Late on the evening of June 18th, someone used blue spray paint on a green line STM metro train while it was travelling between Préfontaine and Frontenac stations, according to an eyewitness. The can released blue vapor and a strong ordor that spread through the vehicle.
According to a statement from the STM, "the métro operator quickly noticed that something had happened and after identifying the substance, another STM employee was sent to make sure that nobody would get stained by this mess while the métro operator was able to resume service."
Videos of the incident were sent to MTLBlog by Instagram user @hessami_ali. The train came to a stop at Frontenac station, where passengers disembarked and an STM operator contacted relevant authorities. The blue paint appears to have been isolated to one small section.
Watch the series of videos in an Instagram carousel below:
No one appears to have been injured. Though some passengers covered their faces and noses, others remained seated. The circumstances that led to the detonation of the small device are unclear. It is also unclear whether the individual (or individuals) responsible was found.
"The train was later pulled out of service for a cleaning operation. Obviously it’s strictly forbidden to use spray paint in the métro and this type of offence has consequences for all métro clients, as we were forced to pull the train out of service in order to have it cleaned," the STM statement continues.
Passenger-related incidents are the leading cause of metro service interruptions. In the last eight months, the STM has released three separate campaigns to educate passengers on how to avoid behaviours that could result in delays.
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.
Ca Lem's owner, Stephanie Le, told MTL Blog that clients just need to download the TikTok app and show their account to the cashier in order to receive free pancake cereal sundaes — which are, of course, topped with maple syrup.
"We encourage users to take video and pictures of their visit to Ca Lem and post on Instagram, Facebook & TikTok platforms," she said.
There are limited quantities each day but the offer is valid at two of Ca Lem's locations — in NDG and the Plateau — so you can double your chances of getting a free sundae.
Free Pancake Cereal Ice Cream Sundaes
When: July 16, 17 and 18
Address: NDG - 6926, rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC; Plateau–Mont-Royal - 4223, rue Saint-Dominique, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: It's free ice cream, that's why!
Founder Corinne Asseraf "imagined the Gallery 203 as a place of discovery, of meeting and exchange between artists and art enthusiasts" and you can feel exactly that the second you walk through the doors.
The mastermind behind all of this, Asseraf, has such a warming, kind presence, which is reason enough to take a visit to Galerie 203 whenever you're strolling through Old Montreal. She let MTL Blog know that anyone and everyone is welcome in her gallery.