Over the past two days, countless students from across Montreal have reached out to us here at MTL Blog after the publication of an IGTV story that warned of two twenty-something-year-old men harassing female students on Concordia University's campus.
Concordia University has addressed the issue in a series of Instagram posts and tweets, acknowledging the outcry of the student body and increasing security measures across campus.
We were also contacted by an anonymous source who shed some light on the possible source of these men and their intentions.
Take a look at the video below, as well as Concordia's statement on the matter.
TL;DR Countless women at Concordia University are expressing their concern after being approached and incessantly harassed by men who claimed they were not students. These men seemed to follow a similar script when addressing these female students, and an anonymous MTL Blog source has alleged that these men are all paying for "advice" from the same "pick-up artist".
In her IGTV video above, entitled "PSA," Concordia student Lisa Komlos explains that she was approached by two separate males on two separate occasions.
Not only was she made to feel uncomfortable by the insistent behaviour of the males she was approached by, but she also explains that after the second encounter she felt there were a lot of "red flags."
One of the most important details of Komlos' account is that these males seemed to be working off a similar "script," wherein their questions and reactions to her responses were uncanny, leaving her to believe the incidents were related.
On her Instagram currently, there are two sections of "PSA Responses," where you can see countless women recounting very similar experiences that happened to them, many in similar parts of the Concordia campus.
However, an anonymous source reached out to us at MTL Blog because he was certain knew the males that Komlos described in her video. In his messages, he described an extensive system of males who were paying for "dating" advice and help.
These young men allegedly pay for this "advice" to help them meet and approach girls. We still cannot confirm if they are students of Montreal universities or not.
This would then explain the similarities in "scripts," and the use of busy public spaces. In either case, women (and all students) have the right to feel safe and unharassed on campus.
Whether this is a more sinister plot to lure women away from campus or an equally unforgivable system of "pickup artists" scheming to take advantage of Montreal students, Concordia has taken the proper first steps to ensure their student body is at ease.
According tothe CBC, the SPVM has not been made aware of any incidents on campus. We will update you as this story continues to develop.
Yes, it's a long weekend! Three uninterrupted days to relax, have fun, and not think for two seconds about things like school or work, or other responsibilities until Tuesday morning. Not to be too depressing but it will be six weeks before we get another official long weekend.
But let's focus on the positive! This is usually one of the summer weekends that people are trying to pack in their last days of camping or chalet time. But if you're planning to stay in the city it's good to know what's open and what's closed so you can plan out your Labour Day weekend.
Labour Day falls on Monday, September 2 this year. The good news is the city doesn't stop being its fun self. There are still a ton of things to do. Most of Montreal's museums are all open if you're looking for a little culture. As are the beaches, La Ronde and the casino.
And phew, the majority of SAQ express locations are also open so you don't have to stock up on alcohol today.
If you're planning to get around the city by public transit, double-check the schedule as the STM operates on holiday schedules and it might impact your normal route. Check out their website here.
If you're planning to hit any stores or eat at a restaurant, it's best to call first to check hours. So let's take a look at what's open.
SAQ Express stores will have normal hours. But all but three SAQ classic stores will be closed.
311, the city of Montreal’s information hotline
Hospitals and emergency services
Dépanneurs and pharmacies
Most bars and clubs
Some restaurants (this can really be hit and miss as a lot of restaurants aren't open Mondays anyway so make sure to call) and pubs
Hotels & resorts
Small grocery stores (less than 4,037-sq-ft in size)
Swimming pools and sports centres remain open with reduced hours
Montreal Casino (the business that never sleeps)
Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal’s museum of history and archeology
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
What's open continued...
Montreal Botanical Gardens and the Gardens of Light
Montreal Science Centre and IMAX Theatre
Public and farmers’ markets (like Atwater and Jean-Talon)
Parking meters (yep you will still have to pay)
Garbage and recycling pickups stay on schedule (there are isolated exceptions)
What we love about potholes here at MTL Blog is that they provide us with an endless number of stories to share. Readers are constantly sending us photos of their favourite holes in the road. Not only that but we've become friends with many potholes around the city.
We see them every day doing their very best to make us late to work and to destroy our wheels so it's about time we give them some love!
If you think you've seen a more beautiful pothole than these, send them into @MTLBlog on Instagram with the hashtag: #montrealsprettiestpothole!
TL;DR We voted and MTLBlog has finally found some candidates for the city's prettiest pothole. Welcome to Montreal's very first Pothole Beauty Pageant 2019! #montrealsprettiestpothole
What's not to love about potholes? Whenever you encounter one in Montreal (they're everywhere!) they also make our days better by exploding our tires or flipping us over our bike's handlebars. Sometimes, they even twist our ankles, sso not even pedestrians can escape they're impact!
Here are the nominees for Montreal's prettiest pothole!
Have you always dreamed of becoming a photographer? I don’t blame you, it’s a super cool creative outlet that can make for a uniquely rewarding career. Capture special moments, magnificent architecture, the taste and flavour of food, fashion's flair, industrial installations and more. You can create timeless souvenirs that will be forever treasured, and images that are both striking and commercially viable. And that, y’all, is priceless.
Dawson College offers a program made to ensure you get to live out your dream and capture every priceless moment life has to offer. Best of all? It’s TUITION FREE for all Quebec residents! Known as a leading resource in photography training, Dawson's AEC Program in Commercial Photography has been a staple for picture-taking Quebecers since the '80s.
Through the expertise of its skilled teachers, who are talented professional photographers themselves, this full-time, tuition-free, two-year program equips its students with valuable knowledge in countless areas of photography. Bonus: As these are evening courses, you can still maintain your job while pursuing your studies.
Dawson's Commercial Photography Program allows you to discover your own area of expertise by exploring a variety of aspects such as advertising and editorial illustration, portraiture, catalogue photography, architectural photography, fashion photography, and industrial photography. Post-production techniques will help you bring your images to a truly professional level.
Through theory and practice, students will learn the technical intricacies of digital image capture, how to use light sources in all forms including constant light and electronic flash in studio and on location. Even the most challenging of assignments will be made doable!
If you're looking for a creative environment with a cool and inspiring spirit, Dawson's Commercial Photography Program is the place for you. You'll forge great friendships with other passionate dream-chasers who are honing their personal creative visions of the world. You can take full advantage of targeted content, cutting-edge technology, top-notch facilities, and industry experience. Bring your dedication and love of imagery to the table, and you can go a long way with this fascinating program.
To get a feel for the gifted teachers you can learn from in Dawson's Commercial Photography Program, here are a few sample images of their work:
The application deadline is April 28, 2019, and the program is scheduled to begin August 22, 2019. If you're looking to pursue your dream of becoming a full-fledged photographer and create portfolios that'll stun everyone, don't miss Dawson's Commercial Photography Information Session: - April 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM, room 4E.1
For more information on this incredible tuition-free program, check out Dawson's website and Facebook.
If there’s anything that Montreal is known for above all else, it’s having an impeccable culinary scene. Our city is celebrated for creating unforgettable food experiences, be it in a traditional restaurant, from a food truck, and now even at a luxurious outdoor pop-up!
This spring, a super exciting culinary event called Dinner With A View is setting up outside in Montreal, and promises to be unlike anything you’ve ever been a part of. This temporary foodie's paradise is making its way across North America, beginning in Toronto and ending in San Francisco, throughout 2019 and 2020.
In the case of their Montreal pop-up, you can look forward to enjoying a first-class meal under La Grande Roue in the Old Port. Imagine spending one of the first beautiful, warm spring nights having dinner under the famous twinkling ferris wheel? I don’t know about you, but that personally sounds like a dream. This event admits parties of 4–6 guests, so spread the word to your favourite people before booking your dome. If you’ve been on the lookout for a fun double-date idea, this is definitely it!
Dinner With A View invites you to change your perspective and dine under the stars in your own transparent dome with close friends, family, or that special someone. This entire experience is about getting out of your comfort zone and redefining the way you think about dining, by embracing elements of discovery, adventure, and inspiration.
They’re constantly changing their location and menus, making for a magical night out every time you dine with them. Plus, the whole evening promises to be aesthetically on-point; your followers will experience total FOMO when you post a shot of your night to your Insta Stories.
If you’re ready to immerse yourself in an elevated culinary experience, look no further than Dinner With A View’s unique take on dining. You can expect to be served a blind three-course meal, crafted by Chef René Rodriguez, that will impress all palates.
While it is a set menu, diners with diet restrictions shouldn’t fret; meat, fish, and vegan plates inspired by Rodriguez’s Mexican heritage and appreciation for French and Italian cuisine are available upon request. Whichever menu option you decide on, rest assured that you’re in for a delectable dinner and an utterly unbelievable evening!
Booking your Dinner With A View soirée is simple: First, reserve your dome ($149.00/dome), and second, book your dinner ($99.00/guest). Tickets are already 85% sold out, so be sure to purchase your dome and dinner before the event sells out entirely. This event goes down April 16 - May 18, and trust, it's absolutely not to be missed!