While you were sleeping: It’s okay, humidity will make everything better


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Montreal city council unanimously denounced anti-Asian racism. The motion was proposed by Marvin Rotrand, the independent councillor for Snowdon. Rotrand noted that since the start of the pandemic, Montrealers of Asian origin have been subjected to acts of harassment, violence and xenophobic insults. “I am very moved to end this last council with the unanimous support of all the members regarding this important motion for my community,” said council speaker Cathy Wong. “So on behalf of all the Asian communities in Montreal and myself and my future daughter, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Verdun’s Su and the downtown location of Bar B Barn are among Montreal’s latest restaurant casualties. The popular downtown eatery, which branded itself as the home of the world’s greatest chicken and spare ribs, had been open at its 1201 Guy St. location since 1967. The restaurant shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic, while its West Island location remained open for takeout orders. Su’s owner, Fisun Ercan, announced it wouldn’t be reopening on Facebook. “I started to work with the mission of representing Turkish cuisine, I tried to do my best to achieve this goal and obviously it’s not over,” she wrote. “But unfortunately doing this at Restaurant Su is over. We are closing our doors permanently (on the) 26th of June.” The restaurant will continue to fulfil online orders until it closes its doors, Ercan wrote.

Instead of an in-person event, Montreal’s planning an online concert for Canada Day. The concert will take place at an empty Olympic Stadium, with performances broadcast from the middle of the field, said Stéphane Guertin, president of Tandem Communication, which organized the event. The show will feature performances from Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Charlotte Cardin, Hubert Lenoir, Patrick Watson and Elisapie Isaac. Mayor Valérie Plante and Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault will speak during the show. The show will be webcast on July 1 at 7 p.m. at CanadaDayMTL.ca.