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What level of vaccination will it take for tide to turn? Experts weigh in
As Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign picks up speed, with more than 30 per cent of Quebec adults having received at least one shot, many wonder when all these jabs and safety measures will start to turn the tide. Read more.
Montreal police seize record $1.4M worth of fentanyl linked to Crescent St. drug cache
Investigators from the Montreal police organized crime unit have seized a record-breaking $1.4 million worth of fentanyl, the most significant bust in Quebec’s history, the force announced on Thursday. Read more.
Stu Cowan: Canadiens hoping practice will make perfect against Flames
The Canadiens were supposed to have a day off Thursday in Calgary.
It would have been a well-deserved rest following Wednesday night’s 4-3 win in Edmonton, a very physical game that included 87 hits — 46 by the Canadiens and 41 by the Oilers. The Canadiens flew to Calgary after the game. But the Canadiens players decided to give up their scheduled day off and practise instead ahead of Friday’s game against the Flames (9 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). Read more.
Coroner’s inquest: Family still doesn’t know why Yvan Luc Brodeur died at CHSLD René-Lévesque
A woman whose husband died after contracting COVID-19 in a long-term care centre last spring still questions exactly what caused his death and whether it could have been avoided, a coroner’s inquest heard on Thursday. Read more.
Plante promises ‘benevolent’ approach as new homeless camp emerges
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said Thursday she was disappointed to see a new homeless camp set up in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, but she has no intention of forcing it to move for now. Read more.
Tanker truck fire closes highway at Quebec-Ontario border check for more than eight hours
A tanker truck caught fire at an Ontario Provincial Police check point near the Quebec border Wednesday night, closing a stretch of Highway 417 for more than eight hours. Read more.
Weekend traffic: Highway 15 closed from Champlain bridge to Turcot Interchange
Montreal motorists should take note of a few closures in the city before they leave home this weekend, notably on Highway 15 North, the Samuel-De Champlain bridge, and the Turcot interchange. Read more.