Published on: June 1, 2017 | Last Updated: June 1, 2017 7:26 AM EDT
Photo of the day: A Palestinian man reads from the Koran, Islam's holiest book, during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Gaza City May 31, 2017. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP/Getty Images
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Oh, thank god. What if we’d run out of condos? The $400-million project to raze and build over the old Montreal Children’s Hospital site reached a crucial milestone as the city’s public consultation office praised the development’s “innovative” potential. But the office cautioned that it needs to scale back its size, increase green space and prioritize social housing for it to be deemed acceptable by west-downtown residents. Dévimco plans to replace the former hospital with six towers; mostly with condos but also a community centre, a school, 160 social housing units, a hote, and a park. Critics say its social housing units are too small and should be reserved for young, working class families. Others worry that 80-metre-tall towers will cast a shadow over much of the city’s western flank.
The city wants to be your pay pal: Montrealers opting to pay for a parking ticket online will no longer incur a $2.50 transaction fee. Last year the city processed about 700,000 financial transactions on its website, collecting $1.66 million in fees. That number was an 11 per cent increase over 2015 earnings. Now Montreal’s executive committee wants to boost that trend by nixing fees. “This is called putting your money where your mouth is,” said city councillor Harout Chitilian. So you can buy a coffee with that extra $2.50 — but don’t double-park while you get it.
Muskox wild and almost free: Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo is investigating how a muskox got out of its enclosure. A 200-pound male muskox escaped its holding area, though it didn’t get out of a secondary containment area. Staff sedated and relocated the animal quickly. But this isn’t the first time an animal at the zoo has ended up somewhere it wasn’t supposed to be. In 2014, just days after the Journey to Churchill exhibit opened, some grey wolves tunneled into the polar bear pen. No animals were hurt and the wolves were moved out of the exhibit before any visitors arrived. Muskox are Arctic mammals that roam the tundra in search of roots, mosses and lichen.
An unwelcome superhero: Lebanese authorities banned the new Wonder Woman movie hours before it was due to premiere in the capital and following a campaign against its lead actress, Gal Gadot, who served in the Israeli army. Cinemas in Beirut began removing movie posters and cinema executives said the movie will not be shown because of the ban. Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and the two countries have been through a number of wars. The ban is in accordance with a decades-old law that boycotts Israeli products and bars Lebanese citizens from travelling to Israel or having contacts with Israelis. On its front page, the leading al-Akhbar newspaper had a column titled: “The Israeli soldier. She has no place in Lebanon.” The column featured a picture of Gadot carrying her Wonder Woman shield. Warner Bros. declined comment.
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