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#ICYMI: Tragedy at retirement home, Blue Monday, more news

In Case You Missed It (#ICYMI) is a daily feature highlighting news in and around Montreal.

Quebec is promising a full investigation and tougher regulations, if need be, after former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe’s mother was found dead of hypothermia Sunday morning outside the private Lux Gouverneur retirement home where she lived.

Read more here: Gilles Duceppe’s mother freezes to death outside seniors’ residence

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Heading in to work on Monday, Montreal commuters learned two hard lessons very early in the day: stay away from hills and don’t even think about finding a parking spot.

Read more here:Montreal hits the ground plowing in wake of record-breakingly cold snowstorm

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Blue Monday is generally the third Monday of January. It shouldn’t be confused with a dark day in Expos history that carries the same name, when the Dodgers’ Rick Monday broke fans’ hearts by hitting a home run to end Montreal’s chances of reaching the 1981 World Series. The Blue Monday in question is deemed by some to be the most depressing day of the year, particularly for those living in these northern climes.

Bill Brownstein’s column: Is Blue Monday a hoax? Maybe not in these parts

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The head of the Quebec City mosque where six men were killed in a shooting almost two years ago wants the province to tighten up controls over who has access to firearms.

Read more here: Legault says no changes to Quebec gun registry despite call for better screening

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Montreal-area Catholic priest Brian Boucher, who was found guilty earlier this month of sexually assaulting a youth, pleaded guilty Monday to sexually abusing another boy in the mid-1990s.

Jesse Feith files this report: Montreal priest Brian Boucher pleads guilty to sexually abusing minor

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With kindergarten registration two weeks away, the English Montreal School Board has shelved plans to open a new school in Notre Dame de Grâce and will instead use an existing building to try to solve overcrowding problems at some of its most popular French immersion schools.

Katherine Wilton files this report: EMSB won’t open new school, but offers plan to ease West End overcrowding

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A former Montreal police officer who carried out a series of sex-related attacks on 10 victims while he worked for the police force has been granted permission to drive a car on his own while conditions continue to be imposed on his release from a penitentiary.

Paul Cherry files this report: Ex-cop who stalked, sexually assaulted 10 women has conditions relaxed

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Montreal police have turned to the public in an effort to locate a man who brutally assaulted and robbed a fellow passenger on the métro last September.

Read more here: Montreal police seek suspect after brutal métro mugging

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