• [PHOTOS] Incendie dans les résidences du Cégep de Gaspé

    Un incendie fait rage présentement aux résidences du Cégep de Gaspé. Les étudiants ont été évacués et au moins un élève a été transporté à l’hôpital.
  • Health Minister Danielle McCann says she misspoke on cuts

    Quebec Health Minister Danielle McCann said on Tuesday there will be no cuts to the province’s health care budget — the opposite of what she said during an interview Friday, making a mess of her first media foray as a cabinet minister.
    Speaking to CBC television Friday, McCann — in charge of Quebec’s largest ministry — said the government would be cutting costs in the health sector, but not in “services to patients.”
    “I’m not talking about cu
  • Former La Presse cartoonist Jean-Pierre Girerd dies at 87

    Quebec cartoonist Jean-Pierre Girerd, whose work was featured for nearly three decades in the print editions of La Presse, died of cancer last Wednesday at the age of 87, La Presse Plus reported on Tuesday.
    From his hiring in 1968 until his retirement in 1996, the artist who signed his work simply “Girerd” produced nearly 15,000 cartoons, many of them focusing on Quebec’s political class.
    Girerd had a simple style coupled with a speedy pen. Over the course of his career the Alg
  • Aparté legal clinic will help sexual assault victims in entertainment jobs

    Juripop, a Montreal legal clinic, has created a resource centre for victims of sexual harassment in Quebec’s entertainment industry.
    In a statement issued Tuesday, the organization said the service will be called l’Aparté and focus on those working in the province’s cultural milieu.
    The service has already been called by 20 persons — two-thirds of them female — and l’Aparte’s website has already received 400 visits and recorded a series of complai
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  • Senneville adopts condo zoning amendments

    The battle is back on.
    Senneville council has adopted the zoning amendments required to allow the construction of the proposed Boisé Pearson condominium project and those opposed to the 68-unit build are poised to request a register. Again.
    During an information session last week, the details of the proposed project were revisited, the zoning amendments detailed and the register/referendum procedure explained. The amendments were adopted Monday.
    At least 12 signatures are required to succ
  • Cannabis sales plummet in Quebec as supply crunch continues

    Sales of legal cannabis online and in government outlets have traced a downward slide since legalization went into effect last Wednesday.
    According to figures covering Wednesday to Sunday and made public Monday by the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC), online purchases dropped from 30,000 on Wednesday to just 2,910 on Sunday.
    The drop in transactions in sales outlets, while less drastic, was nonetheless evident, with sales on Wednesday standing at 12,500, spiking
  • While you were sleeping: Putin’s former bodyguard won’t debate, prefers to duel

    Here are a few things you might have missed while you were sleeping.
    It’s a pretty wide stopgap: The Canadian Coast Guard says three “interim” icebreakers that were recently purchased without a competition will be used for the next 15 to 20 years. Coast Guard officials revealed the timeframe in interviews with The Canadian Press while playing down concerns about the state of their aging fleet — and the challenges in building replacements. The government in August agreed t
  • Thieves broke through a wall to steal guns from a sports store in Sherbrooke

    An overnight burglary Tuesday in a Sherbrooke sporting goods store saw thieves break through a wall and make off with a haul of handguns so quickly they were gone before police arrived just minutes after the alarm sounded.
    Sherbrooke police say the incident occurred at the Lachance Chasse et Pêche store on King St. E.
    Once inside the thieves made a bee line for the handguns and scooped up several before making their escape. Investigators suspect the burglars knew exactly where to look
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  • Lit firebombs found under two Montreal police cars

    Two firebombs — their fuses lit — were found Monday under a pair of Montreal police squad cars parked in an east end lot used by the force.
    The Molotov cocktails — bottles of gasoline that use a rag as a fuse — did not cause any damage to the vehicles and no one was injured in the incident.
    The first firebomb was discovered by an officer who had just entered the lot. When other officers arrived at the scene to investigate, a second firebomb was under another squad car.
  • Police ID one of two bodies found in burned out car in Trois-Rivières

    Provincial police have identified one of two bodies found Oct. 10 in a burned-out car in the area of Trois-Rivières.
    Steve Lamy, 50, was one of the victims, said Claude Denis of the Sûreté du Québec.
    The Trois-Rivières resident was listed as missing on Oct. 8.
    Police are continuing the process of trying to identify the second victim, a task that must be confirmed by a coroner. Denis said it remains unclear whether the victim is male or female.
    The discovery of t
  • Highway 40 to close in both directions in West Island

    Drivers can expect more traffic headaches while infrastructure work is being done for the new Réseau express métropolitain.
    Highway 40 will be closed between the Highway 13 (exit 60) and St-Jean  Blvd. (exit 52) in both directions, including the service roads, from 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, till 5 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. Closure of the service lanes begins as of 3 p.m. Saturday.
    However, local traffic for stores and businesses in the area around
  • French schools are overcrowded, but these mobile classrooms might help

    Patrice Bouchard’s company has been making portable classrooms for Montreal’s overcrowded French schools for years, but this year has been his busiest ever — by far.
    “The increase has been enormous — it has been a record year that we could never have imagined,” said Bouchard, president of Solution Modulaire Scolaire.
    This school year, the company installed 107 prefabricated classrooms across Quebec. In 2017, his company had 40 mobile classrooms in French publi
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  • Montreal weather: Grey and possibly wet

    Another grey day in the forecast.
    Environment Canada predicts it will be cloudy with a 60-per-cent chance of showers. Wind northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 8. UV index 1 or low.
    Tonight: Mainly cloudy, with a 40-per-cent chance of showers in the evening. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light overnight. Low plus 2.
    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 i
  • A grieving family lauds 'devotion, compassion' at Jewish General

    Dalia Giorgi lost her mother four weeks ago to leukemia and her grief is fresh and raw. But bereft as he is, she is also profoundly grateful to everyone at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital who looked after her mother throughout her illness — in particular when she was an inpatient during the final five weeks of her life. And she wants them to know.
    “I have no words to describe the level of devotion and compassion they all showed us,” she said. “It was such a hard
  • Opposition to proposed condo project in Senneville holds its course

    The battle is back on.
    Senneville council is poised to adopt the zoning amendments required to allow the construction of the proposed Boisé Pearson condominium project and those opposed to the 68-unit build are poised to request a register. Again.
    During an information session last week, the details of the proposed project were revisited, the zoning amendments detailed and the register/referendum procedure explained.
    At least 12 signatures are required to successfully launch a register. A
  • NOVA Hudson fundraiser to go ahead in wake of devastating fire

    The storage facility for La Boutique NOVA in Hudson was gutted by a fire in the wee hours of Saturday morning. The storage building shares a wall with the Main Rd. boutique which sells gently-used clothes to help fund the many health and wellness NOVA outreach programs.
    Sûreté du Québec confirmed that firefighters were called to the scene at 3:20 a.m. The fire is considered suspicious in nature and an investigation has been launched. An empty gasoline container was found near
  • Horror classic Frankenstein screens Oct. 26 at Dorval Library

    To mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror novel Frankenstein, the Dorval Library will be screening the movie Frankenstein on Friday.
    “Fans won’t want to miss this 1931 classic film starring the inimitable Boris Karloff that established the famous monster’s iconic look and made him an unmistakable touchstone of modern popular culture,” the city’s cultural department said in a statement.
    The library screening is from 7 to 9 p.m.
    Admission is
  • From the archives: History is closing up shop as Spectrum shuts down

    This story was originally published on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007.
    Spectrum 1982-2007: History is closing up shop tomorrow
    “It’s an institution.” Talk to anyone for more than a few minutes about the closing of the Spectrum and, like magic, those words pop up.
    If the Spectrum were a person, we’d call it a pillar of our society. As a 1,200-capacity concert venue with a 25-year history (in its current and final incarnation, at least), it is the
  • Town of Mount Royal passes resolution requesting changes to REM light-rail plan

    Concerned about the negative effects of an additional 500 trains a day passing through their garden community with the coming of the new REM light-rail train system, the Town of Mount Royal passed a resolution Monday night requesting the developers change their plans to accommodate citizens’ requests.
    Residents, who at present are used to 62 trains a day passing through their town, have started to protest the proposed project now that they realize it will mean roughly 550 trains a day will
  • Families decry 'secretive' investigations into Quebec police shootings

    Tracy Wing will never see her only son again.
    Whether it is setting one less place at the dinner table or riding with one fewer passenger in the family car, that reality manifests itself through the void left in Riley Fairlholm’s place.
    “It was always the three of us in the car, Riley, his sister and me,” said Wing. “I used to say I’m like the baloney in our little sandwich. Well, now we’re missing a piece of that … It takes awhile to sink in
  • Petition demands Jean-Talon Market parking be brought back

    A merchant at Jean-Talon Market has raised 15,000 signatures asking the city to restore car access and 10 parking spots that were removed when the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough renovated part of the market this summer.
    Lino Birri arrived at the monthly city council meeting Monday night with a green shopping bag filled with the signatures. Under the “right of initiative” provided for in the city’s charter, a citizen may force public consultations by submitting 15,000 si
  • #ICYMI: Cannabis packaging, Mount Royal Tunnel, more news

    In Case You Missed It (#ICYMI) is a daily feature highlighting news in and around Montreal.
    No joke: 38 grams of packaging for one gram of weed.
    No wonder some cannabis buyers are complaining the bulky packaging is environmentally unfriendly.
    But producers say government guidelines are to blame.
    Read more here: Customers raise concerns over ‘excessive’ legal cannabis packaging
    And T’Cha Dunlevy files this report: Legal cannabis in Quebec: Making sense of the
  • Watch: Clement suggests sanctioning individuals in Khashoggi's death

    Conservative justice critic Tony Clement says Canada could use the Magnitsky Act after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Under the law, the government can freeze Canadian assets of foreign individuals who violate human rights.
  • Canadiens Notebook: Lots of new faces in latest Habs team photo

    The Canadiens will soon be getting a new team photo outside their locker room at the Bell Centre and there will be a lot of new faces in it.
    The Canadiens held a rare practice at the Bell Centre Monday morning instead of in Brossard because it was team photo day. A second team photo is normally taken after the NHL trade deadline later in the season.
    The large team photo outside the Canadiens’ locker room now is the second one from last season with 29 players in it. Ten of them will be gone
  • Missing gibbon found in Mascouche five months after alleged theft from Ontario zoo

    SPRINGWATER, Ont. — Police say a gibbon that was allegedly stolen from an Ontario zoo five months ago has been found in a home in Quebec.
    Ontario Provincial Police say the small ape was recovered by officers in Mascouche on Thursday.
    The animal, named Agnes, was allegedly stolen from the Elmvale Jungle Zoo at the end of May, along with J.C. the lemur and a tortoise named Stanley.
    Investigators say the lemur was found in June along the side of a road in a rural area north of Montreal.
    The t
  • Canadiens' Jesperi Kotkaniemi showing he can play with the big boys

    The Canadiens, who are off to a 4-1-2 start, have three games this week with the Calgary Flames visiting the Bell Centre Tuesday night (7:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio), followed by road games Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres and Saturday night against the Boston Bruins.
    If Canadiens rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi plays in all three games, he will reach the 10-game mark and his NHL entry-level contract will automatically kick in. The Canadiens will have a decision to make after Kotkaniem
  • Legal cannabis in Quebec: Making sense of the labels

    There are more than 110 products at the Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC) — though several are already out of stock — and that number is expected to rise to 180 in the coming months.
    Understanding what you’re buying can be a task unto itself. The SQDC has tried to simplify the task with an array of information available on its labels. Explanations of how to decipher that information are available on the SQDC website. But it can still be, or at le
  • Virtually unchanged since 1918, Mount Royal Tunnel set for a makeover

    Surrounded by jagged limestone, with electric cables on the wall, train tracks underfoot, and under the hue of orange lights, the Mount Royal Tunnel is warmer than you might expect.
    About one kilometre north of Central Station, roughly underneath McGill University’s Roddick Gates, two separate tunnels of train tracks merge into one, and you can see a speck of daylight that is the Canora Station in Town of Mount Royal roughly four kilometres away.
    Reporters got a tour of the tunnel on Sunda
  • Allison Hanes: Pink Line price tag isn't the only consideration

    Mayor Valérie Plante knows she doesn’t have to convince most Montrealers on the merits of a new Pink Line of the métro, a campaign promise which some considered pie in the sky, but which nevertheless helped propel her into office almost a year ago.
    Those who are crammed in like sardines on the Orange Line or, worse, left behind on the platform at rush hour; those who face more than an hour transferring between buses and métros to get downtown from Montreal North; those
  • Watch: Lise Payette remembered for her contribution to Quebec

    Mourners gathered in Montreal on Saturday to remember Quebec feminist, author, journalist, politician and TV personality Lise Payette, who died last month at the age of 87. Premier François Legault recognized her contribution to gender equality.

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