Journal Metro is looking ahead in 2014 and calling out the largest news stories pay attention to. These guys know their stuff, and their many predictions will definitely be major news stories throughout 2014. For your ease in reading, here are is the condensed version of what Metro believes will be the biggest breaking news in 2014.
Environment: The National Energy Board will decide if the Enbridge oil pipeline 9b (which already caused controversy) initiative will remain on course or be reversed; initiatives to improve composting and protecting trees in the city will be reassessed
Transportation: New subway cars will be introduced and installed; real-time info on STM buses and more Métrovision screens in stations; improvements on mobile network access in the Orange and Green lines, read all the updates here.
Law: The second trial of Guy Turcotte will begin (read the full story here); largest class action in history against Canada's tobacco companies will conclude in the spring
Architecture: The fate of Montreal's heritage buildings (Royal Vic, Hotel-Dieu) will be decided; reflections on the city's urban eyesores and the revitalization of square Saint Laurent
Culture: The fallout out the purchase on the Spectra media group and how it will effect Montreal's biggest festivals; issue of urban spaces for artists being changed into condominiums
City: Coderre will introduce a new Inspector General of the City; the city's budget will be reassessed with promise of taxes not being raised
Be sure to follow these stories as the year unfolds and keep up to date on everything Montreal.
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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."