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Fantasia 2019: Week 3 Review

In the final week of the 23rd edition of the Fantasia Film Festival, I had to narrow down my viewings. There was only so much time on my day off to get in as many films as possible. Unfortunately, I did not hit my record of viewings compared to other years, but I am very happy with the films I chose to focus on. Both the Cinema Lucida and Documentaries From the Edge provide the festival with some great programming.


Fantasia 2019: Week 2 Review

For the second week of the Fantasia Film Festival, I was hoping to catch up with some film screenings on my only day of the week that I had off work.


AFFORDABLE HOUSING SUBSIDIES, CANNABIS PARDON, SAUDI ARABIA TRAVEL RESTRICTION

Holly Cabrera


LOCAL

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. 


KANASATAKE GRAND CHIEF MEETING, CANADIAN ARMED FORCES SETTLEMENT, HK AIRPORT PROTEST

LOCAL

Kanasatake grand chief Serge Simon is in a meeting with federal and provincial officials this morning to discuss the recent dispute over a land transfer in the municipality of Oka. 

Last week, Oka Mayor Pascal Quevillion voiced his concern that property values in his town would drop if a local developer transfers 60 hectares of land to the people of Kanesatake. 


Victim Of Police Racial Profiling Compensated, Northern B.C. Killings, World's Happiest Countries

Ahmad Moujtahed

 

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LOCAL

A 42-year-old psychiatric rehab assistant is suing the city of Montreal and SPVM officers for an arrest that was the result of racial profiling.


Fantasia 2019: Week 1 Review

The 23rd edition of the Fantasia Film Festival has taken over Concordia University's downtown campus until August 1st. Defining itself as a premiere genre film festival, there is truly something for everyone. When I attend Fantasia, I always create a master list of all the films that I want to see. This year it took close to two hours to create, as the festival's list of films stretches more than 130 titles from all across the globe. I tend to gravitate towards the films in Documentaries From the Edge and Camera Lucida. There is a method to the madness in making a master list - doing so allows me to track my free days with the screenings of the day.


Mail Theft, Apple Inc. Lawsuit, Congo's Ebola Outbreak

Ahmad Moujtahed

 

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LOCAL

Montreal police are urging people to equip their mailboxes with locks after three people were arrested for raiding mailboxes to steal peoples' identities in Montreal and Laval. Police say the suspects targeted residences where mailboxes were accessible from outside the building. 


DESJARDINS DATA POTENTIALLY SOLD, 150 BAYCREST HOSPITAL WORKERS LET GO, SUDAN COUP ATTEMPT FOILED

Holly Cabrera

 

LOCAL

Police suspect that the former employee of Mouvement Desjardins who allegedly stole the personal information of 2.9 million clients has already sold the data to criminal groups overseas.


Serious Play Conference, Emergency Desjardins Meeting, Toddler Falls From A Cruise Ship

Ahmad Moujtahed

 

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LOCAL

Serious Play Conference, a conference for both those who create serious games and those who implement game-based learning programs, will take place at UQAM University from July 10th to July 12th. 


FLOOD ZONE MAPS, BLUE LINE EXTENSION, HK STUDENTS REJECT TALKS

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Stories by Holly Cabrera

Produced by Holly Cabrera

 

LOCAL  

The Quebec government will review its recently released flood zones maps after developers and municipalities questioned the amount of land on which construction would be prohibited.

The maps indicate areas at risk of flooding as “special intervention zones.” 


Montreal's Self-Driving Bus, #VoteForEveryChild, Europe's Inferno

Ahmad Moujtahed

 

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LOCAL

New self-driving buses are roaming the streets of Montreal for the first time. Transporting people from the Olympic Stadium to the Maisonneuve Market at no cost, the self-driving buses are part of a city pilot project aimed at testing autonomous vehicles on city streets.

The project builds on last year's experiment with the same bus, which drove people around the grounds of the Olympic Stadium.


Jim Carrey: The Cartoonist, Canada-China Tensions, WWII Bomb Explodes

Ahmad Moujtahed

 

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LOCAL

A new art exhibition featuring works from renowned actor Jim Carrey is on display in Montreal’s Phi Centre all summer.

The exhibition entitled “This Light Never Goes Out” combines a selection of Carrey’s political cartoons that he had been creating and sharing with the world through his Twitter account. 


Amherst St. Renamed, Controversial Convocation Speech, MH17 Suspects Identified

Ahmad Moujtahed

 

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LOCAL

The city of Montreal is set to rename the street which carries the name of Jeffery Amherst; a former English military commander whose desire was to exterminate the race of Indigenous People by giving them blankets infected with smallpox.

Amherst Street, the street that runs from the city’s Old Port to Lafontaine Park, will be renamed in honour of an Indeginous person.


Fringe 2019: Edging with Mike at Le P’tit Impro

Edging With Mike is not quite what you would expect given the title. Upon entering the intimate space of Le P’tit Impro, you see a kind-looking, unassuming man behind a work station, diligently and patiently sharpening a knife. That is Mike. Mike likes to sharpen knives, and also likes to talk about the things he likes.


Fringe 2019: Ink at La Chapelle

Ink was a visual metaphor for the cyclical self-destructive relationship between an artist and their craft. It was a brilliant depiction of how one invests themselves in their work and how the result of doing so can cost so much. It was also a beautiful story of one man overcoming debatably self-imposed adversity, and learning how to create without suffering.

Bill 21 passed. Plastics ban anxiety, More protests in Hong Kong

Luca Caruso-Moro

 

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LOCAL

Quebec has passed the controversial Bill 21, also known as the Secularism Bill.

The bill passed by a vote with two thirds in favour after the CAQ used parliamentary powers to rush the vote without a standard debate.


Montreal Encourages The Hiring Of Newcomers, Guilty Plea To Oil Leak In Saskatchewan, Canadian Women Rescued In Ghana

 

Ahmad Moujtahed

 

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LOCAL

Mayor Valerie Plante announced earlier this week that the city of Montreal will launch a public awareness campaign to encourage employers to hire newcomers.

The campaign will ensure the development of an inclusive organizational culture across the city; a step which would lead to inclusive non-discriminatory hiring practices.


Hydro refund, UNDRIP, Cyclone evacuation

Luca Caruso-Moro

 

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LOCAL

Hydro Quebec is giving 1.5 billion dollars back to Quebecers.

The government company had collected more revenue than authorized by the Régie de l'énergie in recent years.


Dawson's AI Investment, Provincial Drug Raids, Canadians Held In Syria

Voiced by Ahmad Moujtahed

Stories by Ahmad Moujtahed

 

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LOCAL

Dawson College announced an investment of over a million dollars in a comprehensive Artificial Intelligence initiative.


Purple heroin, MMIWG Report, Diplomats lose visas to Venezuela

Luca Caruso-Moro

 

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LOCAL

A notoriously dangerous mix of pharmaceuticals and street drugs known as Purple Heroin may have found its way into Montreal.

The purple powder mixture is known to contain Fentanyl, as well as heroin and OxyContin.


Alberta wildfires, Canadian garbage, Concordia tuition hike

Voiced by Allison O’Reilly

Stories by Luca Caruso-Moro

 

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NATIONAL


Legal Fights Against Noise Pollution, Toll-Free Hotline For Victims Of Human Trafficking, Facebook Refuses To Remove False Content

Hosted by Ahmad Moujtahed

Stories by Ahmad Moujtahed

 

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LOCAL

Residents of the West Island of Montreal joined the legal fight against Aéroport de Montréal, NAV Canada and Transport Canada demanding financial compensation due to damages caused by aircraft noise pollution.


Fringe For All : Top Picks

This year’s Fringe-For-All showcased so much incredible talent and so many hilarious, exciting, and intense shows that narrowing down my top picks was a challenge. Here are a few that stuck by the end of the night:

 

L’appel du vide by rats?!

Natasha Perry-Fagant has been putting on award-winning Fringe shows for years now, and somehow I’ve missed all of them. This is probably because horror isn't really my scene. However, this feels like the year to branch out and try new things, and there is something about a grieving witch trying to find inner peace by ending the world that is strangely relatable.

 


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