A look at the day’s events in and around Montreal:
The trial of two young Montrealers who are alleged to have made plans to leave Canada to join ISIL while also preparing to build a bomb began Wednesday at the Montreal courthouse.
Federal prosecutor Lyne Décarie did not mince words in her opening statement to the jury. She said the young couple — Sabrine Djermane, 21, and El Mahdi Jamali, 20, both students at Collège de Maisonneuve at the time of their arrests — were preparing to join the terrorist group in Syria and had booked tickets on a flight set to depart on May 1, 2015. They couple had also ordered new passports after the parents of both decided to hide their passports from them.
Décarie told the jury that the key to the case is a timeline that began on April 10, 2015, when someone called the RCMP and said something that prompted the Mounties to investigate the pair.
Investigators met with the person who placed the call and then met immediately with Djermane, Décarie said.
Montreal is making two symbolic changes in a bid to reconcile with Indigenous Peoples, but a First Nations chief says concrete measures will have to follow.
On Wednesday, the city added a symbol representing First Nations — a white pine — to its flag and coat of arms, and announced it will rename a street commemorating British general Jeffrey Amherst, who advocated the use of smallpox-infected blankets as a weapon against Indigenous Peoples.
Mayor Denis Coderre said the changes are part of the city’s reconciliation plan.
The moves were praised by Assembly of First Nations regional chief Ghislain Picard. The new flag and coat of arms acknowledge “our historical and contemporary presence” in Montreal, while the renaming of Amherst St. will erase “an insult to our people,” he told reporters.
A 19-year-old man was in police custody Wednesday in the wake of a pair of armed robberies committed in Longueuil Tuesday night.
The first robbery occurred at a store on Bellerose St. in the city’s Vieux Longueuil district around 10 p.m. , during which an employee suffered non-life-threatening injuries as the suspect emptied the contents of the cash register.
Ten minutes later on Goyette St., a block away, a second robbery occurred, allegedly by the same suspect, who fled the scene while police were responding to the first robbery.
The suspect was finally intercepted by police, who say they was found driving a stolen car.