Montreal's mayor, Denis Coderre, is now one step closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming a Hollywood pop starlet, thanks to his new television show set to air this fall. Titled J'ai une question, Monsieur le maire, the show will launch Coderre's TV career, and will hopefully land him the movie and music contract he's always wanted.
Okay, obviously Coderre doesn't want to be the Britney of a new generation (he just doesn't have the figure for it) but he will be starring in the planned broadcast, set to hit airwaves on October 3rd of this year.
Meant to act as a innovative and interactive link between government and citizen, the basis of Coderre's program (as the title suggests) will be answering questions posed by the general public. Via Facebook, Twitter, and more traditional mediums, residents of Montreal and Quebec at-large will be able to speak directly to the mayor and have their questions answered.
A news anchor (assumedly rotating, as a specific name hasn't been announced) will also be part of the program, interviewing the mayor about recent municipal affairs and other hot-topic issues.
Coderre seems pretty gung-ho about the TV show, believing the program will strengthen the relationship between the public and their elected officials, so he's not just in it to feed his ego. We're inclined to agree, 'cuz who wouldn't feel all warm and fuzzy inside when they see the mayor answering their questions on-air?
J'ai une question, Monsieur le maire will be a 30 minute program and will air on LCN (the TVA specialty news channel) starting on October 3rd. Exact air-time has yet to be determined, but we'll let you know when we do.
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In a Facebook post, Ensemble Montreal promised several solutions so that Montreal can be "a model city for cleanliness."
"In too many neighbourhoods, Montrealers see littered pavements and parks, overflowing bins and graffiti on street furniture," the party wrote.
Coderre promised that his administration would put more closed garbage cans in parks, implement "the collection of bulky items on request," and clean "hateful graffiti" within 24 hours after it's reported and manage the rat population.
"It is urgent that the City assume its responsibilities as a government of the community and do so in all boroughs," Ensemble Montreal stated.
You might have noticed that the height of buildings in Montreal is shorter than those in other North American cities. That's by design. And now, Mayor Valérie Plante's party, Projet Montréal, is committing to keep it that way.
"Since 1992, a consensus has existed in Montreal regarding the maximum height of buildings," the party wrote on Facebook. "According to this agreement, Montreal's constructions must not obscure the views of Mount Royal — and therefore must not peak higher than the mountain's highest level, which is more than 232 metres above sea level."
The party criticized former mayor Denis Coderre's claim that taller buildings could help to increase the housing offer in the city.
"Mr. Coderre seems to believe that Montreal's highest peaks should belong to the owners of downtown penthouses [...] Let's be honest. Who will really benefit from taller skyscrapers? A handful of wealthy people and a few real estate developers... And so would begin the privatization of the views of our Mount Royal," Projet Montréal warned.
"I look forward to continuing to work with the government to advance Montreal's priorities such as a green & inclusive recovery, the fight against arms trafficking and the fight against climate change."
Plante pushed for stronger federal gun control laws in the weeks leading up to the election, joining the mayors of Quebec's four other largest cities to call on all parties to take action on the issue.
She warned that, in her view, Canada could become an "American-style society" with normalized gun violence if the federal government didn't pass tougher legislation.
Plante listed a green economic relaunch and the fight against climate change as two other priorities for the city.
Quebec Premier François Legault also congratulated Trudeau on Tuesday, saying he would collaborate with the prime minister on "Quebec's interests."
If you're seeking some chill and lucrative part-time employment, look no further than Élections Montréal.
The agency is hiring for a wide range of poll worker positions for the upcoming municipal election this November.
If you want to be a part of the electoral staff during the mayoral elections, all you have to do is send in an application. While there are many positions available, most will only require you to be 16 or older and have a social insurance number.
There are entry-level positions from sanitation officers to polling officers and even more advanced positions.
If you work for Élections Montreal, you'll need to be available during the advance polling days on October 30 and 31 or the actual election days on November 6 and 7.
To apply for a job, you'll need to send in your availability and specify which position you want.