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Quebec 2018 Year in Review: Montrealers rally together to help those in need

A photo of Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou at his family home.
A photo of Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou at his family home. Felicia Parrillo/Global News

The year started with Montrealers rallying to find a missing 10-year-old boy. It evolved to people working together to protect the city’s most vulnerable during a record-breaking heat wave.

And, as always, questions around construction, traffic and transit took the spotlight.

Which Montreal story was most memorable to you?

Missing, but not forgotten

“We keep faith and hope that Ariel’s coming back soon at home.”

Montrealers rallied after 10-year-old Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou disappeared last March after leaving his home in Montreal’s Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough to visit a friend, who lives a few blocks away.

READ THE STORY: Family of missing Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou forgives alleged ‘abductor’

Mountainous debate over Camillien-Houde

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Montrealers rejoiced after the city ended a five-month pilot project aimed at curbing traffic on Camillien-Houde Way on Mount Royal following the 2017 death of cyclist Clément Ouimet.

The controversial project was panned for being poorly implemented and lacking public opinion.

READ THE STORY: Camillien-Houde reopens to traffic — for now

Too hot to handle

Dozens of people died in Montreal over the summer, as the city grappled with a heatwave that smashed an almost 100-year-old record.

Health authorities noted the majority of those who died in Montreal were men who lived alone.

READ THE STORY: Montreal’s sizzling hot July 2018 nearly smashes 97-year-old heat record

Wildlife worries

“We are of the view that what they are doing is improper. It is wrong for the promoters of this to get their machinery on the ground to try and change the facts on the ground.”

The future Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) light-rail project has activists and environmental groups worried about the wildlife that may be affected by impending construction.

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READ THE STORY: Environmentalists back in court, trying to halt REM construction

Some like it hot

The Montreal real-estate market is on a roll and people are taking note.

According to real-estate board president Nathalie Begin, sales have been increasing for 43 months straight.

READ THE STORY: Montreal’s real-estate market is continuing its hot streak

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca