• Quebec woman arrested after allegedly abducting her three children

    OTTAWA — Police arrested a woman on Wednesday after she allegedly abducted her three young children, according to the Sûreté du Québec.
    An arrest warrant was issued for Yanna Mavraganis, 42, who is accused of abducting her eight-year-old son and two daughters, aged eight and five, in the Gatineau area in April. She was arrested in Ottawa on Wednesday.
    Police say she will appear in a Gatineau court on Thursday.
  • SQ officer guilty of dangerous driving causing death of 5-year-old boy

    Patrick Ouellet — the SQ officer who, while tailing a suspect in a breach-of-trust investigation, drove 134 kilometres per hour in a residential zone and crashed into a car, resulting in the death of a 5-year-old boy — was declared guilty of dangerous driving causing death at the Longueuil courthouse Thursday morning.
    Ouellet was driving over the speed limit in a residential zone in an unmarked Toyota Camry when he collided with a car being driven by Nicholas Thorne-Belance’s f
  • Would-be thieves shake victim off their getaway truck, then crash onto a lawn

    The attempted theft of some construction material in Ormstown Wednesday night ended violently when a pair of thieves lost control of their getaway vehicle, causing the pickup truck they were driving at high speed to flip and crash onto the front lawn of a local residence.
    And the victim of the crime — a local construction contractor — is in hospital with serious injuries after being thrown from the pickup as he tried to foil the theft.
    The Sûreté du Québec says th
  • Female comedy duo has faith in the post-Rozon Just for Laughs

    Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini weren’t messing around Wednesday afternoon. After meeting the Montreal Gazette for photos on the Main, the two former Montrealers brought their interviewer straight to … The Main.
    Between mouthfuls of smoked meat, latkes and verenikes, the married comedy couple talked about their special Jewish-Palestinian partnership, Just for Laughs in the post-Rozon era and their new life in New York City, all of which will be worked into their joint off-Just for
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  • Argument in Sherbrooke apartment ends in homicide

    A man in his 20s has died of his injuries after being involved in an altercation late Wednesday in an apartment in downtown Sherbrooke.
    The incident occurred at 11:30 p.m. Police arrived at the apartment at the corner of Sanborn and Gordon Sts. and found the victim, who was pronounced dead soon after.
    Police believe the victim and his assailant knew each other. No arrests have been made thus far.
  • Message for Trudeau: Greenpeace activists climbing Montreal's Big O

    Greenpeace Canada activists posted a video on Twitter Thursday morning saying they were at the Olympic Stadium to “send a strong message to [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau to not buy or build the Trans Mountain expansion project.”
    It’s a beautiful day for an action… We’ve got a little suprise for Justin #Trudeau. Stay tuned, we’ll ne back soon… #StopTMX pic.twitter.com/gKwV0zDLDG
    — Greenpeace Canada (@GreenpeaceCA) July 19, 2018Soon after, activi
  • Uganda Airlines considers Bombardier, Airbus jets as part of revamp

    Bombardier Inc. said Uganda Airlines signed a firm order for four new CRJ900 jets as the East African nation seeks to resuscitate its moribund carrier after two decades.
    The country also signed a memorandum of understanding for two A330neo, Airbus SE said in a statement on its website, without providing cost details.
    “Based on the list price for the CRJ900 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $190 million,” Montreal-based Bombardier said in a statement on its website.
  • While you were sleeping: California stays together and a failed bike jump

    Voters won’t decide in November whether to split California
    A measure that would divide California into three parts won’t appear on the November ballot, the state Supreme Court decided Wednesday, marking the latest defeat for a long-shot push to reimagine the nation’s most populous state.
    The justices ordered the secretary of state not to put the ballot initiative before voters, saying significant questions have been raised about its validity. The court now will consider a chal
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  • Countdown is on for construction holiday as 150,000 vacation cheques issued

    The Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) says it has issued nearly 152,000 vacation paycheques as the countdown begins to Quebec’s obligatory two-week construction holiday.
    About 38,400 cheques were destined for the Laval-Laurentian-Lanaudière region, 31,000 for the Montérégie and a little over 25,200 for the Quebec City region.
    Those cheques total up to more than $420 million, about five per cent higher than the amount issued in 2017. The CCQ explains
  • Montreal police probe gunshots overnight in N.D.G.

    Gunfire broke out in a residential and commercial sector in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood late Wednesday night, but a police investigation has thus far only yielded several spent cartridges.
    Police were called to the scene after the gunfire was heard near the corner of De Maisonneuve Blvd. and Regent Ave. at about 10 p.m.
    But a police sweep of the area found no victims or witnesses. However several spent cartridges were found on nearby Melrose Ave.
    Police are questioni
  • Swimming with MS: Former Montrealer taking on extraordinary challenge

    Only seven people have swum the frigid length of the Juan de Fuca Strait, a 33-km channel between Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island, without a wetsuit. One of them is former Montrealer Susan Simmons, an open-water ultra-marathon swimmer. When she swam the strait last summer, she clocked the shortest time on record: 10 hours, six minutes.
    Early next month, the 53-year-old Victoria resident will be the first to attempt a double crossing of the strait. The wind, the cu
  • Montreal weather: Time to work on your tan

    Sunny with winds becoming southwest at 20 km/h in the morning.
    Environment Canada predicts a high of 27 Celsius, a Humidex of 29 and a UV index of 8 or very high.
    Tonight: Clear with winds blowing southwest at 20 km/h, becoming light in the evening. The overnight low is expected to be 17 C.
    Don’t forget to submit your photos of Montreal via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by tagging them with #ThisMtl. We’ll feature one per day right here in the morning file. Today&rsq
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  • Mind of her own: Montreal neuroscientist Brenda Milner on turning 100

    Almost every day of the week, a kindly woman makes her way from her apartment on Aylmer St.  up a short walk to the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital on University St.
    Her silver hair is coiffed immaculately as she steps into the institute where she has conducted groundbreaking research on human memory since the 1950s. Brenda Milner has been credited for almost single-handedly creating the field of cognitive neuroscience, and on Sunday, she celebrated another milestone: turning 1
  • Launch date for Montreal composting centres delayed again

    The launch date for Montreal’s composting centres, already postponed from 2019 to 2020, is now shifting into 2021 with a higher estimated price tag and no less controversy over the location of at least one of the facilities.
    Civil servants are at this moment evaluating two bids that were received in May to award a “turnkey” contract to design, build, operate and maintain the centre that’s planned for St-Laurent borough, a city spokesperson said this week.
    The bid deadline
  • Hitched on and off the stage: Former Montrealers return to do JFL shows

    Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini weren’t messing around Wednesday afternoon. After meeting the Montreal Gazette for photos on the Main, the two former Montrealers brought their interviewer straight to … The Main.
    Between mouthfuls of smoked meat, latkes and verenikes, the married comedy couple talked about their special Jewish-Palestinian partnership, Just for Laughs in the post-Rozon era and their new life in New York City, all of which will be worked into their joint off-Just for
  • Hanes: Excuses, excuses infuriate Deux-Montagnes train commuters

    First, it was the cancellation of weekend service.
    Then, it was the elimination of four weekday departures.
    Starting in 2020, passengers on the Deux-Montagnes commuter rail line won’t even be able to get all the way downtown to Montreal’s Central Station without having to disembark for part of the journey and take a shuttle bus. The interruption will last two years.
    Now, to add insult to injury, the agency that oversees regional train service said this week that — oops, sorry!
  • Dangerous intersections: Zero action by Projet Montréal, advocates say

    More than nine months ago, then-candidate Valérie Plante stood at the intersection of St-Michel and Rosemont Blvds. and pledged to give pedestrians more time to cross the street.
    She said Projet Montréal’s borough mayor for Rosemont—Petite–Patrie, François Croteau, had repeatedly asked the Coderre administration to improve the safety at the intersection, especially after schools and daycares had complained it was unsafe — but had been ignored.
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  • Breakfast Television Montreal host has unique take on potty humour

    Breakfast Television Montreal co-host Derick Fage has joked that doctors made him an asshole.
    Thing is, though, they did. He was born without one — the condition is known as a high imperforate anus — and, despite surgery to create an anal opening, he has contended all his life with fecal incontinence.
    That means, among other things, that if he goes to a restaurant, he makes sure to know where the washroom is — because if he needs it, he needs it right away. If he is, say, hosti
  • All forms of nicotine implicated in SIDS, study says

    Previous studies have shown a clear link between prenatal smoking and SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome. Now, new research suggests exposure to nicotine by any route, whether patches or electronic cigarettes, might also be implicated in crib or cot death.
    Sudden infant death syndrome is one of the leading causes of infant death during the first year of life, although the reasons are still unknown. SIDS is a diagnosis that’s given for the sudden and unexpected death of a seemingly healthy
  • Montreal Impact wins opening game of Canadian Championship semifinal

    The Impact held up its end of the bargain Wednesday night, winning the first-leg of the two-game aggregate Canadian Championship semifinal and, arguably, holding serve in the process.
    Montreal defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps, 1-0, at Saputo Stadium — winning at home, which was to be expected. While no attendance was immediately available, there were large pockets of empty spaces at the 20,801-seat venue.
    Impact goalkeeper Clement Diop, playing for the first time this season in place of Ev
  • Herb Zurkowsky: 1-0 is a win for Montreal Impact, but a weak one

    Some would view the glass as being half full. Others, half empty following the opening leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal.
    The Impact scored the opening salvo Wednesday night at Saputo Stadium, defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps, 1-0, before 13,386 spectators in the two-game, aggregate series.
    But Montreal might rue its failure to produce what would have been an all-important second goal when this half of the bracket concludes, next Wednesday, at BC Place. At least the Impact didn’t
  • Montreal software company relocates to escape city's commuting hell

    He used to stare out his office window at the end of every day, watching the congestion on the highway and dreading the commute home to Dorval.
    Now, Brad Olsthoorn’s commute time has been cut in half, and he’s home in time to have dinner with his wife and two children.
    “I used to be home just in time for them to go to bed and they were exhausted,” said Olsthoorn, the general manager of Silent Partner Software, which provides software for non-profit companies such as Youth
  • Stu Cowan: Former Canadien Torrey Mitchell headed to Switzerland

    Torrey Mitchell’s NHL career has come to an end, but the former Canadien isn’t ready to hang up his skates just yet.
    The 33-year-old centre agreed this week to a one-year contract to play next season with Lausanne HC in the Swiss National League.
    When asked over the phone Wednesday what he knows about Lausanne, Mitchell said: “I wish I could tell you a lot. Small city on Lake Geneva in the southwest part of Switzerland. Maybe 150,000 people live in the city. And it’s supp
  • Update: Woman sought in kidnapping of her children is in custody

    A 42-year-old woman who was wanted for the kidnapping of her three children was found by Ottawa police on Wednesday afternoon and taken into custody.
    Ottawa police confirmed that they had located Yanna Mavraganis on Wednesday, along with her three children, Maximos, Maya and Marina. The Sûreté du Québec had announced on Tuesday they believed Mavraganis was in Ontario and had been staying in shelters in the area.
    All three children are “in good health,” accord
  • Montreal man, 66, charged with first-degree murder in stabbing

    Jean Gauthier, 66, was charged with first-degree murder at the Montreal courthouse on Monday in connection with the death of Réjean Charron.
    Police responded to reports of an argument Saturday at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Union Ave., near Ste-Catherine St., where Charron, 53, was found stabbed. He was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries.
    Gauthier was arrested on the scene and taken to a detention centre.
    The killing was the 14th homicide recorded in Montreal this yea
  • Regulation at the heart of crane operators' strike to be re-examined

    Quebec will be launching a committee to re-examine the regulation at the heart of the conflict between crane operators and the province’s construction commission that led to a week-long illegal strike in June.
    Quebec’s labour minister, Dominique Vien, announced that the “security aspect” of the regulation respecting the vocational training of the workforce in the construction industry will be studied, following a meeting with the president of the Fédération
  • Black bear poaching operation busted by Quebec wildlife ministry

    Sixty-four people allegedly involved in a black bear poaching operation have been caught by Quebec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks.
    According to a statement from the ministry released Wednesday, the individuals were illegally trapping and selling black bear gall bladders. The gall bladders — specifically the bile inside — apparently are used by some practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, said Jasmin Larouche, director of wildlife protection for the Saguenay&md
  • Video: What you need to know about the SAQ strikes

    The Société des alcools du Québec’s unionized employees are in negotiations for a new contract.
    The main issues of contention are weekend scheduling and part-time work.
    On Tuesday they walked off the job in order to pressure management into awarding a better contract.
     
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  • Police investigate possible chemical explosion in St-Léonard

    Montreal police are investigating a possible chemical explosion in St. Leonard Wednesday afternoon.
    The explosion reportedly occurred around 2:30 p.m. at an apartment on Verdier St. The fire department was on the scene, extinguishing flames caused by the explosion but damage was not extensive, said spokesperson for the Montreal police Raphaël Bergeron.
  • NFB invites English filmmakers to “reimagine" Quebec

    The National Film Board of Canada is looking for anglophone, allophone and Indigenous filmmakers from Quebec and Nunavik who are interested in making short documentaries for its Reimagining My Quebec series. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 8. Three winning proposals will be selected and then the winning filmmakers will develop and produce a film at the NFB over 12 to 18 months, starting in September.
    Each winning participant will be paid roughly $15,000 in writer and director fees. The stor
  • Heat wave: Death toll reaches 53 in Montreal, but could get higher

    Fifty-three deaths in Montreal were potentially caused by the record-breaking heat wave that took over the city in early July, says a new report by the public health department released Wednesday. But that number could continue to rise.
    The total presented in the department’s preliminary report does not include deaths that occurred in hospitals, only those that occurred within the community from June 30 to July 8, said Dr. David Kaiser, a physician with Santé Montréal. They s
  • Video Center: Watch all of the Gazette's videos in one place

    Watch the news and interesting video features at the Montreal Gazette’s new Video Center.
    The Video Center organizes all of the Gazette’s videos across all sections and platforms into one easily accessible page.
    So go ahead and binge watch a few.
    Check out the Video Center here.
  • REM work compromising service on Deux-Montagnes, Mascouche lines: exo

    Citing ongoing construction work on Montreal’s electric commuter-train network (REM), exo, the provincial transit agency that oversees Montreal-area commuter-train service, announced this week that it can no longer guarantee the punctuality of its Deux-Montagnes and Mascouche lines.
    The agency notes that since June 25, both lines have been obliged to run on a single rail line between the Montpelier station and access to the Mont-Royal tunnel, “a major operational constraint that the
  • Drug recall: Class-action request filed in Montreal

    A request for a class-action suit filed in the Montreal courthouse on Monday wants the manufacturers of a recalled heart medication, valsartan, to pay damages to Quebecers who took the drug.
    A recall issued by Health Canada on July 9, 2018, announced that several drugs containing valsartan were contaminated with an impurity: a chemical called N-nitrosodimethylamine, otherwise known as NDMA.
    NDMA is a potential human carcinogen, which means long-term exposure to it could cause cancer, according t
  • Warning issued for Îles-de-la-Madeleine lobster paste

    The Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is warning consumers not to eat a brand of lobster paste sold from an outlet on the Îles-de-la-Madeleine because safe consumption of the product cannot be ensured.
    The warning issued for “Tomali de homard des Îles-de-la-Madeleine” applies to all items sold until July 16 by the Poissonnerie Unipêche M.D.M. ltée, located at 66 Quai Ave., in Paspébiac. The lobster paste is packaged in glass jars,
  • Juliette & Chocolat celebrates 15 years with $100 brownie

    Montreal’s Juliette & Chocolat has found a glittery way to celebrate its 15th anniversary.
    The chocolaterie will be selling a triple chocolate brownie that has been covered in edible 23-karat gold sheets.
    Gold, which is flavourless (and arguably tasteless), can be safely ingested. Like the rest of the brownie, it is also gluten free.
    The $100 confection will be sold through Juliette & Chocolat’s online store as of July 20.
    This anniversary brownie is but the latest in a wave
  • SAQ strike: Six surprisingly good supermarket wines

    As I drove by my local SAQ Tuesday, I saw a few people staring forlornly through the locked doors. While the SAQ workers were on strike for just the one day, the union has a mandate for employees to walk out for five more. Considering the SAQ’s desire to close stores and reduce costs, there’s a decent chance this labour conflict won’t be resolved without at least a few more strike days.
    My advice is to stock up on a few cases of wine while SAQ stores are open. If you don&r
  • SAQ strike: These supermarket wines don't leave a sour taste

    As I drove by my local SAQ Tuesday, I saw a few people staring forlornly through the locked doors. While the SAQ workers were on strike for just the one day, the union has a mandate for employees to walk out for five more. Considering the SAQ’s desire to close stores and reduce costs, there’s a decent chance this labour conflict won’t be resolved without at least a few more strike days.
    My advice is to stock up on a few cases of wine while SAQ stores are open. If you don&r
  • Canadiens and fans celebrate National Tattoo Day

    Tuesday was National Tattoo Day, a day of celebration for some Canadiens players and their fans.
    Defenceman Jordie Benn has sleeve tattoos on both his arms. The first tattoo Benn got were the words “Never Quit.” Benn and his brother, Jamie, heard those words often from their father and grandfather while growing up in Victoria, B.C. Both boys made it to the NHL and Jamie is now captain of the Dallas Stars.
    Benn said in an interview last season that the tattoo that means the most
  • SQ divers recover body of Montreal swimmer from Bas-St-Laurent lake

    Sûreté du Québec (SQ) divers on Wednesday found the body of a 24-year-old Montreal man who disappeared the night before into a Bas-St-Laurent-region lake.
    Police said the body was recovered from Lake Pohénégamook at about 11 a.m.
    The SQ had received an emergency call at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday that a swimmer in the lake seemed to be having difficulty.
    A search by local firefighters ended at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
    Police will interview witnesses in an effort t
  • Drug recall: Class action lawsuit request filed in Montreal

    A request for a class action lawsuit filed in the Montreal courthouse on Monday alleges the manufacturers of a recalled heart medication, valsartan, should pay damages to Quebecers who took the drug.
    A recall issued by Health Canada on July 9, 2018, announced that several drugs containing valsartan were contaminated with an impurity: a chemical called nitrosodimethylamine, otherwise known as NDMA.
    According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, NDMA is a potential human carcin
  • Saputo sells major asset after $1.3 billion takeover in Australia

    Saputo Inc. has sold one of its major production plants in Australia to local rival Bega Cheese for $244 million.
    The sale of the Koroit plant in the state of Victoria was a condition set by Australia’s competition regulators in April when it approved Saputo’s $1.3-billion takeover of the Murray Goulburn Co-operative — making the Quebec-based company the largest dairy processor in Australia.
    With the Koroit plant in its arsenal, Saputo would have controlled more than two thirds
  • Opinion: Montreal shows the rest of Canada how to save urban trees

    While much of our national identity is tied to our natural environment, Canadians haven’t always taken the proper steps to preserve, protect and promote the urban forests that breathe so much life into our communities.
    Due to poor city planning, climate change and invasive insects like the emerald ash borer, urban tree cover has been in precipitous decline throughout most of Canada over the past two decades. Making matters worse, our government has been slow to react; Canada is significant
  • Quebec launches $8-million defence against 'zombie plant' invasion

    The provincial government will spend $8 million over five years — funds promised in its last budget — to fight against an exotic species of invasive “zombie” plant that is quickly clogging Quebec’s lakes and waterways.
    Environment Minister Isabelle Melançon made the announcement Wednesday, two days after municipal and environmental groups made a public plea for help in stemming the growth of the Eurasian watermilfoil. The species is believed to have thus far
  • Brownstein: Comedian Orny Adams is 'not angry. I'm passionate'

    When his first name is typed out on my computer, my auto-correct insists on turning “Orny” into “Ornery.” Which is somewhat ironic in that, over the years, Orny Adams has often been labelled “ornery.”
    Irony abounds in the life of Orny Adams. He changed his name from Adam Ornstein, in order that it have less of an ethnic sound. But here he is at the Just for Laughs comedy festival’s Ethnic Show, playing the designated Jew — although his roots are cl
  • SAQ stores reopen, but more strike days planned if negotiations stall

    Société des alcools du Québec stores are open again Wednesday after unionized store workers went on strike Tuesday.
    Simon Desjardins, an SAQ worker and union representative, said Tuesday’s strike showed the employer the union was serious, but said it’s still too early to assess the action’s impact on contract negotiations.
    “There’s another day at the negotiation table” Thursday, Desjardins said. “It’s really then that we’
  • Happiness 'stays in my heart': Lottery-winner has mission to help others

    Money, indeed, can buy happiness, Rachel Lapierre will attest.
    But in a strange twist to that age-old axiom, Lapierre has used her money, acquired from a 2013 lottery win, to benefit others rather than selfishly spending it on herself.
    The 57-year-old Piedmont resident still lives in the same house. Although she did purchase a new Subaru automobile last year, Lapierre did so only after her last car was stolen. And she laughed about it when sharing the experience.
    “Honestly, helping (people
  • Quebec ministry issues warning for Îles-de-la-Madeleine lobster paste

    The Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is warning consumers not to eat a brand of lobster paste sold from an outlet on the Îles-de-la-Madeleine because safe consumption of the product cannot be ensured.
    The warning issued for “Tomali de homard des Îles-de-la-Madeleine” applies to all items sold up until July 16 by the Poissonnerie Unipêche M.D.M. ltée, located at 66 Quai Ave., in Paspébiac. The lobster paste is packaged in glass ja
  • REM work compromising service on Deux-Montagnes, Mascouche trains: exo

    Citing ongoing construction work on Montreal’s electric commuter-train network (REM), exo, the provincial transit agency that oversees Montreal-area commuter-train service, announced this week that it can no longer guarantee the punctuality of its Deux-Montagnes and Mascouche lines.
    The agency notes that since June 25, both lines have been obliged to run on a single rail line between the Montpelier station and access to the Mont-Royal tunnel, “a major operational constraint that the
  • The end is nigh, but Pioneer bar defenders are holding out for a hero

    With the clock ticking on the iconic Pioneer bar, efforts to save the 117-year-old building from a wrecking ball continue.
    The Pioneer will hold its final bash this Saturday, July 21, with bands playing one last show for local patrons, before closing its doors.
    The Pioneer (or Le Pionnier) opened in the 1970s, later became Clydes, before reopening as the Pioneer again in 2011.
    The landmark building first opened as the Hotel-Charlebois in 1901, and later became the Pointe-Claire Hotel in the 1960

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