• Quebec election: Manon Massé promises new social housing after meeting with Valérie Plante

    Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said Monday that she and Québec solidaire’s candidate for premier share some of the same objectives, particularly when it comes to improving housing stock in Montreal and taking “bold action” to meet environmental challenges.
    After a private meeting with QS co-spokesperson Manon Massé at Lafontaine Park Monday afternoon, Plante told reporters they had had “a good conversation about what needs to be done to ensure that we
  • Canadiens' Paul Byron thrilled to keep calling Montreal home

    Paul Byron says he “didn’t do anything too crazy” to celebrate Sunday after signing a four-year contract extension with the Canadiens worth US$13.6 million that will take him through the 2022-23 season.
    Byron and his wife invited teammate Andrew Shaw and his wife over to watch some football and have dinner.
    “A bottle of wine to celebrate,” Byron said Monday afternoon following practice in Brossard. “That’s about it. But I knew we were back at practice he
  • Quebec election: Legault vows more economic development in regions

    MONT-LAURIER/VAL D’OR — Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault is promising to boost rural economies with more direct financial support for businesses and expedited environmental reviews.
    The CAQ, if elected, would also look at relaxing protections for wetlands and might invest in real estate development in the rural areas, he said Monday.
    While much of Quebec has a shortage of labour, he said it’s not the case everywhere.
    “When Mr. Couillard i
  • Stu Cowan: A special birthday surprise for Canadiens' Karl Alzner

    Canadiens defenceman Karl Alzner turned 30 on Monday.
    But since he had a busy day scheduled, which included a 10:45 a.m. practice in Brossard, a 3 p.m. flight to Toronto with his teammates to play the Maple Leafs in a 7:30 p.m. NHL pre-season game, followed by a flight back home, scheduled to arrive at 12:40 a.m., Alzner decided to celebrate with his wife, their daughter Stella, who is almost 4, and 2-year-old son Anson at home on Sunday when the Canadiens had the day off.
    “We actually did
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  • Quebec election: Couillard attacks CAQ's 'horrible' immigration policy

    Philippe Couillard sharpened his attack against his chief rival, suggesting his views on immigration and integration of new arrivals are inhumane.
    And he made the case to be elected next Monday to four more years, saying his government turned the province’s finances around and created hundreds of thousands of jobs.
    Speaking to the Montreal Gazette’s editorial board Monday, Couillard called on Quebecers to widely reject Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault&rsq
  • Suspected pimp David Maignan arrested after four-month manhunt

    Montreal police have arrested an alleged pimp who has been sought since May 18.
    David Maignan, 18, was charged Thursday on several counts of procurement of a person under the age of 18, advertising sexual services and receiving a material benefit derived from sexual services, after being arrested last Wednesday. He had been sought on a Canada-warrant and had been described by investigators as violent.
    Anyone who thinks they were a victim or knows someone who may have been a victim of Maigna
  • Canadiens face tough decision as Jesperi Kotkaniemi impresses

    Coach Claude Julien was asked after practice Monday morning in Brossard if the Canadiens have a difficult decision ahead of them as to what to do with Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
    “Yes, we do,” the coach said.
    “Yes, we do,” he repeated.
    Yes, they do.
    Kotkaniemi, the Canadiens’ first-round pick (third overall) at this year’s NHL Draft, has had an impressive training camp so far and was named the first star in a 3-2 pre-season win over the Ottawa Senators Saturday night
  • Lise Ravary: Anglos shouldn't spurn alternatives to the Liberals

    By the time you read my next Gazette column, Quebec will have elected a new government. I doubt that Philippe Couillard will be premier again.
    He was a contender, albeit by a minuscule margin, until he assured Quebecers that it was possible to feed a small family for $75 a week.
    So weird was this remark that even the BBC and The Guardian covered it.
    And unbelievably stupid.
    But it won’t stop Le Bloc Anglo from voting Liberal. Nor will the ongoing investigation by UPAC into illegal fundrais
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  • Secret Montreal: tarantulas, dumpster-diving and ghost-hunting

    Where are you going to learn the ins and outs of dumpster-diving — maybe more the outs than ins in this case? Or where the city’s ghosts congregate? Or where to bop to the K-Pop beat? Or where to find the tarantula of your dreams?
    Fret not. These questions, and many others dealing with the more quirky aspects of Montreal’s underbelly, will be answered in 514 Undiscovered, a six-part series debuting Tuesday on MAtv. (Each episode will stream for free Wednesdays for a week at mat
  • Quebec election: No electoral reform without unanimity, Couillard says

    It would be “extremely doubtful” if electoral reform were to proceed in Quebec without the unanimous consent of all members of the National Assembly, Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard said on Monday.
    And even if no regulation actually requires such unanimity, Couillard said that given the repercussions such a change would have on the voting system, full support from all parties would be a “minimum” requirement.
    At the moment, Couillard is alone in his opposition to
  • I was stressed over exams, says man who sent bomb threats to Concordia

    A man who sent a series of emails that caused Concordia University to evacuate three of its buildings last year says he was desperate to avoid doing an exam when he carried out what he now concedes was a terrible idea.
    Hisham Saadi, 49, appeared before Quebec Court Judge Mélanie Hebert at the Montreal courthouse as the sentencing stage of his case began on Monday.
    In June, Saadi was convicted of having committed acts that, considering the context, were susceptible to causing fear tha
  • What'd Youppi! look like after a bender? The new Flyers mascot, probably

    Yikes!
    The Philadelphia Flyers have a new mascot, and it looks an awful lot like something out of an after-school special designed to scare Youppi! into sobriety. It also looks plain awful.
    Given the horrifically on-the-nose name “Gritty,” the orange creation appears to view Tom Hanks’ grooming choices in Castaway as aspirational.
    Granted, the Habs have not given Youppi! cause to grow a playoff beard of late, but we’re pretty sure he’d do better than whatever happen
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  • Opinion: Montreal suburbs shouldn't always be losers at agglo council

    Last January, Montreal suburbs were blindsided with a sharp increase in their agglomeration taxes. After the usual outbursts of indignation, the increases were absorbed into the budgets of the de-merged suburbs. Suburban councils were left to stew and wonder what surprises lay in store for next year’s budget.On Thursday, the suburban mayors announced an agreement reached with Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante to integrate them into the budget process, starting in 2020. It is clear that
  • Update — Quebec election: Legault's tax bill would dip if he's elected

    François Legault would personally save more than $3,000 a year in school taxes if his party is elected, the Coalition Avenir Québec leader’s financial disclosures show.
    On Monday, Legault released his 2018 federal tax return and details about his personal finances.
    Legault said he wants this sort of disclosure to be the norm in Quebec, to ensure full transparency.
    “I think Quebecers have the right to know,” he said.
    According to the document released by the
  • Canadiens Notebook: Jesperi Kotkaniemi back in lineup vs. Maple Leafs

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi will be back in the Canadiens’ lineup when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night in NHL pre-season action (7:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio), but he won’t have Jonathan Drouin on his left wing.
    Drouin will get the night off in Toronto and Michael Chaput will take his spot with Kotkaniemi at centre and Joel Armia on the right wing.
    “You’re looking at certain guys right now,” coach Claude Julien said after practice as the Canadiens head
  • Quebec election: Lisée urges anglos to get on the PQ train for 4 years

    Saying there would be no referendum on Quebec independence in a first term, Parti Québécois leader Jean-François Lisée on Monday urged Quebec’s non-francophones to vote for his party, adding they could always switch their allegiance after four years.
    While dismissing the idea of rejecting the PQ’s “deep” commitment to Quebec sovereignty, Lisée buttressed the invitation to anglophones and allophones to support his party because the pledge
  • I was stressed over exams, man who sent bomb threats to Concordia says

    The man who sent off a series of emails that caused Concordia University to evacuate three of its buildings last year testified in court on Monday that he was at his wit’s end and was desperate to avoid doing an exam when he carried out what he now concedes was a terrible idea.
    Hisham Saadi, 49, appeared before Quebec Court Judge Mélanie Hebert at the Montreal courthouse as the sentencing stage of his case began.
    “There was a debate going on within myself. One side was saying
  • Quebec election: PQ promises more resources for child protection

    A Parti Québécois government would put more government resources toward the protection of children, PQ Leader Jean-François Lisée promised Monday.
    Lisée said a PQ government would name an official specifically tasked to deal with children’s issues.
    He said a “ministry of youth” would be created that would integrate the issues of primary and secondary education as well as youth protection.
    A provincial policy to promote the well-being of youth
  • Concordia’s first female building engineer gifts $15M to alma mater

    Gina Parvaneh Cody came to Montreal from Iran in 1979 with $2,000 in her pocket and dreams of becoming an engineer.
    After an hour-long interview with her brother’s engineering professor at Concordia University, Cody was given a scholarship to help cover the cost of her master’s degree.
    Ten years later, she became the first woman in Concordia University’s history to earn a Ph.D in building engineering.
    After a highly successful career as an engineer and business leader in Canada
  • Watch: Get to know Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault

    If you include his time as a Parti Québécois minister, François Legault is now the second-to-longest-serving member of the National Assembly.
    That might lead you to believe that he’s the stereotype of a career politician, but the reality’s a bit more complicated than that.
    From co-founding and then divesting from Air Transat to his complaints about the province’s bureaucracy while serving as Lucien Bouchard’s education minister to his founding of
  • Suspected pimp arrested after four-month manhunt

    Montreal police have arrested an alleged pimp who has been sought since May 18.
    David Maignan, 18, was charged Sept. 20 on several counts of procurement of a person under the age of 18, advertising sexual services and receiving a material benefit derived from sexual services, after being arrested last Sept. 19. He had been sought on a Canada-warrant and had been described by investigators as violent.
    Anyone who thinks they were a victim or knows someone who may have been a victim of Maignan
  • Sutton kidnapping: Sûreté du Québec find a witness, seek Econoline van

    The man whose image was captured in a surveillance camera at a local Tim Horton’s and who is described by provincial police as a material witness in connection with a kidnapping last week of a 12-year-old girl in Sutton has been located, the Sûreté du Québec said Monday.
    However, police were otherwise providing little information on the advance in their investigation, other than to say their search for the two suspects in the case was continuing.
    Monday’s an
  • Quebec election: CAQ's Legault reveals personal financial details

    Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault released details about his personal finances on Monday.
    The CAQ leader has $9.866 million in assets and owns a single property. He has no money invested outside Canada, the party said.
    Jean-François Lisée has also agreed to release his personal tax return. While Philippe Couillard released details about his finances in 2014, he did not do so this time.
    In 2014, Legault’s assets were $9.8 million, according to the
  • While you were sleeping: $18M of cocaine found in bananas given to prison

    Here’s what happened while you were snoozing through the end of your weekend.
    CBC/Radio-Canada workers in Quebec and Moncton, voted 81 per cent in favour of a new three-year union contract. Syndicat des Communications de Radio-Canada president Johanne Hémond said the new deal will mean 176 permanent positions posted. The two sides also agreed on “a budgetary limit for contract workers where the total payroll doesn’t surpass 20 per cent of that of permanent empl
  • Update: Missing LaSalle woman located

    Update: Montreal police report the woman has been found.
    Montreal police have turned to the public in an effort to locate a 48-year-old woman, who was last seen Sept. 22 in LaSalle.
    Police say her family is concerned for her safety and that she is known to frequent shopping centres or shorelines.
    When last seen she was wearing jeans, a beige and brown coat, black running shoes and a white cap with a dark blue floral design.
    A francophone, she stands five-feet-one-inch tall, weighs 158 pounds, ha
  • Montreal weather: Sunny and breezy

    The work week kicks off under clear skies with a northeast wind of 20 km/h, gusting to 40.
    Environment Canada is calling for a high of 15 and the UV index will be 5, or moderate.
    Tonight: Clear with a low of 12.
    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 @misskikivik.
    Quote of the day:Even w
  • Quebec election: 'Lack of vision' in parties' education promises

    Quebec students went back to class last month, just as the province’s political leaders were revving up their campaign bus engines.
    While many students returned to crumbling schools and teachers dug into their own pockets to pay for art supplies or even Kleenex for their classrooms, the four main parties unleashed a flurry of promises aimed at improving Quebec’s education system.
    From free preschool for four-year-olds, whether in a subsidized early childhood centre or a pre-kindergar
  • In case you missed it: Here's what happened on September 23

    A look at the day’s events in and around Montreal.
    Quebec election: Political smorgasbord offers voters food, protest, U.S. annexation
    Jean-Louis Themis believes the true measure of a society is how well it eats. If that thinking were more widespread, the retired chef and cooking teacher would be a shoo-in to enter Quebec’s legislature after the Oct. 1 election. Themis, 65, is the founder and lone candidate of the Parti culinaire du Quebec, which believes a well-fed society would be
  • Quebec election: Québec solidaire wants to use a third of TFSAs for energy efficiency

    Québec solidaire is proposing the creation of a new savings vehicle that would permit Quebecers to continue to save and, at the same time, shrink the province’s ecological footprint.
    The party would replace the current federal Tax-Free Savings Account program with a tax-free program focused on sustainable housing, in which one-third of the sums invested would provide loans for residential renovations aimed at increasing energy efficiency — improved insulation, for instance.
    In
  • Québec solidaire wants to use a third of TFSAs for energy efficiency

    Québec solidaire is proposing the creation of a new savings vehicle that would permit Quebecers to continue to save and, at the same time, shrink the province’s ecological footprint.
    The party would replace the current federal Tax-Free Savings Account program with a tax-free program focused on sustainable housing, in which one-third of the sums invested would provide loans for residential renovations aimed at increasing energy efficiency — improved insulation, for instance.
    In
  • Quebec election: Couillard renews scare tactics against Legault

    Liberal Party Leader Philippe Couillard warned voters his chief rival wants to expel new arrivals, and he may not have fully renounced his separatist convictions.
    As the election campaign entered the last sprint ahead of the Oct. 1 vote, Couillard was ramping up scare tactics Sunday, saying Quebec is an open and tolerant society, and most Quebecers reject proposals by Coalition Avenir Québec to submit new arrivals to language and values tests.
    “I don’t want Quebec to be k
  • CBC/Radio-Canada employees approve new union contract

    Members of the Syndicat des Communications de Radio-Canada, which represents CBC/Radio-Canada workers in the province of Quebec and Moncton, voted 81 per cent in favour of a new three-year union contract this weekend, the public broadcaster announced.
    The employer “is happy with the result, which follows two and a half years of negotiations,” it said in a statement issued Sunday evening.
    An earlier offer was rejected by the union in June.
  • Library workers ratify contract with 98-per-cent majority

    QUEBEC — The 225 workers of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), members of the Syndicat de professionnels du gouvernement du Québec, voted overwhelmingly on Friday to ratify an agreement in principle reached on Aug. 31.
    They were 98 per cent in favour of renewing their collective agreement for the period of April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2020. They had been without a contract since March 31, 2015.
    It took 25 negotiating sessions to arrive at the
  • Quebec election: School tax cut is about fairness, Legault says

    GATINEAU — The Coalition Avenir Québec’s plan to cut school taxes is about fairness between regions, François Legault said on Sunday.
    For several days, the CAQ leader has said his promise to cut school taxes is intended to help seniors, whose pensions have not risen along with increases in the school tax rate.
    However, when asked on Sunday why he had not proposed a measure to specifically support seniors, but instead proposed cutting a tax paid on all commercial an
  • Montreal marathon: Mutai, Nyirarukundo set record times

    Ezekiel Mutai, a 25-year-old from Kenya, won Sunday’s 28th edition of the Montreal marathon.
    Mutai, who previously finished fifth in April’s Madrid marathon, completed the course in a Montreal record time of two hours, 11 minutes and five seconds, earning him an $11,000 prize.
    Fellow Kenyan Wycliffe Biwott finished 33 seconds behind and Jean-Marie Vianney-Uwajeneza of Rwanda completed the podium on the men’s side of the competition with a time of 2:18:10.
    Rwanda’s Salome
  • Quebec election: Legault changes course, steering away from strongholds

    GATINEAU — Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault changed course on Sunday, cancelling visits to Trois-Rivières and Quebec City and taking his campaign toward ridings that have never been won by his party.
    Legault now plans to head to Chibougamau before visiting Val-d’Or, Amos, Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean, the Côte-Nord and Bas-St-Laurent.
    In most, if not all, of the ridings he plans to visit over the next few days, the CAQ came third in 2014.
    For t
  • Rosemont ghost bike ceremony remembers dead cyclist

    Family and friends of Valérie Bertrand Desrochers, a cyclist who was killed in June after being struck by a truck driver, installed a ghost bike Sunday afternoon in her memory.
    Bertrand Desrochers, who worked as a 911 operator, died on June 11 after she was hit at the intersection of St-Zotique St. and 19th Ave. in Rosemont.
    The Montreal woman was riding along the bike path on St-Zotique St. when the truck turned right and struck her.
    It’s the second time a ghost bike to be ins
  • Quebec election: CAQ vows to make transport ministry more efficient

    GATINEAU — A Coalition Avenir Québec government would review the qualifications of deputy ministers as it looks to make the Ministry of Transport more efficient, leader François Legault said Sunday.
    “We will look at the positions of every deputy minister and we’ll find a way to verify, in an independent way, their training (and) years of experience,” he said. “It’s certain that people, senior bureaucrats, who don’t have the training or
  • Quebec election: Lisée says Québec solidaire is 'trying to manipulate' voters

    Québec solidaire would “nationalize the savings accounts of Quebecers,” according to Jean-François Lisée.
    Twice this weekend, the Parti Québécois leader implied that his rivals are hiding a radical leftist agenda from the electorate. Namely, Lisée claims that a Québec solidaire government would take control of Quebecers’ tax-free savings accounts in order to reinvest billions in sustainable housing.
    “When I feel that someon
  • Quebec election: PQ pledges $30 million for autism services

    Endless waiting lists, form after form to fill out and a series of other roadblocks are forcing parents to turn to the private sector for their special-needs children to get services.
    And for the kids who finally get help through the public sector, many wind up in a “black hole” after they turn 21 and age out of the system.
    That’s how Jean-François Lisée described the state of affairs under the Liberal government.
    “If you don’t have a child with specia
  • Stu Cowan: Jesperi Kotkaniemi becoming Montreal's adopted hockey son

    After Jesperi Kotkaniemi was named the first star in the Canadiens’ 3-2 pre-season win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night at the Bell Centre, one fan posted a video on Twitter of the smiling 18-year-old signing his autograph on the lens of a TV camera and wrote: “Look at our young hockey son.”
    The Finnish teenager is quickly becoming the adopted son of Montreal hockey fans after being selected with the No. 3 overall pick at this year’s NHL Draft. It’s hard n
  • New Canadien Tomas Tatar clicks with Phillip Danault, Brendan Gallagher

    Tomas Tatar is a skilled hockey player with great vision and an ability to make passes his linemates might not be expecting or prepared for.
    That seemed to be the case at one point during the Canadiens’ 3-2 pre-season win over the Ottawa Senators Saturday night at the Bell Centre when the left-winger made a nice pass into the slot for centre Phillip Danault that was a bit behind him.
    “I’m always ready,” Danault said with a smile after the game when reminded of the play.
    &
  • Quebec election: Couillard questioned on roadwork, Sklavounos's replacement

    As advance polling continued on Sunday, Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard kept hammering away at his principal rival on the question of immigration.
    But standing a few metres from a decades-long stalled roadwork project, there was no escaping the perception that Liberal governments have taken the western part of the Montreal region for granted.
    Visiting Vaudreuil-Dorion Sunday, Couillard said he is aware that successive governments have proposed to turn the Harwood Blvd. stretch of Highway 20 in
  • Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin looking to become an elite winger again

    Jonathan Drouin says he had no idea he was going to be moved from centre to wing until he showed up for the first day of training camp in Brossard and was pulled aside by Claude Julien.
    The Canadiens’ head coach told the 23-year-old he was going to try newcomer Max Domi at centre with Drouin on left wing and Joel Armia — another newcomer acquired in an off-season trade — on the right.
    “I worked on centre stuff all summer, so I was a bit surprised,” Drouin said after
  • Montreal marathon: Mutai wins men's race, Nyirarukundo wins women's

    Ezekiel Mutai, a 25-year-old from Kenya, won Sunday’s 28th edition of the Montreal marathon.
    Mutai, who previously finished fifth in April’s Madrid marathon, completed the course in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 5 seconds.
    Wycliffe Biwott finished second and Jean-Marie Vianney-Uwajeneza completed the podium on the men’s side of the competition.
    Salome Nyirarukundo was the women’s winner with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 2 seconds.
    She was joined on the podium by runner-up
  • Canadiens sign Paul Byron to a four-year contract extension

    The Canadiens had the day off on Sunday, which gave Paul Byron time to celebrate a new contract with his family.
    The club announced Sunday morning that Byron has agreed to a four-year contract extension that will take him through the 2022-23 season with an average salary of US$3.4 million. The 29-year-old forward is heading into the final season of a three-year, US$3.5-million contract with an average annual salary of $1.166 million.
    Byron has certainly earned the raise after back-to-back 20-goa
  • Quebec election: Lisée says Québec solidaire's 'trying to manipulate' voters

    Québec solidaire would “nationalize the savings accounts of Quebecers,” according to Jean-François Lisée.
    Twice this weekend, the Parti Québécois leader implied that his rivals are hiding a radical leftist agenda from the electorate. Namely, Lisée claims that a Québec solidaire government would take control of Quebecers tax-free savings accounts in order to re-invest billions in sustainable housing.
    “When I feel that someone is t
  • Jack Todd: Max Domi's sucker punch detracts from promising pre-season

    It was one moment in a sea of such moments. The moment when, with Florida’s Aaron Ekblad standing defenceless, arms at his sides and gloves still on, Max Domi decided it would be a good time to throw a sucker punch.
    Down went Ekblad, bleeding from a couple of cuts. Off went Domi.
    The NHL responded with its usual half-hearted, pointless “suspension” – this one for the balance of the practice games before the real season begins.
    Fans started their Twitter engines even befor
  • Refreshed Carey Price looks poised to bounce back for Habs | HI/O Bonus

    In this bonus episode, our panelists — Gazette sports columnists Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak’s Jessica Rusnak, former Canadien Chris Nilan and host Adam Susser — discuss what Carey Price can offer in the 2018-19 season.
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  • Rosemont ghost bike ceremony to remember dead cyclist

    Family and friends of Valérie Bertrand Desrochers, a cyclist who was killed in June after being struck by a truck driver, will install a ghost bike Sunday afternoon in her memory.
    Bertrand Desrochers, who worked as a 911 operator, died on June 11 after she was hit at the intersection of Saint-Zotique St. and 19th Ave. in Rosemont. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m.
    The Montreal woman was riding along the bike path on St-Zotique St. when the truck turned right and struck her.
    It’s th

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