And now, in March 2021, Montreal police "are asking for the public's help to locate the stolen jewellery and solve the circumstances of this theft."
When asked why this event is only being brought to the public's attention a year later, SPVM spokesperson Raphaël Bergeron said, "we have been advised of the situation a couple weeks/a couple months ago, instead of when it [happened]."
"So, that's why we came out with this information."
The SPVM provided photos of some of the items that were stolen, including a massive emerald ring.
Vol de bijoux d’une valeur de plus de 1 M$. : le #SPVM demande la collaboration de la population.
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"Automobile theft is much more than an insurance problem; it's an expensive social menace," the IBC writes.
"Each year, automobile theft costs Canadians close to $1 billion, including $542 million for insurers to fix or replace stolen vehicles, $250 million in police, health care and court system costs and millions more for correctional services."
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"It seems the border is only open for immediate family members of Canadians coming from countries [that do] not [require] applying for a tourist visa," she told MTL Blog.
Bruneau is not alone in her struggle.
She's part of a global movement called Love Is Not Tourism, which fights for the "un-bureaucratic and safe reunion" of international lovers and families.
This has spawned local ad hoc organizations around the world.
In Canada, a Facebook group called "Spousal Sponsorship Advocates" has over 4,000 members.
A Change.org petition to "Reunite families [and] speed up the immigration process" has 15,000 signatures. And over 100 people took to the streets of Montreal on September 19 to protest, according to organizer Misha Pelletier.
On September 24, the Canadian government announced new measures to address these concerns. But some activists say it's not enough.
What's it like having a spouse in another country during the pandemic?
"There was no solution or plan B or C as we always had. We could only wait without knowing when we'd see each other again. It was really hard psychologically. [My husband] got depressed," Bruneau said.
When the Honduras border opened in August, and Bruneau made the decision to leave Canada — which she called her "safe place" — with her baby, she said it was far from easy.
Members of the Spousal Sponsorship Advocates Facebook group have posted remaining questions, such as whether the increase applies to both inland and outland applicants and whether the government is considering their other demands.
"Also, the goal pre-COVID was to complete 70,000 [decisions] . . . Your goal now is 49,000," posted Catherine Kontos.
One group member, Nawar Helela, commented: "I hope they deliver as promised."