Week in Review: Racial profiling, at-home learning and day camp testing

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Tuesday: Men still want answers after ex-cop accused of sex crimes dies

A former Montreal police officer and minor league hockey coach suspected of sexually abusing several boys over the course of 25 years has died, Longueuil police announced. François Lamarre, 71, was arrested in December, and pleaded not guilty to nine charges — spanning from 1972 to 1997 — that included sexual assault, gross indecency, molestation and sexually touching a minor.

Wednesday: At least 27 people test positive for COVID-19 at Boucherville day camp

A spokesperson for Quebec’s pediatricians says she’s concerned risky behaviour among young adults will threaten the academic year for school-aged children. Marie-Claude Roy, a Sherbrooke-based pediatrician and a board member of the Quebec Association of Pediatricians, said young adults working as camp counsellors appear to be at the heart of several outbreaks in day camps, and she said it’s a worrying trend.

Thursday: When the second wave hits, will Montrealers know who’s in charge?

Who does what and who’s in charge? The answers are critical when a crisis hits like the one brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. But on the island of Montreal they aren’t simple or clear, a report produced within Quebec’s health and social services ministry to draw lessons and prepare for a possible second wave has found.

Friday: City reverses on Notre-Dame St. after outcry from business owners

Hours after restaurateur David McMillan roasted the Plante administration online for a project that removed parking spots on Notre-Dame St., the head of the city’s executive committee announced late Thursday the plan is now off the table. “Despite the enthusiasm (of the local commercial development authority) it seems this development (plan) is not one preferred by local merchants and we have therefore taken the decision to withdraw these temporary measures and explore other ways to support local businesses,” Benoit Dorais, who is also mayor of the Sud-Ouest borough, wrote on his Facebook page.

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