Today’s top stories in brief.
Under the CAQ’s proposed language policies, your 90-year-old nonna, or bubby, or whatever you call your grandmother, may no longer be able to get her hydro bills in English. Nor will anyone who has ever immigrated to Quebec, unless they went to English school in Canada. So, who will be allowed access to English services? More here.
In putting the English Montreal School Board under trusteeship, the Legault government has taken the additional step of handing the allegations of misuse of public funds over to the anti-corruption squad. Education Minister Jean-François Roberge added that bit of news to his announcement Wednesday that the Quebec cabinet has decided to put the troubled board under trusteeship for the next six months in the hopes of redressing operations. More here.
Before seeking out the son of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi for help with a money-losing contract in Libya, SNC-Lavalin first turned to the Canadian government to try to solve the problem, a former executive says. Riadh Ben Aissa made the claim while being cross-examined Wednesday during former executive vice-president Sami Bebawi’s fraud and corruption trial. More here.
Faced with an uproar and accusations of being cold and insensitive, Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette emerged Wednesday — after saying Tuesday he would not buckle — to say he will grandfather the rights of students and temporary workers already in the system. More here.
The SQ and Montreal police have announced a plan to pool their investigative assets in hopes of reining in the string of gangland style homicides. It is a move similar to the one sparked by the rising death toll in the criminal biker wars that ravaged Quebec in the mid and late 1990s. More here.
For the first time since being charged last December, Just for Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon was present in criminal court Wednesday to renounce to his right to a preliminary inquiry. Rozon is charged with rape and indecent assault. The charges are based on an allegation that he sexually abused a person between June and September 1980 in St-Sauveur, a town in the Laurentians about 60 kilometres north of Montreal. More here.
Quebec’s youth-projection services are woefully unprepared to deal with cases of conjugal violence in which children are abused, a provincial commission was warned on Wednesday. More here.
The ethics commissioner of the National Assembly will examine a controversial photo published by Québec solidaire MNA Catherine Dorion after it received a complaint from the Quebec Liberals. More here.
The journey of NASA’s dauntless Voyager 2 spacecraft through our solar system’s farthest reaches has given scientists new insight into a poorly understood distant frontier: the unexpectedly distinct boundary marking where the sun’s energetic influence ends and interstellar space begins. More here.