‘A crutch to continue to prejudice’: Montreal’s LGBTQ community fears stigma from monkeypox

David Hawkins wasn't alive during the height of the AIDS crisis in the mid-1980s, but decades later, his organization is still working on dispelling harmful myths associated with the disease. "All these years later, it is still seen as being the gay...

2 monkeypox cases confirmed in Quebec — the first in Canada

Two cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Quebec, the first such cases in the country, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).The agency says it has alerted public health authorities around Canada to look for symptoms in patients,...

Montreal public health authority probing 17 cases of suspected monkeypox

Montreal's top public health official is urging people not to panic as her department investigates 17 cases of suspected monkeypox in the greater Montreal region.At a news conference Thursday morning, Dr. Mylène Drouin said there are 15 suspected cases on the island of Montreal, one on the...

They fled war, had gentle souls, drove sports cars. Families tell the lives of those lost at Herron

There are a few things to know about Olga Maculavicous, who died at CHSLD Herron in the spring of 2020.First is that she drove a Trans Am sports car with flames on it and wings in the back. Second is that she loved...

‘We tolerated the intolerable,’ Quebec coroner says in report on pandemic deaths of seniors

The lack of independence granted to Quebec's public health director may have slowed the government response at the beginning of the pandemic, as hundreds were dying in long-term care homes across the province.Coroner Géhane Kamel published a report Monday following months...

When you still need to wear a mask: Quebec’s new rules explained

Since last Saturday, Quebecers no longer have to wear a mask in most indoor spaces across the province.The province's mandatory mask mandate has been in place since July 2020, for a total of 21 consecutive months. Quebec was the last province to...

1st patient in Quebec gets approval from Health Canada for magic mushroom therapy

When Thomas Hartle indulges in a session of psilocybin treatment, the end-of-life anxiety, distractions and noises associated with his terminal colon cancer go away."Before the treatment, it's like you're sitting in your car. It's summer. You have your windows down, You're stuck...

Quebec lost almost $1B on COVID-19 protective equipment: auditor general

Quebec's unpreparedness and its delayed reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic led to the province losing almost $1 billion in its procurement of personal protective equipment, the auditor general said Wednesday.The government waited too long and then rushed into purchasing items...

Quebec to lift indoor mask mandate on May 14

Quebec will be officially lifting its indoor mask mandate on May 14, the province's interim director of public health announced Wednesday.Dr. Luc Boileau said that hospitalizations and staff absences in the health-care system were on the decline, which informed his recommendation. The...

As Quebec election looms, Legault steps away from pandemic spotlight

After nearly two years as the public face of the province's COVID-19 response, François Legault has pulled a U-turn.Since Feb. 1, the Quebec government has held a total of 15 news conferences about COVID-19. The premier has attended only two of...
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