The show "American Horror Story" has taken over many people's lives, including mine. We decided to list up and inform you on rumored buildings and places here are places in Montreal that perhaps house evil spirits based on tragic events from the past. These locations would be perfect material for Montreal's own "Horror Story".
It is now branded as Le Cinq Montreal but who hasn't been to Club 1234's infamous Chocolate/Foam parties at one point in their lives? I haven't, but I hear they were kind of a big deal. Well, now each time you go there, this popular nightspot is said to house evil spirits as it was once a funeral home. People specifically refer to the apparition of a naked woman with Y shaped scar walking around the building. Have you had too much to drink, or are you onto something? Only one way to find out, trap it in a bottle of holy
Fort de l'Île Sainte-Hélène
This island has seen some things. It is home to a mass grave with 800 soldiers who were massacred when their General misguidedly put them in the enemy's line of fire. It is rumoured that as the sun sets, apparitions of the soldiers can be seen walking around the island, most likely bitching about how stupid their General was. I think it's worth an investigation!
Mount Royal Cemetery
This site is believed to be one of the most supernaturally active in Montreal. Apparitions have been seen walking through the cemetery or hanging off the edge overlooking the rocky cliffs. The most notable apparition is of an Algonquin Native Canadian warrior. The perfect place to check out on an impromptu drunk-walk up the mountain.
Queen Elizabeth Hotel
This hotel was completed in 1958 and is the largest in Quebec. In addition to having been the iconic setting for John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Bed-in" in Room 1742, the hotel is rumoured to host an apparition in the form of a "woman in white". She wanders the hallways and occasionally roams in guests' rooms. People have also reported feelings of being watched, and sudden cold spots. A voyeur-groping ghost in white perhaps?
Royal Victoria Hospital
The hospital, established in 1893, has had reports of paranormal activities consisting of mysterious footstep sounds, buzzers going off at random, and disembodied voices. These may all be the result of the inherent creepiness of a hospital, but you can never really know for sure can ya?
The Intersection of Avenue L'Esplanade and Rue Rachel
This one hits me hard because I use this intersection on a daily basis. If you're walking through Jeanne Mance Park, and then happen to choose the East side where lies Avenue de L'Esplanade and you come across Rue Rachel, you're in for some paranormal business. It is said that there is the apparition of a French Solider, walking with a limp. There is one specific bench you can sit on which is apparently prime ghost-viewing location.
Sixth Floor McLennan
I have spent countless hours on the Sixth Floor of the McLennan building, to only now find out that it may be haunted! The ghost of an old man in old-fashioned attire floats around the bookshelves, forever lost. If you try to speak to it, he'll gaze back at you before disappearing... or maybe you've had way too much coffee and it's time for you to go to sleep. Happy studying!
Auberge Le Saint-Gabriel
Founded in 1754, and located in the Old Port, this is the oldest Inn in Montreal. It is one of the first establishments to receive a license to serve alcohol in North America. It is allegedly haunted by a little girl who lost her life in a fire back in the 19th century. Visit a historical landmark in alcohol and creepy-ghost-girls, all in the same place.
On December 30, 2021, François Legault announced a handful of restrictions across Quebec, which included the closure of indoor dining and places of worship, and the postponement of a return to in-person learning at schools in the new year. In a January 13 Facebook post, Legault confirmed elementary and high school students would be returning to class as of Monday, January 17. But what about university students?
Montreal CEGEPs and universities also reverted to remote learning, however, things are looking a little different for students returning to in-person classes at post-secondary institutions. Premier Legault stated in a January 12 post that while universities could reopen their doors as of the 17th, they are being given extra leeway to determine the exact date in which in-person classes could resume.
Concordia University students are expected to return back to in-person learning on February 3, per a recent news notice. Vannina Maestracci, the university spokesperson, revealed that the initial date was extended beyond January 20, and any possibility of a further extension will be relayed to the community as soon as possible.
The Concordia Library and Birks Student Service Centre remain open, along with a number of designated break areas for students to eat. As for mask requirements, students will be expected to wear procedure masks "when entering university buildings and using shared indoor spaces," including classrooms, the university states.
In-person learning will be returning even earlier for McGill University students. With "Tier 1" activities (labs, etc.) having been in-person since January 10, most instruction will be moving from online to in-person as of January 24. McGill's media relations rep, Katherine Gombay issued a statement that despite plans for return, the university remains flexible with contingency plans put into place in case the COVID-19 situation changes.
Université de Montreal is expected to return to in-person sessions as of January 31,* although their libraries have remained open. The university has also made it clear that the use of masks is "mandatory" across campus for all activities at all times.
The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) has also stated that remote learning will take place until January 31.* However, many activities in which face-to-face teaching is essential will return as early as January 24.
Big bucks for the woman McGill students call Big Suze. According to a document submitted to Quebec's Ministry of Higher Education on November 30, 2021, McGill University Principal Suzanne Fortier rakes in a base salary of $478,901.
But her income doesn't stop there. McGill says she has additional "taxable elements" reaching $382,070 in value. That's a total of $860,971.
In her time as principal, Fortier has seen her base salary increase by almost $90,000. When she ascended to the role in 2013, her contract with the university included a $390,000 base salary, which was subject to annual adjustments. She was also able to receive bonuses worth up to 20% of her salary.
Other benefits in the 2013 contract included five weeks of paid vacation and a club membership paid by the university, in addition to reimbursements for job-related expenses.
McGill's Board of Governors renewed Fortier's contract with almost all the same benefits in 2018.
The 2021 document sent to the Ministry of Higher Education shows Fortier isn't even the highest-paid executive at the university.
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean David Eidelman has a base salary of $518,176 plus $361,799 in other taxable benefits, for a total of $879,975.
Concordia President Graham Carr, meanwhile, has a base salary of $424,423 and additional taxable elements totalling $1,706 in value, according to the university's list of its own executives' incomes.
Canadian non-profit TheraPsil has partnered with McGill and the Imperial College London researchers for a study on the effects of psilocybin, the active ingredient in what is commonly known as shrooms, on "patients who experience end-of-life distress" and are legally allowed to use the psychedelic compound.
"The study aims to collect quantitative data on the psychological effects of guided psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy sessions for patients experiencing end-of-life distress due to a potentially life-threatening illness," Hannes Kettner, a Ph.D. Candidate at Imperial College London, explained in a press release.
"We are extremely excited about this research project, which aims to give Canadians receiving compassionate psilocybin access a chance to advance the science by sharing their unique experiences," Dr. Kyle Greenway, a senior resident in psychiatry at McGill, added.
To obtain this data, the study will ask patients to fill out a series of questionnaires "2 weeks before, within 3 hours before, 1 day after, 4 weeks after, and 3 and 6 months after a legal, guided experience with psilocybin."
TheraPsil Director of Research Julia Joyes said the "major scientific subjects of interest include the impact of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy on mood, spirituality, and the desire for medical assistance in dying."
The study is open to palliative care patients who qualify. If you or a loved one is interested in signing up for the study, you can find out if you qualify on TheraPsil's website.
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Concordia students have called out a speaker in a First Peoples Studies class who said Cree nation members "suffered less" in the residential school system.
On social media, students and the program director have condemned the content of McGill Professor Emerita Toby Morantz's lecture.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, Morantz defended her record and said that she "was not referring to [the] individual suffering" of residential school victims and survivors.
What are Concordia students and faculty saying?
Terrence Duff was one of the students present at the lecture.
"Yesterday had to walk out of class because we had a guest speaker who tried to convince us that James Bay Cree suffered less from the Residential school and that the Cree benefit from the Residential school and fur trade," Duff wrote in a highly-circulated Facebook post, shared here with permission.
"I spoke up and she down right tried to say I was wrong when I tried to correct her."
Terrence called Morantz's lecture and research "upsetting and discouraging."
Once day after Terrence published the Facebook post, the First People Studies program shared a letter in which program Director Catherine Richardson said Morantz had been "improperly vetted."
She called the McGill professor's statements "ill-informed, racist, hateful and inaccurate" and said Morantz "violated the dignity of the students, with prejudice, stereotyping and historical inaccuracies to advance a hateful perspective."
"I am mortified by the harm that was caused and that people in positions of institutional stature can abuse power so unethically and destructively," Richardson concluded.
Duff appreciated her response and promised further action.
"Her and the department's apology means a lot to me as a University student," Duff wrote in a subsequent Facebook post.
"We will move forward with an official complaint letter concerning Toby Morantz who was our guest lecturer and send it off [to] McGill University. We will not let this go!"
What is Morantz's response?
Morantz told MTL Blog that Richardson "was not in the class, never spoke with [her] and certainly has not read [her] books and articles."
She says that when she claimed James Bay Cree "suffered less" in the residential school system, she was "using suffer in the sense of 'endure'" and referring to changes in government policy.
"When I realized it was a trigger word, I repeated over and over again that I was not referring to individual suffering but to the differences in the school systems."
Morantz expressed a desire for the conversation to return to the history of the residential school program.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-855-242-3310, or visit their website to chat.
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society Emergency Crisis Line is available across Canada 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-866-925-4419.