Saturday marked the opening of Montreal’s newest green space, Parc Frédéric-Back, which the City of Montreal hopes to transform into an outdoor attraction comparable to New York City’s Central Park.
Formerly the Miron Quarry garbage dump, Parc Frédéric-Back is a huge expanse of 153 hectares, which, in the near future, will continued to be transformed into “something like Central Park,” said a representative of environmental NGO Équiterre, speaking to CTV.
More is to be added to the green space, with the development of Parc Frédéric-Back to be completed by 2023.
Picnic areas, more public artwork, and a 360-degree observation deck, which will let you see the entire city, are all promised features of Montreal’s very own “Central Park.”
But as exciting as a giant, new park is, doesn’t Montreal already have a Central Park?
It’s Mount Royal.
In fact, the iconic mountainous park of Montreal was actually designed by the same person who created New York City’s Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted.
Olmsted was commissioned to create the plans for Mount Royal in 1874, aiming to “highlight the poetic charms of natural scenery” in his design, notes Les amis de la montagne.
Inaugurated on May 24, 1876, Mount Royal has been the “Central Park” Montreal has needed, ever since.
So while we’re not going to complain about Parc Frédéric-Back, and what the city hopes the park will become, we’re just not going to forget about what Mount Royal already offers Montrealers in need of some green space.
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."
As officials figure out what to do with much of the former hospital campus (some buildings will become part of McGill University), non-profit groups Héritage Montréal and Les amis de la montagne say the site presents an opportunity to reconnect the downtown core with the mountain and expand the public realm.
Pour une requalification exemplaire de l'ancien hôpital Royal Victoria
The groups released a video in September calling for "visionary," "courageous," and "bold" planning for the site, including new public green and gathering spaces.
Under their proposal, the groups say the old Royal Victoria Hospital would become a "gateway to Mount Royal park from downtown [...] connected, open to all, and equipped with a reception area, local services, meeting places and community spaces."
Héritage Montréal and Les amis de la montage specifically call for:
"the urgent restoration of the buildings in order to avoid any further deterioration due to the vacancy of the place;
"landscaping and greening actions that allow better access to the mountain as an extension of Mount Royal park towards downtown;
"the maintenance of public ownership of the land in order to avoid the fragmentation of the site and to ensure its coherence in the short, medium and long term, in a context of multiple occupants;"
and the implementation of modern urban planning, governance and financing tools to preserve the integrity of the site, its heritage character and its civic and community vocation."