Montrealers are a proud bunch, and who can really blame us, there's lots to be proud of. Our hubris is largely unrivaled regarding quality of life, culture, cuisine etc etc etc, but once in while, even a Montrealer gets embarrassed. Though we'll never willingly admit to these things, they do exist and even thinking about them makes us cringe.
But don't worry, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. We all get embarrassed by these things sometimes, the trick is hard denial.
I realize as I'm writing this that losing to the Maple Leafs is an embarrassment to any city, not just Montreal, but as the Habs' arch rival and sworn enemy, a loss to the Leafs is truly horrifying and the shame it brings upon our house is almost tangible.
It's tough living in a bilingual city when you are a little less than bilingual. You want to make an effort, but then the garbled mess of French words you manage to string together sounds horrible and you just pray no one really heard you.
Guess what? It works both ways. In a city with a heavy anglophone population, you can't really avoid speaking English sometimes. While you may be the one with the biggest English vocabulary among your French friends, your inability to correctly use them when speaking to an actual anglophone is not something you're proud of.
Not Knowing Where TMR/Kirkland/Pointe-aux-Trembles Is
Montreal is a small place. A small island in fact, and if you think you know you're way around, but don't know where, say, Outremont is, you should be ashamed of yourself. Montrealers love giving directions, so if you don't know where places are on this tiny island, you should get on that asap.
Yes, our neighbours to the south are responsible for producing many a cool thing we know and love (and many more things we don't), like House of Cards for example, being confused with Americans is just embarrassing. Canada is very much not America, and while some other cities (*cough Toronto) may be little more open to the association, this makes a Montrealer extremely uncomfortable.
Youppi's Losing Bet
Hockey has always been a point of pride in Montreal, and an extremely strong one a that. With 24 Stanley Cup Championships to our name, failing to make the playoffs alone is something that we don't even want to think about. Thankfully, that hasn't happened in a while, and just last year, Montrelers were so confident the Habs would go all the way, they accepted a bet made by Jimmy Fallon during the Eastern Conference Finals with the New York Rangers. We unfortunately lost, and I don't want to talk about it.
The Big O
Even though the Big O is a very unique and recognizable landmark that had the honour of hosting the 1976 Summer Olympics, the truth is, it's kind of embarassing to Montrealers. The useless roof has always been a joke, and its ranking as the #1 Over-Budget Project In The World is not something to be proud of.
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Our beloved Montreal Canadiens may have lost their first game 2-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but they have tons of time to regain their momentum. Their first full-capacity home game is happening on Saturday, October 16 against the New York Rangers.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
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.
Though they've been teammates for nearly a decade, Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher admitted that even he didn't notice how much Carey Price was struggling and wished he "could've done a little bit more for him."
"There are a lot of emotions [...] I've known him for 10 plus years and any time I've been going through something he's been there to help me and I just kinda wish that I was able to do the same thing for him," Gallagher said at a press conference on Thursday.
Brendan Gallagher s'adresse aux médias en direct du Centre Bell.
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Price made the decision to enter the NHL's Player Assistance Program on Thursday, much to the surprise of the Habs organization and hockey fans around the world.
Gallagher commended Price and said that it was "unfair" for him to constantly carry around the weight of expectation.
"It's just such a courageous decision that he made."
"You need to be there for him and he's got a lot of pressure on him outside of hockey, as well [...] We need to be there for him and try to do a better job of reaching out and talking to him."
Gallagher said he hopes Price's decision will bring awareness to unspoken mental health issues and inspire both NHL players and fans to get the help they need.
"I hope Pricey being the role model that he is, this will lead to a lot of people getting help, as well."
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