Videos posted to Instagram and TikTok show someone recruiting Montreal metro riders to engage in Squid Game-like activities — minus the bloodshed.
The hit Netflix show follows a group of contestants competing for prize money in deadly versions of children's games. The main character, Gi-hun, joins the competition after a recruiter wearing a suit approaches him in the metro.
The Instagram and TikTok videos show a similarly-dressed individual engaging with STM riders and playing some of the games featured in the show.
Contacted by MTL Blog, the person behind the social media accounts declined to identify themselves but said they're developing more content for their channels.
They also said they've given prizes to some players in the form of $50 and $100 Amazon gift cards — much more modest than the ₩45,600,000,000 (about CA$48,021,177.60, according to Google) grand prize in the Netflix show.
"I'm doing these videos because I'm having a lot of fun creating unique experiences for people," the account owner told MTL Blog. "Seeing the enlightment on the face of the participants, the people around and the reactions from the videos make it all worthwhile!"
Do you ever see people walking around and wonder about their lives? What they're thinking? Where they're going? It's hard not to .
With this in mind, the student behind the Fake People of McGill (@fakepeopleofmcgill) TikTok account took it upon themselves to answer such questions about people they spot around campus — and their assumptions about these individuals are absolutely hilarious.
When asked why they decided to create this account, the McGill student told MTL Blog, "I kept seeing fake people accounts for other schools and I was searching for a McGill account but eventually I got tired of waiting and just decided to make one myself!"
"We're going to have good news tomorrow," Health Minister Christian Dubésaid Wednesday ahead of a joint press conference with Culture and Communications Minister Nathalie Roy scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday.
National Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda suggested at a press conference this week that the government's next move would be to ease restrictions in larger venues by making further use of the vaccine passport system.
"We're going to go to places where there has not been an outbreak, we're going to go to large areas, we're going to use the vaccine passport more and more," Arruda said in response to a question about increasing capacity in arenas and theatres.
Dubé added that "if there is any relief [from measures] in the next few days, it will be for the double-vaccinated."
The presence of Roy at the Thursday press conference suggests there will be an announcement about cultural activities.
Ontario's vaccine passport mandate is officially in force and if you live in Quebec and are planning to visit the province, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Here's what Ontario's proof of vaccination means for Quebecers.
Where will the proof of vaccination be required?
Much like Quebec, in Ontario, proof of vaccination will be required in many public settings where there could be prolonged close contact with other people.
For instance, if you want to visit a restaurant or go see a concert, you'll be required to show proof of vaccination.
Here's the full list of places that need to see your vaccination proof, as established by the Ontario Ministry of Health:
"indoor areas of meeting and event spaces"
including "banquet halls, conference and convention centres (with limited exceptions)"
"indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs and restoclubs and other similar establishments"
except for delivery and takeout
"indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities"
except for delivery, takeout and patios
"indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks, and personal fitness training"
including "gyms, fitness/sporting/ recreational facilities, pools, leagues sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events"
"indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments
"indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas
"indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs
"indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues"
and "indoor areas where film and TV productions take place with studio audiences"
except for cast and crew members
In Ontario, you are considered fully vaccinated if you have:
"the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, or
"one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
"three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada" and have "received [the] final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated."
Are there any other exceptions?
There are indeed certain exceptions that will apply, but they are few and quite specific.
For example, "workers, contractors, repair workers, delivery workers, students, volunteers, inspectors or others who are entering the business or organization for work purposes and not as patrons" will not be required to show proof of vaccination.
You also won't need to show proof of vaccination at retail shops, going to a wedding, restaurant pick-up and delivery, or if you need to enter an establishment to use the bathroom. Children under 12 years old are also exempt.
Unlike Quebec, Ontario does not require proof of vaccination to access a restaurant patio.
Furthermore, anyone who can show proof of a valid medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 is also exempt from showing proof of vaccination.
Will I be able to show my Quebec vaccine passport?
Ontario is working on a QR code system like Quebec's, but the Ontario government has not confirmed whether the province will recognize Quebec's QR codes.
For now, Ontario says that "patrons who are visitors to Ontario will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and proof of identification to enter the businesses [and] organizations."
Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on the vaccine and can answer any questions you may have. Click here for more information.