Baseball’s (sorta) back!

Sports fans flock to the Big O once more, Montreal gets the Gawker treatment & more in our news round-up.


Talkin’ baseball: Okay, so it’s not a return of the Expos per se, but less than a decade after Nos Amours were ripped away from us, Major League Baseball is back at the Big O with two exhibition games between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets on Friday and Saturday. Over 90,000 are expected to attend, and there will be a tribute to Gary Carter and the ’94 Expos that would have won it all.

Debate part deux: A nasty week in the province’s election campaign culminated in a testy debate between the four party leaders last night. The CAQ’s Francois Legault will be going down swinging, and after the first debate found the PQ’s Pauline Marois under fire from all sides, this time it was the Libs’ Philippe Couillard on the hot seat. Still another week of cutthroat campaigning to go!

Cut Card Copy: A rather impressive million-dollar ATM machine scam in Quebec and Ontario was thwarted this week, with four people in St-Sauveur arrested. So how’d they do it? By attaching cameras and card readers to ATM machines, mostly in Quebec. Now that they’ve been caught, we can safely go back to being scammed by our banks. Phew.

Going electric: The STM will be testing out new electric buses on Monday. These Chinese-built rides will be used along eight routes, and while they won’t be making wholesale changes to their bus fleet anytime soon, the STM considering going electric can’t be bad.

We did it! Remember when Gawker broke the Rob Ford crack video story and it put Toronto and its mayor on the international map? Well, Montreal got the Gawker treatment this week. Seems they’re as irate about denying university students the right to vote in this upcoming election as most of us are. After reading their headline, we’re starting to wonder if we’re not angry enough about the whole voting situation. ■

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