The fire is in a 3 storey building located on Parc Avenue between Milton and Sherbrooke. According to some tweets, the exact address is 3462 Avenue du Parc. If that's true then that's means it's the old Cafe Amusement located next door to Alto's
There are about a dozen fire trucks on the scene and nearly 100 firefighters working to put out the flames.
On Sunday morning, 105 firefighters responded to a four-alarm Montreal fire. Seven apartments and one business were affected, with only one mild injury incurred.
"At 9:45 a.m. we received a call for a fire at 309 Ontario Est," said Service de Sécurité Incendie de Montréal spokesperson William Murray. A total of 31 fire trucks were sent to the scene.
The apartment complex on rue Ontario Est is three stories tall, with a commercial building on the ground floor and apartment units on the second and third floors. The entire building was damaged in the fire.
"The fire started outside in the back on the balconies on the second and third floor and the fire spread to the roof," Murray explained. "Once it hit the roof," he added, "it spread into the apartments."
According to Murray, seven families lived in the apartments. Thankfully none of the residents were hurt, but they've all lost their homes and are now in the care of the Red Cross.
Murray claimed that fires like this are not as uncommon as we'd like to believe. "It's not really unusual for things like that to happen," he said. "The colder it is outside, people tend to be creative in the way they keep themselves warm."
No one was killed in the fire, and only one injury was sustained. One firefighter was sent to the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal. Murray said it was only a "minor injury," and that "he should be okay."
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
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The video appears to have been posted in late March 2021, but the origin of the video, as well as the circumstances surrounding it, are unclear. It's also unclear when the incident captured in the video occurred.
An STM spokesperson told MTL Blog in March that the company has investigated the video, but had not received reports of such an incident at the time it occurred.
There are also no cameras aboard this model of train, the MR-73, the spokesperson said.
On May 10, they explained that due to a lack of information, the file has been closed.
What can STM customers do in case of an emergency on the metro?
"Remember that to assist, customers aboard a train can use the intercom that communicates with the train operator or activate the emergency brake for major cases where safety is at stake," the spokesperson said.
"Customers on the platform can go to the assistance point where there is an emergency phone that communicates with the metro control center and a switch to cut off power to the tracks, thus preventing trains from moving, again for major cases where someone's life is in danger."
"It is always possible to contact the STM personnel as well."
We wouldn't blame you if you were confused when you applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
When it launched in 2020, Cabral told MTL Blog the Government of Canada website did not specify whether the conditions applied to gross or net income. We now know it's gross income (so your total pay before taxes and deductions).
Basically, as long as you were actually eligible, you don't need to pay it back. If you weren't eligible, you do need to repay it.
What were the eligibility requirements for the CERB?
It's important to remember that in 2020, Canadians had to re-apply for the CERB each month during the pandemic, in the event that they found jobs or self-employment income from one month to the next.
You should also keep in mind that there were two ways to apply for the benefit when it was launched: through Service Canada or the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
You did not apply for, nor receive, CERB or EI benefits from Service Canada for the same eligibility period
You did not quit your job voluntarily
You reside in Canada and are at least 15 years old
You earned a minimum of $5,000 (before taxes) in the 12 months prior to your application, or in 2019, from one or more sources within employment income, self-employment income or parental leave
Your employment income was $1,000 or less before taxes for at least 14 days in a row during the 4-week period you applied for
You stopped working, were unable to work, had work hours reduced or used up at least one week of employment insurance benefits paid since December 29, 2019 throughout the four-week period due to COVID-19
If you didn't fit one of the above criteria, you should have received a letter from the CRA notifying you of your ineligibility period and the amount due, Cabral said.
If you received a letter notifying you of your income ineligibility and had self-employment income from the gig economy that you did not declare, such as for Uber Eats drivers and OnlyFans workers, you should file an adjustment to your taxes to declare the missing self-employment income.
"You might as well make a correction to your income taxes instead of having to pay back [your benefit amount]," Cabral said.
What do I do if I have to repay my benefits?
If you did not repay your ineligible CERB amounts by December 31, 2020, you'll have to pay taxes on the full amount you received during the 2021 tax season.
But Cabral said that if you pay CERB reimbursements this year, you'll be able to deduct the amount from your income during the 2022 tax season.
If you received any government benefit issued in relation to COVID-19 — including the CERB, CESB and CRB — and make less than $75,000 during the 2020 tax year, Cabral said your 2020 taxes are still due April 30, 2021.
However, you will not be charged any interest on the CERB money you owe until the same date in 2022.
"The government is basically giving you one year of leeway to pay back your amount due, only if you received the benefit," Cabral said.
She advised us that even though you have more time to pay back your benefits free of interest, you should make yourself a budget to pay it off, because "it will creep up on you sooner or later."
If you don't have the money to pay it back, then like any other amount due to the government, you should call the CRA and make a payment arrangement, Cabral said.
"As long as you respect the payment arrangement that you agree on, it cuts your [tax] penalty and interest," she said.
"If not, after one month of non-payment, you have a 5% penalty and 1% interest per month for 12 consecutive months."
To pay back Canada's COVID-19 emergency response benefits, you can do one of the following:
If you applied through the CRA, you can make the repayment online through your CRA My Account, through online banking or by mail
If you applied through Service Canada (EI payments), you can return or repay the amount through online banking or by mail through cheque or money order
You can find more information on repaying the CERB on the Government of Canada's webpage.
We rounded up the seven MTL Blog stories that were most popular with our readers in 2020 — and boy do they paint a picture of the year we've had.
From lottery winners to states of emergency, from singing on balconies to singing for Céline, from a new Costco opening to nine major retailers shutting their doors, it's been a wild ride. Thanks for riding it out with us, and happy New Year!
Who could forget this touching moment between Quebec royalty Céline Dion — icon, diva, goddess, legend — and a fan whose voice made the aforementioned Queen stop her moving car? This viral video is definitely worth a re-watch.
This one will punch you in the gut. Especially since the economy's in no better shape than it was when this was published. The good news is there's still time to hit the sales at some of these stores before they close locations for good.
Everybody loves Costco. And what's not to love? This article's popularity proved to be warranted when the Costco Business Centre in Saint-Hubert finally opened, selling some of the wildest mega-items we've ever seen in our lives.
Whatever happened to people singing on balconies as a sign of solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic? That was kind of nice, wasn't it? Now that we've ordered all the UberEats and watched all the Netflix, perhaps bringing 'singing on balconies' back is a worthy new year's resolution — in which case, we hope one of your holiday gifts was a warm jacket.
It's been a big year for panic buying. First, there was toilet paper. Then Quebecers went HAM at Winners & HomeSense. We get it though. In the midst of this two-week holiday lockdown in which non-essential businesses have closed in Quebec, we're craving the special feeling that can only be achieved by scoring good deals on clothing and homewares.