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In brief: Career event, Cannabis, and Colombia

by Mia Anhoury October 23, 2018
In brief: Career event, Cannabis, and Colombia

City in brief

A National Career Event is being held at the Palais des congrès this Wednesday and Thursday with 220 Montreal-based employers, to help Montrealers find job opportunities in various fields. The event will offer close to 6,000 jobs.

Westmount High School teachers protested the CAQ’s pledge to ban religious symbols in Quebec for police, judges, and teachers on Thursday, according to The Montreal Gazette. The protest occurred the same day the new government was sworn in.

A car caught fire on Highway 40 eastbound, close to 7 p.m. on Saturday, according to TVA. No one was hurt. The fire was likely caused by a mechanical problem.

According to  L’actualité, a police operation to stop cocaine and methamphetamines circulation in Laval and the northern region of Montreal concluded with nine arrests, between last Wednesday and Thursday. They are being charged with trafficking and arms possession, among other things. This puts an end to a year long operation that involved 170 police officers.

The City of Montreal’s financial reports predict a $65 million surplus by the end of 2018, according to Radio-Canada. Mayor Valérie Plante had estimated a surplus of $140 million in April.

Nation in brief

Only an hour after the legalization of Cannabis, Winnipeg police officers issued their first ticket for cannabis consumption in a motor vehicle on a highway, according to CBC. It is still unclear whether the person under the influence was the driver or a passenger.

François Legault was sworn in as Quebec’s 32nd premier last Thursday and has followed through with his commitment to have a gender-balanced cabinet, according to Radio-Canada. He has chosen 13 men and 13 women.

A bill that aims to stop auto insurance companies from charging a higher premium based on the postal code of the driver was introduced by two Ontario legislators last Monday, according to The Toronto Sun. The legislators were from two parties: the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democratic Party.

An Indigenous family in Alberta was compelled to move after receiving a letter addressed to “the very unwanted and hated neighbours,” according to Global News. The family no longer felt safe after receiving the racist, threatening letter. It read, “This isn’t a reserve.”

World in brief

Close to 500,000 Colombians—including students and teachers—took to the streets last Wednesday in a nationwide protest to increase investment in higher education, according to Telesur. This is the second protest this month, with more to come in the next few weeks.

A new carpooling service, Kakao Carpool, created by South Korea’s top chat app, led to a protest by tens of thousands of taxi drivers in Seoul on Thursday, according to Reuters. Taxi drivers are scared the app could put their jobs at risk.

An explosion at a plant that specializes in pyrotechnical devices and lawn furniture near St. Petersburg on Saturday left four people dead and seven injured, according to TASS. Three of the victims were foreigners. A criminal case is now open and the plant’s chief engineer has been detained.

Hundreds of thousands of people of all ages marched towards Parliament Square in London to demand a new Brexit vote—a new referendum, according to The Guardian. Protestors traveled to the city from all over England.

A train on the south-east coast of Taiwan derailed and killed 18 people and injured 175 on Sunday, according to ABC News. The train was reportedly travelling faster than usual, according to one passenger’s account to Reuters.


Graphic by @spooky_soda.

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