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...

Vancouver actor reflects on newfound infamy as the ‘Peloton Husband’

A Vancouver actor finds himself at the centre of an Internet firestorm after co-starring in a fitness ad that’s gone viral for all the wrong reasons.Sean Hunter, a Vancouver-based actor and gym teacher at Simon Fraser Elementary School, stars as the husband in the much-maligned Peloton commercial that’s been all over social media in recent weeks.Initially well-received, the Internet has...

Montrealer sets world record for burpees in tribute to late brother

Samuel Finn’s body was sore in so many places on Sunday that he said it was easier to identify where he wasn’t sore. Little wonder: Two days earlier, he had done 5,234 chest-to-ground burpees in 12 hours and broken the Guinness world record for the hugely challenging exercise.He did it to honour the memory and determination of his older brother, Cédric Finn, who died in 2017 of a rare form...

One dead, multiple people injured in Kingston Highway 401 pileup

National Post One person is dead and multiple injured following a massive pileup on Highway 401 on Sunday afternoon.Ontario Provincial Police are estimating 20 to 30 vehicles were involved in a pileup during a snowstorm just east of Kingston, in the westbound lanes between the Montreal St. and Highway 15 exits.Stranded motorists are being transported off the highway on Kingston city buses,...

Quebec’s daycare system is headed for a labour shortage, union warns

A protest against cuts to the health-care system in 2014. The FSSS-CSN represents more than 130,000 workers in the health and social services sectors. Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette files Union officials are sounding the alarm about Quebec’s daycare system, which they say is headed for a labour shortage.At a press conference on Sunday morning, representatives of the union said the sector is...