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Libre-expression: On découvre Le Tribunal de L’Infaux 3.12.2020

Suite à une vidéo publiée par l’influenceure Mel Goyer en conversation avec la journaliste indépendante Julie Lévesque, nous avons découvert une belle ressource en ligne qui conteste le discours souvent monolithique, trompeur et bourré de fausses informations des médias de masses..

Julie Lévesque a travaillé, entre autres sujets, avec le Centre de Recherche sur la Mondialisation sur l’analyse de la « pandémie H1N1 », déclarée par l’OMS en 2009. Dans son article très détaillé, L’épidémie de la peur, la Fondation Bill Gates et Big Pharma, elle nous relaye que la fausse pandémie avait pu être qualifiée ainsi uniquement parce que la définition de ce qu’est une pandémie mondiale avait été modifiée peu avant l’éruption des premiers cas de H1N1. Alors que cette soit-disant pandémie avait fait déclencher le palier maximum d’alerte au sein de l’OMS, ça n’a pas été trop long avant que plusieurs scientifiques dénoncent un alarmisme non-justifié et renforcé dans les médias. On peut trouver plus d’informations dans le rapport du Conseil de L’Europe intitulé La Gestion de la Pandémie H1N1: nécessite plus de transparence, ainsi que dans l’article Pseudo-pandémie d’A(H1N1) – Alarmisme et gaspillage de fonds publics du Devoir. Un petit rappel d’histoire récente qui pourrait faire sonner des cloches.

Le Tribunal de L’Infaux de Julie Lévesque, est donc un très bon endroit pour aller lire sur les enjeux mondiaux liés à l’actualité médiatique et obtenir des analyses bien documentées sur des sujets relayés faussement dans beaucoup de sources médiatiques mainstream.

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Info-Manifs: REPORTAGE-DIFFUSION | Action Coordination 28.11.2020

Depuis le 22 août 2020, Action Coordination, l’organisation derrière le groupe Facebook Les Manifs du Samedi (maintenant Info-Manifs, avec près de 7000 membres) a pris de l’ampleur au Québec. Connue originalement pour la coordination sans relâche d’actions et de manifestations de manière décentralisée depuis maintenant 15 semaines, AC innove cette semaine avec une programmation en direct de 12h d’affilée du Convoi pour L’Union et la Liberté, qui attend des milliers de participants venants des quatre coins de la province. Grâce au travail acharné des membres d’AC, le flux sera diffusé librement par une dizaine de médias autonomes partenaires dont Black Sheep Truth Media, Actualité Politique du Québec, Les Gaulois Réfractaires (près 30k membres, Europe), Fearless Canada et Bright Light News.

Action Coordination se démarque par sa fine utilisation des technologies, et sa capacité de mobiliser de manière horizontale à travers les diverses régions du Québec. Cette mobilisation historique de Baie-Comeau à Sherbrooke, en passant par Matane, Gaspé, Victoriaville, Drummondville, Rouyn-Noranda et Trois-Rivières, permet aux militants de se regrouper sur une base hebdomadaire en se servant stratégiquement des technologies de l’information pour contester l’État d’urgence sanitaire. D’ailleurs, AC détient plusieurs autres groupes Facebook connexes dont Saturday’s Demos in All Cities Peaceful (Canada), des groupes de co-voiturages sans masques, et Action Coordination | Partage d’Informations. Afin d’aider le public à rester informé sur la crise actuelle et ses répercussions sur nos droits et libertés, un wiki est en cours de développement, disponible pour consultation ici

Pour en découvrir plus sur Action Coordination, visitez leur site web actioncoordination.org

Pour les soutenir dans leur campagne de financement, c’est possible de donner en se rendant ici: https://a-c.ac/PublicationNousSoutenir

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Action Coordination est une initiative collective pour coordonner les actions et manifestations pacifiques à travers le Québec et le Canada, pour la défense de nos droits et libertés. Communiqué du 19-08-2020

Action Coordination

Communiqué de presse – Diffusion immédiate
20 août 2020
Action Coordination est une initiative collective pour coordonner les actions et manifestations
pacifiques à travers le Québec et le Canada, pour la défense de nos droits et libertés.
Plusieurs mouvements et regroupements militants de toutes allégeances, politiques ou non, se
regroupent dans les villes de Montréal, Québec, Trois-Rivières, Rouyn-Noranda, Rimouski,
Gatineau, Sherbrooke, Chicoutimi, Ottawa, Halifax et partout ailleurs au pays et se mobilisent
pour manifester, s’informer, réseauter et avancer ensemble dans la compréhension concernant
les incidences sur le peuple, notamment, des enjeux de santé publique.
Le mouvement est donc non partisan et décentralisé. Il prend de l’ampleur, notamment au fil de
la montée des mesures que nous considérons liberticides du gouvernement depuis le début de
la crise, mais il prend ses racines bien avant celle-ci.
Il est basé sur la défense des droits et libertés du peuple. Nous n’avons pas de lien formel avec
d’autres organisations ou personnalités publiques. Nous sommes des gens du peuple qui se
mobilisent individuellement et collectivement pour demander des réponses et des actions
concrètes des gouvernements suite à ces nombreux agissements problématiques dans la
gestion de la crise sanitaire et les dommages collatéraux.
Nous sommes contre les mesures sanitaires disproportionnées, contre les nouvelles mesures
scolaires abusives, contre l’obscurantisme médical et scientifique, contre la censure, contre la
dictature de l’état et contre la corruption systémique.
Restez à l’affût, des événements dans diverses villes s’ajoutent régulièrement au calendrier.

Événements planifiés connus

http://bit.ly/InfoManifs (lien mis à jour de manière journalière)

Samedi 22 août

Montréal
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/305382017451958/
Québec
Voir manif du dimanche 23 août
Trois-Rivières
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/303828930940600/
Chicoutimi
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/303869830936510/
Gatineau
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/305232387466921/
Rouyn-Noranda
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/305231734133653/
Sherbrooke
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/305130944143732/
Rimouski
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/305073474149479/

Dimanche 23 août

Québec
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/304200717570088/
Halifax
facebook.com/groups/SaturdaysDemos/permalink/304858287255695/

Vendredi 28 août

Musifestation, Saint-Sylvestre (Beauce)
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/305174767472683/

Samedi 29 août

Ottawa
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/305176990805794/
Montréal
Voir manif du Dimanche 30 août
Musifestation, Saint-Sylvestre (Beauce)
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/305174767472683/

Dimanche 30 août

Montréal
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/304676647522495/
Musifestation, Saint-Sylvestre (Beauce)
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/305174767472683/

Samedi 12 septembre
Montréal
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/305962620727231/

Mardi 15 Septembre
Québec
facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/permalink/305347980788695/

Coordonnées

Lien pour se tenir à jour
bit.ly/InfoManifs

Email pour information / Questions
actioncoordinationinfo@gmail.com

Contacts facebook
Alexandre Laberge-Ayotte
Alexandre Galarneau

Page Facebook d’Action Coordination
https://www.facebook.com/Action-Coordination-103733314784377/

Groupe principal francophone Les Manifs du Samedi dans chaque ville
http://facebook.com/groups/LesManifsDuSamedi/

Groupe homologue anglophone Saturday’s Demos in all cities
http://facebook.com/groups/SaturdaysDemos/

Groupe de covoiturage francophone
http://facebook.com/groups/CovoiturageAutobusPourLesManifs/

Groupe de covoiturage anglophone
http://facebook.com/groups/CovoiturageAutobusPourLesManifs/

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Testimony | #GérantdEstrade #Cossette45millions

Seen on a public post on fb on 2020-05-12

Sharing from Padrig Gatth, all about our government’s allotment of 45 million in public funds to Covid advertising aimed at reinforcing their brilliant health directives (useless, insulting propaganda to distract from their complete mishandling of the situation). I for one have never been more excited to pay my taxes. (Maya)

#GérantdEstrade

Ainsi donc, le même jour où l’on apprend que le taux d’approbation de la gestion de crise par Legault et la CAQ est passé de 95 % à 77 % en quelques semaines, les détails du contrat de publicité octroyé à la firme de publicité Cossette pour vendre les salades du gouvernement à la population sont révélés : 15 millions par année sur trois ans.

45 fucking millions.

Pour donner un ordre de grandeur, 15 millions, c’est ce qu’il en a coûté pour reconstruire l’école primaire Baril, à Hochelaga, et la mettre aux normes du 21e siècle.

Le même montant en fonds publics sera donc versé à une firme publicitaire (une industrie reconnue pour sa probité morale et son civisme exemplaire) chaque année, pendant trois ans. Pas trop compliqué que ça.

Et pourquoi? Pour convaincre la population du bien-fondé des directives gouvernementales (celles du moment, quelles qu’elles soient, parce tsé, ça ÉVOLUE). Pour garantir notre docilité, et booster au passage le taux d’approbation du régime caquiste.

Se laver les mains 10 fois par jour, toujours garder ses distances, soit. Porter un masque en public, sure. Mais est-ce vraiment nécessaire de dépenser 15 millions par année pour marteler ce message, alors qu’on nous le répète déjà à longueur de jour depuis des mois? Qu’est-ce qui pourrait bien justifier qu’on mette autant d’argent dans cette enveloppe? Permettez-moi de douter de la bonne foi de ce gouvernement de mononcles graisseux.

Alors que le directeur national de la santé publique, qu’on dit « neutre » et « indépendant » du pouvoir, frétille du cul sur un rap merdique dont l’une des barres est « On est chanceux d’avoir François Legault Suspends tous mes droits, j’te donne le go », quelques jours seulement après avoir fait le clown à Montréal-Nord et distribué des pasteis de nata à des itinérants dans la métropole sous l’œil amusé des caméras, il y a de quoi s’interroger en tabarnaque sur la « neutralité » des messages qu’on voudra ainsi nous faire avaler à coups de millions.

Passons sur l’indécence, pour le directeur national de la santé publique, de danser comme un festivalier en goguette tandis que les morts s’empilent encore à raison d’une centaine par jour. Passons encore sur la petite crisette que ce même haut fonctionnaire a poussée quand certain-e-s spécialistes perplexes ont eu l’outrecuidance de contester du bout des lèvres la sagesse du plan de déconfinement précoce proposé au Québec. Mais que devons-nous penser du goût manifeste de ce monsieur pour l’attention des caméras, de sa propension au cirque médiatique et, surtout, de l’inquiétante tendance qu’il affiche à prêter sa notoriété aux volontés du gouvernement? Non seulement la direction de la santé publique n’a plus rien de politiquement neutre, mais elle participe activement à la game politique et ses directives se confondent aux orientations (politiquement motivées) du gouvernement dans une espèce de feedback loop malsain ou se perd l’intérêt public.

Alors qu’au début de cette crise, même les plus sceptiques d’entre nous répétaient qu’il fallait « suivre la science », après deux mois de crise et une suite ininterrompue de signes et consignes contradictoires, il devient de plus en plus difficile de percevoir où finit la science, et où commence la politique.

Et que fait le gouvernement pour contrer la fâcheuse disposition d’une partie du public à poser des questions, critiquer et résister à ce qui ressemble de plus en plus à une gestion de marde?

Il garroche 45 millions dans une campagne de poudre aux yeux, qui sera sans doute au moins un tantinet plus subtile que le pablum rance qu’il nous sert depuis deux mois, quotidiennement, à coups de buzzwords débiles trouvés le matin même en brainstorm, de mauvaises prestidigitations, de sourires niais et d’appels renouvelés au gros bon sens (toujours celui du patronat et des mononcles qui sont aux rênes de l’État, bien sûr; jamais celui des intervenant-e-s de première ligne, dont l’écho distant est étouffé sous le bruit sourd des carcasses qu’on empile).

45 millions. De fonds publics. Pour nous la faire à l’envers.

Cool cool.

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Shit

Apparently I find therapeutic value in taking huge, heaping piles of shit and boiling them down to their essential elements–pardon the image, but the CAQ’s behaviour is more than worthy of this crappy metaphor.

At today’s vomit conference, Legault commented plainly (for the very first time) that « the situation is *not* under control in Montreal, » that it’s scary, and that no one is more worried about Montreal than he is–a clear attempt to save/boost face in the wake of Trudeau having expressed ‘concern’ for Montrealers’ wellbeing.

Today the press pressed him more than usual on the insane INSPQ projections published without announcement or discussion of any kind on Friday at 4pm (the ones that predict Montreal will see 150 deaths a day by July if we reopen as planned–not taking into account CHSLDs).

They asked why it was published at such an inopportune time for discussion, pointing out that many Montrealers were then faced with an entire weekend of profound anxiety. Not to mention, schools outside the city happened to open the day following said weekend! They asked why no one had at least addressed the public over the weekend, as the study warranted something in the way of a comment. They asked if the CAQ had been aware of these projections before they were published. They asked and somewhat persisted.

What proceeded was a frankly outrageous display of damaged reputation control in which both Legault and Arruda floundered fantastically, even contradicting each other in obvious ways. Legault’s face looked like it might crinkle up and freeze that way, and Arruda looked as frazzled as a baby chick who has just been born–without the cuteness factor. Hard to imagine, maybe, but just telling it like I see it.

In their ‘efforts’ to answer and not look abhorrently evasive, Legault maintained that the INSPQ is an independent body and that they had no idea when the study would be released. The fact that it was released on a Friday afternoon was beyond their control. He also shrugged (in a dismissive fashion that can only have been rehearsed), insisting that the projections don’t hold anything new, that they simply affirm what he’s been saying all along: it’s in control outside of MTL, but not in MTL [I’ll just point out the patent untruth of this–they’ve been saying it’s stable in MTL outside of CHSLDs the whole time]. Talk about gaslighting–our government relies on their ability to make us question our own minds. And they’re horrible at it. When pressed, he went even further down the path of apparent righteousness by insisting that refusing to address the public about the study over the weekend (Le Devoir asked and he said no, btw) was « not negligent, » that he felt the 3 conferences a week were enough. He rolled his eyes somewhere in there.

Arruda, when pressed about the INSPQ study, said he’d known it would be published on Friday or Monday, but didn’t know the numbers would be « so explosive » (apparently forgetting that Legault had already said the numbers were just an affirmation of what they already knew). When pressed further about why he hadn’t addressed the public about the projections he knew were about to be published when he visited Montreal on Friday, he scrambled like an egg, repeating the same thing about not knowing it would be so explosive.

Somewhere in the middle of this bitter mess of a vomit conference, Legault gave himself a pat on the back, pointing out that the INSPQ study had confirmed that they’d made the right decision by delaying the reopening of MTL’s schools and businesses until May 25th. When asked why they didn’t just push pause on specific dates until things are more under control, his line was that it’s because « businesses need to prepare, » and that they’d simply continue pushing the date if need be. I guess it’s better to instill a chronic anxiety in us all, retraumatizing people with the uncertainty of reopening week after week than to fucken hit pause and simply give businesses notice once things become more stable. And here I thought they were champions of mental health.

When they were pressed on why the CAQ is already beginning to allow Montrealers to travel to other areas of Quebec, effectively allowing people from a major hot spot to spread the virus in areas with hardly any cases, Legault actually had the gall to say that if people kept their 2-meter distance it should be fine, and that he didn’t want Quebecers « divided. » « We’re all in this together, » he continued, « and we all have to roll up our sleeves. » If that’s not appalling reasoning for choosing not to protect a cold spot from a virus-ridden hot spot, I don’t know what is. He added that if too many Montrealers flooded other areas and the virus seemed to be spreading, they might reinstate restrictions then. Arruda effectively agreed that it’s not *yet* bad enough to confine MTL. Gotta get some of them tourist dollars, first, I’m sure.

When asked about *who* was affected by the roughly 200 new deaths that occurred over the weekend, Arruda, rifling madly through his papers, finally mumbled something about only half of those being in CHSLDs.

When asked about the possibility of Montrealers ending up back in full confinement for the summer due to premature reopening potentially causing a spike in deaths, Legault insisted, yet again, that no one is more worried about it than he is. And his eye twitched. I almost missed it!

The truth is, our illustrious premier would have much preferred to spend today’s conference waxing sentimental about a Covid-19 benefit show for Quebec, which apparently happened over the weekend, featuring such shining Quebec stars as Celine Dion, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Ginette Reno, and a wackload of others hailing from la belle province. I could almost have laughed at the faraway look of joy in Legault’s eyes as he listed off their names (he veered onto this topic toward the start of the conference). Swollen nationalistic pride: his true, skewed motive for so much. That’s why it gave me the shudders when he went on about how proud he is of Quebecers, like some big, gross wannabe daddy. Ew.

The icing on today’s shit cake was a renewed call for health workers who are absent, or who had the virus but who’ve completed their isolation, to return. For those who happened to catch wind of this, I believe it was last week that McCann said healthcare workers who had contracted the virus could (must?) still come back to work as long as their symptoms had stopped. To be clear, infected staff moving between locations (not all of them symptomatic) are a real contributor to the spread of the virus–and therefore the insane staffing shortage.

I’ve thus far heard no concrete anything on the increased testing and contact tracing efforts we supposedly need if we’re to gain any semblance of ‘control’ in the coming months. They keep saying it’s happening, it needs to happen, we’re working on making it happen, but no actual plans, explanations or details to be discerned. And nothing useful from our mayor either. Plante seems afraid of stepping on Legault’s (obviously gnarled) toes, and more content to suck up to Arruda, in spite of the fact that she’s expressed she thinks « Quebec is going too fast. »

As far as I’m concerned, it happens to still be too early to reopen schools in the rest of Quebec too, and it also happens to be too early to force people back to work in construction and manufacturing (not that it’s *ever* ok to force people into unsafe work). The bar is far too low, friends.

The cherry on top of the icing on today’s shit cake: when a reporter asked Legault if he thought the slogan « Ça va bien aller » was appropriate for Montreal’s context now, he smiled and said, « Oui, ça va bien aller, éventuellement.”

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Témoignage | Marie-Eve Bouffard #4325

« Aujourd’hui, je me sens abandonnée…
Je ne suis finalement pas un ange gardien, mais un numéro d’employé. Je suis #4325.
#4325 a été délestée la semaine dernière. Elle a dû quitter le service de périnatalité du CLSC pour aller prêter main forte en CHSLD. On ne lui a pas demandé son avis, c’est un numéro qui n’a plus de convention collective à cause du décret ministériel. #4325 s’est résignée, elle a demandé une chambre d’hôtel pour protéger sa famille a risque de complications si le COVID venait a entrer dans la maison. Elle a fait 57hrs en une semaine car personne ne venait la remplacer la nuit… #4325 a une conscience professionnelle et sociale, elle ne veut pas abandonner des patients en fin de vie qui sont déjà assez laissé a eux meme comme ça. Mourir dans la dignité, #4325 y croit. Elle accompagne d’ailleurs de trop nombreux sages vers la mort, se permettant de prendre le temps de tenir la main d’une dame lors de son dernier souffle afin qu’elle ne soit pas seule, puisqu’elle semblait apeurée…
Mais voilà qu’elle sent qu’elle atteint sa limite. Elle a encore dû rester 16h par manque de relève. Pas étonnant, le CHSLD où elle a été envoyée a reçu 31 démissions. À la base, #4325 est en CLSC pour garder une santé, un équilibre. Elle pense a ses enfants et son mari qu’elle a dû laisser derrière et trouve qu’elle a assez donné, que le flambeau doit être passé a quelqu’un d’autre… mais ce n’est pas aussi facile que ça ! Elle est un numéro attribué a la case CHSLD.
Comme si ce n’était pas assez, #4325 développe des symptômes de la COVID… elle s’est pourtant protégée, mais il y a cette fameuse nuit où elle a fait 16hrs. Elle a subit une brûlure chimique au visage qui l’a obligé a retirer sa visière en urgence alors qu’elle était auprès d’un usager COVID positif… un membre du personnel avait oublié de diluer le désinfectant dans lequel la visière qu’elle portait avait trempé. Les responsables du CHSLD s’en sont rendu compte en voyant des lunettes de protection se désintégrer dans le dit liquide… Et toute les autres fois où elle a prit soin de patients en grande détresse respiratoire, qui toussaient, sous oxygène, et qu’elle portait seulement un masque de procédure tel que demandé… aurait elle du avoir un N95?
Avec un test COVID positif, #4325 perd le droit d’habiter sa chambre d’hôtel. Il semble qu’on pouvait lui payer alors qu’elle travaillait, mais maintenant qu’elle est positive, son ciusss refuse de continuer a payer l’hôtel… la famille de #4325 n’est plus importante puisqu’elle ne sert plus à rien.
Alors oui, aujourd’hui je me sens abandonner par mon organisation, parce que #4325, c’est moi. Je considère être bien plus qu’un numéro… l’ange gardien que j’étais il n’y a pas si longtemps a une aile brisée et il semble qu’on jette les anges brisés au lieu de leur laisser le temps de se réparer… dommage, car il y aura un après pandémie et les anges gardiens deviendront un espèce en voie d’extinction… »

Publié sur facebook le 1er mai 2020. Aimé par 3800 personnes et quelques développements ont eu lieu tel que décrit par elle-même sur fb et dans un article de L’Actualité.

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Testimony | #cdnpoli #polqc #AssNat

Quebec is the jurisdiction within Canada where the police have issued, by far, the most tickets for alleged public health violations. Two-thirds of all tickets issued in Canada originate from police forces in Quebec. Quebec is _also_ the jurisdiction in Canada with the most COVID-19 positive cases and the most COVID-19 linked deaths (almost doubling the numbers in Ontario, which has six million more residents than Quebec). British Columbia, the third largest province, has issued no tickets, preferring a public education approach, and has significantly fewer COVID-19 cases (in both absolute and proportional numbers) than Quebec.

It shows, despite the pathetic excuses yesterday by Quebec’s Minister of Public Security, that there is no link between issuing tickets and promoting public health. Meanwhile, police in Quebec are acting in absurd ways, enabled by neighborhood snitches.

Here are two troubling examples:

i) This past Saturday in Drummondville, Monique Champagne, 81, had a visit at her home from her boyfriend, Laurent Lessard, 87. They live separately, but have been a couple for about 20 years. During the pandemic, while autonomous, they have not visited each other. But Laurent finally visited Monique on Sunday, where they hung out outside, maintaining distance, and then went inside for a meal, where they also maintained physical distance. They were snitched on by neighbors, the police (SQ) arrived, entered the home, and issued two tickets for $1546 for an illegal gathering. The police threatened to double the amount if they continued their meal. This case, where the police showed no discretion and created psychological distress to two elders, has been covered by the mainstream media in Quebec. The Radio-Canada article in French (with video) is linked here: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/…/contravention-salee-couple-ai…. Monique Champagne’s son wrote a letter to the local paper published here: https://www.journalexpress.ca/…/constat-dinfraction-pour-a…/

ii) Here is the testimony of another case, from the Eastern Townships, not covered by the media yet but shared with me anonymously: « Social Distancing House Search, May 3 (May 4, 2020): Sunday morning at 7:45 am, the doorbell rang and the cops were at the door saying there was a complaint about a rassemblement (gathering). We had to wake up the kids to tell them the po-po wanted to search the house. First non-family in the house in two months. Some fucking neighbour had seen a car they didn’t recognize parked on the street and called the cops claiming someone had gone into our place. I was so surprised I didn’t even ask the cops the usual questions (do you have a fever, cough, etc.) before letting them in, so they could have even brought the damn virus into the house. Looks like it may have been the same neighbour who called the cops last weekend on three little kids clearly from the same family playing in the yard a few feet from their condo back porch where their parents were sitting. wtf. Fortunately, a bunch of neighbours were equally pissed in their reactions on a neighbourhood FB page, which helped us explain to our kids that not all our neighbours are crazy jerks. »

The second case, which did not result in a fine, shows that in addition to the more than 3000 fines issued by police in Quebec (so far), there are likely just as many examples of police searches, home entries and ID checks that are of dubious legal validity, even during the pandemic.

There are many other examples to share, from Montreal police issuing tickets to homeless people and frontline street workers, to the overpolicing of neighborhoods like Montreal-Nord, not to mention the normalizing of snitching (snitches, especially when anonymous, who are just pursuing grudges, or acting on their own prejudices and biases, without any accountability).

The police can’t be trusted to exercise proper discretion, whether in a public health crisis, or otherwise, and Quebec is a glaring example of police abuse taking the place of effective public education.

Reference was made through hyperlink to Radio-Canada article citing a elderly couple who are contesting their 1546$ each fines for dining together when living separately. « Contravention salée pour un couple d’aînés de Drummondville | Corona »

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Témoignage | #dignitépourtous Protégeons Montréal-Nord ensemble

Crée le 2 mai 2020 sur gofundme.com

Contribuez à soutenir Hoodstock dans ses efforts pour sensibiliser et protéger la population de Montréal-Nord.

Montréal-Nord est devenu dans les dernières semaines l’endroit au Québec où le nombre de cas de COVID-19 croît le plus rapidement.

Une crise sanitaire comme celle que nous connaissons jette un éclairage plus saisissant sur les inégalités systémiques vécues par la population nord-montréalaise. Notre arrondissement se caractérise par des problèmes sociaux qui auraient dû alerter les autorités bien plus tôt : ressources insuffisantes en santé et services sociaux, déserts alimentaires, organismes communautaires sous-financés, absence d’alternatives aux transports en commun, manque d’accès à internet, insalubrité des logements, etc. En outre, Montréal-Nord est marqué par une densité de population exceptionnellement forte qui favorise la circulation du virus. Cliquez ici pour voir la collecte de fonds en équipe.

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Testimony | #indymedia, #frontlineworkers

Published on fb by independent journalist Stefan Christoff, 2020-05-04

Free City Radio has been documenting the voices of frontline workers in an attempt to share labour perspectives on the struggle against #COVID19.

Although often far from the discourse of politicians and mainstream media, low wage and often immigrant workers are another frontline of work in the context of this pandemic, this includes everything from warehouse work, to customer service, from bakers, to pizza delivery workers and pharmacy cashiers, all these jobs are often only paid around minimum wage, while their work has continued despite the pandemic and the health threat remains real within these often public work settings.

Free City Radio’s interview series has worked to share voices from this working reality. a series of these interviews are highlighted in our recently launched podcast, you can listen here.

Free City Radio a documenté les voix des travailleurs de première ligne pour tenter de partager les perspectives du travail sur la lutte contre la #COVID19.

Bien que souvent loin du discours des politiciens et des médias traditionnels, les travailleurs à faible salaire et souvent immigrants sont une autre ligne de travail dans le contexte de cette pandémie, cela inclut tout du travail d’entrepôt, au service à la clientèle, des boulangers, aux livreurs de pizzas et à la pharmacie caissiers, tous ces emplois ne sont souvent payés qu’autour du salaire minimum, alors que leur travail a continué malgré la pandémie et la menace pour la santé reste réelle dans ces milieux souvent publics.

La série d’interview de Free City Radio a travaillé pour partager des voix de cette réalité de travail. Une série de ces interviews sont mises en avant dans notre podcast récemment lancé, vous pouvez écouter ici.

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Injustices of the hour

1. Quebec English schools are trying to exercise their minority language governance rights by saying they need more time and flexibility, that they wanna make sure it’s safe before making plans to reopen, that they refuse to follow the government timeline. The CAQ essentially says: no, you have no choice. Do as we say, because we say so. Oh, and they’re also not planning to provide protective equipment because they don’t deem it necessary.

2. Legault’s team finally *admits* that the « free beds » they’ve been talking about as our ultimate salvation in the face of adversity are located largely *outside* of Montreal.

3. Legault’s team admits that the Quebec reality *outside* of Montreal fulfills the WHO reopening criteria, but that Montreal does not. Nevertheless, they remain poised to proceed as planned in the city. Just, carefully. You know, carefully. To throw the naysayers a bone, they’ve pushed back the opening of some businesses a week, to the 18th. Their attitude has prompted many Montrealers to feel we are being thrown under the bus.

4. No journalist is asking about construction workers, even though « everyone knows » they can’t respect the safety precautions very well, if at all, on most sites. My partner, who is in construction, contacted his union rep recently, asking about their position on the CNESST’s questionable safety protocols which stipulate that protective equipment is ‘not recommended’ unless the 2 meter distance is broken for ‘more than 15 minutes,’ and the non-response he received was along the lines of: « The human body is made to fight off illnesses. The best you can do is take care of your health and that of your family. If you get the virus, you’ll build up immunity. Who knows, you may have had it already. Don’t worry bud, we’ll come out alright! »

5. Rumours have been flying that the Legault government stacked the INSPQ (Santé Publique) board with more government-aligned members days after the INSPQ expressed a difference of opinion (namely they wanted to be more cautious in plans to reopen). As of yet, evidence of their disagreements with the INSPQ as well as evidence of nominations for 5 new board members can be found online, but I still fail to find an analysis or confirmation of the situation anywhere. Info on this welcome.

6. My apologies for saying so, but the CAQ can go right ahead and suck my CAQ. Been holding that one back for a while, but no longer. It enrages me to watch people left with no other choice but to put themselves and their families at risk for our government’s nationalistic, money-first agenda under the guise of mental health and child wellbeing. Their approach is consistently paternalistic, ill-conceived, and downright hostile to those who ask questions requiring actual consideration.

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Human life and wellbeing

It’s very demoralizing to live in a place, where, day after day, one’s « leadership » demonstrates a blatant lack of regard for human life and wellbeing.

I will NEVER judge a person who has to go back to work or send their kids to school for lack of options–our society is not set up to meaningfully address the inequalities that fuel it. And that is precisely the status quo our government is pushing so hard to rush back to.

HOWEVER, I don’t believe for a second that Legault is rushing the fuck out of this reopening (as cases continue to explode) out of a concern for the wellbeing of vulnerable children. So, I WILL judge him and his government. The latest is that he’s now saying *maybe* Montreal isn’t ready, okay, good. That’s the result of endless people criticizing him constantly. Maybe it’ll pan out. But it’s exhausting.

If our government was so concerned, they might try not recklessly endangering the lives of said children and their families. They might instead rush to urgently address the root causes of violence in homes through education and cold, hard funding where it counts, say for shelters, hotlines, rent cancellations. I was once a child with an abusive parent, and without much money. And yet I fail to see how our government is doing anything to help families. From where I’m standing, all they are saying is, if we open schools to young kids again, their parents will be able to reenter the workforce, which is good for the economy. They are also saying that with kids back in school, any abuse at the hands of family won’t be as high profile as it is now (it will, of course, continue, behind the scenes). Same is true of poverty. That is all they are saying by doing nothing and calling it everything.

If they were so concerned, they might, once numbers at least start to plateau, consider a plan more along the lines of what New Brunswick is doing: they are starting off by allowing ‘2-family household bubbles’ in order to ward of the mental effects of isolation. Then, they are evaluating its effects over 2-4 weeks, and going from there. They are holding off on opening any schools until *at least* September. These are the actions of a province who haven’t had ANY deaths at all (and just 118 cases), and they waited until they had had NO new cases for a week to announce this plan. But really, they might follow the example of any other province, or indeed ANY place that is actually allowing this scary experience humanity is living to humble them into respecting life a bit more. Alas, doing so is not so lucrative–as we understand lucrative, anyway.

While no plan is unflawed, I find Quebec’s approach to be criminally negligent, dishonest, and downright offensive to my intelligence. Although I have emotional attachments to Quebec, having grown up in the Townships, this place is just sad right now. And living in Montreal is a nightmare at the moment: feels a bit like being a lab rat in a cage. 🙂

Sending love and resilience to all in these deeply questionable times.

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Fear won’t save your ass

Yeah, so really tired of feeling there’s no better recourse than bloody facebook, but alas.

1. Fear won’t save your ass…

During yesterday’s daily press conference, good ol’ Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economic Development, when asked by a reporter (although I am not giving credit to reporters for their hard-hitting questions) whether employees were being given an option of whether or not to go back to work, just as parents are been giving the option of whether or not to send their kids to school, he responded only that there was « still time to convince them. » Later, in an interview with Le Devoir, the Minister of Labour, Jean Boulet said that « Fear of the coronavirus will not be enough to justify a refusal to work when the Quebec economy reopens. Return will be mandatory for employees unless they mention a specific situation already addressed by the law or their collective agreements. »

2. …but safety protocols will.

Fitzgibbon then referenced the handy workplace safety standards that CNESST had a hand in creating. My partner, who happens to be in construction, has looked over these standards, and just yesterday posted on CNESST’s wall asking about their source of information for the following guidelines:

« It is not recommended for a construction worker to wear specific personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves from COVID-19 when the physical distance of 2 meters is respected […] If the physical distance cannot be respected for more than 15 minutes without a physical barrier, measures must be taken to protect workers (see the section on personal protective equipment). « 

I mean, forget the fact that keeping a distance in construction is already a joke. 15 minutes!! His question was erased and no response was given. There is zero transparency here (the biggest trouble of all), and loathsome/lazy/uneducated safety culture.

3. Our government is misguided & misinformed

Meanwhile, Quebec continues to compare our province to Sweden even though Sweden is an outlier with a totally different setup and far fewer cases–and their approach has and is still taking a major toll (a controversial one at that). Plus, other places that have tried this approach have failed even more miserably. AND, Quebec continues to comfort us with the hope of ample hospital beds (even though the only reason these beds are free is because other important elective surgeries have been cancelled). AND they have failed to outline how they will deal with contact tracing/amping up testing, AND their « gradual » approach involves jam-packing the opening of 3 sectors into a single month, etc., etc.

We need to try and stop this from happening.

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Les Dépêches 2020-04-28 & Questions (EN)

L’allure fulgurante à laquelle les nouvelles sortent à l’heure actuelle fait en sorte qu’il est difficile en ce moment pour Minutes de rester au devant de tout ce qui se passe et se dit.

Toutefois, nous continuons à analyser les nouvelles, faire des liens avec des organisations et membres de la société civile et relever ce qui est peu couvert, et ce qui, nous croyons humblement, vaut la peine d’être davantage diffusé ou débattu.

Voici quelques thèmes importants à considérer au-délà des informations officielles du gouvernement, autorités et autres grands groupes.

Court vidéo produit par yintahaccess.com donne quelques grandes lignes à retenir

Video produit par yintahcess.com, #landback
  • Beaucoup de confusion et questions sont restées sans réponses suite aux annonces du gouvernement Legault quant à un retour ‘volontaire’ dans les écoles et garderies dans la région de Montréal. La date du 19 mai a été annoncée mais beaucoup de détails restent à être confirmés. Nombreux parents se trouvent dans une situation d’incertitude grandissante et d’inquiétude. A suivre.

  • Aujourd’hui, lors de la conférence de presse quotidienne, Legault a annoncé « 3 types d’entreprises » qui pourront ré-ouvrir graduellement au mois de mai; ce sont, les magasins (non-situés dans un centre d’achat), construction en génie civil (chantiers d’infrastructures), entreprises manufacturières. Un suivi sera fait qu’il dit, car s’il veut relancer l’économie, il veut « garder le contrôle » sur la pandémie. Ok, qu’est-ce qui explique ces choix au juste?

  • Consignes, terme utilisé par le gouvernement, pour rappeler le 2m de distanciation physique et aucun rassemblement permis. Pour les personnes curieuses d’en savoir plus sur l’état de nos libertés et droits à ce moment, sur le territoire de Montréal, un document très important intitulé Surprise, on a des droits (dernière mise à jour du 27 avril 2020) a été rédigé par des avocats et juristes ayant recherché et documenté l’impact potentiel des différentes mesures légales des autorités sur les droits des personnes résidant au Québec. Ce document se trouve ici. English version of Surprise! We have rights. Available here.
  • Une montée en popularité des pressions mises sur le discours public est palpable. De nombreux groupes de la société civile se positionnent pour influencer l’économie vers une relance beaucoup plus verte et réfléchie, tel que proposé par exemple par l’initiative Leap Manifesto. Beaucoup d’analyses publiées considèrent la pandémie mondiale comme un enjeu environnemental de justice sociale.

Ainsi, toutes les questions sociales découlant des injustices et inégalités économiques, devraient dorénavant être considérés comme des questions de santé publique. La préservation de nos environnements, en offrant un accès égal à des conditions favorables à la vie et l’épanouissement est donc primordiale pour notre survie à tous.

Une déclaration de l’administratrice en chef de la santé publique au Canada, Theresa Tam a d’ailleurs abordé l’injustice aux minutes 2:56-4:49 du vidéo youtube. Elle fait référence en particulier aux « populations vulnérables » tels que les personnes âgées dans des résidences de longue durée, les personnes résidants en foyers, les personnes sans-abris, les communautés autochtones ainsi que les personnes travaillant dans les services essentiels qui ne peuvent pas s’isoler. Selon l’activiste qui a partagé ce vidéo, l’administratrice aurait également pu mentionner dans ce groupe, les prisonniers, résidents non-documentés, communautés pauvres et racisées, entre autres.

A quelques jours du 1er mai, journée de internationale de solidarité avec les travailleurs et travailleuses partout, les sujets et la pression est forte avec les conditions d’austérité et de travail problématiques.

Action directe: vu partagé sur le compte d’Anarchopanda sur twitter

Communiqué de presse des travailleuses et travailleurs du communautaire ignoré.e.s – Des syndicalistes tapissent d’affiches l’entrée principale de la Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal (DRSP)

English Questions:

  • In light of the Indigenous people’s continued struggle for #landback and the growing interest in building a greener, more sustainable and just economy, why is Québec re-opening sectors that have no good « green » track record? On the contrary, for the most part. Leaving so many still with few answers and more worries.
  • Can you provide families and workers with clearer answers on the gradual return to activities? Moreover, help Quebeckers make informed decisions on how they will handle the coming months from both a health and economic perspective?
  • What influence will Canada’s Chief of Public Health Officer, Theresa Tam, in her call for more equality when dealing with the pandemic, have on the current situation of millions of Canadians and people residing in the country?
  • May Day is coming, will workers, such as the community intervention workers of the province be properly heard and respected in their needs to stay safe and keep others safe in their workplaces at the present time?
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Communiqué #Jardinsouverts diffusé sur la liste fildepresseMNW

English follows

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From: NEWSWIRE <fildepresse@lists.riseup.net>
Date: Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 6:05 AM
Subject: Avis aux médias: Des jardiniers communautaires demandent que les jardins communautaires soient considérés un service essentiel.
To: <fildepresse@lists.riseup.net>

(Avis aux médias – Pour diffusion immédiate)
Il est temps d’ouvrir les jardins communautaires et collectifs au Québec! Les jardins communautaires en Colombie-Britannique et en Ontario ont eu l’aval de leurs gouvernements provinciaux.
Des jardiniers communautaires de la région de Montréal demandent que les jardins communautaires et collectifs soient considérés un service essentiel.

Montréal, 27 avril 2020 — Des jardiniers communautaires de la région de Montréal demandent au gouvernement provincial qu’il agisse pour ouvrir les jardins communautaires et collectifs, en tant que service essentiel.

Nombreux jardiniers communautaires affirment que la mise en place de mesures simples– tel qu’un horaire décalé des visites, tout en maintenant la distanciation sociale — permettrait aux jardins communautaires et collectifs d’assurer le respect des prérogatives en matière de santé publique.

De plus, il y a des bénéfices évidents et tangibles d’ouvrir les jardins communautaires, dont celui de permettre à des citadins de cultiver et partager leurs récoltes, ainsi que de nombreux avantages pour la santé mentale. Dans un contexte d’insécurité alimentaire, les jardins communautaires et collectifs sont des lieux essentiels pour le partage de connaissances et bâtir la solidarité communautaire.

La Colombie-Britannique a déclaré les jardins communautaires un service essentiel il y a maintenant quelques semaines. Le gouvernement de l’Ontario a annoncé samedi matin qu’il levait les restrictions sur les jardins communautaires de la province. Cependant, la province de Québec et la Ville de Montréal continuent malheureusement d’être à la traîne et on attend éminemment qu’ils déclarent les jardins communautaires un service essentiel pour la population du Québec

« Nous sommes surpris que Québec n’a pas dit un mot sur les jardins communautaires alors que des débats sur la sécurité alimentaire et l’incertitude battent leur plein. La Ville de Montréal attend des nouvelles des autorités en matière de santé publique et les assemblées générales des jardins ont été suspendues pour le moment.” rapporte Laura Kneale du Jardin Rivard.

Une pétition rédigée par des jardiniers communautaires et collectifs a regarni des milliers de signatures en peu de temps, et présente des raisons péremptoires pour l’ouverture immédiate des jardins communautaires: www.change.org/jardinsouverts

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Contacts (français / anglais):
– Laura Kneale, Jardin Rivard (Plateau-Mt-Royal)
514-699-9274  / laura@jardinrivard.ca

– Gwen Schulman, Jardin Mile-End
514-910-4183 / schulman@sympatico.ca
-John Beale, Les Pouces Verts (Verdun)
514-561-5958 / johnbeales@gmail.com

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Open up Quebec’s community and collective gardens! Community gardens have been opened in British Columbia and Ontario, but not in Quebec.

Montreal-area community gardeners continue to demand that community and collective gardens be considered an essential service.

Montreal, April 27, 2020 — Montreal-area community gardeners are demanding that provincial and city authorities permit the opening of community gardens as an essential service.

Community gardeners assert that with some simple measures — such as a staggered schedule at gardens, as well as maintaining social distancing — community and collective gardens can respect public health prerogatives.
Moreover, there are obvious and tangible benefits to the opening of community gardens, including permitting city residents to grow and share their harvests, as well as improved mental health. In the current context of food insecurity, community and collective gardens are essential locations for skill-sharing and building community solidarity.

In comparison, British Columbia declared community gardens an essential service weeks ago. The Ontario government announced Saturday morning it’s lifting restrictions on community gardens. Meanwhile, the province of Quebec and the City of Montreal are unfortunately lagging behind and have yet to declare community gardens an essential service.

« We are surprised Québec has not said a word on community gardens in the midst of various debates regarding food security and general uncertainty at this time. The City of Montreal is awaiting news on public health authorities and general assemblies have been postponed. » says Laura Kneale of the Jardin Rivard in the Plateau-Mt-Royal.

A petition launched by Montreal community gardeners garnered thousands of signatures quickly, and provides more compelling reasons for the immediate opening of community gardens: www.change.org/jardinsouverts

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Media Contacts (English & French):

– Laura Kneale, Jardin Rivard (Plateau-Mt-Royal)
514-699-9274  / laura@jardinrivard.ca

– Gwen Schulman, Jardin Mile-End
514-910-4183 / schulman@sympatico.ca
-John Beale, Les Pouces Verts (Verdun)
514-561-5958 / johnbeales@gmail.com
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Sarcastic reflections of the day

1. I’m so thankful for the scientific evidence provided by Quebec’s Santé Publique. I bow down to thee, Santé Publique, and shun the advice of out-of-province/international medical experts. Quebecers are clearly a unique breed of human that have different mental and physical health requirements than people elsewhere. As well, I am buoyed by Legault’s confidence that « it’ll probably be the same in September, » so we might as well not wait.

2. I am filled with hope that the CAQ has chosen such an all-encompassing indicator of covid control: not ever-rising numbers as might be expected, or rates of infection, no, but extra hospital beds of course–nothing more, nothing less. They are right to keep repeating the same message: when will we get the point, already? Quebec is living two realities: one in CHSLDs and one outside of CHSLDs. As long as they continue to ignore and dismiss significant outbreaks in grocery stores, hospitals, prisons, homes, and neighbourhoods like Montreal Nord (which are peripheral at best, and full of immigrants), this will of course remain true. What we don’t believe can’t hurt us. And besides: these outbreaks are exceptions, and are under control.

3. I admire Legault’s ability to quickly shift his narrative, based on the optics of the day. It’s an important asset in any political leader. As his subjects we have followed swiftly from ‘flatten the curve,’ to ‘herd immunity,’ to ‘social reasons,’ the latter two being the underlying rationale for reopening. So what if they now admit herd immunity is not a proven thing at all? Why wouldn’t we still enact the same exact plan, but for social reasons? Clearly there is no other way to deal with the special social fallout Quebec is experiencing compared to everywhere else than to break quarantine and reopen schools. Clearly we can’t imagine any more effective solution than that.

4. I’m happy that young, healthy teachers are willing to take the risk for the sake of the children. And I’m confident they’ll be able to keep groups of 15 young kids 2 meters apart without issue. Equally, I’m sure that construction workers are heeding every precaution day after day as they rush to finish projects that have fallen behind–but really, they are young, healthy men, so what does it matter?

5. I am thrilled that Legault is a businessman first and that risks are being taken without the delay that other places will suffer as they wait for knowledge to crystallize and curves to flatten. Our economy will be so strong it may survive us yet! And people will say: wow, look at Quebec!

6. I am impressed that our leadership has left school attendance up to parents, washing their hands of any responsibility for outcomes. What better way to collect scientific evidence for Santé Publique than to observe an early group of willing test subjects? Well, maybe not the teachers, but at least the kids will be willing, right?

What are you happy about? 🙂

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#Throughthelookingglass – ep.1

David Somellera is a performance artist and an anthropologist from Mexico City.

Almost 2 years ago he moved to Madrid, Spain following the distress caused by the September 2017 earthquake which was devastating to Mexican civil society.

Now he lives with his wife and 4 year old son in the second most affected country for covid-19. Statistics have reported almost a thousand people were dying every day in recent weeks.

Before his new reality, he was working as a researcher on agroecology in a center called “Centro de Acercamiento a lo Rural” a space that combines investigation, training and cultural production through different lines of action, from a Documentation Centre and canteen to a Self-Publishing Workshop.

Veronica Alva interviewed David on April 13th to get a grasp of what reality for an artist and his family living in Madrid looks like. This video is the first of the #Throughthelookingglass series.

His work in performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fM2Qx_LLNA

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Rant

Yeah, so I’m completely not okay with all of Legault & Arruda’s herd immunity *supposition*–’cause that’s what it is. Let’s be clear: they’re proposing an experiment that is sure to have casualties. There’s a reason it’s so controversial among virologists and ethicists alike, although economists seem largely on board of course.

1. There is no evidence yet to show this strategy will work with this particular virus, which acts differently than any virus seen before it. We do not KNOW yet if/for how long immunity will occur in people who’ve been infected.

2. Going this route means deprioritizing our parents/grandparents/elders, anyone with autoimmune or other chronic health conditions, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed, and others of all ages who may die/suffer long-term health problems due to reasons science has yet to grasp….’cuz it’s all still *new*, a concept our society, with its characteristic lack of patience and inability to halt exponential growth fails to understand.

3. Even if this does turn out to be the best course of action, we’re not there YET. Apart from needing to first learn more about how the virus acts, we need to at least plank/flatten/waffle iron the curve before even entertaining this idea. As it stands now, cases in Quebec are still RISING steadily, and Legault himself said we’re currently lacking 10,000 medical personnel. This does NOT sound like a wise time to experiment with people’s health. It’s bad enough that anyone with a non-covid health condition is basically fucked if they require medical attention.

4. Yesterday I watched the daily press conference and found that not only are they trying to convince the population that this is a good idea based on wishful thinking. They are also over-emphasizing the province’s stability outside of CHSLDs while downplaying/attempting to omit the fact that there are outbreaks (and deaths) in multiple Montreal hospitals (Sacre-Coeur is swimming in it), as well as in prisons, and in the population at large.

5. We have no idea how much of the population is currently infected, something Arruda copped to. Medical personnel are STILL not being tested unless they exhibit symptoms. Neither are other ‘essential’ workers for that matter. This means we surely don’t know what toll allowing people to simply get infected will have on the already burnt out healthcare system. This is a bad idea to begin with, but asking people to take this kind of risk without enough doctors to deal with the potential fallout is beyond unacceptable.

It seems a very small group is making these decisions, clearly encouraged by lobbyists, billionaires, (the mafia?): people impatient to get back to the status quo, build condos, look alive. What can be done about this bullshit?

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Les Dépêches & Questions (ENG) du 2020-04-14

Alors certains secteurs ont eu l’aval du gouvernement québécois pour ré-ouvrir à partir du 15 avril ou 20 avril pour la construction/rénovation, d’autres demeurent sans nouvelles.

La liste est choquante. Elle est si courte et c’est pas clair qu’est ce qui justifie que ces secteurs soient considérés essentiels alors plusieurs autres non. On voit encore une fois, une priorité mise sur des secteurs qu’une majorité de la population dénonce pour ses effets néfastes sur l’environnement (secteur minier, automobile). D’ailleurs, on sait que la corporation Coastal Gas Link profite du vide médiatique sur les Wet’suwet’en pour continuer son oeuvre dévastatrice au BC.

Question: How did the government choose these sectors and why are they staying silent on others, like community & collective gardens for example?

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Les Dépêches & ‘Questions’ 2020-04-13

UPDATE

More news – news from Gidimt’en Checkpoint

« Your MP thinks land theft, pipelines, man camps and MMIWG (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls) is the cost of doing business. »

English ‘Questions’ below.

Au vu du rythme effréné de la sortie de nouvelles et à la fois le mutisme du gouvernement et des médias de masse et en ligne sur certaines questions sociales, primordiales, de l’heure et en général, nous avons décidé d’ouvrir Minutes pour la discussion dans les commentaires pour sonder vos opinions sur différentes questions qui nous guettent tous. Merci de prendre le temps de lire notre Déclaration de principes si vous souhaitez interagir ici respectueusement des autres et dans la bienveillance.

L’importance de participer dans une plateforme comme celle-ci, en dehors des grands médias, conglomérats et réseaux sociaux, est celle de continuer de bâtir des liens avec des initiatives partant de la vie vécue de montréalais.e.s et, pas aussi monitorée que facebook ou en tout cas, qui ne cherche pas à contribuer à l’essor des élites les plus nanties et dominantes du monde actuel. D’ailleurs, nous réfléchissions encore à développer sur une plateforme plus autonome à l’avenir.

Nous continuerons à chercher et à partager ce qui est local en priorité et avec un intérêt important pour les questions d’ordre national et international sachant que le local n’est pas isolé de ce qui se passe ailleurs dans le monde.

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Alphabet activity to do at home

Creators: Veronica Alva & her 5 year old son Mikaël

« Trying to find something to do, Mikaël, a five year old, came up with the idea of creating an alphabet with objects found at home and then photographing them. Surprising how a kid who is bored, can come up with interesting ideas when allowed the time and space to explore. »

Libre-expression: action de la semaine du 25.11.2020

Il est essentiel de continuer à demander de la transparence et des comptes rendus à nos instances gouvernementales. L’action que nous proposons cette semaine est de signer la pétition de Friends of Canadian Broadcasting qui demande à CBC de mettre fin au programme Tandem, permettant à des multinationales d’acheter (encore plus) les journalistes du diffuseur public sous le couvert du « journalisme ». En savoir plus.

Texte de la pétition:

Dear Mr. Goldbloom,

I am writing in support of hundreds of current and former CBC journalists and executives who are calling on you to put an end to Tandem, management’s branded content initiative. These people have dedicated their careers to public service. Please heed their call.

So-called “branded content” is extremely insidious for so many reasons, most of all because it casts suspicion over the trust-worthiness of everything else the CBC produces. It’s up to you to stand up for your audience and for all Canadians, to ensure we have access to news and information we can trust.

More and more Canadians are getting their information from pathologically unethical companies like Facebook, who target information to our personal interests to maximize the chance we will click on ads. Profit is their only goal.

CBC is meant to be a citizens’ oasis in the desert of hyper-commercialized media. Tandem puts this precious public sanctuary at risk.

We understand that the CBC’s funding is insufficient and that management is doing everything it can to raise revenue to keep the CBC afloat. But Tandem is a bridge too far. We cannot save the CBC by destroying its core asset: Canadians’ trust in its public purpose.

Please put Canadians at ease. Put a decisive end to Tandem at your next board meeting.

Libre-expression: action de la semaine 25.11.2020

Il est essentiel de continuer à demander de la transparence et des comptes rendus à nos instances gouvernementales. L’action que nous proposons cette semaine est de signer la pétition de Friends of Canadian Broadcasting qui demande à CBC de mettre fin au programme Tandem, permettant à des multinationales d’acheter (encore plus) les journalistes du diffuseur public sous le couvert du « journalisme ». En savoir plus.

Act like it’s a life worth living

I don’t give a shit about Quebec’s « data transmission problems » or any of the other many dysfunctions our province suffers from. The fact that the last 24 hours « only » saw 37 deaths is not comforting, and neither is the fact that the other 165 deaths added to the day’s tally (for a total of 202) were actually « from previous days. » Gimme a fucking break. 4641 lives have been lost to the virus in Quebec since March (2919 in MTL), and we now have over 50,000 cases.

Our government continues to treat people like numbers, using every excuse available to devalue life, all the while spewing offensive lies about how *only* the elderly or *only* those with pre-exisiting health conditions can be negatively affected–as though their lives are a sacrifice we must choose to make, and as though people with said health problems are a minority, and as though there aren’t a shit ton of people with unknown risk factors at play, and as though young healthy people aren’t dying and/or getting very sick, and as though human beings have no business being humble, patient, and wise.

On Wednesday, South Korea reopened their schools, and just a day later, 79 new cases were recorded, the highest daily figure in two months (they sure haven’t seen Quebec, though, am I right?). In response, they’ve been forced to close 200 schools just days after reopening. As of a couple days ago here in Quebec, it was reported that 41 students and staff have been infected since schools outside MTL reopened (though they lack info from 12 school boards, which I can only imagine has to do with more of those pesky « data transmission problems »). Arruda’s response? It hasn’t caused any « significant negative impacts, » so they’re carrying on. In fact, the *numbers* (because what else is there?) look so good to Legault that they’re reopening hairdressers, nail salons, and other personal care businesses in MTL on June 15th. Also, in case you’re having trouble keeping up, tomorrow (Monday), we’re looking at the opening of daycares in MTL, shopping malls outside MTL, private health services like dentists, optometrists and physiotherapists, and hair/beauty salons outside MTL. Also included in these reopening plans are pet grooming services, courthouses, Quebec rental board hearings, recording studios, SAAQ service centres, campgrounds, etc. They even managed to convince Kanehsatake to take down their checkpoints and allow visitors to access Oka Park again, despite their very legitimate fears. Part of that agreement was that Montrealers not be allowed in just yet, and yet they’re gaining entry all the same. It seems SEPAQ didn’t record that little detail during their meeting. Ah well.

It’s almost as though our government doesn’t want us to think there’s any reason to take this seriously anymore (not that they ever did–if anything, we’ve had to spend energy convincing them to take it seriously). It’s almost as though people are tired now, and have decided to just follow their example. It’s almost like it doesn’t matter that the propaganda we keep getting mailed to our door about safety protocols is pure lip service. It’s almost as though they don’t expect us to even look at said propaganda and see that masks are still only recommended if you’re less than 2 meters from another person–even though masks are now « strongly recommended » for everyone, according to their press conferences. They surely don’t want us noticing CNESST’s recommendations for workers, which includes only wearing a mask if you break the 2 meters for 15+ minutes. It’s almost as though they want us to get tired enough of their shitty mixed messaging and incoherence to say, « fuck it all. » After all, this is the same government that took all of 3 weeks to get fed up enough with the idea of locking down during a global pandemic to start talking about reopening–May 4 was the first date they threw out there. That was the start of our rollercoaster of calendar dates, our roller coaster of death. I’m not being dramatic.

To state the obvious: the CAQ doesn’t care about people. As long as *not too many* of them die, the success of the economy is still worth their lives. This must be why the CAQ hired the McKinsey firm to the tune of $1.7 million to help with « implementing the methodology » of deconfinement. Fun fact: this is the same firm that helped Trump out with his illegal immigration policies around the time all those kids were torn from their parents and caged at the border. Despite insistence on the part of Quebec’s other parties that the CAQ be transparent about the advice given them by McKinsey, Legault has refused, while still insisting on the party’s transparency.

People I know who *were* taking precautions seriously–against all odds it seems (we’re a minority!), have kinda sorta stopped. They’re kinda sorta saying fuck it. And I get it. I really do. I wanna say fuck it, too. But I think the total arrogance of our ‘leadership’ combined with the advent of summer still aren’t good enough reasons *not* to learn from the mistakes and successes of other places: Sweden, for instance, recorded the highest number of deaths per capita in the world in the last 2 weeks and their approach, which Quebec set out to mimic, is widely considered a massive failure. Meanwhile, Vietnam has managed to keep its death toll at zero (!) by instituting a strict but meaningful lockdown early on, in spite of very limited testing resources. After 3 months they are now finally loosening and reopening and it’s been going well for weeks now. People there continue to wear masks in public, which are mandatory during this crisis in 50+ countries.

Although Quebec may seem racist, sexist, ageist, ableist, hostile to native people, asylum seekers and immigrants (except for those immigrants coming in to work for shit in CHSLDs), and protesters (even if peaceful), in actual fact, Quebec is a free country. We make our own destiny–we don’t need to learn from others (unless it’s going to help us get our economy back to 100%). Ça va bien aller.

Excuse my sarcasm. Really though: this second wave shit is real elsewhere, and it’ll be real here too. Probably before the fall. To me, it seems the first wave hasn’t even begun to subside, so I have to imagine that with everything reopening and people saying « fuck it, » it’s gonna get way worse than it was.

It’s hard to be here right now. But I think we need to keep taking precautions, keep up the 2 meter crap, whenever possible wear a mask to help protect others, and if you’re forced to work in unsafe conditions, speak up or join with others to cause a fuss. Times are getting more fucking real every day. Might as well seize each day, right, and act like it’s a life worth living? 

Denial vs hope

It’s beautiful outside, and I for one, am thankful for that. It does seem that most people are relaxing a little (or a lot) when it comes to their level of Covid caution, and there are many reasons for this, including the need to shed a long, hard winter of discontent, bad government-fatigue, uncertainty-fatigue, and straight-up pandemic-fatigue. I’m not immune to this tendency toward being less tense about it, but the fact remains that distinctions between relaxed, careful, careless, and reckless do exist. Many of us have some idea what these are, instinctually.

Yesterday our province reported an increase of 720 cases and 82 deaths since the day before. Obvious: this is still WAY too high. It’s hard to argue that this is a ‘reasonable’ number and that cases have gone down enough to begin reopening even MORE than we have, but, of course, that’s exactly what team Legault is up to. I have found it difficult to listen to Legault call it a ‘good sign’ each time the numbers dip a little. As the death toll mounts, and human suffering in a thousand colourful forms continues to rise, that rainbow plastered on everyone’s windows looks sickening to me. I know hope is key–don’t get me wrong. But in Quebec, I feel that hope and denial have been severely blurred.

*Our ‘guardian angels’ are expected to be martyrs, it seems*

Speaking of a whole rainbow of suffering, Quebec’s asylum seekers make up a significant percentage of the people working long, hard hours in meat-packing plants, warehouses, and as ‘guardian angels’ in CHSLDs (low-paying, hard-to-fill jobs), many of them living in the poorest, most racialized, and therefore hardest hit areas. Some people from Montreal Nord actually commute to the bloody Townships to work as orderlies, for fuck’s sake, but aren’t even provided with daycare, or with covid testing in some cases (due to their status, and their lack of RAMQ card, respectively). Big surprise: the CAQ has voted against a motion to grant them permanent residence, even though all other parties have said they would support it. When asked why, all Legault’s done is completely avoid the question by spouting ignorant hate speech (IMO) that conflates « illegal » (note the major quotation marks) immigrants with asylum seekers, and has refused to budge on improving their status. Maybe he’s gambling, seeing if death and deportation can’t work hand-in-hand to create a Quebec for Quebecers? But not to worry–Legault made it clear (in response to this same question) that Deputy Health Minister Lionel Carmant (a black man) is « his good friend. »

If nothing else, the CAQ should be able to see that not providing essential daycare–for instance–to asylum seekers working on the frontlines will force them into more precarious positions whereby safety protocols must be tossed out the window in order to survive from hour to hour–which only worsens the spread of the virus. FYI, this is the same government that recently expressed ‘disappointment’ when nurses protested a lack of adequate protective equipment, inhumanely long shifts, and too many patients (that’s just scratching the surface, as you likely know).

*Race to race*

Interesting to note also that on May 6 Arruda said Quebec would be collecting Covid data on racial, socioeconomic, & ethnic backgrounds. Yet just yesterday the health ministry said they’re not doing it yet, and have no timeline in place for starting the process. Epidemiological ‘experts’ cited in The Gazette have brought up this idea that collecting such race-based data can actually fuel discrimination and unfair treatment based on false distinctions. I say that if/when that’s true, it’s a failing on the part of government/ policymakers/ health administrators. The information is not to be blamed. The information is one of the only ‘official’ ways Quebec’s horrific racial, economic (and therefore health) disparities can be more fully exposed, much as they have been in the US with similar info. But, as usual, PR and laziness override common sense and human decency.

*Swedish berries for all*

It’s clear to me that our government has no sense of collective wellbeing, nor do they have a basic sense of what might help curb the virus, like I dunno, not rushing full steam ahead as though Quebecers are god’s chosen rainbow people (in spite of people dying–every. single. day). They are apparently also refusing to learn lessons from other places, like Sweden, who has one of the highest death rates in Europe, and about 7% immunity, last I checked–much to the bewilderment of their epidemiologists, who advocated for a herd immunity approach, but some of whom are now changing the story somewhat, saying the only aim was to slow the virus, not create immunity–much like Quebec’s ever-changing narrative to justify an unchanging ‘plan.’ Not hearing anyone make those Quebec-Sweden comparisons anymore.

*Inner prison, outer prison*

For those of you following the situation with multiple outbreaks at Bordeaux prison, they had their first inmate death a couple days ago, a 72-year-old man. Horrific stories of inmate treatment have been coming out of Bordeaux via prison advocacy groups for weeks now–from forced lockdown measures that prevent people from even accessing a shower for weeks on end, to guards refusing to wear masks, and inmates being threatened with purposeful exposure to the virus. Since the pandemic started, Quebec’s Ligue des droits et libertés has been pushing for the release of at-risk inmates, including elderly people, pregnant women or anyone with underlying health conditions. Guess what? The CAQ ain’t having it. Minister of Public Security Geneviève Guilbault said efforts are in place to keep inmates safe and are going ‘relatively well.’ Ted Rutland, a member of Anti-Carceral Group points out that « four other provinces have released 25 to 45 per cent of their prison populations. Quebec refuses to take such steps, even as Quebec’s prisoners are the hardest-hit in the country, and 75 per cent of provincial prisoners are awaiting trial and could be released on bail. »

*The historical virus*

People from the Mohawk community of Kanesatake outside MTL are also demanding that authorities slow down the reopening. Community members are still (last I heard) blocking access to Oka provincial park, which was scheduled to partially reopen Wednesday morning–without community consultation, of course. Grand Chief Serge Simon has invoked the historical use of the virus as a weapon against Native communities, saying, « What’s almost always killed off First Nations historically is the virus, it’s not the gun or the sword so we’re asking people to stay away.” Add to this the fact that as a result of said history, Native communities today have higher percentages of people with pre-existing health issues, and people living in substandard and overcrowded housing–for starters. This means they’re more likely than others to experience ‘severe outcomes’ from Covid-19. The CAQ’s response? Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault has said, “We have to try to see how we can reassure them, and how we can come to a solution,” adding that prohibiting access to the park is not the answer. That’s that, then. From where I’m standing, our government has learnt nothing from its historical relations with First Nations. Hardly news.

*Calendar craze*

The rest of the country (and indeed other parts of the world) are critical of the CAQ’s ‘approach’ (if it can be called that), and rightly so. Here’s our current calendar (Quebec favours calendars to strategies and tangible ways of measuring success or failure–in case you missed that):

-May 11: Construction & Manufacturing all over the province & elementary schools outside MTL all reopened. I haven’t heard any updates whatsoever on how this has gone–have you? Stories from construction sites, factories? I’ve heard about how safety protocols are impossible/challenging to follow in all of these settings, but nothing more. And as for schools, France saw 70 new cases just days after re-opening…maybe we’re just different.
-May 22 (that’s today!): Across the province (including MTL), outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people from 3 separate households are now allowed. What fascinating science. Unlike NB’s « 2-household bubble » strategy which pairs up households and doesn’t require social distancing within that group of people (because you don’t have contact with anyone else), Quebec has decided that it’s cool if you wanna meet 10 people from 3 different households in the morning, and 10 people from another 3 households in the afternoon–just keep that 2 meter distance going and all will be hunky dory.
-May 25: Retail stores and businesses across the province (including MTL) will reopen.
-June 1: Daycares across the province (including MTL) will reopen.
-June 22: Day camps across the province (including MTL) will reopen.

I can only assume that in typical CAQ fashion, any of these dates might get pushed (or not, depending on what Legault’s PR people whisper in his ear that day), when (not if) cases and deaths spike even higher.

Coherence is an endangered animal

Collected thoughts after yesterday’s Covid-19 press conference in MTL:

Coherence is an endangered animal.

A) Schools

After Legault and Plante’s (I’m sure titillating) private meeting yesterday morning, it was finally announced that MTL schools will be kept closed. Whew. Does that feel hard-won by anyone else? But the part that had me snickering was the ‘until August’ bit. Several times Legault insisted that schools would stay closed until ‘late August or early September,’ once again creating an outlier of our wondrous province, as it chooses to hang on by such a thin thread to this antiquated CAQist notion that Quebec’s fight against Covid is ‘at another level.’ August and September are worlds apart, dontcha know. Not to mention, when asked what he would do for special needs kids now that they can’t go to school, he and Plante (who, to me, comes off as a groveler at these public regurgitations) both agreed they would ‘look for other options,’ but the one idea Legault seemed to have when pressed was for teachers to be in touch with kids at home, and give ’em homework. Don’t get me wrong–not knocking that if it works–but I fail to understand why they seem to need an intensive brainstorm on other options when, hmm, I dunno, offering meaningful support for food programs, and for women’s shelters (who only got a third of what they asked for in Tuesday’s budget) have been on the table all along as other ways of supporting families, some of whom haven’t had any options *other than* sending kids to school. And then, there’s cancelling rent, of course…But I guess I can see how that option is easy to forget about. On the bright side, Legault is finally hip to saying that children are, in fact, vectors of the virus, and can pass it onto grandparents (in case you missed the memo, grandparents were suddenly allowed to ‘babysit’ their grandkids–with precautions in place–around the same time people in their 60s were told to go back to work in daycares). Now if that isn’t coherent, I don’t know what is.

B) Daycares

The second announcement at our regularly scheduled festival of coherence and confusion was that while schools would stay closed till at least August, MTL daycares might be able to open their doors by June 1–effectively tacking an extra week onto the most recent May 25th idea. Makes sense–didn’t you read that study about kids under 5 being immune to all this shit? Oh yeah, never mind, minor fantasy.

C) Businesses

When broaching the topic of opening businesses in MTL, Legault made it clear that although business groups were after him to stick to May 25th, that it might or might not be possible, depending on ‘how it goes,’ emphasizing that health comes first, so they’ll have to see. I almost choked on my own tongue when he said that. And he made it abundantly clear for those sectors that have already opened, as well as businesses outside of MTL that have opened, that even as work resumes, Quebecers should continue to refrain from relaxing distancing measures with family & friends. So wait, lemme see if I follow: health comes first for some…but work comes first for others…and family/friends are a possible eventual reward for those who happen to survive this.

**For all of the above, the only clear plan is still, and always has been, a list of dates, subject to constant change. While Legault says that the # of cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and free beds are all concrete ways they’re measuring the situation, they have yet to share what goals, if any, need be met before reopening any of the above.**

D) Let them eat beds!

Legault went off on another bed tangent yesterday too, insisting that it’s not a lack of beds that they’re dealing with, but of personnel! They can’t free up more beds without more personnel! But wait, didn’t we already establish that most of those beds were outside of the city? Isn’t that why people have been carted off to Trois-Rivieres? And haven’t we also established that cancelled surgeries have made these ‘free beds’ possible? When asked how many more beds were needed and how many personnel he needed to free them up, he stammered, « oh, we know we need at least a few thousand. » Precision is for chumps.

When asked why he hadn’t visited MTL earlier, (you know before 2 months’ worth of pandemic and well over 3000 deaths in the province), he Evaded–with a capital E.

E) Priorities=overrated

I mean, who needs a coherent priority list when one’s ass is in front and one’s head is tucked neatly inside? The CAQ still seems to be stalling on much needed pay hikes for CHSLD staff. But it’s not like defective air filtration systems fail *everyday,* infecting 100% of staff and residents in the building (like it did at CHSLD Vigi Mont-Royal), right? That was an exception. Besides, there’s still not enough money for those pay hikes, or for those pesky masks everyone needs to cover their mugs, though they’re working on it. Not to worry, though, ’cause decisive action is happening where it counts the most: 45 million of public funds over the next 3 years, to promote the CAQ’s deconfinement ‘plan.’ I don’t know about you, but I, for one, am ready.

F) Masking the truth

When asked why masks were not ‘strongly recommended’ earlier, y’know before thousands of people had died, Legault shared an astounding bit about how people can’t change their habits all at once–it needs to happen a little at a time. So now that the hand washing habit has been formed, now it’s time to focus on wearing masks too. No joke. Now if that’s not stripping individuals of their sense of responsibility while at the same time setting them up to take the blame when things go to shit (which the CAQ has been doing all along by emphasizing hand washing and social distancing over safe/measurable deconfinement strategies), I don’t know what is. *Now,* he’s suddenly encouraging people to get creative and wear a scarf, buy a non medical mask, make one at home, etc. All joking and insulting aside, I think everyone should wear a mask for the next little/long while.

Of course, on a logistical level, our government is still working on making masks accessible to those that need the good ones most (including nurses, who have been complaining of being forced to wear expired & compromised masks). There’s now talk of the province donating a million masks to MTL and there is also talk of potentially maybe making them obligatory for those taking public transit—though I haven’t personally seen a single bus driver in a mask thus far. I wonder if they’ll consider making them obligatory for other essential workers too–y’know, like people working in grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, people on construction sites, and people working in prisons (ongoing hunger strike at Bordeaux prison, btw, due to pandemic-associated abuses that will make your skin crawl–and masks do not figure prominently). Today Legault followed up by saying he would not discuss making it obligatory yet–even on transit–as he would rather wait and see if people just did it of their own accord. What trust in the judgement of individuals! How consistent with not trusting people to be complex enough to wash hands AND wear a mask before. If it wasn’t for our pesky rights and freedoms, I guess we’d have no choice but to wear ’em. If only our rights and freedoms better protected us against being bullied into potentially life-threatening work, though.

G) Testing patience

Arruda yesterday assured us testing capacity is rising, though still not enough. Also, the criteria for being eligible to get a test have widened to include not only people with symptoms, but people in contact with people with symptoms. Drouin, however, has made a point of emphasizing that people who want to get tested simply because they’re returning to their jobs are not included here. It turns out, neither are the caregivers who are suddenly allowed to enter CHSLDs to see their patients (outside of MTL). And, I guess, neither are asymptomatic nurses (like the one who recently had to lie about her symptoms to get a positive result, thus narrowly avoiding spreading the virus to a whole new CHSLD).

And if testing isn’t enough to test your patience, Quebec’s new digital contact-tracing system might be. Experts are saying that the platform, designed by the Quebec company Akinox, ‘falls short of what’s considered necessary’ to contain the spread of Covid-19. While other provinces are adopting app-based contact-tracing tools using Bluetooth or GPS to figure out who someone has spent time with/around, Quebec’s model relies on email chains: people who test positive receive an email form asking them to include the email addresses of everyone they’ve been in contact with in the days before they tested positive. Those people, in turn, receive the same email. Fully reliable on people’s memory/knowledge of email addresses and the likelihood that they’ll respond at all. Useless for tracing people one passes by in a grocery store, of course, or *anyone* one doesn’t know personally.

Our government has shown itself to be greedy, dishonest, incompetent, careless, inconsistent, incoherent, and single-mindedly addicted to the notion that setting ‘fixed’ dates makes one proactive. Really though, from where I’m standing, the CAQ’s approach so far has (all but?) encouraged the spread of this virus, which means now’s the time to protect yourself and others *in spite of* government directives.