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5 Montreal stories you must read this week: February 3

A woman places flowers near a mosque where a Sunday night shooting left six people dead, Monday, January 30, 2017 in Quebec City. .
A woman places flowers near a mosque where a Sunday night shooting left six people dead, Monday, January 30, 2017 in Quebec City. . The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson

From a tragic event in Quebec City to the backlash and devastation it caused an entire community, here are the top five stories Global News covered in Montreal this week:

Dog dies in Pierrefonds park trap
Dog dies in Pierrefonds park trap

Trapped

Jean Jallet wants Pierrefonds-Roxboro officials to investigate after he claims his dog, Buster, was caught in an animal trap.

Jallet said the Boston terrier’s neck was snapped.

READ THE STORY: Pierrefonds-Roxboro man claims animal trap killed dog in park

Quebec City mosque shooting victim families move on
Quebec City mosque shooting victim families move on

Reliving a war

“It was like the situation that made me live in hiding in Iraq.”

With the discussion surrounding Islamophobia front and centre following the Quebec City mosque attacks, Muslims say they are still fearful.

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READ THE STORY: Quebec City man relives Iraq war horror after mosque attack

Montreal hate crimes up since mosque shooting
Montreal hate crimes up since mosque shooting

Hate crime up

“The numbers are going up.”

There have been 14 reports of hate crimes in Montreal since the Quebec City mosque shooting Sunday, said Montreal police chief Philippe Pichet.

READ THE STORY: Hate crimes spike in Montreal after Quebec City mosque shooting

Scarce social services for autistic Quebecers
Scarce social services for autistic Quebecers

Scarce social services

“We really believe the time has come for the government to step up to the plate.”

An estimated 150,000 Quebecers are living with autism spectrum disorder, and many are not getting the services they need.

READ THE STORY: Calls for increased government funding of autism services in Quebec

Verdun woman denied disability insurance
Verdun woman denied disability insurance

Denied disability benefits

“I was told by the claim adjuster who was on the phone: ‘cancer patients work, depression does not make you totally disabled.’”

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Jennifer Napper is speaking out after being denied disability insurance from her private insurer even though she’s been diagnosed with severe depression.

READ THE STORY: Verdun woman suffering from depression denied disability benefits

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca