Dennis Coderre, Montreal's most recently elected mayor, forgot he owns a house in Montreal North. Well, at least he forgot to mention it on a required statement of pecuniary interests.
Every year, each city official must complete a written release declaring their position, services, and owned property. Coderre neglected to mention he owns a house in the city, but stated the mistake would be corrected.
Is this a small oversight on the part of Montreal's mayor or something more sinister? Either way, I'm sure citizens of Montreal would feel better about their new mayor if he could remember the specifics of his own life. Not the best way for the mayor to recover his image after the whole #Coderring thing.
Through an anonymous form, Montrealers aged 15 or older will be able to report any police stop experience they've had — even stops that occurred months or years ago.
Each user can specify how and where the police stop took place, provide context, specify their age, gender, ethnic or racial group, and say what they were doing — including their means of transportation — during the stop.
Since the project is an open data resource, all of the map's data will be accessible to anyone who wants to download it.
The INRS news release states that only 5% to 20% of police stops are recorded by the SPVM.
A 2019 independent report analyzing SPVM police stop data found that Indigenous and Black people are four to five times more likely to be stopped by police than white people in Montreal, the news release says.
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."
The Vaccine Hunters use a number of digital tools to source information on available vaccine appointments from public health providers, pharmacists, clinics, and the public before sharing it on Twitter.
Gagnon-Voyer, who runs an e-commerce company when he's not volunteering, explained the group lets people know about available shots through a Twitter account and Discord platform.
"It feels great to make a small contribution to the effort," said Gagnon-Voyer.
"We often get messages from people when they need assistance and are unsure about the process. Then we hear back from them a few days later after they get vaccinated and they are very thankful. It always feels like a win."
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
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Gagnon-Voyer joined the Vaccine Hunters after noting a lack of information on Quebec’s vaccine rollout on the organization’s accounts while trying to secure coronavirus vaccine appointments for his parents and in-laws, he said.
Not long after he began sending advice on Quebec’s vaccine rollout to the group’s founders, Gagnon-Voyer was offered a formal role.
"The interesting part is that I don't actually live in Quebec (I'm in Toronto) but I'm originally from Quebec City and always follow Quebec news so I have a good idea of what is happening," he said.
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People seem happier with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Quebec than in Ontario
As a Quebec contributor, his role is to share information about vaccine distribution in the province in both English and French on social media.
He also keeps track of announcements from local Centres intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) and shares tips he receives on the appointment process in different regions of Quebec.
"Our role in Quebec is more to help with sharing the news about walk-in clinics that are sometimes announced a bit last minute or not widely shared in the media, or just to tell people when new spots are available [on Clic Santé]," he continued.
Vaccine Hunters Canada began in Ontario after its founder became frustrated by the province’s sometimes complex vaccine booking process, but Quebecers have been happier with their vaccine rollout, he noted.
"Being based in Toronto but following Quebec news on vaccination, I can see that there is a world of difference between both provinces," said Gagnon-Voyer.
"Overall Quebec has a much better system [the Clic Santé platform] that helps to centralize the majority of vaccine appointments in the province, which makes things easier."
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Since its foundation, Vaccine Hunters Canada has grown to dozens of contributors and a community of thousands "all doing what we can to get shots in arms," said Gagnon-Voyer.
"Our goal is just to help more people to figure out how to get a vaccine," he said.
"We aren't really there to criticize the politics behind it, we are there to help fill a need. We realized that there is a strong demand from Canadians to know where the next vaccine clinics are and if they fit within the list of criteria to get access to the vaccine, and we are there to help."