Richard Vallières' original fine for stealing and trafficking 9,571 barrels of maple syrup
He was initially fined nearly $9.4 million and sentenced to eight years in prison — plus six more years if he failed to pay his fine.
Vallières appealed the fine and won, as the Quebec Court of Appeal deemed the fine set in Superior Court to be "exorbitant" since it was not "equal to the value of the property that the accused had in his possession or under his control."
But this is where things get sticky. The prosecution then appealed the Court of Appeal's decision to adjust the fine.
Today, the Supreme Court of Canada — the highest court in the country — announced that they have granted "the application for leave to appeal," which essentially means they will be hearing the case to decide whether the fine should be adjusted once again.
Between the recurrent legal proceedings and the Netflix documentary, this will likely go down in history as one of Quebec's most infamous — and most Canadian — crimes.
Adrift will be up until October 2021 and it holds a powerful message. "It integrates a poem by Innu author Joséphine Bacon in tribute to the glaciers, whose accelerated melting is threatening numerous species and populations," the museum wrote in a press release.
The piece also shares similar themes with the exhibitions Ecologies: A Song for Our Planet and Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures, which you can explore inside of the museum.
You can sit on glacier-like stones and scan the QR code found alongside it to listen to the poem Adrift by Bacon in tandem with the street art, making it a multisensory experience.
"Thousands of years ago, a glacier melt permitted the first Indigenous peoples to settle in territories they inhabit to this very day, in synergy with nature. The installation invites city dwellers to set themselves 'adrift' in town and be carried off by a stream as formidable in nature as it is fragile, that reclaims its rightful place at the very heart of a city," explained Collectif Incognito, the group behind the installation.
Adrift In Front Of The Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts
Address: Along avenue Du Musée
Why You Need To See It: To have an educational and eye-opening experience while in the centre of the city.
No matter where you work, Quebec's Act respecting labour standards, enforced by the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), lays out which days off you are entitled to take. Here are some of them.
The Quebec government specifies that employers must allow employees to be absent from work for the purpose of jury duty or to be a witness during a trial — so your employer cannot fire, suspend or discipline you for your absence.
Employers are not required to pay you if you are required to be absent for court. But prospective jurors and witnesses can claim an allowance or compensation for time spent in court.
If your employer penalizes you for a court absence, you can make a complaint with the Tribunal administratif du travail, in addition to taking any appropriate legal action.
The Quebec Superior Court has ruled that the religious symbols ban under Bill 21 won't apply to English schools in Quebec, according to multiplereports. This means that teachers in English schools who wish to wear religious symbols won't be required to remove them.
The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) shared the news on Tuesday, saying it's "elated with the Quebec Superior Court’s decision to strike down key provisions of Bill 21."
However, the CBC reports that the court upheld most of Bill 21, which forbids public-facing government employees from wearing religious symbols while performing their duties.
According to the EMSB, the Superior Court allowed English schools to be exempt under a provision in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which "guarantees minority language educational rights to English-speaking minorities in Quebec, including the exclusive right of management and control of minority language schools."
"A religious symbol worn by a teacher in no way affects their ability to provide quality education in a secular state, within a secular education system and in the classrooms of public schools administered by the EMSB," said EMSB Chair Joe Ortona.