No one can resist the allure of a block party in the heart of downtown Montreal, especially when the whole event is free, with tons of free prizes and food in the mix too. evo Sherbrooke is doing all that and more tomorrow. Their Wednesday WOW Week Block Party, kicks off five days of events in commemoration of evo Sherbrooke's official opening.
Just west of du Parc on Sherbrooke (map) will be where the block party goes down, with Redbull, live music, a food truck, and gigantic not-quite-beer pong all on site for you to enjoy. Rock a free redbull while owning your friends at pong as you enjoy the summer sun, all at once.
The free perks don't stop there. Go for a tour of evo Sherbooke and get free waffles from Gaufrebec, the renowned Montreal waffle-based food truck. 3-day passes for F1 will also be raffled off to any and all block partiers. Pair all that with the free outdoor activities, evo swag, and all the glitz and glam of a DJ set and you have the perfect Grand Prix pre-party.
All this goes down tomorrow, starting at 3pm and running 'til 7pm, meaning you'll have 4 solid hours to block-party.
It's official — 2021 was the hottest year on record for Montreal, according to Environment Canada. It beat out the previous hottest years, 1998 and 2012, by a mean few hundredths of a degree.
This rise in temperature in Montreal is attributed to new weather patterns, causing scorching temperatures in June, August, September and October. "August and October were record-breaking months," said Environment Canada spokesperson Simon Legault.
"We were lucky that July was below normal because if it hadn't happened that way, [...] we would have shattered the record instead of just breaking it," he added.
A few hundredths of a degree may not sound like such a big problem, but temperatures in Montreal (and around the world) have been steadily rising.
The average annual temperature in Montreal from 1951 to 1980 was 6.5ºC, according to ClimateData.ca. Last year's mean temperature came in at a whopping 8.6ºC. This drastic increase in fortyish years has already begun to show its effects — not just on our electrical bills in the summer, but also the health of the population, the Climate Action Network says.
Whether or not 2022 will be even hotter remains anyone's guess. Projections for an area as small as Southern Quebec can only be made a few weeks in advance.
What we do know is that February and March should be significantly warmer than January.
"A few short intense waves of cold are coming in," Legault said of January, adding that February and March are expected to be "close to or above normal temperatures."
Big bucks for the woman McGill students call Big Suze. According to a document submitted to Quebec's Ministry of Higher Education on November 30, 2021, McGill University Principal Suzanne Fortier rakes in a base salary of $478,901.
But her income doesn't stop there. McGill says she has additional "taxable elements" reaching $382,070 in value. That's a total of $860,971.
In her time as principal, Fortier has seen her base salary increase by almost $90,000. When she ascended to the role in 2013, her contract with the university included a $390,000 base salary, which was subject to annual adjustments. She was also able to receive bonuses worth up to 20% of her salary.
Other benefits in the 2013 contract included five weeks of paid vacation and a club membership paid by the university, in addition to reimbursements for job-related expenses.
McGill's Board of Governors renewed Fortier's contract with almost all the same benefits in 2018.
The 2021 document sent to the Ministry of Higher Education shows Fortier isn't even the highest-paid executive at the university.
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean David Eidelman has a base salary of $518,176 plus $361,799 in other taxable benefits, for a total of $879,975.
Concordia President Graham Carr, meanwhile, has a base salary of $424,423 and additional taxable elements totalling $1,706 in value, according to the university's list of its own executives' incomes.
Canadian non-profit TheraPsil has partnered with McGill and the Imperial College London researchers for a study on the effects of psilocybin, the active ingredient in what is commonly known as shrooms, on "patients who experience end-of-life distress" and are legally allowed to use the psychedelic compound.
"The study aims to collect quantitative data on the psychological effects of guided psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy sessions for patients experiencing end-of-life distress due to a potentially life-threatening illness," Hannes Kettner, a Ph.D. Candidate at Imperial College London, explained in a press release.
"We are extremely excited about this research project, which aims to give Canadians receiving compassionate psilocybin access a chance to advance the science by sharing their unique experiences," Dr. Kyle Greenway, a senior resident in psychiatry at McGill, added.
To obtain this data, the study will ask patients to fill out a series of questionnaires "2 weeks before, within 3 hours before, 1 day after, 4 weeks after, and 3 and 6 months after a legal, guided experience with psilocybin."
TheraPsil Director of Research Julia Joyes said the "major scientific subjects of interest include the impact of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy on mood, spirituality, and the desire for medical assistance in dying."
The study is open to palliative care patients who qualify. If you or a loved one is interested in signing up for the study, you can find out if you qualify on TheraPsil's website.
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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.