Some people are excited about the project but most are pretty pissed off about how much money is being "wasted".
So in a foolish attempt to calm your fears, we decided to bring you everything you need to know about the new Jacques Cartier Bridge lights.
When are the lights being installed?
The actual installation of the lights will begin at the end of September.
When will the project be complete?
The project end date is set to be May 17th, 2017. But we'll believe it when we see it.
How much will it cost?
$40 millions ... (In Montreal, that translates to $100 billion)
Why is it so expensive?
The project will require 10,4 km of cables, 2807 individual lights installed by over 200 workers.
These aren't just regular lights, they need to be able to resist the insane Montreal weather as well as the rough winds that batter the top of the bridge.
Who is paying for it?
Three quarters of the project is funded by the federal bridge authority. The remaining $9.5 million will be split between the Society for the Celebrations of Montreal's 375th Anniversary, private funding and the government of Quebec.
Who supports this project?
According to CBC only 8% of those who were polled supported the project.
How long will the lights be up?
The bridge is scheduled to be illuminated for 10 years.
What will the bridge look like?
Initially, the lights were supposed to be multi-colored. But now, the lights will be able to change to 365 different shades, however the bridge will only be light with one color at a time.
Why is this so complicated?
What makes this project extra difficult is the position and intensity of the lights. The lights must be bright enough to be seen from miles around, yet they can't blind the people driving on the bridge.
When will the bridge light be turned on?
The bridge is set to react with the mood and season in the city. During a calm winter day, the light will be calmer and slower. But if the Habs win a game that day, the light will be brighter and more active.
There's a proposal to build a massive new beach in Montreal along the Saint Lawrence River in the Ville-Marie neighbourhood of Sainte-Marie.
The beach would sit just north of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Montrealers would be able to access it from the Parc du Pied-du-Courant via a universally accessible, 60-metre elevated walkway over the CP and Port of Montreal tracks that, right now, form a barrier between the water and neighbourhood.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, group president Victor Balsis explained the latest beach idea takes into account feedback from both the port and City of Montreal. He also said that Les AmiEs has attempted to open dialogue with candidates in the federal and municipal elections.
"As the federal and municipal elections are upon us, these issues are more pertinent than ever," Balsis said.
"Although most of these proposals concern federally owned assets, these issues require close coordination with our municipal government which is normally responsible for urban issues on a local level."
"We have reached out to a few parties/candidates but have not heard back on these specific proposals."
Why You Need To Go: For the rest of the summer, seven spaces recreating colourful urban gardens are scattered along avenue Mont Royal. There's a colourful skate park, a light and shadow garden, a rose mural, and other funky spots to check out.
Why You Need To Go: If you've been craving something greasy, you'll be happy to know that you can get a free burger for a limited time at Burger King. All you have to do is download the restaurant's app and place an order over $1 to get a free Whopper.
When: Every day until September 6 from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Address: Place des Commencements; 200, rue de la Commune O., Montréal, QC
Why You Need To Go: You can find Place des Commencements located at the end of the Grand Quai in Old Montreal, which has the most beautiful green terrasse where you can sit on chairs and admire Habitat 67 and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. It's an ideal spot to watch the sunset.
Address: La Brise du Large; 1800, Chemin des Iroquois, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: This is the new waterfront park on the Lachine Canal, La Brise du Large, that you have to check out this summer if you want to sit in the shade for a picnic or feel like you're in the South.
Why You Need To Go: A trip to the museum is always a good idea — especially when it's free. Note that the Christian Dior et Chapleau – Profession : caricaturiste exposition will cost you $9.50 on Wednesday evenings, but the rest of the museum is free to visit after 5 p.m.
Full-time students aged 18 and up are eligible for a 40% discount on all the ARTM's monthly passes. In Montreal, this amounts to $54. Due to the raised price of the regular monthly pass, students will wind up paying $1 more than the previous cost, which was $53.
Single and double STM trips will remain the same price — $3.50 and $6.50 respectively — but 10 trips will now cost the average adult $30.00, up from $29.50.
Regular fare for a three-day pass is going up 50 cents to $20.50. Weekly passes are going up 75 cents to $28 and monthly passes are going up $2 to $90.50.
You can find a full list of the public transportation fares coming into effect on July 1, 2021 here.
Vancouver is still the most expensive, Toronto is second, Calgary is fourth and Ottawa comes in fifth, but overall, Montreal still a comparably affordable place to live for overseas workers, according to this year's Mercer Cost of Living Survey.
Despite the loonie gaining strength relative to the U.S. dollar, "globally, Canada remains a relatively affordable place to live and an attractive destination for remote workers," Gordon Frost, partner at Mercer Canada, stated in a news release.
Using New York City as a baseline, the survey ranks 209 cities according to the cost of necessities such as transportation, housing, clothing, food, and entertainment.
The world's most expensive cities for expatriates are Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; Hong Kong, and Beirut, Lebanon, which climbed 42 spots this year thanks to economic turmoil compounded by the pandemic and the Port of Beirut explosion, according to the report.