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Canada was once renowned for its reasonable cost of living: minimal credit card fees, more affordable health care than the U.S., and budget-friendly housing, especially in Quebec. However, the things are changing. In 2023, when measured against the 50 priciest countries globally, Canada ranks in 25th place — nine spots below its southern neighbour.

Many countries face high inflation, but in Canada, these everyday items are especially costly:

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Discover the enchanting allure of Canada's "most beautiful village," where charming shops, tree-lined streets adorned in autumn hues and an unmistakable fall ambiance await. Eastern Ontario's very own Merrickville showcases its splendour throughout the year, but it truly blossoms during the fall season.

Nestled along the picturesque Rideau Canal, Merrickville is approximately an hour's drive from Ottawa. Bestowed with the prestigious title of "Canada's most beautiful village" in 1998 by Communities in Bloom, this town captivates visitors with its timeless historic structures and an Old World charm that effortlessly justifies its accolade.

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A ranking of the most powerful passports across the world has put the Canadian passport among the top global tiers, meaning that those of us who are citizens in what was recently ranked the second-best country in the world can travel the globe with relative ease.

In addition to the Canadian passport being among the most treasured globally, it's also known as one of the most beautiful passports. For those wanting to renew or apply for a new Canadian passport, the backlog has dropped significantly, and Service Canada is now able to process passport requests much more easily, especially after opening a new Passport Canada pickup location in Montreal.

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As the air turns crisp and the city preps for winter, there's a time-honoured tradition calling. No, it's not the rush for that pumpkin-spiced latté (though we're guilty of that too!). It's the lure of the pumpkin patch. Pumpkin picking offers an escape, a return to simplicity in our hectic lives. There’s an unmatched joy in hand-selecting the star of your Halloween décor or the main ingredient for your next pumpkin pie.

There are loads of charming patches in and around the Montreal area where you can truly enjoy a fall harvest with that special someone or with your crew. Here are some pumpkin patches near Montreal that are as much about the pick as the picturesque and totally worth adding to your fall bucket list:

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For regular, everyday practice, there is plenty of drama and debate around the proper ways to tip your servers. When you're sitting at the table, pay terminal in hand, it can be daunting to quickly determine how much to tip, without being rude or overstretching your wallet.

But you definitely do have to leave a tip, so there must be some kind of advice to follow, especially as inflation leads people to cut costs where possible. Is tipping something you can skimp on, or must you splurge selflessly so your servers can survive?

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Picture this: stunning shades of red, orange, and gold blanket the Quebec landscape, making every road trip feel like a journey through a Hallmark movie. From charming villages painted in autumnal hues to hidden forest gems waiting to be explored, there are loads of stunning spots near Montreal where you can see exceptional views of the fall foliage.

So, we've curated a list of 17 irresistible destinations that'll have you falling head over heels for the autumn season in Quebec. So, grab your flannel, pumpkin-spiced latte and a camera; because the foliage-filled adventures don't last nearly as long enough as they should.

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A complete McGill education might be rather pricey, but the university's free and self-paced personal finance class literally couldn't be cheaper — and it's available to anyone, McGill student or not. For the low, low price of zero dollars, you can learn from some real professors and lecturers about topics including how to budget, investing 101 and real estate strategies.

The class, developed in collaboration with The Globe and Mail and RBC Future Launch, is taught by professors from McGill's Desautels Faculty of Management. The course doesn't count for credit towards any McGill "program, degree, diploma or certificate" and it also doesn't go on your transcript. Upon completing every module of the course, you'll receive a "McGill Personal Finance Essentials attestation of completion," which is useful perhaps nowhere, but it does serve as a nice reminder of your newly-increased financial literacy.

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On the blue-green waters of the Missisquoi River in Glen Sutton, Quebec, you can lie back on a cushioned bed of inflatable plastic and gently float down a kilometre of water without worrying about how long it'll take to get home. This river tube course located just an hour and a half outside Montreal, called Au diable vert river tubing course offers a calming, au frais experience that only requires a little planning on your part.

You'll pay $15 per person for two hours of tube time, with a late fee of $1 for every extra minute that you spend not returning your tube. The course takes around 30 minutes to complete, so you'll have plenty of time within your two-hour reservation to go back to the start and do it all over again.

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It's still park season for a little while, and that means fun, food and regulations! Yay! Montreal has many rules for conduct and behaviour in its public parks, lots of which could be considered "annoying" or "not in the spirit of fun," but all of which are designed to protect both the people who attend parks and the natural life that resides in them. Many of the most important rules and regulations vary by park, so it's good practice to double-check your specific park on Montreal's municipal website before you go.

In the meantime, though, here's a handy set of common questions about park rules in Montreal, which you can use as a quick guide if you don't want to spend 15 minutes scrolling through the Outremont borough bylaws on your phone.

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Amid their province's heinous cost-of-living era, Quebecers might be looking for some extra cash. Luckily for some of us, the Quebec Solidarity Tax Credit, supplied by Revenu Québec, can give you as much as $800, spread out in multiple payments across 2023 and 2024.

Revenu Québec considers the tax credit as a form of social assistance, using direct deposit or mailed checks to give back to Quebecers a portion of what is taken from us in income tax.

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There are few pleasures as great as sitting on a Montreal terrace in the sun with fancy cocktails in hand and several friends around you as the St Lawrence River sparkles below. Unfortunately, the season of relaxation and sun is coming to a close, meaning your chances to visit a gorgeous outdoor dining area are running out. We'll be trading the sunny weather for what looks to be an aggressively awful winter.

That means now is the prime time to try as many terrasses as possible before their doors close for the winter, and we have 24 excellent options to check off your 2023 bucket list today.

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On August 2, 2023, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau announced they had separated. Around two years earlier Trudeau spoke about some details of the early days with Grégoire on a Quebec talk show.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared on the program La semaine des 4 Julie on Sept. 16, 2021 and opened up ever so slightly about his early relationship with Grégoire.

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