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In case you missed it: Here's what happened on September 23

A look at the day’s events in and around Montreal.

Quebec election: Political smorgasbord offers voters food, protest, U.S. annexation

Jean-Louis Themis believes the true measure of a society is how well it eats. If that thinking were more widespread, the retired chef and cooking teacher would be a shoo-in to enter Quebec’s legislature after the Oct. 1 election. Themis, 65, is the founder and lone candidate of the Parti culinaire du Quebec, which believes a well-fed society would be healthier, happier and more generous. His new party is just one of an eclectic mix on the political fringe hoping to tantalize voters in ridings across the province.

Harold Desrochers, the father of cyclist Valérie Bertrand-Desrochers, puts up ghost bike at the corner of St-Zotique and 19th Ave. on Sunday Sept. 23, 2018. Valérie died after a collision with a truck in June. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette

Rosemont ghost bike ceremony remembers dead cyclist

Family and friends of Valérie Bertrand Desrochers, a cyclist who was killed in June after being struck by a truck driver, installed a ghost bike Sunday afternoon in her memory. Bertrand Desrochers, who worked as a 911 operator, died on June 11 after she was hit at the intersection of St-Zotique St. and 19th Ave. in Rosemont. The Montreal woman was riding along the bike path on St-Zotique St. when the truck turned right and struck her. It’s the second time a ghost bike to be installed at the spot she died. The first bike disappeared a few weeks ago, according to Hélène Lefranc, a spokesperson for Vélo fantôme.

Montreal marathon: Mutai, Nyirarukundo set record times

Ezekiel Mutai, a 25-year-old from Kenya, won Sunday’s 28th edition of the Montreal marathon. Mutai, who previously finished fifth in April’s Madrid marathon, completed the course in a Montreal record time of two hours, 11 minutes and five seconds, earning him an $11,000 prize. Fellow Kenyan Wycliffe Biwott finished 33 seconds behind and Jean-Marie Vianney-Uwajeneza of Rwanda completed the podium on the men’s side of the competition with a time of 2:18:10. Rwanda’s Salome Nyirarukundo was the women’s winner with a time of two hours, 28 minutes and two seconds, also a Montreal record. She also earns $11,000 with the victory.

Ezekiel Mutai, the winner of the 2018 Montreal marathon, crosses the finish line. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette

Two injured in shooting outside Laval bar

A man and a woman were shot early Sunday outside a bar in the Chomedey district of Laval. The shooting happened at about 3:15 a.m. in the parking lot of the Wyte Lounge on Curé-Labelle Blvd, said Lt. Stéphane Cloutier of the Laval police. Both victims, who are in their 20s, are being treated in a hospital. Their lives are not in danger, police say.

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