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Canadian world junior hockey team captain Maxime Comtois speaks out about cyber bullying

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Canadian world junior hockey team captain Maxime Comtois took to social media Wednesday to thank those who supported him during a recent wave of cyberbulling.

READ MORE: Quebec politician says criticism of junior hockey team captain is ‘anti-francophone racism’

“No one should have to suffer through something like this,” he wrote.

“If you are, or have, ever been a victim of bullying, speak up. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Comtois faced harsh criticism after missing a penalty shot in overtime, resulting in a 2-1 loss to Finland in the world junior championship quarterfinals.

WATCH BELOW: Team Canada eliminated by Finland






“Playing in the Junior World Championships and presenting Canada is a dream for any hockey kid in the country, and it was mine too,” he said.

“Last year, we came home with a gold medal, but we can’t say the same this year. The line between winning and losing is so thin, especially in this kind of tournament. We learned that the hard way. That doesn’t mean this is the end for us.”

Comtois pointed out that his team, a family of hockey players from across Canada, is young and they can only continue to grow, both as athletes and people.

READ MORE: IIHF World Juniors 2018-19 — Players to watch, Team Canada schedule and everything else you need to know

“This defeat was one of the most difficult to swallow for me. My teammates and I gave everything we had, heart and soul, on and off the ice, to represent our country the best way we could,” he said.

“I am proud to be Canadian, honoured to wear the maple leaf on my chest and represent my country on the ice.”

After the barrage of criticism, the Roy Sports Group, which represents Comtois noted, “It is shameful and incomprehensible that a few cowards who can hide behind social media could make such vicious attacks on these young men’s character after they have battled their hearts out for their country.”

READ MORE: IIHF World Juniors 2018-19 — Players to watch, Team Canada schedule and everything else you need to know

“It was Maxime’s idea to use this as a learning moment for all of the youth of Canada, that cyberbullying is a real problem,” the group stated.

“Like all bullies, we all need to stand up to them and call them out for what they are. Thank you for shedding a spotlight on a major problem in our society.”

Parti Québécois (PQ) interim leader Pascal Bérubé also shared his feeling on the bullying, calling it “anti-francophone racism” as several of the insults pointed out the 19-year-old is a francophone from Longueuil, a suburb south of Montreal, Que.

— with files from The Canadian Press.

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca

© 2019 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.



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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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