The Week in Review: 's, grow-pot, Jean Coutu, Dorval ramp and Bill 62

The Week in Review: 's, grow-pot, Jean Coutu, Dorval ramp and Bill 62
The Week in Review: Beauty's, grow-pot, Jean Coutu, Dorval ramp and Bill 62

Alan Richman may have been blown away by Montreal’s haute cuisine, but he reserved special praise for 's founder Hymie Sckolnick. Graham Hughes / Montreal Gazette files

Catch up on all the big stories that happened this week in Montreal.

’s founder Hymie Sckolnick dies at 96

The son of Jewish Russian immigrants, Sckolnick bought the Bancroft Snack Bar for $500 in 1942. He rechristened the restaurant as a nod to his bowling nickname: . ’s quickly earned a reputation as one of the city’s finest greasy spoons — a place specializing in bagels, roast beef sandwiches and other Eastern European comfort food. It served what many food critics considered one of the best hangover breakfasts in the city. “There should be a statue of Hymie Sckolnick erected,” said award-winning food writer Alan Richman in a 2015 interview with the Montreal Gazette. “He’s unbelievable, the single best thing in Montreal — maybe even the world.”9aa20bd402.jpg

Members of the media gets pictures of cannabis seedlings that are grown at the new Aurora production facility for medical marijuana in Pointe-Claire. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette

Pointe-Claire’s low profile medical marijuana facility is sleek and spotless

The jokes flew. “Will there be samples?” “Where are the snacks?” “Are you hiring?” Aurora Cannabis officially opened its 40,000 square foot medical marijuana facility in Pointe-Claire last Friday and after executive vice-president Cam Battley’s opening remarks, reporters and camera operators were ushered inside for a tour. The exterior of the red-brick Aurora Vie facility and its grounds could be described as “industrial dull.” There is a front lawn, a side parking lot and a civic address installed by the front entrance. Windows are covered. Aurora Cannabis director of Quebec affairs Andrea Paine said talks are ongoing about what kind of signage the government will allow.jean-coutu-group-20170711.jpg?quality=55

Jean Coutu Group chairman Jean Coutu speaks during the company’s annual general meeting in Varennes on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press

Emotional Jean Coutu says farewell after shareholders approve sale to Metro

Jean Coutu fought back tears as he bid adieu to shareholders Wednesday after they approved the sale of the pharmacy chain he founded to Metro Inc. in a move that could pave the way for expansion beyond Quebec. “I gave my all, my best, in business and my profession,” the company founder said before choking up. Coutu, 90, said he will now devote his time and energy to helping the poor through a foundation established with his wife and family. The Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation, which has about $500 million in assets, has long helped projects to aid the poor, women, child abuse and fighting drug addiction.

Dorval Interchange ‘ramp to nowhere’ finally has its day

After eight years of work, one of two new ramps at the Dorval Interchange — the eastbound route — went into operation Thursday morning. The westbound ramp is expected to open in two or three weeks. The ramp — construction begun in 2009 and its longstanding and incomplete status alongside Highway 20 earned it the name “ramp to nowhere” — provides a much-anticipated link between the highway and Trudeau airport, allowing motorists to bypass the Dorval Circle, which was not designed to handle the present volume of traffic. The Dorval interchange sits at the junction of Highways 20 and 520 (bracketed by Côte de Liesse Rd.) and near the intersection of Highways 13 and 40, giving it a key role to play in the movement in commuters and merchandise.Marie-Michelle Lacoste, Warda Naili

âThe law will force women to be on welfare or be dependent on their husbands,â Warda Naili says of Bill 62. âThis, in 2017. Itâs anti-feminist.â Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Quebec’s new face-covering law fails first legal challenge

In a decision delivered on Friday, Quebec Superior Court Justice Babak Barin agreed with a request, from Marie-Michelle Lacoste, a Muslim woman who wears a veil, for a temporary suspension of the section of the law that requires an uncovered face when giving or receiving public services. The decision is an interim one and is applicable until the Quebec government establishes a more permanent section of the legislation that was recently adopted in the National Assembly. The more permanent section is supposed to be in place no later than July 2018. 

 

 

 

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