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...

Canadiens Game Day: Former captains inspire Habs to end slump

Maybe the Canadiens should invite their former captains to every game at the Bell Centre.Or maybe they should just let the players wear the sweaters of former captains and Hall of Famers during the pregame warmups.Those two factors might have helped the Canadiens end their eight-game winless streak (0-5-3) with a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.“I think it...

Habs shorthanded on defence as they try to avenge Bruins’ 8-1 drubbing

BOSTON — If the Canadiens weren’t already the underdogs going into Sunday’s game against the Bruins (7 p.m., Sportsnet RDS, TSN 690 Radio), their chances of winning were further diminished when top-four defenceman Victor Mete left Saturday’s home loss against the Philadelphia Flyers with a lower-body injury.Mete remained in Montreal Sunday as the team’s medical staff worked to...

Habs lose confidence in backup goalie Keith Kinkaid | HI/O Bonus 2

In this bonus episode, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak, comedian and Bruins fan Joey Elias, and host Adam Susser — discuss how it appears that Canadiens head coach Claude Julien has lost confidence in No. 2 netminder Keith Kinkaid.Related Check us out:Facebook: facebook.com/hockeyinsideoutTwitter: twitter.com/habsioVideo...

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...

Beatdown follows meltdown as Canadiens come unglued | HI/O Show

On this week’s show, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak, comedian and Bruins fan Joey Elias, and host Adam Susser — talk about the Canadiens coming off the rails in their last two games and struggling forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi.They also weigh in on these topics:Canadiens need a shift in philosophy. GM Marc Bergevin should...

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...