As you may or may not know there is yet another Uber protest going on. And once again, instead of trying to get sympathy from the public taxi drivers have decided to act like a bunch of drunken infantile savages on Halloween.
As you can see from the video there are a dozen taxi drivers standing at the entrance of a building and the minute they spot an Uber car dropping off a client, they started a vandalizing the vehicle.
A couple of taxi drivers stand in front of the car so the Uber car can't get away while the rest of them launch a barrage of eggs. As if that wasn't enough, they then start pouring flour onto the car's windshield.
So basically in Montreal it's legal to assault people, it's legal to harass them and it's legal to vandalize private property ... as long as you're a taxi driver.
Jean-Pierre Brabant, an SPVM media relations officer, said police will be in contact with the driver in order to figure out how and why he lost control of the vehicle.
As of 12:45 p.m., Brabant said investigators were on the scene in Pierrefonds to try and establish the circumstances of the event.
TVA News reported that the driver "mowed down" a Hydro-Quebec pole, hit the girl — who was walking on the side of the street — head-on, and came to a stop by hitting an oncoming car driving in the opposite direction.
More than 2,000 people responded to a Facebook event page, and over 600 people indicated they would be going to the vigil to honour the lives of Salman Afzaal, 46; Madiha Salman, 44; Yumna Afzaal, 15; and Talat Afzaal, 74, as well as to support 9-year-old Fayez Afzaal, who survived the attack.
"On top of all the sorrow and sadness is [...] an anxiety that is hitting the people," Majzoub said, noting that the Muslim community in Canada is worried about the potential for another targeted attack.
Majzoub said Montrealers and political figures alike gathered at the vigil, where attendees were seen praying together and where Muslim-Canadian organizations spoke of what actions should come next to prevent further attacks.
Five months later, McGill has issued one statement and launched three investigations. But the accusers — who asked to be called "the girls" to protect their safety — told MTL Blog they've been left in the dark.
They said they received no updates on how investigations are progressing or whether the accused is facing any penalties.
Meanwhile, they said the student has continued attending classes.
McGill has been following its protocol for investigations into allegations of sexual assault — but this protocol has left the girls and other students in limbo for the majority of the school year.
"We can't feel safe on campus with him lurking around, viewing us as prey," one of the girls, Eva*, told MTL Blog.
Most of the girls were minors at the time of the alleged assaults, as was the accused student, whose name has not been released by the university or the police.
Eva told MTL Blog the accused student frequented bars near McGill residences where he would "talk to, touch and kiss [girls] who were drunk," and that he would persistently "beg" female students to "hook up."
In written testimonies shared with MTL Blog, each of the girls outlined how the accused student sexually assaulted them both off and on campus.
One of them said the accused sexually assaulted her when she was "completely blacked out" from alcohol.
What was McGill's reaction?
McGill responded to the December petition within three days. A statement written by Deputy Provost of Student Life and Learning Fabrice Labeau assured the student body and the general public that McGill was "looking into the matter."
"Our foremost concern right now is student wellbeing," Labeau wrote. He expressed what he called a "steadfast commitment to a campus community where everyone feels safe."
Though none of the girls had formally reported their assaults to McGill at the time — something Eva said was because "the resources weren't publicized and the social consequences for reporting were immense" — that changed by the end of December.
Eva said one of the girls filed a police report, and three of the girls filed complaints with McGill, initiating three internal investigations. However, neither the police nor the university was able to confirm details of these investigations to MTL Blog.
A month later, the university had not issued any new statements nor updated the girls involved, Eva said.
MTL Blog asked Cynthia Lee, McGill's associate director of media relations, to confirm the status of the investigations in February. She said that according to McGill's Policy Against Sexual Violence, "when a formal report is made, the University must immediately appoint an external Special Investigator to conduct a full and impartial investigation."
She also said "the entirety of this process is covered by confidentiality regulations," and that she could not disclose any further information.
The silence surrounding the allegations began to disturb other McGill students who said they had to interact with the accused student in their classes.
Anna Ni told MTL Blog she attended an online psychology course with the accused student, where she said he would participate in group discussions while he was part of the ongoing investigations.
She said McGill's ambiguous response to the allegations made her feel "small and voiceless."
"I am grateful for the fact that McGill has resources that can help students struggling with this situation, but McGill's vagueness in their [statement] gave me the impression that they were not actively taking care of this situation," she said.
In a screenshot Ni took of her classmates discussing the accused student's presence in the course via group chat — which she shared with MTL Blog — one student asked, "I thought the school took care of this? Why is he still allowed to study?"
Amrita Kaur, a first-year student unaffiliated with the girls, told MTL Blog that McGill's communications to the student body following the incident — mainly emails consisting of links to support resources — felt "empty."
She emailed the Office of the Dean of Students to express her "extreme disappointment" in the school for allowing the accused student to attend classes "as if nothing ever happened."
"Now I wonder if it's true [...] all great institutions sweep sexual assault under the rug," she wrote in her email to McGill, which she forwarded to MTL Blog.
She said she did not receive a response from the university.
Lee told MTL Blog that at McGill, until an investigation is complete, "disciplinary actions cannot be taken pre-emptively […] however, interim measures are put in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those directly affected."
Possible accommodations include late withdrawal from a course or a change in residence — but they only apply to survivors.
MTL Blog found that according to the Policy against Sexual Violence, the university can take pre-emptive disciplinary action if "there may be a risk of harm to any Member of the University Community."
MTL Blog asked Lee if the fact that the accused student was still attending classes meant that the university did not see him as posing a threat to university community members.
She did not directly respond to the question.
What is the 'Code of Silence'?
There is a legal reason why the university claims it is limited regarding what it can divulge about sexual assault investigations.
Brooklyn Frizzle, vice-president of the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU), told MTL Blog they believe universities use this law as a "scapegoat" to justify a lack of transparency in cases of sexual violence.
Frizzle said this wasn't the first time students' questions about a case involving sexual misconduct were left unanswered.
"I've lost track of how many emails to the Dean of Students or to the Provost that I've seen, to which there was no response because the university can't legally give a response," they said.
Last year, representatives from l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) started a petition to amend the Act so post-secondary institutions could "inform victims of the disciplinary measures taken against their aggressors."
"Evidence shows that [the Act] contributes to victims' lack of trust in institutional channels, since it keeps the person most affected by the complaint from accessing crucial information for their healing process and to their sense of safety at school and/or work," the petition read.
McGill's Policy states that all investigations should be conducted within 90 days. According to this timeline, the girls' investigations should have ended by April.
But even when the investigations are complete, the Code of Silence means the girls cannot be informed of the penalties that may or may not be imposed on the accused student.
As Lee told MTL Blog, "details or updates concerning particular cases cannot be provided to anyone outside those immediately involved."
This means other students won't know if they can expect to see the accused student in their classes again next semester.
Could the 'Code of Silence' change?
While the public may never know if and how the accused student has been disciplined, McGill's Annual Report on the Policy against Sexual Violence gives some indication of the number of investigations the school has conducted.
McGill provided MTL Blog with a copy of the Annual Report, which specifies that, in 2020, eight of nine completed investigations yielding "a finding of sexual violence" resulted in disciplinary action.
These actions included "admonishment and conduct probation, formal reprimand [and/or] cease and desist communication and contact orders," but it's unclear which actions applied to which investigations.
Out of 18 incidents of sexual violence reported to the university in 2020, 83% were submitted by women. Just one report was submitted by a man, while two were submitted anonymously.
In May, a National Assembly committee presented its findings on possibly amending Bill 64. However, whether the amendments pass remains to be seen. For now, those involved can only know that the investigations are finished.
A 2016 Université Laval study found that 36.9% of Quebec students, faculty and staff experienced some form of sexual violence by another person affiliated with their university.
"It feels constant, like there's [always] some big allegation of sexual violence that we're talking about that we're trying to pressure the university to respond to," Frizzle said.
"It's just the name [that] changes every semester."
*The source's name has been changed at their request to protect their safety.
With files from Ilana Belfer, MTL Blog.
If you require resources or assistance surrounding sexual assault in Quebec, the CAVAC helpline is available 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-866-532-2822. Other crisis lines and 24/7 options can be found at The Lifeline Canada.
If a delicious meal that's made with love from a local restaurant and saves you a bit of cash is your ideal take-out trifecta, consider ordering something with eggs.
Eggs add a boost of flavour and nutrition to any meal. A serving of just two large eggs provides 13 grams of protein, plus vitamin A, D, E folate, iron, zinc and choline. What's even better is that they can be eaten at any time of the day: before work as breakfast, during your lunch break or while you wind down in the evening.
With so many Montrealers living, working and doing pretty much everything else from home these days, Get Cracking and SkipTheDishes have teamed up to make it easier than ever for Montrealers to enjoy the protein-packed goodness of eggs any time — and with a discount, too.
Starting May 10 and running for a limited time, search "EggsAnytime" on SkipTheDishes and get $5 off an egg-cellent meal from participating restaurants. Be forewarned: you might just be tempted to order, eat, repeat.
Why You Need To Try It: Like a warm hug after a long day, ramen reigns supreme when it comes to comfort food, and Tsukuyomi's Chicken Tonkatsu is definitely no exception.
Packed full of noodles, pork bone broth, braised chicken, nori, spinach, bean sprouts and, of course, a seasoned egg (but would it even be ramen without it?), what sets Tonkatsu apart from the rest is the silky smooth consistency of its creamy broth that'll have you slurping the bowl clean.
Why You Need To Try It: Marché Italian Le Richmond's Capricciosa Pizza is a mouthwatering meal whether you order it fresh or for later.
It's not just the perfectly crisp crust and ooey-gooey mozzarella that makes this a delicious go-to, but the addition of hard-boiled eggs, artichokes, tomatoes, cooked ham and mushrooms. While a great dish for sharing, you might just want this one all to yourself.
Why You Need To Try It: Fleurs et Cadeaux's Katsudon features breaded and fried pork loin pan-cooked with dashi broth, egg and onion. Served over rice, it's a great protein-packed dish to keep you full and feelin' fine all day long.
If a picture speaks a thousand words, then this dish might as well pen its own novel because it's one you're sure to remember.
Why You Need To Try It: It's the simplicity of Ruby Rouge's fried eggs with shrimp — like so many dishes from this Chinatown staple — that make it as tasty as it is wholesome. It's the kind of meal you can even enjoy for lunch, dinner, on the go, or just 'cause.
Why You Need To Try It: You may be familiar with the Croque-Monsieur, but if you've yet to become acquainted with its spouse, the Croque-Madame, it's high time to introduce yourself.
Duc de Lorraine's Croque-Madame keeps it real delish with a fried egg and broiled béchamel atop a toasted ham and cheese sandwich. The yolk actually acts as a sort of sauce the second you bite into it, infusing the sandwich with even more flavour.
Why You Need To Try It: Hitting all the flavour notes that make a dish truly delicious, it's with good reason that pad thai is so popular. Springy rice noodles, sauce that'll send your tastebuds to heaven, scrambled-in eggs and veggies all colours of the rainbow making Soupe & Roll's Pad Thai as gram-worthy as it is appetizing.
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Why You Need To Try It: Get ready to savour the flavours of Restaurant Jade's Minced Pork and Preserved Egg with Rice Congee. Sometimes called "century egg", a preserved egg is one that's been aged in a mixture of ash, clay, salt, quicklime and rice hulls. The result is an explosion of flavour that makes this ingredient a must-try, at least once.
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Whether you choose warm and hearty ramen, delicious pizza or cheesy Croque-Madame, these Montreal restaurants have tasty, egg-filled meals that you can enjoy at any time of the day.