Carey Price made a Toronto boy’s dream come true with signed sticks, signing his jersey and giving him the biggest hug in Toronto on Feb. 23, 2019.
In Case You Missed It (#ICYMI) highlights some of today’s top news.When Tammy Whitehead posted a video on Facebook of her nephew getting a hug from Carey Price, she never expected it to go viral. Boy, did it ever. As of Friday afternoon, Whitehead’s video had been viewed more than 5 million times and the people who watched it probably shed at least ten times that many tears. Anderson Whitehead, 11, is a huge Carey Price fan and his bedroom in Brantford, Ont., is covered in bleu-blanc-rouge and posters of the Canadiens goalie. Anderson’s mother, Laura McKay, always wanted her son to meet Price, but wasn’t able to arrange it before she passed last November at age 44 from cancer. After her death, the family decided to do everything they could to find a way for Anderson to meet Price.Read more from Stu Cowan:Canadiens’ Carey Price helps mend a boy’s broken heart.***Longueuil pastor Mario Monette and wife Carole Van Houtte, both 65, were formally charged with a series of offences related to the abuse of minors that allegedly lasted for decades. The couple face 32 charges including assault with a weapon, aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, uttering threats and forcible confinement. The eight alleged victims cannot be named because they were minors at the time of the alleged offences, which took place between 1974 and 2019.Read more:Longueuil pastor charged with abusing minors over 45 years.***After Ming Mei Ip, 24, a student in art education who had been struggling with mental-health issues, died by suicide in a studio in Concordia’s VA building on Feb. 15, the tragedy expedited a re-evaluation of how the school responds to mental health crises that was already underway.Michelle Lalonde reports:Suicide on campus: Mourning and healing at Concordia University.***In his letter of resignation on Facebook Friday, Antoine Atallah, president of the Quebec Liberal Party, says the October election, which saw the Liberals lose power to the Coalition Avenir Québec, did not end the way he wanted it to and he assumes his share of the blame.Read more:President of Quebec Liberal Party quits in wake of election loss.***When some spectators at a recent hockey game in the lower-Laurentian city of St-Jérôme racially taunted a black visiting player and harassed his family even physically, it was not an isolated incident, in Canada or in Quebec.Read more of Don Macpherson’s column:On hockey racism in Quebec, Legault does the right thing.***The economic development agency charged with attracting foreign investment and talent to the Montreal region had another record year in 2018, it said on Thursday. Montréal International said it helped attract $2.474 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) to the region last year — a 22 per cent increase from the year before and a 147 per cent increase since 2015.Jacob Serebrin reports:Montréal International bullish on ability to attract investment, talent.****Part memoir and part polemic, Ken Nagano’s new book is emphatically not a sequence of backstage anecdotes and heartwarming vignettes, although we do meet a few celebrities. Some readers will be surprised by the hot topics — the influence of period practice, the swelling ranks of female conductors, the infiltration of the opera stage by postmodern madness, the MeToo movement, the esthetics of minimalism — that go unmentioned. Yet the book is engaging despite its detours, and vigorously argued on every page. Above all it is passionate in its advocacy of classical music as an eternal pathway to individual spiritual awareness and a tonic for what ails the modern age.Arthur Kaptainis on Classical Music: Expect the Unexpected: Kent Nagano’s wide-ranging book lives up to expectations.Related