Montreal-area chain stores close, reduce hours to slow spread of coronavirus

The spread of the novel coronavirus across Canada has prompted the directors of certain large chain stores to close their establishments for an indefinite period.Other stores have reduced hours, and some have reported no change at the moment.Some stores that have closedApple Birks Hudson’s Bay IKEA Simons Reitmans (including Penningtons, Addition Elle) Employees who were scheduled to work will...

Vancouver Weather: Sunny, warming up to 11 C inland

It's going to be a warmish day in some parts of Metro Vancouver. Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting highs of 11 C inland and sunshine. RICHARD LAM / PNG VANCOUVER, B.C.: Thursday, Feb. 20. Today’s weather is expected to start out below zero, and then warm up to a high of 7 C and 11 C inland, with sunshine throughout the day, according to Environment and Climate Change...

Montreal weather: A pleasant winter day to enjoy

Today’s photo was posted on Instagram by @21lo.  Saturday will bring a mix of sun and cloud and it won’t be too chilly. Environment Canada is calling for a high of minus 4.  Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low of minus 10.  Don’t forget to submit your photos of Montreal via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by tagging them with #ThisMtl. We’ll feature one per day right here in the...

Four Coquitlam sex assaults linked: RCMP

First two incidents happened on Dec. 16 and Dec. 19, and two more cases occurred last Wednesday and on Saturday, say the Mounties. PNG files The RCMP say a series of four separate sexual assaults in and around Glen Park in Coquitlam are linked.The Mounties say in a news release Monday that the first two incidents happened on Dec. 16 and Dec. 19, and two more cases occurred last Wednesday and on...

By the numbers: More commuters are living in Montreal’s outer reaches

A study reveals there are 100,000 workers who live on the periphery and travel daily to the Montreal region. Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette Attracted by lower house prices, a growing number of people are living on the far reaches of the Montreal region and traveling to jobs in the region by car, a new study has found.The Montreal metropolitan region — population: 4 million — includes...

Vancouver woman ordered to pay $200k for defaming ex-boyfriend online

A Vancouver woman has been ordered to pay $200,000 to an ex-boyfriend she defamed using Instagram and other websites. Thomas White / REUTERS A Vancouver woman has been ordered to pay $200,000 to an ex-boyfriend she defamed using Instagram and other websites.According to a Supreme Court of B.C. ruling, between Aug. 2016 and Aug. 2017 Noelle Halcrow made a series of online posts that claimed...

Contaminated wastewater from ships harmful to orcas: study

Cruise ships that use scrubbers to comply with international sulphur-limit laws may be unintentionally harming endangered whales off the coast of B.C., says a new WWF-commissioned study.The report “A whale of a problem? Heavy fuel oil, exhaust gas cleaning systems, and British Columbia’s resident killer whales” was released this week by the International Council on Clean Transportation....

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...

Transit strike: Here’s the latest on SkyTrain negotiations

SkyTrain workers are set to walk off the job Tuesday unless the union representing workers and the employer come to an agreement Monday.As of 2:00 a.m., negotiations between both parties continue behind closed doors.TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond said he is hopeful a deal could be reached, but urged SkyTrain users to make alternative arrangements.Without a deal, the Expo and Millennium lines will...

Broadbent pushes B.C. government for justice-based accessibility law

Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, at a community consultation session for new accessibility legislation in Vancouver on Nov. 2, 2019. Gerry Kahrmann / Postmedia News Files As the B.C. government develops accessibility legislation, a left-wing think-tank is calling on policy-makers to consider how historical injustices and continuing discrimination have led to a...