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In brief: Mirabel barn, earthquake and Venezuela

by Mia Anhoury March 12, 2019
In brief: Mirabel barn, earthquake and Venezuela

City in brief

A nitric acid leak in the de-icing centre of the Montreal-Trudeau airport caused the evacuation of a dozen people from the Aéro Mag garage on Monday morning, according to Le Journal de Montréal. Paramedics evaluated employees as a preventative measure.

Tenants rights organizations in Ville-Marie and Plateau-Mont-Royal are asking Quebec and Montreal to ban short-term rentals like Airbnbs, according to The Montreal Gazette. The two organizations found that such services are replacing affordable housing in the area. They are asking the provincial government to take action and better enforce current laws in place for short-term rental services.

A Mirabel barn’s roof collapsed on 25 cows on Saturday from the weight of the snow, according to CBC. The cows were rescued by farm workers and firefighters. However, rebuilding the barn could cost $100,000.

Quebec’s 13th cannabis store will open in Brossard this week, according to Global News. The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) will be opening more branches across the province to shift cannabis users from the black-market to the legal market.

Nation in brief

On Sunday, Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should let Jody Wilson-Raybould reveal why she left the cabinet, according to The National Post. Members of parliament will meet again this Wednesday and Wilson-Raybould may make another appearance to provide additional testimony.

A 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck northwest of Rocky Mountain House on Sunday morning, according to CBC. There were only minor damages despite it being close to 10 kilometres deep. The area is prone to seismic activity.

Ontario is looking to ban single-use plastics in an effort to reduce waste sent to landfills, according to The Toronto Sun. The provincial government is holding public consultations about the ways in which they can reduce litter, potentially with a deposit return system for plastic bottles and containers.

A man was found guilty of second-degree murder for the death of Mylan Hicks, a Calgary Stampeders football player, on Monday morning, according to CTV. Hicks was shot twice in September 2016 after a fight erupted over a spilled drink at a bar.

World in brief

On Sunday morning, an Ethiopian Airlines flight destined for Kenya’s capital Nairobi crashed minutes after its takeoff, killing all 157 people on board, according to The Globe and Mail. The Boeing 737 lost contact with the airport six minutes after takeoff. Last October, a Lion Air flight of the same plane model crashed in Indonesia, killing everyone on board.

Since Thursday, Venezuela has been in a power and communication outage, according to Reuters. Although some areas had patchy connections, schools and businesses have been closed, and the blackout has endangered patients in hospitals and killed 17. President Nicolas Maduro blamed it on a sabotage by the United States, but opposition leader Juan Guaido said Maduro is to blame.

More than 80 people were injured on board a ferry after it hit what seemed to be a whale in the Sea of Japan on Friday, according to BBC. Thirteen passengers were seriously injured, and the collision caused a large crack in the ferry’s stern.

Siti Aisyah, the Indonesian woman accused of killing Kim Jong-Nam, the half brother of North Korea’s leader, was freed on Monday, according to The New York Times. She was jailed for two years. Siti and the second suspect, Doan Thi Huang, were accused of smearing a toxic chemical on his face when they thought they were taking part in a TV prank.

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