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LASALLE – Riverside Park in Lasalle is known for being a perfect place for athletes to train.
But lately it’s getting a different kind of track record – an ideal location for muggers looking for cell phones.
Global News can exclusively report that since June, there have been four reports of cell phone thefts in the borough.
One of the incidents was alleged to have taken place in the park.
According to a post on social media, a teenage boy was held up at gunpoint, dragged into the park, and mugged for his wallet and cell phone.
“There have been a couple of thefts in the Lasalle borough at night hours between at 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. in the morning,” said Laurent Gingras with Montreal police.
“That’s when the thefts happen.”
Acting borough mayor Laura Palenstini said LaSalle has increased security in their parks, which includes changing the lights from yellow to white and have officers-in-training on patrol.
“We have eight cadets that are financed by the borough, by this administration to ensure we have additional safety,” he told Global News.
Montreal police have given Global News a press release that will be distributed to the rest of the media on Thursday.
All the same, residents told Global News that they’ve heard about the incidents and are on high alert.
“My mum obviously yelled at me saying ‘Don’t go out at night, be careful, don’t take the bus home, avoid anything outdoors around here,’” said Sabrina Zoso, a Lasalle resident.
“I was kind of restricted.”
Police are encouraging anyone who has been a victim or who has information to call them.
CHAMBLY – George Grist has called the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 39 in Chambly home for 20 years.
He’s an army veteran of the Korean War and visits the Legion every Tuesday to play bingo.
On the wall near to where he sits hangs two rows of portraits- members of the Legion who are still here, and those who are not.
“It’s a good memory of those who are gone, it’s not so good a memory of those I know are going to go but we all are so it’s a good wall,” he said.
Just like the members, this branch too could soon be gone.
Paid membership has dropped from 120 to 76 in the past ten years, and only a handful of new members have joined.
“The legion have been in trouble for a long time. This is just one of the branches that is holding on by the skin of our teeth,” said Grist.
Legion president Roland Drouillard blames the decline not only on the ageing population- but on Quebec’s laws on smoking and driving under the influence.
Simply put, the bar isn’t the big draw any longer.
“People aren’t drinking any more because they don’t want to loose their license and they can’t smoke inside here any more either,” he said.
The news of the trouble shocked Chambly Mayor Denis Lavoie.
He met with Drouillard to discuss the Legion’s future Tuesday.
Lavoie proposed a new site for the space – shared with a yet-to-be built library, a project slated to be finished in 2017.
“It’s sure the city will be on the side of the legion,” he said.
With a potential new home two years away, this could be a legion without a local.
For now Grist’s Tuesday night tradition will continue.
POINT ST-CHARLES — Alice, Romeo and Bubbles are the lucky ones. They are rescues taken in by Christine Motte who is all too familiar with how cruel the streets of Montreal can be for cats.
Monday, she found an apparent case of abuse on social media that spurred her to action.
A friend found a cat severely wounded and left for dead in a box in Pointe Saint-Charles.
“She told me that the kitten was found in a shoebox with the lid on it and the cat was still alive,” said Motte. “When she told me that a red flag went up.
“Someone put her in that box, covered it, and left her there suffering. She was alive.”
“She couldn’t even cry out for help. It’s disgusting.”
The cat was taken to a veterinarian but the injuries were so serious she had to be put down.
Recently the SPCA has received numerous complaints regarding animal abuse – some so serious they’ve led to criminal investigations. In May, four kittens were found mutilated in Laval. The string of incidents led to a criminal inquiry.
“It seems like numerous people are intent on getting rid of cats by any means necessary, including illegal, unethical and cruel means,” said the SPCA’s Alanna Devine.
A bill tabled last month at the National Assembly proposed harsher penalties for those convicted of animal abuse. Fines would range from $250 to $250,000 and repeat offenders could see up to 18 months of jail time.
The SPCA asks anyone with information relating to this case or others like it to contact them by phone or on their website.
MONTREAL — The headlines in Huntingdon are disappearing.
The third-oldest weekly newspaper in Canada, The Gleaner, is facing some major changes.
Next week will be the paper’s last stand-alone edition. From then on it will be an insert in Valleyfield’s Le Journal Saint-François.
“For the Anglophone community, it’s just another strike,” said the Quebec Community Newspaper Association’s Richard Tardif.
“Yes, they say it’s going to be an insert but it’s going into a French paper.”
The weekly is owned by Transcontinental Media.
Benoit Caron is the Vice-President of Regional Operations and insisted this is actually good news for the paper because the circulation of the Journal Saint-François is ten times that of The Gleaner.
“It’s going to be covering Soulanges to Vaudreuil then Howick to Dundee,” he said.
Tardif pointed out that the people who will now receive the paper won’t even live in the area the Gleaner’s news covers.
“It’ll leave the mainstream,” he said.
“It’ll be archives and that’s where you’ll find issues of the Gleaner, so it’s not really moving,”
The news of the change came as a surprise to many residents.
James Dybka lives in Hichinbrooke and an avid Gleaner reader. He said he only learned of the news once a friend posted it on social media because the announcement was buried in the back pages.
“It’s very important, it’s a paper that’s been around for over 100 years, it’s part of our community especially the English community,” he said.
He too thinks that this is the beginning of the end of the 152-year-old weekly.
“I think it’ll eventually in a couple of months fade out,” he said.
“Even over the last year, the size of our paper has shrunk from what’s it’s been over the years. Slowly but surely.”
The last copy of The Gleaner will be available June 15, changes come into effect June 24.
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