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  • Kate 21:50 on 2021-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

    A vaccination clinic opened Wednesday at the Bell Centre and is to continue Thursday, and then Friday outside, before the hockey game. Another walk-in clinic will be running on Wellington Street this weekend.

    • steph 08:51 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      To date, my experience with the clinic ‘sans-rendez-vous’ involves getting there early in the morning to get an appointment to come back later in the day. Seems like they run out of ‘sans-rendez-vous’ places before the ‘sans-rendez-vous’ hours even start. “come back tomorrow”

    • Kate 20:19 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      Which reminds me of the moment when the receptionist at a nearby walk-in clinic delivered the memorable line “On ne peut pas venir à la clinique sans-rendez-vous sans un rendez-vous, madame!”

    • EmilyG 06:54 on 2021-06-18 Permalink

      Walk-in vaccination clinics, though, are pretty good.

  • Kate 21:46 on 2021-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

    The SPVM annual report for 2020 is out and says that racially motivated hate crimes were up by 53 percent last year.

    Crime in general was down, but firearm use was up.

  • Kate 16:37 on 2021-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Covid vaccinations: where do you stand?

    • I've had one vaccination. (61%, 78 Votes)
    • I've had two vaccinations. (32%, 41 Votes)
    • Biding my time. (6%, 8 Votes)
    • Not for me (1%, 1 Votes)

    Total Voters: 128

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    • azrhey 16:58 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      2nd shot gonna be rescheduled tomorrow…Is it tomorrow yet? How about now? Now?

    • Véronik 17:07 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      I became eligible yesterday, but haven’t been able to reschedule. I just get error messages.

    • EmilyG 17:18 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      I got my second vaccination yesterday. A friend of mine had gone to a walk-in clinic that morning to get her second shot. I hadn’t even known that was possible. I had been waiting for my age group to move my second-dose appointment sooner, but yesterday afternoon I decided to try the same thing my friend did and succeeded.

    • EmilyG 17:19 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      (Just to clarify my above post – I wasn’t cheating the system. The walk-in clinic I went to did know it was my second shot, and had information like that on file, and everything went smoothly.)

    • Elvis P. 17:42 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      I’ve had two as of Monday and I’m very grateful. It’s about the only upside of having a stupid disease.

      (I’ve also heard of healthy adults dedicating a lot of time and energy to hunting “leftover/extra” doses and succeeding in getting their second dose. More power to them!)

    • walkerp 17:55 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      Saw on twitter that Bell Centre was empty of people and full of Pfizer so bixied down there and got my second shot today. I suspect it will remain pretty quiet for the rest of the week and they are accepting anybody over 12 for a first shot or anybody who had Pfizer or AZ at least 8 weeks ago.

      Feels a bit anti-climactic personally, but was cool to see how lively downtown was afterwards.

    • Ephraim 18:09 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      Saturday night is alright for 2nd shots

    • j2 18:34 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      I registered using the COVID troubleshooting option and had to reregister at the palais but everything went fine afterwards. First was AZ second was Pfizer.

    • MarcG 20:14 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      I’m curious to hear from the “Biding my time” people.

    • MarcG 20:29 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      BTW, good site here for watching the vaccine progress: https://vaccintrackerqc.ca

    • vasi 21:14 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      walkerp, where on twitter have you been looking?

    • walkerp 21:50 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      It was just an individual account who had luck. Thread is here. It didn’t work for everybody and after the hot dog promotion tonight, might not be so empty but worth a shot if you can get there easily.

    • JaneyB 21:56 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      @MarcG – Thanks for that site. The dynamic graphics ones must make everyone who’s part of the rollout proud of their work. It’s hard not to be impressed.

    • Francesco 01:04 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      Also, as of Tuesday night they’ve reversed course on recos for AstraZeneca recipients. They now recommend that the second dose be one of the two mRNA shots, as it apparently will confer more total efficacy than getting a second AZ dose. Wife was eligible today (second AZ originally scheduled for August 12) but when we enter her info it doesn’t show any Pfizer or Moderna slots available at all. So today she’ll be going to the three local walk-ins.

    • jeather 07:12 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      Tried to reschedule my second shot, but can’t get an appointment. Not sure if I will go to a walk in, reschedule at CAE where I have a link, or phone to see if there is a bug. I’m not eligible to get it until next week so I can consider for a bit.

    • walkerp 08:51 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      I too got blocked on clic-santé. It feels like the website has not caught up to the reality on the ground right now, which is understandable.

    • Mr.Chinaski 09:30 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      Clic santé went from the greatest thing on earth, to the most screwed one. Nothing works anymore, no one to call for help, no options, nothing.

    • dhomas 09:36 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      I was unable to “devancer” my second dose yesterday evening (I thought it might open up for my age group the afternoon prior, as was the custom). It didn’t work. Tried again this morning. Same. Tried again after 9h, now I was able to pull up my appointment. Try it again, for those who had trouble until now.

    • dwgs 09:58 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      Put me in the stymied by ClicSante camp. Been trying for several days to book with no luck. I think I’ll walk down to Palais des Congres today and try my luck that way.

    • walkerp 10:32 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      People have been saying that the “Troubleshoot” option on Clic-Santé has been effective in fixing their problems.

      While I appreciate your frustration, Mr. Chinaski, as it is maddening to get blocked by a stupid computer when trying to do something as important as this, please recognize that we are in a period of constant change. It is very hard for the systems, computer and human, to keep up. Approach with those expectations in mind and you will be less stressed.

    • EmilyG 11:01 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      For those wanting to advance their second dose –
      I did so by going to the walk-in clinic at Université de Montréal, new campus. A sign said it was appointment only but there’s also walk-in. You can get the second dose done there as a walk-in, as long as it’s at least 8 weeks after your first shot. No having to worry about Clic-Sante not working.

    • Meezly 15:33 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      I second EmilyG. Just got my 2nd hybrid shot at the MIL UdM Campus and cancelled my early July appointment. The UdM site is strict about the 8 week interval. If you got your first shot after April 23, they won’t accept you as a walk-in.

      But if you get in, it’s not busy at all. They are very organized and helpful.

    • Ant6n 16:43 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      How do you mark sick+1shot

    • vasi 17:49 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      No luck for me either at ClicSanté. Hopefully a spot opens up soon, or I’ll have to look at walk-ins.

    • DeWolf 18:07 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      I was just able to move up my second dose appointment by six weeks… I guess I was lucky, but maybe it also had to do with the fact that I went to the Palais des congrès. It sounds like people who got their first shot at smaller clinics are having trouble because those places have much less capacity.

    • Azrhey 19:19 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      Hey! After reading Walkerp ‘s comment yesterday, I made my merry way to Bell Centre this afternoon. 20 mins later emerged with my 2nd shot done! No line up at all.

    • dwgs 19:39 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      Walked into Palais des Congres around 145 this afternoon without an appointment, walked out at 240 with a shot of Moderna coursing through my veins. Easy peasy belly squeezy. Stop trying to book online and just show up.

    • walkerp 20:30 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      Yes! Walk-ins for the win! Did you get a hot dog, though?

    • dwgs 08:54 on 2021-06-18 Permalink

      Sadly, no.

    • GC 14:28 on 2021-06-19 Permalink

      I checked ClicSanté the day that my age group was supposed to be able to move up our appointments, but there were none available at the original pharmacy. To my surprise, I received an email from ClicSanté this morning saying appointments were now available, and sure enough they were. And it even gave me a choice of mixing in Moderna as my second or sticking with AstraZenaca. (Based on what the site said, it seems that maybe the pharmacy was just waiting on supply this past week.)

      I honestly think it’s been a pretty good system overall. Not perfect, certainly. But all new software is buggy and considering how quickly it was put together… And even if both languages.

  • Kate 10:11 on 2021-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Going by bicycle counters along the route, the REV is a hit. With maps and graphics.

    • Blork 11:29 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      I’m so glad to hear that the REV is a hit, and according to the article some of the business owners are starting to come around to it (after initially hating the idea). They could do themselves a favor by making sure there are plenty of well-placed bike racks along the route, especially near places like cafes and restaurants where cyclists are likely to stop for a drink or a bite.

    • Joey 12:37 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      Would be interesting to see how many cars drive down St Denis for comparison’s sake.

    • Kate 16:40 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      Maybe, but it’s apples and oranges. Not every cyclist is a converted motorist – some would be cycling in preference to the bus or metro. Also a lot of cyclists will now be choosing the REV rather than taking other north-south routes.

      As someone who walks, I’ve noticed a minor, minor pain for the pedestrian: waits for crossing lights on St‑Denis are even longer than previously, since there’s a phase for cyclists, then a phase for motor vehicles, before the light comes back to people crossing St‑Denis on foot.

    • Joey 17:18 on 2021-06-17 Permalink

      I was thinking more along the lines of X% of car+bike traffic is made up of bikes, whereas some much smaller Y% of the roadway is allocated to bikes. Thrown in pedestrians into that count as well. Sure, cars are bigger, but the people inside them are only, you know, marginally moreso… Anyway, it was more out of curiosity – I wonder how many people drive on St Denis vs. walk vs. bike.

  • Kate 09:56 on 2021-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

    CultMTL has news of the massive glass box development being planned for the old Viger Hotel. This is not the first project to be planned for the building, and in the past people were appalled at putting something like that at the edge of Old Montreal.

    • DeWolf 10:20 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      This project is not planned, it’s under construction and already quite far along.


    • Kate 10:50 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      Thanks, DeWolf.

    • David764 14:00 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      Well, it’s not a glass box, which would indicate a curtain wall, a DeWolf’s photos show, they’re framing the exterior walls with wood, and the exterior cladding system provides for maybe 25% more window surface than you’d find on your average new build triplex.

      In Old Montreal these days, you’re going to discover that whatever reservations people had about more modern buildings are long gone. There’s a true glass curtain wall building recently built at the corner of McGill and Le Moyne, for instance, three on Riopelle Place, and one going in on Saint Paul Street itself. Beyond that, the entire area east of Old Montreal is new build, the Faubourg des Récollets is under heavy redevelopment, and there are active development plans for numerous infill sites on parking lots across Old Montreal.

  • Kate 09:47 on 2021-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

    The city’s auditor general is concerned about the way budget planning is done at city hall, and is asking for more transparency around the process.

    • Ephraim 12:10 on 2021-06-16 Permalink

      We need more open data. When it comes to competitive parts, then make that section opaque. But the more open the data, the harder to hide bribes and non-competitive bids. And let’s face it, the problem is the bribes and non-competitive bids.

  • Kate 09:21 on 2021-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

    Marvin Rotrand has announced that he’s retiring from politics and won’t run again this November. He’s represented Snowdon at city hall since 1982. Nonetheless, he’s voicing support for Denis Coderre in the election.

  • Kate 09:19 on 2021-06-16 Permalink | Reply  

    There have been 150 instances of gunfire over the last year, and the SPVM has seized 250 firearms this year. These bits of news come as Quebec announces more money for the SPVM’s anti-gun squad.

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