Quebec’s Court of Appeal rejects bid to suspend Bill 21

In a divided decision issued Thursday, Quebec’s Court of Appeal decided not to suspend sections of the province’s secularism law.Though the three judges of the panel agreed the law is causing certain people irreparable harm, two of the judges ruled their hands are tied by the government’s use of the notwithstanding clause in the matter.Chief Justice Nicole Duval Hesler, who is facing...

Conjugal violence reaches into workplace, campaign tells employers

An association of women's shelters says it plans to send a conjugal violence campaign poster, an information brochure and contact information for shelters across the province to 1,000 of Quebec's largest employers and unions starting this week. West Island Women's Shelter Conjugal violence starts in the home, but it carries over into the workplace through threatening text and email messages,...

Woman arrested for not using métro escalator handrail awarded $20,000

Bela Kosoian holds up a sign during a news conference in Montreal on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — A Quebec police officer stepped over the line when he detained a woman for refusing to hold onto an escalator handrail, the Supreme Court of Canada said in a scathing ruling on Friday that also slammed Quebec’s lower courts.In a unanimous ruling, the court...

SNC-Lavalin: Bebawi frustrated with former CEO Jacques Lamarre’s denial

Former SNC-Lavalin executive Sami Bebawi Oct. 31, 2019. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette Former SNC-Lavalin executive Sami Bebawi expressed his frustration earlier this year over how former CEO Jacques Lamarre has publicly washed his hands of the firm’s decision to buy a $25-million luxury yacht for Saadi Gadhafi.Testifying at Bebawi’s fraud and corruption trial Friday morning, RCMP...

Comedian refuses to pay for joke about disabled boy

Quebec comedian Mike Ward is seen at the Nasty Show at the Metropolis on July 20, 2016. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette Comedian Mike Ward can’t get away with saying whatever he wants “under the guise of comedy,” the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday, upholding a previous decision that ordered him to pay $35,000 to a disabled boy he mocked.But an adamant Ward quickly responded...

Applebaum shouldn’t have to reimburse city for severance pay, court told

The city of Montreal was in court Wednesday trying to recoup the roughly $268,000 former mayor Michael Applebaum received in severance pay before being convicted of fraud.Applebaum, for his part, argued the laws surrounding the case came into effect after he received the payments and he therefore shouldn’t have to reimburse the city.In a rare public statement since being convicted in 2017, a...

Quebec names a civilian to be interim head of the Sûreté du Québec

QUEBEC — For the first time in Quebec’s history, a woman will lead the Sûreté du Québec, which is getting its third chief in less than a year.On Wednesday, the Quebec cabinet named a rare civilian, Johanne Beausoleil, to the post of associate director-general of the force, which will allow her to take on the job of director-general on an interim basis.The announcement was made by Public...

SNC: Bebawi trial hears wiretap of $10M offer to change testimony

Sami Bebawi heads to the courtroom for his fraud trial at the Palais de Justice in Montreal on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette An undercover police officer revealed his secretly recorded conversations with Sami Bebawi’s lawyer in which he offered another disgraced former SNC-Lavalin executive $10 million to change his testimony.The jury at former SNC executive...

Police arrest two suspects after man stabbed in Ahuntsic-Cartierville

A young man is recovering in hospital after he was stabbed several times in a parking lot in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough Tuesday evening.Montreal police received a 911 call at 7:10 p.m. about a fight between five or six people in a parking lot at the corner of Henri Bourassa Blvd. W. and Bois de Boulogne Ave. When police arrived, they found a man approximately 20 years of age with stabbing...

Subway restaurants in Montreal, Mirabel targeted by arsonists

Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette Two Subway restaurants in Montreal and Mirabel and owned by the same franchise holder were targeted by arsonists early Tuesday.There were no injuries reported in either incident.In Montreal, the fire broke out at 1:10 a.m. on Provost St. near 11th Ave. in the borough of Lachine.Once the flames had been brought under control, Montreal firefighters found evidence...