Montreal police reported seizing 246,000 amphetamine tablets, 23,000 Xanax tablets, 11,500 speed tablets, and 2,500 fentanyl tablets as well as various amounts of morphine, crystal meth, cocaine, heroin, hash, cannabis, magic mushrooms and an opioid called Isotonitazene. They even seized some Cialis, an erectile dysfunction medication similar to Viagra.
[Saisie majeure de stupéfiants et d’armes à feu]
Le SPVM a saisi des quantités de drogues totalisant 2,4 M$ dans l’… https://t.co/NHz4dJcNK4
If either Valérie Plante or Denis Coderre get elected mayor in November, Montreal would be "more dangerous," according to mayoral candidate and Mouvement Montréal leader Balarama Holness.
"Montreal will be more dangerous under a Plante or Coderre administration because they both avoid accountability and fail to address the root cause of city violence: poverty, social exclusion, and marginalization," Holness said in a statement shared with MTL Blog.
@mouvement_MTL and @RPMTL2021 have a common vision to provide Montrealers with better services, remedy the housing… https://t.co/yXXZIqzTwQ
Holness called out Mayor Valérie Plante and former Mayor Denis Coderre for, in his words, "blindly investing in the SPVM."
"We have seen the budget skyrocket from $400 million to $800 million per year in the past few decades," he said, calling for a record of "every dollar spent by the SPVM" to be made public.
Under a Holness mandate, SPVM expenditures would be greatly reduced and much of the police budget would be frozen or eliminated altogether, "including the $57 million dollar gun range that was earmarked for 2020-2022," the statement from the party reads.
Rather than funding the police, Holness says his administration would invest $1 billion into building new sports and recreation facilities in Montreal in order to "improve urban health, limit high school dropouts, and build stronger and safer communities."
In the now-viral video, originally taken by Instagram user @pluggy.00, you can see the two SPVM officers trying their best to keep the individual in their hold, but failing to do so and then unsuccessfully trying to catch the suspect as they quickly ran away.
SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant confirmed with MTL Blog that this incident took place on Thursday, October 7 in Villeray.
Brabant said the suspect is known to police but has not yet been arrested as investigators continue to locate the individual.
"We're still looking for him. We haven't found him. We have all his information though," he confirmed.
"We know who it is, it's just a question of time to find him."
SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant explained that "a man presented himself without saying anything to the employee from the STM started to hit the window with what looked like a hammer. From there — when he was finished — he left by foot," leaving behind approximately $5,000 in damages.
The STM employee told the Montreal police that they had no altercations with the man and were not harmed during the incident.
Brabant said the SPVM is still trying to figure out why this event occurred and told MTL Blog that investigators have yet to identify the suspect but are using the footage from surveillance cameras in the metro to try and do so.
If you want a visual of what the damage looked like, Étienne Fortin-Gauthier shared a video on Twitter of the metro after the hammer attack.
"The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has deployed a team of investigators to the site of an accident involving a Cessna 172 banner towing aircraft in Montreal, Quebec. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence," stated a news release on October 3.
#TSBAir deploys a team of investigators following an accident involving a banner towing aircraft in Montreal, Quebec https://t.co/HyBa0av4xB
According to Caroline Chèvrefils, spokesperson for the SPVM, "at approximately 6 p.m., a call was made to 911 regarding a plane crash near the Concorde Bridge."
Firefighters and police quickly went to the scene and found "one person deceased," Chèvrefils continued.
Another individual was brought to the hospital, but police say there's no danger for their life.
According to testimonies collected by TVA Nouvelles, the plane included a banner with a marriage proposal. The SPVM could not confirm whether it was a member of the couple who was a victim of the accident.
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