In case you missed it, here’s what happened in Montreal on July 1

In case you missed it, here’s what happened in Montreal on July 1
In case you missed it, here’s what happened in Montreal on July 1
At least 15 people hospitalized due to heatwave, more expected

At least 15 Montrealers had to be hospitalized Sunday due to the extreme heat according to Urgences-Santé. The organization said they transported several people to hospital who were suffering from heat stroke, but that most of those cases weren’t serious and were the result of people over-exerting themselves outside.

Mitigation plans for the heat will likely be issued by municipal authorities in the coming days. On June 29, the city of Montreal announced that municipal pools would stay open late during the heatwave. The city also encouraged residents to drink lots of water and to avoid outdoor physical activity.

 

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Members of right-wing group Storm Alliance hold a demonstration near the Canada-USA border at Lacolle, south of Montreal Saturday May 19, 2018. (John Mahoney / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 60709 – 2466 John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette

Far-right groups protest refugee arrivals in Montreal

Far-right protesters gathered Sunday in front of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s offices in downtown Montreal. About 200 members of the groups La Meute and Storm Alliance demonstrated on St-Antoine St. after 1 p.m., shouting slogans and uttering wolf howls.

Thirty minutes later, counter-protesters arrived. They tried to surround their rivals but kept their distance. The demonstration ended around 4:30 p.m. when the protesters from La Meute and Storm Alliance were escorted to their bus.

A counter-protester threw a smoke bomb towards a small group of right-wing protesters who were being escorted by police at the corner of Peel St. and St-Antoine. The two groups insulted each other and exchanged middle fingers.

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Tomas Plekanec takes part in warmup with the Canadiens before NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Feb. 18, 2017. Minas Panagiotakis / Getty Images

 

Plekanec back in the fold

There was no surprise Sunday when the 35-year-old Tomas Plekanec signed a one-year contract to rejoin the team. The move has been expected since he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs as a playoff-run rental on Feb. 25.

At the time, Plekanec expressed a desire to return to Montreal when he became a free agent on July 1 but the Czech veteran said he didn’t know whether it would happen until he talked to general manager Marc Bergevin when the free agent negotiation period began last week.

“A big part of the decision was I wanted to get back to the playoffs. I think the future is pretty good,” Plekanec said. “There are a lot of good draft picks, young guys coming up. There’s a lot of talent and the experience they had last year will make them better. I believe this thing can turn around quickly and we’ll be back in the playoffs.”

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Jim Hendry carries a boxspring up a set of stairs on what has become known as “Moving Day,” in Montreal. Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS

 

Most landlords say dwellings left in unacceptable state

A survey suggests 56 per cent of Quebec landlords have had at least one tenant in the past two years who left a dwelling in an unacceptable state when they moved out.

The Corporation des propriétaires immobiliers du Québec (CORPIQ) released the survey on the same weekend as moving day, when between 200,000 and 250,000 Quebecers change addresses. It also reveals that 44 per cent of landlords had tenants who moved out leaving unpaid rent, 36 per cent had dwellings damaged during a move and 30 per cent did not get the keys back from tenants.

Like the Association des Propriétaires du Québec (APQ), CORPIQ is calling on the Quebec government to allow landlords to require security deposits from tenants, to be reimbursed if the premises are left in good condition.

 

With files from La Presse Canadienne

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