During Plante’s first city council meeting on Monday, the newly elected mayor was asked a question regarding a memorial for Fredy Villanueva, who was shot and killed by police in August 2008 in Montreal-Nord.
The question was poised by Solo Fugère, reports CBC, who has been pushing for a Villanueva memorial since last year.
2018 will mark the ten year anniversary of Villanueva’s death. Fugère wanted to know if Plante and her administration would be open to creating a formal memorial that would highlight this dark moment in Montreal history, one tied to police brutality.
In response, Plante said she wasn’t opposed to the idea, explaining that “there were errors committed in the past that caused the death of a young man who did not deserve to die.”
Plante then promised to discuss the matter with the mayor of Montreal North.
The Montreal Police Brotherhood weren’t exactly pleased by Plante’s remarks or her commitment to creating a memorial for Fredy Villanueva.
The union released a formal statement saying Plante should “read or re-read the coroner's report” on Villanueva’s death." No officer involved with Villanueva’s death was formally charged.
Blasting back at Plante, the union also said that there isn’t a memorial for the 71 police officers who died while on-duty.
Except police officers undergo training, are equipped with firearms, and willingly take a paid position that involves a certain level of violence and risk.
That isn’t to say fallen police officers shouldn’t get a memorial, but equating Villanueva’s death with that of an officer killed in the line of duty doesn’t really hold up.
Responding to criticisms from the police union, a representative of the Plante administration has said the decision to install a memorial in remembrance of Fredy Villanueva will be up to the mayor of Montreal North.
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!"
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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.