Also: The latest Canada Heritage minute was optimized for your brain waves and sartorial outreach from the Montreal Police Brotherhood.
There is life after camouflage. Montreal police officers will be wearing their regular uniform pants this week. Do not be alarmed. The sight, however, may be somewhat unfamiliar insofar as they’ve been wearing camouflage to protest pension reforms since 2014. Don’t get too used to this look, though; the Montreal Police Brotherhood is only suspending the pressure tactic until 11 p.m. on Friday in an attempt to “reach out” to the government. If no progress has been made by then, the camo pants will be making a rapid return.
What is the last sign you’d want to see before a flight? For nervous travellers, the list of possible triggers is nearly limitless. Airport operators, however, appear to have a very specific idea of what constitutes a bad sign. Volenretard.ca, a site that sells passengers insurance against delayed, cancelled, or overbooked flights, says that Aéroports de Montreal removed its ads from terminals. In an email to La Presse, billboard operator Bell Media said Aéroports de Montreal had made this decision because the ads were proving controversial with airlines.
This one’s a tear jerker. To mark World Refugee Day, a new Canada Heritage Minute has been released to commemorate Canada’s admission of refugees from Vietnam in the 1970s. The video tracks a family’s progress from Vietnam, through a Malaysian refugee camp, and all the way to Canada. The video’s cast is entirely made up of boat people or their descendants. To make sure the message got across, Historica teamed up with Brainsights, a company that analyzes brain responses. They measured viewers’ brainwaves when reacting to two different versions of the videos and used those findings to make additional tweaks.
One tortoise’s long journey home. Otis, a California desert tortoise from Ohio, has returned from his summer vacation. He somehow managed to push open a sliding glass door and escape from his owner’s home. Katie Heisinger put up signs and offered a reward, which was quickly matched by her local fire department. The publicity even worked — sort of. Employees at an amusement company called Heisinger to say they’d scooped Otis up. The dastardly tortoise escaped again, this time by knocking over a cardboard box. Shortly thereafter, he was taken in by Tyren O’Steen, who thought he’d make a good pet for his three children. After seeing a story about Otis in the newspaper, O’Steen contacted Heisinger and arranged a reunion. Heisinger has now been reunited with her beloved pet of 25 years.
Montreal Gazette, La Presse, Canadian Press, Associated Press