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Alouettes’ Chris Rainey has an incredible and stunning life story — Born in prison because his mother was on drugs. Raised by his grandmother - a woman who had her own issues with alcohol - for 15 years. A father who has been in prison virtually all of the 26 years since the Montreal running back came into this world in Lakeland, Fla.
Oct 31, 2014

Inside the CFL: From Alouettes' Chris Rainey has an incredible and stunning life story…

The Wackers: A great Montreal band that deserved better — Four decades after the band broke up, its drummer bears that permanent reminder of what he was hoping for when he joined. The phrase Earnshaw chose to immortalize in ink: "Pick up your troubles and all your dirty laundry n' throw them up into the wind."
Oct 31, 2014

This week in the @mtlgazette, we revisit Montreal's coolest band of the `70s - the story of the Wackers:

Big Habs fan still bleeds bleu-blanc-rouge while living in South Korea — "The strange thing about watching hockey live in Korea is that the games are all in the morning," Andy Regan said during a Skype interview at 10 a.m. Thursday Montreal time, while it was 11 p.m. in the small city of Taebaek, where he lives.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @StuCowan1: My column on a huge #Habs fan living in South Korea and how he follows his favourite team #HabsIO #NHL:…

Oct 31, 2014

My column on a huge #Habs fan living in South Korea and how he follows his favourite team #HabsIO #NHL:…

Police investigating ex-CBC- star Jian Ghomeshi after two women come forward — TORONTO - Former CBC star radio host Jian Ghomeshi is under criminal investigation after two women came forward to complain, police said Friday. Word of police involvement followed a day in which the public broadcaster said the emergence of "graphic" evidence that Ghomeshi had caused physical injury to a person is what prompted his firing last Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton the driver to watch as F1 season winds down — Hamilton on a roll: You'd think Lewis Hamilton would have the drivers' title tucked safely in the back pocket of his silver overalls, given that he's won more than twice as many races as his closest competitor, Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Canadiens return home with three points, many improvements to make — VANCOUVER On the scoreboard: Alberta and B.C. 2, Goals 1. Things did get better - two late Canadiens goals five minutes apart forced overtime against the Canucks to produce a precious point. But if the Habs' annual Western Canada swing wasn't the lunar crater it once was, nor was it paradise.
Oct 31, 2014

Column: #Habs return home with 3 of 6 points, many improvements still to make #HabsIO…

Despite a brutal MLS season, future looks bright for Impact — On Friday, the Impact announced it will not be bringing back defenders Matteo Ferrari and Futty Danso or midfielders James Bissue and Zakaria Messoudi for the 2015 season. "These are not easy decisions to make, but we must look forward," Impact head coach and director of player personnel Frank Klopas said in a statement.

Hidden Montreal: A secret garden in the heart of the city — From outside, you can only see the tops of trees swaying in the wind over the three-meter-high walls. I'd heard it was an old orchard and garden for the exclusive use of the once-cloistered nuns who ran the Hotel Dieu Hospital for centuries.

Jean-François Lisée’s new book reveals his reservations about Charter of Values — QUEBEC - An army that does not fight. Sovereignty cafés scattered around the province. A Quebec dollar and Quebec passport. If Rosemont MNA Jean-François Lisée says he has not yet made a final decision on the Parti Québécois leadership it's not for a lack of ideas on where he thinks the part...
Oct 31, 2014

Jean-François Lisée's new book reveals his reservations about Charter of Values… assnat #qcpoli #cdnpoli

McGill and Concordia square off Saturday in annual Shrine Bowl football game — Concordia is tied with Sherbrooke for third place in the six-team RSEQ standings with a 4-3 record, while McGill is in last place at 0-7. The first-place Laval Rouge (7-0) will visit second-place Université de Montréal (6-1) Saturday on the final weekend of regular-season action (1 p.m., SRC). Laval, ranked No.
Oct 31, 2014

McGill and Concordia square off Saturday afternoon at Concordia Stadium in annual Shrine Bowl football game:…

Letter: Stay hopeful about baseball returning to Montreal — I grew up an Orioles fan. Of course, that makes sense given the fact that I'm from Baltimore and have spent the majority of my life here. But the Montreal Expos were always my favourite National League team. They were unique and the way in which the team met its fate still bothers me.

Hickey on Hockey Notebook — Rookie Drouin demoted in Tampa A week ago, Jonathan Drouin was playing on one of Tampa Bay's top lines with Steven Stamkos. But when the Lightning played Arizona Tuesday night, the Ste-Agathe native was playing on the fourth line with fellow rookies Cédric Paquette and Vladislav Namestnikov.

Don Macpherson: Quebec politicians call for a fight against ‘religious fundamentalism’ — Quebec Muslims are apprehensive about a possible backlash against their community following the attacks last week in which soldiers Patrice Vincent and Nathan Cirillo were killed, each by a Muslim from this province. Less than a year ago in Quebec, Muslim women were being verbally and even physically harassed in public for wearing the head scarf known as the hijab, and mosques were being vandalized.
Oct 31, 2014

Quebec’s fight against “religious fundamentalism”—i.e., Muslim fundamentalism. My @mtlgazette column. #qcpoli

Canadiens are suffering from an identity crisis — The month of October ended with the Canadiens leading the Eastern Conference with an 8-2-1 record. As successful as the team has been, it also suffers from an identity crisis. Is this a very good team that makes it difficult for itself by falling behind early in each game?

Opinion: Ottawa attack doesn’t justify more invasive security laws — Every outrage like the Ottawa attack of Oct. 22, 2014 stokes deep-rooted fears and encourages governments to propose more invasive security measures, greater powers to arrest, detain and expel suspects and to impose stiffer penalties. This happens after politically motivated crimes and after particularly shocking non-political ones - mass murders, crimes involving children and serious white-collar crimes that deprive thousands of their savings.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @mtlgazette: Opinion: Ottawa attack doesn't justify more invasive security laws

Canadiens vs. Flames preview — Home Sweet Home: The Canadiens returned home Friday after a moderately successful swing through Western Canada. Montreal posted a 1-1-1 record with the lone win coming in a 2-1 shootout Tuesday night in Calgary. Montreal finished the month with an 8-2-1 record - the best in the NHL - and they are unbeaten in four games at the Bell Centre.

Editorial: Bill 10 would be ‘catastrophic’ for English-speaking Quebecers — The threats to identity, representation and diversity posed by Bill 10 are adverse effects of drastic reforms. Changes are indeed needed to confront the challenges facing the health system, but minority rights should not be the collateral damage. There has to be a happy medium between streamlining health structures and maintaining some level of community involvement.
Oct 31, 2014

Here's our Editorial on why Bill 10 would be 'catastrophic' for English-speaking Quebecers…

Jordin Tootoo writes interesting book about journey to NHL and his battles with alcohol — One sure sign that Christmas is around the corner is the influx of hockey books that will find their way under the tree on Dec. 25. Penguin has followed last year's successful Bobby Orr autobiography with a similar effort from Gordie Howe, and USA Today hockey writer Kevin Allen has teamed up with Chris Chelios on a biography that concentrates on the Hall of Fame defenceman's NHL and international career after leaving the Canadiens.
Oct 31, 2014

A good read by Pat Hickey @zababes1 on new book by #Devils Jordin Tootoo about journey to NHL and battles with booze:…

Gazette Midday: Sex survey examines, fantasy, deviancy/Downtown demo kicks off — Hello and welcome to and welcome to Midday. Here's the rundown on some of the stories we're following for you today. A research project to define sexual deviation has been published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Researchers from the Institut universitaire en santé mentale and the Institute Philippe-Pinel de Montréal cooperated on this project.
Oct 31, 2014

#Quebec sex survey examines fantasy, deviancy/Downtown demo kicks off. Check out the #Montreal Gazette Midday at