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  • Kate 17:46 on 2020-04-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Apparently it’s some days since the virus testing centre at the Quartier des spectacles has been gone. There’s still testing at the Hôtel-Dieu according to this piece.

    • mare 20:24 on 2020-04-19 Permalink

      Not only that, but the whole testing *strategy* has changed. So the new confirmed cases statistics are from a different segment of the population. Also health professionals will get regularly tested, so our xxxx tests done per day will be effectively concern fewer people than before.

      Not saying this is wrong, we should protect health workers, we need them.
      However, non-symptomatic frontline workers (like store clerks) should be tested too, so they can be quarantined before they become super spreaders.

  • Kate 12:23 on 2020-04-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada aired a documentary this weekend on the Hasidim of Outremont and it’s now available on their website.

    • walkerp 13:29 on 2020-04-19 Permalink

      Saw and heard them from my bike doing their saturday prayers from their porches yesterday afternoon, haunting and otherworldly. I felt a bit intrusive but may have to do a longer tour next weekend it was so cool.

    • Ian 17:01 on 2020-04-20 Permalink

      I’m in Mile End but on a Hassidic street. It may seem quaint or whatever if you only see it once or twice but hearing it every morning and every night .. I don’t begrudge them their prayers, they need to do them somewhere and if standing on your stoop in eyeshot of your fellows counts as a minyan, well so be it.

      … the phrase “8 o’clock, time for chanting” has become a running gag in my house. I can hear them quite clearly in my home office, I have taken to working with headphones on at least for the first part of the remote classes I teach every day.

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