Week in Assessment: Seniors, cinemas, vaccinations, hockey, snow


Atone for all the massive tales that occurred this week in Montreal.

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Allison Hanes: Montreal notary fighting financial exploitation of seniors

As a social employee, Anna Kamateros by no means got down to deal with defending seniors. When she determined to return to regulation faculty, she by no means meant to turn into a notary as a substitute. However one fortuitous discovery led to a different. As we speak, Kamateros is a Montreal notary in personal follow with a specialty in unravelling instances of monetary abuse towards susceptible elders. This could embody refined varieties like lording an influence of lawyer over a susceptible senior, an excessively useful neighbour misusing entry to financial institution and bank cards, or outright scams.

Cinemas, pools to reopen in time for March break; ban on indoor gatherings remains

Warning the variant scenario is unpredictable, Premier François Legault onTuesday introduced a minor stress-free of COVID-19 restrictions in time for March break that’s thought-about low danger, however will go a great distance towards easing the boredom of youth. However Quebec has additionally confirmed 16 new instances of variants, plus 86 possible ones. They’re principally in Montreal and Laval, and contain the variant first detected in the UK. “We nonetheless have important danger forward of us,” Legault mentioned at a information convention on the legislature. “If we’re not cautious, the variety of (variant) instances may explode in only a few weeks. It’s one more reason for our prudence.”

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How to get COVID-19 vaccinations in Montreal

As Quebec prepares to vaccinate the overall inhabitants towards COVID-19, beginning with seniors 80 and over who reside locally, native well being authorities are establishing mass vaccination websites throughout Montreal. Presently, individuals who reside in personal seniors’ residences are being vaccinated, in addition to these residing in remoted or distant communities. The subsequent group to obtain the vaccine will probably be these 80 years and older, however Quebec has not but a set a date for that vaccination marketing campaign to start. As soon as it begins, appointments will probably be made via Clic Santé, an internet site used to e-book flu pictures, or through a 1-800 quantity that will probably be made public shortly.

Minor hockey blues for hundreds of Quebec children

The Montreal Canadiens have been again in NHL motion for over a month, however the minor hockey season is slipping away for hundreds of children throughout Quebec. The minor hockey season had barely begun within the fall earlier than it was shut down because of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The earlier season had additionally shutdown prematurely final March when the pandemic first struck right here. For hockey dads like Bruno D’Amico of Dorval, watching one other season go down the drain is difficult to swallow. His two sons — Jack, 7, and 5-year-old Ben — had been each trying ahead to taking part in hockey with buddies.

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Brownstein: School snow days ain’t what they used to be

Are our children getting mushy? Are their mother and father? Or is it faculty directors? What was with Tuesday’s snow day? All it took was a piddly 17.2-centimetre snowfall — in keeping with Surroundings and Local weather Change Canada — to cancel most faculties within the Montreal space. In our day … within the final century, we needed to endure snowfalls 10 occasions that quantity — if reminiscence serves, which it in all probability doesn’t. Generally with even hail, sleet and locusts tumbling from the skies, too. And we’d collect by the household transistor radio — as a result of the fierce winds minimize off our energy — at 6 within the morning and we’d pray for information that our college could be cancelled, even for a half-day. However noooo!

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