A look at the day’s events in and around Montreal:Passengers on a Montreal-bound flight spent six hours stranded in the plane after it diverted to Ottawa
An Air Transat flight from Brussels diverted to Ottawa because of thunderstorms, which is when the problems began. A passenger told the Presse Canadienne that they’d been prevented from leaving the sweltering plane for six hours after it landed. One of the passengers called 911 to address the conditions on the plane.
In other Canadian aviation news, Air Canada recorded a profit in the last quarter while transporting a record number of passengers.The management of last weekend’s Formula E race did not please Quebecers, a new poll suggests
The problem was not that the race was held in Montreal, so much as the way in which it was put on. A majority of respondents to an online survey conducted on behalf of TVA Nouvelles and the Journal de Montréal said the event had been mismanaged, should have been held on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and was too expensive. Support for electric car racing, however, remains strong as 60 per cent of respondents said they favoured holding such an event in Montreal. In other Formula E news, Coalition Montréal leader Marvin Rotrand has called on the city to detail the full costs of staging this year’s event.Osheaga isn’t just organized by Quebecers — many of its suppliers are also local
Osheaga’s stages, for instance, are made by a local company. They arrive as semi trailers and are unfolded and raised into position with hydraulic lifts. The founder of Stageline, which builds these stages and supplies them around the world, likens his creations to “big Transformer toys.” Montreal’s Solotech, which handles the festival’s audio-visual needs, is another example of a local company that has gone international. It has worked on American shows for Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen.
In other Osheaga news, the festival’s organizers are adapting to the challenges of this year’s new location.Hydro-Québec plans on asking for permission to raise its monthly rates by 1.1 per cent
Such a request would have to be made to Quebec’s Régie de l’énergie and would represent the largest fee increase since 2015. In each of the last three years, Hydro-Québec has received permission for lower rate increases than it had initially requested. Hydro-Québec says the mooted increase would cost apartment dwellers about 47 extra cents per month and people who live in a large house an extra $2.95 a month.Montreal-based video game maker Thunder Lotus Games has released its second game, Sundered
The game was more than a year and a half in the making, but the company’s work is not yet done. “All the reviews came out yesterday, so we’re already looking at what can we fix, what can we address, how can we improve the game, how do we make sure that players are really getting the best experience possible,” said Will Dubé, the company’s founder.
Thunder Lotus Games has just released its second video game, Sundered. Designer Ian Lafontaine checks for bugs. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette
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