Montreal's major Santa Clause parade along St. Catherine street downtown may have already passed, but if you missed it, or refuse to do anything Christmas-y 'til December hits (like myself) then you'll be happy to hear that another Xmas parade will be getting the city in the holiday spirit. On Saturday, December 6th head to Mont-Royal avenue for the "Marche de Noël aux flambeaux" event and get festive.
Before the parade begins, candles will be sold for $1 at Mont-Royal metro, so you can help light up the night. The parade itself will begin at 7pm at Parc des Compagnons (map) the Mont-Royal Xmas parade will march along the street towards Parc La Fontaine, to the la Roche street entrance (map). To end the parade, a huge music-fireworks show will be held at the pond at Parc La Fontaine, going down at around 7:45pm.
Mont-Royal's Xmas parade has over 10, 000 people participate every year, with 5 different choir/singing groups and tons of floats and performers marching along too. Classic Christmas tunes will be playing at Parc La Fontaine, remixed by DJ FunkyFalz, which will add some energy to the parade and prelude the fireworks show in the park.
Find out more about the Mont-Royal Xmas parade/Marche de Noël aux flambeaux by heading to the Facebook event here.
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."
You might have noticed that the height of buildings in Montreal is shorter than those in other North American cities. That's by design. And now, Mayor Valérie Plante's party, Projet Montréal, is committing to keep it that way.
"Since 1992, a consensus has existed in Montreal regarding the maximum height of buildings," the party wrote on Facebook. "According to this agreement, Montreal's constructions must not obscure the views of Mount Royal — and therefore must not peak higher than the mountain's highest level, which is more than 232 metres above sea level."
The party criticized former mayor Denis Coderre's claim that taller buildings could help to increase the housing offer in the city.
"Mr. Coderre seems to believe that Montreal's highest peaks should belong to the owners of downtown penthouses [...] Let's be honest. Who will really benefit from taller skyscrapers? A handful of wealthy people and a few real estate developers... And so would begin the privatization of the views of our Mount Royal," Projet Montréal warned.
You could earn $22.21 an hour without a degree or experience (but you do need a high school diploma). Plus, the plant promises a 15% raise each year for three years, so you'd be making $30 an hour in just a few years — and there's the possibility of getting an annual performance bonus.
While no specific degree or experience is necessary, you are expected to be fluent in both oral and written French.
The job listing says you should have an "interest in developing in a major manufacturing company," interest in working on mechanical equipment, familiarity with computers and data entry and you should be a team player.
You'd also have to pass health and safety tests before you start.
Here are some of the duties you'd be performing as a production operator, according to the job listing:
Support the plant's different production lines
Operate equipment and/or computerized systems
Process, file or package different products
Wash equipment and maintain the work environment
The gig also comes with benefits: basic group insurance covered 100% by the employer and a pension plan with up to 8% employer contribution. There's medical staff on-site, a store where you can get employee discounts, free parking, a cafeteria where you can purchase food and social activities, like food trucks.
The night shift goes from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
You can apply here or by sending your CV to email@example.com.
Salary: $22.21 an hour + benefits
Company: The Kraft Heinz Company
Who Should Apply: French-speaking night owls with an interest in manufacturing and mechanical equipment. A love of ketchup, peanut butter and KD won't hurt either!