Monday night’s game was not an easy one for fans who remember the glory days of Les Glorieux.
With Phillip Danault out with a concussion and Jonathan Drouin on an indefinite leave of absence, head coach Dominique Ducharme scratched forward Alex Belzile in favour of Ottawa-born Paul Byron (who is reportedly bilingual for what it’s worth) leaving the Canadiens with no lifelong Quebecers in their lineup for the first time in over a century of play, according to multiplereports.
Sports fans are fond of saying "records are meant to be broken," but this one was different. This one was political.
"There are many talented young Quebecers and Montrealers who aspire to play in the NHL," stated Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante in response to an opinion piece on the subject by La Presse’s Alexandre Pratt. "The [Canadiens] need to make an extra effort to go get them. For their fans. For the French-speaking metropolis of America."
Quebec Premier François Legault also weighed in on Tuesday stating: "I think it's unfortunate that there aren't more [...] Quebecers with the Canadiens."
"Maybe one day, if we had the Nordiques, there will be a competition to see who can get the most Quebec players."
Over the past year, two Quebecers, Florence-Olivia and Marie-Emmanuelle Genesse, started The.SisOfficial platform on both TikTok and Instagram, where they share information from their research on violence against women.
One of their TikTok videos, which showcased a hand gesture for individuals to use when they're experiencing violence at home, went viral and was shared with a caption saying, "This can save lives." And it turns out it did.
MTL Blog got the chance to speak with the creators of The.SisOffical platform on their background in research about violence against women and the importance of sharing different signals with the public. You can read our interview below.
What made you start The.SisOfficial account?
We started The.SisOfficial a bit more than a year ago, when Covid started and we were both at home because [our] school was now fully online. Flo is doing her Masters in Legal Philosophy (her area of research is sexual violence) at Johns Hopkins University and Emma is doing her Masters in Feminist Philosophy at Concordia University and her research focuses on domestic violence. We wanted to find a way to share our research with as many people as possible, but in a way that everyone would be able to understand and enjoy learning about these facts.
Sometimes, philosophy and research on violence against women can be difficult to understand, so we wanted to create a platform where people could go to get educated on these important issues, while not having to read hundreds of pages or research.
When we saw that some people were getting millions of views to dance on TikTok, we decided to combine our dance background (we danced semi-professionally for 18 years) with our research so that these millions of views could also help save lives and educate people.
We did not expect the platform to grow as much as it did, but we are so happy that our work can have an impact on women's lives. We have received many testimonies where young girls and women told us about their stories and that seeing our page has helped them in many ways.
We also receive messages from men saying they did not know they could be feminist as men and that we have helped them see that the word 'feminist' is not a bad word, but rather the basic notion that women should be treated as human too.
How did you learn about the hand signal? Why did you think it was important to share it?
As violence against women researchers, we are always on the lookout for signals, hand signs or new ways to incorporate in daily life safety tools to help women, so we were already aware of this hand signal for domestic abuse (which comes from the Canadian Women's Foundation).
For us, it is important to discuss violence against women as much as possible because it is very often taboo in society. To have a platform like we have with The.SisOfficial (350K followers on TikTok and almost 50K on Instagram) means that we have a duty to share these hand signals and safety tips for women, but also so that other people will recognize it and [be] able to help them, like with that happened in the US recently.
It was important for us to share it in a manner that was also like a real-life situation (we reenacted a FaceTime call) because since COVID-19, women are more than ever stuck at home with their abusers and FaceTimes are very often their only way to communicate with people outside their home.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
The account, which amassed over 500,000 followers since its first video last December, is run by three senior citizen influencers and the Quebec government. It's part of a campaign to "encourage the youth" to get COVID-19 vaccines and it's making use of TikTok — or, as it's called in @restepepe's bio: "TicTac."
The survey broke down "achieving one's goals" into two personality types: "doers" and "dreamers." 43% of Quebecers considered "themselves to be equal parts 'dreamers' and 'doers,'" the spokesperson said.
"Quebecers are notably the most likely to consider themselves 'doers' across Canada, nearly 8% more than Ontarians," according to the survey.
And Quebecers have the hustle to back it up, apparently.
The survey results showed "nearly 3 in 4 Quebecers (72%) say they are almost always successful in achieving the goals they set for themselves."
While 85% of Quebecers are guided by their life goals, "many do not feel they have the right plans, supports, mindsets and resources to achieve them."
They are also "also less likely to identify procrastination (27%) and fear of failure (19%) as psychological barriers, compared to 38% and 28% of Ontarians respectively."
"The survey findings revealed that despite a turbulent 15 months, Canadians still have big dreams and goals they want to achieve," Marie-Pierre Leclerc, vice president at belairdirect, said in a press release.
Now that the dust has settled on the Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup loss, Habs fans have pointed out that Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy's uniform looked suspiciously inflated in a post-game photo.
And since we all know Habs fans are the calmest and most level-headed hockey fans out there, the question is: did Vasilevskiy really use illegal goalie equipment or is this a nonsense complaint from sad and angry Canadiens fans?
The photo in question, posted on TSN's official Instagram page, shows Carey Price and Vasilevskiy standing face to face with Vasilevskiy looking awfully puffed up compared to Price — from the viewer's perspective, at least.