This day in Montreal: Hello to Lucien Bouchard, goodbye to Simpson's

A CBC Montreal social media feature, 'This day in Montreal' takes a look back at some of the big stories that were making the news in the city over the decades, even centuries.

The Vatican announces Brother André will be beatified, and diplomats meet to discuss how to help Haiti

Simpson's was a fixture of downtown Montreal and its closure in 1989 was a sad day for many customers and employees. (CBC Archives)

A CBC Montreal social media feature, 'This day in Montreal' takes a look back at some of the big stories that were making the news in the city over the decades, even centuries.

Starting on Jan. 1, a news story from the past will be featured on CBC Montreal's Facebook page every day, including photos or videos from our archives and other public archives in Montreal.

Here's a look at this week's posts:

Jan. 25, 2010: Helping Haiti

Foreign ministers from 14 countries meet in Montreal to discuss how to help Haiti recover from a devastating earthquake that hit the country a week before.

People walk through the streets after a powerful earthquake struck Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, 2010. (Cris Bierrenbach/Associated Press)

Jan. 26, 1982: Vatican says Brother André will be beatified

The Vatican announces that Brother André — the man whose mission in life culminated with the creation St. Joseph's Oratory — will be beatified, an important step towards canonization. He would finally be declared a saint in 2010. 

Brother André's dream was to build a shrine to St. Joseph on the side of Mount Royal — a project that began with a tiny chapel in 1904. By the time of Brother André's death in 1937, the shrine was a Montreal landmark.

Jan. 27, 1991: Patrice Brisebois plays for the Canadiens

Patrice Brisebois plays his first NHL game for the Montreal Canadiens and picks up an assist against the Boston Bruins. It was his 20th birthday. 

Patrice Brisebois spent 16 seasons on the Canadiens blue-line, scoring 98 regular-season goals and 420 points. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

Jan. 28, 1989: Simpson's closes its doors

The beloved Simpson's department store, which has been around since the early 1900s, closes its doors for good after financial struggles. Some store employees even wear black to mark the sad day.

On January 28, 1989, Simpson's closes its doors in Montreal. 2:02

Jan. 29, 1996: Lucien Bouchard becomes premier

Parti-Québécois Leader Lucien Bouchard is sworn in as Quebec premier. He goes on to win another term in 1998, but resigns in 2001 after failing to lead Quebec to independence.

Former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard predicted Quebec would achieve sovereignty by 2005. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Jan. 30, 2001: Price scanner crackdown

Quebec cracks down on pricing errors, requiring stores to reimburse customers if the scanner price doesn't match the shelf price. If the item is less than $10, the item will have to be given for free.

Jan. 31, 2013: Police introduce mental health action plan

Montreal police say the number of cases involving people who have mental health issues is on the rise, and they need to improve how they deal with those types of situations. The SPVM introduces a new action plan which includes the development of teams that specialize in crisis prevention and psychological interventions.

Montreal police say intervention teams will be assisted by criminologists and a psychoeducator. (CBC)


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