Atop Mount Royal, right behind Royal Victoria Hospital, in a secluded aquatic sanctuary surrounded by trees and removed from the noisy bustle of downtown, is a not-so-secret pool that Montrealers have fallen in love with. The only problem is, it's been closed all year, and will remain that way, unless some community action is taken.
Montreal's "Secret Mountain top Pool" had become a frequent spot for tourists and citizens alike, until last August, when a man drowned in the pool, and the grounds were closed for the rest of the summer 2013 season.
Before then, the pool was kept open and operated by the McGill University Health Centre, charging only $5 a day to any and everyone.
This year, because of Royal Victoria's preparations to move to the new NDG super-hospital, the hospital's funds and personnel were limited, and so the pool remain closed. When the hospital relocates, an official closure of the secret pool may be an unfortunate consequence.
Olivier Lapierre does not want the pool to close, so he created the “Save Royal Victoria Pool” facebook page to gain, and showcase, public support for the hidden downtown pool.
The Gazette spoke to Lapierre, who believes there are probably 4 things that can save the Royal Victoria Pool:
It is officially sanctioned as a municipal pool by the city
McGill University purchases the area and continues operations
A community group oversees the pool's administration
A kickstarter/public fundraising initiative is launched to cover all costs in opening the pool
Community officials of the Peter McGill area (the district the pool falls under) are supporters of the Lapierre's initiative. At a borough council meeting to be held tomorrow, a feasibility study will be sanctioned to see if the pool can become a part of the municipality.
You can help out the project by heading to the Save Royal Victoria Pool facebook page and giving it a like to show your support. There are only 558 likes on the page right now, let's make that number soar so city officials know just how much Montrealers want this urban oasis to be open next summer.
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.
William Shatner is set to launch into space on Wednesday and, this time, it's not the set of Star Trek — it's real life. But did you know Shatner's journey from infancy to outer space actually started in Montreal?
In an interview with Professionally Speaking, the Ontario College of Teachers' magazine, Shatner is quoted as saying, "The Montreal Children's Theatre probably had a bigger influence on my life than any educational facility, other than McGill University."
"I wrote, directed and acted in McGill's Red and White Review three out of my four years at university. That was my education really," Shatner is quoted as saying in the Professionally Speaking article.
After finishing his undergrad at McGill, Shatner became a business manager for a Montreal theatre company called Mountain Playhouse before joining the Canadian National Repertory Theatre in Ottawa, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia.
From there, Shatner started acting at Stratford Festival, then on Broadway, and then on television where he gained notoriety as Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk.
From the streets of NDG to countless TV screens to Canada's Walk Of Fame, Shatner carries a piece of Montreal with him. And, on October 13 at 10 a.m., that little piece of Montreal is set to be "beamed up" into outer space.
Maclean's ranked universities in Canada by reputation and several schools in Quebec placed among the top in the country.
While Montreal was shut out of the top three, McGill claimed fourth place. The Université de Montréal was also in the top 10, at number eight.
Overall, across categories such as perceived quality and innovativeness, the top universities in the country by reputation were, in order: the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and Waterloo University, according to Maclean's.
The other Quebec universities that made the ranking were the Université Laval in Quebec City (12), Concordia (16), the Université de Sherbrooke (19), UQAM (26) and Bishop's University (38).
Maclean's surveys faculty, administrators and business leaders to compile its university reputation ranking.
Do you ever see people walking around and wonder about their lives? What they're thinking? Where they're going? It's hard not to .
With this in mind, the student behind the Fake People of McGill (@fakepeopleofmcgill) TikTok account took it upon themselves to answer such questions about people they spot around campus — and their assumptions about these individuals are absolutely hilarious.
When asked why they decided to create this account, the McGill student told MTL Blog, "I kept seeing fake people accounts for other schools and I was searching for a McGill account but eventually I got tired of waiting and just decided to make one myself!"