• The huge turnout at the Montreal climate strike has resulted in major cell service disruptions in the downtown and Plateau Mont-Royal areas.
  • Rogers and Bell confirm that their networks are experiencing high traffic at the moment and that service is slow.

Currently, reports estimate that there are over 500,000 people marching as part of the Montreal climate strike. Though the crowds have made for some impressive scenes, the traffic has resulted in a loss of cell service in the area.

Unless you are living in hiding today, you should know that Greta Thunberg is leading our city in the largest climate protest in Canada.

You may notice that when you are attending a large concert at the Bell centre that sometimes, your texts or posts aren’t going through. That is exactly what is happening in downtown Montreal right now, but on a much larger scale.

If there are, indeed, 500,000 people at the protest, that would mean that a crowd approximately equal to 27% of Montreal's population is currently protesting. With so many people in a small geographic area, there are bound to be “traffic jams,” according to a Rogers representative.

The representative explained that too many people are attempting to use the same source of service and it is simply not working as fast as it should.

An MTL Blog correspondent at the protest confirmed that roughly from the Sir George-Étienne Cartier monument on ave. du Parc to boulevard René-Lévesque, trying to get cell service was nearly impossible.

According to the Bell outage map, Montreal is, in fact, experiencing difficulty with service. So, if you are trying to reach a loved one that is protesting, don't be worried if they are not answering you. 


Montreal isn't the only affect city, either, it seems. Protests across the country are likely causing the other outages marked by Bell.

The outage hasn't totally prevented Montreales from sharing images from the protest, however. Photos and videos posted to social media show impressive crowds marching through the downtown and even staging mini-demonstrations on STM metro trains.

The protest is still going on and will likely end at the corner of rues Robert-Bourassa and De La Commune, in case you wanted to join. 

Some reports indicate that members of Arcade Fire, Patrick Watson and the Barr Brothers are giving a surprise performance at the end of the march.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Montreal climate strike from MTL Blog. 

For more information on the march, refer to our article here.

Got photos and videos of the strike? Send them to @MTLBlog on Instagram and Twitter.

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