Address: 21, rue Sainte-Catherine E., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: La Graine Brûléelée is hands down one of the best study spots in Montreal, considering it's open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Saturday (and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday), giving you plenty of time to get your sh*t done.
Why You Need To Go: If you're a McGill student, this cafe is conveniently close to campus — in case you need to run to class the second you finish an essay. It's also open 24/7, so this spot has you covered no matter what time of day you choose to be productive.
Why You Need To Go: Café Bazin is the perfect spot to spend the day doing work because you'll feel like you're sipping coffee in Paris rather than Montreal. A little mental travel helps the day go by faster!
"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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