Happy Tuesday. Here are some stories from the overnight desk. Reminder that you can get our latest on the Quebec flooding situation anytime at montrealgazette.com/tag/flood.The European Union’s highest court has rejected a case brought by hotels arguing Airbnb should be subject to strict rules governing French estate agents.The case was submitted by a French court after a major association of hotels, including leading chains such as Best Western, filed a complaint. The hotel industry in France, like in many other countries across the world, accuses the online rental platform of unfair competition.Hotel owners want Airbnb to follow real estate agent accounting, insurance and other financial rules. But Airbnb denies acting as a real estate agent.The Court of Justice issued a non-binding opinion Tuesday, saying a member state cannot restrict the free movement of an information society service like Airbnb. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido took to the streets with activist Leopoldo Lopez and a small contingent of heavily armed soldiers early Tuesday in a bold call for the military to rise up and oust socialist leader Nicolas Maduro.“I want to tell the Venezuelan people: This is the moment to take to the streets and accompany these patriotic soldiers,” said Lopez in his first public appearance since being detained in 2014 for leading anti-government protests. “Everyone should come to the streets, in peace.”Lopez said he has been freed by members of the military responding to an order by Guaido, whom the U.S. and dozens of other governments recognize as Venezuela’s rightful leader.As Lopez spoke, there were sporadic efforts with tear gas to break up the protesters who gathered on a highway overpass in wealthier eastern Caracas. It appeared to have been fired from inside the Carlota air base.But more people gathered as they sensed what could be their strongest opportunity yet to overthrow the government.“It’s now or never,” said one of the young soldiers.Socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello downplayed the significance of the rebellion, saying most of Caracas was in complete calm.Woodstock 50 will go on despite the loss of a major financial partner, according to the organizers of the beleaguered anniversary event.In a statement released late Monday, Woodstock 50 co-founder Michael Lang and Woodstock LLC said they were “committed to ensuring that the 50th anniversary of Woodstock is marked with a festival deserving of its iconic name and place in American history and culture.”They said that would continue despite the announcement earlier in the day that a financial investor was dropping out of the event, scheduled for Aug 16-18 in Watkins Glen, N.Y.The anniversary event has had some bumps in the road. Tickets were originally supposed to go on sale last week, but that was put on hold. But the biggest obstacle came on Monday when its major investor pulled out.“Despite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees,” Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live said in a statement.More than 80 artists, including John Fogerty, Miley Cyrus, Santana, Imagine Dragons, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, the Black Keys, Chance the Rapper and Janelle Monae, are expected to perform on three main stages at Watkins Glen International racetrack in the Finger Lakes for Woodstock 50.The original concert was held on a farm in Bethel, N.Y., that is now run as an attraction by The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The venue has its own anniversary event Aug. 16-18 with performances by Ringo Starr, Fogerty and Santana.The owners of a Vancouver Island farm say one of their baby goats was stolen during an event where people can visit and snuggle with the cuddly animals.
This 12-day-old male goat is missing from Yellow Point Farms in Ladysmith, B.C.
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THE CANADIAN PRESS
Rebecca and Justin Dault own Yellow Point Farms in Ladysmith, B.C., and say they noticed a 12-day-old male kid was missing after the event on Saturday.Justin Dault says it’s unlikely the cream-coloured, black-spotted baby ran away because it was inside a locked paddock and he searched “high and low” for the animal after realizing it was gone.He says they didn’t record the identification details of the 50 people who attended the event but they’ve called the police and officers visited the property Monday.Dault says the mother of the missing goat is distressed and has been wandering around searching for the young male while neglecting another baby.The farm owner adds he’s worried the little kid might not survive without its mother because it doesn’t know how to drink milk from a bottle yet.“Unfortunately, people joke about stealing a goat, but someone actually did steal one,” Dault says. “Hopefully, the person knows about animals. All we want is for them to just drive by and drop it off, really. Put it over the fence. Have a happy ending.”While You Were Sleeping (WYWS) is a daily roundup of news from the overnight desk. News, sports and more anytime at montrealgazette.com.Compiled from files by The Canadian Press and The Associated Press.