So it's really weird to see a city employee on a city bus smoking with no regard for those who will be on the bus later.
Here's what happened:
"It was about 8 am, on St Patrick Street, the bus was in front of me driving about 30 km/h in a 50km/h zone (...) driving like he owned the road. (...) At a stop sign, he was an inch away from rear ending me, then I turned around and noticed this driver was smoking a cigarette. I couldn't believe it, so i got out of the car and snapped a picture of the driver, he then took his phone out and snapped a picture of my license plate." - Serge
Photo cred - serge
I'm a smoker and even I think this is messed up. I don't care if the windows are rolled down or if the bus is being sent to maintenance. Because the truth is that it doesn't matter.
The people who ride the STM pay high enough prices for passes that they have the right to ride in a smoke-free environment, not in a bus that doubles up a smoking lounge off hours.
Plus the driver wasn't even trying to hide, which leads me to believe that this is probably not the first time this happens. And it definitely won't be the last.
On Saturday, January 23, la Sûreté du Québec and le Service de police de la Ville de Mirabel allegedly broke up an illegal gathering of 36 people after receiving a call from a local citizen, according to Stéphane Tremblay, a spokesperson from la Sûreté.
Tremblay told MTL Blog that police received a at around 10 p.m. and the two departments headed straight to the house on rue Lafontaine in Mirabel.
While leading non-profit and advocacy groups recognize that our efforts have been effective, we know there is more to do.
In a statement, Pornhub says it is taking "major steps" to protect its community.
First of all, effective immediately, it is only allowing verified users to upload content.
"In the new year, we will implement a verification process so that any user can upload content upon successful completion of identification protocol," it says.
It is also banning downloads, and expanding moderation.
In addition to leveraging technology, such as fingerprinting software and PhotoDNA, the company has created a "Red Team" to proactively sweep and monitor the site for illegal content.
Next, Pornbub pointed to its trusted flagger program, a recent initiative that "empowers" non-profit partners to alert Pornhub to any material they think violates the terms of service.
One of Pornhub's partners, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, is set to release Pornhub's total number of reported non-consensual material and child sexual abuse material incidents. Pornhub says this will happen in 2021.
Pornhub also says it will release its first-ever "Transparency Report" next year, detailing its content moderation results from 2020.
"This will make us the only adult content platform to release such a report," it says.
Lastly, Pornhub hired a law firm in April to conduct an independent review of its standards, policies and practices.
The law firm is currently gathering information that could help with its recommendations. If you have any insight to share, you can submit it via this online form.
But in a rather ridiculous move that is reminiscent of the movie Footloose, a Canadian town is practically banning trick-or-treating.
The city of Bathurst, New Brunswick will have a new bylaw in place for Halloween 2017, one that bars certain age-groups from asking for candy and setting a cut-off time for everyone else.
The bylaw stipulates that no one over the age of 16 can go trick-or-treating. There will be a hard 8pm deadline for trick-or-treating, forcing all the younger kids back indoors.
More than a little odd, local politicians tried to quash the new set of regulations. Unfortunately, any opposition met with failure, and politicians against the bill had to settle with “modifications” to the bylaw, reports HuffPo.
Any teenager over 16 found with a costume after curfew can be charged with a fine of $200.
Originally, the ban on trick-or-treating would set the age-limit to 14 and the curfew at 7pm.
So it could be worse for the young folks of Bathurst, but that still won’t make Halloween all that great.
As you may have already guessed, old people are to blame for the baffling bylaw. Older residents didn’t want any shenanigans going on in the streets, and pressed for changes that ultimately make Halloween less fun.
There are some holes in this bylaw, as local politicians in opposition have pointed out. Automatically knowing the age of a kid is hard to do, since the difference between a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old can be negligible. Also, some parents work late, making an 8pm deadline a little bit unreasonable.
But the law is the law. Hopefully the Bathurst police force will be lenient and actually let people have fun on Halloween.
In July, nearly 3,000 asylum seekers from the US walked across the border into Quebec, and in the first two weeks of August, nearly 4,000 did the same thing.
Prime minster Trudeau even has to issue a statement to warn Americans that the same rules will apply to everyone and that crossing the border illegally will not speed up the process of obtaining refugee status.
The government says that this flow of asylum seekers is unprecedented, but that government is dealing with it, and that anyone who seeks refugee status will have to go through a thorough screening process. Trudeau also mentioned that if asylum seekers can be deported to their country of origin if they enter Canada illegally.
Still, many people are determines to cross into Canada, as you can see in this video. They are literally packing up their suitcases and walking across the border.