• Commerce de détail: le Fonds FTQ et la BDC ont perdu 15,5 M$ dans Souris Mini

    Pour éviter la faillite du détaillant Souris Mini, le Fonds FTQ et la Banque de développement du Canada (BDC) ont accepté de perdre plus de 15,5 millions $.
  • 'Where are you?' Montreal mother writes to daughter 40 years later

    A Montreal mother whose infant child disappeared 40 years ago this week has penned a letter to her daughter, asking her where she may be and hoping for her return.
    “It is so hard to live with this wait year after year. I am trying to never lose hope but this has marked our daily lives and left open wounds that do not heal,” Liliane Cyr writes in the letter to her daughter, Yohanna.
    “I am still without any news from you, always in the unknown, always asking myself questions
  • Former Habs enforcer Georges Laraque sashays away with drag contest win

    He may not be on the level of Drag Race greats like Katya Zamolodchikova, but former Montreal Canadiens enforcer Georges Laraque has won a drag competition.
    The NHL veteran donned a wedding dress for the celebrity contest held during Montréal Pride, lip synced to the tune of Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You and came out on top.
    After winning, Laraque announced onstage that he’d donate his winnings to local LGBTQ organizations.
    “In 2018, it is inconceivable t
  • Six O’Clock Solution: Pan-seared salmon à la Giada De Laurentiis

    When TV cook and restaurateur Giada De Laurentiis went back to her native Rome, it brought forth a host of memories of the family cooking from her childhood.Her eighth cookbook, Giada’s Italy (Clarkson Potter/Penguin Random House, $47), offers a feast of over 100 recipes that are both lusty and light, and writing that gives the sensation of shopping and cooking in Rome. It also includes excellent photographs by Aubrie Pick. 
    The chapter called Weeknights is a gold mine of fast dinner
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  • Montreal house prices rose for fourth consecutive month in July: index

    The resale price of residential properties in Montreal rose for the 17th time in 19 months in July, according to an index that tracks property-price changes.
    The Teranet–National Bank House Price Index was up 1.28 per cent from June to July, suggesting an equivalent increase in prices.
    It was up 4.01 per cent from July 2017.
    The index was 171.41 for Montreal, suggesting that house prices in the region have risen 71.41 per cent since its June 2005 base.
    It is calculated by co
  • Montreal's DavidsTea to be sold in grocery stores, signs deal with Loblaw Companies

    DavidsTea Inc. has signed a deal that will see its tea sachets for sale at grocery stores across Canada.
    The company has inked an agreement with Loblaw Companies Ltd. that will see several of the grocer’s banners carry the tea.
    DavidsTea packs are expected to be available in a range of Loblaw banners including: Loblaws, Independent, Zehrs, Valu-Mart, Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, Provigo and Fortinos.
    The new deal follows a shareholder revolt led by co-founder Herschel Segal to replace th
  • Quebec elections: CAQ promises the return of a flat rate for daycare

    QUEBEC — The Coalition Avenir Québec has made a first major electoral promise: the return of a flat rate for daycare.
    If elected Oct. 1, the CAQ says it will turn back the clock and impose a flat $8.05 a day fee for subsidized daycare.
    In the 2014 election campaign, the Liberals promised not to touch the popular flat-rate system created by the Parti Québécois. Initially Quebecers were paying $7 a day.
    But the Liberals broke that promise and started to charge a higher r
  • Granby music fest head suspended for alleged "inappropriate behaviour"

    The general and artistic director of the Festival international de la chanson de Granby, Pierre Fortier, has been suspended due to allegations of “inappropriate comments and behaviour in the workplace.”
    According to a statement issued by the festival on Monday, an external human resources firm will investigate a complaint made against Fortin, who has offered his “full and complete co-operation.”
    Fortin is suspended with pay until the end of the investigatio
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  • Allison Hanes: Bernier drums up fear for the sake of fear

    Maybe the heat got to Maxime Bernier Sunday night.
    The Conservative MP from the Beauce region of Quebec, who is known for courting controversy, fired off a six-part Twitter tirade over the dangers of Canada’s growing diversity. While gamely acknowledging there is much to celebrate, he nevertheless went on to wonder why we don’t put the accent on our own traditions and culture, lambaste newcomers who refuse to integrate or isolate themselves in “ghettos,” call multicultura
  • While you were sleeping: A lost snake and a very awkward Staples visit

    Pregnant North Carolina woman mistaken for shoplifter at Staples
    A manager at an office supply store in North Carolina has been fired after a pregnant woman shopping there was confronted about what she was concealing beneath her shirt: “Twins,” she said.
    Sherell Bates tells WSOC-TV she was paying for back-to-school supplies Friday when a police officer had her step aside and explain what was under her shirt.
    Bates says she responded that she’s 34 weeks pregnant with a boy and a
  • Briana Tomkinson: The pleasures and perils of backyard pools

    The first time I flew over Quebec, I remember looking out the airplane window and noticing something very odd. We were flying over a suburban area (I don’t remember which, but it very well could have been Vaudreuil-Dorion) when I realized that almost every tiny house had a little blue dot behind it — a backyard pool. I spied a larger blue rectangle, the local community pool, and all but one of the houses surrounding it had their own little circle of blue.
    It seemed odd for a few reas
  • Quebec teens not allowed back at school after sharing explicit photos 

    A private high school near Quebec City has decided to not reinstate six students targeted by a police investigation alleging they shared explicit photos of three female classmates.
    Management at the Séminaire des Pères Maristes says the school made the decision since it was the only way to ensure a calm return to classes in a few weeks.
    The decision only affects three boys, as three other families willingly took their children out of the school when the allegations first surfa
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  • Retro sign at the Île-Perrot Dairy Queen is an eye catcher

    For those of us of a certain age, the neon-lit retro Dairy Queen sign perched atop the ice cream stop in Île-Perrot brings back memories of slurping melting ice-cream cones with family and buddies while listening to Sam Cooke’s hit Twistin’ the Night Away on the radio of the family’s Chevrolet Impala.
    The DQ along Highway 20 first opened in Île-Perrot in 1962. Jean-François Piché’s father bought the shop in 1982 and now Piché Jr. runs the
  • Montreal-specific Facebook groups you didn’t know you needed

    There’s a lot of noise on social media and it can be hard to cut through the drama and memes to find something truly useful. (We know memes are generally useful, but play along for now, please.)
    Whether you join them for amusement or practicality, here are a few Montreal-specific Facebook groups you should join.
    The Spotted MTL page (unlike for a group, anyone can comment but not everyone can post) is a catch-all for missing bikes, travel recommendations and images of interesting (
  • Lachine launches alleyway beautification program

    Once upon a time, neighbourhood alleys were gathering places where children played — the spot where games of hide-and-seek were launched and spontaneous sprints or games of jacks took place.
    Alleys are a thing of the past in new developments and in older neighbourhoods where they still exist, they have fallen silent.
    Lachine has launched a program that could turn that reality on its ear.
    Mayor Maja Vodanovic said the majority of the borough’s 84 alleys are empty and unused and that t
  • Mohawk chief suspects arson in Kanesatake youth-centre fire

    Ever since the Kanesatake youth centre burned down in July, a question has been gnawing at Serge Simon.
    Was it an electrical fire that laid waste to the building or did someone torch it to cover up a robbery?
    Oka’s fire chief — who arrived on site as 20-foot flames engulfed the centre on the night of July 8 — says the blaze was electrical. The city’s mayor, Pascal Quevillon, agrees with that assessment.
    But sources say the Sûreté du Québec and the band
  • Richard Burnett: How my mom saved gay Pride in Mauritius

    My mother, Liliane Laventure Burnett, has always been a fierce supporter of LGBTQ rights. A British Empire glamour girl who emigrated to Canada aboard the Cunard ocean liner RMS Carinthia, she is as unsinkable as Molly Brown, and she always stood up for her gay friends.
    So it was no surprise to me that Diamond Lil, as she is affectionately known, played a key role in fighting back when death threats from religious extremists in Mauritius threatened to shut down that African country’s Pride
  • Montreal weather: Hot and humid

    A mix of sun and clouds, and expect some showers in the afternoon.
    Environment Canada predicts a high of 30 Celsius, a Humidex of 37 and a UV index of 8 or very high.
    Tonight: Cloudy periods with a 40 per cent chance of showers, and expect an overnight low of 21 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’s photo was posted on I
  • Pierrefonds-Roxboro launches slow-down campaign

    A recurring citizen complaint voiced during municipal council meetings throughout the West Island is speeding on residential streets.
    Municipalities have commissioned traffic studies, alerted police and have tried traffic-calming measures including the installation of speed bumps and reducing speed limits, yet the problem persists.
    Pierrefonds-Roxboro is the latest jurisdiction to launch a slow-down campaign which invites the participation of residents.
    The borough is distributing signs featurin
  • In case you missed it, here's what happened in Montreal on Aug. 13

    A look at the day’s events in and around Montreal:
    Vanier College implements campus-wide smoking ban
    Montreal’s Vanier College has banned smoking “of any kind and of all substances” on the entirety of its campus.
    The English-language CEGEP, based in St-Laurent, announced the campus-wide ban is in effect as of Monday, asking anyone wishing to smoke to leave the school’s grounds to do so. Ashtrays have been installed around its perimeter, the school said.
    The ban
  • Call for new cricket facilities in Côte-des-Neiges

    A city councillor in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is calling for his borough to do more to accommodate the sport of cricket.
    “Over the years, we’ve had demographic change in Côte-des-Neiges and a new population, largely South Asian, is moving in and cricket is a large sport within their communities, a lot of people play it, but there’s no formal partnership between the borough and the various cricket clubs,” said Marvin Rotrand, who rep
  • A first for Canada: Concordia launches Genome Foundry

    Concordia University celebrated a Canadian first Monday with the launch of its Genome Foundry, a laboratory that allows researchers to break down and study genomes, or a complete set of genes, faster and more efficiently than ever before.
    The new facility, located on the university’s Loyola campus in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, speeds up their work by “multiple orders of magnitude,” said Vincent Martin, researcher and co-director of Concordia’s Centre for Applied Synt
  • Trump’s tweets on Trudeau ’childish and need to stop’: Connecticut governor

    STOWE, Vt. — The divisions between United States governors regarding President Donald Trump’s approach to NAFTA negotiations were on display Monday at a mountain resort in Vermont during the annual conference of the leaders of eastern provinces and New England states.
    Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said the “ups and downs” of the ongoing NAFTA talks are normal and what’s important is that a deal is reached that will make all sides stronger.
  • Allison Hanes: Bernier's tweets drum up fear for the sake of fear

    Maybe the heat got to Maxime Bernier Sunday night.
    The Conservative MP from the Beauce region of Quebec, who is known for courting controversy, fired off a six-part Twitter tirade over the dangers of Canada’s growing diversity. While gamely acknowledging there is much to celebrate, he nevertheless went on to wonder why we don’t put the accent on our own traditions and culture, lambaste newcomers who refuse to integrate or isolate themselves in “ghettos, ” call multicultur
  • Safe and sound: Missing Shawinigan boy found

    A seven-year-old boy who was reported missing in Shawinigan has been found, the Sûreté du Québec said.
    The child was reported missing late on Monday afternoon.
    Police said he went to a beach with some friends, where he was found healthy and safe.
  • Watch: Why is Quebec’s election campaign kicking off early?

    Official campaigning for Quebec’s 42nd general election will kick off on Aug. 23, 2018.
    If that feels like a relatively long time before the Oct. 1 vote, that’s because it is.
    Liberal strategists hope an extended campaign will help them catch up to the Coalition Avenir Québec, which currently leads in the polls. The idea is that a longer campaign could give the CAQ and its leader François Legault more time to trip.
    Such political machinations are possible because while
  • No NAFTA deal without Canada: Quebec chief negotiator

    STOWE, Vt. — The Trump administration doesn’t have the legal authority to side-swipe Canada and sign a bilateral trade deal with Mexico, Quebec’s chief NAFTA negotiator said Monday.
    Raymond Bachand, an ex-Quebec finance minister, said “there is no worry whatsoever” the current one-on-one talks between the United States and Mexico will end in a trade deal signed without Canada.
    Bilateral NAFTA negotiations between the two countries have been building momentum in rece
  • Man behind longest Amber Alert in Quebec history back in court

    The man behind the longest Amber Alert in Quebec’s history was back at the St-Jérôme courthouse Monday for his preliminary inquiry.
    The man is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his former partner and second-degree murder in the death of Yvon Lacasse, a 71-year-old man whose car the accused is believed to have used while on the run.
    Following a nearly 24-hour manhunt, the man was arrested in an eastern Ontario town on Sept. 15, 2017 in the presence of a six-year-
  • Lise Ravary: Confessions of a federalist Quebec nationalist

    During Meech Lake, I was living in Calgary. I don’t know if watching the debacle from afar was more painful than living through it in Quebec, but never did I come closer to giving up on Canada. Something astonishing.
    My family, dyed-in-the-wool federal and provincial Liberals, supported Lester B. Pearson in Ottawa and Jean Lesage, the premier who oversaw the Quiet Revolution, in Quebec. I must have been the only francophone who did not flirt with sovereignty during adolescence.
    It must be
  • What the Puck: Here are a few ideas to lift the Habs from the gutter

    After 25 years of underachieving, maybe the time has to come to radically change the way the Montreal Canadiens are managed.
    Given that I and most other fans are not keen to match the Toronto Maple Leafs’ stunning record of 50 years of failure, I’ve decided to make a few modest proposals that would help pull this once-storied franchise out of the gutter.
    The most important thing is that Habs executives must learn to live in the present and not in the past. You might think the idea to

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