In case you missed it, here”s what happened in Montreal on Sept. 21

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

STM to buy 40 more electric buses

The Société de transport de Montréal announced Thursday that it plans to accelerate its electrification plans with the purchase of 40 additional electric buses.

The STM has three electric buses being tested as part of the Cité Mobilité project. The transit agency plans to buy several different types of electric buses.

Thirty will be regular 40-foot, slow-charging buses for various lines.

Another four 40-foot buses will use fast-charging technology and will be used on the 36 Monk line, making the line completely electric.

Montreal gets metropolis status, with more powers and autonomy

QUEBEC — Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre stopped just short of a fist pump when asked if a long-awaited bill giving Montreal more autonomy and powers could mean longer bar hours in the city.

“You bet,” Coderre told reporters. “I now have the capacity to do it. So, first things first. There’s a wonderful word in politics called pilot project. We’ll pick it up there.”

In 2014, Coderre proposed just such a pilot project with the idea of letting the bars in peak areas like Crescent St. and St-Denis St. stay open until 5:30 a.m. The idea was quashed by Quebec’s alcohol and gaming board, and Montreal was powerless to do anything.

That all changed Thursday when the National Assembly adopted Bill 121. The vote, around lunchtime, was unanimous with politicians from all sides voting for it.

On a symbolic level, the bill is significant because it grants Montreal the status of the province’s “metropolis.”

On a more concrete level, the city gets sweeping new powers, the kind the island’s politicians have craved for years. Besides control over bar and store hours, there’s more power to manage housing, health, the homeless and the integration of immigrants.

Montreal has sweeping new powers to develop its economy and more powers over things like housing and the integration of immigrants.

‘All we are saying’: Montreal outdoor bed-in marks peace day as redesigned Lennon-Ono suite is unveiled

The Fairmount Queen Elizabeth unveiled its revamped Suite 1742 to the media on Thursday, a.k.a. International Day of Peace.

It seems fitting since it was the site of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bed-in for peace back in 1969 and the place where they recorded the anthemic Give Peace a Chance. 

And outside the hotel on Thursday, on the nearby Place Ville Marie Esplanade, those who couldn’t get into the suite were able to wander among posters and beds as part of an outdoor art exhibition celebrating the Lennon-Ono bed-in. 

Organized by Sid Lee Collective and MASSIVart, it was described as “the largest outdoor bed-in ever held in North America,” featuring contributions from 40 artists from around the world printed on sheets of the beds. Proceeds from the sale of poster reproductions will be passed along to Amnesty International, a release said.  

People bed in Thursday, September 21, 2017 at an outdoor exhibition in Place Ville Marie Esplanade in Montreal for International Day of Peace. Dubbed the largest outdoor bed in, the exhibition features beds decorated with art celebrating John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 bed in for peace, which was staged in the nearby Fairmount Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

Maxi store murder: Tshilumba was delusional, court told

Randy Tshilumba was delusional when he stabbed Clémence Beaulieu-Patry to death, the accused’s lawyer told the jury in the murder trial at the Montreal courthouse.

The lawyer, Philippe Larochelle, stated outright in an opening statement that his client killed the 20-year-old woman while she was working at the Maxi supermarket, on Papineau Ave. and Crémazie Blvd., on April 10, 2016. The evidence presented by the Crown makes it clear, Larochelle conceded. 

The defence of his “brutal” act, Larochelle said, is in what brought Tshilumba to kill Beaulieu-Patry. 

“Now we are going to go into the head of Randy,” the attorney said minutes before calling the accused to the witness stand. 

Tshilumba, 21, then proceeded to testify for hours on Thursday that he was convinced, months before he stabbed the victim, that “Clémence and her friends wanted to kill me.” He repeated this phrase several times throughout his testimony and said it in a matter-of-fact way, indicating he still believes it to this day even though he is currently being evaluated at the Philippe Pinel Institute as his trial progresses.

“Yes. I admit it,” Tshilumba said when asked point-blank by Larochelle if he killed Beaulieu-Patry. 

Randy Tshilumba was arrested in April 2016 in connection with the stabbing death of Maxi store employee Clémence Beaulieu-Patry.

Randy Tshilumba was arrested in April 2016 in connection with the stabbing death of Maxi store employee.

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