Sad news was brought to us today with the death of Sir Christopher Lee. The British actor passed away at the age of 93 on June 7th. The decision was made by his wife of fifty years to hold off the announcement of his death to the press, so she could inform his family first.
We will fondly remember him as our favourite childhood villain. Lee expertly portrayed the roles of Saruman in Lord of the Rings, Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel series, and Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films. He was a dedicated and talented actor (and also the only member of the Lord Of The Rings Cast to have met J. R. R. Tolkien) and his death can only be described as a tragic loss.
However, since Christopher Lee was a bada$$, we thought it would be inappropriate to just write a sappy post in his honour, without acknowledging the awesome stuff he did. So without further ado, here are 10 facts you probably didn't know about Christopher Lee.
1. He was a classically trained singer. He recorded a heavy metal album and a Christmas album.
2. Not only did he play a Bond villain, but he was also technically a secret agent for the "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare."
3. He was a polyglot, he spoke English, Italian, French German and Spanish fluently and a little Swedish, Russian, and Greek.
4. In WWII his job was to hunt Nazis.
5. He was 6 ft. 5 in, the Guinness World Record Holder for tallest leading actor.
6. He was a decedent of royalty, his mother was an Italian countess.
7. He did all his own stunts, and once smashed up his face by jumping through a plate of glass, and permanently injured his hand partaking in sword combat with a drunk colleague.
8. He was quoted saying ""One should try anything he can in his career, except folkdance and incest."
9. When he was alive, he was in more films than any living actor, acting in movies every single year from 1948 - 2014, excluding 1955 and 2006.
10. Finally, he received life time achievement awards from SFX Magazine, Empire Magazine, Italy's Fantafestival, Portugal's Festroia International Film Festival, the Evening Standard British Film Awards and the Seattle Film Critics Awards. He was also knighted and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
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.
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."