Talks between Montreal, Police Brotherhood to intensify

Despite the protest by Montreal police officers during Wednesday night's 375th anniversary celebrations, negotiations with the city are expected to pick up next week.

La Presse reports both sides have agreed to get down to business and hold serious talks beginning Tuesday morning.

The city and the Montreal Police Brotherhood remain far apart when it comes to the changes the city made to police officers' pension plans. The officers began protesting back in 2014, when municipal officials changed course from contributing 76 percent to the pension fund to an even 50-50 split. The Police Brotherhood has demanded salary increases to compensate for the changes to the pension plans.

Documents obtained by La Presse last year indicate the city is only proposing a 2 percent increase.