(News feed from the Montreal Gazette)
- Tap water is safe, Applebaum says
Montrealers can once again turn on the taps. Late Thursday night, Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum announced that the city's water supply for some 1.3 million residents had been deemed safe after a boil-water advisory was issued on Wednesday.
- PQ to extend francisation laws to federal companies
The Parti Québécois cabinet will adopt regulations to require companies operating in Quebec under federal jurisdiction to submit to francisation — meaning they must demonstrate their employees can work in French.
- UPAC pays another visit to city hall
Quebec's anti-corruption squad raided Montreal city hall on Thursday for a second time in three months, carting off documents while the building was partially empty as city councillors attended a scheduled private meeting at another municipal building across the street, sources said.
- Alleged Rizzuto associate pleads guilty to trafficking conspiracy
A New York based mobster has pleaded guilty in an American court to taking part in a massive drug trafficking conspiracy that has deep ties to Montreal.
- 2 ex-CRA officials, accountant arrested for tax fraud
A five-year-long probe by the RCMP into fraud schemes involving Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) insiders — one that yielded an arrest last summer of construction magnate Antonio Accurso — netted three fresh arrests early Thursday. “New charges were laid against chartered accountant Francesco Fiorino as well as two of his accomplices,” the Mounties announced.
- Visionary retailer was a lifelong philanthropist
Morton Brownstein, a visionary retailer who transformed Browns Shoe Shops from a small family business into a national chain that pioneered sales of designer shoes, has died of kidney cancer early Thursday. He was 85.
- Police looking for help from teens lured over Internet by 62-year-old man
Montreal police are asking for help from any adolescent who may have been lured over the Internet since 2005 by a 62-year-old man for sexual purposes.
- More than one-third of Quebec high-schoolers victimized: study
More than one in three high-school students in the province say they have been victims of violence at school or on the way to or from school, according to a study made public Thursday by the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
- Coffee in short supply downtown
MONTREAL — If you can grab a coffee on your way to the office, please do so because finding a hot brew downtown on Thursday is rarer than hen’s teeth. Many major chains were not selling hot coffee in the morning due to the boil-water advisory and there were some pretty frazzled folks looking to satisfy their caffeine fix.
- Laval’s seedy underbelly exposed
The Charbonneau Commission was treated to tales of car bombs exploding in the middle of the night and clandestine meetings in parking lots on Thursday.