Everyone's favourite social media giant is celebrating it's birthday today. Yup, Facebook is turning 10 year old, but it's giving you a present.
A decade ago, no one had walls, or timelines, or newsfeeds, and if you wanted to wish someone happy birthday...you had to do it in person. Weird. Life changed with Facebook, and it should be remembered.
And that's how FB is celebrating its ten year anniversary. Each and every user (yes, even you) will get a personalized video documenting their entire time on Facebook. From your first post in High School to your 'winter sucks' post last week, and all the magic in-between, this video has it all.
A video taken on June 10 appears to show a Montreal police officer kneeling on the neck and back of a Black teenager while conducting an arrest.
The SPVM told MTL Blog that officers were responding to a 911 call at the George-Vanier High School, in Montreal's Villeray neighbourhood, "because a fight was in progress involving about fifteen individuals."
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In a statement sent to MTL Blog, police claimed the teenager in the video was in possession of a taser.
The SPVM said "several statements of offence were issued" during its intervention in the alleged altercation between the 15 individuals. Another individual was allegedly in possession of bear repellent, according to the police report.
"Individuals were arrested for obstructing the work of a peace officer and for possession of a weapon, then released via summons, since they are minors," it continued.
The SPVM said that though "the neck control technique [was] not involved in this situation, it is part of the National Use of Force Model and that the ÉNPQ [École nationale de police du Québec] teaches it to police officers during their initial training."
Regarding the action of kneeling on the teenager's neck, the SPVM added that "certain types of use of force require that police officers write a report and submit it to their supervisor and then to their unit manager, who must then verify whether the use of force was justified."
Police also said a "review of the police response and use of force in this event is currently underway" with "support from the Use of Force Unit and its master instructors."
"Following the review," the SPVM continued, "the [neighbourhood post unit] manager will take the appropriate follow-up actions, as required."
More than 2,000 people responded to a Facebook event page, and over 600 people indicated they would be going to the vigil to honour the lives of Salman Afzaal, 46; Madiha Salman, 44; Yumna Afzaal, 15; and Talat Afzaal, 74, as well as to support 9-year-old Fayez Afzaal, who survived the attack.
"On top of all the sorrow and sadness is [...] an anxiety that is hitting the people," Majzoub said, noting that the Muslim community in Canada is worried about the potential for another targeted attack.
Majzoub said Montrealers and political figures alike gathered at the vigil, where attendees were seen praying together and where Muslim-Canadian organizations spoke of what actions should come next to prevent further attacks.
To celebrate the Canadiens becoming "Kings of the North," as they go on to represent Canada in the Stanley Cup semifinals, Toronto's CN Tower lit up in red, blue, and white on June 8 — and Leafs fans took to Twitter to express their displeasure.
"As an honest Leafs fan, I'm vomiting watching this. My life is literally ruined and makes no sense anymore after you've done this," reads a tweet by @AbsCoverage. It had racked up 533 "likes" at the time this article was published.
"Seriously someone should get fired for even thinking this up let alone ACTUALLY DOING IT," tweeted @SerioCM.
"Did you lose a bet CN Tower? There's no such thing as Canada's team. I wouldn't expect Montreal to light up Notre Dame in blue and white," tweeted @DylanHoulihan4.
Some Twitter users came to the CN Tower's — and the Habs' — defense, like @Leenerrr who wrote, "I’m happy someone is still in!! [...] Grow up already. It’s called the Canadian National Tower, not the Toronto City Tower."
Clearly unbothered by the haters, the official Canadiens Montréal Twitter account had a perfectly nonchalant response, simply writing, "Merci!" followed by three circles in blue, white and red.
Guess there's no time for drama when you're too busy winning.
It's official: the Montreal Canadiens are in the playoffs and that means it's time to throw on your retro jersey, grab your roomies and celebrate like you're at a Habs game IRL.
May 20 marks the Game 1 opening-round matchup in Toronto against the Maple Leafs, which is sure to be one for the books. For this game and every game during the 2021 playoffs season, the Montreal Canadiens will be hosting a whole series of events and initiatives so you can cheer on the Habs in style.
Presented by the team's four-pillar partners — RONA, Scotiabank, Lafleur and Ford — these experiences are the perfect way for any Habs fans to celebrate the playoffs.
Exclusively ahead of Game 1 on May 20, Habs fans can see the "GO HABS GO" banner that'll be flying over downtown Montreal, the Old Port and along the Lachine Canal. It'll be soaring through the sky for two hours starting at noon, and you'll want to have your phone at the ready because your pic could score you a big prize.
If you share and tag a photo of the banner on Twitter using the hashtag #AIRCH, you'll have the chance to win one of three prize packs including an official team jersey and a $100 promo code for Tricolore Sports, the Montreal Canadiens' official store.
Catch The Bilingual Watch-Along On Twitch
Starting at 7:30 p.m. for the May 20 game only, you can join Marc Dumont and Kevin Raphael on the team's Twitch channel. Watch along throughout the entirety of the game and get ready for a series of surprise guests, too.
If you're missing the vibe of the stadium, this is a a great way to (virtually) interact with fellow fans. So throw on your jersey, grab your fave Canadian refreshment and get ready for Game 1.
From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST every game (whether home or away), diehard Habs fans can get inked with an authentic Canadiens-themed tattoo for free at Adrenaline, located in downtown Montreal at 1541, rue Sherbrooke O.
Whether it's your first tattoo or one of many, nothing says superfan like ink. Spaces will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don't miss your spot.
Tune in to the Habs Twitch channel half an hour before each game (so 7:00 p.m. for Game 1, 6:30 p.m. for Game 2, etc) to get primed and pumped for every game to come with a DJ set broadcast live from the Bell Centre.
With Ronin opening Game 1 and the likes of Fafa Khan, Domeno and Tizi on rotation in the games to come, you don't want to miss it!
Nerd Out With A Pre-Game Q&A Hosted By Marc Dumont
From Game 2 onwards, Habs fans can join in on a live pre-game Q&A session hosted by Marc Dumont. The Q&A will be held on the team's Twitter from 6:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. EST.
For some extra fun, fans will have the opportunity to ask a question and get a chance to win an exclusive $400 gift package.
If you're looking for even more ways to get in the playoff spirit this year, you can pick up your free Canadiens tricolour face paint kit at participating RONA stores throughout the Greater Montreal area, while supplies last.
You can also show the team a little love with a GO HABS GO lawn sign available at Tricolore Sports. Plus, in honour of the 2021 Playoffs, they'll donate 21% of all proceeds to the Canadiens Children's Foundation.
If you don't have a lawn, don't sweat it, because you can get your virtual GO HABS GO sign as a VR filter on the Habs' official Instagram account.
Whether you're going IRL or virtial, each day of the playoffs, one lucky fan who posts a shot of thier lawn sign on Twitter or Instagram story using the hashtag #CHezNous will be entered to win an official 2021 Canadiens playoff rally towel and a team cap.
If you haven't had the chance to look up the full Montreal Canadiens playoffs schedule, here it is:
Thursday, May 20: Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:30 p.m. (watch on SN, CBC, TVA Sports, NHL Network)
Saturday, May 22: Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 p.m. (watch on SN, CBC, TVA Sports, CNBC)
Monday, May 24: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens at 7:00 p.m. (watch on SN, CBC, TVA Sports, CNBC)
Tuesday, May 25: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens at 7:00 p.m. (watch on SN, CBC, TVA Sports, CNBC)
Thursday, May 27: Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 p.m. (watch on SN, CBC, TVA Sports, CNBC)
Saturday, May 29: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens at 7:00 p.m. (watch on SN, CBC, TVA Sports, CNBC)
Monday, May 31: Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 p.m. (watch on SN, CBC, TVA Sports, CNBC)
To get even more of the playoff spirit, make sure to download the Canadiens app as a second-screen destination for all the on-ice action prior to puck drop and throughout the game itself in the "Interactive" section of the real-time feed. There, you can also collect Club 1909 points to redeem for exclusive rewards, experiences and Montreal Canadiens memorabilia.