(News feed from the Montreal Gazette)
- Two girls from Lev Tahor flee country
Two girls from the extremist Jewish sect Lev Tahor managed to flee their foster family and the country and have been reunited with their father.
- Family asks for deportation reprieve
She left her sanctuary in a church to seek emergency medical care, and now Khurshid Begum Awan is pleading with Canadian authorities not to deport her when she is well enough to leave a hospital. After being holed up in a church for a year, Awan had to leave to seek emergency medical care last month.
- Fashion Pop winner works white on white
Wonder Atelier wowed with its superpower prints but Bianca Charneau, with an all-white collection, took the Fashion Pop competition crown at Pop Montreal’s annual showcase of emerging designers. The two collections could not have been more different, and frankly, it was a tough call. I was a judge and the six lines in the running for $1,000, a shop on Shopify for a year, and an editorial on modemontreal.tv were surprisingly good. I say surprisingly, because fashion contests tend to run to the wild and spacey.
- $20-billion tobacco lawsuit enters final stage
A $20 billion class-action lawsuit brought against Canada’s three major tobacco companies entered its final stage Monday as a Quebec Superior Court judge began hearing closing arguments in the case. Evidence began being presented to Justice Brian Riordan two years ago and the lawsuit was originally filed in 1998. The final arguments are expected to continue over the course at least 18 days spread out between now and some point in November.
- Youth protection: Cases of child abuse, neglect up 17% since 2010
Belt-tightening continues; government of Philippe Couillard expected to announce dramatic cuts to health services’ budgets.
- Anne Lagacé Dowson running to become EMSB chairperson
MONTREAL — Longtime Montreal broadcaster Anne Lagacé Dowson has entered the race to become the chairperson of the English Montreal School Board. Dowson said she wants to address the board’s declining enrolment, improve the teaching of French, prevent school closures and champion special needs.
- Two dead in truck crash near Upton
Two people are dead in a multiple vehicle accident Monday morning near Upton in the Montérégie. At 7:15 a.m. a car travelling west on Highway 116 lost control and crossed the median into oncoming traffic. The car hit a heavy truck head on. The impact of that collision caused the truck to cross the median and slam laterally into another car. The drivers of both cars, a man and a woman, both died.
- Fatigue or illness could be cause of fatal crash near Drummondville
MONTREAL — The identity of a 55-year-old man who perished in a road accident on Sunday will be made public later on Monday. The accident happened at 10:20 p.m. on Highway 55 south near Drummondville. The man was alone in his car when he lost control of the vehicle, which left the road, flipped over and came to rest upside-down. The man, a resident of Estrie, was taken to hospital in critical condition where he died.
- Montreal food bank seeks to add supermarkets as donors
At first glance, the latest frontal assault in the battle to feed Montreal’s hungry is a decidedly low-tech affair.
- Montrealers march to back climate summit in NYC
They came by the thousands on Sunday, with dogs and children and umbrellas in tow, to send a message to world leaders descending on New York City for an unprecedented United Nations Climate Summit.