Week in Review, Aug. 17: Cyclists voice concerns, Legault makes headlines

August 17, 2019

Premier Francois Legault.

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It sure has been an eventful week.


The 5th edition of the Grand Ribfest continues to brings southern Texas barbecue culture to Montreal. At this year’s edition, you can expect to see Billy Bones, whose trucks are on the road for 17 weeks straight every summer, zigzagging across Ontario and Quebec to different rib festivals. Full story here.

Rogers Cup

Even though the match only lasted 19 minutes before a forfeit from Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian since Faye Urban Mlacak in 1969 to win on home soil. Full story here.
Rafael Nadal, the top seed and defending champion, needed only 70 minutes to defeat Daniil Medvedev. The victory matched the most one-sided final in the tournament’s history. Full story here.


Justin Trudeau used his position to convince Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt a criminal prosecution of the Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, says ethics commissioner Mario Dion. Full story here.

“Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s strategy of trying to win a federal election by running against Ontario Premier Doug Ford suddenly seems so yesterday. … Attempting to focus Ontario voters’ attention on Ford’s failings rather than Trudeau’s own was a desperate move. Thanks to the explosive new report from Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion, Trudeau’s Ontario strategy is dead. Anyone still think voters care about the details of Ford’s legal aid policy when they’ve got a prime minister who is in legal trouble?” Read Randall Denley’s full column here.

Montreal’s Kiss Army

Ahead of perhaps Kiss’ final show in Montreal, we spoke with members of the Kiss Army to find out why the band means so much to the city and its fans. That includes Pasquale Vari, who plans to be buried in a Kiss urn. Full story here.

Black Coalition of Quebec

“It is a historic day,” said Black Coalition of Quebec president Dan Philip, after a Superior Court decision allowed a class-action suit to move forward against the city of Montreal for incidents of racial profiling. Full story here.

B.C. fugitives

The RCMP say the two teen suspects from B.C. who spurred a country-wide manhunt shot themselves to death. Full story here.


This week, 430 Lime e-scooters were placed throughout Montreal, after city council granted a permit to the U.S.-based vehicle-sharing company. Full story here.


The association representing the province’s restaurant owners has issued a cry for help for more foreign workers to fill the jobs of cooks, servers and kitchen staff. Full story here.

Hard at Work

For the fourth year in a row, sheep are grazing the grass at Laurence Sauvageau’s outdoor yoga classes at Montreal’s Parc Maisonneuve. Full story here.

Premier François Legault

A new study has found that the Coalition Avenir Québec government has kept its campaign promise of reducing immigration in the province, but at a cost for Montrealers. Full story here.

For the first time, Premier François Legault has confirmed he will walk in Sunday’s Montreal Pride parade. Full story here.

Premier François Legault said that one of the reasons there are employee recruitment problems in Quebec is because companies are not offering wages that are high enough. Full story here.

The Legault government, in an effort to address the lack of patient care attendants in residential and long-term care centres, has decided to adopt a short-term solution by creating scholarships to make the profession more desirable. Full story here.

STI clinic

Eight months after it opened its doors, Prelib — a Montreal-based self-screening clinic that tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) — is expanding its outreach. Full story here.

Fierté Montréal

The Drag Superstars show featured stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race, strutting their stuff and encouraging fans to “celebrate their individuality, together.” For the queens involved, the event is a reminder of how far the show has come since it debuted in 2009. Full story here.

Electric Bus

“The province’s first slow-charging electric bus rolled into the Société de transport de Laval’s garage in near silence — as STL employees applauded its arrival. It is the first of 40 buses to come to both Laval and Montreal as part of a joint purchase by their respective transit agencies.” Full story here.

Grand Parc de l’Ouest

Although the Grand Parc de l’Ouest, a 3,000-hectare area of space, is great news for Montrealers, it’s also a positive sign for some endangered species in the area, according to environmentalists. Full story here.

Renewable Energy

Mayor Valérie Plante announced that the city is investing $167 million to establish a biomethanation plant for organic waste in Montreal East that will generate renewable gas energy. Full story here.

 A New School?

The Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough officially acquired a building in the Triangle district, located at 5010 Paré St. It was was sold to the borough for $9.1 million, and could become a new elementary school or community centre. Full story here.


Cyclists let us know how they feel about the current rules that are enforced by the police, after a report showed that Montrealers are ticketed 42 times as often as those in Toronto. Full story here.

Bill 21

“For teachers, it’s that time of the year again. If they haven’t already, they will soon be going back to work, getting their lesson plans ready, decorating their classrooms. But for teachers in Quebec who wear religious symbols and are not grandfathered under Bill 21, this is a sad time. For one outspoken critic of the bill and practising Sikh woman, Amrit Kaur, it means leaving her home and moving to British Columbia to pursue her passion for teaching.” Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed’s full column here.





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