Are we too narcissistic? Nah. No shame in being awesome and knowing it.
1. You have an innate geographical intuition measuring "pothole depth, frequency, and quality" against "affluence of street" (i.e. distance from Westmount)
2. Not getting lost very often.
Montreal's roads may not be too great, but at least the city centre is easy navigate because it's on a grid system, and a lot of the buses lead to a metro system. Take that, other cities! Wait, other cities don’t have a grid system, right? That’s a Montreal thing? Yeah.
3. You’ve survived harsh winters that would make the Stark family cringe.
4. While the Sami language has about 180 words for "snow", you have twice as many as that.
...mostly because you can use the word for "dead, brown slush" as a root for all of the others
5. You know how to appreciate old things (well, sort of)
6. From your childhood, you still remember terrifying French TV shows like Téléfrançais, and its pineapple thing.
The most terrifying thing is how many sober people probably approved this before it aired.
7. You have the ability to go through an entire educational system without knowing what its name stands for.
It could stand for "Chillingly Endless Gathering of Educational Problems" and you wouldn't know.
8.You have come up with the perfect 30-second rundown to explain what a CEGEP to Americans.
"It's a type of - fuck it - I went to school, okay?"
9. You’ve either become a master of layering clothes, or you’ve developed a total immunity to feel the cold.
I mean, you live in the same city as them. Throughout, like, half of the year. That means they're in YOUR BLOOD. GO HABS GO.
11. "If the Habs win, Montreal riots. If they lose, Montreal goes home for a quiet night in”
You are able to successfully rationalised this, and you've lost the ability to register how little sense it actually makes.
12. Even if you’re not a hockey fan, you’ve picked up enough info from people around you that you can successfully fake your way through any hockey conversation.
13. You know two names for every major street, metro station, and landmark.
One in French and one in English.
14. In fact, you know that speaking two languages is barely noteworthy
Saying you're bilingual is like saying you know how to ride a bike without training wheels.
15. But Anglophones have the ability to skillfully memorise and completely master barely-relevant phrases in French
...while avoiding actually learning the language.
16. You have distilled planning your summer festival attendance into an art
A fine art – frantically searching for scalpers, refining optimal STM routes to a tee, triangulating beer locations while ignoring bathroom locations
17. You can immediately tell the difference between a Montreal-style bagel, a New York-style bagel, and those weird bread rings they sell in supermarkets
18. You have the ability to be equally outraged at pretty much any political change in this city
Despite knowing that it’ll likely entail nothing different. Same thing goes for any change in the Habs lineup. And the rotation of motorway repairs. And people using French or English when they should have been using English or French.
19. You understand why Mont-Royal is a real mountain.
Doesn’t matter what people from other cities say about Mount Royal being “just a small hill”. It’s a mountain, goddammit. OUR mountain.
20. You don't live in Toronto.
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Montreal is certainly no stranger to a traffic jam, which makes taking public transit a more viable option to not only get around faster but do more good for the environment.
As Canadian cities take the initiative to improve their transit systems and reduce their carbon footprints, Montreal has become one of the country's greenest metropolitan areas when it comes to transport, according to one ranking.
A December report from Kijiji Autos analyzed green transport options in Canada's most populated cities, evaluating their use of electric cars, bikes, scooters, and the number of electric charging stations.
With its metro and bus systems, BIXI rentals, bike lanes, and availability of electric cars, Montreal found itself in third place among Canadian cities that offer the greenest transport with a score of 5.5/10.
Although Vancouver and Ottawa/Gatineau snagged the top two spots, Montreal takes the lead as the most bicycle-friendly city in all of North America, with a total of 2,163 bicycle paths, says the Copenhagenize Index.
Montreal's third-place ranking is encouraging news, said McGill University Assistant Professor of Geography, Grant McKenzie, who specifically boasted about Montreal's metro system, "especially compared to other Canadian cities," as well as its "substantial investment towards electric buses."
While McKenzie said "we can always do better" and bemoaned the city's ban on e-scooters, he called the popularity of the BIXI and the inclusion of electric bikes in its fleet an "excellent move in the right direction."
As for electric cars, Kijiji Autos looked at new registrations of electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2021, as well as total charging stations. Montreal landed second to Toronto with a total of 3,633 new registered electric cars, and 1,258 electric charging stations throughout the city.
Kijiji Autos also looked at the number of hybrids and electric vehicles for sale on their platform. Montreal led the way with 1,063 hybrid vehicles and 375 electric vehicles, states the report.
With the province of Quebec offering residents a rebate for the purchase or lease of electric cars, Quebec estimates that there will be 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
After a long wait full of rumours and speculation, the Montreal Canadiens have finally named their new general manager. Welcome to the circus, Kent Hughes!
As part of the new administration with Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Jeff Gorton and Vice President of Communications Chantal Machabée, Hughes is an outside-the-box hire for a team that desperately needs a cultural rebuild both on and off the ice.
Kent Hughes has been named the 18th general manager of the Montreal Canadiens.\n\n#GoHabsGohttps://www.nhl.com/canadiens/news/kent-hughes-named-canadiens-general-manager/c-329865598?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=CHCcontent&utm_content=EN-0118-GMRelease\u00a0\u2026
Hughes has never held a front-office role at an NHL team. His experience as a player agent, however, is well regarded. He was a key figure at Quartexx Management based in Montreal and represented several high-profile québécois players including Patrice Bergeron, Kris Letang and Anthony Beauvillier.
"We are very excited to add Kent Hughes to our organization," Canadiens owner Geoff Molson said in a statement. "Kent is highly respected in the hockey world, having built an excellent reputation as an NHL player agent for over 25 years now."
Hughes replaces outgoing general manager Marc Bergevin, who was fired in November 2021 after an atrocious start to the Habs NHL season. The misery has continued for the Habs, who are currently sitting in dead last in the NHL standings.
According to the NHL, Hughes grew up in Beaconsfield. He played hockey in college and "still holds several of the school's scoring records." He never made it to the NHL as a player, though.
"The process of finding our new general manager afforded us the opportunity to meet a number of extremely qualified candidates," Gorton said in a statement.
"Kent stood out, and we believe he is the right person to be the general manager of the Canadiens. We also believe that Kent's experience as an agent will be a great asset to the organization."
This article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.
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."
The number 11 right-winger has been historically private about his love life with his last "media courtship" dating back to 2017 when he was spotted with Montreal's Vanessa Grimaldi, a former The Bachelor contestant, which could be why the photo sparked thousands of "likes," hundreds of comments and a whole lot of buzz.
In the photo, the pair pose side-by-side in front of a lit-up tree. It's captioned, "She'd rather be in Florida." While nothing about this blatantly reveals that the mystery blonde is Gallagher's new boo, the comments certainly hint at it.
Several other hockey players were quick to comment like Nick Suzuki, Max Domi and Jake Evans with Evans commenting, "You guys should come visit." Julie Petry, the wife of Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry, wrote "Aww" with a smiley face.
But it's a comment from the woman herself, identified on Instagram as Emma Fortin, that shows that — regardless of their relationship status — there's a lot of affection between the pair. It says, "lav uuu" with two heart emojis.
According to information available on social media, Emma Fortin aka Emmanuelle Fortin is a PhD candidate studying management and strategy at HEC Montréal. She is buddies with Anndya from L'ile de l'amour, according to her Instagram highlights.
Fortin also shared the same photo as Gallagher as an Instagram story on Thursday, making sure to add four heart emojis.
Our team sent the potential couple a request for comment. We will update the article when we get a response.