Holly Cabrera


The city of Montreal announced that the borough of Rosemont-La Petite Patrie will get $6.5 million in government subsidies for two housing projects. 

The projects will create 150 affordable units. Twenty per cent of them will be three-bedroom apartments suitable for families. 

The cooperative La Joie de Rosemont plans to transform and expand a former medical clinic to create 55 apartments by October. 

These subsidies are part of Mayor Valérie Plante’s election promise to develop 12,000 social affordable and family housing units by 2021. 


Canadians charged with simple possession of cannabis will now be able to apply for a pardon online for free. 

On Thursday, Justice Minister David Lametti announced that Bill C-93, legislation that was adopted last June is now in force, meaning that Canadians with criminal records for possession of up to 30 g of cannabis won’t have to wait five years after completing their sentence to apply for a pardon.  

Lametti said it was the next logical step after Canada legalized cannabis consumption last October. 


Saudia Arabia announced its plans to allow women over the age of 21 to travel without needing permission from a male guardian. 

When the order will take effect, however, is still unknown.

The announcement follows a series of young women fleeing the country and seeking asylum after alleging that Saudi Arabia’s controversial guardianship laws made them slaves to male relatives.

Currently, women of any age require a guardian’s permission to travel internationally.