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5 Montreal stories you must read this week: December 9

Slippery conditions caused a multiple car pile-up near Square Victoria in Montreal, Monday, December 5, 2016. Colin Creado

From a dramatic pile-up on Beaver Hall Hill to Place-des-Arts’ lopsided Christmas tree and sick children taking the trip of a lifetime, here are the top five stories Global News covered in Montreal this week:

Click to play video: 'Petition for bilingual road signs in Quebec' Petition for bilingual road signs in Quebec
Petition for bilingual road signs in Quebec – Dec 6, 2016

Bilingual signs

“All traffic signs and electronic alerts/messages dealing with public safety or health [should] be in both French and English, when no symbol or pictograph exists.”
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There is a movement in Quebec to push for more road signs to have bilingual writing on them.

READ THE STORY: Movement pushes for more bilingual road signs in Quebec

Click to play video: 'Dramatic multi-car pile-up in Montreal' Dramatic multi-car pile-up in Montreal
Dramatic multi-car pile-up in Montreal – Dec 5, 2016

Slipping and sliding

“Crazy morning outside the office.”

Two transit buses, a police car, a snow plough and several cars spun out and smashed into each other, seemingly unable to navigate the wintry weather.

READ THE STORY: Montreal transit buses, cars, trucks slam into each other in winter weather

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Tourisme Montreal says ‘sorry, Toronto’ – Dec 7, 2016

Sorry, Toronto

“Dear neighbours from Toronto and New York, we’re turning 375 in 2017 so we’ll be celebrating all year.”

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An unexplained banner reading “Sorry, Toronto” was seen was flying over Toronto this week, leaving many people confused.

READ THE STORY: Tourisme Montreal behind confusing ‘sorry’ banner seen flying over Toronto

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Is Montreal’s Christmas tree pathetic? – Dec 6, 2016

Oh, Christmas tree

“It’s not the most beautiful tree, but it’s true, it’s authentic.”

Montreal’s Christmas tree at Place des Arts was supposedly designed to compete with New York’s legendary Rockefeller display – but it isn’t quite living up to grand expectations.

READ THE STORY: ‘They should try harder’: Is Montreal’s grand Christmas tree ugly?

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Children’s Wish takes kids to North Pole to see Santa – Dec 7, 2016

Flying high

Children with serious illnesses, along with their families, got a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a flight to the “North Pole” to see Santa Claus.

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During the 90-minute flight, Saint Nick himself made a surprise appearance, distributing special gifts to the sick children.

READ THE STORY: Sick children take to the sky to meet Santa Claus

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca

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