Mayor Valérie Plante says Montreal’s hearings into building a senior-friendly city will accommodate anglophones. The Plante administration announced last month its plan to consult the public as the city develops a new, three-year Plan d’action municipal pour les personnes ainées 2018-2020. But the consultation plan has met with criticism over an apparent lack of effort to encourage participation by anglophone or immigrant seniors, many of whom are more comfortable in English than French. Questioned about the issue Friday, Plante said anglophone seniors will be accommodated “because the process to us is very important and we want everybody to feel included and language cannot be a (barrier to) participating.” She added: “We will be accommodating. … People should be able to express themselves in the language they are comfortable in.”
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Yes, this wannabe spy is even worse than Rowan Atkinson's James Bond parody, Johnny English Adam Berry / GETPICS
We’re still attempting to become James Bond, but at least we now know what not to do. That lesson comes from Germany, where authorities say they have arrested a man who offered his services as an agent to three foreign intelligence services. Federal prosecutors said the 27-year-old German was arrested in Leipzig on Wednesday. They said Friday he was released but is still under investigation for declaring himself prepared to carry out espionage. Prosecutors said the suspect sent application letters to three foreign services, which they didn’t identify, asking to be employed as an agent. They added “he said he was prepared, if he was recruited, to carry out any activities asked of him.”
Marie-Ève Bordeleau has been appointed as Montreal’s first commissioner for Indigenous affairs. Bordeleau, a Cree lawyer, will lead the development of Montréal’s reconciliation strategy, and will pioneer a training program for city employees. Mayor Valérie Plante made the announcement Friday flanked by Ghislain Picard, chief of l’Assemblée des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador (APNQL), and Christine Zachary-Deom, band council chief of Kahnawake. “I will be in charge of guiding the administration and mayor toward reconciliation,” Bordeleau said afterward.