The 326-page report, created by the organization Cheval Cheval, was released yesterday by the Plante administration. Originally, the report was commissioned under Denis Coderre, and was kept secret by the previous mayor’s administration, reports Le Devoir.
Now out in the open, the report calls for $20 million in investment to build a new stable in Old Montreal, a “pony club” at Parc Angrignon, and a horse musuem, at a cost of $13 million, $5.5 million, and $1 million, respectively.
But again, the Plante administration is not planning on investing such large sums of money into Montreal’s calèche industry. The new mayor campaigned on the promise of dismantling the rather controversial industry, after all.
"Given the clear guidelines proposed during the election campaign concerning horse-drawn carriages in Montreal, I must recommend to the executive committee to not pursue this type of very expensive investment," said Councilor Craig Sauvé, the councillor in charge of citizen services and mobility.
“The Mayor has made it clear that the carriages will end” said Sauvé, according to Le Devoir.
“The how and when, that's what remains to be seen.”
Despite the lack of a solid plan to end the industry in Montreal, Sauvé did allude to some sort of proposal being presented prior to next spring, when the calèche business starts to get going.
Mayor Valérie Plante has said in the past, however, that she plans to buy back the special horse-drawn carriage permits from calèche owners, granted to them by the City of Montreal.
And in case you need a reminder as to why the new administration is so keen on ending the seemingly cute-and-magical practice of horse-drawn carriages in Montreal, just watch this video and you’ll understand.
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.