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5 Montreal stories you must read this week: November 3

A billboard for Weedmaps at the corner of Cavendish and Somerled. Nov 1, 2017.
A billboard for Weedmaps at the corner of Cavendish and Somerled. Nov 1, 2017. Dan Spector / Global News

From the latest political scandal involving UPAC and a provincial MNA to billboards creating a negative buzz, here are the top five stories Global News covered in Montreal this week:

WWII veteran celebrates birthday on Remembrance Day
WWII veteran celebrates birthday on Remembrance Day

Remembering the Second World War

“You felt that if you were not in uniform, you were not doing your part.”

As Remembrance Day approaches, a Montreal Second World War veteran reflects on his time in the war — and his 95th birthday, which happens to be on Nov. 11.

READ THE STORY: Canadian WWII veteran celebrating 95th birthday on Remembrance Day

UPAC vs Ouellette

“In an unprecedented attempt at intimidation, I was the victim of a setup.”

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The latest political scandal pits Guy Ouellette, the provincial MNA for Chomedey, against the highly specialized police body known by its French acronym: UPAC.

READ THE STORY: What you need to know about Quebec’s biggest political scandal in years

Montreal Plateau built homes on garbage dump
Montreal Plateau built homes on garbage dump

Contaminated land lawsuit

“You buy a house that was built a century ago and never think there could be a landfill with industrial toxic waste underneath.”

A group of homeowners on Sherbrooke Street East isSecond World  suing the City of Montreal for failing to inform them that their land is contaminated.

READ THE STORY: Homeowners suing City of Montreal for $7M over contaminated land

Charitable thrift shop opens in Pointe-Claire
Charitable thrift shop opens in Pointe-Claire

Shopping for a good cause

“You find good stuff and it’s a good cause. It’s win-win.”

NOVA West Island provides medical services free or at low cost to West Island families. All the money from store sales, after expenses, go to the cause.

READ THE STORY: Charitable thrift shop opens in Pointe-Claire

Weedmaps billboards take a hit in Montreal
Weedmaps billboards take a hit in Montreal
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Cannabis billboards being weeded out

“Pattison Media, by advertising marijuana, is aiding and abetting criminal activity. They’re profiting from criminal activity. Though they tell me they have high ethical standards, I don’t understand how they can reconcile promoting marijuana when it’s still illegal.”

Weedmaps reviews marijuana dispensaries and pot strains, but the company’s Montreal-area billboards are creating a negative buzz among residents.

READ THE STORY: Some Montreal residents enraged over ‘Weedmaps’ billboards

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