In case you missed it, here’s what happened in Montreal on March 12
A former member of the Canadian Forces has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder charges in the deaths of his father and stepmother.
Guillaume Gélinas entered the pleas Monday, four years after Luc Gélinas and Julie Lemieux were killed in their home in Terrebonne, just north of Montreal.
Superior Court Justice Michel Pennou accepted the joint suggestion from the Crown and defence lawyers that Gélinas be eligible for parole only after serving 18 years in prison.
The 26-year-old Gélinas served in Afghanistan.
He was arrested within hours of the deaths in February 2014.
Nina Fainman-Adelman was strolling down Peel St. just before noon on Monday when she spotted something unusual on the sidewalk — a long gun.
“I thought it was a prop or a toy,” the 24-year-old McGill University student said. “I took a picture of it and was about to pick it up.”
Within seconds, the street was swarming with police officers who ushered Fainman-Adelman away from the crime scene.
A few minutes earlier, a gunman had entered an upscale men’s clothing store and fired a shot at Tony Elian, the owner of the boutique, which had been targeted by a firebombing this time last year.
The shooting occurred at the Giorgio Gruppo Roma boutique across from the Cours Mont Royal shopping complex at about 11:45 a.m. Police said a masked man entered the store and fired once at the victim. Elian, who is in his 60s, was shot in the lower body. He was taken to hospital, but police do not fear for his life.
Montreal police spokesperson Caroline Chèvrefils said witnesses told police the suspect, who was wearing a fluorescent construction vest, dropped the gun on the sidewalk and fled into the shopping mall.
The company that owns the Mont Tremblant ski resort announced Monday it will spend $17 million in renovations and upgrades at the site.
The Alterra Mountain Company announced the renovations would include replacing the Lowell Thomas chairlift, renovating and expanding summit chalet Le Grand Manitou, creating new glades, renovating La Fourchette du Diable on the North Side base, as well as other upgrades.
Snowmaking capacity will be increased with the acquisition of 31 snow guns, and five new glades covering a 50-acre area that will extend Tremblant’s skiable terrain to 101 trails.
Much of the work is expected to be completed in time for the 2018-19 ski season.