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Trudeau calls byelections for Burnaby South, York—Simcoe and Outremont for Feb. 25

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OTTAWA—Jagmeet Singh will finally get his chance.

After weeks in which the NDP leader bemoaned what he felt was an unjustifiable delay, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau scheduled the byelection in the British Columbia riding of Burnaby South.

The vote will take place Monday, Feb. 25.

Byelections will also be held that day in York—Simcoe, a seat that was previously held by former Conservative cabinet minister Peter Van Loan, and Outremont. The latter riding was home to former NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. His victory there in 2007 is widely seen the first step toward the historic “Orange Wave” breakthrough in 2011, in which New Democrats vaulted the Liberals to become the official opposition for the first time in Canadian history.

Trudeau did not call a byelection for the fourth vacancy in the House of Commons: Nanaimo—Ladysmith, where the NDP’s Sheila Malcolmson resigned this month to run for a provincial seat that could alter the balance of power in the B.C. legislature, where New Democrat Premier John Horgan heads a minority government supported by the Green Party.

Singh’s absence from the House of Commons—the former Ontario MPP has never held a federal seat — has been repeatedly highlighted as the NDP leader has faced a series of challenges over the 15 months since he won the job. Fundraising returns, for instance, have plummeted from levels seen three years ago, to the point where Singh has foregone a salary from the party he leads.

His decision to try and win his breakthrough seat in Burnaby meant that he had to relocate from Ontario to the B.C. riding, where he now rents an apartment with his wife.

Singh will face Liberal nominee Karen Wang, a local daycare business owner, and Conservative Jay Shin—a lawyer—in the coming byelection.

In the 2015 general election, New Democrat Kennedy Stewart won the riding by just 547 votes over the Liberal candidate.

Alex Ballingall is an Ottawa-based reporter covering national politics. Follow him on Twitter: @aballinga



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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal

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What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children

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A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

WATCH: Dog found dead in Angrignon Park

The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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