Tired of your wages being devoured by your rent? It may be time to move to Quebec City.
The provincial capital has been named the least expensive place to rent out of the top 24 most populous metropolitan areas in Canada, with a one-bedroom apartment going for a very reasonable $790, according to Zumper's monthly Canadian Rent Report.
That's $90 cheaper than the next most affordable city, St. John's, N.L. — where the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $880 — despite Quebec City seeing the largest monthly rental growth rate in the country at 5.3%.
On the other end of the spectrum, Vancouver and Burnaby, British Columbia, have been deemed the most expensive cities for renters, where you can expect to pay $2,000 and $1,750 for a one-bedroom apartment, respectively, knocking Toronto out of the top two spots, "for the first time ever," according to the report.
In Montreal — the eleventh most expensive city on the list, just behind Hamilton and Kitchener, Ontario – median rent for a one-bedroom apartment was down 5.6% from last year at $1,360, while rent for a two-bedroom was unchanged at $1,800, according to the report.
But overall, rent is going up: "16 cities experienced rents on an upward trend, 5 markets went downward, and 3 remained flat. The Canadian rental market seems to be recovering steadily as the trend of growing rent prices in the majority of markets has continued from the previous 2 months," the report states.
Buckle up, because we could be in for a "yo-yo type of winter with notable polar coaster swings in temperatures" throughout Canada.
The entirety of Canada is warned to get some extra wool layers to prepare for this coming winter since overall, temperatures during this time have a high chance of being colder than normal. Luckily, January is likely to be warmer than normal in Eastern Canada, meanwhile, Feburary may be quite a bit colder.
Quebec specifically can expect a "typical winter chill" with various precipitation storms in January and a "tranquil" February.
And if the Farmer's Almanac is right, don't expect it to start feeling like spring in March — as days with spring-like weather are expected to "be few and far between."
Café Myriade says that the woman who was filmed ripping flowers out from the café's terrasse has apologized for her actions.
In an Instagram post, Myriade said that the woman visited the café to personally apologize and asked for the video to be taken down. The café obliged her request and even gave her a succulent plant to take home.
The video, which was removed from Instagram, shows the woman approach a row of flowers in front of Café Myriade's ave. du Mont-Royal location at around 3:45 a.m. on Monday morning. She proceeds to pull them out, toss them on the sidewalk and walk away.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, the café had a good sense of humour about the situation and didn't want to make trouble for her by filing a police report.
The café said it was "content she found the courage" to apologize.
"I do believe we can bring the matter to a close and sincerely end it on a good note."
A sit-in protest will be taking place Wednesday, August 4, calling for justice for Jean René Junior Olivier, a Black man killed by police in Quebec on August 1, 2021.
It will take place in Repentigny, where officers shot Olivier after responding to a 911 call. His mother, Marie-Mireille Bence, said her son was in distress and in need of help. Quebec's Bureau des Enquêtes indépendantes (BEI) has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Olivier's death.
Bence spoke out against police action in a press conference, explaining she had called the police because she believed her son was "in danger." She then went on to express her loss of faith in the police, referring to them as "criminals."
"I called for help and I found my son on the ground," she said.
Information about the upcoming sit-in demanding justice for Olivier was shared on the @defundthespvm Instagram account, with the caption: "Justice for Jean René Junior, a Black man who was killed by police this weekend while he was in need of mental health support. We are absolutely devastated for his family and friends. Lakay Media has organized a sit-in outside city hall in Repentigny to demand justice for Jean-René and am victims of racial profiling."
"Enough is enough."
The sit-in protest is scheduled for 6 p.m.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.