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  • Kate 23:43 on 2023-01-04 Permalink | Reply  

    The STM has a new bus maintenance garage at the complex on Crémazie, where it keeps up the fleet of 2030 vehicles that take a daily pounding on our streets. But mechanics have to be retrained and the garage largely retooled for when all the buses are electrified.

    • Kate 22:42 on 2023-01-04 Permalink | Reply  

      I can hear the tapping of the freezing rain on the window. We’ll be having snow mixed with ice pellets all night.

      • Kate 12:13 on 2023-01-04 Permalink | Reply  

        New SPVM chief Fady Dagher says he’s going to crack the whip over armed violence in the city.

        • Kate 11:10 on 2023-01-04 Permalink | Reply  

          A new Resilience day shelter is being designed to replace the one in the old McDonald’s near Atwater metro. The needs of the people there are finally being thought about, as are the needs of other people in the area.

          • Kate 10:31 on 2023-01-04 Permalink | Reply  

            CTV looks back at the 1998 ice storm, with some striking photos. It’s startling to learn that it’s taken the ensuing twenty‑five years for one man’s sugar bush to recover from the damage done to trees that year.

            La Presse also has a piece with a different set of photos, a timeline, a meteorological analysis, and a preview of two TV documentaries on the topic.

            Archives de Montréal has an article and photo album on Flickr.

            The Gazette also has a memoir of the time.

            CBC’s piece is titled 25th anniversary of ice storm brings back chilling memories. I was part of a widely distributed online community at the time, and one of my friends there – a guy who grew up in California but was then living in Texas – condoled with me about how cold it must be here. I had to laugh, and told him it was like this because it wasn’t cold enough! Not a concept he’d ever encountered – he’d seen a bit of news video showing ice on trees and assumed it meant we were all shivering.

            • Blork 14:38 on 2023-01-04 Permalink

              Yeah, that thing about temperature and the ice storm is a common misconception. I even hear people who live here making that mistake sometimes. (You’d think people’s powers of observation would outrank their flawed logic, but no.)

              That said, when it’s zero C or even +5, it can get cold indoors pretty quickly if the power is off and there’s no source of heat.

              Heating and insulation are huge factors in how we live through winter, and I think sometimes we take it for granted. For example, I have friends in Australia who complain how they are FREEZING in winter when it goes down to 14C, which seems ridiculous, until you see where they live. No heating source in the house, no insulation, and gaps in the floors and walls that you can literally slide a piece of toast through. That means when it’s 14C outside it’s also 14C inside, and drafty. I think most of us would complain if it were 14C inside!

            • Kate 16:45 on 2023-01-04 Permalink

              It’s true that it got a little chilly indoors, after heat was off for a day or two. Kind of clammy.

              It was because of ice storm memories that when Y2K was looming – remember that? – I bought a tiny camp stove to be sure I could make coffee if the lights went out, as some were predicting. I’ve never used it, not sure where it is now.

              Blork, what you say is true. I had a friend with a strange job who travelled all around North America, mostly staying in private houses, and he said there was an inverse gradient for indoor comfort in winter. The farther south he got, the colder and draftier the houses were, and the less people understood about how to stay snug if it got cold out. Which confirms your observations.

            • Kevin 23:50 on 2023-01-04 Permalink

              I was never so cold as I was my first fall and winter in Vancouver. Then I learned from my inner George and threw away my instincts and just looked at the thermometer and the weather channel.

            • GC 00:40 on 2023-01-05 Permalink

              Having lived in Southern New Zealand, 100% yes. A very cold day was maybe 1-4C, but that is crazy cold when your home has no insulation and your only source of heat (other than the sun) is a tiny space heater. I’ve never felt that cold in Quebec.

            • Dominic 12:59 on 2023-01-05 Permalink

              Southern homes are drafty on purpose. Its a great help to cool the house when the breeze can get in and out easily. Since heat is 95% of their issues, drafty homes are encouraged.

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