Seven Leaf president Lewis Mitchell observes some of the company’s cannabis crop Thursday, April 11, 2019 in Akwesasne, Ont. The Mohawk-owned and operated company is the first federally licensed First Nation cannabis producer in Canada.
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Some of today top stories on the Gazette site.Notre Dame CathedralHow safe are Montreal’s heritage churches? That is a question being asked in the aftermath of the fire in Paris on Monday. About 450 churches in Montreal date back to the 1800s or earlier. Some are especially at risk, says Heritage Montreal’s Dinu Bumbaru. More here.***Restaurants/grocery storesMontreal will take steps to require restaurants and grocery stores to display food safety inspection reports in their entrances, under a motion adopted by city council Tuesday. More here. CannabisAs the cannabis industry struggles to attract institutional investors and the Quebec government sticks to its hard line on legalization, eight Quebec pot producers are forming an association in the hopes of expanding their financing sources. More here.***It has been six months since the federal Liberal government legalized cannabis in Canada, leaving it up to the provinces to manage sale and distribution. First Nations people have jumped in on the action, but reserve politics and jurisdictional issues have complicated legalization in Indigenous communities. Akwesasne is a glaring example. More here.SNC-LavalinAn SNC-Lavalin joint venture has secured a contract valued at more than $1 billion to decommission three nuclear reactors at a power plant in New York. More here.Kidney transplants***Bill 21Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante cannot cherry pick which provincial laws she will apply in her city, Premier François Legault said Tuesday, making clear dissidence will not be tolerated when it comes to Bill 21. However, Plante was equally clear she believes the bill still can be changed before it is adopted. More here.EscalatorsIt will take several months before it is known whether a Laval police officer will face sanctions for wanting to force a female commuter to hold an escalator handrail in a métro station. The Supreme Court of Canada on Tuesday heard arguments in the case involving commuter Bela Kosoian. More here.Baby namesThe attraction of English baby names held strong in Quebec in 2018, with Emma and William again topping the annual list. More here.TennisMinutes after speaking with reporters about a tough semifinal loss at the Miami Open last month, Félix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal returned to the court to work on his game. The decision didn’t surprise those who know the rising Canadian tennis star best. More here.SoccerThe Montreal Impact have acquired Panama international midfielder Omar Browne on a loan agreement. The deal with Panamanian club C.A. Independiente de La Chorrera is for the rest of the season and then the MLS club has the option to buy. More here.