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Although the Crown didnat strongly object, prosecutor Jacques Belanger did question why this issue didnat come up initially following Antonaccias arrest. The accusedas lawyer said it was Antonaccias daughter, who lived with him around the time of the alleged crimes, who has indicated now that she was concerned about his state at the time. aIt was his words and his general attitude, she was worried about his mental health,a Dube-Laberge said. Antonacci was declared earlier this month to be fit to stand trial and assist in his own defence. There were no outbursts in court as the accused sat quietly and listened to the judge. He said he understood what his lawyer was requesting on his behalf. <br>More:

Quebec Liberals to consider religious dress code

His successor, Michael Applebaum, would experience a similarly rapid fall from grace a few months later after being arrested and charged by Quebecas permanent anti-corruption unit. He, too, resigned of his own volition. But what if they had refused to leave? As the city of Toronto is learning the hard way, there is often very little recourse when the mayor of a Canadian municipality digs in his heels. Embattled Mayor Rob Ford has remained at his post through allegations of drunk driving and abusive behaviour, admissions of illegal drug use and public intoxication, scathing editorials, out-of-control council meetings, wild media crushes, and a request from Santa Claus to please stay away from his parade. <br>More:

Marcel Savard, the force's assistant director, told a commission looking into the student protests of 2012 that police underestimated demonstrators outside a provincial Liberal meeting in May 2012. He also confirmed fences erected to keep demonstrators away from the gathering in the central Quebec town of Victoriaville were inadequate and there was a breakdown in the communication of intelligence information. Savard said police have learned valuable lessons from the experience. He said maintaining the peace is a shared responsibility between police and demonstrators and that such weapons as see page rubber bullets were not used indiscriminately. Students protested last year in opposition to tuition fee increases imposed by the provincial government, which argued fees had not been raised in years. Many demonstrations were held in Montreal and some of them turned violent. <br>More:

But a few hours later, Gaudreault announced that after further analysis of traffic patterns, Quebec had decided not to go ahead with the lane. He said the suspension of the resumption of the lane abest responds to the needs of the population at the moment.a The Champlain normally has acontraflowa bus lanes a a lane on the southbound side ferries people to Montreal in the morning, and a lane on the Montreal-bound side is used for buses heading to the South Shore in the afternoon. But when one southbound lane was closed after a dangerous crack was found last week, there was not home page enough room to keep the usual Montreal-bound bus lane, so the morning lane was suspended. That means buses are mixed in with regular traffic. Since then, afternoon traffic has been intense toward the South Shore. <br>More:

"They are evolving at last," said Bernard Drainville, the PQ minister in charge of the charter. "Now they seem to be a little less weak. But it is still very weak to say thatreligiousneutrality extends only to judges and police and prison guards," he said. Other PQ ministers say their strategy is working, and with time, the opposition parties will warm up to the secular charter. "The debateis bringing even reluctant parties like the Liberal party to moveforwardtowardour position. Ithink we should give them more time to move even moreforward," said PQ cabinet minister Jean-FrancoisLisee. <br>More:

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