A petition opposing the deer culling in Longueuil, which has garnered over 35,000 signatures, emerged online as the Miller Zoo offered to house the deer in Frampton rather than let the game meat be donated to local food banks in Quebec.
On November 18, the Service de police de l’agglomération de Longueuil (SPAL) arrested a male suspect for allegedly threatening Longueuil's mayor, Sylvie Parent, in connection with the city's decision to euthanize the deer, a spokesperson for the SPAL told MTL Blog.
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, accompanied by the mayors of Quebec's other four major cities, put out a statement on Tuesday imploring the Federal government to make a "firm commitment" to fight gun violence and gun trafficking.
"What we want is a clear plan [...] either we head towards an American-style society where the use of guns becomes banal and tragedies happen daily or the federal [government] takes responsibility" and acts on the issue, Plante said at a press conference.
"Cities are taking responsibility and continuing to do everything in their power to prevent violence, fight organized crime and keep our communities safe," the mayors said in a joint statement shared with MTL Blog.
"But we cannot do it all alone. We need a concerted, comprehensive, pan-Canadian effort."
The mayors cited the need to give more resources and funding to policing efforts like the border services or local law enforcement to fight against a surge of gun violence and gun trafficking.
The eight points are a mix of outside perspective, questions and advice for born-and-raised Montrealers. Among the advice: "it's a bagel, chill the f*** out." According to Parys, Montreal's Haitian cuisine and poutine take precedence over the much-discussed dough holes.
The Winnipegger also picked up on Montrealers' humility when it comes to their English proficiency. Often, as he points out, francophone Montrealers' English is much better than their anglophone counterparts' French.
All Montrealers might appreciate two of Parys's pieces of insight: that "you guys aren't crazy drivers, your rules just suck" (see it's not our fault!) and that "Quebeckers being rude is propaganda."
His other points include five archetypes of Montreal residents (shoutout to the ubiquitous "young men with chest fanny-packs") and, most importantly, the fact that "Celine Dion is a treasure."
We also thank Parys for bringing some much-needed attention to the revelation that is French fries with mayonnaise.
He concluded his post by thanking the city's residents.
"This is the first time I have lived outside of Winnipeg and I feel really welcomed," he wrote.
"This city strikes a perfect balance of enjoying life, economic opportunity, culture, great architecture, and friendly people."
The new menu is called "Fantasy Island" and, according to a post on Le Bleu's Instagram page, it was designed with the goal of "celebrating back to school + the end of an amazing summer with a touch of magic."
"Welcome to our imaginary world where anything is possible," it says.
The menu definitely lives up to the theme, and even the names of the new desserts evoke feelings of magic and wonder: Le Rainbow Fun, Le Unicone, Le Choco Lalaland, Le Unicorn Cake, Le Papillon Magique and Le Mermaid Cocktail.
Le Rainbow Fun is a very groovy-looking milkshake (flavour of your choice) topped with a piece of rainbow cake, candies, two cookies, and cotton candy. Le unicone is a waffle cone filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with glitter-like sprinkles that takes the shape of an actual unicorn.
Le Choco Lalaland is a gigantic tower of different desserts. It's made with your choice of milkshake, a mountain of brownies, chocolate cake, a donut, fruits, a magnum ice cream bar, and a brownie cupcake. Le Unicorn Cake is your choice of a slushie, lemonade, tornado, iced coffee or milkshake topped with a piece of vanilla unicorn cake.
Le Papillon Magique, or magic butterfly in English, is a special sugar cone filled with strawberry ice cream, sprinkles and a colourful little butterfly. Le Mermaid Cocktail is cotton candy lemonade topped with aqua whipped cream, sprinkles and a mermaid tail.