École primaire Sainte-Catherine-de-Sienne in Montreal is shown on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Robert Amyot / -
A look at the day’s events in and around Montreal:Quebec to spend $20.6 million adding CSDM classrooms in N.D.G.
Quebec is pumping $20.6 million into two Notre-Dame-de-Grâce schools to help deal with overcrowding.
The Commission scolaire de Montréal says its schools in the area are bursting at the seams, thanks to a demographic boom and the arrival of new immigrants.
“There’s a huge need in N.D.G.,” Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil, who represents N.D.G. in the National Assembly, told reporters during the announcement Tuesday.
Of the allotted sum, $12.6 million will go to renovating a building the CSDM had been renting to Centennial Academy, a private school. The CSDM took back the building in July and has started using part of it as an annex to the 2,000-student École secondaire Saint-Luc on Côte-St-Luc Rd.
But the board said the building, at Prud’homme Ave. and Côte-St-Antoine Rd., needs updates and improvements.Borrow a pass to the museum using your Montreal library card
Along with books, CDs and videos, there’s another item Montrealers can now take out from their local libraries: a free day at the museum.
Starting Tuesday, Montreal’s 45 libraries and the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec (BanQ) are offering the service “Borrow a Museum” that allows members to borrow a pass for two to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts or the Centre d’histoire de Montréal.
The pass allows users to visit the museum of their choice as many times as they like for three weeks, before they must return the pass to the library. The passes can be reserved online, and then picked up at the library itself. Ticket prices to the museums normally range between $6 and $15 per adult.
The Grande Bibliotheque in downtown Montreal will have 100 passes in stock (50 for each museum) while Montreal’s other 45 libraries will have 20 passes each. If there are no passes immediately available, members can reserve them. Fees for late returns will be the same as those charged for overdue books.
Members of Montreal’s public libraries, including the Grande Bibliothèque, can now check out free passes to two local museums.Six men who took part in plot to kill Mafioso sentenced
Six men who took part in the conspiracy to kill Mafioso Salvatore Montagna nearly six years ago were sentenced Tuesday to prison terms of between seven and 10 years.
Superior Court Justice André Vincent agreed with sentence recommendations made by lawyers on both sides of the case during a hearing at the Montreal courthouse.
Prosecutor Robert Rouleau did most of the talking during the hearing and said the differences in the sentences “reflect the respective roles in this conspiracy.” However, in the case of Pietro Magistrale, 65, the overall sentence that was recommended — seven and-a-half years — also takes into consideration that he was diagnosed with cancer after his arrest. With time served factored in, Magistrale was left with a sentence of more than four months on Tuesday.
Five of the six men were left with sentences of under two years when the time they have already served was factored in. That means they can serve their sentences in provincial detention centres and will be eligible for releases soon, in some cases in a matter of weeks.
Six men who took part in a plot to kill Salvatore Montagna, shown here in surveillance footage in a Montreal parking lot on the day he was murdered, were sentenced Tuesday.‘The best since Expo 67’: Tourist numbers rise this year in Montreal
By the end of the year, more than 11 million tourists will have spent $3.6 billion in the Montreal region, according to an estimate prepared by the Conference Board of Canada for Tourisme Montreal released on Tuesday.
“It was a marvellous year, the best since Expo 67,” said Pierre Bellerose, the vice-president of the non-profit tourism promotion agency.
The agency said tourism numbers were up across the board — with more people crossing the border from the United States and an increase in airline passenger traffic. In total, Tourisme Montreal said the number of international visitors to the city was up by six per cent.
Canada’s highest observation wheel, in Montreal’s Old Port, was built for Montreal’s 375th anniversary. Tourisme Montreal says only one in three visitors to Montreal this year were aware of the anniversary and its associated events before they arrived.
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