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Mental health a big factor in pro hockey

montrealgazette.com — He'd separated his shoulder playing for the Clarkson University hockey team and felt he was expected to play through the pain. So he was equipped with a brace and a bottle of oxycodone - a drug nicknamed "hillbilly heroin" for its powerful and addictive properties.

Man who once plotted to kidnap Mafia leader awaiting is denied parole

montrealgazette.com — A man currently serving a 45-year sentence for a string of crimes, including a brazen plot to kidnap and possibly murder a Mafia leader, was turned for a release on parole on Friday. Christian Deschênes, 58, learned the news Friday morning following a parole hearing held the day before.
Jan 30, 2015

Parole nixed for #Montreal gangster Christian Deschênes who plotted kidnap of Rizzuto Mafia boss: bit.ly/1tFxANy by @PCherryReporter

Jan 30, 2015

Christian Deschenes, a former associate of Vito Rizzuto, is denied parole. Serving 45-year sentence for kidnap plot. montrealgazette.com/news/local-new…

Hydro-Québec boss Thierry Vandal steps down

montrealgazette.com — The head of Hydro-Québec, Thierry Vandal, is stepping down. Vandal, who has been the president and Chief Executive Officer of the electrical utility since 2005, told the chair of Hydro's board, Michael Penner, on Friday that he will leave May 1.

Impact counting on designated-player Ignacio Piatti

montrealgazette.com — Not too good for Major League Soccer, but arguably a notch above the talent surrounding him on the last-place team. When he arrived in mid-August, the Impact was in the throes of a seven-game losing streak. He made his debut against Chicago three days later.

Former FTQ head Jocelyn Dupuis sentenced to 12 months in prison

montrealgazette.com — No sooner had the former head of Quebec's biggest construction union been sent off to jail Friday for 12 months for defrauding his organization than his lawyer headed to the appeal court. Jean-Daniel Debkoski was also going to ask that his client, Jocelyn Dupuis, who was found guilty in September of defrauding the Quebec Federation of Labour through inflated expense reports, be released on bail pending an appeal.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @mtlgazette: Former FTQ head Jocelyn Dupuis sentenced to 12 months in prison bit.ly/1HtlhKA

The Story So Far - Tories table anti-terror bill

montrealgazette.com — Hello and welcome to The Story So Far for Friday, Jan. 30. Click on the audio player below to hear the rundown on some of the stories we're following for you today. And remember, you can listen to all of our podcasts here and follow us on Facebook for the latest from montrealgazette.com.
Jan 30, 2015

Tories table anti-terror bill. Listen to The Story So Far at bit.ly/1uJOJ3T #montreal #quebec #polcan

Don Macpherson: Charbonneau construction inquiry should get extension for its report

montrealgazette.com — Really, Judge Charbonneau? Did the dog eat your report? Is that why you need more time to hand it in? It's understandable why some people are exasperated at the request by the construction inquiry commission headed by Judge France Charbonneau for a second extension to its mandate.

If not for football, Tom Brady could have been a catcher with the Expos

montrealgazette.com — The Expos selected Brady, who was a left-handed hitting catcher from Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif, in the 18th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball draft. That's the same high school that produced future major-leaguers Barry Bonds and Gregg Jefferies.
Jan 30, 2015

The year after the #Expos had the best team in baseball they drafted a catcher named Tom Brady who was also a QB: montrealgazette.com/sports/stu-on-…

Watchwords: Obviously, your linguistic pet peeves include clichés

montrealgazette.com — The verbal floodgates have remained open: again this week, Watchwords will be devoted to your pet peeves. What better way to begin than with Johanne Alton MacNab, who wrote in to say: "One of my biggest pet peeves is the actual phrase 'pet peeve.'

Montreal this morning: From -9C this afternoon to wind chill of -28C tonight

montrealgazette.com — Don't be fooled by the temperature this morning, Montreal. Environment Canada predicts periods of snow - about two to four centimetres of it - and local blowing snow ending late in the afternoon. All that with northwesterly winds gusting in your face up to 50 km/h this morning.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @mtlgazette: We'll see a big drop in temperature today. Latest on weather, traffic + current affairs here: wp.me/p4Uzqt-1XD1 pic.twitter.com/D7d9OsKh8Y

Jan 30, 2015

We'll see a big drop in temperature today. Latest on weather, traffic + current affairs here: wp.me/p4Uzqt-1XD1 pic.twitter.com/etST39AvVH

Capitals vs. Canadiens preview: Habs going for fifth straight win

montrealgazette.com — Saturday at the Bell Centre, 1 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN Radio 690 Price leads the way: The Canadiens have a four-game winning streak thanks to goalie Carey Price, who has allowed only seven goals during that span and is coming off a 1-0 shutout win in New York Thursday night against the Rangers.
Jan 30, 2015

Capitals vs. Canadiens preview: Habs going for fifth straight win montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/…

Gazette Midday: Harper to unveil new anti-terror measures

montrealgazette.com — Hello and welcome to montrealgazette.com and welcome to Midday. Here's the rundown on some of the stories we're following for you today. Sources say new powers for CSIS are coming, as well as arrests for those "promoting" terrorism. The Conservative government is tabling their new anti-terrorism bill Friday in the House of Commons.
Jan 30, 2015

Harper to unveil anti-terror measures. Check out The #Montreal Gazette Midday at bit.ly/1BzCv0i #quebec #polcan #polqc

Saudi blogger spared flogging for at least another week: Amnesty (with video)

montrealgazette.com — Amnesty International says today's scheduled flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was postponed. Badawi is serving 10 years in prison and has also been sentenced to 1,000 lashes for a blog criticizing Saudi Arabia's clerics. The first 50 lashes were delivered three weeks ago and he was expected to receive 50 more every week for the following 19 weeks.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @mtlgazette: Saudi blogger spared flogging for at least another week: Amnesty (with video) bit.ly/1Hrw0oV

Bank employees tied up during robbery in Côte-des-Neiges

montrealgazette.com — Three bank employees were tied up by armed intruders late Thursday, as they were putting away money. The incident occurred at the Royal Bank on Van Horne Ave. near Victoria Ave. about 10:50 p.m. The robbers surprised the building's janitor, and tied him up.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @mtlgazette: Bank employees tied up during robbery in Côte-des-Neiges bit.ly/1Hqumnq

The Story So Far: Quebec politicians worried by controversial imam

montrealgazette.com — Hello and welcome to The Story So Far for Friday, Jan. 30. Click on the audio player below to hear the rundown on some of the stories we're following for you today. And remember, you can listen to all of our podcasts here and follow us on Facebook for the latest from montrealgazette.com.
Jan 30, 2015

#Quebec politicians worried by controversial imam. Listen to The Story So Far at bit.ly/1DmYoTd #montreal #polmtl #polqc

‘Smart city’ plan encompasses Internet, citizen participation, open data

montrealgazette.com — Montreal wants to be one of the world's smartest cities, and it will start by offering free public Internet, encouraging citizen involvement, and improving services on the Web. The city unveiled the broad strokes for its three-year plan to bring it up to speed with high-tech, efficient cities like Boston, Chicago, Stockholm and Lyon.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @andyriga: If you need workshops to show people how to use the app... the app wasn't a success. #infoneige ow.ly/IaPXO

Jan 29, 2015

If you need workshops to show people how to use the app... the app wasn't a success. #infoneige ow.ly/IaPXO

Jan 29, 2015

Story on today’s smart city announcement for Montreal: bit.ly/1wFa4LE

Graffiti removal company wiping out hate in Montreal

montrealgazette.com — It all started with a four-foot swastika. Scrawled with spray paint on the side of a building on Monkland Ave., the Nazi symbol hit Corey Fleischer "right in my face" as he was stopped at a red light near Decarie St. Almost immediately, he decided it needed to go.

Plan for community centre by controversial Imam raises concern

montrealgazette.com — A controversial imam who preaches that democracy and Islam are incompatible should think twice before trying to set up an Islamic youth centre in Montreal, politicians warn. "I am against all forms of radicalism," Mayor Denis Coderre said in response to news reports that Hamza Chaoui wants to open the Ashabeb community centre in Montreal's Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough next month.

Filmmaker Nicolas Paquet and Dëneze Nakehk’o talk about the film Ceux comme la terre

montrealgazette.com — Sitting over coffees at a St-Laurent Blvd. café, Nicolas Paquet, Dëneze Nakehk'o and I are all in agreement that there's only so much information you can stuff into a 90-second news clip on radio or TV. The topic came up as we discussed director Paquet's fascinating new feature documentary Ceux comme la terre (Living Like the Land), which opens at Cinéma Excentris Friday, Jan.
Jan 30, 2015

Filmmaker Nicolas Paquet and Dëneze Nakahk'o talk about Paquet's documentary Ceux comme la terre, a look at the Dene. montrealgazette.com/entertainment/…

Jan 29, 2015

Up close with the Dene in the fascinating documentary Ceux comme la terre. Here's my column on the film. montrealgazette.com/entertainment/…