The premier also said he asked Minister of Health Christian Dubé to model the province's plan on Saskatchewan's recently released three-step "reopening roadmap," though he made clear Quebec's would likely include more criteria.
Having locked in plans with his friends to help with the proposal on July 2 and without expecting the Canadiens to still be in the playoffs, McCooeye planned to decorate a beach near the Pointe-Claire windmill with thousands of LED lights and pop the question.
But the Canadiens' playoff winning streak proved inconvenient to his plan because much like the rest of the city, the couple were gripped with Habs fever.
"My proposal plan was virtually out the window at this point, and I really considered changing the date and plan entirely," said McCooeye.
"I was scrambling and freaking out, trying to think of a way to watch the game and also pull off my proposal on the originally intended date and time."
So, he thought, "what if I convinced her that there was a projected broadcast of the game at the Pointe-Claire windmill, which was right beside the spot of beach where I was going to propose?"
In order for his plan to work, McCooeye first had to photoshop an Instagram post that claimed that the windmill was hosting a screening of a Stanley Cup Final game.
"If she was to see MTL Blog saying that there was a game being broadcast at the Pointe-Claire windmill, that would probably convince her," he said.
"Come Friday, the plan was in motion."
McCooeye enlisted their group of friends and even a waiter at a bar for the adorably elaborate ruse. In the end, he pulled it off masterfully.
"We walked towards the windmill, and on our way, we arrived at the entrance to the hidden beach where I was going to propose," he said.
"At that point, she said something to the effect of 'pretty cool that MTL Blog posted about this.' I [...] responded 'oh, you mean that MTL Blog post that you knew was fake and you scrolled through your Instagram to check? Because you might have been right about that.'"
"We are reaffirming the importance that the City of Montreal places on French as an official and common language," Cathy Wong, executive committee member responsible for diversity, employment inclusion, the French language and the fight against racism and discrimination, said in a press release.
Montreal's Action Plan for the Promotion of the French Language is a 24-point plan that aims to promote "the French language while preserving the cultural and linguistic rights of the English-speaking community and Indigenous nations," according to Mayor Valérie Plante.
The new commissioner will be responsible for making sure the action plan is properly implemented at all levels.
The plan applies to all 19 boroughs.
"The French language is a collective treasure and an essential element at the heart of our Montreal identity," the mayor added.
Only a few days after a large number of Montrealers called out mayoral candidate Denis Coderre's proposal to ban park drinking at night, he himself flip-flopped on the issue.
Coderre, whose suggestion to impose an 8 p.m. drinking ban in parks has been intensely scrutinized and even mocked by fellow mayoral candidates, had said that this move would "help citizens regain a sense of calm."
In a statement posted to Twitter on June 2, Coderre deplored the "violence on the territory of Montreal, particularly in the parks and in the streets" and criticized Plante's administration as "laissez-faire."
"Police need tools," he wrote. "Temporary measures should be advocated until Montreal gets back to normal."
On Wednesday, MTL Blog asked Coderre's team whether he thought the drinking curfew proposal would deter young Montrealers from voting for him in the next election but did not receive a response.
Montreal mayoral candidate Balarama Holness called out Coderre's drinking curfew plan as a "discriminatory policy that would disproportionately affect young people, marginalized folks, and low-income or unhoused populations in Montreal."
In a statement, Holness said that "the rationale behind Coderre’s proposed ban — to 'make sure everybody feels safe' — elides histories of racial and social profiling in the city that were made abundantly clear in the OCPM’s report on systemic racism and discrimination in Montreal."
Education Minister Jean-François Roberge released a "back to normal" plan for students of all levels in the province, which includes preschool, elementary, secondary, vocational training and adult general education.
In addition to getting rid of mask-wearing, students will be able to go on field trips and eat in cafeterias.
Students and staff will also no longer be required to learn or teach within a small 'stable class group,' and can attend classes full-time.
The province developed the back-to-school plan assuming that at the beginning of the school year, 75% of Quebecers aged 12 and over will have been vaccinated and that a majority of students aged 12 to 17 will have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The plan is expected to be reviewed — and possibly updated — in August.