Yes, I'm from Montreal and no I don't eat Côte St-Luc BBQ for dinner, only buy coffee form Brûlerie St-Denis and shop at Montreal Trust. Montreal is the biggest small town, and no matter what you do to be different, people from our age group generally live similar lifestyles... After having spent some time around people from the South Shore and such, it's clear that they have preconceived notions about Montrealers. Some of the stereotypes are wrong but a lot of them are accurate and it's pretty hilarious!
1. We Never leave the Island
Why would we leave the island?! There's everything you could ever want in a 20 km radius. If you were born in Montreal and aren't of Canadian/Québécois decent, and you don't necessarily have family to go visit in Candiac or wherever, there's nothing to see there. Basically there really is no point to cross the water by car unless there's a zombie apocalypse.
2. We Don't Know Anything About their "Shores"
When getting directions in Laval, for example, you can't help but ask: "is it next to the Carrefour?". The South Shore is basically Longueuil and Dix 30, other than that its a blur. Even though there are some cute areas out there, we don't really know about them.
We'd all like to deny our hipster tendencies, but Montrealers ARE stylish, like good-food and taking the occasional art class. Mind you, there is a difference between the occasional flower tea and wearing big circular glasses, buying strictly organic and taking bike rides around the Plateau.
4. We Always Go Clubbing
This Stereotype probably comes from the fact that people from off-the-island prefer to go out here in Montreal. But realistically most of us can't afford that, and clubbing really isn't that great. Also, the majority of us started hitting up Crescent at 16, so neighbourhood bars pretty much trump clubs at this point.
5. None of Us Own Cars
Ok, so the STM is a piece of shit, BUT compared to public transport out in the 'burbs we're sitting pretty. If you live directly downtown, having a car could be a bother, but other than that people do have cars. Where else would all the traffic come from then (duh).
6. Mount Royal Is The Only Cool Place To Be
Since we're stereotyped as hipsters, the obvious choice for an outting for an off-islander would be the Plateau area, but in reality it doesn't really matter where you go, there's always something fun to do in MTL).No hate to Plateau people - you guys really are the coolest.
7. We've Never Seen Suburbs
For some reason there's a misconception that that all of Montreal looks like downtown, full of tall buildings and businesses. Actually, neighbourhoods with houses and condos cover the majority of the island. Therefore you're wrong!
Longueuil plans to cull a group of beloved, destructive deer in a local park. Criticism of the decision has been swift, intense and in at least one instance, extreme. The city says its newly-elected mayor, Catherine Fournier, received a "serious threat" after confirming the plan.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, city spokesperson Hans Brouillette confirmed that the mayor got a message that "was threatening and has required a notice to the Longueuil Police Service." He clarified that it was not a death threat.
On Tuesday, the City of Longueuil announced it had green-lit a plan to euthanize part of a deer population — between 60 and 70 deer, according to media reports — that's apparently wreaking havoc on the ecosystem in Parc Michel-Chartrand.
The city claims the deer overpopulation threatens their own health, as well, and says it has found evidence of malnutrition.
"Taking into account all scientific, ethical and environmental aspects, this is the only possible way forward at this point, as the situation has worsened greatly, particularly in the last year," Mayor Fournier said in a statement.
The city first announced the cull plan in 2020 but officials backed down amid fierce opposition. A petition to save the deer amassed tens of thousands of signatures.
It seems that fierce opposition persists.
"We, unfortunately, [received] several insulting or hateful messages," Brouillette said. "We greet the messages, which most remain respectful, and receive many supportive ones."
Despite the pressure, Brouillette tells MTL Blog that "maintaining dialogue is essential, especially in the context of a sensitive issue like this one."
Bookworms know not to judge a book by its cover. And as it turns out, the adage applies to real estate as well. Even though this loft for sale on the South Shore of Montreal looks like a warehouse from the outside, the inside looks remarkable once you walk through the door. It might even make you say, "WOW," the moment you begin to explore.
Located in Longueuil's LeMoyne neighbourhood, this property is 6,000 square feet and is going for about $2,325,000.
Up on the second floor, you'll also find the living room, dining room, four bedrooms, a powder room, and two bathrooms. The master bedroom comes with a massive walk-in closet and a bathroom that could easily fit a hockey team. Another important thing to note is that the loft's second floor is almost entirely open concept.
Precedent suggests animal lovers will not love this news: the City of Longueuil has once again announced that it intends to purge deer at Parc Michel-Chartrand as part of conservation efforts to preserve what it calls a "fragile ecosystem."
Longueuil made a similar announcement in 2020 but backed down on the plan after tens of thousands of people signed a petition against it.
Now, Longueuil says that the "health and well-being of the deer are threatened" due to their high numbers, and the city is set to cull 60 or 70 deer, according to different media reports.
The statement from the city says that "clinical evidence suggests that the animals are suffering from malnutrition" and that trees and natural environments in the park "are so degraded that they can no longer regenerate." The overpopulation of deer in the park has had a significant impact on the trees, apparently.
Catherine Fournier, the newly-elected mayor of Longueuil, said that "it is clear that the deer population in the park must be reduced urgently to avoid further damage to the natural environment, which has already been weakened by the overpopulation of deer."
"Taking into account all scientific, ethical and environmental aspects, this is the only possible way forward at this point, as the situation has worsened greatly, particularly in the last year."
But don't worry, this isn't going to be like the actual purge with all the guns and ammo.
The city will collaborate with partners to make sure the deer are properly euthanized. The good news is, all that deer meat won't go to waste. Longueuil says they will donate the meat to "community food aid organizations."
Classes at a South Shore high school were suspended as police investigated what they called "threatening comments." In an 8:14 a.m. Facebook post, Longueuil police (SPAL) said they were carrying out a "preventive intervention" at the Heritage Regional High School.
The SPAL added that most students were not on campus at the time of the intervention because classes weren't scheduled to start until 9:30 a.m.
In a Facebook post, Heritage Regional High said it had ordered school buses to turn around to drop students off and asked parents to pick up students who were already on campus.
After securing the high school, the SPAL confirmed at 11:15 a.m. that it had lifted its perimeter and identified an individual suspected of making the comments, an unnamed minor who is not a student at the school.
Heritage explained that it contacted the police after discovering the threat "circulating on social media."
"We always take safety very seriously and will continue to take action when a perceived threat to our school is reported to us," the school wrote on Facebook after the police intervention had ended.
"We are grateful to be part of such a strong community that never hesitates to reach out and share any concerns. We all share the responsibility of ensuring our students are safe."