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August 15, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Deborah Font

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Deborah Font

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Deborah Font at Madrid–Barajas Airport on Friday
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Last Friday at Madrid–Barajas Airport, Wikinews interviewed Spanish Paralympic swimmer Deborah Font, who is competing at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships that started this Monday in Montreal, Canada. Font has finished second in Monday’s Women’s 100 meter Freestyle S12 Heat 1, before going on to finish fourth in the Women’s 100 meter Freestyle S12 Final with a time of 1:03.20, less than a second behind bronze medalist German Naomi Maike Schnittger.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png I’m Laura Hale, I’m interviewing Deborah Font for Wikinews. Deborah is going to the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal. You’re already a Paralympic medallist, right? You’ve won several medals at the Paralympics before?

Deborah Font: I won two medals in Sydney [2000 Summer Paralympic Games], a gold medal and bronze medal; in Athens [2004 Summer Paralympic Games] two silver medals and one bronze medal; in Beijing [2008 Summer Paralympic Games] one bronze medal; and in London 2012 Summer Paralympic Games one bronze medal. Seven in Paralympic Games.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And in World Championships?

Deborah Font: I don’t know the exact number. Several.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What style do you swim?

Deborah Font: 400m freestyle.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Okay, and you’re going to do that in Montreal?

Deborah Font: In Montreal I’ll do 400m freestyle.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You think you’re going to get a medal?

Deborah Font: Yes, I’m fighting for a silver or bronze medal.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What classification are you?

Deborah Font: S-12.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png S-12. So you have partial vision.

Deborah Font: Yeah, partial. [I can see a little.]

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Since you cannot see perfectly, when you swim, can you see the people next to you?

Deborah Font: I can see those next to me, but not perfectly. I see those near to me, but not those far from me.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you think about other swimmers when you swim, or is it a disadvantage because you cannot see swimmers farther away?

Deborah Font: I swim my race, and don’t see the other swimmers.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png They don’t matter when you swim? You swim against yourself, your best time?

Deborah Font: I swim against myself, I don’t see the other swimmers too much. My race, myself, I go inside myself.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you have any sponsors?

Deborah Font: No, no sponsors.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How difficult is it to swim in Spain for Paralympic swimmers when you don’t have sponsors?

Deborah Font: We have a Paralympic Committee. It’s difficult having sponsors in Spain. For the Olympics, athletes don’t have many sponsors, and for Paralympics it’s more difficult.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Where are you from?

Deborah Font: Barcelona.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is swimming more competitive in Barcelona, in Madrid…? Where do you think the best swimmers come from?

Deborah Font: They come from all Spain, but train only in Madrid or Barcelona. Most in Barcelona. (laughs)

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is there a reason most of the swimmers train in Barcelona?

Deborah Font: There are more possibilities for training in good swimming pools. The “Centros de Alto Rendimiento” [High Performance Centres] are in Madrid or Barcelona.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Coming in into the World Championships, did you do any special training, or change how you prepare?

Deborah Font: I did special training with a coach that only trains three or four of us at the High Performance Centre.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png This is a pretty dumb question, but I know a lot of people who look at blind swimmers and they go how can they swim at a straight line? Can you clarify how people with vision impairments can actually swim?

Deborah Font: Well, in swimming it’s all technique and a lot of learning, and learning to swim by the middle of the lane involves a lot of training, habit… Perhaps it’s more difficult for completely blind people, but it’s all a matter of training, trying again and again, get to know the swimming pool… But I think the most difficult thing is to learn to swim the technique without being able to see the others, and to know what you are moving, your arm here and not there… and learning to touch the wall, it’s harder to calculate, especially when competing, because you cannot see the distance you have to the wall.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Thank you very much!



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August 10, 2013

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer María Delgado

Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer María Delgado

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María Delgado at Madrid–Barajas Airport Thursday.
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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Thursday at Madrid–Barajas Airport, Wikinews interviewed Spanish Paralympic swimmer María Delgado, who is scheduled to compete at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships that start on Monday in Montreal, Canada. Delgado will be 15 when she is to compete in Montreal.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png I’m Laura Hale, I’m interviewing María Delgado who is a Spanish swimmer and who is going to the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, and you have received a lot of press attention from the Spanish press for being the next great Spanish Swimmer, […] [Do you expect to medal in this tournament or in Río?]((es)) [Note: The translated question here differed from the one originally asked in English.]

María Delgado: [laughs] I don’t know.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png The Spanish newspapers say she is the greatest swimmer, she is the next greatest Spanish Paralympic swimmer. Does she feel pressure from the media saying that she is a great swimmer to perform in a really high level? Does she feel pressure to win because the newspapers say it? Spanish newspapers say she is the next great Spanish Paralympic swimmer, that she is going to go to Río.

Translator: She has also been future with “plan AXA”, who bet on young swimmers Paralympics, and has been going at concentrations, which are younger with future have driven a little to fit in the world level of competition.((es))
María Delgado: I’m on a plan for young talent, that is preparing for Rio 2016 and has selected us, and now we go to the World Championship.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Because you are 15, how do you […] balance going to school and competing?

María Delgado: It’s a little difficult but with hard work and effort it’s doable. Study in the morning and train in the afternoon.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Are you doing school work while you are in Montreal? How does you balance school? How do you do the school at the 15 years old and swim? Because that seems really hard to do both at once.((es))

María Delgado: It is very difficult to combine and train while swimming, with swimming and studying.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Because you’re 15 do your parents go with you? Are your parents going to Montreal or are you all traveling solo by yourself?

María Delgado: With my coaches. My parents aren’t going.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Only with your coach?((es))

María Delgado: Yes.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Is it scary to be on your own? Competing against all these 20 year olds and 30 year olds who’ve been to Paralympic games, or you just go “I’m 15, I can — el Mundo es mío [the world is mine]”?((es))

María Delgado: I’m not scared and I go eagerly.((es))

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Thank you.((es))



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June 18, 2013

Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum arrested for corruption

Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum arrested for corruption

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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Michael Applebaum, the current interim mayor of Montreal, Québec, Canada, was arrested at about 6am local time (1000 UTC) yesterday morning by the Unité permanente anticorruption((en)) on fourteen charges including corruption, fraud, breach of trust, and conspiracy, including reportedly a C$50,000 bribe.

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Commissioner Robert Lafrenière said the alleged illegal acts occurred between 2006 and 2011 and relate to two real-estate projects in the Côte des Neiges-Notre Dame de Grâce borough. The CBC indicated one of these projects was the borough’s new 15 million dollar sports complex. Applebaum is now one of several Québec mayors who have been accused of corruption in the past few years, including the previous Montreal mayor Gérald Tremblay and Laval Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt.

Several politicians are calling on Applebaum to resign, including Québec Premier Pauline Marois, to let the city continue on with its affairs. A few others, such as Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault, are suggesting to put the city on a trusteeship as Laval was a few weeks ago, but Municipal Affairs Minister Sylvain Gaudreault says this will not happen, as only a few people are implicated, unlike Laval, where nearly the entire city council was implicated.

Two other people were arrested on charges related to the same real-estate deals: Saulie Zajdel, former city councillor, on five charges; and Jean-Yves Bisson, a bourough official, on four charges.

A second interim minister is to be nominated for the rest of Tremblay’s term, until the next municipal election is held in November.


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November 24, 2008

2008 Grey Cup in Montreal

Monday, November 24, 2008

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???? IF CALGARY WIN

The Calgary Stampeders have won the 96th Grey Cup in, Canada on Sunday after defeating the Montreal Alouettes by a ???-??? score. ??? Calgary last won the the Cup in 1989, and their last appearance at the championship game was in 1997 against the Toronto Argonauts.

???? IF MONTREAL WIN

The Montreal Alouettes have won the 96th Grey Cup in, Canada on Sunday after defeating the Calgary Stampeders by a ???-??? score. ??? Montreal last won the the Cup in 1989, and their last appearance at the championship game was in 1997 against the Toronto Argonauts.

The Canadian Football League (CFL) championship game was held at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium before a crowd of ????.

The half-time included performances by musicians Theory of a Deadman, Andrée Watters and Suzie McNeil.

On Thursday, Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo was declared this year’s CFL Outstanding Player at a player awards ceremony in Montreal.

The Cup is named after Earl Grey who donated the trophy to honour Canada’s most successful amateur rugby team. By the time the Canadian Football League was formed in 1958, the Cup became the top prize for professional football in Canada.

Next year’s CFL championship game is scheduled at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.


CFL Grey Cup scoring
Quarter Play Player Time Calg Mtl
1st field goal Damon Duval 4:34 0 3
2nd field goal Sandro DeAngelis 1:12 3 3
touchdown Avon Cobourne 7:18 3 9
convert Damon Duval 7:36 3 10
field goal Damon Duval 12:08 3 13
touchdown Henry Burris 14:16 9 13
convert Sandro DeAngelis 14:16 10 13
3rd ??? ??? ??:??
??? ???
??? ???
??? ???
4th ??? ???
??? ???
??? ???
??? ???
FINAL ??? ???

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Calgary Stampeders win 2008 Grey Cup in Montreal

Calgary Stampeders win 2008 Grey Cup in Montreal

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Monday, November 24, 2008

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The Grey Cup.
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The Calgary Stampeders have won the 96th Grey Cup in , Canada on Sunday after defeating the Montreal Alouettes by a 22-14 score. Five field goals from placekicker Sandro DeAngelis were instrumental in Calgary’s victory as was the game’s Most Valuable Player, Henry Burris who scored a second-quarter touchdown. The Stampeders last won the Cup in 2001 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Montreal, the last time Calgary appeared in a Grey Cup championship.

The Canadian Football League (CFL) championship game was held at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium before a crowd of 66,308. Only the 1977 Grey Cup, also at Montreal Olympic Stadium, had a higher attendance of 68,318.

The half-time included performances by musicians Theory of a Deadman, Andrée Watters and Suzie McNeil.

On Thursday, Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo was declared this year’s CFL Outstanding Player at a player awards ceremony in Montreal.

The Cup is named after Earl Grey, who donated the trophy to honour Canada’s most successful amateur rugby team. By the time the Canadian Football League was formed in 1958, the Cup became the top prize for professional football in Canada.

CBC Television did not broadcast the Grey Cup for the first time since the 40th Grey Cup in 1952, when the championship was first televised. Specialty cable network TSN won the rights to this year’s match.

Next year’s CFL championship game is scheduled at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.


Sandro DeAngelis of the Calgary Stampeders
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CFL Grey Cup scoring
Quarter Play Player Time Calg Mtl
1st field goal Damon Duval 4:34 0 3
2nd field goal Sandro DeAngelis 1:12 3 3
touchdown Avon Cobourne 7:18 3 9
convert Damon Duval 7:36 3 10
field goal Damon Duval 12:08 3 13
touchdown Henry Burris 14:16 9 13
convert Sandro DeAngelis 14:16 10 13
3rd field goal Sandro DeAngelis 9:22 13 13
single Damon Duval 11:13 13 14
field goal Sandro DeAngelis 15:00 16 14
4th field goal Sandro DeAngelis 02:46 19 14
field goal Sandro DeAngelis 10:48 22 14
FINAL 22 14



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2008 Grey Cup in Montreal

Monday, November 24, 2008

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Location of Canada

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Portal:Canada
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The Grey Cup.
Image: Roland Tanglao.

The Calgary Stampeders have won the 96th Grey Cup in , Canada on Sunday after defeating the Montreal Alouettes by a 22-14 score. Five field goals from placekicker Sandro DeAngelis were instrumental in Calgary’s victory. The Stampeders last won the the Cup in 2001 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Montreal, the last time Calgary appeared in a Grey Cup championship.

The Canadian Football League (CFL) championship game was held at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium before a crowd of ????.

The half-time included performances by musicians Theory of a Deadman, Andrée Watters and Suzie McNeil.

On Thursday, Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo was declared this year’s CFL Outstanding Player at a player awards ceremony in Montreal.

The Cup is named after Earl Grey who donated the trophy to honour Canada’s most successful amateur rugby team. By the time the Canadian Football League was formed in 1958, the Cup became the top prize for professional football in Canada.

CBC Television did not broadcast the Grey Cup for the first time since the 40th Grey Cup in 1952 when the championship was first televised. Specialty cable network TSN won the rights to this year’s match.

Next year’s CFL championship game is scheduled at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.


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CFL Grey Cup scoring
Quarter Play Player Time Calg Mtl
1st field goal Damon Duval 4:34 0 3
2nd field goal Sandro DeAngelis 1:12 3 3
touchdown Avon Cobourne 7:18 3 9
convert Damon Duval 7:36 3 10
field goal Damon Duval 12:08 3 13
touchdown Henry Burris 14:16 9 13
convert Sandro DeAngelis 14:16 10 13
3rd field goal Sandro DeAngelis 9:22 13 13
single Damon Duval 11:13 13 14
field goal Sandro DeAngelis 15:00 16 14
4th field goal Sandro DeAngelis 02:46 19 14
field goal Sandro DeAngelis 10:48 22 14
FINAL 22 14

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  • The Canadian Press “Stampeders defeat Alouettes to win Grey Cup”. Toronto Star, November 23, 2008
  • Staff “DeAngelis Leads Stampeders to Victory at 96th Grey Cup”. The Sports Network, November 23, 2008
  • “Recap (Grey Cup)”. Canadian Football League, November 23, 2007
  • “Burris, DeAngelis lead Stampeders to Grey Cup win”. CBC Sports, November 23, 2008
  • Chris Jaster “TSN shows its first Cup”. Regina Leader-Post, November 22, 2008
  • “Calvillo wins CFL’s outstanding player award”. CBC Sports, November 20, 2008
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June 8, 2008

Robert Kubica wins 2008 Canadian Grand Prix

Robert Kubica wins 2008 Canadian Grand Prix

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

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Monreal Circuit

Pole Robert Kubica won the FIA Formula One 2008 Grand Prix du Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Ile Notre Dame, Montreal, Canada. He and his teammate Nick Heidfeld made a double for BMW Sauber team for the first time in history of this sport.

Peter Sauber first started building sport cars in 1970. His team made it’s Formula-1 debut in 1993. The team was handed over to BMW after 2005 and now it’s team principal is Mario Theissen.

Nick Heidfeld also came second in the previous year race won by Lewis Hamilton. It was a race when Kubica suffered a violent crash. David Coulthard was the best of Renault-engined cars finishing third for Red Bull.

The race was thrilled after Adrian Sutil suffered his Force India car failure and caused a safety car to appear. This happened right before the scheduled first pit-stops and 5 drivers who were in the lead rushed to refuel themselves after the pit lane became open. Still, the pit lane exit remained closed and Robert Kubica with Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) stopped in front of the red sign. But Lewis Hamilton did not. He crashed hard into the back of Räikkönen and jammed the exit for the drivers behind. This cleared the cards for BMW team to win the race.

The pace car also gave the lucky chance for Toyota drivers, who were not very competitive in qualifying on Saturday, starting 11th and 14th. Timo Glock made up 4th after holding Felipe Massa (Ferrari) pushed him from behind. Jarno Trulli could also finished in front of Massa, but Timo braked hard on his teammate and Jarno was forced to let Massa pass him.

Rubens Barrichello (Honda) finished 7th. Heikki Kovalainen (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) pushed hard on Sebastian Vettel but German kept his position and scored 1 point for Toro Rosso.

It should be noted that Kubica won the race after he finished second in the previous Monaco GP won by Hamilton. Kubica now leads the drivers’ championship with 42 points, chased by Hamilton and Massa with 38 points both, Räikkönen with 35 points and Heidfeld with 28. BMW Sauber now stayed close to Ferrari in constructors’ standings with 70 points, gap of 3 to Ferrari. Team McLaren is now a distant third with 53 points.



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August 26, 2007

Loss of integrity in underground city tunnel causes evacuation of Downtown Montreal

Loss of integrity in underground city tunnel causes evacuation of Downtown Montreal

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

A one-inch settlement of the roof of The Bay tunnel to the Montreal Metro caused authorities to evacuate 12 blocks of the Montreal downtown core.

Several people noticed water infiltration in the tunnel over the last few days. On Friday, August 24, at 1 p.m., while investigating another water infiltration incident, The Bay employees noticed that the ceiling of the tunnel portion of The Bay’s basement sales area had descended one inch over a 7 meter length. They subsequently called police. The police and firefighters evacuated the basement of the downtown Bay store. The police closed de Maisonneuve Boulevard from Aylmer Street to Union Street, over the area of the crack.

The McGill Metro station.
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At 4 p.m., firefighters evacuated the Parkade Montreal Building and The Bay Department Store after finding pieces of concrete falling from the Parkade Montreal structure, a multi-story carpark with five levels of offices on top. They also evacuated the downtown portion of the Line 1 / Green Line of the Montreal Metro subway, from Lionel-Groulx to Berri-UQAM stations, and evacuated the McGill metro station, which is situated below The Bay tunnel. After consulting with city engineers, Centre 2001, the loading dock of the Bay and its Hertz car rental agency, Les Promenades Cathedrale underground shopping centre and office tower, and a neighbouring office tower to the Parkade were also evacuated. Police cordoned off an area from Bleury Street in the east to University Street in the west, and from Ste-Catherine Street in the south to President Kennedy Street to the north.

The closure of the Metro caused havoc to the Friday afternoon rush hour, as over 40,000 people regularly use the Green Line (Line 1) every day. Montreal Transit Corporation workers issued directions during the day, though some may not have been informed of a provisionary bus service to replace the lost subway service. Loudspeakers announced that commuters should use the unaffected Orange Line (Line 2), which has lines between 5 and 10 blocks south of Line 1 (Green Line), and also connects to Lionel-Groulx and Berri-UQAM stations.

The downtown area is intended to remain closed for at least the weekend, along with portions of the underground city, or RESO. The tunnel was built in 1966. For the last few days, city work crews have been working above the slab in question, digging a one meter trench to install a median and segregate a new bike path on de Maisonneuve Boulevard. The tunnel roof lies five meters below street level.

Residents of Montreal are frustrated with the crumbling infrastructure in and around the city, including the collapse of the de la Concorde Boulevard overpass over Autoroute 19 expressway last year, the shattering of a column holding up the Autoroute 720 Ville Marie elevated expressway last month, and other incidents.

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June 20, 2007

Cocaine found in frozen mango puree shipped to Montréal, Canada

Cocaine found in frozen mango puree shipped to Montréal, Canada

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced Tuesday that they had seized approximately 160 kilograms of cocaine discovered in buckets of frozen mango puree imported from Mexico.

Investigations led the police to a shipping container destined for the Port of Montréal, in the Canadian province of Québec. A CBSA officer at the Container Examination Centre in Montréal identified the suspect container. The drug was found in brick-shaped plastic wrapping of about 4 kilograms in weight each. There were 1,200 buckets of frozen mango puree in the shipment, not all with cocaine inside.

RCMP Sgt. André Potvin told reporters that the value of the shipment was significant and was the largest maritime port drug haul in the force’s history. At CA$20 per half-gram, “that’s in the vicinity of $38 million,” said Potvin.

The investigation by the RCMP Drug Section, CBSA Intelligence officers, the Marine Security Enforcement Team and the Port of Montréal Security Group, determined that an import company, named Quality Mexport, was allegedly a front for the drug-smuggling operation.

Five Mexicans, holding visitor status in Canada, were arrested in the matter. They are:

  • Juan Manuel Huerta Canela, 31;
  • Jose Gerardo Bernal Vasquez, 52;
  • Jose Luis Navarro Ochoa, 33;
  • Jesus Manuel Villa Quiroz, 32; and
  • Alfonso Strag Estrada, age 50.

The suspects have been charged with importing and possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking. The charges are allegations at this point in time.

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May 22, 2007

An \”irresponsible\” strike

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An “irresponsible” strike

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007 The Syndicat du transport de Montréal (Montreal transport Union), representing maintenance workers of the Société de transport de Montréal (Montreal Transport Society), in Canada, voted “to go on strike at one minute past midnight this May 22”, effectively cutting down the bus and metro services to only some hours of the day.

The Société qualified the vote of “irresponsible”, as talks are still under way in order to reach a mutual agreement between the workers, who want continued salary raises for the next few years, while the Société offers to freeze salaries for the first year and a lesser raise for the subsequent years. The Syndicat’s total requests are in the neighborhood of $60 million (Canadian funds), while the Société “already anticipates a $22 million shortfall” for 2007.

The Government of Québec’s Essential Services Council has called for some services to be delivered to Montrealers during the strike. Bus and metro (subway) schedules are thus constricted to rush hours only:

  • Monday to Friday: 06:00-09:00am, 03:30-06:30pm, 11:00pm-01:00am
  • Saturday and Sunday: 06:00-09:00am, 02:00-05:00pm, 11:00pm-01:00am

For low-mobility users, the Société ensures that “[p]aratransit services will be provided in full as usual.”

The Société asks its clients to “note that bus drivers, metro operators and fare collectors are not responsible for the current situation”, and thus to be “lenient” towards them.

There is no information at the moment as to how long the labour dispute will last.

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