They also refused to comply with COVID-19 testing.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said it has fined two travellers entering Canada from the United States for providing false information related to proof of vaccination and non-compliance with the country's entry requirements. The fines add up to $19,720 per traveller.
The agency said the travellers — who arrived in Toronto during the week of July 18 — "providing false information related to proof of vaccination credentials and pre-departure tests," and also refused to comply with Canada's mandatory government-approved hotel quarantine and on-arrival testing.
Travellers who violate the quarantining instructions provided by a quarantine officer when entering Canada could rack up a $5,000 fine for each day they don't comply, or for each offence committed, according to PHAC. Breaking rules could also result in more serious penalties, like six months in prison or $750,000 in fines.
Fully vaccinated travellers who want to be to be considered for Canada's loosened quarantine and COVID-19 testing rules have to submit electronic proof of vaccination to ArriveCAN, Canada's online documentation service, prior to arriving at their destination.
Canada's eased travel measures for double-dosed travellers who are permitted to enter Canada came into effect on July 5.
The music festival was supposed to take place in Oka on July 31.
Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame was set to perform at the Oka Kanehsatake Music and DJ Festival on July 31, but event organizers have cancelled the show, citing solidarity with the Indigenous community.
Miguel Lopez and Rickey Daley, the festival's organizer and promoter, respectively, told MTL Blog the Mohawks of Kanesatake were originally on board with having a concert on their territory. But they said perspectives shifted after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools across Canada.
Kanesatake election results to be revealed after July 31
Lopez told MTL Blog that he originally planned for the festival to be held on a large piece of land belonging to a Mohawk family, but after word spread that a major festival would be held in the area, the organizers received backlash from the wider Mohawk community. The show had also been cancelled once before, he said.
"We started having a lot of negative comments from the Mohawk nation, saying that they didn't want all these people walking around," Lopez told MTL Blog.
"And to top it all off [...] the show got postponed for a date where [...] they had the election going, you know, for whoever the new Chief is going to be."
Kanesatake is in the midst of an election for the First Nation's Grand Chief and Chiefs. Lopez said this made it more difficult to organize a large-scale event on Mohawk land.
"That's when we had to [...] all sit down at a board meeting, and we [made] the decision out of respect for their community [...] and the things that are going on right now, as well as their election, that we would put everything on hold," Lopez said.
Event organizers plan to "circle back" post-election
Lopez told MTL Blog he intends to meet with the Mohawk Council before re-organizing the festival, in order to "get proper approvals and the support of all the community."
"We want to make sure that the fans have a safe environment with zero animosity attached to our events," he said.
"The Mohawk Nation is a beautiful nation [and] I would really like to bring something positive over there to make people feel [...] like it is a safe place to go out. I would not go forward without having [the Council] and the Mohawk Nation behind us."
The event managers expected approximately 1,000 spectators at the show, according to Daley. He said an on-site cannabis dispensary — which would not have been legal had the show taken place in Montreal — and alcohol sales were part of the festival's original plan.
"Sometimes, not all money is good money. Sometimes you gotta step back and show the bigger picture, that way the Native community can look at you and respect you," Daley said.
However, though Lopez hopes to reorganize the event for the fall, he intends to meet the newly elected Council of Chiefs and the Grand Chief after the July 31 election before that can happen.
"We will have to see with the new Council at that time if they are in agreement [...] with what we will set forward," he told MTL Blog.
"And at [that] point, we will have to have a clear yes."
MTL Blog reached out to the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake for comment but it was not able to provide further information at the time. We will update this story if that changes.
This bop from 2011 was just ranked among the 100 greatest music videos ever.
Azealia Banks' video for "212" — filmed in Montreal in 2011 — was ranked number 84 on the music authority's list.
The black-and-white video shows Banks mouthing the words to the song in front of a brick wall.
According to Rolling Stone staff, "It really is all the small details that make the clip such a memorable artifact: the Mickey Mouse sweater, the quick cuts through a Harlem bodega, the Yung Rapunzel's confrontational rapping into the ear of a bespectacled (and amused) Jacques Greene."
In 2019, Greene told Billboard that he met Banks through his friend, her manager, when she was living in Montreal during the summer of 2011.
He's quoted as saying, "It was this funny thing where everything she did felt like it was immediately iconic, but the day-to-day life of Montreal normalizes things to where she was also just 'Azealia.'"
You can check out the full music video on YouTube.
New rules for festivals also come into effect on August 1.
As of Sunday morning, Quebec bars will be permitted to sell alcohol until 1 a.m. rather than midnight. But they must still close their doors at 2 a.m.
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There are also changes to festival and event occupancy limits that come into effect on August 1.
Outdoor festivals in Quebec will be permitted to host a maximum of 15,000 people — 10,000 more than what was previously permitted.
Indoor events in halls and stadiums will be able to host a maximum of 7,500 people. Both outdoor festivals and shows indoors should have independent sections that fit 500 people each, with their own entrances and exits.
Look out for them on your next grocery run.
Various brands of frozen mangoes distributed in several provinces in Canada have been recalled by the country's food inspection agency due to possible Hepatitis A contamination. Some incidents of illness have been reported in Canada associated with consuming them.
If you have one of the recalled mango products, the Canada Food Inspection Agency recommends throwing the item away immediately or returning it to the store where it was purchased.
The following frozen mango brands have been recalled:
- Nature's Touch: 2-kilogram bag, best before November 9, 2022
- Compliments Mango Mania: 600-gram bag, best before November 10, 2022, and December 18, 2022
- Irresistibles Mango Chunks: 600-gram bag, best before November 10, 2022
- President's Choice Mango Chunks: 600-gram bag, best before November 6, 2022, and November 10, 2022
The agency says that food items contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus may not look or smell spoiled.
According to the food inspection authority, the viral illness is "usually mild and starts about 15 to 50 days after the contaminated food is eaten."
Though it generally goes away by itself in a week or two, the virus can last up to six months, causing inflammation of the liver — symptoms can include fever, low appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, and yellowing in the whites of the eyes and skin (jaundice).
The iconic shopping centre announced it would be closing its doors earlier this year.
Montreal's Le Boulevard shopping centre can stay in business after all. The news comes following an April announcement that Le Boulevard would be closing its doors after 68 years in operation, as the city of Montreal prepared to take over the property rights for the extension of the Société de transport de Montreal (STM)'s blue line.
According to a news release by Quebec's Ministry of Transport, the iconic shopping centre can remain open past December 1 when the STM officially becomes the owner of the property.
"One of the goals of the work was to limit the project's impact on the shopping centre and the activities of merchants," reads the ministry's statement.
The task force proposed revising the size of the terminal, the parking area and the centre's storage space for construction materials in order to preserve the building as a solution so that merchants could have the opportunity to continue to sell goods and services to shoppers, the news release says.
According to the ministry, the Quebec government's acquisition of the shopping centre was a decision made by the Tribunal administratif du Québec and was not foreseen by the STM.
At the time this was written, Le Boulevard's Facebook page was no longer active.