"The Government of Canada is taking the first steps in preparing for the procurement process to build a new train service in the Toronto to Quebec City Corridor," Transport Canada announced in a press release on Tuesday.
While there are several steps and consultations with "Indigenous groups and communities" to undertake before accepting proposals in fall 2021, the government plans to build "dedicated passenger rail tracks which would provide many key benefits to travellers."
These include, according to the government:
"shorter travel times and faster trains that would reduce average trip times between Toronto and Ottawa by up to 90 minutes;
"more reliable on-time arrival performance up to 95 percent from a current average of 67 percent;
"more direct routes with improved connectivity between cities and to other modes of transportation;
"new services to certain communities, such as Peterborough, Trois-Rivières, and Laval, and new stations in targeted locations including near Jean Lesage Airport;
"more frequent departures between cities; and"
"a cleaner travel option using electrified technology."
"High Frequency Rail in the Toronto to Quebec City Corridor is a massive transportation project with the potential to transform passenger rail service by offering faster, more reliable, more frequent, and cleaner transportation service," said Canada's Transport Minister, Omar Alghabra.
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According to a new study put out by the EasyPark Group, Montreal is among the top 20 smartest cities in the world, coming in at number 17 among cities with a metro area population of over 3 million people.
EasyPark's Smart & Sustainable Cities Index ranks cities around the world based on data that factors in "digital life, mobility innovation, business tech infrastructure, and sustainability."
With an overall ranking of 82.24 out of 100, Montreal ranked just under cities like Chicago, Tokyo, Paris, and our mortal frenemies, Toronto, which came in 12th place.
First up, in the "digital life" category, Montreal got scores above 80 for "citizen adoption" and "health care innovation." Where we lagged behind was in the "government adoption" and "tech education" subcategories.
Next, in "mobility innovation," our city got big scores for "traffic management" and for our "clean transport" infrastructure. Meanwhile, "parking innovation" got a relatively low score of 73.41 out of 100.
For "business tech infrastructure," Montreal lost a lot of points in the "business innovation" subcategory, claiming only 57.92. It was also held back by its "internet connectivity" score but gained ground with a cool 86.08 out of 100 on the "e-payments" subcategory.
Finally, Montreal was also unfortunately held back by its low-70s scores for its "climate response," "waste management" and "green buildings." Our city made up for these low marks with its performance in the "green energy" subcategory, with a score of 85.62 out of 100.
Montreal's Ritz-Carlton Hotel was ranked number one in a list of the "Best City Hotels in Canada" in a recent Travel & Leisure survey, beating out iconic hotels in Vancouver, Quebec City and Toronto.
Montreal's Ritz-Carlton ranked high among readers, Travel & Leisure says, for its exclusive amenities, "tremendous views" of the city, and its access to activities around downtown Montreal. But if you want to spend a night at the Ritz-Carlton, be prepared to fork out a lot of money.
As of the time of writing, the most basic "deluxe room" with a king-sized bed for Thursday, September 9, will run you between $495 and $715 per night.
If you wanted to book a room with a king-sized bed for this upcoming weekend (September 11), the Ritz-Carlton has a "staycation promotion" that comes with breakfast, a bottle of sparkling wine, a $50-dollar food and beverage credit and 30% off at the spa for $715 per night.
This same promotion is available for a one-bedroom suite with a fireplace and a king-sized bed, as well, which will cost $1,135 per night.
The airline is scheduling flights all over Canada including Montreal, Halifax, Moncton, Quebec City, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Ottawa as of September 8.
In a statement, Porter Airlines president and CEO Michael Deluce said that "this is the moment our team members, passengers and the communities we serve have been waiting for."
"While deciding to suspend our service was the most difficult business decision we've made, announcing a restart of flights is the first step in a recovery process that includes recalling hundreds of team members and welcoming back passengers."
Porter will also soon resume its international flights to U.S. cities including Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington as of September 17.
For added peace of mind, Porter Airlines customers will be happy to know that "all fares purchased by July 20, for travel through December 15, 2021, [are] fully refundable, with no fees."