It has been a tragic week for the people of the world, seeing a series of violent terrorists attacks occur in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Countless now left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.
We are so lucky to be largely sheltered from much of the turmoil that goes on everyday, and are free to live safe from fear. However, terrorism does not discriminate and continues to find a way to affect us all in various ways.
The attacks in Paris, while by no means an isolated incident, brought the terror home for many of us, made tangible (for better or worse) by mainstream media. A glimpse at the horrors so common elsewhere, yet rarely talked about.
With a large French population residing here in Quebec, Montreal was unquestionably rocked when the news broke out about Paris. In a great show of support for the victims and all those touched by the events, thousands of you gathered this past Saturday for a peaceful vigil on the corner of McGill College, in the downtown core.
Local Montreal photographer Nico Lepiller was there and beautifully captured not only the heartache, but also the true spirit of solidarity present in this city.
Place Oscar-Peterson will be located at the centre of avenue McGill College between Sainte-Catherine and de Maisonneuve.
"Oscar Peterson was a remarkable jazz musician who brought honour to his native Montreal, and we are proud to offer him the tribute he deserves with this square that will bear his name and be worthy of his talent," Mayor Valérie Plante said in a press release.
Born in Montreal in 1925, Peterson went on to become one of the most influential and notable jazz pianists in history. During his life, Peterson won eight Grammy awards and played on the albums of legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong.
"This choice is also a step in the right direction in terms of inclusion, knowing that cultural diversities are under-represented in the public space and that Mr. Peterson faced racism throughout his life," the mayor added.
This video shows Montreal street names being changed to New York ones. MTL Blog reporter Alex Melki was able to have an individual confirm that it was allegedly part of the filming for Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts.
And from what the following photos show, it's looking like there are all kinds of different cars in whichever film is being shot at the moment, which is very on-brand for a Transformers movie.
More Transformers Rise of The Beasts photos from Montreal today.
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Dorchester Square is seemingly one of the main locations for this current movie shoot.
Quand Montréal se donne des airs de New York en 1990. Tournage du 7e film de la franchise ‘’Transformers’’, ‘’Rise… https://t.co/juPpl9NcDh
We know Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts is for sure being filmed in Montreal, we simply cannot confirm this movie set is for the film — although it's highly likely to be. And if that's true, then that means Anthony Ramos, one of the main actors in the new movie, could be in Montreal. Keep your eyes peeled!
Aujourd'hui 12 et 13 juillet 2021, début à 9h00 pm du tournage de Transformers Rise Of The Beasts au parc Square Do… https://t.co/Tw1X9Z1SC0
— Les Transformers - Québec et France (@Les Transformers - Québec et France)1626160244.0
The Quebec government has appointed Anne Panasuk, a former Radio-Canada journalist, as a special advisor "to support the families of missing and deceased Indigenous children who were admitted to a health and social services institution."
According to the ministry for Indigenous affairs, Panasuk will "act, among other things, as a support in the relations between the Quebec government and the Indigenous families concerned."
Citing "new legislation and the establishment of the Family Support Directorate within the Indigenous Affairs Secretariat," Panasuk said "we have the necessary tools to finally answer the questions of families of missing children who have been waiting for too long."
At a press conference on Tuesday, Panasuk said she "would like the First Nations and first and foremost the people of Pakua Shipu [...] that they place their trust in this work that I am going to do, which is in fact to help them."
"That's what we want to do, help families find answers."