According to the information la Surêté du Québec provided LaPresse with, the cyclist was a 60-year-old woman who was initially brought to the hospital for her "serious injuries" and died a few hours afterwards.
This morning we found a dash-cam video on YouTube. There was no description so I just thought I was going to see 2 cars bump into each other and maybe an argument between drivers. I definitely wasn't expecting to see a Mazda flying out of left field, smashing into the wall and doing two full spins before hitting the wall again.
We couldn't find any information on the state of the people in the vehicle, but hopefully it wasn't too serious since the driver who was filming drove away.
Hard to tell from the video but it looks as though the driver in the Mazda was trying to catch the exit and changed his mind at the very last second.
It's no secret that Montreal has some pretty crazy drivers, and some even crazier cyclists. As it turns out, when they all meet at an intersection some not so great things can happen. A report released by Journal Metro has taken a look at all 2,000+ collisions between bikes and cars that occurred between 2012 and 2014 in Montreal, and out of those accidents 65% occurred in an intersection and 18% occurred near an intersection...clearly, things aren't looking so hot for intersections.
According to the report the three worst places for intersection accidents are as follows:
Saint Denis and Laurier: the high volume bike lane on Laurier passes through Saint Denis, which is one of the worst streets in Montreal traffic-wise
Rachel Street: while the bike path along Rachel is separate from the cars, there is no separation at the intersections, where there are many cars turning
Ontario Street: it's a bit of a free for all with no layout in place to help cyclists
While those are the most frequent places, this problem of cars hitting bicycles in intersections is widespread all over Montreal. According to the Public Health Department of Montreal, some potential solutions include making cyclists more visible, expanding bike lanes at intersections, and traffic lights for cyclists.
In all fairness, while I'm sure some of it does, the fault of all of these accidents can't lie solely with the car drivers. I can't remember the last time I saw a cyclist stop at a stop sign, or wait at a red light if there wasn't any oncoming traffic. Maybe a little stricter enforcement of the rules of the road would be more beneficial than anything.
Who hasn't been bullied in their life? This isn't an invitation to play “Never have I ever,” we might be drunk for work. Jokes aside, bullying is a serious problem for many kids. Bullying online has made things even worse, as the youth are subjected to virtual torment all day and from anyone, even outside of school. Bullying on its own is hard enough, but facing it when you are in the comfort of your home makes the issue even more serious.
The anti-bullying legislation that is proposed
The misuse of photos, foul language, and insults made on any online platform has caused a lot of commotion over the years, and has been brought to the attention of our government. Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney present a new legislation. Perpetrators that use intimate photographs as blackmail will be pressed with charges. This new bill will give law enforcers more tools to limit, and hopefully eliminate, online bullying. The police will be given right to act only with a warrant and will not be able to have access to subscriber information.
"Intimate pictures" are described as images that show individuals engaged in explicit sexual activities or that depict a sexual organ, anal region, or breasts.
The bill will also:
• Direct judges to consider prohibiting offenders from using the Internet for a period of time.
• Authorize judges remove intimate images from websites.
• Authorize judges to order offenders to cover the costs of removing images .
• Allow the courts to seize the computers and mobile devices used in the offence.
Keep in mind these regulations will also be applied to areas beyond bullying, if applicable
Former Quebec Premier Lucien Bouchard lended his voice earlier today as a huge supporter of this legislation, as he was bullied as a child. He released a short two min. video.
Kids from Nova Scotia to British Colombia have been victim of Cyberbullying and have gone all the way to committing suicide,such as the tragic case of Todd Loik. But it does not only affect Canada. People all around the world use social media, thus cyberbullying is something everyone in the world has heard and can be subjected to. It is now time to stop this plague that runs through our machines and use our time for the better.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated in the spring that this problem would stop being one, and that a cyberbullying law would be put in place. Finally something a politician said is being done.
Have you ever been Bullied? Let us know your story and tell us if you think this bill will prove to be righteous?