people of montreal

Listen I have been in direct action focused activist groups that were specifically infiltrated. I have sat and had breakfast with and shared intel etc with people who turned out to be cops. I am not saying this is not a threat because it is and it’s one that I have personally run up against and had to deal with. I know the people everyone avoids in Montreal because of the rumors that they’re cops. I know the people who I personally have suspicions about. I have had my phone tapped and surveillance photos taken of my apartment building. It’s a thing, it’s scary, and we do need to talk about it and deal with it.

But I feel like this current climate of heightened paranoia is like, a lot of kids’ first experiences with actually realizing that infiltrators are a thing, and so a lot of people are just using this concept like their new word of the week, and it’s weird and counterproductive and just honestly annoying. Not everyone who disagrees with you about whether or not asexuality is LGBT is an undercover cop or alt-right plant. Like. Please go outside and actually do some shit, I don’t care what, just like, talk to people about this instead of acting like because you read a mother jones article you’re an expert on picking out provocateurs now. 

Rivals or soulmates? The answer may surprise you

The Boston Bruins and The Montreal Canadiens are the biggest rivalry in hockey okay this isn’t up for debate. but is it because of hate or flirtation? you guessed it. flirtation. and here’s the evidence.

  • They’re both the oldest NHL teams in their respective countries
  • The best player on both their teams is their starting goaltender
  • going off of the goaltender thing their backups are good and respectable and yet because of defence they’re lit the fuck up
  • their best forwards are from the others country: Bergeron and Marchand vs Pacioretty and Galchenyuk.
  • The Habs colours are red white and blue! french canadian what? nah this is about US of A
  • Bruins forwards plus Carey Price are the reason Canada won the world cup. 
  • they both traded arguably their best players in a stupid trade to a central division team making them suddenly relevant again (Seguin to Dallas, PK to Nashville). 
  • max talbot interviewed people on the streets of montreal about himself and one of the guys was wearing a celtics jersey this must mean something.
  • Massachusetts regularly experiences hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes and earthquakes, similar in severity the habs regularly experience marc bergevin and michel therrien.
1849: Reforms
  • Ontario and Quebec: Time to compensate all the people who lost property in the Rebellions!!
  • Ontario: ok and done! how are you doing over there
  • Quebec: French people lost property so French people should be compensated so WHY ARE THESE BRITISH PEOPLE THROWING FITS OVER IT CAN YOU JUST CALM DOWN
  • British Quebecers: [angrily rioting]
  • Montreal: hello what's happening over here nothing much is new with me just being rich and successful as usual :^) hoping to be the new capital of this province and all :^) Have you seen my Bank :)))
  • Quebec: shoo I'm trying to work on appeasing these angry British people outside-
  • British Quebecers: [grab Montreal and light him on fire]
  • [Quebec City and Toronto come in with buckets of water, douse him, and take all his paperwork]
  • Quebec: [rubbing temples] can we please just settle one problem without having anyone set on fire

I highly suggest you GTA and Montreal people to go visit O’Noir if you haven’t already.

Like…… they were NOT joking when they said it’s pitch black. I thought, okay yeah it’s going to be completely dark but I would be able to still sort of picture somethings in the dark like how you do when you’re moving around in the night. 

But nope, it’s dark. You cannot see anything. It feels like someone has put a blindfold on you that you cannot take off. What makes it even more anxiety-inducing is that there is no blindfold on you, it’s just that dark. You are completely free to do whatever you want, but you feel paralyzed due to how pitch-black it is. Everywhere you turn your head to, all four sides, there’s no one tricking you or forcing you to sit or no one tying a scarf around your eyes - it’s just how it is. And you get used to it.
Protests to follow police killing of black man in Canada
Protesters say police violence against the black community is not solely a U.S. problem.

The death of a Somali Canadian at the hands of Ottawa police on Sunday has sparked nationwide anger and plans for protests by activists who say police violence against the black community is not solely an American problem.

Abdirahman Abdi, a 37-year-old immigrant from Somalia who neighbors said suffered an unspecified mental illness, died after a confrontation with police outside his apartment building. Witnesses said the police, responding to a harassment complaint, beat Abdi repeatedly with batons before handcuffing him.

A protest over Abdi’s death and police handling of the incident is planned for Thursday in Montreal.

Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder Rodney Diverlus said police brutality against minorities often goes ignored in Canada. “The difference in Canada is that there’s a myth of inclusivity and there’s a myth that this thing doesn’t happen here because our police are less accountable to the public,” he said.

While BLM has had a presence in Canada since the protests in Ferguson, Mo., kick-started the movement in 2014, the recent killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge andPhilando Castile in Minnesota, as well as the shooting of Charles Kinsey in North Florida have inspired protests across Canada in solidarity with the American victims.

Abdi’s case is not the first time an unarmed minority has died at the hands of Canadian police. In Montreal, the 2008 killing of Fredy Villanueva, an 18-year-old native of Honduras, inspired protests and was one of several high-profile police shootings that led to the founding of an independent agency that investigates police violence.

In July 2015, a Toronto police officer fatally shot 45-year-old Andrew Loku, an immigrant from South Sudan with a history of mental illness, in his apartment building. The officer was not charged.

Perhaps most publicized was the 2013 death of Sammy Yatim, who was shot eight times and then Tasered after pulling a knife on a Toronto streetcar. The officer who shot him was found guilty of attempted murder in January.

“Strategic policing goes after problem places, the places that have higher levels of violence,” said Irvin Waller, a professor at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for the Prevention of Crime. “In Canada, you have a disproportionate number of black people in those areas and a disproportionate number of Aboriginal people in those areas. Secondly, they have used some of the American policing techniques. Stop and frisk from New York has been used as a carding procedure in Canada. In Toronto, it’s very clear the carding procedure was used disproportionately against young blacks.”

Experts said that while Canada has far fewer acts of police violence than does the United States after adjusting for population differences, much of that can be attributed to a wider social safety net and far less access to hand guns.

Even so, the black and Aboriginal communities are targeted at a greater per capita rate than the rest of Canadian society.

The scope of the problem of police violence against those communities can be difficult to quantify. The Ontario Special Investigations Unit, a civilian oversight agency that looks into acts of violence involving police, compiles statistics by geography and the sex of the complainant, but keeps no statistics on race. Ian Scott, a lawyer and former head of the unit, said that’s because when the organization was founded, those statistics weren’t kept at the request of minority groups, fearing they would be misused.

“One reason they were not kept when the (unit) first started was that there was a big fuss in Toronto involving keeping race-based statistics,” said Scott. “The culture has really changed over time and now it’s the black groups that are interested in having race-based statistics. My feeling is now that if visible minority groups want to have race-based statistics, we should keep them.”