Montreal's International Auto Show is back this weekend and is packing more than just some pretty cars.
Gear-heads will find over 40 modified cars at the event's most popular attraction, the Performance Zone , spanning two rooms with extraordinary vehicles, electric energy and festive entertainment.
Get up close and personal with the magnificent Montreal-made Magnum MK5 super car which is the first road-legal track car in Canada.
This year's event has also added some new features to make the show more interactive than ever before. The 2015 Dream Car Test Drive event, where Facebook fans have been voting since the fall which cars they want to test, giving you the chance to test one of 11 dream cars during the event.
Or check out the Ajusto Grand Rally at the Desjardins booth, where visitors can take part in the Ajusto Grand Rally touchscreen game with a one-month rental of a fully electric Tesla grand prize to be won.
Other related events include a blood-drive taking place at Complexe Desjardins in conjunction with Héma-Québec and CTV Montreal throughout the week, and for the first time ever, the Auto Show has partnered up with Just For Laughs to present a brand new “Juste une affaire de gars” comedy show entirely dedicated to stories about cars and everything related. The show will feature several well-known comedians and will take place on January 21 at Théâtre St-Denis.
All in all, the event will feature over 500 gorgeous car models on exhibition, exciting premiers, and attractions for all tastes. Even if cars aren't really your thing, there will be plenty of promo girls to look at, and you never know, you a cute wealthy car-owner may just take you for a ride.
The Montreal Auto Show takes place at the Palais des Congrès and runs from January 16 to 25, 2015.
All Canadians are soon going to have to get a little more green. Omar Alghabra, the federal government's Minister of Transportation, announced at a press conference on Tuesday, June 29, that Canada will ban the sale of gasoline-powered cars by 2035.
"To build a greener economy, create good jobs, and put Canadians in the driver’s seat to a net-zero future, our government is accelerating its mandatory sales target of 100% zero-emission vehicles from 2040 to 2035," he later announced on Twitter.
Baranec said he's inspired by daily dog walks along graffiti-littered streets, seeing businesses shutter during the lockdown, the long-term projection of a "terminally capitalistic society," and bad sci-fi movies, along with "a whole mess" of other things.
"The reactions I've gotten so far have been very positive, from graffiti artists thanking me for featuring their work to fans of the places I destroy. [...] it feels good to know that my work can get people to see the city the way I do," he said.
Then the pandemic hit, ushering in a punishing and turbulent time for the restaurant industry and its workers, so Payette decided to change careers.
Luckily, she had other passions.
"I always did modelling as a side job and for fun," she said. "I love working with photographers, stylists, content creators and artists. They are so inspiring and the model/fashion industry is opening up and becoming more about diversity, different body images, types, and styles."
In February 2020 she launched an OnlyFans page and, today, the 23-year-old is a top earner on the site.
Payette is hardly alone. OnlyFans — a platform where subscribers pay creators a monthly fee to access their content — has exploded in popularity during the pandemic. As of December 2020, the platform was said to have had more than 1 million content creators, up from just 60,000 in 2019.
"People are attracted to this platform for many reasons," she said. "Looking for a community, sharing, companionship or any social interactions that are no longer allowed or possible (due to the pandemic). It’s a modern way of entertaining through which you can build and share your content."
MTL Blog caught up with Payette to ask her what it’s like to be on OnlyFans in the time of COVID-19.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
How did Payette become a top OnlyFans model?
Payette’s profile boasts that she’s within the top 0.29% of content creators on OnlyFans.
"The earnings you make will vary depending on the content you produce [and] the hours and dedication you invest," she said.
She already had around 13,000 followers on Instagram before joining OnlyFans, which was an advantage and helped attract subscribers, she added.
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But body type is not the only determination of a model’s success on OnlyFans, said Payette.
"You’d be surprised about the community’s diversity," she said. "It’s so refreshing and inspiring. Everybody respects and encourages each other, there’s room and place for any type."
To prospective OnlyFans models, she said, "I think the most important advice I could give is to respect yourself by setting your own limits and not the ones society created for women or men, as long as you are creating something you love and you are happy with. Respect yourself, be passionate and confident."
What's drawing people to OnlyFans?
Many people have turned to OnlyFans to support themselves during the pandemic, she said.
"I do think a lot more people, women and men, are using this platform to create but also earn on a monthly basis," she said.
She also figures that people stuck at home have been making and consuming much more adult content than usual.
"I think with the travel ban and all the restrictions, a little dreaming or escape thanks to a platform is something we need right now," she said.
What are the best/worst parts of the job?
Payette said she enjoys her work. "The art and the visual is very exciting for me."
"At the end of the day, I can work from anywhere at any time I please," she said. "This freedom can also be found in the women’s, or men’s, bodies. It’s so liberating to explore and break the gender stereotypes."
The work also has its share of challenges, she said, like the time her account was hacked and held for ransom.
"I once was hacked and was a victim of a blackmail," she said.
"Someone had stolen my accounts, changed all my passwords. It was very frustrating knowing a stranger could access and damage all the hard work I’ve put together."
"At the end of the day, the platform provides you with a good security plan and options, so they assisted and helped me through this tough process."
A majority of this investment — $3.6 billion over five years to be exact — will go towards a "major" electrification project of the transportation sector, homes and buildings.
Quebec plans to gradually electrify all "light trains, city and school buses, taxis, cars and trucks" with a goal to have 1.5 million electric vehicles on Quebec's roads by 2030 and to ban the sale of new gasoline cars by 2035.
Significant investments will also go into developing the province's renewable energy sector "including bioenergy, green hydrogen and renewable natural gas."
"Hydroelectricity, combined with wind power and other forms of clean energy, will allow us to significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions while creating more wealth," said Premier François Legault.
What are the government's goals?
The government has laid out a concrete set of numerical targets for this plan, including:
"Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050."
"55% of city buses and 65% of school buses electrified by 2030."
"100% of governmental cars, SUVs, vans and minivans and 25% of pickup trucks electrified in 2030."
"15% ethanol in gasoline by 2025 and 10% in biodiesel by 2030."
"50% reduction of emissions related to heating for buildings by 2030."
"60% reduction in emissions from government buildings by 2030."
"50% increase in bioenergy production by 2030."
Will the plan change?
The plan can be adjusted and aims to be flexible to meet its goals.
In a press release, the Ministry of the Environment said that "the government will take achieved results, changes in climate, scientific knowledge, the economic context, the level of public buy-in and technological innovations into account in each of its updates."
It will also enable the government to respond as needed to the consequences of climate change.
"By stressing prevention and taking future climate into account in all of its decisions," the ministry said, "the government is acting responsibly to minimize costs associated with the impacts of climate change and will dedicate more than 389 million dollars to adaptation to the impacts of climate change over the next five years."
By committing itself to this expansive and ambitious policy plan, the province aims to position itself as a global leader in green energy.
"Together, we will build a greener, more resilient and more prosperous Quebec," said Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change.