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City of Côte Saint-Luc launches Telephone Broadcasting Service to reach older adults without Internet access

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is launching a new Telephone Broadcasting Service (TBS) to deliver interesting talks and other content by phone and produced by the public library and recreation departments.

“With our facilities now closed, many people in our community have lost weekly outings to the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library or Aquatic and Community Centre to hear interesting speakers,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Many of these residents are older adults who don’t have a computer, smartphone, or Internet access. Our new Telephone Broadcasting Service will reach people in a low-tech way. All you need is a regular home phone.”

Audio content will be produced by Côte Saint-Luc staff. It will include interviews with many of the same speakers who normally speak in person, and other guests. For now, the city is aiming to produce an hour a day.

The Côte Saint-Luc Telephone Broadcasting Service will play content every weekday from 2pm to 3pm. To listen, call 438-809-7799, then when prompted, press these numbers on your phone: 500 514 054 # #.

“We’re excited to launch this new service,” said Councillor David Tordjman, the council member responsible for the library. “It’s basically like listening to the radio, but using your phone instead. We’re able to see how many people are listening, so we’ll get a sense right away of how popular it is and expand the number of hours of programming, if needed.”