2019年1月21日星期一

Suspicious fire destroys historic wooden bridge in Low, Quebec

Police are investigating what they're calling a suspicious fire that destroyed a historic covered wooden bridge near Low, Que., on Saturday night.

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Quebec City's indoor amusement park reveals its $52 million face lift

After more than a year of major construction and a $52 million investment, a Quebec City shopping mall has unveiled its brand new indoor amusement ...

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Caisse De Depot Et Placement Du Quebec Increases Holding in Dr Horton ... Some Historical EQT News: 26/04/2018 – GULFPORT ENERGY – NO ...

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Winter storm batters Eastern and Central Canada

The storm is also bringing a rare combination of heavy snow, high winds and extreme cold to many parts of Quebec and southern Ontario.

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Man, 24, in critical condition following Quebec police intervention

MONTREAL — A 24-year-old man is in critical condition following a Quebec provincial police intervention northeast of Montreal. The province's police ...

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Winter storm wallops Montreal, hampering travel, causing power outages

Transports Quebec spokesperson Émilie Lord reiterated the warning. ... A spokesperson for Hydro-Québec told Global News the outage occurred at ...

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Nearly century-old covered bridge goes up in flames in Low, Que.

Quebec provincial police are investigating after a nearly century-old covered bridge went up in flames Saturday night. Police and firefighters were ...

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Extreme cold, heavy snow settle in over Central and Eastern Canada

An intense depression south of the St. Lawrence river could bring 15 to 25 centimetres of snow to the Montreal and Quebec City region, while ...

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Fierce winter storm descends on Central Eastern Canada, bringing snow and wind

The is also storm is bringing a rare combination of heavy snow, high winds and extreme cold to many parts of Quebec and southern Ontario.

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Fierce winter storm descends on Central Eastern Canada, bringing snow and wind

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Storm closes part of Trans-Canada Highway near Quebec border

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Bkd Wealth Advisors Has Upped Position in Bristol Myers Squibb Co (BMY) by $487072; As Netflix ...

Caisse De Depot Et Placement Du Quebec decreased its stake in Netflix Inc (NFLX) by 27.54% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the ...

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Caisse De Depot Et Placement Du Quebec increased its stake in Viacom Inc (VIAB) by 85.01% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the ...

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Stu Cowan: Snowstorm doesn't stop Canadiens from showing off skills

The Canadiens held their Skills Competition on Sunday morning at the Bell Centre, and the first winter skill was just getting there.

On a day when Montreal’s Fête des neiges events at Jean-Drapeau Park were cancelled because of neige, the Canadiens players and more than 10,000 fans made their way to the Bell Centre through a snowstorm and temperatures around minus-18C for the skills event.

Paul Byron, who lives on the South Shore and grew up in Ottawa, handled the snowstorm like a true Canadian, packing his family into his SUV and leaving early for the drive to the Bell Centre before winning the fastest-skater competition. The other event winners were Tomas Tatar for shooting accuracy, Shea Weber for hardest shot and Joel Armia for long-distance shooting accuracy.

Canadiens’ Paul Byron wins fastest-skater portion of the Skills Competition.

“It wasn’t too bad,” Byron said about the drive to the Bell Centre, adding he left home around 9 a.m. for the 11 a.m. Skills Competition. “Drove my car in four-by-four, went slow, took my time. I certainly doubled up the time compared to normal, but you kind of knew that this morning. Just grabbed a coffee, put on some good music and just relaxed. I got a big SUV for the family with snow tires, so I wasn’t too worried today.”

Byron admitted he was a little worried about the fastest-skater event, facing the pressure of being a huge favourite. Byron won with a lap around the ice timed in 13.68 seconds, beating Matthew Peca (14.062), Victor Mete (14.175) and Brett Kulak (14.891).

“I was pretty heavily favoured there,” Byron said. “I don’t know what the Vegas odds were for me, but when I saw the times I said: Oh, I better get going here. It was my first time ever doing a lap like that. I wasn’t sure how to take the corners, but it went pretty well otherwise.”

Things went very well for Tatar in the shooting-accuracy event — in fact, he was perfect. Players had 15 seconds to shoot at targets in the four corners of the net, and Tatar needed only four shots and 8.4 seconds to get the job done, beating out Michael Chaput (3-for-4), Brendan Gallagher (2-for-4), Kenny Agostino (1-for-4) and Charles Hudon (0-for-4).

“I’ve never tried it before,” Tatar said about the event. “It was the first time for me. I was pretty nervous what was going to happen out there. It’s not easy. I wasn’t really sure if I was going to be making it, but I was fortunate enough.”

Weber was the heavy favourite in the hardest-shot competition and didn’t disappoint, winning with a blast of 103 miles per hour. But it wasn’t as easy as expected for Weber, who barely edged out Jeff Petry’s 102-mph blast. Other players in the event were Karl Alzner (97 mph), Mike Reilly (94 mph), Nicolas Deslauriers (92 mph) and Jordie Benn (91 mph).

“Yes and no,” Byron said when asked if he was surprised by Petry’s performance. “You’ve seen him shoot pretty hard in the game. He can really rip it and in those competitions you always got to hit the right spot to get a good time and 102 is certainly pretty hard, and to get it that close to Shea is pretty impressive.”

Armia was impressive in the long-distance shooting-accuracy event, winning with a total of eight points on shots at a variety of targets on and off the ice. Armia was able to edge out Max Domi, Phillip Danault, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Artturi Lehkonen, who all had seven points, while Jonathan Drouin finished last with five points.

Not surprisingly, the Canadiens players had some friendly wagers on who would win the events.

Canadiens centre Max Domi, left, and defenceman Jordie Benn share a laugh Sunday.

“Not for the fastest skater,” Byron said with a grin. “No one wanted that one. But I know for the hardest shot there might have been some internal betting on it. I’m not quite aware what the terms were (most likely who would finish second), but I know they were all pretty curious to see who would win aside from Shea.”

Deslauriers was smiling in the dressing room afterward, boasting that all his picks ended up being winners. Deslauriers said he wasn’t nervous after Petry posted his 102-mph shot, which Weber was only able to tie on his first of two attempts before delivering his winning blast.

“We knew Petey had a bomb, but Shea only needed 102.1 to win,” Deslauriers said with a smile. “So he got enough at 103.”

Shea Weber was the heavy favourite in the hardest-shot portion of the Skills Competition and didn’t disappoint, winning with a blast of 103 miles per hour.

Quite a few of the players had their children sitting on the bench during the Skills Competition and Byron’s two young kids were in the dressing room with him afterward when the media entered.

“It was cool,” Byron said. “It’s a good day to spend with your family. You get in the grind of the season, there’s a lot of days when you don’t see them when you’re on the road, you’re playing games. To share that experience, have them on the bench, they get to see me skate as fast as I can. It was pretty cool.”

Nothing a Montreal snowstorm was going to stop.

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Canadiens Notebook: Jesperi Kotkaniemi dazzles fans with shootout move

There were a lot of kids among the more than 10,000 fans in attendance for the Canadiens’ Skills Competition on Sunday morning at the Bell Centre.

None of them had a bigger smile than Jesperi Kotkaniemi, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who have watched the Canadiens rookie play this season. The 18-year-old looked like he was having a blast while skating around wearing a Canadiens tuque.

“It was fun,” Kotkaniemi said afterward in the Canadiens’ locker room. “It was nice to spend time with the boys.”

Kotkaniemi took part in the long-distance shooting competition, losing by one point to fellow Finn Joel Armia. But Kotkaniemi dazzled the fans with a move he used during a shootout competition as his Red Team lost 9-8 to the White team.

Kotkaniemi skated into the slot before scooping the puck up with his stick and then spinning around and firing the puck backhanded into the top corner of the net.

How many times has he practised that move?

“I don’t know,” Kotkaniemi said. “Not many times. It’s actually a pretty easy one.”

Really?

“I’m not good in shootouts, though,” Kotkaniemi added with a smile.

Skills Competition winners

There were four events in the Skills Competition and the winners were Paul Byron (fastest skater), Shea Weber (hardest shot), Tomas Tatar (shooting accuracy) and Joel Armia (long-distance shooting accuracy).

Here are the final results:

FASTEST SKATER
(One lap around rink)

Paul Byron, 13.68 seconds
Matthew Peca, 14.062
Victor Mete, 14.175
Brett Kulak, 14.891

HARDEST SHOT

Shea Weber, 103 mph
Jeff Petry, 102 mph
Karl Alzner, 97 mph
Mike Reilly, 94 mph
Nicolas Deslauriers, 92 mph
Jordie Benn, 91 mph

SHOOTING ACCURACY
(Trying to hit four targets in corners of net within 15 seconds)

Tomas Tatar, 4-for-4 (8.4 seconds)
Michael Chaput, 3-for-4
Brendan Gallagher, 2-for-4
Kenny Agostino, 1-for-4
Charles Hudon, 0-for-4

LONG-DISTANCE SHOOTING ACCURACY
(Shooting at a variety of targets)

Joel Armia, 8 points
Max Domi, 7 points
Phillip Danault, 7 points
Jesperi Kotkaniemi, 7 points
Artturi Lehkonen, 7 points
Jonathan Drouin, 5 points

Oh, the weather outside is frightful

It was an impressive fan turnout for the Skills Competition since there was a snowstorm going on outside and the temperature was around minus-18C.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi is lucky because he lives downtown, near the Bell Centre, unlike many of his teammates who live on the South Shore and had a tricky commute.

“This weather is terrible,” Kotkaniemi said. “I haven’t seen that before. There’s just rain in Finland … sometimes a little bit of snow, but not like that. That’s pretty crazy.”

Tomas Tatar, who lives downtown, said he was impressed by the fan turnout during the snowstorm.

“We really appreciate the fans finding a way to come,” he said. “I woke up this morning and looked outside and it was just a disaster. I wasn’t really sure if this was going to be happening or not. But, obviously, the fans are standing behind us. They found a way to come here and it was amazing.”

Tough day for Hudon

This has been a tough season for Charles Hudon, who has been a regular healthy scratch, and he struggled Sunday in the shooting accuracy event, finishing last after going 0-for-4. But Paul Byron defended his teammate afterward.

“I noticed he was like four or five feet behind everybody else,” Byron said about Hudon, who shot first. “Each guy moved up and went a little bit closer. So I think the trick in that one was to go last and shoot from the top of the crease.

“It’s tough when there’s pressure on you, you got to go first,” Byron added. “I think a lot of them were hitting the bar or just under the bar. The target certainly looks big, but when you’re shooting at it it looks like this tiny little thing that you have to hit. So it’s hard going first.”

Carey Price also tried the shooting accuracy event and went 3-for-4 while using his goalie stick. Backup goalie Antti Niemi also tried it but went 0-for-4.

Deslauriers has bandaged hand

When Nicolas Deslauriers met with the media in the locker room after the Skills Competition, his left hand was wrapped in a red bandage, which he said was protecting some cuts and scrapes from his fight with the Bruins’ Kevan Miller during a 3-2 OT win last Monday in Boston.

“That’s part of the job,” Deslauriers said. “That’s one thing, I think I have a magnet to hit the helmet a lot. It’s hard to miss, but it’s all fine now.”

Deslauriers’ fight with Millar was a wild one with both players throwing big punches.

“It was fun to be in it,” Deslauriers said. “It was two guys squaring off. I felt like it was the right time for me to do it and the guys responded well and made me look a little bit better.”

Deslauriers missed the first six games this season after suffering a facial fracture during a pre-season fight with the New Jersey Devils’ Brandon Baddock. Deslauriers said he has put that behind him and hasn’t hesitated to drop the gloves again since.

“I think you can see in that fight (with Miller) I wasn’t thinking about it at all,” he said. “My first good test was in Minny when I fought (Nick) Seeler. I don’t think the doc is pretty happy with it. But I’ve said from the start it’s not going to stop me.”

Deslauriers’s wife, Joanie, gave birth to their third child last month and his family joined him at the Bell Centre for the Skills Competition.

“It takes your head off of everything,” he said about the event. “It’s all about the fans. I’ve never experienced one of those things and to have the family close and have them on the bench, it’s fun. It was fun for the whole family.”

“Just playing here is something special,” Deslauriers added. “You can see how much this hockey town loves hockey.”

Byron turns suspension into a teaching tool

Paul Byron will serve the final game of his three-game suspension Wednesday night when the Arizona Coyotes visit the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., SN1, RDS, TSN 690 Radio). Byron was suspended for delivering a blow to the head of Florida defenceman MacKenzie Weegar during last Tuesday night’s 5-1 win over the Panthers at the Bell Centre.

Byron’s young son has started to play hockey and Byron has used his suspension as a parental teaching tool for his son and daughter about how their actions have consequences.

“They know that I had a bad penalty and I didn’t do what I was supposed to do,” Byron said. “They know I’m at the game watching now. I tell him all the time when he’s playing to be careful with your stick, be careful what you do against other players. You got to play the right way.

“You got to take the positive out of it and use it as a moment to teach, for sure,” Byron added. “Hockey is an emotional game. There’s a lot going on and you got to find a way to control yourself, control your body. That’s unfortunate. I didn’t mean for it to happen, but it did and you got to move forward with it.”

What’s next?

After Sunday’s Skills Competition, the Canadiens announced Monday’s scheduled practice in Brossard has been cancelled.

The Canadiens will practise at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Brossard as they prepare to play the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., SN1, RDS, TSN 609 Radio).

After that, the Canadiens will enjoy the all-star break, followed by a bye week in the schedule and they won’t play again until their annual back-to-back Super Bowl weekend matinee games at the Bell Centre against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, Feb. 2 (2 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) and the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, Feb. 3 (2 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

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#ICYMI: Snow what, skilled Habs, other news

In Case You Missed It (#ICYMI) is a daily feature highlighting news in and around Montreal.

Drivers are being urged to avoid non-essential travel, buses are being rerouted, flights are cancelled, and Hydro-Québec’s dealing with power outages.

Read and be thankful if you stayed home: Unusually cold snowstorm hits Montreal region

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Quebec is preparing to give new impetus to its international economic influence in three ways: with its network of delegations abroad, with Investissement Québec, which provides business assistance, and through the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Read more here: François Legault in France, pushing for more exports and investment

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While Montreal’s Fête des neiges events were cancelled, more than 10,000 fans showed up at Bell Centre to watch Skills Competition.

Stu Cowan digs into the story: Snowstorm doesn’t stop Canadiens from showing off skills

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A 24-year-old man started struggling with officers while being transported to a hospital and suffered a cardiac arrest.

For more details go here: SQ intervention ends with man in critical condition, BEI investigating

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I am thankful for a West Island forest where you have 25 kilometres of walking trails, but it’s sterile. So, for the discriminating (read: annoying) hiker like myself, I think the sanctuary needs to be spiced up. How? (I’m glad you asked.)

Victor Schukov stirs the potMorgan Arboretum needs to be spiced up

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Winners at Habs Skills Competition include Paul Byron (fastest skater), Shea Weber (hardest shot) and Tomas Tatar (shooting accuracy).

Canadiens notebook: Jesperi Kotkaniemi dazzles fans with shootout move

 



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Jack Todd: Forecast is more snow and continued hockey playoff hysteria

Oh, my. A snowstorm and a seven- or eight-team Eastern Conference playoff race. It doesn’t get better than this — unless you’re sitting under a palm tree sipping margaritas from a coconut.

I’ve seen playoff races. We’ve all seen playoff races. But I don’t know I’ve seen so many teams crowded into such a tight space so late in the season.

Saturday morning, it looked like this, following the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are so far out in front they can spend the rest of the season giving players time off and tuning up for the playoffs. For the rest, the race is so tight you can hardly get a shiv in its ribs:

— New York Islanders: 60 points

— Toronto: 60 points

— Washington: 59 points

— Columbus: 59 points

— Boston: 59 points

— Montreal: 59 points

— Pittsburgh: 58 points

The Buffalo Sabres are still in it as well, with 54 points in 48 games, but they have faded to the fringe of the race and need a hot streak to get back in it. The rest — oy!

The Islanders led the Metropolitan Division and Toronto was a solid second in the Atlantic, so both had a leg up on the rest. (And, yes, the irony of the John Tavares move from one team to the other has not escaped us. Nor has the fact Barry Trotz is one helluva coach, a fact that seemed lost on Capitals management after their Stanley Cup win.)

Going into Saturday night’s game at home against the bottom-feeding Philadelphia Flyers, the Canadiens had a chance to vault into the top of the bunch. But the Flyers are a different team with Carter Hart in goal and the Habs wasted their chance.

Philadelphia Flyers’ James van Riemsdyk moves in on Canadiens goaltender Antti Niemi in Montreal on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

Disaster? Not quite — all the other teams in that bunch who were playing Saturday also lost. The Bruins, Blue Jackets and Penguins all went down as well, Pittsburgh by a 7-3 score to the Vegas Golden Knights with Casey DeSmith in goal and the Penguins as sloppy as they can get.

On paper, you would think the Penguins, Capitals and Bruins, all perennial contenders, are the teams from this group that can’t miss. But the Penguins have lost four of their last seven, DeSmith has struggled lately, Sidney Crosby isn’t quite the force of nature he has been, and nothing is set in stone.

So Monday morning, the standings look as they had Saturday morning, give or take a few games in hand. Toronto, Washington, the Isles, Columbus and Pittsburgh have all played 48 games, Boston 49 and the Canadiens 50. (The Sabres, four points back of Pittsburgh, had also played 48 games.)

Since winning the Stanley Cup in October, the Leafs have been treading water, more so since the much-ballyhooed signing of holdout William Nylander. Toronto is still one of the favourites, but the Leafs still have the problems they had before the signings of Tavares and Nylander: a suspect defence and goaltending that is not bad but something less than all-universe.

The Leafs hosted the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday night — an excellent way to get healthy in a hurry— but lost 4-2. The Caps also lost — 8-5 to Chicago — and the Islanders won 3-1 against Anaheim.

Six teams in the East now have betweeen 58 and 60 points.

The surprise is the Canadiens are in it at all — not to mention the Isles, who weren’t contenders with Tavares, but were leading the division without him.

Perhaps we shouldn’t call this a playoff race at all. With Buffalo the only outsider within striking distance, it’s quite probable all seven teams will make it. The question then isn’t so much getting a ticket to the dance, it’s jockeying for position and home-ice advantage — and the name of the game is Avoid the Lightning.

The Bolts somehow managed to lose to the Leafs at home last week, but that’s deceptive. They’re as loaded up front as Toronto and they’re stronger on defence and in goal. With the Predators struggling a bit and the hockey universe not quite willing to believe in Calgary, Tampa Bay is the team to beat.

Right now, the Habs are a good bet to draw the short straw and get yet another matchup with the Lightning, the fourth since 2004, unless the Sabres get hot and ruin the party, which is entirely possible.

That’s the thing about what is essentially a 30-game season. Anything can happen. Over 82 games, the cream tends to rise, but over any short stretch (October, say) you never know.

In ways apart from the game on the ice, the Maple Leafs are by far the more frightening opponent. With fans in Toronto expecting Mike Babcock’s team to breeze to its second cup in six months, the atmosphere in Hogtown will be morbidly hysterical — and you can multiply that by 1,000 if the Canadiens are the first-round opponent.

Given fans in Montreal start hitting the hysteria button in mid-August, that’s a matchup only a masochist would crave. A masochist — or a hockey fan. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference.

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Unusually cold snowstorm hits Montreal region

Winter threw everything it had at Montrealers on Sunday, from 23 centimetres of snow to wind to sub-zero temperatures that felt like minus 31 with the wind chill.

By late Sunday afternoon, the snow had lightened up in Montreal and the wind dropped from peak gusts of 70 km/h earlier in the day. The winter storm warning issued Sunday morning by Environment Canada was lifted at 5:07 p.m. Total snow accumulation was 23 cm, with some more expected overnight.

The snow started overnight Saturday but the real storm hit Montreal about 8 a.m. Sunday, said Environment Canada meteorologist Catherine Vallières. And as the wind kicked up at about 9 a.m., blowing snow was added to the mix.

“From experience, when there is snow, it’s never an easy rush hour,” Vallières said on Sunday evening in anticipation of the situation on Monday morning. “But it will be much better than what we had today.”

Sunday was marked by delayed and cancelled flights, snow-covered highways, near-zero visibility and bone-chilling cold.

“In my 20 years of working as a professional meteorologist, I don’t remember any weather pattern like that,” said Environment Canada’s Alexandre Parent.

Three provincial ministers issued a joint statement alerting citizens to the frostbite risk. Parent said the combination of snow, cold and wind rarely happens in Quebec, since temperatures usually go up when it snows.

“To have a combination of a snowstorm with significant amounts of snow — we’re talking about 20 to 25 cm with this winter storm — and to have really cold temperatures — in Montreal we stand at minus 18 — that’s really what stands out,” he said.

A man digs a path for his car along Notre Dame St. in Montreal on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

The cocktail of snow, wind and cold made driving treacherous, with the Quebec transportation department urging drivers to stay home if possible.

“What’s making this snowstorm difficult in terms of road conditions is that, as we all know, low temperatures mean that when they put salt on the road it’s not as effective,” Parent said.

Many Quebecers heeded warnings to stay off the road. Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Sergeant Claude Denis said despite a number of fender-benders in Montreal and across the province, no major accidents or injuries were reported.

On Sunday evening the SQ reported crashes on highways in areas including Vaudreuil, Ste-Julie, Laval and Terrebonne but, mercifully, no serious injuries.

The freezing conditions were particularly bitter for thousands of West Island residents who woke up Sunday morning to a power outage caused by broken equipment. A total 25 power outages on the island of Montreal affected 4,496 households. Power was gradually restored throughout the morning. As of 9 p.m., there were about 2,400 customers without power in Montreal and about 400 in Laval.

A tractor clears Notre-Dame St. in Montreal on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

Mayor Valérie Plante and Jean-François Parenteau, the mayor of Verdun and executive committee member responsible for snow removal, tweeted that city crews were already at work clearing streets and sidewalks.

Snow-removal operations would start Monday at 7 p.m., they announced Sunday afternoon.

“In order for the operation to proceed quickly and safely, we are asking the public to avoid, as far as possible, travelling outside. Otherwise, be cautious when approaching snow-removal vehicles, respect street signage and use public transit,” Parenteau said in a statement.

The city will deploy nearly 2,200 vehicles to clear 10,000 kilometres of streets and sidewalks, he said.

The city advised residents to download the Info-Neige MTL app or consult ville.montreal.qc.ca/deneigement to find out when and where snow will be removed, where to park and when to move vehicles. If there is a discrepancy between online information and snow-clearing signs on your street, the street signs have priority.

Residents can also download the Montreal Service aux citoyens app to receive alerts on snow clearing and traffic or to report problems.

They can also find out about towed vehicles on Système Info-Remorquage.

The Société de Transport de Montréal rerouted some buses away from steep hills because of slippery conditions on Sunday, including Ridgewood Ave., Beaver Hall Hill and Victoria Ave.

The STM also warned because of the snow, buses might not be able to extend the ramp for wheelchair users.

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More than 100 flights at Montreal International Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport were delayed or cancelled as planes faced zero visibility and runways blanketed with snow. Aéroports de Montréal advised travellers to arrive three hours before their flight and to check with their airline and admtl.com, the airport’s website.

East of Montreal, snowfall reached 30 centimetres in the Eastern Townships and more than 60 centimetres was expected in the Gaspé region. By Sunday evening, the Gaspé airport had reported 32 cm.

Highways 20 and 132 were closed in both directions between Montmagny and Lévis and ferry service across the St. Lawrence River between Matane and Baie-Comeau was suspended.

The storm was caused by a low-pressure system centred near New York City that was moving toward New Brunswick, Parent said.

“There’s a corridor of really intense snowfall in northern New York state, northern New Hampshire, Maine, southern Quebec, the Eastern Townships, Beauce and the Gaspé,” he said.

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SQ intervention ends with man in critical condition, BEI investigating

A 24-year-old man is in critical condition following a Sûreté du Québec intervention on Saturday night in Joliette.

A 911 call around 6 p.m. led officers to a building, where they found a man in crisis — bloodied and seemingly intoxicated.

The man reportedly collaborated with officers and agreed to be transported to a hospital by ambulance. While being transported, he allegedly started struggling and officers tried to control him, at which point he suffered a cardiac arrest.

He was revived, but officials fear for his life.

The Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI) has been tasked with investigating this incident. Montreal police will assist the BEI in this investigation.

The BEI is responsible for investigating all cases where a person is killed or seriously injured during a police intervention or while detained by police.



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François Legault in France, pushing for more exports and investment

PARIS — Quebec is preparing to give new impetus to its international economic influence in three ways: with its network of delegations abroad, with Investissement Québec, which provides business assistance, and through the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Quebec premier François Legault promised that Quebec’s action would be better coordinated and less compartmentalized.

The government’s action plan for economic development should be ready in the coming weeks, the premier told the Canadian Press Sunday in an interview during the three-day mission to Paris he is leading.

The goal is to increase foreign investment and trade. The plan will have specific targets, he said.

“I am a results man and what I want is to create wealth in Quebec. To create wealth, we have to do two things: increase our exports, because that comes from the manufacturing sector, where there are jobs that pay well; second, we have to attract more investment to Quebec to increase productivity,” Legault said. He said he would not hesitate to take more foreign trips.

New York and Washington

Following a trip to Boston in November and the trip to Paris and Davos in January, Legault plans to travel to New York and Washington in February to carry his message about economic development and to look for customers for our surplus electricity.

“We will change the role of Investissement Québec, we will better attach Investissement Québec to general delegations abroad,” added Legault.

He confirming that he is looking for a new president for Investissement Québec, a better match for the profile being sought, he said.

Investissement Québec has 12 foreign offices but the results are not there, in the eyes of the premier.

Currently, 70 per cent of Quebec’s exports are to the United States. That’s way too much, according to Legault, a big believer in the importance of market diversification.

The new president will have a clear mandate: “to close deals, as they say in English,” in other words to increase investment in Quebec by foreign companies offering annual salaries of more than $50,000.

The Caisse de dépôt, which according to Legault has “the best international network,” will also be pulled in.

The mandate of Quebec delegations relative to diplomacy and culture will remain unchanged, said Legault, but the commercial and business component will be strengthened.

An injection of financial and personnel resources is being considered.

The example of France

During his three-day mission to Paris, Legault will have meetings with heads of French multinationals, which he sees as potential investors in Quebec.

Despite its close relationship with Quebec, France ranks sixth among its trading partners.

“It’s almost ridiculous,” he said, calculating that Quebec’s trade in a year with France is equivalent to “three days with the United States.”

On Tuesday Legault will preside at a conference lunch at the Paris Stock Exchange with 350 hand-picked guests, most from the cream of the business world of metropolitan France.

Quebec Prime Minister Francois Legault (C) and his wife Isabelle Brais (L) meet Haitian and Canadian novelist, journalist and member of the Academie Francaise Dany Laferriere (R) in Saint Germain des Pres, in Paris, on January 20, 2019.

On Sunday he was with writer Dany Laferrière, member of the Académie française, at the legendary Paris café Les Deux Magots.

Also on Legault’s agenda are meetings with some leaders of large French companies that subscribe to the CAC 40, the benchmark French stock market index.

Monday will be devoted to political and diplomatic exchanges. Premier Legault will visit French president Emmanuel Macron at Élysée Palace; he will meet with French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, National Assembly president Richard Ferrand and Senate president Gérard Larcher.

On Wednesday morning Legault leaves France for Switzerland, to participate in the 49th World Economic Forum in Davos on the theme of globalization. Every year, the event draws political and economic leaders from around the world.



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