In case you missed it, here's what happened in Montreal on Aug. 31

In case you missed it, here's what happened in Montreal on Aug. 31
In case you missed it, here's what happened in Montreal on Aug. 31

The McGill University campus is seen in October 2016. Marie-France Coallier / Montreal Gazette

A look at the day’s events in and around Montreal:

Two McGill students awarded Schulich Leader Scholarships

Two McGill students were awarded prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships, the university announced Thursday.

Katherine Sirois of Quebec and Iveta Demirova of British Columbia are two of the 50 students across Canada who received the scholarships, which encourage high-school graduates to pursue studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM). 

The scholarship was started in 2011 by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich.

Contrecoeur trial: Zampino says he had no input into mechanics of sale

On his third full day on the stand, the former chairman of Montreal’s executive committee, Frank Zampino, said he had no hand in the numerous irregularities witnesses have testified marked the city’s 2007 sale of the Contrecoeur site to developer Paolo Catania.

Although then-mayor Gérald Tremblay had given him the political responsibility for the development of the site, Zampino said that other than advising the administrators what politicians were seeking, he had no control over how it was done.

“It’s what we call ‘la cuisine,’ ” Zampino said. “I was not in the kitchen of the SHDM (the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal, the autonomous paramunicipal organization mandated by the city to handle the development deal) that was handling the current day-to-day operations. …

“Our responsibility (as elected officials) is limited to making sure that the file is on the right track and everyone is respecting the delays. We do not get into the nitty-gritty of how things are done.e52d6382a5.jpg

Former city of Montreal executive committee chairman Frank Zampino testified Thursday in the Contrecoeur trial for the third straight day.

Place Bell set to rock Laval with hockey, music and more

Is the Montreal area ready for a new 10,000-seat arena?

The Montreal Canadiens and the city of Laval are betting on it with the new Place Bell, located near the Montmorency métro station in the suburb just north of the island of Montreal.

The arena was unveiled to the media on Thursday and the public will get their first view inside the facility on Friday and Saturday, with an open house for people who called ahead and reserved tickets to get in to see the amphitheatre.

Place Bell is owned by La Cité de la culture et du sport de Laval, a non-profit organization created by the city, and the Montreal Canadiens have signed a 20-year lease at $1 million a year to occupy the building.

It will be home to the newly created Laval Rocket hockey team, the Canadiens’ American Hockey League farm team, who previously played under the IceCaps name in St. John’s, Nfld. In addition, Canadiens-owned concert promoter Evenko will be booking shows at the rink, and plans to do about 50 events a year there.0901-arts-col-kelly.jpg?quality=55&strip

The new ice rink and amphitheatre at the Place Bell in Laval on Thursday August 31, 2017.

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