To say Montreal is under-performing would be an understatement. We are actually the poorest city out of North America's twenty five largest cities, even though we spent most of our history in the top 10.
If things stay the way they are now and our current policies remain the same, then we simply cannot expect things to improve.
As of now, Montreal and Quebec have the lowest level of entrepreneurship in Canada, the highest taxes and the lowest degree of liberty.
Combine this with a lack-luster education system along with an alienating culture, and we're doomed to remain in the same shitty position we're in.
The first thing we need is more control over the laws that affect us. Montreal is constantly being held back by rules and regulations that are better suited for the rest of Quebec.
We couldn't be any more different from each other, yet we are all lumped into the same pile.
But if Montreal was its own city-state, then we would be free to govern ourselves and we could actually be free to control our own destiny.
Compared to the rest of Quebec, Montreal has very different needs when it comes to language laws, healthcare, taxes, education and commerce, so it makes sense that we should have different sets of rules.
This way, we could work on improving our city, without having to worry about what the rest of Quebec thinks.
Here are some of the changes Montreal needs to adopt to make their way back into the top 10. These were proposed by Montreal City State, an organisation actively pursuing the city-state initiative.
Make more efforts towards becoming bilingual
People should be able to attend whatever school they want regardless of language
Businesses should be allowed to operate in the language of their choice
Everything in our power needs to be done to encourage business development
Remove the existing obstacles that make it harder to start a business
Fight the corruption in the construction industry
Fix city infrastructure
Do more to attract and retain international talent
Hey Montreal, I hope you remember that after the federal election is over on September 20, you'll be in the throes of yet another election, this time for the mayor of Montreal, city and borough councils.
By now, we should all know the candidates, the parties, and what they claim to stand for but some of us might have no idea how to vote, when to vote, or how this whole mayoral election thing even works.
Project Montréal forms the current administration, lead by Valérie Plante. Plante has been the leader of the party since 2016 and was elected mayor in 2017. Plante is the first woman to be Montreal's mayor.
Plante dethroned former mayor Denis Coderre and his party Ensemble Montréal at the last election, prompting him to exit politics.
But Coderre is back and wants to regain the office of mayor. Ensemble Montréal has served as the official opposition in City Hall since the 2017 election.
Mouvement Montréal, meanwhile, is a new party with a charismatic leader in former CFL player Balarama Holness who promises to change Montreal and bring it into the future. Holness and his party have introduced bold policy moves, which include making Montreal a city-state within Quebec and making public transit free for everyone under 25.
The parties officially kicked off their campaigns on September 17, with promises and election signs aplenty.
There are 103 elective positions in 58 electoral districts in all 19 boroughs of Montreal. The breakdown is as follows, according to Elections Montréal:
mayor of Montreal
18 borough mayors who are also city councillors;
46 city councillors;
and 38 borough councillors.
There will be four full days of elections with two advance polling days and two official election days.
How to vote
There will be four full days of elections in Montreal plus mail-in voting.
Advance polling days will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 30 and 31, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in select polling stations.
The actual election will take place over two days on Saturday and Sunday, November 6 and 7, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in over 400 polling stations around the city
In 2017, 42.5% of registered voters participated in the election, according to Elections Montréal. Will we eclipse that number this year?
In a press release, the party said it would lobby the federal government to grant Montreal city-state status within Quebec so that it would have "greater financial and administrative independence and rightfully give city officials a say in the economic and fiscal outcomes of Quebec's decision-making."
Holness said that "much like Singapore and Hamburg (which both hold city-state status), Montreal is a beacon of urban innovation and development — a hub of economic strength within Quebec's boundaries that deserves autonomous control over its social, political, and legal landscape."
Holness and Mouvement Montréal say they would address five key areas which they say have been "grossly neglected by past and current municipal administrations:" poverty, immigration, health, social and affordable housing, and gun violence.
In addressing poverty, Holness and his party would aim to institute Canada's first universal basic income project, for instance.
"Lobbying for city-state status is a window of opportunity to solidify Montreal's unique heritage, culture, economic strength, and innovation on the national scale, and will best position the city in the aftermath of COVID-19," Holness said.
He added that he wants to "move Montreal forward, ensuring that the city -- and its valuable residents -- thrive in the 21st century."
As you get older and as your friends couple off it becomes more and more difficult to be single. Those difficult moments when people feel sorry for you when you say your not seeing someone, or those awkward moments when you turn up to party and your the only one by themselves.
Well don't you worry because your the one who is going to have the last laugh this summer and here is a couple of reasons why;
1. You will look better
Let's admit it as you get comfortable in a relationship you start to let yourself go for a number of reasons. Firstly you become complacent and don't seem to have as much time as you did single to work out. You are also dating so eat out a lot and even start adopting your partner's bad eating habits. And of course when your single you have more of an incentive and what better time to be looking hot than the summer.
2. You get to watch the film you want
Let's be honest we often compromise in a relationship and end up watching a film we might not like or normally chose to please our partner. And summer is a busy time for blockbusters so what better time to be single and actually watch a film you like.
3. You have more time for your friends
As we get into a relationship we have less and less time for our friends and they often take the back burner. In the summer people are making fun and exciting plans and when your 2 you can't always make it as you are tied by your partner's obligations and plans too.
4. You can date
Summer is literally the best time to date. With the terraces open and lots of activities across town you will have plenty of choice. And what's even better is that the majority of things are free, so you won't feel as guilty about going on a couple of dates a week. And what can be more exciting than meeting new people and maybe even trying something new.
5. You can be selfish
Don't get me wrong it is nice to care and be there for someone but sometimes it's also great to be there for you. And what better time than the summer to take some 'me' time. Only when you are single can you really grab a good read and sunbath for days on end.
6. You can have a summer romance
Sometimes we can be physically attracted to someone but know that they are not long term material of even meet someone on vacation and just know that your paths will never cross again. Well as you are single you can truly profit from the situation and enjoy the buzz of a fun guilt free summer fling.
7. Don't have to share
Ok this is a little bit selfish again, but summer time is hot and ice cream time. And even though sharing is cute let's be honest there is nothing more refreshing and satisfying than eating that ice cream to yourself.
8. More traveling
Summer is the best time to get out and explore the world. When you are in a relationship, you have to work out both of your schedules, choose a place that you both want to go to and the list of mutually agreeable concessions goes on. When you’re single, you can either live by your own restrictions and free take the road and make friends as you go along or even sure to find to one of your friends to grab and drag on for the adventure.
9. Can truly relax
Relationships can involve drama or at least a bit of conflict from time to time as you can't always expect to see things exactly the same. Being single means a relaxed squabble free summer.
In conclusion don't worry or even feel down about being single because your summer will be simply amazing because of it.