A look at the day’s events in and around Montreal:
A massive white, stainless-steel sculpture now greets people as they arrive at a new Montreal gateway inaugurated on Wednesday. The artwork is part of a $142-million revitalization of the area where a now-demolished elevated highway once linked the Bonaventure Expressway to downtown.
Standing 10 metres tall and resembling a human head and torso, the work of art — called Source, custom-made for Montreal by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa — is on Wellington St., between Duke and Nazareth Sts.
The jury selected in the murder trial of Randy Tshilumba will begin hearing evidence in the case on Friday.
The 21-year-old Montreal resident is charged with the first-degree murder of Clémence Beaulieu-Patry, who was fatally stabbed in front of her co-workers at a Maxi supermarket on April 10, 2016. The jury for the trial was selected last week. On Wednesday, the seven men and five women were assembled before Superior Court Justice Hélène Di Salvo at the Montreal courthouse. Di Salvo advised them the Crown was not able to make its opening statement on Wednesday, but prosecutor Catherine Perreault is scheduled to do so on Friday. The trial is expected to last five weeks.
Against the backdrop of extreme weather worldwide, a United Nations body that vets climate change science began meeting in Montreal on Wednesday to shape its next set of reports to help guide policy-makers.
The 46th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change runs until Sunday and on the agenda are various reports in the works, including the outline for a sixth assessment report due out in 2022.
Those assessments of research by climate scientists, guided by government decision-makers, help to develop climate policy and to make clean energy choices and economic development plans.
Notably, the input in the voluminous fifth assessment report helped bring about global acceptance for a more ambitious climate approach — the 2015 Paris Accord.
A Notre-Dame-de-Grâce man who saw his murder trial at the Montreal courthouse halted this year was charged on Wednesday with assaulting a former partner in crime.
In February, Michael Gero’s second-degree murder trial came to an abrupt halt after the Crown announced it could no longer prosecute him after having heard his testimony about how his girlfriend, Sherri Thomas, died in 2013.
Gero testified Thomas likely killed herself after she saw text messages he received from another woman. He also testified Thomas was very emotional at the time because she had an abortion four days before she died.
The decision to place a stay of proceedings on the murder charge surprised many, as it rarely happens in murder trials in their final stages. On March 1, Gero was sentenced to serve one day behind bars, plus the time he had already served behind bars awaiting his murder trial, after he pleaded guilty to being in possession of the firearm that killed Thomas.
On Tuesday, Gero found himself back behind bars again after the Montreal police arrested him in the assault case.