Facebook went down today, and for someone like me whose job depends on internet traffic it can be pretty stressful. And yet I'm always amazed at the panic that sets in among everyone else. It really makes you realize just how dependent we are on the social media platform.
Since it's bound to happen again eventually we figured we'd let you know the essential steps you should take when Facebook goes down.
1. Deny it.
Denial can be a powerful tool. Facebook isn't down, my laptop is just being fuck-ey. Just keep denying and clicking refresh. The problem should solve itself within the hour.
2. Then bitch about it on Twitter.
Facebook may be down but at least Twitter is always there to help you get your social media fix. So bitch your little heart away. I'm sure it will help.
3. Remember: Don't panic.
It's just Facebook and you should probably be working anyway. So take this as a message from the universe that you should be logging off and actually start doing your job for once.
A video taken on June 10 appears to show a Montreal police officer kneeling on the neck and back of a Black teenager while conducting an arrest.
The SPVM told MTL Blog that officers were responding to a 911 call at the George-Vanier High School, in Montreal's Villeray neighbourhood, "because a fight was in progress involving about fifteen individuals."
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In a statement sent to MTL Blog, police claimed the teenager in the video was in possession of a taser.
The SPVM said "several statements of offence were issued" during its intervention in the alleged altercation between the 15 individuals. Another individual was allegedly in possession of bear repellent, according to the police report.
"Individuals were arrested for obstructing the work of a peace officer and for possession of a weapon, then released via summons, since they are minors," it continued.
The SPVM said that though "the neck control technique [was] not involved in this situation, it is part of the National Use of Force Model and that the ÉNPQ [École nationale de police du Québec] teaches it to police officers during their initial training."
Regarding the action of kneeling on the teenager's neck, the SPVM added that "certain types of use of force require that police officers write a report and submit it to their supervisor and then to their unit manager, who must then verify whether the use of force was justified."
Police also said a "review of the police response and use of force in this event is currently underway" with "support from the Use of Force Unit and its master instructors."
"Following the review," the SPVM continued, "the [neighbourhood post unit] manager will take the appropriate follow-up actions, as required."
More than 2,000 people responded to a Facebook event page, and over 600 people indicated they would be going to the vigil to honour the lives of Salman Afzaal, 46; Madiha Salman, 44; Yumna Afzaal, 15; and Talat Afzaal, 74, as well as to support 9-year-old Fayez Afzaal, who survived the attack.
"On top of all the sorrow and sadness is [...] an anxiety that is hitting the people," Majzoub said, noting that the Muslim community in Canada is worried about the potential for another targeted attack.
Majzoub said Montrealers and political figures alike gathered at the vigil, where attendees were seen praying together and where Muslim-Canadian organizations spoke of what actions should come next to prevent further attacks.
The Montreal route starts on rue Sherbrooke (at the corner of boulevard Pie IX), goes east then left on boulevard Viau, left on boulevard Rosemont, left on avenue Bourbonnière, and ends back on rue Sherbrooke. Watch out for heavy traffic.
The city claimed these new drop-in centres help in trying to resolve "the digital divide issues, which were present long before the pandemic" in Montreal. "Access to the Internet and computer equipment, as well as digital literacy, are now necessary to access essential services and participate fully in our democracy."
Individiuals can visit any of the following places to access free Wi-Fi:
Centre communautaire Multi-ethnique de Montréal-Nord; 11 121, ave. Salk Suite 103, Bureau 5A
Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord; 12 004, boul. Rolland
Mairie d'arrondissement; 4 555, rue de Verdun
Centre communautaire Elgar; 260, rue Elgar
Centre communautaire Marcel-Giroux; 4 501, ave. Bannantyne
Quai 5160 - Maison de la culture de Verdun; 5 160, boul. LaSalle
Chalet de parc Toussaint-Louverture; 127, boul. De Maisonneuve Est
Centre communautaire de loisirs Sainte-Catherine d'Alexandrie; 1 700, rue Atateken
Centre Jean-Claude-Malépart; 2 633, rue Ontario Est
Mayor Valérie Plante said, "With the drop-in centers, we are innovating to allow the most vulnerable populations to have access to the Internet to keep in touch with their support system, to work, to shop, or to educate themselves."