Weather man Hannah here, bringing you the weekend forecast! Saturday is looking sunny as all Hell, so it's time to close the laptop, X out of MTLBlog and get your butts outside. Here are some things to do while the skies are blue and the rain is on hold.
1. Play Frisbee
Hey man, it's stereotypical for a reason. Do you see how happy those frisbee players always are? It's because it's fun. Parc Lafontaine or Parc Mont Royal are always good options for frisbee laying. You don't even need to bring one, there always a bunch of people playing, just ask to join!
2. Go To An Outdoor Swimming Pool
It's FINALLY warm enough to swim, and lucky for us most of Montreal's public pools opened up yesterday. We have a whole article dedicated to our favourite spots to take a dip. So grab your bikini, and click on over here, to see which one suits your fancy.
Generally when I go to farmers markets I don't end up buying much, but I always have a good time. It's relaxing to meander around with your pals and "ooh" and "ahh" over the selection. Here's a list of all the farmers markets in Montreal, there is bound to be one close to you!
If you want to keep your weekend sunny and active, why not go on a hike? There are plenty of places to hit up in and around Montreal. I like hiking as weekend activity because it's a workout with really feeling like a workout, it's outside, and you can do it with your friends. A perfect combination, if you ask me.
You can take your activity a step further and actually play sports. Soccer, volleyball, you name it ,you can play it! Get your game on, friends!
If you're looking for a more relaxed outdoor activity, then tanning is as chill as it gets. Not literally of course, you'll actually be quite warm by the end of it. All you need is blanket, some tunes and plenty of sunscreen. By Monday you'll be so bronzy, people will think you spent your weekend in the Bahamas. Here are some of the prime spots to tan it up!
7. Mountain Yoga
This is actually an activity of my own making. But my favourite thing to do, when the weather permits it, is to grab my yoga mat, climb up the mountain, and zen out. The climb gets you all limbered up and ready to get bendy. Also, yoga is much more satisfying when you have a view of the city below you.
It's proof you actually went outside. But seriously, Montreal is b-e-a-utiful in the summer, so why wouldn't you want to commemorate that with some Instagram pics? If you do end up taking us up on our suggestionm make sure to hashtag mtlblog for a chance to be featured in our weekly Instagram post!
9. Terrasse Hopping
Terrasse hopping is not only a way to enjoy the sun, but it also allows you to eat and drink your day away. I honestly don't think there is another way I would rather spend my weekend. Here are some of our favourite terrasses in the city.
10. See Where The Wind Takes You
Sometimes the best way to enjoy the weekend is to just wander. It can be fun to hippy it out, and walk around with no real purpose in mind. You may be surprised at what you stumble across.
It's official — 2021 was the hottest year on record for Montreal, according to Environment Canada. It beat out the previous hottest years, 1998 and 2012, by a mean few hundredths of a degree.
This rise in temperature in Montreal is attributed to new weather patterns, causing scorching temperatures in June, August, September and October. "August and October were record-breaking months," said Environment Canada spokesperson Simon Legault.
"We were lucky that July was below normal because if it hadn't happened that way, [...] we would have shattered the record instead of just breaking it," he added.
A few hundredths of a degree may not sound like such a big problem, but temperatures in Montreal (and around the world) have been steadily rising.
The average annual temperature in Montreal from 1951 to 1980 was 6.5ºC, according to ClimateData.ca. Last year's mean temperature came in at a whopping 8.6ºC. This drastic increase in fortyish years has already begun to show its effects — not just on our electrical bills in the summer, but also the health of the population, the Climate Action Network says.
Whether or not 2022 will be even hotter remains anyone's guess. Projections for an area as small as Southern Quebec can only be made a few weeks in advance.
What we do know is that February and March should be significantly warmer than January.
"A few short intense waves of cold are coming in," Legault said of January, adding that February and March are expected to be "close to or above normal temperatures."
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.