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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 …

Boxer, ex Olympian Custio Clayton claims he was profiled by Montreal police

MONTREAL –A professional boxer and former Canadian Olympian claims he was the victim of racial profiling when he was pulled over and detained by Montreal police on Tuesday. Custio Clayton, 29, says a police officer accused him of being a drug dealer, handcuffed him and placed him in the back of a squad car while …

Canadian citizen denied entry to United States told she needed visa to get in

MONTREAL –A Montrealer who is a Canadian citizen by birth says she was barred from entering the United States and told to get a valid visa if she ever wants to cross the border. Manpreet Kooner said she was turned away at a crossing along the Quebec-Vermont border on Sunday after a six-hour wait where …

Inmates in Federal Court hoping to force government to address inmate pay rules

MONTREAL –Federal prisoners who want to increase the amount they receive in inmate pay are hopeful a court will find in their favour and force the government to act on the issue. Lawyers representing inmates began arguing in Federal Court on Monday that their charter rights are being infringed by government policies. Attorneys representing the …

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