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L’Isle-Verte seniors’ resident night watchman ill-equipped to help if a fire broke out

montrealgazette.com — RIVIERE-DU-LOUP A coroner's inquest resumes Wednesday into the fire that killed 32 people at a seniors' home in eastern Quebec last January. The inquest sat for six days in November and heard from various people, including firefighters, eyewitnesses and senior citizens who lived at the Residence du Havre.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @peggylcurran: Can't help remembering standing ovation for owners at L'Isle-Verte funeral. @grayhamilton at the inquiry: montrealgazette.com/Isle+Verte+sen…

Dec 18, 2014

Can't help remembering standing ovation for owners at L'Isle-Verte funeral. @grayhamilton at the inquiry: montrealgazette.com/Isle+Verte+sen…

Dec 18, 2014

L'Isle-Verte seniors' resident night watchman ill-equipped to help if a fire broke out via @mtlgazette @grayhamilton montrealgazette.com/Isle+Verte+sen…

Police Ethics Committee lawyer paints grim picture of system failure

montrealgazette.com — All five police officers who handled the Maria Altagracia Dorval case were negligent, but the two detectives who failed to promptly follow up on her report of her husband's death threats are guilty of the most serious breaches of ethics, a lawyer for Quebec's Police Ethics Committee argued Wed...
Dec 18, 2014

Red flags everywhere. Police Ethics Committee lawyer paints grim picture of system failure via @mtlgazette montrealgazette.com/Police+Ethics+…

Montreal police department’s computer upgrade is 1,600% overbudget

montrealgazette.com — The Montreal Police Department's plan to modernize its computer system touted a budget of $1.65 million in 2001, but now it's forecast to reach $28.4 million by the time it's completed in 2016, the city's latest capital works program shows.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @mtlgazette: Montreal police department's computer upgrade is 1,600% overbudget bit.ly/1C1YfUS

Dec 17, 2014

RT @mtlgazette: Montreal police department's computer upgrade is 1,600% overbudget bit.ly/1C1YfUS

Emma Czornobaj, who caused fatal accident while helping ducks, to be sentenced Thursday

montrealgazette.com — A woman who caused a fatal traffic accident after stopping her car to help ducks on a busy highway is scheduled to be sentenced in Montreal this morning. A jury convicted Emma Czornobaj of two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @mtlgazette: Woman who caused fatal accident while helping ducks to be sentenced Thursday bit.ly/1AiSgf0

Montreal this morning: A busy day of high-profile cases at the courthouse

montrealgazette.com — The temperature roller-coaster we've been on this week still isn't over. Environment Canada predicts light snow ending early this afternoon with temperature hovering around zero. The air will dip to -7C tonight and the night will remain cloudy. Commute There doesn't seem to be anything unusual on the roads this morning.
Dec 18, 2014

December didn't slow down on the news cycle. Here's a glimpse at current affairs today. Bunch of high-profile cases: montrealgazette.com/news/local-new…

Veteran prosecutor to head police investigations bureau

montrealgazette.com — Madeleine Giauque, a veteran lawyer who has been prosecuting members of the Hells Angels for more than a decade, was named to the position on Wednesday and will formally begin her duties on Jan. 12. The office of independent investigations (Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes) will be in charge of conducting probes into incidents where police action results in the injury or death of a civilian.

KPH-Turcot consortium wins Turcot Interchange rebuilding contract

montrealgazette.com — The Quebec government has chosen the KPH-Turcot consortium has won the contract to rebuild the Turcot interchange. Used by 300,000 vehicles daily, including 30,000 trucks, the Turcot - where Highway 20 meets Highway 15 and the Ville-Marie Expressway - is Quebec's busiest stretch of road.

The Story So Far: Harper questions “lone wolf” attacks

montrealgazette.com — Hello and welcome to The Story So Far for Thursday, Dec. 18. 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 t...
Dec 18, 2014

PM Harper questions "lone wolf" attacks. Listen to The Story So Far at bit.ly/1x1XCMt #quebec #canpoli #Montreal

Adonis Stevenson uses criticism to fuel his fire in the ring

montrealgazette.com — QUEBEC - Adonis Stevenson seemed to be the toast of the boxing world a year ago. He fought four times in 2013, captured the World Boxing Council light-heavyweight title in spectacular fashion and stopped each of his opponents. But as a new year approaches, Stevenson's image and reputation have taken a beating, the criticism rising to a crescendo.

Attackers in Quebec, Ottawa might not have been acting alone, Harper suggests

montrealgazette.com — OTTAWA In a year-end interview, the prime minister tells the news network TVA that although Michael Zehaf Bibeau and Martin Couture-Rouleau were each alone at the time of their attacks, they might not have been "lone wolves." "It's true that it was only a single attacker, but it's not necessarily the case that it's only one guy," Harper told host Pierre Bruneau.
Dec 17, 2014

"@mtlgazette: Attackers in Qc, Ottawa might not have been acting alone, Harper bit.ly/1C1PHgy" MT Voyons donc. Prove that Stephen.

Popular Saku Koivu expects “awesome, emotional” Bell Centre tribute

montrealgazette.com — Ilona, 10, would be out shortly; his son, Aatos, 8, had been sprung from class 40 minutes earlier, and now he was in the park until he, too, would be gathered up. "I'm a stay-at-home dad, or mom, however you want to say it," the freshly retired Koivu said, laughing.

STM fires director general Carl Desrosiers

montrealgazette.com — The Société de Transport de Montréal announced Wednesday morning it has fired its director-general, Carl Desrosiers. Desrosiers rose through the ranks over 30 years with the transit corporation, and was named director-general in May 2012. He took over from Michel Labrecque.

Les Maîtres du suspense

montrealgazette.com — ✮✮½ Directed by: Stéphane Lapointe. Starring: Michel Côté, Robin Aubert, Antoine Bertrand, Anna Hopkins, Maria De Medeiros Running time: 101 minutes Les Maîtres du suspense starts off with such promise. We're on the bayou late at night and drugs are being loaded off a boat onto a truck.
Dec 17, 2014

Les Maîtres du suspense is an uneven mix of genres. Here's my review of the new Quebec film. montrealgazette.com/entertainment/…

Don Macpherson: The Quebec government’s cuts to scientific-information funding

montrealgazette.com — The worst thing about the Couillard government's decision to cut funding to promote public interest in science isn't the decision itself, it's what it revealed about its austerity program in general. Last Friday, Le Devoir reported that a publisher of scientific magazines for young readers, including the popular Les Débrouillards (The Resourceful Ones), had been told by the government that its annual subsidy would not be renewed.

A little tour of St-Léonard, with Steve Galluccio as guide

montrealgazette.com — Nevertheless, I did enjoy my recent visit in the company of playwright Steve Galluccio. His play, The St. Leonard Chronicles, which premièred at Centaur Theatre in the fall of 2013, is about to resurface at Théâtre Duceppe of Place des Arts - in French.

Blogger charged with child pornography and sexual touching

montrealgazette.com — Phylip St-Jacques, of Blainville, appeared briefly in court Wednesday to be formally charged and was detained. The former blogger for the Huffington Post allegedly joined online groups for people with autistic children and told parents that as a person with autism, he needed help in learning how to bathe.

Young family’s tree brightens Pointe-Claire neighbourhood

montrealgazette.com — For weeks a Pointe-Claire neighbourhood has been basking in the glow of a 62-foot Christmas tree that has been lit up with 1,000 points of warm, white LED light. The twinkling tree on Waverley Ave. has become a Christmas highlight in the Pointe-Claire south neighbourhood of Cedar Park since Michelle Frenette and her husband Kevin McDonnell turned the magic on Nov.
Dec 17, 2014

Pointe-Claire parents celebrate baby's #FirstNoel with 1,000 lights on 65ft. Christmas tree. @westislandgazette.com bit.ly/1AcbT8n

Quotable Koivu: In his own words from 1993 entry draft to 2014 retirement

montrealgazette.com — "When I think about some of the runs we had in the playoffs, the excitement in Montreal ... the only thing we weren't able to do was win the Stanley Cup," Saku Koivu said when he retired. "In my wildest dreams, I can't even imagine what it would have been like to lift the Cup there."
Dec 17, 2014

Quotable Koivu: A path through Saku's career in his own words, from 1993 NHL draft to 2014 retirement #Habs #HabsIO montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/…

Ex-Habs captain Koivu on Jean Béliveau, retirement, worry-free Christmas eating and more

montrealgazette.com — A few thoughts from Koivu, on a variety of subjects: Q. In Canadiens franchise history, only Jean Béliveau was captain of the Canadiens longer than you. How did Mr. Béliveau's passing on Dec. 2 touch you? "I heard that Mr. Béliveau was going through some tough times and he wasn't well physically.