Montreal’s mayor has resigned following his corruption charges. Michael Applebaum made the announcement during a brief news conference earlier today, where he maintained that the 14 charges against him are ‘unfounded.’ This comes after a number of the mayor’s former allies, along with Quebec Premier Pauline Marois, called for his immediate resignation.
Canadian researchers developed a ‘sharpshooter’ drug aimed at slowing cancer growth. The team out of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto are creating a drug that targets an enzyme called PLK4, which plays a key role in cell division. The medication inhibited the growth of various types of cancer in lab mice, and researchers are now ready to test it on humans. More on this and other stories below:
Can’t finish the bottle? Now in Quebec, you can take unfinished wine home with you. The law permitting the transportation of unfinished alcohol came into effect in the province today, and allows those in restaurants and bars who don’t consume all of their wine to put a cork in it and take it home. The law doesn’t effect beers or spirits, and transporting open liquor is still illegal.
Goodbye Scotiabank Place, hello Canadian Tire Centre! The home of the Ottawa Senators has a new deal with Canadian Tire that will see the building, scoreboard and even on-ice images take on a new look. This comes after Scotiabank opted out of its $20 million, 15 year contract, saying it will invest more money into community hockey programs instead.
Mountain Equipment Co-op unveiled its new logo. Attempting to break away from its granola-eating, sandal wearing, mountaineering image, the Vancouver-based retailer changed up its logo for the first time since the co-operative was founded more than 40 years ago. The redesigned logo reads ‘MEC’ in the middle of a large, green square.
Seasame Street unveiled its first muppet with parents in jail. With two million Americans locked behind bars, the show decided it was time to introduce Alex, an orange muppet who gets emotional before talking about his troubled father. While incarceration might seem like a strange topic for the show, Seasame Street has touched on many taboo topics ranging from suicide to divorce.
A B.C. woman built an orphanage, one loaf at a time. Barb Giraud has been baking banana bread everyday for the last three years, a labour of love that began after a life-changing trip to Uganda. After seeing ‘kids in the garbage dump,’ she set out to with a vision to create a better life for them, and it took 8,500 loaves of bread to do it.
An ex-Canada citizen was charged with Nazi-era war crimes. Laszlo Csatary is accused of beating and whipping his victims, and preventing ventilation holes from being cut in the walls of a railcar crammed with 80 Jews being deported. Hungarian prosecutors say Csatary was also the chief of an internment camp that held 12,000 people.
Montreal’s mayor is expected to speak following the corruption arrest. Michael Applebaum was hit with 14 charges after he was arrested alongside two other public figures yesterday morning. He is expected to speak to the public at some point today, after Quebec Premier Pauline Marois suggested he has little choice but to step down.
An estimated 100,000 protesters are filling Brazil’s streets. The demonstrations began over a hike in bus prices, but was also fed by images of San Paulo police beating demonstrators and firing rubber bullets during a march last week. The protests mark some of the largest demonstrations since the end of the country’s dictatorship in 1985.