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Peter Rakobowchuk

Montreal ups age limit for unsupervised kids in pools

MONTREAL—The move by Montreal to increase the minimum age for youngsters to be allowed into its public swimming pools without supervision is getting the thumbs-up from the province's lifesaving society.

Several drownings earlier this year prompted the city to raise the age to eight years old from six when municipal pools opened this summer.

Divers search for boy

MONTREAL—The search for a missing Montreal boy moved into the frigid waters of a river yesterday as divers took turns plunging in the hope of finding clues in the disappearance of 10-year-old Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou.

It was the first day divers had entered the Riviere des Prairies since the boy left home March 12 and disappeared while walking to a friend's house.

Fundraising drive for woman who lost limbs

MONTREAL—A young Quebec woman has had to have her arms and legs amputated after she spent four hours in freezing temperatures following an electric jolt that raced through her body.

Samantha Mongeon says her younger sister, Sabryna, 18, was driving a car early on Christmas morning when she lost control of the vehicle and collided with a hydroelectric pole in western Quebec.

Astronaut oulines space station visit

LONGUEUIL, Que.—When Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques boards the International Space Station next November, he'll be involved in ground-breaking experiments on how the body's immune and vascular systems function in space.

The Quebec City native said yesterday the work he'll do during his six-month mission will have benefits on Earth, as well.