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VIA Rail announced Friday that its Ocean line between Montreal and Halifax would relaunch in August following a more than year-long suspension due to the pandemic.

The last VIA Rail Ocean line train left Halifax on March 13, 2020.

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Video shared by United States Customs and Border Protection agency (USCBP) Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia shows a car driving into the United States from Quebec by taking an illegal shortcut across a library lawn that straddles the international boundary.

The Haskell Free Library, which famously sits between Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec, has become a symbol of the divided border community.

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If you've ever ordered Kylie Cosmetics online, crossed your fingers and prayed for a colour that matches your skin tone, this news is for you because Kylie Jenner's highly sought-after makeup line will soon be available at Pharmaprix in Quebec. 

Kylie Cosmetics announced on Instagram that it would be launching at Canadian pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart. MTL Blog has confirmed that this includes Quebec locations, known in the province as Pharmaprix. 

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Mayor Valérie Plante's famous Pink Line proposal is one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to an investment by the ARTM to study "a structuring electric public transport project to serve the Grand Sud-Ouest region and link it to the city centre."

In a Facebook post, the mayor praised the ARTM's investment in "the western branch of the pink line [...] with an initial envelope of $20 million."

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Five proposed or underway rail projects are set to transform Montreal's metro map from Pointe-aux-Trembles to the West Island.

The interactive map below shows what it could all look like if all extensions and new lines were completed as they're currently proposed.

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Below are five Montreal apartments for rent for $800/month. 

They are among the select few at this price point left on Rentals.ca. Though not a representative sample, the apartments could give you a general idea of the kind of value renters might expect to find across the city.

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As part of the project to build an underground garage for trains, the STM is closing Montreal's CĂ´te-Vertu metro station starting May 29 and continuing through August 22, the transit company reminded customers on Tuesday.

"Launched in 2017 and 77% complete, the Côte-Vertu garage project involves building an underground garage to house ten additional métro trains, as well as three above-ground buildings needed to operate the garage," read a press release.

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Doing taxes can be overwhelming, especially since each province and territory has its own system. What most Canadians want to know is how to pay less income tax — and that means taking advantage of tax credits in Canada and Quebec. 

Put simply, tax credits allow you to "write off" expenses, deducting money from the amount you owe or adding to the amount you get back from the government. Non-refundable credits help with the former and refundable credits help with the latter, FYI.

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Montreal is a city on the cusp of a huge transformation. With several large Montreal transit projects underway that will connect the city like never before, the future is looking bright for the metropolis.

As you probably know by now, we absolutely LOVE public transit news here at the Blog and since the metro hasn't flooded recently, we thought that you'd all enjoy a run-down of four huge transit projects currently taking shape. 

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Several mega projects are currently underway that will transform Montreal's metro map. The extension of the STM blue line, and the addition of the Réseau express métropolitain and the REM de l'Est, will multiply the size of the city's rail transit network.

A map released by CDPQ Infra, the company behind the REM projects, gives Montrealers an exciting glimpse at the future of transit service. 

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In a tweet on January 5, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal provided an update on the number of COVID-19-related inspections it conducted, tip line calls it received and tickets it issued in the days following Christmas.

According to the tweet, the Montreal police received 903 calls with tips about potential public health violations between December 28 and January 3. 

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On December 15, the City of Montreal, the Government of Quebec, the RĂ©seau Express MĂ©tropolitain (REM) and CDPQ Infra announced a major transit project called the REM de l'Est.

The project, a major public transit extension into Montreal's east end, will consist of 32 kilometres of automated light-rail lines and 23 stations serving an estimated 133,000 people a day. 

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