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by The Concordian March 29, 2011

Montreal soldier killed in Afghanistan

Montreal native Cpl. Yannick Scherrer, 24, was killed in Afghanistan Sunday by an improvised explosive device. The explosion happened while he was on foot patrol at around noon local time near Nakhonay, southwest of Kandahar City. Scherrer, a member of the 1st Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment, was on his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. Scherrer is the 155th member of the Canadian Forces to die serving in the Afghan mission since 2002, and the first Canadian death in the country since Dec. 18.


The greedy aunt

A 19-year old Montreal woman waiting in hospital for a heart transplant says she is worried she may not be able to afford her medication after her aunt allegedly stole money raised for her medical needs. The aunt, Cheryl Matheson, had set up the trust fund in 2009 and made a public plea to raise money to buy the medication, which her niece Jessica Bondar will need to take for the rest of her life. Matheson was arrested in Winnipeg last Wednesday on fraud charges, after allegedly withdrawing most of the trust fund’s $30,000. Matheson allegedly used the funds to redo her pool, purchase a new car, and buy horses.


Not your typical drive-thru

A man was arrested Sunday after he deliberately rammed his car into the Niro Café on Pie IX Blvd. in the St. Michel district. One man was arguing with three others inside the café at about 5:15 a.m. when he threatened them with a knife before leaving and getting into his car. He then proceeded to drive it through the windows and right inside the café, according to police. The driver then fled, as did the three other men inside, but one was later arrested by police. There was one employee in the café at the time of the incident but that person was not injured. Police noted that the Niro Café is the site of previous drug raids.


Catholics want a break too

Devout catholic Sylvain Turcotte is asking the city to guarantee him his day of rest on Sunday. Turcotte, who works in the city’s building security department, defended his request by quoting the Ten Commandments, saying that Sunday is the day of the Lord. He also said he doesn’t understand why his Jewish friends are allowed to mark the Sabbath, the Jewish day of rest. However, a spokesperson for Turcotte’s union said his request can’t be met because he doesn’t have enough seniority among union members. The spokesperson said that more senior members cannot be forced to work on Sundays to take Turcotte’s place. Still, the blue-collar worker has remained adamant, and expressed an interest in taking his case to court.


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