Canadiens Notebook: Carey Price puts in extra work before practice

Canadiens goalie Carey Price was on the ice for some extra work before the Canadiens’ practice started Wednesday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.He certainly needs it.Price was pulled 1:10 into the second period of Tuesday night’s embarrassing 8-1 loss to the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre after giving up five goals on 11 shots. Price has now given up 11 goals on the last 31 shots...

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...

Quebec names a civilian to be interim head of the Sûreté du Québec

QUEBEC — For the first time in Quebec’s history, a woman will lead the Sûreté du Québec, which is getting its third chief in less than a year.On Wednesday, the Quebec cabinet named a rare civilian, Johanne Beausoleil, to the post of associate director-general of the force, which will allow her to take on the job of director-general on an interim basis.The announcement was made by Public...

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...

SNC: Bebawi trial hears wiretap of $10M offer to change testimony

Sami Bebawi heads to the courtroom for his fraud trial at the Palais de Justice in Montreal on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette An undercover police officer revealed his secretly recorded conversations with Sami Bebawi’s lawyer in which he offered another disgraced former SNC-Lavalin executive $10 million to change his testimony.The jury at former SNC executive...

New $50M Lotto Max winner in Quebec and 5 winning tickets about to expire

Just before Lotto Max announced last night’s $50-million winning ticket was purchased in Quebec City, Loto-Québec renewed the call for the owners of five winning tickets to claim — or lose — prizes of more than $100,000, including a ticketholder who will forfeit up to $500,000 if they don’t come forward by the weekend.The provincial crown corporation says a $500,000 and a $250,000 prize...

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...

Immigrants smoke less, weigh less than Canadians born here, survey suggests

A study suggests recent immigrants smoke less than Canadians who were born here. Vincenzo D'Alto / Montreal Gazette Immigrants to Canada are more likely to adopt healthier lifestyles than those born in this country, a study by the Institut de la statistique du Québec suggests.The study, based on findings of health surveys conducted by the institute in 2008 and 2014-2015, found that immigrants...

“Pretty much everybody” is onboard with Hydro-Québec rates, Legault says

Quebec Premier Francois Legault responds to the opposition, during Question Period Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at the legislature in Quebec City. Jacques Boissinot / THE CANADIAN PRESS Despite what the opposition may argue, most Quebecers are in agreement with a proposed law that would establish electricity rates in the province, Premier François Legault told the National Assembly on...

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...