Well it happened again, another cop got caught peeing in public.I say again because this just happened a few days ago. Now the first time this happened I tried to laugh it off and give the officer the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he was helping a distressed citizen and he was in a hurry to get back to work as quickly as possible - everyone knows how difficult it can be to find a bathroom downtown.
But at least that last officer had the decency to try to be discreet, he even hid behind his car. This new public urinator however was right on the corner of Berri and Ontario peeing on a Hydro Quebec building in broad daylight for everyone to see.
What pisses me off the most (ha!) is that this is the same guy who would give you a $300 ticket without blinking an eye if he caught you doing the same thing. And you better hope you're not drunk when it happens, or you might even get slapped with a public indecency fine.
Mayor Valérie Plante announced Thursday that Montreal will host free screenings of the Stanley Cup Final with the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Quartier des Spectacles beginning with Game 3 on Friday, July 2.
"For several days now, we have been working hard to find solutions to offer Montrealers places to gather, while respecting the health measures in force in order to watch the matches of the Montreal Canadiens for free," the mayor said in a press release.
"In a united and unifying spirit, and in a safe environment that respects public health rules, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership is very excited to be able to offer a free series of public screenings of the matches of the Stanley Cup Final," Monique Simard, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, added.
She suggested the games would be projected at the Place des Festivals.
Despite the government's rejection of the Habs' request to have more fans inside the Bell Centre, fans will be happy to know that they'll finally have a safe public viewing spot.
The full details regarding the screenings and gathering rules will be announced at a later time, the City said.
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Canada's statistical agency released the data on June 16 to create a "portrait" of the "demographic and social profile of Canada's diverse LGBTQ2+ communities" — however, much of the data "[focuses] on LGB Canadians (lesbian, gay, bisexual), since Statistics Canada has been collecting detailed information on these communities since 2003."
There were 72,880 same-sex couples in Canada in 2016, making up 0.9% of all couples in Canada.
StatsCan said half of those same-sex couples lived in the major cities of Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa–Gatineau.
Between 2006 and 2016, the number of same-sex couples in Canada increased by 60.7%, compared to an increase of 9.6% in "opposite-sex" couples.
StatsCan said the increase "may be reflective, at least in part, of growing awareness and acceptance of sexual diversity in Canada."
LGBTQ2S+ hate crimes are on the rise in Canada
According to StatsCan's 2018 survey, LGB+ Canadians were both more likely to report being "violently victimized" throughout their lives and more likely to have experienced "inappropriate behaviours in public and online" than non-queer Canadians.
In 2018, LGB+ Canadians were "twice as likely" as non-queer Canadians "to report experiencing inappropriate behaviours" in the 12 months prior to the survey:
in public: 57% versus 22% of non-queer Canadians
online: 37% versus 15% of non-queer Canadians
at work: 44% versus 22% of non-queer Canadians.
Violent hate crimes against LGB+ Canadians were on par with violent racially-charged hate crimes in 2018.
Of hate crimes that targeted sexual orientation, 53% were violent crimes.
In comparison, 27% of hate crimes targeting religion and 52% of hate crimes targeting race or ethnicity were violent crimes, according to the data.
Further, according to StatsCan's 2018 survey, transgender Canadians were also more likely to report poorer mental health than cisgender Canadians.
They were also more likely to have "seriously contemplated suicide in their lifetimes."
Transgender Canadians were additionally more likely "to have been diagnosed with a mood or anxiety disorder" than cisgender Canadians.
The pandemic might have had a bigger effect on LGBTQ2S+ Canadians
StatsCan said that the LGBTQ2S+ population could have been "disproportionately affected" by job loss during the pandemic since a greater share of the communities' populations are between the ages of 15 and 24 — an age group whose employment levels "remains furthest from February 2020 levels."
LGBTQ2S+ Canadians also made less than their non-queer counterparts overall.
In 2018, 41% of LGBTQ2S+ Canadians "had a total personal income of less than $20,000" yearly, compared to 26% of non-queer Canadians.
In the same year, on average, queer income-earners in Canada made about 72% — $39,000 — of the average income of non-queer Canadians, at $54,000.
However, StatsCan noted that the income difference could partly be due to the large youth population in LGBTQ2S+ communities. Being enrolled in high school, CEGEPs or universities could reduce their potential income, the agency said.
In 2018, 33% of LGBTQ2S+ Canadians "found it difficult or very difficult to meet their needs in terms of transportation, housing, food, clothing, participation in some social activities and other necessary expenses," compared with just 27% of non-queer Canadians, according to StatsCan.
Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG) borough is getting the short end of the stick when it comes to public parks, Alex Montagano, of Équipe CDN-NDG / Team CDN-NDG, told MTL Blog.
The president and leader of the borough-level party vying for power in the upcoming November 7 municipal election is arguing the city’s most populous neighbourhood is being denied an equitable share of green space while chipping in more than its share to the city budget.
And he’s a little upset about that: "Do you feel sold out? You should," he told MTL Blog.
"Projet Montréal is spending a billion dollars on Parc Jean-Drapeau," he said. "But what about us and what about our needs? We're not exercising our political power effectively and politicians forget about us."
CDN-NDG 'is always getting the short end of the stick,' he says
Montagano argued that when it comes to investments in public parks and green spaces, CDN-NDG being underserved.
According to a 2019 parks plan for the Sud-Ouest borough, CDN-NDG had 0.58 hectares of parkland for every thousand residents, which was about half the Montreal average of 1.19 hectares per thousand.
Moreover — despite contributing a substantial amount in property taxes to the city’s coffers — the borough’s 172,118 residents will be receiving only $20.5 million in scheduled expenditures over two years, which is the smallest per capita investment budget in the city, according to the City of Montreal's 2020 budget.
"We're an economic powerhouse," said Montagano. "We give the city a wack load of money and the city doesn't invest here. They spend the money elsewhere. So now we're in this situation where other boroughs have better services and infrastructure than we do and we're paying for it."
"It's like we're giving to a charity and the benefactors are better off than we are."
'People should be upset'
For pandemic-weary Montrealers, the city’s public parks have offered refuge from the anxieties of life under lockdown over the past year, making them all the more important, said Montagano.
"With the pandemic, the whole dynamic in the way people live in cities has completely changed," he said. "Local community has become a lot more important. People are staying close to home and they're using the parks."
During a recent community clean-up of Parc Georges-Saint-Pierre, Montagano noted residents collected a number of bags of unsightly garbage.
"The park was a mess," he said. "People should be upset. This is not acceptable. We should demand better from our elected representatives and they're not delivering."
'Some spaces are a little beat up'
France Stohner, a mental health counsellor and community organizer, echoed the sentiment.
Stohner is representing the Snowdon district under Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough mayor Sue Montgomery’s new party, Courage – Équipe Sue Montgomery.
"We have to find a way to have more public green spaces as well as cleaner spaces," she told MTL Blog. "I'm sure you've walked around Côte-des-Neiges and some spaces are a little bit beat up."
She noted CDN-NDG is a neighbourhood of young families, with 47% of residents having at least one child, she said, making clean parks especially important.
"The situation we have here in Côte-des-Neiges is we have a lot of families living intergenerationally in smaller spaces," she said. "Our parks are well-loved and well used. You can show up on a Saturday morning and the park is already beginning to fill up."
"We have to make sure the infrastructure is there to support the community and make people more comfortable so they can use these outdoor spaces in a safe way."