Celine Dion has officially expressed interest in teaming up with Arcade Fire. The two Quebec music-exports may have very different styles, but their mutual love for the city of Montreal could unite the two. Who wouldn't go to a Dion-Fire combo concert? Seriously, scores of soccer moms and ballad-lovers would be shoulder to shoulder with the young hipster masses. Finally a concert you can bring your parents to and not feel totally lame.
Dion recently stated in an interview with La Presse how she regretted not being able to creatively interact with Arcade Fire during last year's charity concert at Metropolis, where both performed. Regretting the chance to collaborate, Dion said:“It would’ve been fun to do something together,” and she hopes an oppurtunity arises in the future. Well, that's good for Celine, but we're still not sold on the idea.
Arcade Fire has yet to respond. Hopefully it stays that way. Sorry Celine-ophiles, Arcade Fire would lose some serious cred if this goes down. Just sayin'
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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.
"My team and I have been working on our new show for the past eight months and not being able to open this November saddens me beyond words."
She added that she is "especially sorry for disappointing all the fans who've been making their plans to come to Las Vegas."
"Now, I have to focus on getting better."
The affected shows are from November 5 to 20, 2021 and January 19 to February 5, 2022. The venue says ticketholders for these shows will receive automatic refunds if they purchased their tickets using a credit card. They'll also get access to a "pre-sale opportunity" for future shows.
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.