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Montreal officials taking heat over icy sidewalks, sluggish snow removal

Montreal officials are getting an earful from residents over tardy snow removal that has left icy, snow-packed sidewalks across town. Over the weekend, the city’s new administration issued a mea culpa after only beginning snow-removal operations on Sunday, several days after a storm hit the city. Mayor Valerie Plante’s team lost a bet with Mother …

Canadian ice and sand sculptor Michel Lepire dead at 70

Quebec ice and sand sculptor Michel Lepire, the man behind many of the elaborate ice palaces at Quebec City’s annual Carnaval, has died. Lepire’s daughter, Renee-Claude, told The Canadian Press he died suddenly from a heart attack Monday. He was 70. The award-winning sculptor was well known for his work at the Carnaval, having created …

Quebec gun lobby group backtracks on plan for rally at Polytechnique memorial site

MONTREAL — Amid swift and widespread outrage, a pro-gun lobby group backtracked Tuesday on a plan to hold a rally at a memorial site for the 14 women who were killed at Ecole polytechnique in 1989. A spokesperson for the group said on Facebook the event will be held elsewhere Saturday. The earlier announcement by …

Ottawa based priest from Quebec suspended in wake of sex abuse lawsuit

MONTREAL — An Ottawa-based priest has been suspended after being named in a $2-million sex-abuse lawsuit filed on behalf of students who attended a Catholic boarding school in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. The motion seeking permission for the class action to proceed was filed on behalf of those who were allegedly abused while attending College Servite, …

Quebec celebrity chef in hot water over report he lied about his background

MONTREAL — A Quebec celebrity chef is defending his reputation after a report the carefully crafted narrative about his life and professional experience isn’t entirely true. Giovanni Apollo released a sworn affidavit following an in-depth Montreal La Presse investigation published Thursday that raised questions about his past, including his identity, his qualifications and even his …

Fund established to help find Canadian man missing in Peru since late September

MONTREAL— The mother of a Canadian man who went missing in a remote area of Peru more than a month ago says search teams have fanned out in a co-ordinated effort to find him. Alisa Clamen has been without any information about Jesse Galganov since Sept. 28, when he told her he would be off …

Facebook launches artificial intelligence research lab in Montreal

MONTREAL — Facebook has become the latest technology company to dig into Montreal’s burgeoning artificial intelligence sector, announcing the opening of a research lab in the city Friday. The lab, known as FAIR Montreal, is headed by Joelle Pineau, a professor in McGill University’s computer science department and co-director of Reasoning and Learning Lab. The …

Late Canadian poet laureate Pierre DesRuisseaux accused of plagiarism

MONTREAL — One of Canada’s former poet laureates is being accused of plagiarizing the works of illustrious English-language authors in a book that has since been taken off the shelves. U.K.-based poetry sleuth Ira Lightman went public in The Guardian newspaper over the weekend about his investigation into Pierre DesRuisseaux, who died in January 2016 …

Quebec announces increase in financial assistance for flood victims

MONTREAL — The amount of financial assistance available for people dealing specifically with the aftermath of heavy flooding this year has been topped up, the Quebec government announced Wednesday. Premier Philippe Couillard told a news conference the province’s preliminary estimates suggest damages will cost $350 million. Thousands of Quebecers will likely be seeking help after …

Family of pregnant Canadian stuck in Gaza implores Ottawa to help with exit docs

MONTREAL—A Canadian woman who is eight months pregnant and stuck in Gaza as she tries to get an exit visa says she’s just trying to stay positive. “Since I’ve known I was pregnant, I’ve wanted to go back to Canada and give birth there,” Bissan Eid, 24, said in a telephone interview Thursday. “It’s safer …

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