While Montreal is one helluva fashionable city, for most us, the catwalk is the very streets of the city. We strut our stuff loud and proud whenever stepping out, but getting a chance to watch professionals do their thang while showing off new-season designs, is always a welcome event for any self-respecting fashionista.
Back for it's 32nd edition, the HEC Montréal Fashion Show showcases local and international designers, organized BY students FOR students. This extremely popular event immerses you in the world of fashion, bringing together tons of high-end designers, artists, dancers, and models for a sleek soiree of style and glamour!
This year's theme is centered around the idea of a blank "Canvas", using never-before-seen methods to transform the perception of fashion into a unique masterpiece. Before the show, sip on some fabulous cocktails while you mingle with other students, parents, designers and Montreal influencers. Then it's time for the grand fashion show, with top local and international brands like Philippe Dubuc and Bestseller, showing off their latest creations.
So for a sneak peak at this Spring/Summer's designs before anyone else, and want to get a look inside Montreal's booming fashion industry, don't miss the HEC Fashion Show 2016!
Retail stores and telecom companies were unsurprisingly among those that were subject to the most consumer complaints in Quebec in the past year. But they still only represent a small fraction of the complaints sent to the province's consumer watchdog, the Office de la protection du consommateur (OPC).
According to information the OPC shared with MTL Blog, the office received a total of 21,442 complaints between December 1, 2020, and November 30, 2021.
Of those, 15% were concerning car rental services, 10% had to do with large home appliance purchases (stoves, fridges, washing machines, etc.), 8% involved issues with other types of furniture and another 8% were related to home construction, renovation or maintenance.
The OPC also provided a breakdown of the types of consumer-related problems it handled, saying it detected a total of 35,548 in the same 12-month period. The most common issues, representing 31% of the 12-month total, had to do with a delivery or the quality of a good or service.
15% involved a warranty. 13% were allegations of commercial "misrepresentation and omission of an important fact." And 8% had to do with a vehicle sale or repair.
6.5% were complaints of what the office calls a prohibited price practice, including charging more than the advertised price or certain prohibited advertising practices.
"The year was of course marked by the pandemic, the many questions it raised and still raises, as well as the changes it brought about in consumer habits, notably the explosion of purchases made via the internet," the OPC said in a statement sent to MTL Blog.
It said that there was a notable increase in consumer complaints surrounding pricing increases, especially in the auto and construction sectors.
As for the companies that were subject to the most complaints, retail stores led the pack. Furniture store Brault & Martineau was implicated in 453, or 2%, of the 21,442 total complaints sent to the OPC.
It was followed by rival home appliance and furniture store The Brick, which represented 322 complaints (1.5%).
Walmart Canada followed in third place with 304 complaints. 289 complaints named Best Buy, which took the number five spot. Meubles RD was in sixth place (286 complaints).
Appliance manufacturer Whirlpool had the seventh most complaints, 196, and Samsung Electronics Canada had the ninth most at 167. Ameublements Tanguay was in 10th place (157 complaints).
The remaining two spots on the list went to telecom companies. In fourth place was Vidéotron with 298 complaints, while 173 complaints targeted Bell Canada, which landed it in the eighth spot.
The OPC clarifies, however, that the complaints sent to its office between December 2020 and November 2021 are so far unverified and "may be subject to further verification."
It suggests moreover that the size of some businesses could explain a higher number of complaints.
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Not only is the whole process virtual — from the interview to the training to the work itself — you also don't need more than a high school or vocational diploma (or equivalent) to apply for the position, which is full-time and permanent. Hello, benefits!
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The apparent outage occurred at around 1:30 p.m. on Friday.
While there's no timeline for when the outage will be fixed, a representative says Videotron will post updates on social media.
"We're actively working on it right now," said a spokesperson.
The online site Downdetector recorded over 15,000 reports of problems as of 1:50 p.m.
Countless Videotron customers have taken to social media to commiserate while they await the restoration of service, including Sugar Sammy, who poked fun at the company using a catchphrase from a Bell commercial.
UPDATE: At around 3:30 p.m., a Videotron spokesperson told MTL Blog that service is "progressively returning throughout Quebec."
The holiday season is going to look a little different in Quebec this year. So, Videotron, one of the province's most popular phone companies, has decided to give its clients the greatest gift of all: unlimited data!
Videotron will be suspending all data limits on its customers' internet plans between December 20, 2020, and January 3, 2021.
This is in an attempt to provide people with a virtual connection to their loved ones over the holidays, as "no holiday gatherings" restrictions continue.