Here’s what happened last night.
Five people chained themselves inside a Gatineau housing authority building in protest. The demonstrators, who were protesting homelessness, had blocked access to the Joseph Montferrand building near the intersection of Laurier and Hôtel-de-Ville, while others chained themselves to chairs inside. Gatineau police said they were prepared to step in if asked to intervene, but the protesters were cooperative and eventually left the building.
The father a runner who died at last year’s Montreal Marathon called for organizational improvements. Patrick Neely collapsed near the end of the half-marathon event. In a report published on Monday, Quebec coroner Géhane Kamel concluded Neely died of multi-organ failure after suffering cardiac arrest. The report details how it took more than nine minutes to get a defibrillator to Neely after a police officer saw the young man fall and went to his side. “I’d like to see norms put in place so that race organizers have no choice but to provide a safe environment for runners,” said Sean Neely. At a minimum, Neely said, his family would like to see all of the coroner’s recommendations implemented, so “that the marathon becomes a much more secure, polished and responsible organization.”