Weekly roundup February 22-28


The Long Fight for D.C. Statehood JSTOR Daily

Fifty-year-old buildings have lots of life left. So why is Toronto tearing them down? Toronto Star

I’m Being Censored, And You Can Read, Hear, And See Me Talk About It In The News, On The Radio, And On TV McSweeney’s


Weekly roundup February 15-21


Margo St. James, Advocate for Sex Workers, Dies at 83 The New York Times

‘These were life-and-death decisions’: Inside a Toronto long-term-care home fighting two waves of COVID-19 Toronto Star

Passive Survivability Passive House Accelerator


Weekly roundup February 8-14


Why The Secrecy on Bill C-10?: How the Liberals Abandoned Their Commitment to Consultation, and Transparency in Pushing Their Broadcast Reform Bill

The Accidental Revelations of Sanborn Maps Bloomberg Citylab

^ I love fire insurance maps, which is why this 2014 article is still great.


Weekly roundup February 1-7


The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship The Atlantic

Why we should not feel sorry for snowbirds Montreal Gazette

Why Canada doesn’t know how many COVID-19 cases are linked to travel The Conversation


Weekly roundup January 25-31


These are the only people who should ever be considered for governor general National Post

The problem with modernizing (and the Governor General) Maclean’s

Quebec car-sharing company is having its moment during the pandemic The Globe and Mail


Transit Use 2020

Tracking all the times I used transit continued in 2020 but was significantly curtailed because of Covid-19. The tradition since 2014 continues. For STM rides I counted “unofficial” transfers as two rides. I took 12 rides in 2020. My rides were paid for using: Cash (2), Presto (2) and OPUS (8).

Agency Fare Media Total Rides Total Cost ($)
MBTA Cash 2 3.20
STM OPUS 8 21.60
TTC Presto 2 3.10

The Monday trips were on a long weekend trip to Boston in the before times to ride the subway to Cambridge and hope on the Green Line. Thursdays were the day I had on-site workshops which is where all the STM rides on that day come from. Thursday also happens to be a day I was in Toronto and hopped on the streetcar to enjoy a dinner at Wvrst. My Saturday rides were probably all trips to or from Jean-Talon Market.

Rides by Day of Week

After my trip to Toronto at the start of March, I hardly went anywhere else that I couldn’t walk to. I was even walking to Costco nearby.

Rides by Month

Year over year

Weekday riding is generally low, except for 2017 when I was seconded to the airport for the summer, but in January and February 2019, I was using transit quite a bit during the week to visit friends. I stopped going to axe throwing league on Sundays from September 2018 so no longer have higher riding on that day.

Year-over-year Rides by Day of Week and Month

The pandemic meant that I used about 10% of the transit in Montreal last year compared to the year before. I did manage to collect one new transit agency last year.

Agency Year Cost Rides Work Rides
GO 2018 20.62 2 0
MBTA 2020 3.20 2 0
MiWay 2018 15.00 5 5
OC Transpo 2019 3.55 1 0
STM 2019 221.60 79 10
STM 2020 21.60 8 5
TTC 2014 379.70 206 3
TTC 2015 369.30 175 3
TTC 2016 349.68 161 2
TTC 2017 695.92 261 100
TTC 2018 628.50 234 31
TTC 2019 297.20 112 5
TTC 2020 3.10 2 0
UPX 2018 56.29 7 7
UPX 2019 18.50 2 1

Weekly roundup January 18-24


Why Canada can’t logistic The Bell