Here are some of the top stories on The Gazette’s site today.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said while she is opposed to Bill 21, she would abide by the ban on religious garb if the law is passed in the National Assembly. More here.
A united Montreal city council will wade into the religious-symbols debate next week, voting on a bipartisan declaration declaring that “Bill 21 does not reflect the daily reality of Montreal society, which is rich and unique in terms of culture and diversity.” More here.
McGill University will no longer use the name Redmen for its men’s sports teams, university president Suzanne Fortier announced Friday, following longstanding complaints by students and Indigenous groups that the name was derogatory, hurtful and perpetuated racial stereotypes. More here.
Education Minister Jean-François Roberge says the English Montreal School Board should not move 140 special-needs adult students who learn life skills at the Galileo Adult Education Centre. More here.
As Concordia grapples with the issue of sexual violence on campus, students say they don’t trust the university to protect them from the unwanted advances of professors. More here.
This is a drill
A simulated mass medical emergency, complete with actors who will appear to be severely injured, is set to take place Sunday morning at CHUM-Hôtel-Dieu, at St-Urbain St. and Pins Ave. More here.
For chocoholics only
It looks like spring is finally going to arrive in Montreal on Saturday and the timing couldn’t be better for the Impact. The Impact will play their Major League Soccer home opener Saturday at Saputo Stadium (1 p.m., TSN5, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio) against the Columbus Crew and the forecast is calling for mainly sunny skies with a high of 16C. More here.
If things go the way he hopes, Clifford Starke will own the Alouettes before the Canadian Football League season kicks off in June. The chairman of Hampstead Private Capital put out a statement on Thursday confirming his interest in purchasing the team, which has been owned by American businessman Robert Wetenhall since 1997. More here.