It all began Friday when Global Affairs Canada published its concern for human rights in the country on Twitter.
The response from the restrictive absolute monarchy has been swift and extreme. The Saudi government suspended trade with Canada, ceased diplomatic relations, and tweeted a number of bizarre and worrying warnings through its state media accounts, including one image of what seemed to be a 9/11-style attack in Toronto. That Twitter account has since apologized for the inappropriate image.
But last night, Saudi Arabia took the dispute to new heights with a demand that all of its students evacuate Canada. According to The Globe And Mail, over 15,000 students will have to quickly leave the country that has become their home.
Those students will be placed in other universities in the United States, whose government has yet to issue a statement or support its ally Canada in its conflict with the oil-rich country.
The relocation of students at Canadian universities will cost countless millions in lost tuitions and other economic benefits that students provide.
Just how much further Saudi Arabia plans to take this conflict remains to be seen. Whether this is all bluster meant as a warning to North American and European countries or part of a larger stategy is worryingly uncertain.
The custom airstream company in Montreal said Madonna's 1975 Airstream Sovereign 31' vehicle was designed in the likeness of a five-star hotel, featuring a custom leather couch and matching armchairs, retractable 50-inch TV monitors, a minibar and ice bin, heated floors, a tufted wall with custom light fixtures, a top-of-the-line sound system and custom under-carriage lights.
The RV even converts into a cigar lounge, built with a custom humidor and commercial air purifiers.
The price tag? A cool $200,000 USD. And Custom Airstream said other custom builds could cost up to $500,000 USD.
It's not the first time the Montreal-based camper customization company has worked with Madge. It also partnered with her on a "personal project" she hosted in the Hamptons in 2014.
"We're beyond excited to be part of Madonna's fun family moment," said a statement by David Schirmer, vice-president of sales and marketing at Custom Airstream.
"We woke up to a flood of phone calls, email and social media messages. People have been knocking down our door – it's been overwhelming in the best way possible. It's such an honour for our humble Québec company to add a little magic to Madonna's American Life!"
"Club Med Québec Charlevoix offers a one-of-a-kind vantage point at the heart of the Charlevoix region: built between the [Saint-Lawrence] river and the mountains, this Resort will offer you an incredible view of the mountain," according to the website, which calls this "the first Club Med mountain resort with waterfront views." There are other Club Med mountain resorts in the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps as well as China and Japan.
The Québec Charlevoix resort has 302 rooms and a private five-star luxury space with 25 suites. Select rooms "channel" the colours of Quebec, according to the website, "with winter white, twilight blue, and yellow sun decor." There are also three restaurants and, of course, one of them features ski chalet favourites, such as fondue and raclette.
Guest get unlimited meals and beverages, and daily entertainment, as well as unlimited ski-in/ski-out access, lift tickets, and group ski and snowboard lessons included in the all-inclusive package. For additional costs, guests can also try out Quebec activities like ice-skating, dog sledding, and sugar shack visits during the winter or biking, hiking and whale watching during warmer months.
On Tuesday, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé tweeted that the COVID-19 situation in Quebec's Mauricie region was "worrying," particularly among unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated 18- to 30-year-olds, as cases in Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec jumped from 17 to 146 between July 22 and August 2.
"As elsewhere in the world, the recent increase in the number of cases is worrying," Legault tweeted.
"We will be announcing new measures in the coming days."
On August 4, the province reported a total of 184 new cases of COVID-19 in Quebec.