A labour dispute at the Olymel pork plant in the Vallée-Jonction has forced pigs to live in what the Éleveurs de porcs du Québec, an organization of breeders, has called "deplorable conditions." Should the labour dispute continue, the organization warns "thousands" of pigs could be euthanized.
"At the end of last week, nearly 130,000 pigs had to be put on hold. Considering that a pig can provide around 600 meals, the potential for waste is astronomical," David Duval, president of Éleveurs de porcs du Québec, said in a press release.
The organization is asking Quebec Labour Minister Jean Boulet to step in and intervene in the dispute.
"The breeders believe that the parties are responsible for the deplorable conditions of the higher number of very heavy pigs crammed into the buildings," the union wrote in a press release.
In a statement put out on June 10, Olymel claimed to have "put in place numerous measures to mitigate the negative impacts of this dispute on the region's hog farmers who deliver to the Vallée-Jonction plant."
Anne-grig-non. Kemin dé la Coat-Sainte-CaTH-er-in. Autoroot Trans-ca-NAY-di-ANNE. These baffling mispronunciations might sound familiar to any Montrealer in need of directions from a navigation system set to English.
"Only a Montrealer can appreciate this voice recognition error," Reddit user u/mrmdc wrote in the caption of their post, a screenshot showing Google's attempt to send them to "the corner of leisure and lingerie" — a salacious interpretation of the city's boulevards "Léger" and "Langelier."
"I prefer the mistake tbh," u/mrmdc wrote.
The post inspired other Montrealers to take to the comments with their own favourite navigation system misunderstandings.
User u/BaguetteStix's "Boulevard Renay Luhvaysqueue," u/JohnWesternburg's "Roo Hokelaga," u/seanziewonzie's "Roo Gene Tallen West," and u/zuss33's "Roo Day Carey" are some of the most popular offerings.
But u/mrmdc told MTL Blog their favourite has to be u/curry_fiend's "Kemin duh la kote dess nayjess."
There are temps of 30 C or more along with a humidex of 40+ "for at least one hour" or
The temperature is 40 C or higher
"Due to the summer heatwaves and the risks associated with excessive heat, we have taken the decision, in collaboration with the CNESST and the public health authorities, to permit the removal of quality masks in the workplace," said Labour Minister Jean Boulet in a press release.
Once the extreme heat is over (i.e. once the temperature dips below 30 C), it's back to wearing masks outside, however.
As of August 1, Quebec instituted several new COVID-19 rule relaxations including the extension of alcohol service in bars and more spectators in arenas and stadiums.