If you were a kid in the 90s, nothing will blast you with a Water Gun (or Hydro Pump) of nostalgia quite like a trip down Pokemon memory lane. Hell, if you were born anytime after February 27th, 1996 until now, then you definitely went through a major Pokemon obsession.
And it's time to relive all that Poke-love you've been storing up since you put your Pokemon training days behind you.
That's right, it's time to pick your Pokedex back up, head to the PokeMart for some repels (because fuck Zubat), and don your best baseball cap for catching wild Pikachus, because the beloved Pocket Monsters are coming back into your life this Saturday, February 27th for Montreal Pokemon Day.
As die-hard fans will already know, this coming Saturday is already international Pokemon Day, an event held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise.
But being intense PokeFantatics like we are, we've decided to also name the date Montreal Pokemon Day, to remind all Montrealers that it's once again time to make the ever-important choice between a grass, fire, or water type starter and get back in the Poke-game.
Celebrate in any way that you like (marathon the anime, bust out your old trading cards, excavate your ancient GameBoy and start a new journey through Kanto/Johto) but know that there are actually some cool events going on in the city specifically for Pokemon Day.
Gerts, the on-campus McGill bar, is devoting the entire week to all things Pokemon. Not only will they be playing the anime on a loop, but there will also be a special Gerts Gym Leader for folks itching to once again unleash the destruction of their Charizard. Be sure to head there on Thursday for their special "Barmander! Barmeleon! Barizzard!" Poke-jam, and major props to whoever wrote the FB event description for this party, because the Poke-puns are on fleek.
Montreal's very own Pokemon League is also always on-hand to celebrate all things Pokemon. Yes, Montreal has its own Pokemon league and their are gym leaders and badges you can get. Let that sink in while you ponder whether your old Feraligatr can still rip a Typhlosion to shreds.
Then there are the many announcements and games to be released by Nintendo themselves on Pokemon Day. Personally, I'm uber-jazzed that the original three games (Red, Blue, and Yellow versions) are being launched on the Nintendo Network, which will allow anyone to download the games and relive the magic of their childhood. That's pretty much my game plan for all the Sunday after Nuit Blanche, because you gotta do something when you're super hungover, and it mine as well be Pokemon.
No matter how you plan to celebrate all things Pokemon on the 27th, just make sure to get everyone else hyped about the franchise's 20th anniversary too.
Head to the Facebook event, invite your friends, and lets have the make Poke-tastic Montreal we can. 'Mon on everyone.
*Note: While MTL Blog promotes all things Pokemon, we do not actively endorse any Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action, because gross.
Montreal is certainly no stranger to a traffic jam, which makes taking public transit a more viable option to not only get around faster but do more good for the environment.
As Canadian cities take the initiative to improve their transit systems and reduce their carbon footprints, Montreal has become one of the country's greenest metropolitan areas when it comes to transport, according to one ranking.
A December report from Kijiji Autos analyzed green transport options in Canada's most populated cities, evaluating their use of electric cars, bikes, scooters, and the number of electric charging stations.
With its metro and bus systems, BIXI rentals, bike lanes, and availability of electric cars, Montreal found itself in third place among Canadian cities that offer the greenest transport with a score of 5.5/10.
Although Vancouver and Ottawa/Gatineau snagged the top two spots, Montreal takes the lead as the most bicycle-friendly city in all of North America, with a total of 2,163 bicycle paths, says the Copenhagenize Index.
Montreal's third-place ranking is encouraging news, said McGill University Assistant Professor of Geography, Grant McKenzie, who specifically boasted about Montreal's metro system, "especially compared to other Canadian cities," as well as its "substantial investment towards electric buses."
While McKenzie said "we can always do better" and bemoaned the city's ban on e-scooters, he called the popularity of the BIXI and the inclusion of electric bikes in its fleet an "excellent move in the right direction."
As for electric cars, Kijiji Autos looked at new registrations of electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2021, as well as total charging stations. Montreal landed second to Toronto with a total of 3,633 new registered electric cars, and 1,258 electric charging stations throughout the city.
Kijiji Autos also looked at the number of hybrids and electric vehicles for sale on their platform. Montreal led the way with 1,063 hybrid vehicles and 375 electric vehicles, states the report.
With the province of Quebec offering residents a rebate for the purchase or lease of electric cars, Quebec estimates that there will be 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
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 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."