Montreal and Quebec City drivers (who actually obey the speed limit) are going to get a little extra speed in a few months, as the provincial government is looking to increase the maximum speed allowed on two different roadways. Planned for this fall, the pilot project will bump up the limit from 100km/h to 120 km/h.
Two separate roads will be used for the speed-boost pilot project, with one planned to be on a highway close to Montreal and the other nearby Quebec City. The speed increase will only be allowed when the weather permits, but how that will be enforced remains unclear.
Quebec's transport minister told CBC that the roads chosen will likely be spots where the existing speed limit is below 100km/h, "on a lower type of road where sometimes it looks like a highway but it’s not." Exact locations will likely be released closer to the end of summer.
Don't get too comfy with speeding, however, as a new type of photo radar system on Quebec roads is also in the works. The tech will take a picture of your car + license plate at one of the road, then take another further along, and assess whether you were speeding or not. If you were, then you can look forward to a speeding ticket sent through the mail.
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Quebec comedian Eddy King has cancelled a set of shows in Quebec City on November 30 following the violent arrest of a Black teenager by local police. In a statement posted to social media, King called police actions "heinous."
"Unfortunately, given the serious incident involving the SPVQ that we all witnessed this weekend, it is impossible in my soul and conscience to give these performances knowing that these heinous acts are still not subject to sanctions at this time," King wrote.
A widely circulated video shows the forceful arrest of 18-year-old Pacifique Niyokwizera. Officers are shown beating the teenager and kicking snow in his face while he is on the ground.
King had planned to perform for public servants and city volunteers in Quebec City.
"Like the rest of Quebec, I am still in shock from the images I saw and I don't have the heart to make people laugh in this context," he said, expressing his "discomfort" at potentially performing in front of members of the SPVQ, who are part of the city's public service.
King says that he spoke with new Quebec City Mayor Bruno Marchand about the incident and was pleased that Marchand "took his time to listen to me."
"I would also like to emphasize that, despite this horrible event, I still have as much love for the city of Quebec and its friendly public," said King.
Why You Need To Go: This historical town already has a major French influence and when the snow hits, it feels even more like you've taken a trip to France. And when you get cold, step into the Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine — it feels a whole lot like the Notre-Dame de Paris.
Why You Need To Go: Ice hotels can be found all across Europe during the winter, in countries like Germany, Finland and Norway. But, if you can't make it all the way out there, you can also visit Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier's Hôtel de Glace for a similar experience.
Why You Need To Go: Just a short drive from Montreal, this borough in the town of Longueuil has that same oh-so-magical feeling that you get when walking through the streets of Belgium during the holiday season. So you don't even need to go far to see a little European charm.
Why You Need To Go: Baie-Saint-Paul has all kinds of local boutiques, cafés and churches to explore, just like in little European towns. So if you can't afford a flight to Austria this winter, this spot is the next best thing.
Why You Need To Go: Wanna feel like you're skiing in the Swiss Alps without having to buy a plane ticket? Sommet Saint-Sauveur can provide that exact feeling. When the night hits and the slopes start to light up, your eyes may just be fooled into thinking you've found yourself in the Swiss town of Zermatt.
Why You Need To Go: Located in the Charlevoix region, Saint-Siméon is right by the water, giving it a real Norwegian feel during the winter. Plus, there's a ton to see while you're there. Between the village of Saint-Siméon, Port-au-Persil and Baie-des-Rochers, it's definitely worth the road trip.
Why You Need To Go: Yes, we know — This one is a little obvious, and it's a city rather than a town... But seriously, Quebec City during the winter couldn't have more European charm to it. And it's only a short road trip from Montreal! The German Christmas Market is an absolute must-see during the holiday season.
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.
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.