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  • Kate 19:17 on 2020-03-20 Permalink | Reply  

    The old Vic, still functioning as a spillover winter shelter, will become an isolation unit for the homeless as needed, Mayor Plante said Friday.

    CBC talked to a McGill student who has had COVID-19 and recovered, and the Journal talked to a couple who caught the rona on a cruise, and also say they’ve recovered.

    Some older folks say they’ve been hectored in public about how they should stay home. I’ve seen reports on social media that the SAQ has been carding people and not allowing those 70 or over to enter their stores.

    Eater is listing the local restaurants offering takeout and delivery.

    • Kate 13:00 on 2020-03-20 Permalink | Reply  

      I see on Facebook that this is the number for city aid for small and medium-sized businesses (PME): 514 394-1793

      Schools will almost certainly have to stay closed past the end of March. The Quebec government has suspended collective agreements.

      Efforts are being made to close the Hasidic synagogues, the CAQ having relied on members of the opposition to talk to Muslim and Jewish groups and convince them this isn’t social repression, but public health at risk. Four people in Côte St-Luc have tested positive, and the suburb has declared a state of emergency; three had been to the same synagogue.

      • Ian 14:48 on 2020-03-20 Permalink

        I guess it varies from group to group but on my street the Hassidic synagogues closed already.

      • Chris 16:28 on 2020-03-21 Permalink

        Did they really need convincing that the government isn’t picking on them? It’s clear to see that everyone is being told the same.

      • Kate 16:51 on 2020-03-21 Permalink

        Chris, can you honestly not see why a very inward-facing community that has faced repeated attacks over the last few centuries, followed by a recent law mandating that they can’t work in education, medicine or law enforcement if they display any sign of their beliefs, might need reassurance that they are not being singled out here? Really?

      • Chris 13:16 on 2020-03-22 Permalink


        In ordinary circumstances, I’d agree, but currently, they need but look out their window to see that all of society is being asked to close up.

      • Michael Black 14:03 on 2020-03-22 Permalink

        People can see the need and still feel like it’s them.

        When they wouldn’t take my money at Aux Vivres it felt like I was at fault. Too many times stopped by the cops, too many times followed in stores will do that. There is a subjective difference between those who see rules as for the public good and those who get targetted because of those rules.

    • Kate 09:07 on 2020-03-20 Permalink | Reply  

      Hotels have been asked to accept hospital patients when COVID-19 cases fill hospital beds. CBC says these will not be COVID-19 cases while CTV says they’ll be accepting “minor and non‑infectious cases of COVID-19” which is just odd.

      • Alison Cummins 12:51 on 2020-03-20 Permalink

        What about those empty Concordia dorms?

      • Kate 13:03 on 2020-03-20 Permalink

        Who knows what’s under discussion. There may be reasons some rooms are suitable (big enough for hospital beds, supplied with enough current for devices, provided with bathrooms) and some not.

      • Ian 14:36 on 2020-03-20 Permalink

        How about all those illegal AirBnBs. Emergency expropriation would kill 2 birds with one stone.

      • Kate 10:05 on 2020-03-21 Permalink

        The thing about the AirBnBs is they’re scattered. Ideally, at least some landlords are going to find it wiser in the long run to have conventional tenants again.

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