5 Montreal stories you must read this week: April 1

This file photo shows Jean Lapierre on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on August 25, 2004. CP PHOTO/Jonathan Hayward

MONTREAL – It was a devastating week for many as well-known former federal politician and political analyst Jean Lapierre was killed in a plane crash.

It’s a story that dominated headlines, lingering in the news even as YES Montreal shone a spotlight on youth unemployment and the company that owns the Swiss Chalet chain of restaurants announced it was buying St-Hubert.

Here are the top five stories Global News covered in Montreal this week:

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Spotlight on youth unemployment

“Quite often, if English is an easier language for them, they leave Quebec. We’re losing a lot of really talented people.”

YES Montreal debuts a documentary film that spotlights the problem of youth unemployment among anglophones in Montreal and Quebec.

READ THE STORY: Documentary on Anglo struggles packs Montreal cinema

Remembering Jean Lapierre

Former federal politician and one of Quebec’s best-known political commentators, Jean-Charles Lapierre, has died after the plane he was a passenger in crashed in Îles-de-la-Madeleine, just east of Quebec.

He was 59.

READ THE STORY: Former federal politician Jean Lapierre dies in plane crash in Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Click to play video: 'Vaudreuil-Soulanges to get new hospital' Vaudreuil-Soulanges to get new hospital
Vaudreuil-Soulanges to get new hospital – Mar 28, 2016

Vaudreuil-Soulanges new hospital

“I’ve been down to Valleyfield, because that is our territory but the Lakeshore is the closest and the most convenient.”

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A project that’s long overdue may finally be coming together – Vaudreuil-Soulanges residents should soon see a hospital in their area.

READ THE STORY: Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital should open by 2022

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No to Jersey’s Saloon in NDG – Mar 31, 2016

No to Jersey’s Saloon

“It’s OK downtown but to come into a residential area, I don’t think so.”

Residents in NDG are mobilizing to oppose the opening of the Jersey’s Saloon bar, insisting it isn’t a good fit for the family-oriented borough.

READ THE STORY: New western-themed bar Jersey’s Saloon serves up controversy in NDG

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St-Hubert sold to Cara – Mar 31, 2016

St-Hubert or Swiss Chalet

“St-Hubert has had some success, but also some tougher times outside of Quebec – specifically some places in Ontario.”

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The St-Hubert restaurant business has agreed to be acquired by the owner of the Swiss Chalet chain for $537 million.

READ THE STORY: Owner of Swiss Chalet to acquire St-Hubert restaurant chain for $537M

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