Bringing Montreal-style bagels to... Montreal.
It's no secret that Montrealers are passionate about their bagels, and this loyalty is usually illuminated by the Montreal vs. New York City bagel war. But a new bagel maker has entered the chat, stirring up the debate: Kettlemans Bagel, which announced that it's expanding from Ottawa to Montreal in 2022.
Daily Hive first reported the news earlier this week. And, naturally, Montrealers have been trolling Kettlemans on Twitter ever since.
"Ottawa-based bagel chain." 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 https://t.co/CaMn2cvVSK— Tourisme Montréal (@Tourisme Montréal) 1634920149.0
Tourisme Montréal used the red flag meme to... well... raise a red flag about the Ottawa-based bagel chain.
@MaxGraham @clauderivest @bagelottawa @DailyHiveMTL https://t.co/Tehv1Vy0N8— Tourisme Montréal (@Tourisme Montréal) 1634924490.0
Music producer and DJ Max Graham questioned whether "Vermont based poutine" could be next.
@bagelottawa @Montreal @DailyHiveMTL https://t.co/iM4dsigRWZ— Claude Rivest (@Claude Rivest) 1634922899.0
Multiple Twitter users, including Claude Rivest, responded by asking variations of the question, "Why?"
Kettleman’s setting themselves up for failure like Smoke’s Poutinerie did when they came to town https://t.co/sex99NyC2Z— Atomic Gobo (Ryan) (@Atomic Gobo (Ryan)) 1634923222.0
Others compared this to Ontario-based Smoke's Poutinerie's failed Montreal venture while Taylor C. Noakes likened it to a Saudi Arabian whiskey distillery opening in Dublin.
@ToulasTake @bagelottawa To be fair, @bagelottawa makes excellent bagels. Will fit right in with the best in Montreal.— Peter Schamerhorn (@Peter Schamerhorn) 1634923916.0
But ultimately some of the trolls came around to say it was just playful teasing. Even Tourisme Montréal admitted that "there can NEVER be too many bagels."
@Montreal @MaxGraham @clauderivest @DailyHiveMTL Hey, we are hear for the conversation and chance to share our amaz… https://t.co/OG7RL8tFFt— Kettlemans Bagel (@Kettlemans Bagel) 1634925099.0
After all, Kettlemans Bagel Co. was founded by a Montreal native and is beloved by many Ontarians, so it may be wise to taste the product before judging it.
Go check your fridge! 🧅
On October 22, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that Gwillimdale Farms was recalling bags of onions in three sizes: 2 pounds (UPC code: 6 28250 41454 7), 3 pounds (UPC code: 6 28250 41455 4) and 5 pounds (UPC code: 6 28250 41456 1).
All of these are products of Mexico.
"Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections," reads the CFIA statement.
But, if you're healthy, it says you might just experience short-term symptoms like fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Over the long term, complications could result in a severe form of arthritis.
This recall has been labelled a "Class 1" hazard meaning "there is a high risk that consuming the food may lead to serious health problems or death."
There are no reported illnesses from these products so far.
If you get sick from consuming these products, go see your doctor. And if you have these products at home, the CFIA says to throw them out or return them to the place where they were purchased.
Not just flight attendants, either!
If you're job hunting, you might be on the lookout for companies that appear to have highly engaged employees. According to The Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Awards, Air Canada ranked among the top eight employers for employee engagement in 2021 — and, if that's enough to entice you, it's also hiring for 61 roles that are open to Montrealers.
Achievers then evaluates the companies based on eight elements of employee engagement, selecting the most engaged workplace for each one to be part of its "Elite 8."
It chose Air Canada for providing a sense of "purpose & leadership" to its employees.
Air Canada's current job opportunities for Montrealers include flight attendant roles but also much more.
The airline is currently hiring everything from a digital content and customer engagement manager to an airport service help desk coordinator to a crew scheduler who's responsible for scheduling cabin personnel.
You can see all the different positions that are available on careers.aircanada.com.
But they'll still waive late fees if you set up a payment plan.
Get ready to pay a little more for electricity because Hydro-Québec's rates are going up again next year.
In an October 22 news release, Hydro-Québec announced that it would be increasing its rates by 2.6% in April 2022 in order to keep up with inflation.
This is double last year's increase of 1.3% which took effect on April 1, 2021.
So what will this change actually look like on your bill?
According to Hydro-Québec, 2.6% equals $1.93 per month for a three-bedroom apartment, $3.60 per month for a small house, $4.77 per month for a midsize house and $5.89 per month for a large house.
Hydro-Québec also says it's keeping the "suspension of administrative charges for unpaid bills" it put in place earlier in the pandemic.
This means that if you're having trouble paying your electricity bill on time, you can avoid late fees as long as you set up a payment plan with them.
Don't lie... you'd chew it.
Adele's been in the news lately for shooting a music video in the Eastern Townships with Quebec director Xavier Dolan. But, it turns out, her connection to la belle province runs even deeper, because the British singer-songwriter owns a framed piece of Céline Dion's chewed-up gum.
In an interview with Vogue, Adele showed off the chewed gum and even called it her "proudest possession."
Vogue | YouTube
"It's pretty amazing," she said, handing the frame to the interviewer.
She explained that her friend James Corden, who hosts The Late Late Show with James Corden, had Céline Dion on his show for carpool karaoke.
"[He] knew how much a fan of her I was and so he made her spit her gum into a piece of paper and he framed it for me," she said.
No judgment, Adele. As Quebecers, we totally get it. Anything to feel closer to Queen Céline!
Adele's new album 30 is set to come out on November 19, and you can watch the music video for her single "Easy On Me" now.
Tick-or-treating is ON. 🎃
After a rocky Halloween in Quebec in 2020, there's that much more for Montrealers to celebrate in 2021. Nevertheless, with just over a week until it's time for trick-or-treating, the Quebec government wants to remind residents that the pandemic isn't over yet.
In a news release on October 22, Quebec's Ministry of Health and Social Services announced its official recommendations and best practices for "a safe Halloween" this year.
"It is important to note that anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, or who is under isolation or quarantine, should not participate in door-to-door trick-or-treating or parties. For those who are symptom-free and participating in trick-or-treating, caution is still advised to limit the risk of spreading the virus," reads the statement.
According to the Government of Quebec:
- Children should not enter homes.
- Trick-or-treaters shouldn't sing or shout in front of the people giving them treats.
- People should try to keep a distance of 1 metre between them whenever possible.
- Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer before and after collecting candy.
Giving out treats
- Treats should be prepared in individual bags "to facilitate distribution and limit contact."
The government also noted that the risk of "contamination" is especially present at indoor parties, and measures for private gatherings — such as the limit of 10 people allowed in homes — have to be respected.
If you're throwing or attending a Halloween party, the news release directs you to Québec.ca/coronavirus.
Or, you can refresh yourself on the rules of gatherings in Quebec right now by reading this MTL Blog article.