If summer 2020 didn't go exactly as we would have liked, we can already turn the page and start planning a busy summer season in 2021. You can already buy your season pass for 2021 at La Ronde, for less than the general one-day admission at regular price. Just remember to keep some money for your dream list of activities!
The Montreal amusement park is currently having a flash sale for Halloween and the offers are as enticing as a big bag of candy.
In the next few days, you could become rich if you're vaccinated thanks to the Vaccine Lotto organized by the Ministry of Health and Social Services in partnership with Loto-Québec.
Registration was supposed to open on July 25, but the website allowing you to participate doesn't seem to work — at least it didn't at the time of writing this article — and it's safe to say it caught people on Twitter's attention.
"Hello, we are currently in the process of improving the quality of our services: the system is undergoing maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience caused, we invite you to reconnect later," the website's home page reads.
While registration for the Vaccine Lotto was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., the site was already undergoing maintenance shortly before 9 a.m. on the morning of the opening. Some people still seem to have managed to register.
On July 16, Quebec announced it would be creating a lottery for partially and fully-vaccinated Quebecers, giving them the chance to win major cash prizes totalling $2 million.
The barbershop posted on Instagram that they want to identify the couple, the stars of a viral video, to help "end their love story [properly]" by gifting them a one-night hotel stay. But co-owner Mikey Rose told MTL Blog no one has come forward yet.
A Savvy Barbershop employee told MTL Blog that the shop's alarm went off at 6 a.m. on July 19 when the shop is usually closed.
He said the security camera sent the barbershop's owners a notification about a break-in while police contacted them. When they arrived on the scene and reviewed the security footage, they saw what had really happened.
"We were like, 'Oh my God, that's what happened," he said.
"There was nothing stolen or taken, and then we saw them just run away."
Barbershop offers to treat the couple to a hotel stay
Rose told MTL Blog that he offered to treat the couple to a one-night hotel stay "to make sure everyone is fine" but neither of the pair has reached out to him since the incident.
"We've kind of made our peace with it," Rose said.
"I think it's kind of cool to never know who they are, in a way [...] they stay this mystery couple that are just part of the history of our shop."
However, Rose said that if the couple comes forward, the offer for a one-night hotel stay still stands.
"Of course, hands down," he said. "We're men of our word," he laughed, calling the occurrence a "funny accident."
"We laughed it off, it was hilarious. At first, we think we got robbed, and then we find out it was a couple that crashed through the window. It was a relief," he said. "We laughed, the cops laughed, our wives laughed, and now everybody's laughing."
At the 2021 NHL Draft on July 23, the Montreal Canadiens selected defenceman Logan Mailloux as the team's first pick — the 31st pick overall. But just a few days earlier, Mailloux had tried to "renounce" himself from the 2021 draft, tweeting that he didn't feel he had "demonstrated strong enough maturity" to be welcomed onto a team.
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The Habs' newest player, who's currently 18 years old, was charged for distributing a sexual photo without consent in Sweden, and the draft pick has stirred up controversy in the hockey world as well as amongst the Montreal community.
Logan Mailloux répond en direct aux questions des médias.
Logan Mailloux is live taking questions from reporters. https://t.co/3TTBB5TkqO
Just before the NHL Draft, Daily Faceoff reported that Mailloux had secretly photographed an 18-year-old woman while playing for a third-tier hockey team in Skelleftea, Sweden, in November 2020. He was 17 at the time.
According to Daily Faceoff, the police report from Sweden's North Region Polisen said the picture was taken "without her consent or knowledge while engaging in oral sex."
Mailloux reportedly shared the photo in his hockey team's group chat on Snapchat during a bus ride to a game.
A witness told investigators that the photo showed "the hair of the girl […] you saw that it was a girl, and you glimpsed bra straps." Investigators' reports said that the female victim claimed Mailloux told her he sent the photo to the group chat as "a trophy" due to "pressure from the guys," according to Daily Faceoff.
"Mailloux was ultimately charged with both defamation and 'Kränkande fotografering,' or offensive photography, and ordered to pay 14,300 Swedish krona, approximately $1,650 U.S. Dollars," according to the report.
According to The Athletic, the victim said she had hoped for a sincere apology from Mailloux, but instead received a text "that was no longer than three sentences."
"I do not think that Logan has understood the seriousness of his behaviour," she is quoted as saying to The Athletic in an email.
What did the Canadiens say?
After choosing the defenceman for their draft pick on Friday, the Montreal Canadiens issued a statement justifying its choice.
"The Canadiens are aware of the situation and by no means minimize the severity of Logan's actions," the team wrote.
"We are making a commitment to accompany Logan on his journey by providing him with the tools to mature and the necessary support to guide him in his development."
In a press conference on July 24, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said he knew Mailloux had been "remorseful about the incident," which he said the organization "truly" doesn't agree with.
"He's a young man who made a serious mistake," Bergevin said, claiming that Mailloux had apologized to the victim's family for his actions.
How are Canadiens fans reacting?
Habs fans on Twitter were generally dismayed by the Canadiens' pick.
@HabsWorshipper @CanadiensMTL He took a non-consensual pornographic photo and shared it the next day along with her… https://t.co/dnpmloXj5H
A Twitter user with the name Erin Manning Writes tweeted that calling Mailloux's actions a "mistake" trivializes the effect of his actions on the victim, while others expressed that they felt ashamed to be fans after the Draft pick, calling for Bergevin's resignation.
@CanadiensMTL Je suis abasourdi et totalement mal à l'aise devant cette attitude de cette organisation, je demande… https://t.co/HYSIn5Ixq8
Responding to questions from reporters, Mailloux said he was aware that his actions would follow the victim for the rest of her life. He also said that — despite announcing that he didn't want to be drafted this year — he thinks being accompanied by the Montreal Canadiens organization will help him "become a better person."
You don’t need to be female, or the parent of a girl, to be shocked by the Montreal Canadiens selection of Logan Ma… https://t.co/jyqPkvMYU8
TSN commentator Gord Miller said that, had the Habs honoured Mailloux's renouncement, "the victim could have continued her healing without having to relive this."
If you require resources or assistance surrounding sexual assault in Quebec, the CAVAC helpline is available 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-866-532-2822. Other crisis lines and 24/7 options can be found at The Lifeline Canada.