The stars are aligning in Montreal. With the Canadiens taking to the rink at the Bell Centre to possibly oust the Las Vegas Knights for a spot in the Stanley Cup final — and on Saint-Jean-Baptiste no less — Montrealers might finally be in for a long-deserved celebration.
A police spokesperson told Narcity Québec that Montrealers can expect a greater police presence.
In fact, the SPVM's "operational planning" section has been preparing for June 24 for a while, Narcity learned.
"It's been several days that this section is working very hard to organize the police deployment not only for Saint-Jean-Baptiste but also for the decisive game of the Canadiens," media relations officer Manuel Couture said.
Police will be monitoring any potential large crowds — like those that gathered outside the Bell Centre on June 7and 18.
They'll pay particular attention to crowd developments that could produce excessive or illegal behaviour, like fights, vandalism or fireworks, according to Narcity.
"People have the right to celebrate and be happy. But if you have a joyful demonstration by 10,000 people downtown [...] the problem is that there could be fifty or a hundred people who take advantage of the crowd effect to break down businesses, attack police officers, fight each other," Couture said.
Jean-Pierre Brabant, an SPVM media relations officer, said police will be in contact with the driver in order to figure out how and why he lost control of the vehicle.
As of 12:45 p.m., Brabant said investigators were on the scene in Pierrefonds to try and establish the circumstances of the event.
TVA News reported that the driver "mowed down" a Hydro-Quebec pole, hit the girl — who was walking on the side of the street — head-on, and came to a stop by hitting an oncoming car driving in the opposite direction.
The pedestrian strip's new design is intended to be a space where pedestrians and cyclists in Montreal can coexist, complete with "large-scale artistic installations [...] meeting points and animations" that will be set up from July 2 to September 6.
La Société de développement de l’avenue du Mont-Royal enlisted the help of different artists for seven new garden installations on the promenade, according to a news release.
A new round of garden installations
The garden installations for this summer are:
Roseraie: an immense wall-to-ground garden painting, which will envelop pedestrians "in the intense beauty of roses" (by Isabelle Duguay and Julian Palma).
Jardin nocturne: a nocturnal garden laden with fireflies and foliage (by Érick Villeneuve and Jean Beaudoin)
Jardin du solstice: a "relaxing oasis inspired by the beaches of the French Riviera" with striped umbrellas, seating and lighting under the trees for those hot summer nights (by Manuel Baumann and Stéphanie Leduc)
Gardin picnic: Three large tables covered in a canopy of greenery and lit with dim evening lighting
Le jardin de vent: Like a "pollinating corridor," it will spread out on the Avenue between the different gardens (by Émilie Proulx and Sacha Bulliard)
Cactus Garden: Planted in three stages — a mirage, an oasis and a snake — in the "Far East" of the Avenue (by Signature Design Communication)
Food Garden: For plant-lovers, this garden includes a "mediation component" for urban gardeners — the area will include mature trees, market garden wreaths and a pergola, where workshops will be offered for free (by Biovercité)
A new 'Slow Zone' pilot project
The Slow Zone pilot project will authorize two-wheeled vehicles or those on wheels without motors — such as bicycles, skates, scooters or rollerblades — to circulate on the avenue, but slowly and at the same pace as pedestrians.
From July 2 to September 6, four duo bikes will criss-cross on the avenue between Wednesday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They'll pick up all passengers for free, without reservations, but priority will be given to seniors and people with physical limitations.
Montreal's longest open-air sidewalk sale
La foire commerciale de l'été will also be coming back at the end of the summer, between August 26 and 29.
Montrealers can expect to enjoy great street food and sales before the summer winds down.
Dépanneur, Champlure, Espadrille, Foufoune — just some of the hilarious Quebec baby name suggestions TikToker Camille Couture offers unsuspecting non-Quebecers in a video that has been liked over 43,000 times.
Clueless parents who fail to do their own research might be dismayed to discover that these "names" don't translate to "delicate," "cherry blossom," "exceptional" and "feather" — as Couture might have them believe — but are, in fact, québécois terms for a convenience store, faucet, sneaker and butt cheek.
What was the inspiration for the baby names video?
"What inspired me at first, I'd say, is my love for odd baby names," Couture told MTL Blog.
"Every year I read the compilation of the 'worst names' given by parents and it's always a good laugh."
She said she has also enjoyed "kindly mocking" the particulars of the Quebec accent and vocabulary for a while — pointing to a previous video in which she compared name pronunciations in English and Quebec French.
The idea for the viral video finally came thanks to a TikTok trend in which non-native English speakers share bad translations to fool viewers, Couture said.
What has been the reaction?
Besides the hundreds of commenters praising her for the genius video, Couture said she noticed some comments asking her to "insert some kind of warning to say this is all satire."
"Personally, I think naming a child is something so important you would as a parent do some research about its meaning after seeing 'Vidange'" — "trash can," or, according to the TikTok video, "life of an angel."
"Do your research or else allow me to have a good laugh about your baby’s birth certificate."