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Montreal's mayor is as impatient for a reopening plan as the rest of us. She's calling on the Quebec government to get its business together to save the city's entertainment industry and lively spring and summer seasons.

In a February 6 Facebook post, Mayor Valérie Plante said the provincial government's "vagueness" around reopening rules and aid for the entertainment industry is "intolerable," suggesting the city stands to lose a competitive edge as other North American cities organize "cultural springs" this year.

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In light of a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced a series of restrictions that seem all too familiar. One that's sure to depress your holiday cheer is that the government announced the closure of gyms across the province.

Starting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 20, gyms across the province will shut their doors for the foreseeable future.

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The pressure on La Tulipe has potentially eased off a little bit after the venue's court date for a dispute involving a neighbouring residential complex was moved to March 2022. Plateau-Mont-Royal borough mayor Luc Rabouin announced the news on Facebook, detailing that the venue and the real estate company have agreed to a sit-down to find a possible solution out of court.

"The court hearing that was scheduled for next Monday has been postponed until March, allowing the parties involved to sit down and discuss solutions," Rabouin said.

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A new skirmish in the war for the cultural soul of Montreal has pitted the historic La Tulipe music venue on one side and a real estate company on the other. Stuck in the middle is the city's administration, which promised that the storied La Tulipe is "here to stay."

In a widely-shared social media post, the owners of La Tulipe claimed that the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough mistakenly allowed residential development across the road from the venue and that now the tenants in that building keep making noise complaints about living next to a music venue.

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The borough of Ville-Marie is hosting an outdoor movie screening in downtown Montreal to mark the end of summer.

The screening will take place at the foot of Old Montreal in the Parc du Champs-de-Mars behind City Hall. The movie will be projected onto the wall of the Palais de Justice tower. In a Facebook post, Ville-Marie said this was a first-of-its-kind event.

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