To say Montreal is under-performing would be an understatement. We are actually the poorest city out of North America's twenty five largest cities, even though we spent most of our history in the top 10.
If things stay the way they are now and our current policies remain the same, then we simply cannot expect things to improve.
As of now, Montreal and Quebec have the lowest level of entrepreneurship in Canada, the highest taxes and the lowest degree of liberty.
Combine this with a lack-luster education system along with an alienating culture, and we're doomed to remain in the same shitty position we're in.
The first thing we need is more control over the laws that affect us. Montreal is constantly being held back by rules and regulations that are better suited for the rest of Quebec.
We couldn't be any more different from each other, yet we are all lumped into the same pile.
But if Montreal was its own city-state, then we would be free to govern ourselves and we could actually be free to control our own destiny.
Compared to the rest of Quebec, Montreal has very different needs when it comes to language laws, healthcare, taxes, education and commerce, so it makes sense that we should have different sets of rules.
This way, we could work on improving our city, without having to worry about what the rest of Quebec thinks.
Here are some of the changes Montreal needs to adopt to make their way back into the top 10. These were proposed by Montreal City State, an organisation actively pursuing the city-state initiative.
Make more efforts towards becoming bilingual
People should be able to attend whatever school they want regardless of language
Businesses should be allowed to operate in the language of their choice
Everything in our power needs to be done to encourage business development
Remove the existing obstacles that make it harder to start a business
Fight the corruption in the construction industry
Fix city infrastructure
Do more to attract and retain international talent
As you get older and as your friends couple off it becomes more and more difficult to be single. Those difficult moments when people feel sorry for you when you say your not seeing someone, or those awkward moments when you turn up to party and your the only one by themselves.
Well don't you worry because your the one who is going to have the last laugh this summer and here is a couple of reasons why;
1. You will look better
Let's admit it as you get comfortable in a relationship you start to let yourself go for a number of reasons. Firstly you become complacent and don't seem to have as much time as you did single to work out. You are also dating so eat out a lot and even start adopting your partner's bad eating habits. And of course when your single you have more of an incentive and what better time to be looking hot than the summer.
2. You get to watch the film you want
Let's be honest we often compromise in a relationship and end up watching a film we might not like or normally chose to please our partner. And summer is a busy time for blockbusters so what better time to be single and actually watch a film you like.
3. You have more time for your friends
As we get into a relationship we have less and less time for our friends and they often take the back burner. In the summer people are making fun and exciting plans and when your 2 you can't always make it as you are tied by your partner's obligations and plans too.
4. You can date
Summer is literally the best time to date. With the terraces open and lots of activities across town you will have plenty of choice. And what's even better is that the majority of things are free, so you won't feel as guilty about going on a couple of dates a week. And what can be more exciting than meeting new people and maybe even trying something new.
5. You can be selfish
Don't get me wrong it is nice to care and be there for someone but sometimes it's also great to be there for you. And what better time than the summer to take some 'me' time. Only when you are single can you really grab a good read and sunbath for days on end.
6. You can have a summer romance
Sometimes we can be physically attracted to someone but know that they are not long term material of even meet someone on vacation and just know that your paths will never cross again. Well as you are single you can truly profit from the situation and enjoy the buzz of a fun guilt free summer fling.
7. Don't have to share
Ok this is a little bit selfish again, but summer time is hot and ice cream time. And even though sharing is cute let's be honest there is nothing more refreshing and satisfying than eating that ice cream to yourself.
8. More traveling
Summer is the best time to get out and explore the world. When you are in a relationship, you have to work out both of your schedules, choose a place that you both want to go to and the list of mutually agreeable concessions goes on. When you’re single, you can either live by your own restrictions and free take the road and make friends as you go along or even sure to find to one of your friends to grab and drag on for the adventure.
9. Can truly relax
Relationships can involve drama or at least a bit of conflict from time to time as you can't always expect to see things exactly the same. Being single means a relaxed squabble free summer.
In conclusion don't worry or even feel down about being single because your summer will be simply amazing because of it.
Before you start freaking out, I want you to take a deep breath and think objectively for a second, without judgment or hate. Why hate on girls who strive for a better lifestyle anyway? To each their own, right? If you don't understand the whole sugar daddy mentality, you're free to date whoever you want, dear reader.
You need to realize that this subject is a reality for a lot of girls.SeekingArrangement.com released a list of Canadian universities and ranked them according to which schools had the most newly registered sugar babies on the site. In all of Canada, McGill University took the #2 spot. So here are ten reasons why you might want to date a sugar daddy.
1. Shop till you drop
Getting into a relationship with a sugar daddy will obviously open a whole new world on a financial level. You'll be able to turn all your shopping dreams into reality. No more window shopping!
Traveling is, by far, one of the best things in life. Sugar daddies can obviously help you in this department. You can travel in the comfort of business class, stay at the best hotels and experience different cultures on a whole new level.
3. Never worry about money
Financial struggles is something most of us are familiar with. Imagine how much easier your life would be if you never had to worry about money again? No stress, no problem.
4. Experience things you wouldn't experience otherwise
Fine dining, extravagant gifts and a lavish environment... Who wouldn't want to live in a fairy tale at least once in their lives?
5. Look your best
It costs serious money to look good. Manicures, pedicures, hair and body treatments, nice clothes, etc. Yes, obviously, you're born with certain assets, but maintaining your natural beauty is definitely not a cheap activity.
6. Power trip
Financial stability can give you a serious power trip. You can afford a lot of things and that, in turn, makes you feel like a boss.
7. Interact with someone fascinating
Sugar daddies have interesting life stories you can learn from. Spending time with an older, more experienced man is anything but boring. He can teach you a lot of things.
8. Drive a nice car
Why not? Nice cars are great. Do you really need to be convinced on this point? I didn't think so.
9. Feel independent
As much as you're going to be dependent on your sugar daddy, your financial freedom will give you a sense of independence in itself, and it will definitely feel good.
10. Break the "rules"
Dating a sugar daddy is a huge taboo in our society... so if you decide to go for it, you're basically saying "Fuck you everyone, I do what I want!". Being a "bad girl" feels awesome.
Living in Montreal, we're all too familiar with the separatist movement, but it seems there's more than one movement out there. There are of course those who want Quebec to separate from the rest of Canada, but I bet you didn't know there's also a group that wants Montreal to become its own independent province. At least I think ... it's actually kind of hard to tell if this is meant for satirical purposes or if this is a serious political group. One thing is for sure, they really hate IKEA for some reason.
The group is known as The New Province of Montreal/La Nouvelle Province de Montréal and here's what it's all about according to the Facebook page:
Salvation through harmony
Business is welcome
Freedom of choice in education
Freedom of expression in commerce and signs
Bilingual services at the provincial and municipal levels
To legally lobby all levels of government to create a province where there is equality, tolerance, freedom of education and freedom of expression in commerce.
To create the province as the Canadian constitution permits
The group's action plan so far has been to promote businesses who have bilingual signs like l'Equipeur and calling for a boycott on those who don't, such as IKEA, which the group accuses of treating Anglophones as second class citizens for not mailing out the yearly catalog in both languages.
There's just one problem though,The New Province of Montreal/La Nouvelle Province de Montréal display the following sentence, which ironically, isn't translated into English:
"En Montréal (no typo, it really says: "En") notre culture est différente de celle du Reste du Québec, notre nourriture, nos langues, notre identité. Nous sommes un peuple. À Montréal, nous sommes tolérants d'autres cultures"
So to avoid forcing The New Province of Montreal to have to boycott its own Facebook group for not making their statements in both French and in English, here's the translation:
"In Montreal our culture is different than that of the rest of Quebec, our food, our languages, our identity. We are a nation. In montreal we are tolerant of other cultures."