While you were sleeping Wine and hockey, The Hip and rockets

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    Here’s our roundup of the best and brightest stories this morning.

    BYO restos: Coalition Avenir Québec finance critic François Bonnardel knows how to get the public’s attention. He says the province should change its alcohol-permit system to make all restaurant liquor licenses BYOB, according to a CBC report. If we can bring our own beer and wine, we’re more likely to go out for dinner, he reasons, since we’re all a little lighter in the pocket and you know how much a glass of wine costs when you’ve already plunked down $14.99 for your chicken and poutine. The CAQ says the St-Hubert and Normandin chains think the idea is boss; smaller restaurants worry this would cut into their already slight profit margin.

    And they’re off: Al Montoya continued his string of outstanding performances as he backstopped the Canadiens to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in their home opener. Montoya made 36 saves for his sixth career shutout as he and the Habs improved to a 2-0-1 record. Meanwhile, Price’s appearance in street clothes will no doubt trigger conspiracy theories about the nature of his flu, but the goaltender practised with his teammates and nobody should be surprised to see him start Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes unless Michel Therrien decides to ride the hot hand with Montoya.

    It’s not over till it’s over: Gord Downie, whose last performance with the Tragically Hip moved the nation, took to the stage for a multimedia performance of his new album. Secret Path tells the story of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from an Ontario residential school 50 years ago. Downie’s music and lyrics were accompanied by a graphic novel and animated film. Downie, backed by a five-piece band, played the new album start to finish. Said his brother: “This is his most important work, his most powerful work, and I think it’s going to live forever. I think in many ways, Chanie’s story is going to live forever as well. And I guess they’ll be together forever.”

    3-2-1 BLAST OFF: A Soyuz rocket carrying two Russians and an American has blasted off for the International Space Station. Roscosmos Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough lifted off as scheduled from the Russian-operated Baikonur launch facility in the steppes of Kazakhstan. The Soyuz MS-02 space capsule is set to dock at the space outpost Friday. The capsule successfully reached the designated orbit about nine minutes after the launch. Space officials said its systems were working flawlessly and the crew was feeling fine. They’ll be back in February.

    Montreal Gazette, Postmedia News, Associated Press

    Russias Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko blasts off Oct. October 19, 2016.

    Russias Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko blasts off Oct. October 19, 2016.