A look at some of the stories we’ve been following today.
More challenges for CHSLDs during heat wave
As a heat wave threatens to worsen conditions inside Quebec’s long-term care centres this week, advocates are calling on the provincial government to ensure every resident is protected from the hot weather. But with the majority of the centres still not having air-conditioned rooms — and many in the midst of fighting COVID-19 outbreaks — ensuring everyone is properly sheltered from the heat and humidity will be challenging, Quebec’s health minister acknowledged Monday.
Doctor relieved it will be a short heat wave
An intense prolonged heat wave could present big issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why Dr. Pierre Gosselin, a consulting physician with the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, feels that the best news about this week’s heat wave is that it is only expected to last three days. Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for the Montreal area on Monday that foresees local temperatures taking a three-day soar starting on Tuesday.
‘It’s still tight. It’s still fragile’
Data show the new coronavirus is infecting, killing and sickening fewer Quebecers each day, provincial officials said Monday, but hospitals in Montreal are still at risk of being overrun by COVID-19 patients. “It’s still tight. It’s still fragile. That’s why we’re opening gradually,” Premier François Legault said at his daily news conference. Read more here .
Status of asylum seekers to be reviewed
The province will review “one by one” the files of asylum seekers being employed on the pandemic front lines with the goal of accepting them officially as immigrants, Premier François Legault said Monday.
No emergency funds for homeless: shelter director
Montreal is being shortchanged on emergency funding meant to go toward fighting the spread of COVID-19 among its homeless population, according to three experts on homelessness. If the situation isn’t rectified soon, hundreds more people will end up living on the street before the pandemic is done.
Monkland Ave. stirs to life
Writes columnist Bill Brownstein : With the reopening of commercial businesses Monday, there was a little more life on Monkland Ave.