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  • Kate 14:27 on 2022-10-29 Permalink | Reply  

    Why have all the city traffic cameras stopped? They’re all serving a shot they took on October 18.

     
  • Kate 10:06 on 2022-10-29 Permalink | Reply  

    A city councillor is parking where he likes based on a diplomatic license plate that belonged to his partner, who died in 2018. Serge Sasseville sits as an independent city councillor in Ville‑Marie.

     
    • Kate 10:01 on 2022-10-29 Permalink | Reply  

      The project to extend the SRB Pie‑IX from Pierre‑De Coubertin down to Notre‑Dame has been put on hold, the two bids having come in much higher than hoped.

       
      • Thomas 10:38 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        Now that we have succeeded in killing the REM de l’Est, thankfully there is no pressing need to extend the BRT down to Notre-Dame. After all, why should the east end ever get any rapid transit (or any other kind of consideration)?

    • Kate 09:32 on 2022-10-29 Permalink | Reply  

      The STM’s Bellechasse bus garage will be twice as expensive and take twice as long as forecast, the bill coming in around half a billion dollars. The facility won’t be delivered till 2024, either.

       
      • Michael 12:59 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        500M to hold 200 buses.

        Amazing.

      • Kate 14:36 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        It’s a pretty spiffy design.

        Anyone know whether it will be connected to Rosemont metro station, or if there’s any reason to do that? It’s basically just across the street.

    • Kate 09:30 on 2022-10-29 Permalink | Reply  

      A group called Trajectoire Québec says transit fares from Longueuil metro should be cheaper with the tunnel semi‑closure impending, but stops short of suggesting it should be free.

      Prisoners are being transferred off‑island in advance of the semi‑closure so that they can attend hearings in Longueuil on time.

      Some are saying that the first week of closure will be the worst as people adapt. New transport minister Geneviève Guilbault went so far as to equate it to the pandemic in its effects.

      La Presse asks whether apps will be able to help drivers find better routes. CBC looks at options.

       
      • mare 11:02 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        It would be interesting if they made it free on the inbound stretch. It might attract people who haven’t taken transit to work before. Unfortunately it won’t give them a great experience because the capacity of the Yellow line during rush hour is already pretty maxed out, so the moment the tunnel is open again they’re back into their car. (And if they use a feeder bus, or park at Longueul they’ll pay anyway.)

      • steph 13:11 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        The Chrono app has not track the tunnel closure or the re-routed busses (accodring to anecdotes from last friday the 21st). People were left stranded at Radisson station with zero indication at the bus stop either- the bus (61 & 461) was NEVER coming. The anectote incuded a complete closure at Berri which made going to Longeuil impossible as well – Get your shit together STM.

    • Kate 08:43 on 2022-10-29 Permalink | Reply  

      I’m seeing people I’ve followed on Twitter announcing their departure and am wondering what my readers are planning.

      There’s always a current of people being very high‑minded and virtuous at junctures like this – it’s better to withdraw from social media entirely, we should not let ourselves be exploited in this way, let’s all return to the 19th century and sit around the hearth reading Dickens to each other, etc. etc.

      I know that tone and I don’t want to join in, but it’s possible that Twitter will become toxic under Elon Musk’s management. I will wait to see. This blog feeds onto Twitter, with 6,755 followers. Even if half are bots, that’s not bad, although not earth-shattering. I don’t want to pull the plug on it yet.

      A tech friend mentioned Mastodon. I have an account there. I log in – and nothing. I can’t see anyone I know, and I have a feeling that posting there would be like shouting down a storm drain. Is it worth the effort to feel more virtuous than Elon Musk?

      Where else are people going?

       
      • Tim S. 08:48 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        Maybe I’m doing Twitter wrong, but it always seems to me that if I just follow the people I want to follow and ignore the comments (who has time, anyways?) it’s all fine.

      • qatzelok 09:17 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        Does Musk have any plans to buy your blog, Kate?

      • DeWolf 09:29 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        @Tim that only works if you follow a very small number of people. And even when you follow people who are interesting, they often retweet stuff that is annoying.

        I have been making an effort to stop using Twitter over the past couple of years. At first that meant not tweeting anything, but then it meant not even going onto the site because I would get irritated. Eventually I decided that, of all the social networks, Twitter is the one with the least value because it’s set up to encourage one-liners, quips and thoughtless broadcasting. The mob mentality can be frightening and there’s a certain kind of “Twitter person” (self-satisfied, iconoclastic, confrontational, hyper-attuned to any perceived slight against them or their ideals) that is just repulsive. There are people posting great stuff on Twitter, but they’re just drops in an ocean of awful.

        Now that it’s Elon Musk’s personal plaything, I have extra motivation to just delete my account.

      • walkerp 10:16 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        I’m taking a wait and see attitude, but most likely going to leave, being on a similar trajectory to you DeWolf. Social media has ruined the internet in general and it looks quite probably the Musk will turn Twitter into a total cesspool like it was during the run-up to the last US election.

        On principle, it is just wrong that one person should control an area of such public interest.

        I have a faint hope that Twitter going down in flames will push people back to more community and individual efforts like blogs, fora, even email newsletters. Many of the areas of interest that I follow (sports, movies, Montreal) already have those things where there is plenty of content. All that is lacking is the back and forth that creates a sense of community. We have that here quite healthily, for instance.

      • EmilyG 10:29 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        I’m staying on Twitter for the time being.

        I did join Mastodon, but that website hasn’t seemed to be working in a while.

      • dhomas 10:48 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        So, some people might be misunderstanding how Mastodon works. To put it simply, it’s like a decentralized, open source Twitter where you can join different instances or nodes which will have different users. For example, Donald Trump’s Truth Social runs off Mastodon. So does another “free speech platform”, Gab.

        If you’re not getting any updates on Mastodon, you’re on a dead server, where none of the members are actively participating.

      • Kate 11:11 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        dhomas, I’m willing to admit I don’t quite get how Mastodon works, but if one’s reach is limited to people playing on one server, rather than being accessible to anyone in the world, how can it ever compete with Twitter?

      • Ephraim 11:39 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        If everyone leaves twitter where are we going to talk to all the narcissists? Oh… I guess we will just have to talk to the visual narcissists on Instagram instead… or the one on here https://youtu.be/-HFnPAcgShA

      • dhomas 12:14 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        @Kate that’s the thing, I don’t think it will ever compete with Twitter, not as a decentralized platform at least. You’d need a node to get popular enough to compete with Twitter (like one of the aforementioned platforms).

        I’m not sure, but I think the point of Mastodon is to be kinda like Discord servers but for microblogging.

        It’s all speculation for me since, despite working in IT and being a tech enthusiast, I killed all my social media accounts in 2018, with the exception of LinkedIn as it’s essential for my work. I’m doing alright and don’t miss it. I get less birthday wishes, though. :p

      • Joey 19:38 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        The best (only good?) tweets are threads, which are basically blog posts. Blogs were good.

      • Kate 19:50 on 2022-10-29 Permalink

        Over time, I’ve followed a random selection of people on Twitter, because I liked their wit or their intelligent comments. And they’re leaving, and I don’t have any other way of following them. These are neither celebrities nor people I knew in real life, there’s no “staying in touch” – they’re just gone.

        It sucks. Thanks, Elon Musk.

      • MarcG 10:23 on 2022-10-30 Permalink

        @Kate, if you know their names I would set up a google search alert, they’ll probably pop up somewhere else soon.

      • Emily 22:23 on 2022-10-30 Permalink

        I agree, Kate. I also follow a lot of people whose posts I really like, and I’m sad if they leave.

        For mastodon, I used to be able to get a twitter-like feed at https://mstdn.ca/, but that site doesn’t seem to work much these days.

      • dhomas 16:51 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

        So, I looked into it a little more and it looks like Mastodon servers are kinda linked together. The last time I looked at it was in 2018. I’ve never heard of mstdn.ca, but the website looks kinda janky. The de facto “pimary” server is mastodon.social. You may want to give it a try.

      • dhomas 16:58 on 2022-10-31 Permalink

        I forgot to add, if you want the minute explanation of what Mastodon is and how it works, see here:
        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/transcoded/7/70/What_is_Mastodon.webm/What_is_Mastodon.webm.720p.vp9.webm

    • Kate 08:05 on 2022-10-29 Permalink | Reply  

      No shots fired overnight, so the big story is that a child is missing after a car plunged into the Mille‑Îles river north of Laval on Friday afternoon.

       
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