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5 Montreal stories you must read this week: November 17

Valérie Plante, Montreal’s first female mayor, signs the livre d'or at her inauguration, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.
Valérie Plante, Montreal’s first female mayor, signs the livre d'or at her inauguration, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Global News

It’s official: Montreal’s first female mayor has been sworn in.

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

Lawsuit approved for stranded drivers after Montreal snowstorm
Lawsuit approved for stranded drivers after Montreal snowstorm

Stranded all night

“The whole next day I couldn’t work. I was dehydrated, I stayed up all night.”

A class-action lawsuit linked to the massive pileup on Highway 13 last March has been approved by a Quebec superior court judge.

READ THE STORY: Lawsuit approved for stranded Hwy. 13 drivers after massive Montreal snowstorm

Phillips Square merchants pushed out
Phillips Square merchants pushed out

Uncertain future

“We’ve been here for 30 years and they have the audacity to ask us to leave.”

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Plans to revitalize downtown Montreal’s Phillips Square could mean imminent closure for some longtime outdoor merchants.

READ THE STORY: Future uncertain for Montreal businesses in Phillips Square

Planting roots in history

“I may have a new role as mayor, but I will fight for you.”

Valérie Plante, Montreal’s first female mayor, was sworn in at a ceremony at Marché Bonsecours.

READ THE STORY: Valérie Plante sworn in as Montreal’s first female mayor

Quebecers receive medals of honour
Quebecers receive medals of honour

Outstanding Quebecers

Five exceptional and well-known Quebecers were awarded the National Assembly Medal of Honour.

The award dates back to 2001 and recipients are chosen by MNAs.

READ THE STORY: 5 Quebecers receive National Assembly Medal of Honour

Is Montreal’s beloved Just for Laughs in jeopardy?
Is Montreal’s beloved Just for Laughs in jeopardy?

Who’s laughing now

“Why create a new festival when there’s already one going strong that we built in the past 30 years?”

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The Just For Laughs Festival has never faced such uncertainty.

READ THE STORY: Lost to Toronto? Sold to Netflix? Future uncertain for Just For Laughs

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca

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