Busy day? Here's what you might have missed.
MONTREAL, QUE.: JUNE 29, 2018 -- Kayakers head out on to the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal, on Friday, June 29, 2018. (Allen McInnis / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 60975 Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette
Busy day? Here’s what you might have missed.
The Canadiens acquired right-winger Joel Armia and goalie Steve Mason from the Winnipeg Jets — along with a seventh-round pick at the 2019 NHL Draft and a fourth-round pick in 2020 — in exchange for defenceman Simon Bourque. 25-year-old Armia, a restricted free agent, posted 12-17-29 totals in 79 games last season. Mason, 30, had a 5-6-1 record last season with a 3.24 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. He has one season remaining on his two-year, US$8.2-million contract with a $4.1-million salary-cap hit. The Canadiens have the salary-cap space to take Mason’s contract off the Jets’ hands and plan to buy the goalie out after placing him on unconditional waivers following the trade. Bourque, 21, had three assists in only 46 games last season with the AHL’s Laval Rocket, having problems making the lineup. The Canadiens selected the 6-foot-1, 195-pound defenceman in the sixth round (177th overall) at the 2015 NHL Draft.
Construction delays are putting the new Champlain Bridge’s Dec. 21 deadline in question. The illegal crane operators’ strike and their refusal to work overtime some weekends in May and June is causing significant delays to the construction schedule for the new Champlain Bridge in Montreal. Seventeen work days were affected, making it virtually impossible for the project to be finished by Dec. 21 according to a source close to the construction team who spoke with La Presse. The Quebec Construction Commission agrees with that estimate. However, a spokesperson for federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Soji said that the ministry was still evaluating the impact of the crane operators’ pressure tactics. According to the contract signed in 2015, heavy penalties will be given to the construction consortium if the project isn’t finished by Dec. 21, 2018. The fines could be as high as $100,000 per day for the first seven days, and go as high as $400,000 per day after a week.
Laval police are searching for Alexandra Martel, a sixteen-year-old girl who left her home on June 28 and hasn’t returned. Martel is five feet, eight inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. She has partially shaved blond hair and brown eyes. Her family fears for her safety. They say she could be in downtown Montreal. Anyone with information is asked to call 450-662-4636 or 911 and mention case LVL 180628 073.
Alexandra Martel has been missing since June 28. Laval police / Handout
A new poll suggests that love for Canada is at a relatively high point among Quebecers. But the gap between anglophones and francophones in terms of levels of affection remains wide. Overall, 77 per cent of Quebecers polled by Léger Marketing for the Association for Canadian Studies in May said they were “very” or “somewhat” attached to Canada, a figure that compares well to the average of 71 per cent taken from 18 surveys conducted from 2000 to 2018. Responses have surged to as high as 79 per cent (in 2017 and 2001) and as low as 60 per cent in January 2009.
A class-action lawsuit brought against 68 Quebec school boards by parents who argue they paid illegal fees is close to being settled out of court. Without admitting responsibility, the school boards agreed to pay $153,507,134 in capital, interest, fees and additional compensation according to a press release issued Saturday morning. According to notices on the school boards’ websites, each parent could receive $28.49 per student per year covered by the class action. The period of time included in the class action varies among school boards between the 2008-2009 and 2016-2017 school years. The settlement must still be approved by a tribunal scheduled to take place July 18 in Chicoutimi.
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