• Hydro-Québec s’excuse de ne pas l’avoir branché

    Hydro-Québec s’excuse et branchera finalement un entrepreneur des Laurentides qui a dû se battre pendant trois mois pour obtenir l’électricité.
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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.
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  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
    SAQ stores reopen, but more strike days planned if negotiations stallSAQ workers walk off the job on Day 1 of six possible strike daysSAQ workers turn wine labels around as p
  • 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.

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