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5 Things I’ve Learned So Far…

So I’ve been in Montreal for a month now and the city is amazing.  (It’ll be a shame if I have to leave) Here are five things I’ve learned about the city since I’ve been here.

1) The wild life isn’t scared of human contact – Squirrels, Pigeons, Raccoons… you have food, they’ll be all up on you.  Not to mention the squirrels here are the biggest I’ve seen in my life. (Maybe it’s all the human food)

2) These boots are made for walking – I didn’t have a car for a large portion of my life and I never walked any where, having said that Montreal has a culture of bikers and walkers.  I’ve never walked so much in my life, the first two weeks took a toll on my feet.

3) Outdoor living – People enjoy the outdoors, walk through any park in Montreal on a nice day and it’ll be littered with people. Reading, having a picnic, playing music, or just having a drink and catching some sun.  I lived in Edmonton which has one of the biggest green spaces for a city in Canada and I’ve never seen so many people in a park that wasn’t hosting a concert of sorts. Also pretty sure every restaurants has removable windows, pretty sweet.

4) Public drinking doesn’t make everyone drunks – You can drink walking down the street, in the park… I even saw a girl chatting to a police officer with a PRB in her hand and taking sips mid convo.  The common misconception is that if you allow public drinking people are just going to get smashed everywhere and public intoxication arrest will increase. So not the case, most of the time I see people hammered in public it’s A) a weekend outside a bar B) they’re visiting and take advantage of park drinking.

5) Redheads everywhere –  This makes me happy

Protests, Bills, and Violence

So yesterday marked the 100th day of the student strike that has been taking place in Montreal and all over Quebec.  Quebec students are fighting to keep tuition costs down and university accessible for everyone. Average full-time tuition fees in Quebec for 2012 are $2,519 vs. Alberta (where I went to school) they are $5,662.

As an ex-student and a maybe soon to be new student… I think the cost of going to school is getting out of hand.  Had something like this taken places when I was in school I would have been all over it.  I think the protesters are doing the right thing and I respect them.  I don’t think enough people stand up to the powers at be when they feel they are being wronged.  Most people just take it and believe nothing can be done.


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