Do you ever see people walking around and wonder about their lives? What they're thinking? Where they're going? It's hard not to .
With this in mind, the student behind the Fake People of McGill (@fakepeopleofmcgill) TikTok account took it upon themselves to answer such questions about people they spot around campus — and their assumptions about these individuals are absolutely hilarious.
When asked why they decided to create this account, the McGill student told MTL Blog, "I kept seeing fake people accounts for other schools and I was searching for a McGill account but eventually I got tired of waiting and just decided to make one myself!"
William Shatner is set to launch into space on Wednesday and, this time, it's not the set of Star Trek — it's real life. But did you know Shatner's journey from infancy to outer space actually started in Montreal?
In an interview with Professionally Speaking, the Ontario College of Teachers' magazine, Shatner is quoted as saying, "The Montreal Children's Theatre probably had a bigger influence on my life than any educational facility, other than McGill University."
"I wrote, directed and acted in McGill's Red and White Review three out of my four years at university. That was my education really," Shatner is quoted as saying in the Professionally Speaking article.
After finishing his undergrad at McGill, Shatner became a business manager for a Montreal theatre company called Mountain Playhouse before joining the Canadian National Repertory Theatre in Ottawa, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia.
From there, Shatner started acting at Stratford Festival, then on Broadway, and then on television where he gained notoriety as Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk.
From the streets of NDG to countless TV screens to Canada's Walk Of Fame, Shatner carries a piece of Montreal with him. And, on October 13 at 10 a.m., that little piece of Montreal is set to be "beamed up" into outer space.
Videos posted to Instagram and TikTok show someone recruiting Montreal metro riders to engage in Squid Game-like activities — minus the bloodshed.
The hit Netflix show follows a group of contestants competing for prize money in deadly versions of children's games. The main character, Gi-hun, joins the competition after a recruiter wearing a suit approaches him in the metro.
The Instagram and TikTok videos show a similarly-dressed individual engaging with STM riders and playing some of the games featured in the show.
Contacted by MTL Blog, the person behind the social media accounts declined to identify themselves but said they're developing more content for their channels.
They also said they've given prizes to some players in the form of $50 and $100 Amazon gift cards — much more modest than the ₩45,600,000,000 (about CA$48,021,177.60, according to Google) grand prize in the Netflix show.
"I'm doing these videos because I'm having a lot of fun creating unique experiences for people," the account owner told MTL Blog. "Seeing the enlightment on the face of the participants, the people around and the reactions from the videos make it all worthwhile!"
"Making Drugs More Accurate" is a new group at McGill University that aims to ensure that if students are to going use drugs, they do so in a safe manner where they know exactly what they're putting in their bodies.
So, this group acts as a free harm reduction and drug checking service that provides students with drug checking kits and an explanation on how to use them so that they can go home and find out what's really in their drugs.
MTL Blog spoke with the founder of Making Drugs More Accurate, who goes by the alias name of Henry Smith Williams, about how the group came to fruition, the importance of safe drug use, how one can go about getting a drug checking kit, and more. You can read our interview with them below.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Why is this initiative is important?
Despite the best efforts of governments around the world, people still take a decent quantity of drugs most weekends. So, as a consequence of this, there's a profit margin to contaminate the drugs for cheaper substitutes. This has a consequence on the users in that they get harmed by the things that they purchased but they don't realize they're taking.
As the world is opening up, people are thinking about how they want to enhance their nights out — people are taking drugs again. So, we're here to fill the gap.
Is there a specific place where students can go to have their drugs checked?
We're still working on getting an office space. Currently, we're just operating as and when people get in touch with us through our social media or by texting us, then we'll go meet them.
We're always changing our location because there are some people who are rather zealous in their anti-drug stance — so we keep hidden in case they try to intercept it.
Are there any risks of being identified?
What we're doing is we're not just making this a drug checking service. People don't only come to us to check their drugs, we hand out condoms, other contraceptive materials, even advice if you just want to talk to someone.
It's also important to remember that we aren't suggesting you bring your drugs to us to check. What we're suggesting is that you come to us requesting something that you may or may not have in your possession and then we can give you the reagents that you go home and do yourself. We're allowed to check them in your presence but we can never touch them because that turns into the realm of drug possession.
This involves a small plastic vile filled with a reagent that'll change colour based on whatever the drug is. We give people instructions on how to use the kits and we keep it as straightforward as possible so that it's user-friendly.
Do you feel supported by McGill University for this initiative?
This McGill Group Is Giving Students The Resources To Check The Accuracy Of Their Drugs
Not supported in any way, shape or form, nor do we expect to be. If anything, we feel as though they'd probably crack down on us should they directly acknowledge the group because it's admitting that drug use occurs on campus, which is out of their realm of acknowledgement.
It would be better if they did this themselves and they funded it themselves, but I wouldn't expect them to do it.
How have the first few weeks of Making Drugs More Accurate gone?
We've got the capacity to meet a lot more demand than we're currently getting. In the first few weeks, we've handed out a couple of tests.
We're trying to hammer home the importance of giving us back the results based on what you expected the drug to be versus what is indicated that it is. We want to use this data to go national. We're trying to get this going all over the country.
Can the kits check any form of drug?
As long it can fit in the vile. It can be pills, powders, a tab of LSD, mushrooms... But right now, the reagents for benzodiazepines, like Xanax, are really difficult to acquire, so we haven't gotten those yet.
We would like to expand our ability to different adulterants in cocaine as well. Right now we can only test for a few adulterants but there are way more out there and the kits for that are really expensive.
Do you have tips for people regarding safe drug use?
Go to mdmaccurate.xyz. Literally any question you could ever have will be on there. There's an entire section on harm reduction, which covers nearly every drug under the sun.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance use, help is available. You can click here for additional resources.
As officials figure out what to do with much of the former hospital campus (some buildings will become part of McGill University), non-profit groups Héritage Montréal and Les amis de la montagne say the site presents an opportunity to reconnect the downtown core with the mountain and expand the public realm.
Pour une requalification exemplaire de l'ancien hôpital Royal Victoria
The groups released a video in September calling for "visionary," "courageous," and "bold" planning for the site, including new public green and gathering spaces.
Under their proposal, the groups say the old Royal Victoria Hospital would become a "gateway to Mount Royal park from downtown [...] connected, open to all, and equipped with a reception area, local services, meeting places and community spaces."
Héritage Montréal and Les amis de la montage specifically call for:
"the urgent restoration of the buildings in order to avoid any further deterioration due to the vacancy of the place;
"landscaping and greening actions that allow better access to the mountain as an extension of Mount Royal park towards downtown;
"the maintenance of public ownership of the land in order to avoid the fragmentation of the site and to ensure its coherence in the short, medium and long term, in a context of multiple occupants;"
and the implementation of modern urban planning, governance and financing tools to preserve the integrity of the site, its heritage character and its civic and community vocation."