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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.
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:

Petition for bilingual road signs in Quebec
Petition for bilingual road signs in Quebec

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.”

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

Dramatic multi-car pile-up in Montreal
Dramatic multi-car pile-up in Montreal

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.

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

Tourisme Montreal says ‘sorry, Toronto’
Tourisme Montreal says ‘sorry, Toronto’

Sorry, Toronto

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

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

Is Montreal’s Christmas tree pathetic?
Is Montreal’s Christmas tree pathetic?

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?

Children’s Wish takes kids to North Pole to see Santa
Children’s Wish takes kids to North Pole to see Santa

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