"You will, of course, be able to enjoy what downtown businesses have to offer you : an umissable shopping experience! But you will also be amazed by several surprises that we have in store for you and something new for this edition!" reads Montréal centre-ville's announcement.
Past events have featured hundreds of boutiques and restaurants, musicians, DJs, graffiti artists, acrobats and exclusive deals as Sainte-Catherine shopfronts move forward onto the pedestrian-only street.
According to Montréal centre-ville, more information about programming will be released soon via its Facebook and Instagram pages. Stay tuned for details!
La Sainte-Catherine Célèbre
Price: Free entry
When: September 10 to 12, 2021
Address: Rue Sainte-Catherine (pedestrianized between Rue de Bleury and Rue Chomedey)
Why You Need To Go: Make the most of September by getting outside for a well-loved activity: shopping! Sainte-Catherine shopfronts move onto the street to become what's billed as Canada's largest sidewalk sale.
"Around 10:15 a.m. a call was placed to 9-1-1 concerning a person who was injured by a knife, on rue Sainte-Catherine, near rue du Fort, in the Ville-Marie borough," SPVM spokesperson Véronique Comtois confirmed.
According to Montreal police, a conflict escalated between the suspect, a 33-year-old man and the victim, a 65-year-old man, which resulted in the victim being injured "in the upper body with a sharp object."
The victim was brought to the hospital and is said to currently be in "critical condition."
"Regarding the suspect, a 33-year-old man was arrested not far from the scene and transported to the detention centre. He will meet investigators in the next few hours," Comtois said.
Ensemble Montréal's Lionel Perez said in a Twitter post that "this 'promise' has no credibility"
Independent city councillor Marvin Rotrand echoed Perez's statement. "Don't be conned," he wrote. "Her promise has lots of caveats."
Why is it taking so long to get body cameras for the SPVM?
The first pilot project for body cameras in Montreal was in 2016.
In a January 2019 report, the SPVM concluded that "the experience of the project did not unequivocally demonstrate that portable cameras promote the transparency of police interventions."
The SPVM at the time also claimed that body cameras could "weaken the bond of trust between the population and the organization, or even the justice system" if, for example, police decide to withhold body camera footage of a highly publicized incident.
In a December 2020 interview with MTL Blog, Rotrand argued that "there's no political will" for the mayor's party, Projet Montréal, to move forward with body cameras.
With an election on the horizon, it's clear that body cameras will be a critical campaign issue for all parties involved.
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In short, here are the new regulations that the entire province will have to follow starting Monday:
- Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people from a maximum of three different households, with social distancing and mask-wearing "highly recommended." Outdoor gatherings must be limited to 20 people.
- Bars and restaurants can sit up to 10 people (from up to three different households) at a table inside and 20 people on their terrasse.
- Wedding ceremonies can host up to 250 people and receptions will be limited to 50 people. Guests must wear masks, except while sitting or being silent.
- Funerals are able to have 250 guests, but they must all remain seated and wearing masks.
- Fitness classes and indoor sports can have 25 participants from different households.
Occupancy limits and public health guidelines must continue to be followed, as specified by the government.
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