#ICYMI: 300 new cases, outdoor praying, Habs sign defenceman

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Plante administration seeking ‘blank cheque’ from Quebec: Ensemble Montréal

The official Opposition at Montreal City Hall is accusing the Plante administration of conducting a flawed consultation on the next city budget and trying to procure a “blank cheque” from the Legault government by seeking permission to run a deficit on the grounds of the pandemic’s effect on city finances. Read more.

Montreal’s economy will take ‘many years’ to recover, executive committee told

Montreal’s economy will take “many years” to return to levels of activity recorded at the end of 2019, the city’s executive committee was told on Wednesday. Read more.

Legault concedes Quebec’s pandemic projection data is out of date

With the opposition demanding more transparency from the government, Premier François Legault admitted Wednesday he has not seen new projections on the effects of the pandemic since June. Read more.

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STM sticks to plan for new buses, more jobs despite drop in ridership

The city’s transit agency is forging ahead with the most costly purchase of buses in its history, despite an anticipated prolonged decline in its ridership. Read more.

Canadiens sign defenceman Joel Edmundson to 4-year, $14M deal

The Canadiens agreed to terms with defenceman Joel Edmundson on a one-way, four-year contract that will carry an average salary cap hit of $3.5 million, general manager Marc Bergevin announced Wednesday evening. Read more.