-out Journal workers visited locked out Casino workers
- You'll be happy to know that the Defense Association of Anglophone Quebec is calling for a boycott of the Journal. Not because of the lockout, but because it (and the Devoir) support the ethnic cleansing of Quebec. (Patrick Lagacé makes a funny about this)