While you were sleeping: Someone returned the ‘Wizard Rock’ | Montreal Gazette

. During the first day of recounting ballots before a judge, the party conceded that the Liberal lead over Bloc candidate Simon Marchand was too large to overturn the Oct. 21 result. After opening boxes with apparently erroneous preliminary results, a small difference in vote totals was observed, but the tendency was not strong enough to close the gap. On election night, Martinez Ferrada was declared the winner with a lead of 328 votes. On Monday evening, Elections Canada reduced the official lead to 319 votes.

. Linda Gauthier, a spokesperson for Regroupement des activistes pour l’inclusion au Québec (RAPLIQ), a grassroots movement challenging the city on issues of accessibility, highlighted problems like the difficulties physically-challenged people face in getting hired and the lack of bathrooms available in Montreal restaurants or how employers interested in hiring physically challenged people often do not have wheelchair-accessible offices. Balarama Holness, of Montreal en Action, the anti-racist group that collected more than 22,000 signatures on a petition that forced the city of Montreal to hold the consultation process, expressed frustration in getting little results while bringing up issues to the city ombudsman’s office. While the point of a city ombudsman is to “manage issues that relate to the Montreal charter,” the answer Montreal en Action often gets to the issues it raises is: “do it yourself — see what happens and get back to me,” Holness said.

A boulder known as “Wizard Rock” has been returned to an Arizona forest two weeks after it disappeared. The rock weighs a ton and has a white quartz streak. A forest employee spotted the returned boulder while making the rounds. “We are thrilled the Wizard Rock was returned, and are grateful that whoever took it was conscientious enough to give it back to the public,” district ranger Sarah Clawson said in a statement. Authorities still don’t know who took the boulder — or why — but are considering relocating it to a new spot.

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