Priest stabbed on live television at St. Joseph’s Oratory this morning during mass
At approximately 8:30 am, an attacker stabbed a Montreal priest during a live televised mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory.
Montreal police say one individual has been placed under arrest and the priest is currently in the hospital. He has sustained minor injuries.
The 9-1-1 call was made at 8:40 am when reports that Father Claude Grou was stabbed during mass.
The following video contains graphic content and may be disturbing to some viewers:
The attack was captured on a livestream provided by the oratory,
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed himself on Twitter, while wishing Fr. Grou a swift recovery.
The is a breaking news story and will be updated as needed.
A Montreal man is being praised as a hero after his bold actions saved roughly a dozen people from being seriously injured, or worse.
Erick Marciano was driving his SUV to a meeting Tuesday afternoon in Montreal’s downtown core, when he saw a car speed through a red light, with Montreal police hot on the vehicle’s tail.
When he saw the suspect vehicle making a sharp U-turn in front of him toward a crowd of roughly a dozen pedestrian and city workers, Marciano says he knew he had to act.
“I didn’t want him to hurt anybody,” Marciano told CBC’s Daybreak. “I figured, sacrificing a car was really no big deal. And that’s what I did.”
Marciano then swerved his SUV over the divider, blocking the vehicle from being able to speed into the crowd of pedestrians. The only people injured was the suspect, and police are praising his actions as heroic.
Marciano said the intersection was ripe with pedestrians crossing the intersection headed into Montreal’s downtown CHUM mega-hospital, with many workers out on their lunch break.
“It came into my mind, I said: ‘this isn’t going to happen here,” he said.
Marciano says he knew the vehicle would be able to absorb the hit, not even considering his overall safety. “I figured, he had a Honda, and there was no way he was going over the median,” he said. “For me, that was the safest thing to do.”
On Facebook, Marciano posted a comment about a story, saying “I guess I am a nice guy if only my wife would believe it lol [sic]”
After the impact, police were able to arrest the 19-year-old suspect at the scene. He will appear in court on Wednesday afternoon, and has been charged with “numerous criminal offences,” including impaired driving, failing to stop for police, assault with a weapon, driving with a suspended licence, dangerous driving, and driving a stolen vehicle.
Marciano’s actions have been praised universally. From police, who thanked him for risking his life, to the mother of the suspect.
The suspect’s mother thanked Marciano for stopping her son from injuring people. She said her son has had a history of mental health issues, and that it shouldn’t take these kinds of incidents for the government to realize that mental health needs to be made a higher priority.
Police were also grateful. “They were very, very thankful. Very thankful. Too thankful—it was embarrassing,” Marciano said to the Montreal Gazette.
Montreal mayor Valerie Plante also tweeted her praise of the bold action, tweeting:
“I salute the courage of Erick Marciano, whose heroic gesture saved the lives of many pedestrians [of downtown Montreal.] On behalf of myself and the Montrealers, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, Mr. Marciano.”
(Translated by Google)
Though Marciano’s SUV was damaged in the collision, Marciano’s insurance company told him that we would not be held responsible for the wreck.
“What matters is the outcome, and everything’s well, and everybody could go home last night.”
Montrealers will officially be able to cover their faces with masks or bandanas during protests again, as the city moves forward with scrapping a bylaw prohibiting it.
The bylaw, which was originally put in place 50 years ago as a measure to force demonstrators at protests throughout the city to rally with their faces revealed, allowing police to better identify participants who may be violating other lies, mayor Valerie Plante announced on Wednesday.
During a speaking event to the city’s executive committees, Mayor Plante said that the city’s police are well-equipped enough with the tools of the Criminal Code and the Highway Code to give ample ability to monitor and control public demonstrations.
The bylaw, which originally passed in 1969 as a means to maintain public safety and order, was amended during the Montreal student tuition hike protests in 2012 to include bans on all facial coverings during demonstrations. The bylaw also places obligation on protest organizers to provide city officials with march routes.
Then-opposition Projet Montreal criticized the 2012 amendments, claiming that they were put into place as a reactionary measure to the protests. In the years since those protests, the move to remove the bylaw has been supported by “a serious of court judgments, overturning the amendments as unconstitutional.”
Plante said a motion calling for the elimination of the bylaw will be tabled at the next meeting of city council on Monday.
Montreal’s history of masked protests
The city isn’t prone to masked protestors causing trouble, though. Recent May Day celebrations, a day chosen by communist and socialist groups as International Workers Day, have proven dangerous.
The 2012 protest in downtown Montreal, led by the anti-capitalist group CLAC Montreal (convergence des luttes anti capitalistes: Translation, ‘convergence of anti-capitalist struggles,’) quickly turned into a violent riot in which 108 people arrested and 33 charged, many of them masked.
In 2017, two masked members of the Black Bloc assaulted two Global News journalists, going so far as to announce a call to violence against journalists covering future protests, in order to “make demonstrations safer.”
The group released a post on Montreal Counter-Information titled “No face, no case: in defence of smashing corporate media cameras.”
The post read: “Sometimes, it is necessary to go against what the mainstream considers ‘acceptable,’ to break the law in order to do the ethical thing,” the post read. “Those who mask up to fight the racist far-right have decided, at great personal risk, that they will use any means necessary to shut down fascist organizing.”
A 2019 Anti-capitalist rally in downtown Montreal saw a group of 300 protesters throw smoke bombs and firecrackers, all while smashing windows of businesses on route.
Police arrested five people for what they described as “multiple criminal acts” and handed out multiple tickets for vandalism and mischief, such as breaking windows. Many of these protestors were masked.
Montreal has been subject to a spree of organized crime shootings. In this year alone, there have been 17 murders in the greater Montreal area, according to Global News. These shootings have become increasingly brutal and audacious.
Despite this, the police have, so far, declined to comment on whether Montreal has experienced a disproportionate amount of crime this year. This doesn’t just pertain to organized crime, however, as sporadic crime is also on the up in the city.
The Montreal police have been criticized for their lack of transparency in reporting these crimes to the general public. In Toronto, for instance, the police will publish crime statistics every month. This does not happen in Montreal, and the level and growth of crime remains opaque.
The only method available to the press and the general public is to file a freedom of information request—a process that is painfully slow and tedious. When the Montreal newspaper, La Presse, attempted to compile a list of the number of murders, attempted murders, and shootings, they were unable to do so due to the lack of statistics.
Many crime experts have blamed the increase of organized crime on a power vacuum within the mafia underworld.
Well Canada, we have some bad news. The water you drink could be harming your health.
According to a year-long and detailed investigation released by the 120 journalists and 10 media organizations including the Associated Press alongside the Institute for Investigative Journalism at Concordia University in Montreal, hundreds of thousands of Canadians across the country have been drinking water contaminated with lead levels that actually surpass the levels in Flint, Michigan.
Flint notably became famous, when its water crises caused a state of emergency in early 2016, forcing residents to use only bottled or filtered water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing.
This occurred as the consumption of lead can affect the heart, kidneys and nerves.
Health effects of lead exposure in children include impaired cognition, behavioural disorders, hearing problems and delayed puberty.
While Flint remains a problem in the United States, the results found by the Associated Press and Concordia University are even more worrying.
According to lead exposure tests conducted in 11 cities across Canada, “out of 12,000 tests since 2014, one-third—33%—exceeded the national safety guideline of 5 parts per billion; 18% exceeded the U.S. limit of 15 ppb. “
This includes some homes, schools, and daycare centres spread as far as Montreal, Regina, Halifax, Edmonton, and even Moose Jaw.
Toronto maintained one of the lowest exceedance rates, as Ontario remains the only province to actively put forward data on lead levels publically online.
While Ontario maintains better transparency, it to had problematic areas with some homes Oakville being found to have lead levels above national guidelines in dozens of water samples.