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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 »

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?