Published on: August 2, 2017 | Last Updated: August 2, 2017 10:00 PM EDT
A look at the day’s events in and around Montreal:The Big O was pressed into service as a temporary shelter for refugee claimants
The decision to use Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in this manner was made in the face of an increasing wave of Haitian refugees that shows no sign of abating. This influx may have been provoked by Donald Trump’s threat in May to remove temporary protections for Haitian refugees that the American government put in place after the country’s 2010 earthquake. Quebec officials say they received four times as many refugee claims in July as they do in an average month.Canada’s latest census results are out, and they reveal the country’s “new normal”
The new figures suggest that the nuclear family, for instance, is in decline; more Canadians now live alone than in traditional families. The rate of single-person households is at its highest in Quebec. Young people, moreover, are increasingly living at home.The Canadian Transportation Agency wants Air Transat to account for Monday’s diverted flight to Montreal
The plane was diverted to Ottawa due to thunderstorms, at which point passengers said they spent six hours on the tarmac in sweltering heat. One passenger reportedly called 911. The CTA has asked Air Transat to explain what happened so it can determine whether the airline upheld its terms and conditions of carriage.Montreal-based Stingray Digital Group has announced a nearly 20 per cent increase in quarterly revenue
The company, which sells a variety of music-based services, released its latest revenue figures on Wednesday. This latest revenue growth is said to largely be a function of the company’s acquisitions. On a call with investors, Stingray CEO Eric Boyko said the company’s goal is to spend $25 million on acquisitions every year.Montreal’s CGI says it will cut 1,600 jobs while adding staff in other areas
The technology-service provider says this restructuring is in response to increasing client demand for online services. CGI’s stock had its biggest intraday drop since December. It is not yet clear how these measures will affect employees in Montreal.
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