What are the plans for Montreal's terrasse season?
Ten boroughs — Ville-Marie, the Plateau-Mont-Royal, Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, Sud-Ouest, Outremont, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Lachine, Verdun and Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles — are slashing the cost of permits for restaurants who want to set up outdoor terrasses.
The city says permits in the downtown area can usually cost "several thousand dollars." This year, they'll cost between $0-55.
Ville-Marie, Outremont, the Plateau-Mont-Royal, Sud-Ouest, Verdun, Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, and Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve are also going to be allowed "enlarged" terrasses this year, according to a press release.
Food trucks will be allowed to set up shop as early as April.
"We are very pleased to see a new way of enjoying green spaces through street food in different neighbourhoods, which gives us hope for a prosperous year that will help to stimulate a more secure industry," Gaelle Cerf, vice-president of the Association des restaurateurs de rue du Québec, said in a statement.
The city is trying to do that again by encouraging local sociétés de développement commercial (SDCs) to submit pedestrianization projects.
"In addition to supporting the businesses and restaurants on our arteries, the pedestrianization projects, which will spring from local consultations, will provide Montrealers with places to reunite with their loved ones, as well as to take ownership of the spaces that are dear to them," Billy Walsh, president and CEO of the Association des SDC de Montréal (ASDCM), said.
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Why You Need To Go: For the rest of the summer, seven spaces recreating colourful urban gardens are scattered along avenue Mont Royal. There's a colourful skate park, a light and shadow garden, a rose mural, and other funky spots to check out.
Why You Need To Go: If you've been craving something greasy, you'll be happy to know that you can get a free burger for a limited time at Burger King. All you have to do is download the restaurant's app and place an order over $1 to get a free Whopper.
When: Every day until September 6 from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Address: Place des Commencements; 200, rue de la Commune O., Montréal, QC
Why You Need To Go: You can find Place des Commencements located at the end of the Grand Quai in Old Montreal, which has the most beautiful green terrasse where you can sit on chairs and admire Habitat 67 and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. It's an ideal spot to watch the sunset.
Address: La Brise du Large; 1800, Chemin des Iroquois, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: This is the new waterfront park on the Lachine Canal, La Brise du Large, that you have to check out this summer if you want to sit in the shade for a picnic or feel like you're in the South.
Why You Need To Go: A trip to the museum is always a good idea — especially when it's free. Note that the Christian Dior et Chapleau – Profession : caricaturiste exposition will cost you $9.50 on Wednesday evenings, but the rest of the museum is free to visit after 5 p.m.
Full-time students aged 18 and up are eligible for a 40% discount on all the ARTM's monthly passes. In Montreal, this amounts to $54. Due to the raised price of the regular monthly pass, students will wind up paying $1 more than the previous cost, which was $53.
Single and double STM trips will remain the same price — $3.50 and $6.50 respectively — but 10 trips will now cost the average adult $30.00, up from $29.50.
Regular fare for a three-day pass is going up 50 cents to $20.50. Weekly passes are going up 75 cents to $28 and monthly passes are going up $2 to $90.50.
You can find a full list of the public transportation fares coming into effect on July 1, 2021 here.
Vancouver is still the most expensive, Toronto is second, Calgary is fourth and Ottawa comes in fifth, but overall, Montreal still a comparably affordable place to live for overseas workers, according to this year's Mercer Cost of Living Survey.
Despite the loonie gaining strength relative to the U.S. dollar, "globally, Canada remains a relatively affordable place to live and an attractive destination for remote workers," Gordon Frost, partner at Mercer Canada, stated in a news release.
Using New York City as a baseline, the survey ranks 209 cities according to the cost of necessities such as transportation, housing, clothing, food, and entertainment.
The world's most expensive cities for expatriates are Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; Hong Kong, and Beirut, Lebanon, which climbed 42 spots this year thanks to economic turmoil compounded by the pandemic and the Port of Beirut explosion, according to the report.
She said she once paid $1.72 for a Pharmaprix bill that would have cost her $955.68. On top of that, she made $313.10 in PC Optimum points so she basically got paid to take home four full baskets of goods. Now, she's sharing her tips with you!
Aubert told MTL Blog she started couponing when she got pregnant unexpectedly at 18 years old while in a "precarious financial situation."
"I was able to save a lot of money for my baby's arrival and for our own needs. The money we saved went towards our other bills and baby furniture. Since then, I have never stopped," she said.
What advice can you share with Quebecers who want to start couponing?
1. Know that couponing is really 'a thing' in Quebec.
"Before I started couponing, I wish I had known that couponing is real here. Had I known, I would have started long before. I thought couponing only worked in the U.S.," Aubert said.
2. Understand the terms and conditions.
"When we want to start couponing, we often tend to get discouraged when we read our coupons because we don't always understand what the terms written on them mean," said Aubert.
She explained one phrase that is commonly misunderstood: "one coupon per purchase." When that phrase is written on the coupon, Aubert said it does not mean that you have to make a purchase in order to use the coupon. Rather, it means you get one product per coupon.
3. Get a PC Optimum card.
Aubert said PC Optimum cards are "extremely profitable, especially when used at Pharmaprix during promotions, such as the 20x points."
4. Take a training course or hire a coach.
"Take the time to understand before getting started and possibly getting discouraged," she said.
5. Don't invest in a printer.
Aubert does not recommend buying a printer in order to print coupons because "ink is expensive and we don't need to print coupons."
She said you can order coupons by mail on websites, such as Save.ca, as well as on numerous food company and product websites.
6. Do your grocery shopping and plan your menu according to the discounts of the week.
"There too you can [save] several dollars," she said.
7. Take advantage of price matching.
When stores offer price matching, it means you can show them a lower price in another flyer and they have to match it. This means you don't actually have to go to a further store to get a better deal.
"Make unbeatable deals to match the lowest prices elsewhere [...] without having to travel," said Aubert.
8. Be on the lookout for point offers.
If you have a points reward card, such as PC Optimum, look out for days when certain purchases have extra point values.
9. Summer is all about Chapman's Ice Cream coupons.
Aubert said you can request a $4 coupon by mail for free on Chapman's website. This means free ice cream, since some Chapman's products cost less than $4.
"A great way to cool off and enjoy a great treat... for free," she said.