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,...

Welcome Hall Mission toy giveaway draws grateful crowds and sparks hope

Sud-Ouest borough mayor Benoit Dorais plays Santa as Elham Nemati and her son, Padra, celebrate their first Christmas in Canada at Welcome Hall Mission's Noel pour tous gift giveaway in Montreal on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Nemati and her son immigrated from Iran in the last year. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette Sara de Mora is hoping her second visit to the Welcome Hall Mission’s annual toy...

For these Montreal artists, music is a bridge between cultures

There’s perhaps no single force that unites people more than a party, especially when the music is good.Montreal is a music and party city by reputation. But parties in this city can also serve other purposes besides revelry and dancing — they can be gathering points for Montreal’s diasporas, or amplify voices that otherwise aren’t reflected in the mainstream.Since 2018, Montreal indie...

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...

School composting a first step towards Montreal’s Zero Waste goal

"We also want to sensitize and educate young people to the importance of proper sorting, because the good habits they acquire in school will last a lifetime," says Laurence Lavigne Lalonde, seen in an April 2019 file photo. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette Montreal is hoping that one small step for local schools will be a giant leap toward its goal of zero waste by 2030.The city is launching a...

Montreal to hold public consultations on problem of vacant storefronts

An empty commercial location for rent on Ste- Catherine St. is seen in this file photo. Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette Montreal will take a first step toward tackling the problem of empty storefronts by holding public consultations starting Dec. 10.“I invite everyone to come and participate in the consultations so we can move ahead to find concrete solutions that I think will be talked about...

Ferrandez isn’t the first man who’s tried to tell me how to do things, Plante says

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said on Wednesday that a withering critique of the city’s budget by a former member of her executive committee isn’t the first time a man has tried to tell her what to do.Plante, attending a meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Ottawa, was reacting to comments made earlier in the week by former Projet Montréal city councillor and executive...

Town of Asbestos is planning to change its name to attract investors

The old Jeffrey Mine tower shaft in the town of Asbestos. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette After decades of debate on the issue, the town of Asbestos has announced it will change its name next year because the word “asbestos” scares away foreign investors and prevents new businesses from setting up shop.Asbestos Mayor Hugues Grimard said that when representatives of the town go abroad to...

Montreal archeologists find remains of 19th-century Irish famine victims

Archeologists in Montreal have discovered remains of up to 15 people at a site believed to have been a cemetery for Irish immigrants who died after fleeing famine in 1847. The Irish commemorative stone, also called the Black Rock, is seen in Montreal on Friday, March 15, 2019. Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS The discovery of human remains near the Victoria Bridge proves the existence of a...