December 31, 2013 4:32 pm

12 news stories from Montreal in 2013

Pasta al limone.

Ted Gibson/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Quebec and Montreal are hotbeds for news stories – from “pastagate” to the Charter of Values to the Mafia.

Take a look at Global News’ selection of Montreal- and Quebec-based news stories covered in each month of 2013.

Is there a news story we missed? Let us know in the comments.

January: Marois in Scotland
Quebec premier Pauline Marois came under fire after her visit to the Scottish Parliament to meet with her counterpart, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond.

Quebec premier Pauline Marois meets Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond in January 2013. Courtesy Chris Watts

Courtesy Chris Watts

February: Alley rinks threatened
Montrealers joined together in protest after a rite of passage for many young Montrealers was threatened when city officials shut down an alleyway skating rink.

Nostalgia for many Montrealers involves a game of hockey in an alley.

Global News

March: Nishiyuu Walkers
The walk began when David Kawapit Jr., a 17-year-old from the isolated community of Whapmagoostui in northern Quebec, decided to trudge 1,600 kilometres from the edge of Hudson Bay to Ottawa in support of better conditions for aboriginal people.

A group of young aboriginal people who travelled 1,600 kilometre on foot from the James Bay Cree community of Whapmagoostui, Quebec celebrate their arrival on Parliament hill in Ottawa, Monday, March 25, 2013.

Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press

April: Oprah comes to Montreal
They came from far and wide to see her, clutching their tickets like precious jewels and bearing offerings both large and small. When Oprah appeared, the floor of the Bell Centre vibrated and the rafters shook as 15,000 fans rose to their feet and cheered.

“The Oprah Winfrey Show”

May: Montreal’s asphalt cartel
Gilles Théberge, a witness at Quebec’s corruption inquiry and a former high-ranking employee of the construction firm Sintra, described how the asphalt cartel operated in the Montreal area.

A glimpse of an asphalt production site near Montreal.

Global News

June: Soccer turban ban scrapped
The Quebec Soccer Federation ended its internationally criticized turban ban and the Canadian Soccer Association welcomed it back into the fold.

The Quebec Soccer Federation announced the end of its ban on June 15, 2013, saying it was relieved to receive clear instructions from FIFA on what has become a contentious issue.

Mike Armstrong/Global News

July: Millions donate to help Lac-Megantic
Less than a month after an explosion destroyed the town of Lac-Megantic, the generosity of Quebecers raised a total of $7.2 million in donations for the Red Cross, earmarked for supporting families and businesses.

A concerned resident waits July 7, 2013 near an aid station set up after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic, Que.

François Laplante-Delagrave/AFP/Getty Images

August: Sinkhole
What’s a Montreal news review without a sinkhole story? In August, a section of a downtown commercial street swallowed a backhoe as city crews were getting ready to repair a leaky water main.

A backhoe was swallowed by a sinkhole in downtown Montreal on August 5, 2013.

Aalia Adam/Global News

September: Charter of Values
The Parti Quebecois unveiled the details of its controversial Charter of Quebec Values, with a ban on religious symbols drawing the most criticism.

A glimpse of what conspicuous religious symbols the Quebec government suggests are acceptable and unacceptable.

Global News

October: Macdonald campus fire
A barn and over 100 cows were saved thanks to a quick-thinking employee and students at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.

Over 100 cows were saved from certain death in a fire at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue on October 31, 2013.

Barry Donnelly/Global News

November: Coderring
Just after Denis Coderre was elected mayor of Montreal, the Internet was buzzing with photos, jokes and comments over an online trend called “#Coderring.”

Montreal mayor Denis Coderre holds the flag for the city.

David Sedell/Global News

December: Vito Rizzuto funeral
Hundreds of mourners attended a funeral in Little Italy for reputed Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto.

One of the floral arrangements spotted on a limousine at the funeral for reputed Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto featured a golf bag with “Vito.”

Domenic Fazioli/Global News

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