Montreal's cherished weekly display of counter-cultural characters and activities is a sight not to be missed. As such, it comes as no surprise that what was once one of North America's largest unorganized gatherings of people can tend to get caught up in the human nature of a pack mentality. Any Tams veteran would be quick to tell you that the seemingly random assortment of people occupying the mountain is in fact compartmentalized into smaller factions of people with common (albeit strange) hobbies. And if we're talking cliques, let's make no mistake that Mean Girls has given us the universal guide to navigating even the most obscure of society's sub-sects.
Here are the Mean Girls equivalents to some of the groups at Tams:
1. The L.A.R.P.-ers – a.k.a. The Nerds
This group of lovable misfits is one of my personal faves to set up shop next to. Providing some seriously medieval entertainment to an already awesome day is a favour for which all upper-mountain Tams-goers are eternally grateful, and so I say with the utmost respect that these fine ladies and gentlemen represent a minority known otherwise as The Nerds.
2. The Drum Circle – a.k.a. The Sexually Active Band Geeks
While the comparison is pretty self-explanatory, allow me to break it down for you guys: The drum circle is the proverbial heartbeat of Tams. It's one of the most high-energy spots of the day, accepting all percussionists and any other musicians who feel inclined to join in on the dawn-to-dusk improvised song of the stoners. This crowd can lay down quite the sexy beat, garnering them the title of The Sexually Active Band Geeks.
3. The Frisbee Enthusiasts – a.k.a. The Varsity Jocks
These guys have been known to toss around a frisbee or two in their time. And when it's not a frisbee landing in everyone else's picnic, it's anything ball-shaped and hard to catch thus clipping some innocent bystander in the face (and I'm totally not speaking out of any experience-based hostility...). Arguably, they're some of the sportiest members of the Sunday Funday, and there's no question that their open displays of activity-loving dudeliness are enough to land them the position of our very own Varsity Jocks.
4. The Forest Dwellers – a.k.a. The Burnouts
Literally everyone at Tam Tams is doing something that's not exactly encouraged on any other given day. Be it smoking weed or drinking in public, there's no shortage of minor infractions being committed every Sunday. Yet, even still, one particular group of individuals is behaving so sketchilly that they have to hide deep in the woods, far from all of their other Tams counterparts, to do whatever it is that they do up there. In every hidden forest nook and cranny dwells a Tam Tams Burnout doing something questionable.
5. The Dealers – a.k.a. "The Greatest People You Will Ever Meet"
We've all been there – you wake up on Sunday morning, pack a blanket and some brews, and suddenly realize that your stash has run dry. It's a problem all stoners have faced, but luckily for them the kind suppliers of Montreal make a point each week of coming out to the monument without fail to take advantage of the most profitable day of business. These guys are truly the unsung heroes of Tams, and as anyone who has ever been in this predicament will tell you, they're the Greatest People You Will Ever Meet.
6. The Scavengers – a.k.a. "The Worst People You Will Ever Meet"
You spark a spliff and all of a sudden you've acquired at least five new besties. While you'd all love to believe that they like you for you, the reality of the situation is that there's a chemically-backed explanation to their newfound admiration of your charm.
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."