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What's the wildest dive you've ever done? Were you scared?
My coaching staff and I have done an awesome job at keeping some of my craziest dives a secret to the world so that when we compete them it will be an epic moment.
Let's just say I've done some pretty wild dives off the 20-meter platform including triples in many directions. Was I scared? ABSOLUTELY! There is always a level of fear being up that high knowing you are about to take a leap.
But, my coach, Stephane Lapointe and I have always stuck to our number one rule; only go up for a 20-meter dive when you are physically and mentally prepared.
Learning how to fly your fears in the right direction so they feel controlled and safe allows high divers to execute our bravery in the most elegant ways.
I am also surrounded by two of the most talented female high divers in the world; Lysanne Richard & Jessica Macaulay.
These two brave women inspire me every day with their diving and cheer me on as I enter their amazing sport. Truly an honour to train beside such talented women.
How did you grow such a large following on TikTok and Instagram? What's it feel like to know thousands of people are watching your videos?
When I started high diving, I really wanted to share my dives with the world every time I learned a new one.
Due to our decision to hide a lot of our training from social media, I began to create a lot of behind-the-scenes videos of the sport of high diving. I would post videos walking around in the rafters that hold the lights at the Montreal Olympic Stadium as this is where our platform is attached.
After roughly five months of high diving and video creating, we hit 2 million followers on TikTok! A technique I decided to use was creating my own hashtag for all of my brave followers: #BraveGang.
The message I was trying to portray was that you do not need to jump off 20 meters to be considered brave. Bravery comes in all beautiful shapes and sizes and deserves to be celebrated at every level.
With this hashtag, we created a movement allowing individuals to share their own unique beautiful brave stories with the world and know that they had a community behind them supporting them.
This movement brings tears to my eyes every day and I am so inspired by all the "Bravies" in the "BraveGang."
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It started with a local TikTok video. Responding to a call to "Tell me you're Jewish without telling me you're Jewish," a Quebec TikToker says, "I'm not Jewish but I'd like to adopt one. I even made a bed so they can feel at home." The camera follows him to the so-called bed: his oven.
That's why Lauren Lieberman and Ada Yakobi are using their own social media platforms to launch a viral, multi-pronged campaign that calls on TikTok — and its users — to do better.
Is there really that much anti-Semitic content on TikTok?
Lieberman said she convinced the Quebecer who posted the video to remove it and the SPVM confirmed that police were investigating — but it was only the tip of the iceberg.
After her post about the video went viral — garnering over 13,000 likes and 500,000 views — she said people began sending her the anti-Semitic content they encountered on social media. She said she gets upwards of 10 messages a day.
She added that as she entered "the space," similar videos began popping up on her TikTok feed due to its algorithm.
"As I continued, I saw more and more heartbreaking videos [...] They're belittling and making a mockery out of [one of] the biggest mass murder[s] in the world," said Lieberman, who's the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and who has visited the sites of former concentration camps.
"I saw these things with my own eyes. I walked through the camp. I saw the gas chambers."
Lieberman has started sharing the anti-Semitic content she receives on Instagram in order to raise awareness.
As an example, Lieberman showed MTL Blog a TikTok titled "pov: when you walk into the shower in 1940." In it, a man enters a room and looks around suspiciously as a sound from the game Minecraft plays — this sound indicates points players receive when deaths occur.
The comments section contains numerous Holocaust jokes. At the time this was published, the video had been up for one week.
"The problem is TikTok is shaping the minds of the younger generation," Lieberman said.
How has TikTok responded?
A TikTok spokesperson sent MTL Blog this statement:
"There is no place for antisemitism on our platform or off it. TikTok's mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy and we do not tolerate content that promotes hateful behaviour. We are committed to promoting a safe community environment and remove content that violates our Community Guidelines."
TikTok's Community Guidelines ask users not to post, upload, stream or share "hateful content related to an individual or group," and it specifically condemns attacks based on ethnicity.
Lieberman partnered with The Foundation for Genocide Education to interview a Holocaust survivor on Instagram live, which included his reaction to the initial TikTok video.
The women also started a "TAKE A STAND AGAINST ANTISEMITISM" room on Clubhouse where they plan to hold weekly events, including panel discussions and Q&As — and everyone is welcome, especially non-Jewish people looking to learn.
"Soon, there are going to be no more Holocaust survivors living [...] And history repeats itself," Lieberman said.
"We have to speak for those who can speak anymore. For those who never had the chance to speak because they were murdered in the Holocaust."
Yakobi continued, "And one of the biggest weapons right now is the digital world. It can be used for the greater good or it can be used for [the opposite]."
The focus isn't to make them better, the focus is simply to make videos.
"Parkourporpoise" has always been my name, even though I don't do as much parkour anymore. I've been on Instagram since it was just a pictures app.
I was posting, posting, posting, but then I hurt my knee really badly, so it stopped me from doing parkour for about a year.
I still wanted to make videos. Through that, I started doing different things and then the "other" stuff started to go viral, so I thought, "Well this is fun. I'm gonna do more of this."
Do people in Montreal recognize you? What's the reaction been?
Sometimes, people will come up to me and be like, "Hey! You're that parkour dude!" When they do, it's pretty cool.
It would be cool to grow a huge social media following and maybe do some good with it. Maybe grow a huge YouTube, huge TikTok, huge Instagram, all of it really.
But it goes without saying, PLEASE don't try to re-enact these videos since they are extremely dangerous.
Why do you think it's so important to make people laugh/smile/gasp in a crazy time like this?
I think it's just important to make people feel happy with themselves. If you could have a positive experience, laugh and smile and get you out of your bubble, then I think it's amazing that we can laugh.
In a meeting on December 9, 2020, the Montreal City Council voted down an amendment that would have funded body cameras for Montreal police officers. The defeat of the proposal — by a vote of 34 to 27 — was just the latest turn of events in the years-long, zigzagging effort to make the cameras part of the SPVM uniform.
Now, in the wake of the wrongful arrest of Mamadi Camara, supporters of the measure have once again renewed calls for additional police accountability. Here's a complete history of the political evolution of the proposal, and where it could go from here.
The initiative saw metro, traffic and neighbourhood patrol officers test out cameras made by Axon Public Safety Canada Inc.
"In order to better protect both the population and our police officers, we must, as a responsible metropolis, seriously consider the solution of portable cameras," then-Mayor Denis Coderre said at the launch of the pilot.
Then-SPVM director Philippe Pichet supported the project, suggesting body camera videos could serve to counter viral footage from witnesses of police altercations.
"Over the past few years, we have seen several videos of police interventions that have made citizens react," he said.
"Except that these videos did not always show the entire intervention. There was almost always only one side of the coin."
"Portable cameras will make it possible to show another angle of police interventions."
What was the result of the Montreal body camera pilot?
In a January 2019 report, the SPVM concluded that "the experience of the project did not unequivocally demonstrate that portable cameras promote the transparency of police interventions."
The report claimed that the cameras had "little impact" on police interventions, though it noted that members of the public who encountered participating officers generally felt the cameras "[were] a good thing and that they [provided] a sense of security, or even extra protection, for both the police officer and the citizen."
Police also argued that body cameras could serve to "weaken the bond of trust between the population and the organization, or even the justice system" if ever there were footage of a highly publicized event that investigators did not release to the public, for investigative purposes, for instance.
Finally, and perhaps most critically, the SPVM attached a $17.4 million price tag to a large-scale deployment of body cameras in the police force, plus an additional $24 million per year.
Axon, for its part, seemed to dispute these estimates, saying in a statement submitted to Montreal's public security committee that "false ideas" about price were based on "outdated studies."
Ultimately, however, the city government decided not to move forward with body cameras. Mayor Valérie Plante made the announcement at an executive committee meeting on February 6, 2019, citing, in part, the projected costs.
"We can't sweep it under the rug, it's a major investment," she said, also mentioning perceived shortcomings in the technology used in the pilot.
"The investment would be worthwhile if we were guaranteed that the technology was there. [...] But that's not the case."
What has happened since then?
Calls for Montreal police officers to wear body cameras peaked again during the surge of racial justice protests that began in spring 2020 following the police killings of, among others, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
One petition to make cameras mandatory amassed over 150,000 signatures.
On June 2, 2020, as Montrealers took to the streets to call attention to systematic racism in the city, Mayor Plante said the city hoped to work "as fast as we can" to continue conversations with the provincial government to implement body cameras for the police force, though she didn't give a firm timeline.
The opposition in City Hall, meanwhile, has consistently pressed the administration to adopt body cameras.
Lionel Perez, leader of Ensemble Montréal, said Plante's call to shelve the project in February 2019 was the "wrong decision for Montreal and the SPVM."
Later that year, in light of a report that identified "systemic bias" towards racial minorities by the SPVM, the party once again urged for the adoption of portable cameras.
In a November 2019 statement, City Councilor Abdelhaq Sari, opposition spokesperson for public safety matters, stated that "Mayor Plante has refused to defend Montrealers' interests and bowed to the SPVM's arguments without realizing the impact this will have on all those who denounce racial profiling."
"Montrealers are in favour of body cameras. They've been proven. They are known to contribute greatly to modifying behaviours by both sides during a police action," he continued.
"Given the troubling data contained in the report on police stop-and-checks and racial identities, we need concrete solutions to curb racial profiling within the SPVM."
In February 2020, Ensemble Montréal publicly demanded that the city introduce body cameras for officers by 2021.
What happened at the December 9, 2020 Montreal City Council meeting?
Perez and Sari proposed an amendment to the city's Ten-Year Capital Investment Plan that would have diverted money from the Réseau express vélo — a signature project of the mayor's party — for body cameras.
In a December interview with MTL Blog, independent City Councilor Marvin Rotrand, who voted in favour of the amendment, bemoaned that opposition to the cameras hinged in part on the SPVM's predicted cost for their implementation — a cost the councillor claimed is "ten times higher than what it would cost in Toronto."
"The evolution of the technology means that the cost argument is no longer valid," Rotrand said, further charging that "there's no political will for the majority party to do this."
What effect has the Camara case had on the body camera movement?
Montrealer Mamadi Camara was wrongly arrested following an attack on an SPVM officer on January 28, 2021. He was released from detention six days later on February 3, in light of new evidence that exonerated him.
Just days after his release, Ensemble Montréal once again made a formal call for the implementation of body cameras, arguing that the technology would "help avoid arbitrary arrests."
"It's time to stop playing games!" Lionel Perez declared in a statement.
"For two years we've been asking the Plante administration to act on this matter; each time, all we've gotten are excuses."
"Body cameras have unanimous support; we just have to pull our heads out of the sand."
Mayor Valérie Plante, meanwhile, still says she supports the measure, but added in comments on February 8 that "it's about making sure that this time is the good time, so we don't spend money on something that doesn't work [...] as it should."
The mayor referenced the need to ensure that body camera footage could hold up in court, a prerequisite that the technology in the 2016 pilot project did not fulfill, she has previously explained.
"I don't have hesitations towards the body cams or buying them right now, but the point is, it has to work properly," she told MTL Blog.
The mayor said she has been discussing body cameras with the provincial minister of public security, Geneviève Guilbault, and that the Government of Quebec has expressed willingness to support a camera project.
"We want it. We want it as soon as we can," Plante concluded.
Ensemble Montréal plans to table its own motion calling for the "immediate permanent implementation of body-worn cameras on SPVM officers" in a city council meeting on February 22.
"We're not giving up until the Plante administration gives in," Perez said.
"Montrealers of every origin must feel protected from police repression in their city. The tragic events of recent days involving Mr. Camara demonstrate that action is needed now, for the good of us all."
"We're done accepting lame excuses and empty promises from Valerie Plante."