The Montreal edition of the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is set to take place on Saturday, so if you see a large group of nude people cycling down the street, you'll know why — it's meant to be a peaceful protest against fossil fuels and the world's dependency on oil.
The clothing-optional bike ride is scheduled to begin at Dorchester Square — which is at the intersection of Rue Peel and Boulevard René-Lévesque — at 1 p.m., and tour the city until at least 8 p.m. when the night ride will take place.
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A map posted by the Facebook group's administrator shows that the ride will pass through City Hall grounds, into the Village, and through Downtown Montreal before returning to the square.
The WNBR's Wiki page recommends that cyclists wear a mask for their protection during the ride.
Cyclists can also rent BIXI bikes for the course, but BIXI told MTL Blog in March that it requests that cyclists cover the seats with plastic bags for sanitary purposes. It also reminded participants to wear shoes and helmets.
At the time, Gene Dare, the organizer of the World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal, told MTL Blog that it was hard to say how many cyclists would participate this year. However, its Wiki page states that this year's edition is "a much bigger and exciting ride."
World Naked Bike Ride Montreal 2021
The World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal will take place on July 17.
True Montrealers know the city is home to two Chinatowns: the official, traditional Chinatown around rue de la Gauchetière and the unofficial, more contemporary Chinatown in Shaughnessy Village. Now, after seeing the success of the annual Asian night market in Montreal's original Chinatown, Shaughnessy Village is finally getting one of its own: Shoni Market.
From September 10 to 12, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest will close off between rue Lambert Closse and rue de Bleury as pedestrians sample delicious Asian street fare from around 30 different kiosks.
"We thought Shaughnessy is like a hidden pearl downtown [...] and we wanted to make people know [it] better," said Cristina D'Arienzo, director of operations for the Montréal centre-ville business development corporation (SDC). The SDC is organizing the event with help from Yatai MTL, which put on Montreal's Japan Week, and Pocha MTL, a local Korean event producer.
"This is like the second Chinatown," D'Arienzo told MTL Blog. "There's a lot of Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese [restaurant owners] especially. [...] Chinatown's like your original traditional neighbourhood, but on Sainte-Catherine is where we can find the new owners and new stores that opened their doors."
The name Shoni, D'Arienzo said, is an insider nickname for Shaughnessy Village and all the participating vendors for the event's inaugural year have restaurants located in the neighbourhood.
Here's a list of eateries you can expect to see:
Hot Star Large Fried Chicken
A Beverage Store
Petit Poisson Dumpling
Ichifuku & Kametsuru Shoten
Épicerie Du Bazaar
Café Desserts ETC.
Lakshana's Chettinad Indian Restaurant
Capitaine Québec (comic books)
Marché Oriental Jang Teu
Mai Xiang Yuan Dumpling
Sammi & Soupe Dumpling
La Belle & La Boeuf
Yin ji Chang Fen (Rouleaux de riz)
Le Coq Frit
In addition to tasting amazing food, D'Arienzo said there will be DJs, performances, a K-pop dance battle by 2KSQUAD, and a corgi party with more than 100 dogs.
Prices will be different at each stand, but you can budget about $5 to $25 for each dish.
Price: Around $5 to $25 per dish
When: September 10 to 12 (Friday and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.)
Address: Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest (between rue Lambert Closse and rue de Bleury)
The city has unveiled a new all-seasons public square in downtown Montreal that will have spots to hang out, an ice skating rink in the winter, and even an "urban chalet" with restaurants and "creative spaces," according to Mayor Valérie Plante.
In a statement, the mayor said the new Esplanade Tranquille will be the "new flagship destination" of the Quartier des Spectacles.
"This project allows us to transform a heat island into a place of relaxation and entertainment for the entire population, which will allow Montreal and its downtown area to shine throughout the year, thanks to mobile facilities that meet the needs of Montreal families," the mayor said.
Located west of rue Clark between rues Sainte-Catherine and de Montigny, the 5,000-square-metre public square will be "transformed according to the seasons."
It will feature a green space and hangout spots during the summer. In the winter, the Esplanade Tranquille will turn into a winter wonderland complete with a huge refrigerated skating rink.
"This new multi-purpose space is a perfect complement to our existing infrastructures and will make it possible to meet the multiple uses of festivals and events and to offer Montrealers a new place to gather," Monique Simard, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, added.
An investment of $885 million is earmarked for a huge three-year plan called the "Transportation Electrification Strategy 2021-2023." This action plan will "prioritize measures that promote the increase and diversification of the supply of sustainable, integrated, affordable and accessible transport, being at the heart of green and inclusive economic recovery," according to a press release.
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In addition to nearly 1,000 paid reserved parking spaces for electric vehicle charging stations in downtown Montreal by 2025, the city will focus its efforts on "decarbonization solutions for public transport, individual transport, shared mobility and freight transport."
Most notably, the city will support the STM's plans to electrify its bus fleet and garages. Funding will also include investments for the blue line extension.
The plan will also add more than 2,100 electric BIXI bikes across all 19 boroughs.
"I am extremely proud of this new strategy, which proves once again to Montrealers that the environment is an issue that is dear to us and that we are taking concrete steps to achieve the targets we have set for ourselves, in particular carbon neutrality by 2050," said Mayor Valérie Plante.
SPVM media relations officer Véronique Comtois confirmed that police got a 911 call at around 11:59 p.m. on August 13 about a 24-year-old woman who had been stabbed in a Shaughnessy Village tunnel on rue Saint-Marc near rue Baile.
She had injuries to her upper and lower body and was transported to the hospital where there was no danger to her life, Comtois said.
"According to initial information, the woman was walking along rue Saint-Marc when she met the suspect. For a reason still unknown, the suspect attacked the woman with a sharp object before fleeing," said Comtois.
Comtois said the scene was secured and investigators analyzed it using forensic identification technicians in addition to searching the area with a dog handler "to better understand the causes and circumstances of this event."
38-Year-Old Man Stabbed In A Park Altercation
The second incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on August 14 when a call was placed to 911 about a 38-year-old man who had been stabbed near rue Berri and boulevard de Maisonneuve Est in Ville-Marie.
The victim, who had been stabbed in the upper body, was injured during an altercation with a suspect near Émilie-Gamelin Park, Comtois said.
He was transported to the hospital, she said, and the SPVM has confirmed that he is expected to survive.
An investigation is underway.
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