Over the last few weeks, I've been spotting more and more rats in the city. Especially when I cross through alleyways. And for every rat I see I see at least 5 dead ones nearby.
And I'm not the only one. Residents of Ahuntsic Cartier-Ville have also reported a lot of rat sightings in the area recently.
It's not that unusual. After all, every big city has a large rat population. But in Montreal, even though we know they're there, we don't usually see them. But studies show at least 1 in 3 homes in Montreal has a rat problem.
Normally they remain hidden underground, but something has been happening recently that's causing the rats to come out of their hiding spots in droves.
You probably guessed by now. It's all the construction and underground sewer work.
As if nightmarish traffic jams and toxic fumes weren't enough to deal with, now we have to deal with a rat problem too.
And since this winter was especially mild, there are more rats than ever.
Experts estimate there are about 4 million on the island alone, that's 2 rats for every person.
One lady from Ahuntsic even claims she caught 6 rats herself in a single afternoon.
That means there are only 3,999,994 rats left. So here's the plan:
Grab a hockey stick or your finest rat clubbing apparatus, murder 2 rats (remember to terminate them with extreme prejudice) and if we all do the same, then the rat problem should be fixed by the end of the day.
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.
Ca Lem's owner, Stephanie Le, told MTL Blog that clients just need to download the TikTok app and show their account to the cashier in order to receive free pancake cereal sundaes — which are, of course, topped with maple syrup.
"We encourage users to take video and pictures of their visit to Ca Lem and post on Instagram, Facebook & TikTok platforms," she said.
There are limited quantities each day but the offer is valid at two of Ca Lem's locations — in NDG and the Plateau — so you can double your chances of getting a free sundae.
Free Pancake Cereal Ice Cream Sundaes
When: July 16, 17 and 18
Address: NDG - 6926, rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC; Plateau–Mont-Royal - 4223, rue Saint-Dominique, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: It's free ice cream, that's why!
Founder Corinne Asseraf "imagined the Gallery 203 as a place of discovery, of meeting and exchange between artists and art enthusiasts" and you can feel exactly that the second you walk through the doors.
The mastermind behind all of this, Asseraf, has such a warming, kind presence, which is reason enough to take a visit to Galerie 203 whenever you're strolling through Old Montreal. She let MTL Blog know that anyone and everyone is welcome in her gallery.