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Masks and Free Bus Rides Amidst COVID-19 Vanier Alumni Voices 

Masks and Free Bus Rides Amidst COVID-19

It was not too long ago when COVID-19 (the short form for “Coronavirus Disease 2019”) hit Germany. The current coronavirus pandemic has caused many restrictions worldwide. Let us have a look at Germany. In end-March, restaurants were banned from hosting dine-in clients and were only allowed to serve take-away. Citizens had to wear a mask on public transport. Supermarkets and other grocery stores were still open for business, but shoppers had to wear a mask and keep at a distance of at least 1.5 meters from each other when inside….

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That One Gesture News 

That One Gesture

  On the 13th of March, Vanier Students left the college’s campus to go on their Spring Break. What they did not realize is that they also left their normal student lives behind.    COVID-19 has negatively impacted the lives of millions of Canadians: Students can no longer go back to their classrooms, people have lost their jobs and the government imposed social distancing rules. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus has also hurt many communities. One of those affected communities is Montreal. Once a beautiful city filled with people, now became…

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Blood and Plasma Wanted Unless You’re Gay Voices 

Blood and Plasma Wanted Unless You’re Gay

On May 17th, Quebec’s Prime Minister François Legault reminded us that we should “continue to denounce homophobia and transphobia.” Despite this statement, government-funded health institutions continue to have homophobic and transphobic rules. The discriminatory nature of these so-called “safety precautions” has been recently highlighted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the mounting number of cases worldwide, health organizations have been pleading with the public to consider donating blood and plasma.   Montreal resident Adam Capriolo posted an image on his Instagram account which detailed his encounter with Hema-Quebec….

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Quarantine in the Time of Coronavirus Entertainment Voices 

Quarantine in the Time of Coronavirus

Day 1 (March FRIDAY THE 13th) : I have no classes on Fridays, but my comrades are forced to attend school, risking their lives for their education. Later, Legault announces that all schools are to be closed for two weeks. Day 2: I had insomnia last night, and I am awoken in the wee hours of the morning.  I am unproductive, but I do an ab workout to stay fit.  I listen to music all day, and I even develop a newfound obsession with sudokus. However, I soon experience a…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic: Racism in a Time of Mandatory Division News Voices 

The Covid-19 Pandemic: Racism in a Time of Mandatory Division

This moment in time is marked by fear, as well as shrouded in confusion and uncertainty. What was once spring fever has now transformed into the stir-crazy feeling we’re all too familiar with as we begin to approach our second month of isolation. Yes, tensions are rising as the once-seemingly-harmless cough in line has now become reason enough to feel panic in one’s chest, resulting in possibly volatile reactions. However, a particular group found within society is on the receiving end of such external stressors. Hate crimes against East-Asian people…

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“Music Is Not Cancelled” (And Is Doing Its Part for COVID-19 Relief) News 

“Music Is Not Cancelled” (And Is Doing Its Part for COVID-19 Relief)

Countless concerts and festivals have been cancelled worldwide due to the pandemic.  Nonetheless, “Music is not cancelled”, at least according to Songkick when advertising their first YouTube live stream festival, “PlayOn Fest”, where film recordings of several artists were set to play from April 24th to April 27th.   This event took place, not only to provide entertainment for music addicts like me, but also to raise funds for the World Health Organization (WHO). Merch was also available for purchase, with all proceeds going towards the organization.    They had…

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EVERYONE IS A SOCIALIST DURING A PANDEMIC Voices 

EVERYONE IS A SOCIALIST DURING A PANDEMIC

The powerful have decided that we can all have human rights, and a little socialism on the side, as a treat, right when it seems as though the apocalypse will hit. The corporations that had long resisted providing their employees with humane working conditions, as well as necessary benefits, have suddenly reconsidered and decided that perhaps people should, maybe, be treated with respect. Of course, not everything can be perfect, and we cannot expect much, but paid sick leave and some compensation (you know, the bare minimum) is now feasible….

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A Return to “Business as Usual” on the Horizon? News 

A Return to “Business as Usual” on the Horizon?

After more than six weeks since school and business closures amid the implementation of social distancing measures, Québec’s Premier, François Legault, recently announced that he and his team are considering re-starting the economy. This decision would involve the gradual reopening of businesses and schools so as to begin establishing natural herd immunity.   Though people mostly agree on the fact that they miss their routines and being able to have a non-virtual social life, this announcement has proven to be quite polarizing.   On the one hand, several parents are…

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COVID-19: Doug Ford’s Moment of Redemption? News Voices 

COVID-19: Doug Ford’s Moment of Redemption?

Disclaimer: This article was written on the morning of April 14, 2020. Much of the presented information is subject to change in the coming days and weeks. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives in every aspect of society. Instead, we are all (hopefully) staying at home to work and study, while waiting for the latest directives and projections from our governments. Unsurprisingly, during periods of crisis, we tend to listen to and carefully follow what our leaders have to say. It is a moment for our governmental officials…

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VCSA Update on COVID-19 Campus News 

VCSA Update on COVID-19

As we are all struggling to keep our mental health in check, while also adjusting to online learning and upholding whatever other personal obligations we might have, as teachers tell us to “enjoy our unexpected break”, all the while giving extra assignments to make up for missed classes, we might feel like there is no way we can realistically meet every deadline. Several students have voiced their concerns to the VCSA, mainly about the lack of support they are receiving from their teachers (especially students who have little access to…

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