• 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 $.
  • Review: Phil Collins has the best seat in the house at the Bell Centre

    For all the criticisms of glibness and superficiality Phil Collins has weathered, it would be difficult to conceive of a more honest entrance than the one he made at the Bell Centre Tuesday.
    The lights went down, Collins walked out. Slowly. With a cane. To a chair, from which he explained he would be seated for most of the show, because “I had a back operation and my foot is f—ed. But we will have some fun.”
    Perhaps he was simply managing expectations, defusing any complaints b
  • Cannabis: New era begins in Canada as prohibition officially ends

    It’s here.
    Today’s the day 95 years of cannabis prohibition finally comes to an end in Canada.
    Starting today, adults will be able to buy recreational cannabis in Quebec in government-run outlets called the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC). Beginning at 10 a.m., customers over the age of 18 will be able to walk into SQDC outlets and choose from approximately 110 products. That number is expected to rise to 180 as the SQDC gets up to speed in
  • Cannabis: Here's what you need to know about buying it legally in Quebec

    Cannabis is now legal in Canada.
    Twelve government-run Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC) stores selling approximately 110 products (and up to 180 in the coming weeks) will open in Quebec on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Online sales begin at the same time at www.sqdc.ca
    Here’s what you need to know:
    You have to be 18 years old to buy cannabis. Identification will be required of anyone who looks younger than 25 upon entering any SQDC outlet. Online sales require confi
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  • Montreal signals bagel makers that clock is ticking on wood burning

    After cracking down on residential wood burning, the city of Montreal is turning its attention to bagel makers and other commercial operations that cook food over wood fires.
    Jean-François Parenteau, the city of Montreal’s executive committee member responsible for environmental issues, says the era of the city tolerating harmful air pollution from commercial enterprises — even beloved ones like bagel factories and Portuguese grilled chicken restaurants — is coming to an
  • #ICYMI: Cannabis Eve, MUHC blackout, more news

    In Case You Missed It (#ICYMI) is a daily feature highlighting news in and around Montreal.
    “It feels like Christmas Eve.”
    That thought was echoed by many on Tuesday in social media settings like Twitter.
    The excitement, of course, is about what will happen at the stroke of midnight: 95 years of recreational cannabis prohibition will be coming to an end in Canada.
    On Wednesday, Canadian adults will be able to buy pot legally.
    In Montreal on Tuesday, the Société qu&
  • Legault tells his CAQ caucus to stay humble, represent all Quebecers

    QUEBEC — It really was one of those ‘just pinch me’ moments.
    François Legault looked out over the sea of newly sworn-in Coalition Avenir Québec MNAs gathered in the historic red room of the legislature Tuesday and paused for thought.
    “You know, when we launched the CAQ almost seven years ago, I let slip a few words that are often quoted when I said, ‘We’ll see.’
    “Well, today, seeing is believing.”
    “I was listening to the n
  • MUHC superhospital hit by third blackout since June

    The Glen site of the McGill University Health Centre was hit with another blackout on Tuesday morning, resulting in problems with the ventilation system at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
    It was third blackout to hit the Glen site in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce since June, and the second since the head of the MUHC launched an investigation into power problems at the $1.3-billion superhospital.
    “Shortly after 9:30 this morning, the power supply at the Glen site was cut off by Hydro-Qu
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  • Watch: Rick Mercer says the subject of pot bores him

    Comedian Rick Mercer says he hopes people stop discussing marijuana so much after it becomes legal in Canada on Wednesday. Mercer adds that he doesn’t know if it’s possible to be prepared for legalization.
  • Watch: Legal pot price must be competitive with black market: Blair

    The organized crime reduction minister says there is “consensus” that a competitive price for legal pot is key to undercutting illicit cannabis sales. Bill Blair spoke Tuesday, one day before cannabis becomes legal nationwide.
    Related
    Ottawa eyeing options to expedite pardons for minor pot convictions
  • Coach Claude Julien's new system working so far with Canadiens

    It turns out that an old coach can learn new tricks.
    There has never been any doubt that Claude Julien is a good man, but there was reason to start wondering if the 58-year-old was still a good coach when the Canadiens finished 28th in the overall NHL standings last season after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs the year before.
    But as the legendary Red Fisher used to always say — and write — when a team was struggling and the heat was on the coach: “Show me t
  • Obstetrician-gynecologist stripped of right to practice for 12 months

    The Quebec College of Physicians has revoked a South Shore obstetrician-gynecologist’s right to practice for 12 months after a disciplinary committee found he failed to immediately come to the aid of a woman who suffered a heart attack after he performed a Caesarean section.
    The disciplinary committee ruled that Dr. Maan Malouf violated the medical profession’s code of ethics by neglecting to “provide the medical follow-up required by the patient’s condition following his
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  • Stu Cowan: New-look Canadiens are at least fun to watch now

    They’re not the Flying Frenchman from the glory days and it’s only five games into the season, but man, these new-look Canadiens sure have been fun to watch so far.
    The Canadiens weren’t only bad last season when they finished 28th in the overall NHL standings, they were also brutally boring, getting shut out 12 times and scoring only once in 14 other games, ranking 29th in offence with an average of 2.52 goals per game.
    Despite being shut out once in their first five games thi
  • Is Nikita Scherbak's time with the Canadiens nearing an end?

    With Jacob de la Rose on his way to Laval, can Nikita Scherbak be far behind?
    The 23-year-old de la Rose was placed on waivers Tuesday and if he isn’t claimed by noon Wednesday he’ll be assigned to the AHL Rocket.
    The versatile Swede started the season on the injured reserve list after he suffered a “cardiac episode” before the season opener. He was cleared to resume practice last week, but with the Canadiens off to a good start, there was no room for him on the 23-man ro
  • Kramberger: West Islanders dump on dubious secularism proposals

    Some wondered why — and others even chastised — the West Island federalists who remained faithful to their Liberal voting patterns and didn’t show ex-separatist François Legault and his Coalition Avenir Québec candidates more support at the ballot box on Oct. 1.
    The CAQ formed a majority government based on the first-past-the-post results in individual ridings, while garnering just over 37 per cent of the popular vote.
    Putting Legault’s devotion to Quebec na
  • West Island Community Calendar for the week of Oct. 17

    Galleries and exhibitions
    Galerie de la ville, 12001 de Salaberry Blvd., in Dollard, presents an exhibition in various media exploring the subject of time by visual artists from the group Le Cercle 9. Begins Saturday and continues until Nov. 18. Vernissage on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 514-684-1012.
    The Dorval Artists Association presents their fall exhibition at the Peter B. Yeomans Cultural Centre, 1401 Lakeshore Dr. in Pointe-Claire. Continues until Oct. 28. Call 514-633-4170.
    The Kirkland
  • Former mayor Applebaum drops appeal, can't sell real estate

    Former Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum dropped his appeal of a decision that prevents him from selling real estate after his request to have the case postponed was denied on Tuesday.
    Applebaum was a real-estate agent before he became borough mayor of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and later Montreal’s interim mayor in 2012.
    He was arrested in 2013 and charged with accepting more than $55,000 in bribes related to Project Troie — a plan to build student residenc
  • Allison Hanes: Reimagining McGill College Ave. once more

    A shrill wind gusted down McGill College Ave. at the start of the lunch hour Tuesday, sending the usual throngs of pedestrians scurrying for cover.
    It was a rather inhospitable moment to be collecting the input of Montrealers on the future of this showpiece boulevard, but representatives of the Office de consultation publique de Montréal gamely battled the elements to proceed with the three days of input-seeking activities.
    It was a bit chilly for the portable sandbox set up to get partic
  • Montreal awaits audit of radicalization prevention centre

    The city of Montreal and the Quebec government have requested an audit of a Montreal-based centre for the prevention of radicalization, Mayor Valérie Plante revealed Tuesday.
    “The message I’m sending this morning is that we are not questioning the mission, but for sure, we want to make certain that the money is being well spent,” Plante said.
    The mayor added that her prime concern is that while Montreal is currently the only source of funding for the Centre for the
  • City awaiting audit of radicalization prevention centre: Mayor Plante

    The city of Montreal and the Quebec government have requested an audit of a Montreal-based centre for the prevention of radicalization, Mayor Valérie Plante revealed Tuesday.
    “The message I’m sending this morning is that we are not questioning the mission, but for sure, we want to make certain that the money is being well spent,” Plante said.
    The mayor added that her prime concern is that while Montreal is currently providing all the funding, the centre’s mand
  • Canadiens Notebook: Jacob de la Rose placed on waivers

    The Canadiens placed Jacob de la Rose on NHL waivers at noon Tuesday.
    Now it will be interesting to see if another NHL team claims the 6-foot-3, 216-pound forward over the next 24 hours.
    De la Rose has yet to play a game this season after suffering a “cardiac episode” after the Canadiens’ final pre-season game in Ottawa. De la Rose had resumed practising with the Canadiens, but wasn’t on the ice for Tuesday’s practice in Brossard ahead of the announcement he has bee
  • SQDC: First cannabis stores stocked, poised for grand opening Wednesday

    The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) offered members of the media a sneak peak at one of its 12 outlets Tuesday morning.
    Beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, customers over the age of 18 will be able to walk into any store and choose from approximately 110 cannabis products. That number is expected to rise to 180 as the organization gets up to speed in the coming weeks.
    Clients will also be able to order online, where they will be asked their age on the SQDC website,
  • Sexual predator who stalked women on Montreal transit may have other victims

    The sexual crimes unit of the Montreal police department has turned to the public in an effort to locate potential victims of 23-year-old Kevins Monette-Décosse who has already pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual assault after being arrested on Aug. 31.
    Between May and August of 2018, Monette-Décosse sexually assaulted six women, all of the attacks occurring on the métro or on city buses. However investigators say they have good reason to believe there were other victims
  • New course trains future municipal public safety officers

    A new municipal patrol training program is being offered at CÉGEP Gérald-Godin in Ste-Geneviève.
    The new urban safety intervention program will begin in November.
    The eight-month course, which leads to an attestation d’études collégiales (AEC), is aimed at training future municipal public safety officers.
    Alain Dupuis, supervisor of the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Municipal Patrol, has been working on the project for several years. Municipal Patrol Officers
  • 74 CAQ MNAs to be sworn into office as party slowly takes control

    QUEBEC — Tuesday is a big day for the Coalition Avenir Québec.
    Two weeks after sweeping the province in a general election, the 74 newly elected men and women are to be sworn in as MNAs.
    The ceremony will unfold at about 2 p.m. in the legislature. The individuals swear an oath to the Quebec people and Queen Elizabeth.
    It is to be followed by a speech by Premier-designate François Legault, who will note it is the first time in 50 years that Quebecers are getting a government t
  • Opinion: Quebec shouldn't raise age limit for cannabis

    I need someone to explain why Quebec is taking a hard stance on marijuana.
    Why are we raising the age limit on this stuff when anyone older than 14 already knows where to get it anyway? Why make the softest drug imaginable unavailable to the very generation that is most curious and uninformed about drugs? Why make it harder to get now that we finally have the right to know what we’re getting and where it came from? Why does our incoming premier want to send young people back into the stree
  • Opinion: Quebec should do all it can to resist onslaught of cannabis

    A devastating social hurricane is approaching Quebec and every community, from our southern cities to our northerly towns, is in its path. Legalizing recreational marijuana fundamentally changes our country for the worse. Big Marijuana is replacing Big Tobacco, and wants your family members and co-workers as lifelong customers.
    This is all thanks to our federal government, which saw fit to open the way for a massive pot industry and seems unwilling or unable to control the smoky genie emerg
  • Cannabis cats and dogs: Mandarin likes CBD and she's not the only pet

    “I felt like I was being a deviant parent,” says Heather Johnson, recalling the time she first added CBD or cannabidiol oil — a compound found in the cannabis plant — to her cat Mandarin’s treats.
    Mandarin, a rescue cat, licks her forelegs when she gets anxious. That tends to happen when Johnson leaves town, or when she has house guests. Two years ago, the licking got so bad that Mandarin developed bald spots. When changing the cat’s diet didn’t help, Jo
  • Nearly 4,700 still without power in Montreal as high winds buffet Quebec

    More than a few Montreal area residents woke up Tuesday morning to discover that some of their Halloween decorations — and perhaps, parts of their trees — were gone with wind.
    High winds overnight are being blamed for a series of power failures and damage across the province.
    As of 10 a.m., 74,000 Hydro-Québec clients — a designation that covers households and businesses — were without electricity, nearly 4,700 of them in the Montreal area and 7,800 in the Laurenti
  • GPS & sympathy: 79-year-old NOVA driver wins Governor General's Award

    Alphorns Evers’ volunteer work is never done. Case in point. A reporter was in the middle of asking a question about Evers being the recipient of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award when his phone beeped.
    “Could you hold on a minute please,” he said. “It’s a patient calling.”
    Back in interview mode, he explained that the 93-year-old caller had a question about her ride to an appointment in the days to come. Evers has been driving cancer pat

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