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...

What can a homebuyer get for $500,000 across Canada right now?

I should have known better than to ask a Vancouver realtor how much half a million could get you in Lotusland these days.“It’s pretty easy,” laughed MacDonald Realty broker Dan Scarrow. “It’s a one-bedroom condo. That’s what you can get for $500,000.”To find a detached home at that price point, he said, a buyer would likely be driving an hour or more outside the city.Scarrow, who...

Pedestrian safety: Majority killed by cars are seniors, police say

With a smile curling into her cheeks and her left hand resting on a cane, Danielle Morency doesn’t exactly project an air of menace.But try telling that to the truck driver who recently came within a few feet of mowing her down on Décarie Blvd.“I took my cane and whacked the side of his truck. On purpose!” said Morency, an elderly Montrealer who recently gave up her car so she can use...

High fat diet can fuel progression of prostate cancer, MUHC research finds

A diet rich in fat can induce a cellular reprogramming that is associated with prostate cancer progression and lethality, a study by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre has found.The research results, published in Nature Communications, could aid in the identification of patients where the cancer could become more aggressive and deadly. It also indicates that a...

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...

Brownstein: PVM is joining the battle for your tummy

A battle is being waged to win the hearts and tummies of noshers downtown.What had been deemed to be a downtown culinary graveyard could soon become an epicurean hot spot. On the heels of the launch of Time Out Market two weeks ago in the Eaton Centre comes word that Le Cathcart food court will open in late January not far away in the refurbished Esplanade Place Ville Marie.Whereas Time Out...

Legault says he knew his honeymoon with voters would not last forever

QUEBEC — Premier François Legault says he is not surprised to see his government’s popularity slip a bit with voters after a year in office.In fact, Legault said he’s surprised it did not happen sooner.The Coalition Avenir Québec continues to lead in voter preference in the province, a Léger Marketing survey for the Journal de Montréal suggests, but Quebecers’ ardour for the party...

Denis Coderre emerges as a clear favourite to lead Quebec Liberals: poll

A little over two years after being voted out of office as mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre is perceived by Quebec Liberal Party supporters as the runaway favourite to lead the party, a new poll suggests.The Léger Marketing survey conducted for the Journal de Montréal suggests that Coderre, who lost the mayoralty to Valérie Plante in 2017, enjoys 19 per cent support among Liberal supporters...

#ICYMI: STM buses still aren’t working, but CN Rail should be soon

Here’s some news to distract you from the Habs’ omishambles.The shortage of STM buses is continuing as maintenance workers say they’re stuck waiting for parts. The Montreal Gazette reported last week that issues related to new software were partly to blame for a shortage of working buses in the Société de transport de Montréal’s fleet. The number of buses available to pick up...

Montreal’s Café Bonjour Hi now greeting customers

Montreal, say “bonjour hi” to Café Bonjour Hi.The name is all in good fun, according to owner and chef Dave Plant, who didn’t mean to find himself caught up in our province’s latest language debate.Easier said than done. Opened just last week, the St-Denis St. hangout has been on the receiving end of alternating one-star and five-star reviews — mostly the latter — on Google for more...