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.
Median condo prices in the Montreal area are up 20% compared to last August, according to a report by the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers (QPAREB). But some areas saw even bigger price increases.
The report looked at several general areas within the greater metro area, including Montreal Island, the North and South Shore, Laval, and the MRC of Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
Of these, the report shows the North Shore saw the biggest increase in median condo prices between August 2020 and August 2021 with a 27% jump.
The QPAREB used data from Centris for the report and calculated median prices by dividing "all transactions into two equal parts: 50 percent of transactions concluded at a lower price than the median price and 50 percent concluded at a higher price."
The association noted that "some transactions may be excluded from the calculation to obtain a more meaningful median price."
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."