As a single Montreal girl, I meet a lot of different guys. Some are great, others not so great... I have to say though, overall, Montreal men are pretty decent. We are quite spoiled with quality material in our city.
Don't get too excited just yet. Some guys you meet might lure you into their seemingly perfect worlds and then turn out to be real assholes. Have no fear, girl, I got your back! There are a bunch of red flags that can totally help you realize that something is fishy. So here are 10 types of guys you should NEVER trust.
1. The Tinder guy
The two of you met on Tinder? Red flag. Most guys on Tinder are there for one thing only - booty. If you're comfortable with the idea of casual hookups, great! Otherwise, stay away from Tinder.
2. The "too serious too soon" guy
The guy who calls you his girlfriend after the first date or two clearly has some serious issues. Unless you want to actually help him and be his psychologist, there is no other valuable reason why you should continue seeing him.
3. The "send me your nudes" guy
A guy who asks for your nudes before the two of you even hooked up is actually a fuckboy, sorry. There are other signs that can help you spot a Montreal fuckboy, you can find them here. Stay alert.
4. The really handsome guy
If he's really ridiculously good looking, he might be obsessed with himself. Especially if he works as a model. Does he have way too many selfies on social media? Red flag. Like, if he's just blessed with good looks, but doesn't take himself too seriously and has a normal job - great. Otherwise, run, girl, run!
5. The guy who talks about his ex
If a guy keeps bringing up his ex, that's something you should never disregard. It's especially alarming if he tells you how his ex was a whore and how much he hates her now. Yikes! He's obviously very passionate about someone who's not you.
6. The smooth talker
NEVER trust a smooth talker! These guys can talk their way out of anything. When someone is sincerely interested in you, they get nervous and aren't able to put words together with you being around. If he's charming you with his witty comments, it's a trap, girl.
7. The guy who splits the bill on the first date
That's a really cheap move. If a guy is legitimately broke, he could've invited you for ice cream or a walk instead. Stay away from guys who let you split the bill on the first date.
8. The fashion icon guy
You might love the way he dresses, but these guys take themselves way too seriously. Think about it, if he can't leave the house without looking picture perfect, there's obviously a problem. When a guy's main concern is whether his tie matches his suit, it's definitely not the type of guy you want to end up with.
9. The "too busy" guy
You've had a few amazing dates and now you're dying to see him again, but he pulls the, "Sorry, I'm really busy." excuse. He's just not that into you, unfortunately. Stop wasting your time and move on. A guy who wants to see you will always find a way to see you, no matter how busy he is.
10. The party guy
Yes, sure, the two of you might have a lot of fun partying... but! If he's out every single weekend, his priorities are obviously to pop bottles and fuck bitches. If you happen to approve of this #yolo mentality, then you should totally go for it. Otherwise, keep looking for your prince charming and save this guy's number for when you want to let loose and get a little wild.
He got the Poäng armchair from Ikea; she got the Keurig K-Cup coffee maker, boxes of assorted coffee pods included. He took the car; she got the boat. He got the crystal decanter glass set (a gift from her sister), though it was mostly for show as he liked drinking straight from the bottle (an early red flag she ignored).
She got the rest of the kitchenware, as well as his entire baseball card collection, including a 1995 Vladimir Guerrero rookie card in mint condition. He made a fuss before relenting, but would not, under any circumstances, part with the dog.
As COVID-19 has strained many Quebec marriages, producing a windfall of broken relationships, the
Montreal SPCA is trying to avoid these kinds of high conflict scenarios by making divorce easier on both four-legged and two-legged creatures with its Lasting Relationship campaign.
"Acquiring an animal is a long-term commitment," stated Sophie Gaillard, director of animal advocacy and legal affairs at the Montreal SPCA in an email interview. "Statistically speaking, a relationship with a cat or dog has the potential to last considerably longer than a romantic relationship. It is therefore part of responsible animal ownership to consider what will happen in the event of a breakup."
Montreal SPCA is encouraging couples to sign a custody agreement for their pet
As part of the campaign, the Montreal SPCA has drawn up an agreement to help couples decide who gets the dog (or cat I suppose) when a relationship falls apart.
The first document of its kind to be publicly available in Quebec, the standard animal custody agreement can be obtained pro-bone-o on the
Montreal SPCA website.
"Signing the animal custody agreement we're making available today is at animal owners' discretion,” said Gaillard. “However, we hope such agreements will become standard practice during the adoption process, not only at the Montreal SPCA, but throughout Quebec."
Quebecers are apparently very flighty when it comes to nuptials, with about half of all unions ending in divorce. That's according to the Institut de la Statistique du Québec (ISQ), which found the highest risk of breakup was around the fourth year of the relationship.
Conversely, dogs (11 years) and cats (15 years) can live much longer than that on average, according to the SPCA, and their relationship commitment skills are rock-solid.
In addition, COVID-19 has strained many marriages, producing a boom time for divorce lawyers who are reporting "a surge in the number of consultations for separation since the beginning of the pandemic," according to a
In addition, common-law unions, which make up 38% of couples in Quebec, "tend to be more unstable than marriage, according to demographers at the Université de Montréal and the ISQ," it continues.
Currently, the law treats our precious fur babies like mere fur possessions.
In the event of divorce, the courts decide who keeps the animal based on who bought or adopted it "without taking into consideration what is in the animal's best interest," said Gaillard.
With the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec, Simon Jolin-Barrette, undertaking a reform of Quebec’s family law, the Montreal SPCA has also launched a petition calling for the Civil Code of Quebec to be updated to make sure animal welfare is considered in matters of separation or divorce.
"Such a provision would not only promote animal welfare, but it would also save a great deal of grief for spouses experiencing a breakup who, overnight, may find themselves completely deprived of contact with an animal whom they considered a true member of the family," said Gaillard.
"It would also make Quebec law much more coherent when it comes to animals," she continued. "The Civil Code of Quebec was updated in 2015 to recognize that animals are not things but rather sentient beings. Yet family law continues to treat them like things, instead of as members of the family."
Teleport is a new video speed-dating platform where you get set up with five people that you share similarities with and get to go on five dates in 30 minutes.
Afterwards, you're able to continue messaging the people you met during the dates if you both chose the option to keep talking to one another.
It is designed for people of all sexual orientations.
To get paired up, you get yourself a "ticket" for different events that pique your interest, such as one called "Outdoor Adventure anyone?" then you will get to meet people who also signed up for the same event when it begins.
Teleport will officially launch in Montreal on June 17 at 8 p.m. and you'll be able to start signing up for events that evening, which will allow you to go on dates with people of similar interests.
"Starting June 17th, we will have weekly events on Thursdays, 8 pm where people are smartly paired," Teleport told MTL Blog.
Why do the creators think Teleport is necessary in today's world?
The creators of Teleport, Chad Goodman, Tyler Greenberg and Michael Ding have been working on the app for two years now. "We completely evolved the way you meet new people," the creators told MTL Blog.
"The future of social is live, in the moment, and as exciting as the real world. We believe that the best encounters are face-to-face. When you can see their smile, hear their voice, and feel their energy."
"Swiping right will never replace that magic. But, swiping and texting have replaced real connections. The very apps that seek to bring us together are what are making us feel so alone."
They concluded by saying, "Dating should be exciting, in the moment, and face-to-face, not a mindless game, swiping on fake profiles. Teleport is inspired by the real world, and we believe that it’s the first real dating app.”
Once Teleport launches on June 17, you'll be able to go to either the website or the app, which you can find under "Teleport Dating: Video Events" on the Apple App Store, and start building your profile.
When creating your Teleport profile, you'll be asked different questions like your star sign, how often you exercise, "do you enjoy drinking?" and more to help the team at Teleport get to know you better.
You can also write a bio about yourself and add various photos.
Once your profile is all set up, you can take a look at the events happening for Montreal and see which ones you'd be interested in video chatting people at!
Montreal is such a creative hub. When it comes to fashion and design, I think that there's a lot of talent here. But it's not always easy for designers here in Montreal to broadcast their message where it needs to go.
There's a sensitivity to local production, which is something that we're really putting forward — local talent, local expertise, celebrating that through the production of all of our garments.
I think a lot of people are striving to revive the industry. With the new generation coming in, there's going to be also a new way of consuming local products and local production... it's nice to have a strong local economy and I think people are more and more sensitive to that for sure.
Can you give us a preview of what you'll be pitching to the Dragons?
Dragon's Den was excited to hear what we had to say and allow us to pitch the product and the brand to the Dragons. We're still waiting for the exact pitch date, but we're so excited to be able to show our project in our movement to the Dragons.
What we're looking for is obviously a key investor to help us take this worldwide. The goal is to be able to dress every wide man with quality products that are made in Canada, that are designed here in Montreal and bring this vision to the world through the magic of the internet age.
Our Kickstarter launched only weeks ago and we're already over our target. The demand is there and I think [the Dragons] were just also impressed with the branding, the story. What we really want is to offer to the wide men of the world something that they can be proud of for once.
Why do you think Wide The Brand important to you and the fashion industry as a whole?
The notion of sensuality and masculine fashion is all about chiselled bodies and there's this notion [that] wide bodies are not viewed as being attractive.
I also think that there is this misconception that plus-size men don't care about the way they look. And I think that for us, that's the root cause of everything.
It's not that we don't care about how we look. It's that we have no options to change the way we look. So if we have no options and no possibilities, how can we change our reality?
And that's what Wide The Brand is about. To give these men options, giving them the possibility to build their own persona show to the world instead of having to deal with the one that's offered to them because no one has ever shown them. There is no reason why plus-size fashions should not be as stylish comfortable.
Women also benefitted from the increase in high-paying jobs, as they "saw a larger increase in the number of jobs paying $30 an hour or more than men. The percentage growth in employment offering this compensation for women was moreover two and a half times higher than for men."
However, between 2019 and 2020, women lost "twice as many paying less than $20 an hour than men."
In addition, "people working in the finance, insurance, real estate and rental industries as well as professional, scientific and technical services [...] contributed nearly 40% to the overall increase in the number of jobs paid $30 an hour or more observed in 2020."