Even though paddleboarding is a fun and popular summer activity in Quebec, like all things, there are certain rules you need to follow. If you don't, you could get slapped with a fine and have your weekend ruined.
And in light of National Drowning Prevention Week, the Longueuil police issued a series of advisories for people who engage in what it said is an increasingly popular summer activity.
According to the Longueuil police, paddleboarders are required to have a well-fitting life jacket or personal flotation device at all times when paddleboarding, though it doesn't have to be on.
Those wearing their life jackets also need to have "an audible device," such as a whistle, and, for nighttime voyages, a waterproof flashlight, according to police and Transport Canada's Safe Boating Guide.
In addition to this equipment, paddleboarders who opt not to wear their life jacket or flotation device need a 15-metre "buoyant heaving line."
"If you do not have the proper size flotation device or lifejacket, you are liable to a $200 fine + costs," the police service wrote in a Facebook post.
The Safe Boating guide lists similar rules for kayaks, canoes, as well as other "human-powered boats."
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, accompanied by the mayors of Quebec's other four major cities, put out a statement on Tuesday imploring the Federal government to make a "firm commitment" to fight gun violence and gun trafficking.
"What we want is a clear plan [...] either we head towards an American-style society where the use of guns becomes banal and tragedies happen daily or the federal [government] takes responsibility" and acts on the issue, Plante said at a press conference.
"Cities are taking responsibility and continuing to do everything in their power to prevent violence, fight organized crime and keep our communities safe," the mayors said in a joint statement shared with MTL Blog.
"But we cannot do it all alone. We need a concerted, comprehensive, pan-Canadian effort."
The mayors cited the need to give more resources and funding to policing efforts like the border services or local law enforcement to fight against a surge of gun violence and gun trafficking.
The eight points are a mix of outside perspective, questions and advice for born-and-raised Montrealers. Among the advice: "it's a bagel, chill the f*** out." According to Parys, Montreal's Haitian cuisine and poutine take precedence over the much-discussed dough holes.
The Winnipegger also picked up on Montrealers' humility when it comes to their English proficiency. Often, as he points out, francophone Montrealers' English is much better than their anglophone counterparts' French.
All Montrealers might appreciate two of Parys's pieces of insight: that "you guys aren't crazy drivers, your rules just suck" (see it's not our fault!) and that "Quebeckers being rude is propaganda."
His other points include five archetypes of Montreal residents (shoutout to the ubiquitous "young men with chest fanny-packs") and, most importantly, the fact that "Celine Dion is a treasure."
We also thank Parys for bringing some much-needed attention to the revelation that is French fries with mayonnaise.
He concluded his post by thanking the city's residents.
"This is the first time I have lived outside of Winnipeg and I feel really welcomed," he wrote.
"This city strikes a perfect balance of enjoying life, economic opportunity, culture, great architecture, and friendly people."
The new menu is called "Fantasy Island" and, according to a post on Le Bleu's Instagram page, it was designed with the goal of "celebrating back to school + the end of an amazing summer with a touch of magic."
"Welcome to our imaginary world where anything is possible," it says.
The menu definitely lives up to the theme, and even the names of the new desserts evoke feelings of magic and wonder: Le Rainbow Fun, Le Unicone, Le Choco Lalaland, Le Unicorn Cake, Le Papillon Magique and Le Mermaid Cocktail.
Le Rainbow Fun is a very groovy-looking milkshake (flavour of your choice) topped with a piece of rainbow cake, candies, two cookies, and cotton candy. Le unicone is a waffle cone filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with glitter-like sprinkles that takes the shape of an actual unicorn.
Le Choco Lalaland is a gigantic tower of different desserts. It's made with your choice of milkshake, a mountain of brownies, chocolate cake, a donut, fruits, a magnum ice cream bar, and a brownie cupcake. Le Unicorn Cake is your choice of a slushie, lemonade, tornado, iced coffee or milkshake topped with a piece of vanilla unicorn cake.
Le Papillon Magique, or magic butterfly in English, is a special sugar cone filled with strawberry ice cream, sprinkles and a colourful little butterfly. Le Mermaid Cocktail is cotton candy lemonade topped with aqua whipped cream, sprinkles and a mermaid tail.
Le Blue's Fantasy Island menu will be available starting September 11 in limited quantities.
Le Bleu's New 'Fantasy Island' Menu
Cuisine: Ice cream and desserts
Address: 950, boul. Curé-Poirier E., Longueuil, QC
Why You Need To Go: Your inner child will love this new menu, which combines delicious desserts with rainbows, unicorns, butterflies, sparkles, fun and playful fantasy.
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Police services in Sherbrooke held a press conference this past Thursday to explain how first responders mistakenly threw away the charred body of a woman into a dumpster at a nearby police station. First responders on the scene believed the body to be a silicone mannequin.
At approximately 10:04 a.m. on July 23, the SPCIS was called to a fire in a wooded area at the intersection of Rue Roy and Rue Cabana. Witnesses reportedly saw a person burning a silicone dummy.
Sherbrooke police were called to assist — within minutes of their arrival, both agencies decided to dispose of what appeared to be a dummy in the SPS garbage disposal, which is not accessible to the public.
At approximately 2:15 p.m., a man in psychological distress contacted the SPS to report his wife missing.
After launching an investigation, the SPS used the woman's cellphone signal to locate her car, which was found on Rue Cabana, near where the fire first responders had located the same morning.
"At approximately 6:30 p.m., the decision was made to retrieve the alleged mannequin to see if it was contributing to the search," said Danny McConnell, Sherbrooke police chief.
After recovering the alleged mannequin, responders realized that the body belonged to that of the missing 64-year-old woman — she reportedly died by suicide upon setting herself on fire, though an investigation is still ongoing.
The Sûreté du Québec have reportedly been asked to assist the coroner's office in the investigation of the woman's death.
"We take the situation very seriously," said SPCIS director Stéphane Simoneau.
"I am personally committed to getting to the bottom of this intervention, which is unusual, to say the least, perhaps shocking."