Montrealers are known for being fun-loving and energetic, but they also have a rep for being a little mean to visitors and tourists. Exceptions exist, of course, but usually, when some silly out-of-province-er asks a very silly question, all Montrealers will react in the same way: vehement hate. Certain phrases really set the citizens of Montreal off, so for anyone looking to avoid (or inspire) Montreal hate, here are 7 things you should NEVER say to a Montrealer.
Don't bother asking, the answer will be yes. Even if the Montrealer in question doesn't like hockey, its a yes. Save yourself some time and a possible bitch-out for questioning hockey team-loyalty.
2. So What is a poutine? Do you, like, eat it all the time?
Poutine is kind of Montreal/Quebec's signature dish but the city hardly lives off the stuff. Yes, Montrealers do eat the delicious blend of fries, gravy, and cheese fairly often/whenever drunk, although that isn't ALL the time. Montrealers are well aware of the vast amount of other food options available in the city, with poutine remaining a staple. Besides, how would the city's citzens retain their slender figure on an all-poutine diet?
3. French-Canadian? How does that work?
Its not dual citizenship, its a term reflecting Quebec's history as being colonized by the French and the British. For some reason people can't wrap their heads around this idea. Think of it as being a Canadian citizens who was brought up with more of a focus on French culture, rather than British/North American culture like the rest of the nation. Simplified, for sure, but hopefully that brings the point home.
4. So Where's the mountain?
Actually? Ok, here's how: Step 1. Look Up, Step 2. Turn your head around in any direction, Step 3. Look for a large mound with a white cross on top. The fact that people ask this baffles the minds of Montrealers everywhere. Is the mountain just easier to notice when you know its there? Are visitors expecting a giant cliff of biblical proportions? Either way, just don't ask and look around.
5. How is everyone so good looking and well dressed?
If you say this, you may not get an angry response, probably just make someone pleasantly annoyed. Unlike some parts of Canada, Montrealers take some pride in their appearance. Every person isn't a high fashion model, but in general Montrealers dress pretty well, and thus the entire population just looks more attractive. That, or there's something in the drinking water.
6. How do I order a drink if the bartender speaks French?
Usually followed with a "do I ask for the drink in English or in French? Will he/she hate me if I say it in English?" Ordering booze in Montreal is the same as in any city, so don't get caught up in the language debacle.More than very likely your bartender is bilingual and won't give two shits, plus most drinks sound nearly identical in French and English, especially if using brand names. Also, if the bartender is looking for a tip, they'll be nice enough to you to get your drink, so English-ordering is fine. Just don't be an idiot and you'll get boozing.
7. Do you, like, hibernate in the Winter?
Montreal Winters are harsh, we get it. Do we just stay inside like wussies? Hell no, we man up, brave the sub-zero winds, and go get drunk. A lot of people tend to stay in more during the Winter, as is the case for most cities, but we don't curl up in a cave and miss out on Winter fun. Montreal makes the best of Winter (Igloofest anyone?) and embraces the cold.
These are our phrases to set of a Montrealer, do you have any we missed? Think we were totally off with these? Let us know in the comments below.
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Winter is just around the corner and even if you're lamenting the loss of warm sunny days, you can't deny that Montreal knows how to do winter right. From our Christmas markets and extreme weather to our snowy slopes and outdoor rinks, winter in the city is truly magical.
But even though we'relooking forward to winter, we really wanted to hear what you all think. So, we took to Instagram and asked "what are you looking forward to the most about winter?" And you folks didn't disappoint!
We collected close to 200 replies and even though we asked for serious answers only, a lot of you gave us some silly ones. But we forgive you, because one of you reminded us of the simple, yet chaotic pleasure of watching cars slide down an icy hill.
EPIC! Crazy Car Pileup in Montreal. Bus Police and Snowplow!
Here's what Montrealers just like you are looking forward to the most this winter.
An overwhelming number of you were most excited about Christmas and all Christmas-related things. We're talking twinkle lights, we're talking jingle bells, we're talking holiday markets, gift-giving, elves and even Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Montreal LOVES Christmas. And is it any wonder why? This city bloody knows how to do Christmas right and goes all out on the holiday cheer.
Love it or hate it, you're gonna see some snow in Montreal this winter (you might even be seeing some right now!). But honestly, it seems like most of you quite enjoy the snow and all the snowy activities that you can enjoy.
A few newcomers to the city said they're looking forward to seeing it covered in white for the first time.
Some of you seem to only hate snow because it makes you look cool.
So our suggestion is to embrace the fluffy stuff and take full advantage of it. Up for a bit of sledding?
While you could theoretically do it all year round, there's something special about ice skating in the winter.
It's one of the most quintessential winter experiences and makes for a perfect date. Montreal is silly with beautiful outdoor skating rinks too, which is probably why so many of you picked skating as your favourite winter activity.
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Cold winters in Montreal are inevitable but dry winter skin is not. By changing your skincare regimen and using the right products, you can keep your skin looking soft and smooth all season long.
Shoppers Drug Mart is full of effective and inexpensive products that can keep your skin hydrated and moisturized to the max. There are over 400 beauty brands to choose from to help you build a routine that suits your specific needs. From Cerave to La Roche Posay, Olay, Bioderma, Versed, and so many more!
The great thing about shopping there is that you can use your PC Optimum™ card to score tons of points that you can put towards your next purchase. You can redeem $10 for every 10,000 points you earn.
Let's say your biggest skincare concern is redness caused by rosacea or eczema. At Shoppers Drug Mart, you can find gentle, non-irritating products that won't break the bank, like this UriageRoséliane Anti-redness Cream for $28.
If you're still suffering from acne through the winter, the Cocokind Turmeric Tonic Spot Treatment for $14.99 is a good product to have in your beauty cabinet. It's a leave-on spot treatment that can help zap zits overnight.
Besides drinking water and investing in a humidifier (which you can also find at Shoppers Drug Mart), there are other ways to keep your skin hydrated and protected against the cold.
If you notice your skin's complexion is dull and lacking radiance, you can apply a few drops of Indeed Laboratories Vitamin C Brightening Drops after cleansing and before moisturizing. It costs $19.99 and you can earn 285 PC Optimum™ points with your order.
You can also try one of the newer brands at Shoppers Drug Mart called Florence Mills. The Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask for $29 will help you reset your skin after a long week, leaving you with a radiant complexion.
Some of us tend to get dry, flaky skin around our eyelids and under-eye area which is never cute. But there are a few effective ways of treating the condition after a quick trip to the drugstore.
You can buy a velvety rich cream like the Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream for $23.99. This one's loaded with smoothing algae extract, firming peptides and ethically-sourced mica so the sensitive skin around your eyes stays hydrated and younger-looking at the same time. We love a multi-tasker!
The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser With Hyaluronic Acid is a massive fan-favourite and it's only $17.99. It's a non-foaming lotion that gently removes dirt and oil while keeping your skin super hydrated, especially during cold weather season.
With the holidays around the corner, everyone is super slammed with work and family and there's little time left for personal shopping. The Shoppers Drug Mart website makes it quick and easy to shop for products by concern, so you get what you need faster. Whether it's fine lines, redness, dark circles or dryness, you can filter through different concerns to find the product that's right for you.
You can even filter through different brands, formulas, skin types and ratings which is a huge time-saver. Now that your skin looks amazing, you can get back to doing all your favourite winter activities feeling comfortable and confident.
The post says Bergevin tested positive on the morning of November 19 and that he "is being monitored by the Canadiens medical staff and will follow the protocols set forth by the National Hockey League and the public health authorities."
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin was confirmed positive for COVID-19 this morning.\n\nHe is being monitored by the Canadiens medical staff and will follow the protocols set forth by the National Hockey League and the public health authorities.
The Canadiens, who have been on a four-game losing streak, will have to contend without their general manager as he recovers from the virus.
It's been a tough season all around for the Habs so far. Several key players have gone down with injuries, hindering progress as the season grinds along.
Bergevin is in the last season of his contract with the Canadiens and his future as the general manager still remains in doubt. There has been no word of renewing his contract with the team.
Bergevin has been GM of the Habs for the past nine seasons.
This isn't the first time the team has had a brush with COVID-19. During the playoffs, last season, Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme was away from the team for 14 days after testing positive for COVID-19. Habs forward Joel Armia was also sidelined under the NHL's COVID-19 protocol for a Stanley Cup Final game.
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Quebec Premier François Legault wasn't looking for a negative reaction when he announced his hockey plan, which plays directly to one of the province's passions, but that's exactly what he got.
Late Thursday afternoon, Legault announced the creation of the Comité québécois sur le développement du hockey, a committee that will aim to "restore our national sport to its former glory, to instil a love of hockey in young people and to properly develop Quebec talent in a positive and safe environment," according to the premier.
But Legault is being dragged over his plan that some have called a "populist" distraction from more important issues.
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Allan Walsh, a well-regarded hockey agent who represents several Quebec-born players like Jonathan Drouin and Marc-André Fleury, took to Twitter to comment that growing hockey in Quebec is "not rocket science."
"Start with developing players at the QMJHL level instead of exploiting them. There [are] a few teams that do a great job, the majority will do anything to maximize profits to the detriment of players' futures."
Somebody may want to tell Legault and Plante that Belzile and Ouellet are in the lineup tonight, so a provincewide cataclysm as been averted and they can get back to that pesky little pandemic that's killed thousands of the same people they want to see on the hockey team so badly
The committee is tasked with addressing several major issues — including athlete development, the development of women's hockey, coaching, accessibility, safety and integrity — with a final report due on March 31, 2022.
For now, though, it's mostly rhetoric. In a statement, Legault exclaimed that hockey "is part of our identity, our pride and also part of the pleasures of life."
"This is how we are going to become a breeding ground for talent again. This is how Quebec will once again become a powerhouse in hockey."
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Several more people criticized Legault for announcing this plan while his administration is in the middle of an inquest into the number of deaths during the peak of the pandemic at the province's CHSLDs. Over 4,000 elderly people died in CHSLDs during the first wave of COVID-19.
"When will you have a conference to explain your catastrophic management of CHSLDs?" inquired one Twitter user.
The premier was mum on that issue during his hockey press conference.
Kuei , je ne comprends pas pourquoi qu\u2019il n\u2019y a pas une personne issue des 1ers nations au comite . Il y a des experts autochtones qui ont jou\u00e9s dans la LHJMQ et LNH et vous savez qu\u2019il y a eu du racisme au hockey dans les arenas au Qc.