On Monday, dozens of residents in Montreal's Bois-Franc neighbourhood woke up to find watermelons on their doorsteps. Baffled and a little bit spooked, they were sceptical of eating the mysterious gifts, which each came with seemingly cryptic notes attached. Now, the pranksters behind the nighttime delivery, Evgeny Patvakanov and Victor René de Cotret, have come forward.
Patvakanov told MTL Blog that their goal was to bring some "cheer" to these dark times.
Political leaders in Quebec have spoken out about the shooting in Montreal on Monday, August 2. Three people were killed and two others were injured.
Premier François Legault and Minister of Public Security and Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault both referred to the incident as "worrying," while Mayor Valérie Plante added that "gun violence must stop."
Une enquête est en cours sur les événements d'hier à Rivière-des-Prairies. Que des fusillades surviennent chez nous… https://t.co/0DXKVMsA7B
In a tweet on Tuesday morning, Premier François Legault reacted to the shooting. He wrote, "an investigation is underway into yesterday's events in Rivière-des-Prairies. It is disturbing and worrying that shootings are happening in our area. My condolences to the relatives of the victims. We are going to protect Montrealers and Quebecers."
Geneviève Guilbault also added to the conversation in a tweet that said, "we offer our condolences to the loved ones of the victims of the shooting in Montreal yesterday. Recent events are worrying. We have invested significant sums in the fight against violence and our teams of @secpubliqueqc continue to work with our partners."
The mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, spoke out about the matter. She tweeted, "like the people of Montreal, I am shocked by yesterday's shooting in RDP. Gun violence must stop. The safety of Montrealers is an unconditional priority. Our team is fully mobilized and works with the @SPVM to find the culprits."
The investigation remains ongoing.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.
Can't make it to the Bas Saint-Laurent this summer? No problem. The city's latest culinary catch, Pincette, is landing in Old Montreal.
Led by Chef Khelil Ben Ammar formerly of Nelligan and Su, and "inspired by Montreal's vibrant culinary scene," the new Montreal lobster bar aims to "bring the East Coast experience to Montreal," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The décor sets the scene. The dining room evokes an elevated lobster shack with a "chic Montreal-European vibe." It even has charming lobster trap light fixtures.
Among the mouthwatering menu items are lobster mac n' cheese, a lobster roll, lobster poutine and a lobster club sandwich, as well as many other seafood treats and dishes (gotta highlight the cod fritters!).