Cars cross over the new Samuel De Champlain bridge from the South Shore toward the city hours after it was opened to traffic in Montreal Monday June 24, 2019.
John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette
Catch up on everything you might have missed today.Welcome Samuel De Champlain BridgeThe new Samuel De Champlain Bridge opened to traffic toward Montreal just before 5 a.m. on Monday, with many drivers lined up to be the first to experience the smooth ride over. Including engineers working on design, more than 2,000 people logged nearly 8.5 million hours to build the bridge. Full story here.It’s the Fête nationaleQuebecers enjoyed the sunshine for their national holiday, but federal political leaders were hard at their jobs being noticed. The main federal party leaders spent Monday in Quebec, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s cuts to services for francophones. Full story here.David Saint-Jacques comes back to EarthCanadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is returning to Earth on Monday following a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. Raffi Kuyumjian, the doctor for the Canadian Space Agency, explains that the 49-year-old astronaut will undergo a long recovery as his body adjusts from weightlessness.Strike on the PlainsThe activities that will take place on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City may be disrupted on Tuesday starting at midnight due to a strike by the park’s employees. The union of employees from the National Battlefields Commission announced Monday they sent a strike notice to their employer on Friday. The strike would begin on June 25 and end July 21. Full story here.One Swede goal sends Canada homeCanada, a team with an abundance of talent and so much promise, bowed out of 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in heartbreaking fashion on Monday. Stina Blackstenius scored the game’s only goal, and a penalty kick by Canada’s Janine Beckie was stopped by goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. Canada goes out in the Round of 16, and Sweden advances to a quarter-final against Germany on Saturday. Full story here.