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.
The beloved sitcom Friends may have been taken off Netflix, but that doesn't mean there aren't ways to see scenes from your favourite show in action.
Besides downloading Crave and actually watching the episodes, you can also snag yourself some tickets to the Friends musical that's making its way to Montreal in February 2022.
You can see Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Ross, and Chandler at Théâtre Maisonneuve in this iconic New York City off-Broadway on Sunday, February 27, 2022.
"FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV's Friends, celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan," the description reads.
Songs you'll get to hear during the FRIENDS! The Musical Parody include:
"495 Grove Street – How Can We Afford This Place?"
"How You Doin'?" – Joey
"We Were On A Break!" – Ross
"Oh. My. God. It's Janice!" – Janice
"Will They or Won't They?" – Ross and Rachel
"The Ballad of Fat Monica"
"Could I BE Anymore...In Love with You" – Chandler
"The One Where We Make a Million Dollars an Episode"
"We'll Always Be There For You"
Tickets go on sale on October 28 at 10 a.m. on Evenko's website.
FRIENDS! The Musical Parody
Courtesy of FRIENDS! The Musical Parody
Address: Théâtre Maisonneuve — 260, boul. de Maisonneuve O. 2nd floor, Montreal, QC
When: February 27, 2022
Why You Need To Go: To see and hear Friends in a whole new light.
In a Facebook post announcing festival dates for 2022, îLESONIQ also announced that it was expanding from two days to three days. That means festival-goers get a whole extra day of DJs and dancing this August.
The popular electronic music festival is set to take place at Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 5 to 7, 2022.
Plus, there's also an "îLESONIQ EN VILLE" event scheduled for August 4.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.