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Former MNA Geoff Kelley called on the CAQ to withdraw or overhaul its proposed bill to replace school boards. He warned that failure to do so would lead to a long and expensive legal battle over the constitutional right of Quebec’s English community to manage and control its schools. Kelley, now the chair of the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Quebec), addressed National Assembly committee examining Bill 40 on Wednesday. “We believe the bill in its current form is a giant step backward for our school system and for this reason the bill must be completely overhauled,” he told the committee.
Ensemble Montreal and relatives of the 1989 Polytechnique massacre victims are calling on Montreal to push for a nationwide ban on handguns. At a press conference at city hall on Wednesday, opposition leader Lionel Perez said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s proposal to leave it up to municipalities whether to ban or limit private ownership of handguns is unacceptable. In August 2018, Montreal city council unanimously adopted a declaration asking the federal government to ban semi-automatic assault weapons and handguns. Alex Norris, president of Montreal’s public security commission, said he welcomed the opposition motion on the handgun ban, but had reservations on the buyback proposal, under which people could anonymously turn in guns for cash. Since gun control should be a federal responsibility, Montreal taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for the measure, he said.
Students at an Alaska university can pay off parking tickets by donating ingredients for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. KTUU-TV reports that the donated food goes to help students facing chronic hunger. Jars of peanut butter or jelly donated accrue credits towards citations, but the University of Alaska’s Anchorage campus caps the number of donation. In a subsequent week, donations of canned soup will be accepted.