MONTREAL – From the plunging loonie to bringing attention to human trafficking and a push to extend the orange line on the STM, here are the top five stories Global News covered in Montreal this week:
Fighting human trafficking
“Will the government increase funding to fight against the recruitment of young girls into the hell of sex slavery?”
Opposition parties have come out to say the Quebec government isn’t doing enough to prevent human trafficking, but the government fired back, saying the opposition is playing politics with women’s health.
READ THE STORY: Laval group home a target of gangs and prostitution rings: report
No more plastic bag ban
“Overall, there’s about 93 per cent of the bags that are either reused or recycled.”
The Retail Council of Canada lashed out at the South Shore city of Brossard, claiming its plastic bag ban isn’t actually good for the environment.
READ THE STORY: Retailers urge Brossard to back down on plastic bag ban
Extending the STM line
“If we want to reduce greenhouse gases and want to offer the people the services such that they stay off the roads and use public transit, the orange line is a no-brainer.”
On the heels of the STM’s new AZUR metro trains, there’s a call to extend the orange line.
READ THE STORY: Push is on to extend Montreal’s orange metro line
Hurt by a low loonie
“From the time he was a little boy he’s had a ball in his hand, so we’ve just been following his dream.”
The plunging loonie and dramatic exchange rate is hurting Cyrus Senior, a Kirkland teen who was granted a partial baseball scholarship in the U.S.
READ THE STORY: Canadian baseball player studying in U.S. hurt by low loonie
“We have a few murals in the city, they attract a lot of attention and they tend to keep graffiti off of those particular buildings.”
In an attempt to revitalize and beautify the city, Pointe-Claire has put out a call for artists to submit ideas for new and interesting mural designs.
READ THE STORY: Price tag for Pointe-Claire’s new mural upsets residents
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