• Pierre Moreau announces he will not seek the Liberal leadership

    QUEBEC — Prominent former cabinet minister Pierre Moreau has decided to not seek the leadership of the Quebec Liberal party.
    In a series of tweets posted Sunday, Moreau said the Oct. 1 general election — in which he lost his seat as the MNA for Châteauguay to Coalition Avenir Québec candidate MarieChantal Chassé — was a watershed moment in his political career.
    “I am announcing today that I am retiring from active political life and that I will not see
  • Protesters at Trudeau airport back workers threatened with outsourcing

    Roughly 100 protesters descended on Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Airport on Sunday morning to support workers whose jobs are threatened if they don’t accept a 33 per cent salary rollback.
    Josée Dubois, the president of the union representing the airports white collar workers, says the employer is threatening to replace 93 clerks, administrative agents and security guards through outsourcing.
    She couldn’t explain the reasoning behind the decision.
    “Passenger traffic k
  • Jack Todd: Montreal baseball study promising, but we'll be twisting in the wind for a long time

    If Major League Baseball is indeed wending its way back to Montreal, it is doing so at the pace of one of those interminable postseason games we saw in October — one stately, cautious step at a time.
    That, of course, is as it should be. As it has to be. Stephen Bronfman and Mitch Garber know precisely what they’re doing. They’re the twin engines behind the effort to bring the Expos back to town and they understand that this can’t be done in haste, or with a noisy public b
  • Victor Schukov: My prognostications for 2119

    “In the far future, my work will be highly publicised, although very few people will know I had a first name.” – Nostradamus (1552)
    As it is really tough to predict something really novel a year ahead, I have decided to hedge my bets and predict 2119. (Who’s going to be around to dispute it?)
    A recent Angus-Reid poll posed the following feeler: “Is there a future in predicting the future?” The results were startling: 64 per cent said Yes, 14 per cent said No a
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  • Canadiens GM needs to spend wisely, not blindly | HI/O Bonus

    In this bonus episode, our panelists — Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak’s Jessica Rusnak, former Canadien Chris Nilan and host Adam Susser — look at the US$9.3 million general manager has left under the NHL salary cap.
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  • Montreal voters go to polls in two municipal byelections

    Voters in eastern and northern Montreal are voting on Sunday to replace two municipal representatives who jumped to provincial politics in the Oct. 1 election.
    The polls are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the municipal byelections in Rivière-des-Prairies—Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, and the St-Michel district of the Villeray—Saint-Michel—Parc-Extension borough.
    In R.D.P.—P.A.T., Caroline Bourgeois of Mayor Valérie Plante‘s Projet Montré
  • Woman found dead in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu home

    The Sûreté du Québec is investigating after a woman was found dead in a Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu home.
    Her body, which bore signs of violence, was found around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday evening.
    Police officers arrested a suspect in Saint-Adèle, in the Laurentians. He is still being interrogated.
    The link between the woman and the suspect is unknown, as is the motive for the crime.
    The investigation is being carried out by the SQ in collaboration with local police.
  • Fitness: How mindful is your workout?

    Mindfulness is a common buzzword around the gym. But what does it mean to be mindful during a workout? And is there any proven benefit to “being in the moment”?
    A team of researchers from the U.K. tackled some of these questions, searching for any evidence that practising mindfulness during exercise can make workouts more enjoyable, purposeful and ultimately increase the chances of sticking with it.
    For those new to the concept, the definition of mindfulness is being attentive t
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  • Patience and a DIY spirit are true virtues in Laval riverfront home

    Unless it’s a proverbial swamp somewhere in Florida, buying land is always a good deal. For as Mark Twain said: “They’re not making it anymore.”
    That is what one man (who preferred to remain anonymous for this article) had in mind when, at the end of his university studies in 1994, he bought a piece of land in Laval.
    Bordered on one side by Rivière-des-Mille-Îles and a conservation area on the other, on which research scientists were converting a me
  • While you were sleeping: Cow steals show in graduation photo shoot

    Here’s what happened while the Habs beat the Senators — again.
    About 20 people were forced out of their homes by a fire in the Hochelaga—Maisonneuve borough on Saturday afternoon. The fire started around noon at the building near the corner of Sicard and de Rouen Sts., according to the Montreal fire department. About 100 firefighters were dispatched to control the four-alarm fire, which was put out shortly after 2:30 p.m. The residents of
  • Teen in serious condition after being hit by train in Dorval

    A 16 year old suffered a serious head injury when he was hit by a train overnight in Dorval.
    According to Montreal police spokesperson Raphaël Bergeron, the teen was trying to jump onto a moving train when he fell and was hit by another train that was moving at a low speed.
    The incident took place around 1:30 a.m. near Cardinal Ave.
    The victim was taken to hospital in serious condition.
    Bergeron said police are still trying to determine why the teen was trying to jump onto the train.
  • Sunday road closings to be on the lookout for

    Try to avoid these routes today with Turcot work creating these closings.  
    Turcot Interchange/Highway 20 
    Highway 20 East will be closed from Exit 60 for Highway 13 to the Turcot Interchange until Monday at 5 a.m.
    The Angrignon Blvd. entrance for Highway 20 East will also be closed until Monday at 5 a.m. as will the entrance from Route 138 East to Highway 20 East. However, there will be one lane available for motorists heading to Route 138 West and the Mercier Bridge.
    Only one la
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  • Montreal weather: Cloudy and cool

    Increasing cloudiness with a northeast wind of 20 km/h.
    Environment Canada is calling for a high of plus 1 and a wind chill near minus 9. 
    Tonight: Cloudy with a 60-per-cent chance of flurries and a risk of freezing rain.The low will be minus 4 with a wind chill near minus 8.
    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’s photo
  • In the Habs' Room: Canadiens show once again they won't give up

    There’s one very admirable thing about this Canadiens team: they won’t give up.
    The Canadiens have showed that time and again this season and Saturday night was another example when they rallied from a 2-1 deficit after two periods to beat the Senators 5-2. The Canadiens also had to beat the referees, who made what might be the worst call of the NHL season when they penalized Artturi Lehkonen for embellishment after getting hooked to the ice by Senators defenceman Thomas Chabot while
  • Canadiens ride Carey Price's hot hand to a 5-2 win over Senators

    If the Canadiens are going to make the playoffs, this was one of those games they have to win.
    They did, but it wasn’t as easy as the final score might indicate as the Canadiens rallied from a 2-1 deficit after two periods to beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 at the Bell Centre.
    The Senators are below the Canadiens in the standings and were playing their second game in two nights, following a 4-2 win in Detroit on Friday, while the Canadiens hadn’t played since Thursday’s 6-4 win ov
  • About last night … Canadiens romp to another 5-2 Senators stomp

    The good news?
    No more games against dishwater-dull Ottawa.
    The bad news?
    Who else can the Canadiens beat 5-2 three times in a row?
    And who else can they outshoot 47-18?
    But it wasn’t an easy Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
    Despite outshooting the visitors 28-11 through two periods, the Canadiens trailed 2-1 … largely owing to the brilliance of Mike McKenna.
    And you couldn’t really fault the lifetime minor-league goaltender for the four-goal third-period explosion that sank
  • Liveblog: Canadiens stomp Senators 5-2 … again

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored a greasy one to tie it up at 2-2 in the third.
    Then Artturi Lehkonen was robbed of the lead goal by a horrible embellishment call.
    But Shea Weber put the Canadiens ahead. Then Paul Byron capped a superb play with his linemates to make it 4-2, and Jonathan Drouin added an empty netter.
    Ottawa needed nine minutes to get their first second-period shot on goal. It went in, as Mikkel Boedker beat Carey Price from the slot.
    Bell Centre first-period jubilation lasted 20 s
  • Liveblog: Canadiens stomp Senators 5-3 … again

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored a greasy one to tie it up at 2-2 in the third.
    Then Artturi Lehkonen was robbed of the lead goal by a horrible embellishment call.
    But Shea Weber put the Canadiens ahead. Then Paul Byron capped a superb play with his linemates to make it 4-2, and Jonathan Drouin added an empty netter.
    Ottawa needed nine minutes to get their first second-period shot on goal. It went in, as Mikkel Boedker beat Carey Price from the slot.
    Bell Centre first-period jubilation lasted 20 s
  • Longueuil police investigate suspicious fire

    Longueuil police said they were investigating a suspicious fire on Saturday morning.
    Emergency services were called to a fire at a business on Chemin du Lac in Longueuil around 4:30 a.m., police said.
    A firefighter was slightly injured in the intervention.
    Police said they believe the fire was suspicious and are investigating to determine the exact cause.
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  • Four alarm fire in Hochelaga–Maisonneuve leaves 20 homeless

    About 20 people were forced out of their homes by a fire in the Hochelaga—Maisonneuve borough on Saturday afternoon.
    The fire started around noon at the building near the corner of Sicard and de Rouen Sts., according to the Montreal fire department.
    About 100 firefighters were dispatched to control the four-alarm fire, which was put out shortly after 2:30 p.m.
    The residents of 10 apartments are now being cared for by the Red Cross as they look for new homes.
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  • Liveblog: Ottawa 1 – Canadiens 1 after one

    Bell Centre jubilation lasted 20 seconds.
    Matthew Peca, who’s on fire, opened the scoring at 3:39.
    Then Colin White evened it up at 3:59. Canadiens protested, suggesting interference on Carey Price – to no avail.
    The Canadiens’ late-period power play was customarily dreadful.
    Shots were 12-8 CH.
     
  • Enjoy the balmy weather. It's back to the usual chill by Tuesday

    The mild weather that arrived in Quebec on Saturday won’t last long, according to Environment Canada.
    While no cold front is on the horizon, the temperature, which is above the freezing point on Saturday (5 C as of 2:30 p.m., with a low of -4 C Saturday and Sunday), should return to colder seasonal values next week, the environment agency said.
    “It’ll be quite brief,” meteorologist Amélie Bertrand said.
    Colder weather should arrive on Tuesday, she said, with temper
  • Arthur Margelidon takes silver in Canton Masters judo

    CANTON, China — Adopted Montrealer Arthur Margelidon won the silver medal in the under 73 kg category at the Canton Masters Tournament in China on Saturday.
    Margelidon had an almost perfect day. With his victories against Israeli Tohar Butbul and Japan’s Soichi Hashimoto during the preliminaries, as well as against Odbayar Ganbaatar of Mongolia in the quarter-finals, the 25-year-old could not get in front of Azerbaijan’s Rustam Orujov, who took gold.
    Margelidon’s compatri
  • Moukoko family sues Montreal, school board for $1.5M in drowning death

    The Montreal School Board and the city of Montreal are being sued for $ 1.5 million by the family of Blessing Claudevy Moukoko, who drowned in the swimming pool at his school in February 2018.
    The 14-year-old boy drowned in the pool of the Centre Père-Marquette, adjacent to École Père-Marquette, where he was studying.
    Thirteen family members are suing the school board and the city, saying the school board was negligent in assigning a teacher who did not have the skills to te
  • Even gastro can't keep Kingsbury down, as he wins another ski gold

    PEKING — Despite being hit hard by gastroenteritis, Deux-Montagnes skier Mikaël Kingsbury won a gold medal Saturday morning at the World Cup in Thaiwoo, China.
    Picking up his 51st career victory, the athlete revealed that he’d lost six pounds before the competition.
    He did not, however, execute a perfect run in the final.
    “I made some mistakes, but I learned from them and I was able to gather all the energy I had left to make my best run in the super final,&rdquo
  • Busy weekend expected for Nez rouge after more than 6,600 rides on Friday

    QUEBEC CITY — Nez rouge is anticipating this will be its busiest weekend of the 2018 holiday season, and Friday has already lived up to expectations.
    The organization provided more than 6,600 rides across Quebec on Friday, thanks to the services of nearly 4,500 volunteers.
    The organization is celebrating 35 years this year.Hier soir, un nombre record de 239 bénévoles de la @SAAQ ont parcouru les routes du Québec pour assurer un retour sécuritaire à ceux q
  • Lohnes: Tricks to help create a festive, inviting home in a small space

    It’s that time of year when Christmas trees, boughs and decorative items have invaded the house for another season of decorating merriment. In small (and even not so small) spaces, you might feel adding holiday decor will literally and visually fill up your home, and that finding space to entertain will become an impossible feat. As someone who has lived in small spaces most of my life, I’ve learned a few entertaining and design tricks to help create a festive and inviting home with
  • If you're not driving on winter tires, you are illegal as of Saturday

    Winter tires are obligatory as of Saturday in Quebec.
    By law, Dec. 15 is the deadline for drivers to get their winter tires on. They can come off only after March 15.
    Drivers face stiff fines for breaking the law.
    Beginning next year, the deadline for winter tires to go on will be moved to Dec. 1. The date they can come off will remain unchanged.
    According to CAA-Québec, the change is a smart move.
    Winter tires work best in cold temperatures, the automobile association’s spokesperso
  • While you were sleeping: Death of a Guatemalan child, rare ivory seized, suicide bombing

    Good morning. Here are a couple of stories from the overnight world desk as your morning coffee kicks in.
    Death of 7 year old on U.S.-Mexico border raises questions: Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, age 7, was picked up by U.S. authorities with her father and other migrants this month in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. Some seven hours later, she was put on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station but soon began vomiting. By the end of the two-hour drive, she had stopped breathing
  • Week in Review: Coyotes, the King, Pioneer, cannabis, the chief

    Catch up on what stories you might have missed this week in Montreal.
    Montreal to deploy scare teams to shoo away urban coyotes
    Following a growing number of coyote sightings and three attacks on small children last summer, Montreal will dispatch teams to try to scare the animals away from problem areas, euthanize animals that have become aggressive, and encourage residents to better manage food waste to avoid attracting the animals. The city released its coyote management plan Monday, wit
  • Photographers’ picks: Best unseen Gazette photos of 2018

    Gazette photo journalists take countless shots every year, from classrooms to cafés to crime scenes. What you see published in the paper is just a small sampling of their work. Here are some of their favourites from 2018 that never made it to publication.
     Pierre Obendrauf: It’s not all fun and games (but sometimes it is)
    Oct. 10, 2018.
    It took 35 years on staff at The Montreal Gazette for me to get the chance to cover an NBA game — a pre-season game at that. It was nice
  • Yves-François Blanchet launches Bloc québécois leadership campaign

    Yves-François Blanchet plans to launch his leadership bid for the Bloc québécois on Saturday.
    The former Parti Québécois cabinet minister is expected to be accompanied by most of the members of Parliament of the federal BQ to make his announcement in Montreal.
    Blanchet is expected to have the support of nine of the 10 BQ MPs now that Xavier Barsalou-Duval and Marilène Gill threw their support behind him on Friday.
    So far, Blanchet faces no opponent, maki
  • Second-hand affection: How to give the best gifts while saving the Earth

    There are three headless mannequins in my house. There is a lemon-shaped honey pot, vintage costume jewelry and a closet full of child-size ball gowns. There is a lamp depicting either a love triangle or a spontaneous piano recital, and there is a Crock-Pot transformed into a planter after a pivotal episode of a popular prime-time drama.
    These peculiar knick-knacks are proof that there are presents beyond consumerism and joy beyond online shopping. In a world of Amazon and AliExpress, it ta
  • Christmas Fund: ‘There are hard days,’ says student with a toddler and 3-year-old

    Twenty-three-year-old single mother Karina’s days revolve around her children.
    She said on a typical morning she wakes up early to prepare herself before turning to her two- and three-year-olds. After getting them fed and dressed, she brings them to daycare, after which she will hop on a bus to get herself to school.
    Karina is a full-time student, working to complete her high-school education through a program with Emploi-Québec. Because of her studies, she’s unable to work.
    &
  • Turcot traffic hotspots to avoid on Saturday

    There will be a lot of road closings today in the Turcot area as work crews prepare to open a new configuration of Highway 20. 
    Turcot Interchange/Highway 20 
    Highway 20 East will be closed from Exit 60 for Highway 13 to the Turcot Interchange until Monday at 5 a.m.
    The Angrignon Blvd. entrance for Highway 20 East will also be closed as will the entrance from Route 138 East to Highway 20 East. However, there will be one lane available for motorists heading to Route 138 West and th
  • Montreal weather: Skies will turn blue, but you won't

    Clearing in the morning with a southwest wind of 20 km/h, gusting to 40, then becoming light near noon.
    Environment Canada is calling for a high of plus 1.
    Tonight: Clear with a low of minus 5.
    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’s photo was posted on Instagram by @mtl_by_me.
    Quote of the day:A big part of being a well-adju
  • Josh Freed: In the world of lost and found, I’m a loser

    I took out my key chain the other day and someone eyed the huge clump and asked if I was a janitor.
    “No,” I said, “I just keep some useless old keys on it as added weight so it’s easy to find.”
    I know organized people carry each key separately on a tiny elegant loop. But I like a heavy bunch — so I don’t misplace them.
    Over the decades, I’ve lost enough single keys to start a locksmith shop. I’ve left them in restaurants, cabs, on movie floor
  • Batshaw employees decry lack of therapy for so-called 'system kids'

    This story contains details some readers may find distressing.
    It’s hard to imagine children in more need of therapy than those who end up in the care of Batshaw Youth and Family Centres, at group or foster homes in Montreal.
    Yet these so-called “system kids” — many of them victims of physical, psychological and/or sexual abuse — aren’t getting the help they need, say longtime employees.
    Far from it.
    “A lot of the kids aren’t getting any
  • #ICYMI: English schools, early snow, other news

    In Case You Missed It (#ICYMI) is a daily feature highlighting news in and around Montreal.
    The English-speaking community has no intention of dropping its battle to protect the existing anglophone school board system. The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) — which includes almost 60 English-language community organizations across Quebec — said in a statement Friday it “has absolutely no intention” of heeding Premier François Legault’s advice to give
  • Montreal blames early snow for failing to complete 10 roadwork projects

    Blame it on the snow.
    That’s what the city of Montreal did Friday, as it announced that it ran out of time to complete the work for at least 10 road construction sites, because of the early November snowfall.
    The work sites will all get a temporary coat of pavement in the coming days for the winter months. The asphalt will then be ripped off during the spring so crews can complete the work.
    In a news release, the city said the temporary coats of asphalt will cost an additional $1.5 million
  • BEI launches investigation in Longueuil car crash involving police

    Quebec’s bureau of independent investigations, the BEI, has launched an investigation into a police traffic stop in Longueuil early Friday that ended with a car crash and left a 28-year-old man in serious condition.
    According to information compiled thus far by BEI investigators, Longueuil police tried to intercept a vehicle travelling on Taschereau Blvd. at 3 a.m. in connection with a Highway Code violation.
    However rather than pull over, police say the driver of the car, which was carryi
  • Canadiens Notebook: Habs still clinging to a wild-card playoff spot

    If you looked at the NHL standings following the Canadiens’ 6-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night at the Bell Centre you would have seen them holding the second wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 16-11-5 record.
    Does Canadiens coach Claude Julien look at the standings?
    “Every day I look at the standings,” Julien said after the Canadiens practised Friday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard in preparation for Saturday night’s ga
  • Stu Cowan: Habs are home for blue-line anchor Jeff Petry and his family

    The best photo taken at the Bell Centre Thursday night was shot before the puck even dropped for a game between the Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes.
    During the pre-game warm-up, a photo was taken of Barrett Petry — who is 19 months old — wearing a bleu-blanc-rouge tuque with a precious smile on his face while banging on the glass after seeing his father, Jeff, skate by on the ice. Petry’s wife, Julie, posted the photo on Twitter Friday morning.
    “She showed me the pictur
  • 'Real pro' Brett Kulak earns his keep as Shea Weber's partner with Canadiens

    After Shea Weber finally returned to the Canadiens’ lineup on Nov. 27 following offseason knee surgery, coach Claude Julien said the captain could play beside a rotation of players since the team doesn’t have a “perfect partner” for their No. 1 defenceman.
    David Schlemko lasted only one game beside Weber and the next man up was Brett Kulak, who has now played seven straight games as Weber’s partner. Kulak struggled a bit defensively in the Canadiens’ 6-4 win o
  • Montreal MMA fighter Valérie Létourneau goes after title in Hawaii

    Montreal MMA fighter Valérie (Trouble) Létourneau went halfway around the world last time she fought for a title.
    While she only had to go to Hawaii this time, she will find herself on hostile ground Saturday night when she faces Bellator flyweight champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane, a local, in Honolulu.
    The 35-year-old from Montreal isn’t fazed. Like most Canadians, she savours a winter trip to a tropical island.
    “I cannot complain about this place. How can I ask for a bet
  • Fundraising campaign to help family of Laval woman killed in Mexico

    An online campaign for the family for the woman who was killed in Mexico has amassed more than $13,000.
    The campaign is for the family of Laval’s Christine St-Onge, who was reported missing on Dec. 6 after a Nov. 29 trip to Los Cabos in Mexico with her boyfriend, Pierre Bergeron. He returned home on Dec. 5 without St-Onge and died by suicide the next day. Police in Mexico believe they found St-Onge’s body on Thursday, and a process in underway to bring it home.
    A GoFundMe campai
  • English community will fight on for school boards despite Legault's warning

    The English-speaking community has no intention of dropping its battle to protect the existing anglophone school board system.
    The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) — which includes almost 60 English-language community organizations across Quebec — said in a statement Friday it “has absolutely no intention” of heeding Premier François Legault’s advice to give up because they will lose in court.
    Press Release: English-speaking Community Will Not Abandon S
  • Laval boxer David Lemieux cancels a fight for health reasons

    Citing health reasons, Laval boxer David Lemieux has cancelled his fight scheduled for Saturday at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
    Lemieux was taken to a hospital Friday morning suffering from weight-related dehydration just ahead of his scheduled weigh-in for the middleweight fight against Tureano Johnson. His condition was serious enough to warrant the cancellation of his fight, said Camille Estephan, the president of Eye of the Tiger Management.
    “He is in the care of hospit
  • Quebec vows to protect 10 ‘strategic’ companies from takeovers

    Quebec’s new government is committed to protecting local companies such as SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. from hostile offers from foreign bidders and has drawn up a list of 10 “strategic” firms worth preserving.
    “The government of Quebec has to figure out what head offices are strategically important,” Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon said in an interview in Montreal. “There is a scale of 1 to 10. Can we intervene for all head offices? No. If we had to buy 20 per c
  • What the Puck: Canadiens endure seesaw week of ugly wins, uglier loss

    It hasn’t exactly been the most reassuring week for Montreal Canadiens fans.
    It’s funny because the Habs won two of their three games, but both wins were kind of ugly and sandwiched between them was their worst loss of the season. On Sunday, Les Boys snuck past the cellar-dwelling Chicago Blackhawks 3-2, but the good guys only won that game because Carey Price was, for a change, in vintage form.
    A comment on Reddit, in a conversation full of praise for No. 31, summed up how most of u

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