12 news stories from Montreal in 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just after Denis Coderre was elected mayor of Montreal, the Internet was buzzing with photos, jokes and comments over an online trend called “#Coderring.”
December: Vito Rizzuto funeral
Hundreds of mourners attended a funeral in Little Italy for reputed Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto.
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