News/Canada/Montreal

Jean Vanier, Canadian champion of the developmentally disabled, dead at 90

May 7, 2019

Jean Vanier, whose charity work helped improve conditions for the developmentally disabled in Canada and multiple other countries over the past half-century, has died at 90.

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Hearings on Quebec’s secularism bill have little time for religious groups, critics say

May 7, 2019

Legislative hearings into the Quebec’s government’s secularism bill begin Tuesday amid concerns that lawmakers will be hearing little from the religious groups who are in the crosshairs of the legislation.

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Quebec’s Sainte-Marthe is built on a lake bed. How did that happen?

May 2, 2019

Like many of the suburbs that dot Montreal’s North Shore, Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac was home only to summer cottages not so long ago. The area routinely flooded when the Lake of Two Mountains swelled in the spring. Then a dike — a grassy knoll packed with gravel and earth — was built in 1980. With the dike’s construction, the […]

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Flooded Quebec community’s residents defy evacuation orders, stay behind to ‘defend’ their homes

April 27, 2019

The town of Rigaud, near the Quebec-Ontario border, has ordered residents in flooded areas to pack up and leave their homes, but some people are insistent on staying put. William Bradley is one such resident, who is refusing to vacate his home despite a mandatory order from the municipality. “It would be easy to leave,” he said. […]

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Quebec government shuts down Montreal-area bridge as water levels rise

April 27, 2019

Quebec’s Transport Ministry shut down a major traffic artery in the Montreal area early Saturday morning due to rising water levels. The Galipeault Bridge, which connects Île Perrot and the island of Montreal along Highway 20, is closed in both directions. The bridge isn’t flooded at the moment, said ministry spokesperson Émilie Lord, but the […]

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Situation ‘stable’ in Montreal, mayor says, but urges caution on rising water

April 27, 2019

A combination of advanced planning and volunteer hard-work kept Montreal dry on Saturday, even as water levels rose higher than they were during the disastrous 2017 floods. That preparation and effort will be tested further Sunday as variable weather continues to threaten widespread flooding on the island. But Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said Montreal received less precipitation than […]

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Montreal declares state of emergency due to flooding

April 26, 2019

A state of emergency is in place on the island of Montreal due to the threat of flooding in several areas. Mayor Valérie Plante made that announcement in the borough hardest hit by flooding, Pierrefonds–Roxboro in Montreal’s West Island, Friday afternoon. The state of emergency gives the city the power to seize land, to make […]

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What we know about the dam at risk of failing in western Quebec

April 26, 2019

Authorities in Quebec are keeping a close eye on a decommissioned hydroelectric dam on the Rouge River, a tributary of the Ottawa River west of Montreal, that’s at risk of failing. The Bell Falls, or Chute-Bell, dam has reached “millennial” water levels, meaning there is a .1 per cent chance of such a flood occurring in […]

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Father of Quebec City mosque shooter urges Trudeau to stop calling his son a terrorist

April 26, 2019

The father of the Quebec City mosque shooter is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and others to stop referring to his son as a terrorist. In an open letter to Trudeau, Raymond Bissonnette says the label has “greatly increased” the danger to his family. He says while his son’s crimes were “of the most terrible kind,” he […]

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Quebec community members ‘keeping fingers crossed’ as dam threatens to fail in severe flooding

April 26, 2019

The effort to clear people out of the area below the Bell Falls Dam in Quebec’s western Laurentians continues today as officials remain on high alert. The worst flooding ever along the Rouge River led to a mandatory evacuation Thursday. Water has been rushing over the 104-year-old dam at alarming rates, testing the limits of its structural integrity and ability […]

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