News for September 4th, 2015

by Catlin Spencer

A zoning change that would allow a ten storey complex to be built near the MUHC super-hospital was met with concern during a consultation on Wednesday.

According to the Montreal Gazette, the complex would house a Provigo, a Seniors residence and allow for apartments to be donated to the Children's Hospital Foundation to be used by families of hospitalized Children.

However, some residents near the site on the corner of Ste-Catherine and de Maisonneuve expressed concern over the possible increase in traffic and pollution if the complex was built – while others stated it is already bumper-to-bumper and pollution could not increase.

Westmount City Councillor, Cynthia Lulham says that both Westmount and N.D.G. should work together to discuss the possible traffic issue.


by Catlin Spencer

As Frosh week begins for Universities across Canada, the York Regional Police in Ontario have issued a list of offences and their costs as a warning to students.

According to CTV News, the flyer entitled the “Frosh Week Expense List” was published on the police's twitter account on Thursday.

The expenses included fines including up to $5000 for tossing empty bottles from dorm windows, or initiating a roman candle firefight, while distilling moonshine would cost up to $6000.

The bottom of the flyer states that while it is not a legal document, it is intended to inform students of the potential consequences of their actions, and that the charges are taken from the Criminal code, Highway Traffic Act and municipal bylaws.


by Catlin Spencer


While no exact figure has been stated, British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to increase the number of refugees allowed to enter the United Kingdom.

According to the BBC, Cameron is expected to make the announcement in Spain after talks with his Portuguese and Spanish counterparts.

He maintains that accepting more refugees was not a simple task, a stance that was criticized by the Scottish First Minister, the former British Labour Home Secretary and a petition with more than 300,000 signatures.

The calls for action intensified after the picture of a drowned three year old, Alan Kurdi, who was part of a migrant boat trying to reach Greece, was published.