City in brief
An 18-year-old Marianopolis College student died on Saturday from a meningococcal infection, according to CBC. Montreal public health officials are communicating with her family to make sure it doesn’t spread. Meningitis can be spread through coughing or kissing. It is still unclear how she contracted the disease.
A 26-year-old man was charged with attempted murder after stabbing Father Claude Grou during Friday morning mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory, according to City News. The priest suffered minor injuries and was released from the hospital. The mass was broadcast on a Catholic television network.
Four men are in custody after allegedly stabbing two men during a fight in the Plateau-Mont-Royal early Saturday morning, according to CBC. A sharp weapon injured two 23-year-olds in the upper body, but police say they are not in critical condition.
The bronze statue of Queen Victoria in Montreal was doused in green paint on Saturday Night, according to Global News. A group called the Delhi-Dublin Anti-Colonial Solidarity Brigade claimed responsibility for the vandalism.
A 21-year-old woman was hit by an STM bus on Friday as the driver was turning left on 24 Avenue from Jean-Talon Street, according to Global News. The woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition and the 63-year-old driver was treated for shock in hospital.
Nation in brief
A Quebecois couple was found dead in their Florida home on Friday night, according to CBC. The case is being treated as a double homicide. Neighbours were checking on them when they realized their door was unlocked and walked in to find the bodies on the floor.
As southern Africa is being hit by Cyclone Idai, the Canadian government announced on Saturday it will be donating $3.5 million to help humanitarian organizations on the ground, according to CTV. The death toll is approximately 600 with Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe having been hit the hardest.
On Thursday, an oil tanker carrying eight million litres of petroleum drifted away from the southwest coast of Newfoundland, according to The Toronto Sun. The Canadian Coast Guard is monitoring the ship, which was damaged by ice on its way to Montreal.
In its budget released Wednesday, Saskatchewan will invest over $500,000 to create an organ donor registry, according to Global News. This comes after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 16 people, one of whom was an organ donor and was able to save the lives of six Canadians.
World in brief
Over 100,000 people marched the streets of London to demand a second Brexit referendum on Saturday, according to The Washington Post. This comes after the Brexit day was postponed to April 12 at the earliest, instead of March 29. The march was organized after an online petition asking Britain to stay in the E.U. passed with 4.5 million signatures.
At least five people are dead after a shooting at a government building in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday, according to Time. The country’s deputy minister of labour and social affairs is one of the victims. Another 10 people were injured. Al-Shabab, an Islamic extremist group linked to al-Qaida, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
On Sunday, Thailand held its first general elections since the 2014 coup, according to Bloomberg. Fifty-one million people are voting after spending five years under a military government.
Teachers in Morocco took to the streets of Rabat on Sunday to demand better working conditions, according to BBC. Several thousand people attended the protest to ask for permanent contracts and to fight the rising cost of living. The protest is one of many mobilization methods taken by teachers who have been striking in recent weeks.
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