#ICYMI: Record-setting day, nurses protest, recruitment campaign, more

Article contentWednesday, May 27, 2020: Here are some of the stories we’ve been following today.A record-setting dayWe apologize, but this video has failed to load.#ICYMI: Record-setting day, nurses protest, recruitment campaign, more Back to videoIn case there was any doubt, Wednesday was a record-breaking day in terms of the heat in the city. Read more here.How to enjoy summer and minimize...

Environmental group calls on Quebec to reopen provincial parks

Article contentEnvironmentalist association Nature Québec wants the provincial government to reopen Quebec’s parks while maintaining physical-distancing regulations.Nature Québec director Alice-Anne Simard said there was a contradiction between people being allowed to return to shops and stores in many parts of Quebec but not permitted to take a walk in a provincial park where physical...

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...

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...