While you were sleeping: Chocolate meltdown closes highway as sweets solidify
Local foundations and the Canadian Cancer Society have teamed up to donate $3.8 million to help make Montreal Canada’s hub for pediatric leukemia and lymphoma research.
The money will fund seven projects over the next five years. Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for children in Canada. This year, about 300 children under the age of 15 in Quebec will discover they have cancer. Leukemia and lymphoma account for more than 40 per cent of childhood cancer cases. “Montreal has an abundance of resources in the field of medicine,” Cole Foundation president Barry Cole explained. “If we were in Toronto, for example, we would all be aligned to the University of Toronto. But here in Montreal we have three different universities doing research: the Université du Québec, through the Institut Armand-Frappier; the Université de Montréal, which has a very big medical program; and McGill University, which is world-famous.”
Montreal Gazette editorial cartoonist Terry Mosher a.k.a. Aislin and his La Presse counterpart, Serge Chapleau, will stand side-by-side during Concordia’s June 11 convocation ceremony.
The professional rivals and close friends are among the eleven individuals who will be honoured during the ceremony at Place des Arts. The university says it is bestowing an award on the two satirists “for holding the powerful to account through their sharp ‘penmanship.’” In separate interviews Tuesday, both artists ventured a version on a theme of being the bad boys of yore who got paid to be a nuisance — tasked with afflicting the powerful with their pens. “And they’re are giving us prizes and saying ‘Thank You’,” Chapleau said. “It’s puzzling,” Mosher said. “Sometimes I wonder what we did wrong,”
A tractor-trailer overturned on a Polish highway, spilling tons of liquid chocolate that were solidifying into a huge sticky mess. The private broadcaster TVN24 showed images of an overturned truck surrounded by brown chocolate covering six lanes on the A2 motorway, blocking traffic in both directions. Rescue officials said the liquid chocolate was solidifying as it cooled and would require large amounts of hot water to clear away. Senior brigadier Bogdan Kowalski with the fire brigade of Slupca, a town in western Poland, said, “the cooling chocolate is worse than snow.” TVN24 reported from the site of the accident that the driver was taken to a hospital with a broken arm. The accident occurred in the morning when there was little traffic and nobody else was hurt.