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Preliminary inquiring into Old Montreal shooting begins

A preliminary inquiry into a deadly shooting was launched yesterday at a Montreal courthouse. Terrell Lloyd Smith, 28, and Carey Isaac Regis, 42, are charged with murder, attempted murder and conspiracy.

Jean Gaston and Peter Christopoulos were killed in a shooting in a clothing boutique in Old Montreal last March. Police believe that reputed street gang leader Ducarme Joseph was the target. He escaped, but two other men were wounded in the attack.

A third man is still sought by police.

Quebec Court Judge Helene Morin placed a publication ban on evidence presented during the inquiry, which is expected to last another four days.


Man calls cops, then charges at police with his car

A man phoned the police at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning from near Decarie Boulevard and Jean Talon Street W. He reported that he felt threatened by a car parked nearby.

So why did the man charge his car towards a police cruiser once helped arrived?

Montreal police constable Anie Lemieux said that the suspect managed to hit one car before speeding off. The car charged at several other cruisers before the chase ended when the police opened fire, wounding the driver. 

The suspect and four officers were taken to hospital for treatment. Three officers were treated for shock and one for injuries sustained during a collision with the suspect's vehicle. Both the injured officer and suspect are expected to recover. 

Als sign NFL vet to help replace Cahoon

Photo courtesy of APThe Alouettes are looking south of the border to help offset the retirement of Ben Cahoon. The team has signed NFL veteran Jerry Porter to a two-year deal. Financial terms were not released.

Porter spent nine seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Oakland Raiders. But the 32-year-old has been out of football the last two seasons.

The signing will be a reunion for Porter and Als head coach Marc Trestman. The two were part of the Raiders team that went to the Super Bowl in 2002.

Arcade Fire Wins Big In U.K.

It was a big night for Canada this Tuesday at the Brit Awards which are the U.K.'s equivalent to the Grammys. Montreal’s Arcade Fire took home two awards.Winning best international group. As well as best album for their latest release The Suburbs. The group was up against the Black Eyed Peas, Kings of Leon, The Script, and Vampire Weekend for Best Group.

On Sunday The Suburbs also grabbed the group a win for album of the year at the Grammys. Justin Bieber represented Canada by winning Best International Breakthrough Act.

Michael "Mike B" Bresciani

The year is 2004, the location, Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California. A young Michael Bresciani is leaving the Coachella Festival after having seen the Flaming Lips, Radiohead, the Cure and the recently reunited Pixies. If that musical experience wasn’t enough, Michael was also working at the HMV Megastore in the heart of Montreal and exploring new music.

February 15th 2011

News read and produced by Erica Fisher.

WHALE interviews by Joel Balsam.

Stories written by Joel Balsam, Dominique Daoust, Aisha Samu and Sofia Gay.

And the voting begins!

Only twelve candidates will be participating in the elections starting tomorrow. Three of seven executive positions are going uncontested. A byelection will be needed next fall since no one applied for VP of communications.

Efforts have been made by the organization to clean up the elections. However, the decision to remove slates has its consequences.

Students will have no choice over three of their executives. To make voting easier, executive summaries of each candidate will be available at voting tables.

WHALE Passes

CSU representatives and members of Free Education Montreal couldn’t be too unhappy about this year’s Valentines Day. The highly anticipated Wintery Hot Accessible Love-in for Education, also known as WHALE passed with flying colours. 

Police Remain Mum on Death of Montreal Rapper

Police are still refusing to confirm that a man found dead Sunday is indeed hip hop artist Paul Frappier. Frappier’s family does not understand the reasons behind the refusal to reveal his identity.

Frappier’s body was found in an industrial area close to the Lachine Canal. All police are willing to reveal at this point is that there were obvious signs of violence on the body.

West Island to have its own rail line

Commuters to the West Island will be looking at their own rail line soon. The Quebec government says it will go forward with the $600 million project.

Engineering studies are set to begin on Monday morning. They will take 18 months to complete and will cost $22 million.

Currently, commuter trains have to share rail space with freight trains, which causes delays for commuters.

February 14th 2011

News read by Sofia Gay and produced by Erica Fisher.

Stories written by Corentine Rivoire, Sarah El Fangary, Marcin Wisniewski and Chris Hanna.

Protests in Yemen Continue As Police Clash with the Protesters

Police have clashed with the protesters on the third day of anti-government protests in Yemen. The protesters are demanding are political reform and the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Like the Egyptian ex-president Hosni Mubarak, Ali Abdulah Saleh has been in power for over 30 years ruling with an iron fist. And like the Egyptian ex-president he tried to blunt the unrest by promising not to return. 

Several thousands protesters, many of them students tried to reach the main square. They were pushed back by the police using clubs.

Montreal's Arcade Fire takes home most important Grammy

Montreal’s own Arcade Fire took home the Grammy for Album of the Year for The Suburbs. It was the band’s only win of the night. Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs beat out albums by Eminem, Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga. Eminem had 10 nominations. He left with only two wins for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Solo Performance. Country trio Lady Antebellum took home five awards, including Song and Record of the Year for their hit “Need You Now.” Canadians Drake and Justin Bieber lost the Best New Artist award to jazz musician Esperanza Spalding.

Unsuccessful attempt to rob ATM due to vehicle oversize


In local news, the police is still on the lookout for a thief that attempted an unusual robbery on Sunday morning. The man used a stolen front-loader to try and drag out the National Bank ATM in a mall in Pointe aux Trembles. The botched robbery failed because the vehicle was too big and got stuck inside, according to Montreal police Constable Olivier Lapointe. Although the damages are estimated to reach thousands of dollars, nothing was stolen. The picture was taken by Dave Sidaway for The Gazette. 


February 11th 2011

News read by Jason Rouah and produced by Erica Bridgeman.

Stories written by Joel Balsam, Jacqueline Di Bartolomeo, Alina Gotcherian, and Samah Fadil.

Art Matters, Ten Years in the Making


Concordia’s beloved Art Matters festival is kicking into gear for its 11th edition. This year, however, is special – it’s been ten years in the making.

Joel Balsam interviews ASFA Presidential candidate Alex Gordon

ASFA elections take place February 15-16-17.

Interview by Joel Balsam

Video by Katie Brioux

Two more contestations in ASFA elections


Two more contestations have been brought against ASFA executive candidates, one of which has resulted in sanctions.

Nick Cuillerier is ASFA’s chief electoral officer. At Thursday’s council meeting, he reported Tanya-Michelle Contente was banned from campaigning for three days for improper use of a mailing list. Contente is a candidate for VP internal.

Breaking: President Mubarak of Egypt steps down

President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has resigned. The announcement was made Friday by Vice-President Omar Suleiman. The news comes after 18 days of mass demonstrations in the country.

The armed forces council will be handling issues of state. It says it will fire Mubarak's Cabinet, suspend both houses of Parliament and rule with the head of the supreme constitutional court. According to a military source, Defense Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi will be the head of the ruling military council.

Opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei says he is hopeful Mubarak's resignation will start a new Egypt with democracy and social justice. 


CJLO News Director Erica Fisher speaks with Martin Luther King III


Following his speech at Concordia University, CJLO news director Erica Fisher spoke to Martin Luther King III about the current situation in Egypt. 

Click below to listen.

Mubarak stays on as Egyptian President

Tensions are as high as ever in Egypt. In a televised address yesterday evening, Mubarak defiantly refused to step down as president. He did make some concessions, saying he would transfer his power to his vice president Omar Suleiman.

But Egyptians were not happy, expecting the speech to be his last. Groups of the protesters broke away from Tahrir Square after his speech. Some headed to the presidential palace and others for the state television station, both heavily guarded by the Egyptian military.

February 10th 2011

Read by Joel Balsam

Produced by Melissa Mulligan 

Articles by Erica Fisher and Jessica MacDonald

Your wish is the CSU's command


The Concordia Student Union has acted according to its students' wishes. At its council meeting Wednesday night, the CSU passed all six motions put forward by the informational general meeting last month. These include motions denouncing the actions of Concordia and the Quebec government regarding tuition increases. The council will also work towards banning the advertisement of credit cards on campus.

The councilors  applauded after the passing of each motion. They represented the direct wishes of the student body. Between one-hundred and-fifty and two-hundred students attended the IGM where they were formed.