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- Quebec Government "Self-Care Guide - COVID-19".
- Coronavirus - State of the Situation at St-Anne's Hospital.
- Remembrance Day Ceremony - 11 November 2020.
- Remembrance Day - The Importance of The Poppy.
- Good News for Military Veterans in Quebec.
Quebec Government "Self-Care Guide - COVID-19"
This guide is designed to enable Quebecers to make the best possible decisions to protect their health and the health of their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, it indicates to them how best to protect themselves against COVID-19, take care of themselves and provide basic care to their family circle, and know where and when to consult if the need arises for care services.
Coronavirus - State of the Situation at St-Anne's Hospital
December 4, 2020
To follow up on the media report and emails received on the coronavirus outbreak at St-Anne's Hospital, the Quebec Provincial Command of the Royal Canadian Legion has contacted representatives of the hospital's management committee as well as those of the Quebec Veterans Foundation (former St-Anne Hospital Foundation) in order to have an update on the situation and to offer our help if needed. Here is a summary of the situation:
- As of November 23, there was a first case in Unit 2A. This unit is made up of 23 veterans and 6 wives. As of December 2, 22 people have unfortunately tested positive. Additionally, a 12th floor veteran visited his spouse on the 2nd floor and was subsequently diagnosed with Covid. All other members of the 12th floor have been tested and as of today are negative.
- Daily meetings are held in order to coordinate the workforce and take preventive and support measures. Additional staff will be sent to the HSA on a temporary basis until the outbreak is over to support the care and mitigation efforts. At the provincial level, a request was made to the Red Cross to obtain additional staff in order to increase the number of staff. The provincial government is awaiting a decision from the Red Cross. Ms. Auger is also in communication with VAC staff at the federal level to maintain communication and discuss the current situation.
- The restrictions are severe and seem to be respected by all. It's deserted, hardly anyone can access it. So people who think it's easy to get in, it's totally wrong. Training in French and English is offered at the entrance, and caregivers must now leave their coats at the entrance. It is now an agent who gives them their masks, in addition to making sure that they have washed their hands. Employees have access to a testing clinic every week (you get the result within 24 hours). Unfortunately, you can't oblige them, but let's say it's strongly encouraged.
The problem now is the lack of staff. However, if you have privileged access to qualified health personnel, I believe they would be takers.
In addition, I encourage you to make donations, whether for the St-Anne Hospital Liaison Center (poppy fund) or the Quebec Veterans Foundation (general fund of the branch).
Kenneth R. Ouellet, CD
Royal Canadian Legion
Remembrance Day Ceremony
November 11, 2020
With Remembrance Day being over for another year and on behalf of Quebec Provincial Command, I would like to thank all who made this day a success during this pandemic especially the city of Montreal for allowing us to have our ceremony.
I would also like to thank the public that attended as they adhered to the social distancing and the wearing of masks. This was truly appreciated.
A little history:
- Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. - on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
- From 1921 to 1930, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. In 1931, Alan Neill, Member of Parliament for Comox–Alberni, introduced a bill to observe Armistice Day only on November 11. Passed by the House of Commons, the bill also changed the name to “Remembrance Day”. The first Remembrance Day was observed on November 11, 1931.
- Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict, and peace. We remember the more than 2,300,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Again, I thank one and all
On behalf of the executive members of Quebec Provincial Command
Remembrance Day - The Importance of The Poppy
November 11, 2020
Comrade Sterling Downey is a member of Branch 004, Verdun.
November 11, Remembrance Day: Today we take the time to commemorate the sacrifices of those who choose to serve their country and to sometimes give their lives for their nation and their fellow citizens. By proudly wearing the poppy from the last Friday in October through to November 11th, I wish to show my gratitude and pay tribute.
To our veterans, but also to all active and Reservist members of the Canadian Armed Forces, this video is for you. The incredible team at Cat Around Films contacted me and offered to volunteer their services to support this important cause and act of remembrance. Without their involvement and contribution a project like this would not have been possible.
Together, our goal was to give a voice to and shed light on the contributions and sacrifices of our young veterans and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
This year, I want to congratulate the bravery of those who, at the peak of the 1st wave of the pandemic, did not hesitate to go and lend a hand in long-term care facilities all over Montreal and in Quebec. Through this altruistic gesture, and alongside healthcare staff, you have saved many lives. Today, Montreal and all of Quebec is grateful to you for your service.
This year, it is thanks to that service and those actions, that I proudly wear my poppy, because benevolence should always be recognized. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to represent you and to be in your service in my role as your Deputy Mayor for the city of Montreal.
We will remember them!
To access the video, click here.
Good News for Military Veterans in Quebec.
In a recent major manifestation of cooperation between several senior officials of Veterans Affairs Canada and their like-minded counterparts in the Montreal West Island consortium of health services under the aegis of the Province of Quebec (CIUSSS), it was agreed that, consistent with Provincial placement criteria for admission to a long term care facility bed, the following categories of Veterans, previously denied, can now be admitted on floors still dedicated for Veterans at Ste. Anne’s Hospital ( in Ste. Anne de Bellevue).