Look both ways before you cross the street. That was one of the first lessons my parents taught me when I was old enough to walk. If the coast is clear, then you’re good to go. If there are cars coming, you wait for them to pass. It doesn’t take any superior judgment to figure this one out. It’s very simple.
Apparently, the Montreal police don't seem to think we're up to the task. If you're caught jaywalking in our fair city, you will be slapped with a $37 fine.
Naysayer: "Well if you didn't jaywalk, you wouldn't even have to worry about that."
Although this may be counterintuitive, jaywalking, when done right, is actually safer than passively crossing the street. By "done right" I mean looking both ways before you cross the street. It makes you more aware of your surroundings and any oncoming cars. It's great if you wait for the little crosswalk man, but if there is an irresponsible motorist who doesn't stop at the red light and you blindly trust the signal, you're in trouble.
Naysayer: "Cars have to abide by the law, so should pedestrians!"
Here's the thing -- Laws are meant to protect people and jaywalking doesn't harm anyone besides (potentially) the jaywalker. As a jaywalker, you understand that what you are doing has consequences. Once you decide to jaywalk, you accept the fact that if you're not smart about what you're doing, you may pay the price.
A driver on the other hand, needs to abide by the law. They have the potential to kill someone if they decide to neglect a red light or a stop sign.
This city has a huge student population and lots of business people downtown who are in a rush. They have places they need to go and don’t want to wait around at the curb for the light to change. These are intelligent people capable of “smart jaywalking,” i.e. looking both ways and crossing the street when there are no cars coming.
Enforcing jaywalking laws sends a clear message to these pedestrians: your freedom of mobility in a public space is limited. In essence, this move empowers cars and takes the power away from those who take to the city by foot.
This is the wrong approach! Pedestrians should own the downtown core. One of the great things about this city is how walkable it is. The police should not be discouraging pedestrians. On the contrary, they need to encourage an activity that promotes a healthy lifestyle and cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions.
According to a Montreal Reddit post from February 2013, undercover cops were seen giving out jaywalking tickets near De La Savanne metro station. Seriously?! It’s that much of an issue in this city that we have undercover police officers on the case? What happened to the days when police officers had to deal with real crimes?
I've gone on for long enough. Let's let comedian Hannibal Buress tell you a story about his experience jaywalking in Montreal:
A 911 call was placed at around 2:15 a.m. on December 10, alerting police officers to excessive noise coming from an apartment on rue Centre, near rue Charlevoix, said Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant.
Brabant told MTL Blog that when police officers arrived on the scene, they saw a group of people causing the disturbance in an apartment. Some of the individuals noticed the police officers outside through the window and started fleeing the scene, he said.
Officers were able to catch one individual who was attempting to flee. Upon searching him, police found a firearm on him, Brabant said.
The man was arrested and is expected to appear in court Friday afternoon in connection with possession of that firearm, said Brabant.
While police were searching the scene during the event, Brabant said police found a second firearm, which they seized, amounting to a total of two firearms seized over the course of the "operation, if you could call it that."
Brabant said the investigation is ongoing and police have been able to identify other people who were at the scene of the incident.
"So there's probably going to be other arrests or accusations later on," he said.
"At this point, we're still [doing] an investigation to see who was in that place and [to see] if we could identify and put accusations against other people that were inside that apartment."
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Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.
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.
To the surprise of many, Quebec City also made the Top 10 — and it ranked higher than Montreal, with Quebec City at #4 and Montreal at #6.
This ranking looked at the cost of living, internet speeds, the percentage of young people, levels of safety, and more.
Our province may have been blessed enough to score two top spots in this ranking, but we still didn't make it to #1, which was Tokyo, Japan.
If ever you were thinking of going to study abroad, you may want to put Tokyo high on your list, considering it "ranks well in nearly all categories helping it to come out on top of the study. It has a good amount of high-ranking unis, great food options, and offers cheap tech. It has high levels of free speech and is above average for safety and high-ranking institutions."