Food truck season is officially all year round in Montreal, as we won't be having a break in street food offerings this winter. While last year the city had First Saturdays at the Olympic Stadium as a venue for all food trucks to congregate in the colder months, in winter 2015 Parc Jean-Drapeau will be the grounds for Montreal's winter food truck festival, as part of Fête des neiges.
Titled "Trippe & Bouffe," the mini food truck festival will begin when Fête des neiges does, so weekends from January 17 to February 8. All the food trucks will be set up near the giant tube slide so you can ride and eat, though not in the reverse order, lest you relive your eating experience, just in the much less enjoyable in-to-out method.
Once the sun sets, the party-part of Trippe & Bouffe begins, as the tube slide transforms into a "Disco-tube," which will be as funky as it sounds. A light show will illuminate the night, beats will be blasted by an on-site DJ, with special performances planned for evening as well. All the food trucks will remain open throughout the nighttime party, meaning you'll have plenty of food to eat while having fun.
7 different food trucks are currently on the street food set list for Trippe & Bouffe, which are all listed below, so you can start planning out your eating schedule:
Das Food Truck - German-themed with plenty of poutine, schnitzels, and (hopefully) deep-fried oreos.
Pizzeria no 900 napolitaine - classic Italian pizza baked on-site in a wood burning oven.
Boîte à fromage - serves the fancy version cheesy potatoes otherwise known as raclette.
Délices d'antan - potato donuts in various flavours.
La Sandwicherie Zoe's - delicious sandwiches that are more than meal in themselves.
Lola's petits gâteaux - cupcakes of every sort.
Traiteur Guru - traditional Indian dishes that are sure to warm you up.
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.
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.
To the surprise of many, Quebec City also made the Top 10 — and it ranked higher than Montreal, with Quebec City at #4 and Montreal at #6.
This ranking looked at the cost of living, internet speeds, the percentage of young people, levels of safety, and more.
Our province may have been blessed enough to score two top spots in this ranking, but we still didn't make it to #1, which was Tokyo, Japan.
If ever you were thinking of going to study abroad, you may want to put Tokyo high on your list, considering it "ranks well in nearly all categories helping it to come out on top of the study. It has a good amount of high-ranking unis, great food options, and offers cheap tech. It has high levels of free speech and is above average for safety and high-ranking institutions."