I'll get straight to the point here - Montreal guys have forgotten what it is to be a gentleman. I'm not going to generalize and say ALL Montreal men lack basic etiquette and chivalry, but from my experience, most guys do seem to forget these two things.
I'm going to run you through a couple of scenarios that will most probably sound very familiar.
1. You're on a first dinner date with this new guy, everything seems to go smooth. The waitress arrives and asks if you'd like one or two bills.
You're trying to be polite and say that you don't mind splitting the bill. Your prince charming then says, "Awesome!" It's actually not that awesome. A gentleman always pays. The term "going Dutch" was invented by the English as an insult: they regarded the Dutch as cheap. Just pay...
2. It's freezing outside and you're not dressed appropriately.
Your BF is wearing a jacket. You turn to him with puppy eyes and say, "It's so cold, I'm freezing" and he's like, "Yep, it's cold outside." Um, hello?! A gentleman offers his jacket to the lady.
3. You're walking into a restaurant and your man doesn't bother to open and hold the door for you.
Instead, he just walks in and heads straight to the hostess, not giving a single fvck how you're doing behind. A gentleman treats all women and girls as ladies. That includes opening doors for them. It's not a condescending act, it's actually the opposite. If the door is the kind that opens itself, you always let the lady go in first, by the way.
4. Your guy tells you he'll come pick you up at 6pm. It's 7.30pm and you receive a text, "Be there in 20 min babe".
A gentleman is always on time. It's common courtesy to respect her time. No gentleman will allow himself to be late for a date or any other event for that matter.
5. You're at a friend's house and there are not enough chairs for everyone.
Your man takes the last chair and you're left standing with a couple other girls. A gentleman gives up his seat. This includes public transport, waiting rooms, etc.
6. You're at a table with your man having dinner in a restaurant.
He is talking with his mouth full and using his fork as a tooth pick...Mind your table manners, gentlemen.
7. You just had dinner with a guy, then you head somewhere for drinks.
You're having so much fun, he's really cool. It's starting to get late. Your guy tells you, "I'll walk you to the cab." A gentleman's priority is his lady's safety. You walk her to her door - not to the cab - you make sure she gets home safely... Especially if you had a couple of drinks.
8. When your guy loses his cool over something stupid and screams at a waitress or his buddy for something...
And you're just there freaking out in your head cause he looks really scary. A gentleman is always respectful and collected. There are ways of dealing with any situation and it doesn't include being rude or going crazy.
9. You had a date with this guy, everything went great, in your head at least.
It's been five days now and you haven't heard back from him. You texted him a couple of things and he's not texting you back. A gentleman always texts back, even if it's to let someone down gently. Don't leave anyone hanging.
10. You meet a guy and you get into relationship talk. He then goes on and on about how his EX was a slut.
So attractive. NOT. A gentleman treats every woman and girl with the same amount of respect as he would treat his mother or sister. In addition, putting other people down in order to elevate yourself is not a gentleman thing to do either.
Boucherie Slovenia, a boulevard Saint-Laurent institution for 50 years, will soon serve its last spicy sausage.
The iconic home of enormous Eastern European-style sandwiches — Slovenian sausage and towering cold-cuts were staples — will close its doors forever on January 29, said the owners, Lourdes Rodrigues and Jean Teixeira, in a Facebook post.
"Thank you to all our loyal customers, for the wonderful years," they said.
With a menu overflowing with huge, yet affordable, meat and mustard sandwiches — sauerkraut, pickles and Cherry Cokes were also standard — Boucherie Slovenia is the latest of the Main's iconic old-school institutions to close.
The beloved Moishes steakhouse announced its closure under the strain of the pandemic in the summer of 2020.
The Boucherie Slovenia Facebook post asks readers to share their memories of the restaurant and butcher shop, with many offering childhood stories of visiting for a pepperette sandwich or their "underrated" smoked meat, which is "the best in the city," according to one commenter.
Many apparent long-time customers said they wouldn't know where to go to find dishes comparable to Boucherie Slovenia's treasured menu items.
Others remarked on how yet another classic Montreal restaurant is closing its doors. "Nothing replaces these fantastic old shops," said one person. "It's a loss. The rich character of the boulevard is disappearing."
Montreal is certainly no stranger to a traffic jam, which makes taking public transit a more viable option to not only get around faster but do more good for the environment.
As Canadian cities take the initiative to improve their transit systems and reduce their carbon footprints, Montreal has become one of the country's greenest metropolitan areas when it comes to transport, according to one ranking.
A December report from Kijiji Autos analyzed green transport options in Canada's most populated cities, evaluating their use of electric cars, bikes, scooters, and the number of electric charging stations.
With its metro and bus systems, BIXI rentals, bike lanes, and availability of electric cars, Montreal found itself in third place among Canadian cities that offer the greenest transport with a score of 5.5/10.
Although Vancouver and Ottawa/Gatineau snagged the top two spots, Montreal takes the lead as the most bicycle-friendly city in all of North America, with a total of 2,163 bicycle paths, says the Copenhagenize Index.
Montreal's third-place ranking is encouraging news, said McGill University Assistant Professor of Geography, Grant McKenzie, who specifically boasted about Montreal's metro system, "especially compared to other Canadian cities," as well as its "substantial investment towards electric buses."
While McKenzie said "we can always do better" and bemoaned the city's ban on e-scooters, he called the popularity of the BIXI and the inclusion of electric bikes in its fleet an "excellent move in the right direction."
As for electric cars, Kijiji Autos looked at new registrations of electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2021, as well as total charging stations. Montreal landed second to Toronto with a total of 3,633 new registered electric cars, and 1,258 electric charging stations throughout the city.
Kijiji Autos also looked at the number of hybrids and electric vehicles for sale on their platform. Montreal led the way with 1,063 hybrid vehicles and 375 electric vehicles, states the report.
With the province of Quebec offering residents a rebate for the purchase or lease of electric cars, Quebec estimates that there will be 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
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.