Montreal – Images For Canada http://imagesforcanada.com/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 05:05:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://imagesforcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Montreal – Images For Canada http://imagesforcanada.com/ 32 32 In the Habs’ room: Michael Pezzetta takes advantage of his opportunity https://imagesforcanada.com/in-the-habs-room-michael-pezzetta-takes-advantage-of-his-opportunity/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 05:05:44 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/in-the-habs-room-michael-pezzetta-takes-advantage-of-his-opportunity/ Breadcrumb Links Sports NHL Montreal Canadiens Upside down hockey Hockey The drafted rookie scores the Canadiens’ lone goal in a 5-1 loss to the Bruins and buys time on the power play by working hard every shift. Author of the article: Pat Hickey • Montreal Gazette Michael Pezzetta is one of the Canadiens feel-good stories […]]]>

The drafted rookie scores the Canadiens’ lone goal in a 5-1 loss to the Bruins and buys time on the power play by working hard every shift.

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The bottom six forwards rarely get power play time, but Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme gave rookie Michael Pezzetta some PP time on Wednesday because he deserved it.

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“He came in the second period and he was skating and he was physical, then he was rewarded with a goal and some of the other guys weren’t doing as well, so he had more (opportunities),” Ducharme said. after the loss to the Canadians. 5-1 against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

Pezzetta played just over 12 minutes, but it was hard to ignore him when he was on the ice. He scored Montreal’s only goal as he moved in front of the net and connected after Brett Kulak’s shot hit him in the chest. He played the agitator, taking a penalty and shooting one as he delivered three solid hits.

“I really like playing against those guys,” said Pezzetta, who scored his two NHL goals against the Bruins. “There was a lot of hard play, which I like, but obviously it wasn’t the result we wanted today.”

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Pezzetta is one of the feel-good stories for the Canadiens during this dismal season. He was a sixth-round pick in 2016 and would still be fighting for ice time in Laval if the Canadiens hadn’t been ravaged by injuries and COVID.

“You never know what tomorrow is going to bring, especially for someone like me,” Pezzetta said. “I want to stay with this team (and) every day is a trial for me. There are no easy days for me. Every day I have to go out there and give my 100%. There are guys coming back from injuries (and) you can’t control some things, but I can control how hard I work and how heartily I play. I never want anyone to question that.

Pezzetta’s short-term future with the Canadiens became shaky earlier Wednesday when the Canadiens claimed forward Rem Pitlick off waivers from the Minnesota Wild. The acquisition will trigger a player move for the Canadiens, as NHL rules require the Canadiens to find him a spot on the 23-man roster.

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Montreal faces a surplus of forwards, with Tyler Toffoli, Josh Anderson, Brendan Gallagher and Paul Byron set to join the team at some point during this seven-game road trip. Laurent Dauphin and Lukas Vejdemo are also tagged for a return to the AHL and no one should be surprised if Cole Caufield returns to the Laval to work on his confidence. He was among several players who were not postmen Wednesday with a shot on goal.

The 24 year old Pitlick had 11 points, including six goals, in 20 games with the Wild this season. He can play in the center or on the right wing.

As the Canadiens welcomed Jeff Petry, Mike Hoffman and Christian Dvorak to the roster on Wednesday, the injury crisis struck again. Goaltender Jake Allen, playing his first game since Dec. 14, left the game in the first period with what appeared to be a groin injury. Normally, that could open up an opportunity for rookie Cayden Primeau. He will dress Thursday against Chicago, but is coming out of 10 days of COVID isolation in the United States and may not be fit for the game.

Petry was solid in her first game since Dec. 16, and Hoffman threw some power-play bombs. Dvorak struggled in the face-off circle, which had been his only redeeming quality before the injury, and he was 3-under that night. He is the team’s worst under 16 this season.

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Horacio Arruda resigns from his post of director of public health in Quebec https://imagesforcanada.com/horacio-arruda-resigns-from-his-post-of-director-of-public-health-in-quebec/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 02:25:26 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/horacio-arruda-resigns-from-his-post-of-director-of-public-health-in-quebec/ Breadcrumb Links Quebec Public comments cast doubt on “the credibility of our recommendations and our scientific rigor,” he wrote in a letter to the Prime Minister. Author of the article: Jason magder • Montreal Gazette Release date : January 10, 2022 • 1 hour ago • 5 minutes to read • 32 reviews]]>

Public comments cast doubt on “the credibility of our recommendations and our scientific rigor,” he wrote in a letter to the Prime Minister.

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With COVID-19 hospital admissions at record levels fueled by the Omicron variant, Quebec’s director of public health resigned on Monday.

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In his resignation letter to Prime Minister François Legault, Dr Horacio Arruda said there had been recent public comments that cast doubt on “the credibility of our recommendations and our scientific rigor”. He said this had led to an “erosion of public cooperation”.

“In this context, I think it is appropriate to offer you the possibility of replacing me before the end of my mandate, at least as director of public health,” he wrote.

Prime Minister François Legault confirmed in a statement that he had received the letter and accepted the resignation. His office said it would not comment further on the matter until a press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the media, Luc Boileau, president of the National Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services, would replace Arruda as director of public health. The Prime Minister’s Office declined to confirm this information.

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“For nearly 12 years, I served Quebec as the National Director of Public Health,” Arruda wrote in her letter. “I gave the best of myself, with the baggage and experience that I have. Along with my colleagues, over the past two years we have fought tirelessly to minimize the impact of this terrible COVID-19 pandemic. “

He said he would continue to “serve my fellow citizens as an actor in public health, but that I would be willing to do so in another role.”

Arruda has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks, especially his early reaction to the arrival of the Omicron variant, which is now spreading rapidly in Quebec.

Last week, the COVID-Stop group highlighted to QUB Radio 15 the contradictions Arruda has made since the start of the pandemic, including telling people that washing their hands is more effective than wearing a mask. . The group noted that wearing a mask was initially not recommended in long-term care homes.

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Health Minister Christian Dubé was asked on Monday in an interview with 98.5 FM radio station whether he still trusted Arruda.

Dubé defended Arruda, saying he had done “a great job”.

He added, “Dr. Arruda did his best for 22 months in the army. It’s difficult for Dr. Arruda. I see him several times a week. It’s very difficult for him at the moment.

Legault had expressed his confidence in Arruda no later than December 30, affirming that he was giving good advice and that Quebec was doing well “partly thanks to Dr Arruda”.

Opposition parties quickly called Arruda a scapegoat and blamed the government for the pandemic failures.

Reacting to the news on Twitter, opposition leader Dominique Anglade thanked Arruda for his service.

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“(The pandemic) has forced him to put his life and family aside for all of us, and for that we thank him,” she said.

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Anglade added that Arruda should not be blamed for the current situation, as he only made recommendations; it was the Prime Minister who made the wrong decisions.

“(Legault) will try to blame Arruda, but his departure will not solve anything,” she added. “Decisions are made by the Prime Minister and should be based on science, rather than polls and his own gut feeling. “

Quebec solidaire parliamentary leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois said Quebec’s health care system has been “neglected and underfunded for too long. Throughout this pandemic, (Arruda) served Quebec with sincerity. It was the CAQ government that made the decisions.

Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon said Arruda “sacrificed himself for bad government decisions,” including the lack of scientists on Legault’s crisis management team.

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“Under very difficult circumstances, (Arruda) gave his best, and we have to thank him.”

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Last year, Arruda faced tough questions from Quebec coroner Géhane Kamel in her inquest into how the pandemic hit long-term care homes across the province.

He was asked about the first directives to isolate healthcare workers, the decision to ban caregivers from CHSLDs and the initial decision not to impose the use of N95 masks – all of which appear to have played a role in the impact of the pandemic on households.

Arruda was also criticized for what has been called deaf action when he danced in a music video to a song by Quebec rapper Rod le Stod.

“I never intended to offend anyone,” Arruda said, her voice broken, during a press briefing. The rapper asked Arruda to submit a video, but Arruda said he believed it would only be shared on the rapper’s personal Facebook page. The song is called “Ode to Horacio Arruda”.

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First appointed national director of public health in 2012 after having worked for the agency since 2000, Arruda was one of the first at the scene of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster in 2013, and he put in the evacuation of the population sets in motion like a dangerous cloud. poison hung over their homes.

The only child of Portuguese immigrants who arrived in Quebec in 1960, Arruda’s father, Bento, was a rural worker. Her mother was a domestic worker who did not speak French.

But the young Arruda was passionate about health and more particularly epidemics like the one that Quebec is experiencing with COVID-19. He obtained his medical degree in 1983 at the University of Sherbrooke before obtaining a certificate in community and preventive medicine in 1988. Arruda is the father of three children and lives in Laval.

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Arruda made his way through the hearts of Quebecers at the start of the pandemic, with light speeches during dark times. He shared his recipe for Portuguese pies, known as natas. He urged Quebecers trapped at home to be creative with their time, to read, to listen to music. He said that every day he kept a different theme song in his head to relieve his stress.

He revealed one particular day that the theme song is the humorous one of French singer Philippe Katerine: La banane.

The Canadian Press contributed to this report.

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Montreal group serves snow volleyball tournaments amid COVID-19 restrictions https://imagesforcanada.com/montreal-group-serves-snow-volleyball-tournaments-amid-covid-19-restrictions/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 00:29:00 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/montreal-group-serves-snow-volleyball-tournaments-amid-covid-19-restrictions/ On a freezing Saturday afternoon at La Fontaine Park, a group of Montreal volleyball players proved that no health or weather restrictions would hinder their game this winter. “It’s tough these days, you know all the COVID restrictions and stuff, we can’t play indoors,” said Anthony Faria, a volleyball newcomer who felt the bite when […]]]>

On a freezing Saturday afternoon at La Fontaine Park, a group of Montreal volleyball players proved that no health or weather restrictions would hinder their game this winter.

“It’s tough these days, you know all the COVID restrictions and stuff, we can’t play indoors,” said Anthony Faria, a volleyball newcomer who felt the bite when Quebec suspended all sports and indoor activities in its most recent set of restrictions.

“So you know what we’re saying? We say ‘get out, let’s play outside then’,” he said.

Anthony Faria, a newcomer to volleyball, said he was not going to let restrictions linked to the pandemic prevent him from finding a way to play the sport. (Kwabena Oduro / CBC News)

Thus, in a quintessential Montreal gesture, a planned indoor volleyball tournament was moved outside in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough on Saturday, and various players from different adult recreational leagues served and rushed into the snow.

Among them was Ayelén Orcaizaguirre, who left Argentina for Montreal just four months ago. Despite this being her first encounter with the snow, the longtime volleyball player said the cold won’t dampen her love of the sport.

“It’s like -24 C … but I don’t care,” Orcaizaguirre said.

She said the second thing she did after finding an apartment in Montreal was find a volleyball team and a place to practice.

“I try to find the right clothes to go out and play anywhere,” she said. “I have played volleyball my whole life and have always loved it.”

In North America, playing volleyball outside in the winter is not so common due to the cold temperatures. But winter sport is practiced in many European countries. (Kwabena Oduro / CBC News)

In North America, playing volleyball outside in the winter is not so common due to the cold temperatures. But the organizer of Saturday’s snow volleyball tournament said people might need to toughen up as the winter sport is played in many European countries.

“[Everyone] in Europe, it’s playing volleyball on snow right now, ”said Narcissé Nguyen. “Why in North America, in Canada, do we not play this sport? It doesn’t make sense, ”he joked, pointing to the mounds of snow around him.

Nguyen said outdoor sport is a smart option during COVID-19 because the gloves allow players to avoid touching the ball with their skin and they are also able to maintain a distance of two meters during matches.

Although she moved to Montreal from Argentina just four months ago, Ayelén Orcaizaguirre says her love of volleyball made her brave the –24 C temperatures on Saturday. (Kwabena Oduro / CBC News)

Nguyen said he wanted to be a pioneer of snow volleyball in North America and help democratize the sport. That’s why it hosts weekly outdoor tournaments for all levels of the Montreal volleyball community every Saturday for the foreseeable future.

“It’s a free sport, it’s for everyone,” he said, adding that he wanted to create a snow volleyball league and had already contacted various field managers who were receptive to it. ‘idea.

A teacher by training in special education counseling, Nguyen said staying active in the winter with something like snow volleyball was “so important.”

He said mental and physical health were his top priorities.

“I teach it, so now I apply it,” Nguyen said.

Tournament organizer and volleyball player Narcissé Nguyen hopes to start his own snow volleyball league and popularize the sport in North America. (Kwabena Oduro / CBC News)

Nguyen hopes that even long after the pandemic restrictions are lifted and people have plenty of choices, they will still opt for snow volleyball, which he says is as specialized as skiing.

Due to the pandemic restrictions creating an increase in the popularity of the sport, Faria – the newcomer to volleyball – believes people will stop worrying about the weather in the future and snow volleyball will become a staple in the city. Montreal.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s cold, hot, in a storm… we’ll go out and play, we’ll give our best,” said Faria.

“I firmly believe this will be the start of something great.”


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Canucks prospect Aidan McDonough on US Olympic radar https://imagesforcanada.com/canucks-prospect-aidan-mcdonough-on-us-olympic-radar/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 03:20:14 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/canucks-prospect-aidan-mcdonough-on-us-olympic-radar/ Breadcrumb Links Sports NHL Hockey USA Hockey is considering its options outside of the NHL now that NHL players are not going to the Olympics. Author of the article: Patrick johnston Aidan McDonough # 25 of the Northeast Huskies celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of the 2020 Beanpot Tournament Championship game […]]]>

USA Hockey is considering its options outside of the NHL now that NHL players are not going to the Olympics.

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It’s not yet clear whether Vancouver Canucks prospect Aidan McDonough will be picked for the Olympics, but either way, it’s a statement about the kind of season the 22-year-old is having.

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It is rumored that McDonough, who has scored 13 goals in 18 games this season with the Northeastern University Huskies, is on USA Hockey’s radar for the Beijing Olympics now that the NHL has told his players that they can’t go.

Whether McDonough says ‘yes’ is another question, but just being considered shows you how well his season is going.

The great winger, in his third season at Northeastern, had no news from USA Hockey but was happy to discuss his season so far.

“My season has been great so far, our team has trained really well and found a way to win games,” he told Postmedia by text. “Obviously our goalie is exceptional, but we played great team defense and we scored in a timely manner which was huge. “

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The Huskies are 13-4-1 this season and return to action this weekend at home against Long Island University, their first games since early December.

“Personally, I feel good. I feel a lot more comfortable and confident in my third season in college and have played all year with great players who have helped me a lot, ”he said.

McDonough, who is an assistant captain this season, has already hit a career high in college, surpassing 10 goals in 21 games he scored last year and 11 goals in 31 games he scored in freshman. during the 2019-2020 season. .

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Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World on Sunday https://imagesforcanada.com/coronavirus-whats-happening-in-canada-and-around-the-world-on-sunday/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 13:38:58 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/coronavirus-whats-happening-in-canada-and-around-the-world-on-sunday/ The last: Dozens of people marched Saturday night in downtown Montreal in defiance of the last curfew linked to the pandemic in the province. Police made an arrest and issued 57 tickets for violating the 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. ET curfew, which was on its second night of enforcement. No injuries were reported. People […]]]>

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Dozens of people marched Saturday night in downtown Montreal in defiance of the last curfew linked to the pandemic in the province.

Police made an arrest and issued 57 tickets for violating the 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. ET curfew, which was on its second night of enforcement. No injuries were reported.

People gathered on Sherbrooke Street just before 10 p.m. local time. The police drove down the street and used loudspeakers to order those present to leave. At one point, other officers in riot gear stood in line facing the protesters.

Fines for violating the new curfew range from $ 1,000 to $ 6,000, the provincial government said Thursday

Police officers wearing shields stood in front of protesters in downtown Montreal on Saturday night as officers attempted to impose a curfew aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. (SRC)

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association condemned Quebec’s latest restrictions, including the only curfew ordered in Canada in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases. This is the second curfew imposed by Quebec since the start of the pandemic; a precedent, announced in early January 2021, had been in place for nearly five months.

The civil rights group said the Quebec government has presented no evidence that curfews work to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

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Prime Minister François Legault has not set an end date for the curfew, but said Thursday it would be the first restriction to be lifted once the situation improves.

Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens announced on Saturday that they were suspending operations until January 6 as a preventive measure after two more players were added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol roster. Players on the list include those who are inactive because they have the virus or may have been exposed to it.


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With testing capacity under strain, experts say the actual number of cases is likely much higher than reported. Regional hospitalization data is also changing, with several provinces saying they will start reporting more precise data that separate the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 from those hospitalized for another medical condition that also prove positive. for COVID-19[FEMININE

Au moins trois provinces et un territoire ont atteint de nouveaux sommets dans les cas quotidiens de COVID-19 samedi alors que la variante hautement transmissible d’Omicron a continué de faire augmenter les infections à travers le pays.

Ontario signalé 18 445 cas – une augmentation par rapport aux 16 713 nouveaux cas signalés le soir du Nouvel An. Le département provincial de la santé publique a déclaré que 12 autres personnes étaient décédées à cause du virus et que 85 autres personnes étaient hospitalisées.

REGARDER | Une infirmière réagit à la décision de l’Ontario de cesser de signaler les cas de COVID-19 dans les écoles :

Une infirmière de l’Ontario réagit à la décision de la province de cesser de signaler les cas de COVID-19 dans les écoles

Doris Grinspun, chef de l’Association des infirmières et infirmiers autorisés de l’Ontario, répond à la nouvelle selon laquelle le ministère de l’Éducation suspendrait le signalement des cas de COVID-19 dans les écoles et les garderies. 8:48

Des records ont également été établis samedi à Nunavut, qui a signalé 50 nouveaux cas, et Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, qui a enregistré 442 nouvelles infections.

À Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, le ministre de la Santé John Haggie a déclaré qu’il avait été testé positif pour COVID-19 et qu’il s’isolait avec des symptômes semblables à ceux du rhume.

Québec a signalé 17 122 nouveaux cas, marquant le cinquième jour consécutif qu’un nombre record de nouvelles infections ont été signalés dans la province. Il a également enregistré huit décès supplémentaires.


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Dimanche matin, environ 289,3 millions de cas de COVID-19 avaient été signalés dans le monde, selon le traqueur de coronavirus de l’Université Johns Hopkins. Le nombre de morts dans le monde s’élevait à plus de 5,4 millions.

Dans Asie, l’Inde a signalé dimanche plus de 27 000 nouveaux cas de COVID-19, avec des infections en forte augmentation pour un cinquième jour consécutif, mais le ministre en chef de la capitale New Delhi a déclaré qu’il n’y avait “pas besoin de paniquer”, citant de faibles taux d’hospitalisation.

Un agent de santé effectue dimanche un dépistage COVID-19 des personnes faisant la queue devant une station de métro à New Delhi. (Argent Sharma/AFP/Getty Images)

Les plus grandes villes du pays, dont New Delhi et le centre financier de Mumbai, ont connu un récent pic de cas de COVID-19, y compris ceux de la variante Omicron, qui a déclenché une nouvelle vague d’infections dans d’autres parties du monde.

Bien que le nombre de cas actifs à New Delhi ait triplé au cours des trois derniers jours, le ministre en chef Arvind Kejriwal a déclaré que les hospitalisations n’avaient pas augmenté.

New Delhi a été l’une des villes les plus durement touchées lors de la deuxième vague de la pandémie en Inde l’année dernière, avec des hôpitaux à court de lits et d’oxygène salvateur, laissant les patients à bout de souffle.

Dans le Moyen-Orientt, une vague d’infections à Omicron en Israël a conduit dimanche à une nouvelle discussion sur l’immunité collective parmi les fonctionnaires du pays alors que les cas quotidiens continuaient d’augmenter.

Jusqu’à fin décembre, Israël a réussi à éviter la variante Omicron dans une certaine mesure, mais avec des taux d’infection qui s’accélèrent, les cas quotidiens devraient atteindre des niveaux record au cours des trois prochaines semaines. Cela pourrait entraîner une immunité collective, a déclaré Nachman Ash, directeur général du ministère de la Santé.

La patiente ayant subi une transplantation cardiaque, Sharon Tabib, reçoit une quatrième dose d’un vaccin contre le COVID-19 le 31 décembre 2021 à Ramat Gan, en Israël. (Amir Levy/Getty Images)

“Le coût sera un grand nombre d’infections”, a déclaré Ash à la radio 103FM. “Les chiffres devront être très élevés pour atteindre l’immunité collective. C’est possible mais nous ne voulons pas l’atteindre au moyen d’infections, nous voulons que cela se produise grâce à la vaccination de nombreuses personnes”, a-t-il déclaré.

Salman Zarka, responsable du groupe de travail sur les coronavirus du ministère de la Santé, a déclaré que l’immunité collective était loin d’être garantie.

“Nous devons être très prudents avec cela, en particulier à la lumière de notre expérience au cours des deux dernières années au cours de laquelle nous avons vu des personnes qui se sont rétablies [from coronavirus] be re-infected, ”Zarka told Ynet TV.


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Karl Lohnes: Inject a little more comfort into your home https://imagesforcanada.com/karl-lohnes-inject-a-little-more-comfort-into-your-home/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 14:05:21 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/karl-lohnes-inject-a-little-more-comfort-into-your-home/ Breadcrumb Links Life Houses Adding some home automation features, increasing the comfort factor, and getting a better night’s sleep are on my to-do list for 2022. Author of the article: Karl Lohnes • Special at the Montreal Gazette Planning Zoom tea time with friends is a positive distraction to avoid getting stuck at home. Cast […]]]>

Adding some home automation features, increasing the comfort factor, and getting a better night’s sleep are on my to-do list for 2022.

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It’s the start of a new year and like last year it looks like we’re going to be spending a lot more time at home than we had hoped for.

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I’ve crossed my fingers that 2022 brings more freedom to travel and visit with others. And it could still happen, but not right away. My strategy to make the current round of restrictions more bearable is to inject a few comfort elements that will make it easier and more enjoyable to live and work at home.

Adding some home automation features, increasing the comfort factor, and a better night’s sleep are on my to-do list for 2022. Read on for inspiration on how to endure more ‘downtime. the House “. From tech to afternoon tea, a few little treats will help us get through this frustrating and disappointing turn of events. Think about a comfortable hibernation everyone and stay safe!

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More automation

I have to admit, it took a while to get into the ever-evolving race for home automation. But if I’m going to be spending more time at home this year, more convenient and efficient ways to cook, clean, and monitor security will help me save time and keep up to date with what’s going on around. My house.

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Here are some simple and user-friendly improvements for owners: installation of a camera / alarm system on the front door that allows monitoring of deliveries; control indoor-outdoor lighting from your smartphone (it’s good for security and lights up the house on dark winter nights); and replace older large household appliances with ones with smart features that save time, energy and reduce waste.

Simpler pleasures

It might seem obvious, but creating small daily diversions from the monotonous schedule of living and working at home can help us appreciate our homes again. Why not schedule afternoon tea (via Zoom) with a friend or coworker? Make it an event by treating yourself to a specialty tea and a new mug or pot.

Or look around each day and find something that makes you grateful, then photograph it and post it on social media to spread your gratitude. Indulging in a little online retail therapy for a few trendy and cheerful home decor accessories is another easy way to update your home, get noticed, and appreciate it more.

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These simple activities can focus the mind on happy experiences rather than getting bored, or worse, getting lost or lost on the Internet.

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Customize the cozy beds

The ever-changing rules of the pandemic can affect our mental health and sleep patterns, so it’s important to find ways to promote and improve your good sleep patterns. Consistent, quality sleep improves virtually every aspect of our health.

Start by making sure your bed is right for you. For me, comfort is # 1. If I have a bad pillow or a sagging mattress, my sleep will be interrupted. If you’ve had your mattress for more than 10 years, you may want to try something newer that matches your current support preferences.

Also check out a new pillow that matches your sleeping position (side, back, or stomach?) A mattress topper and duvet are simple additions that create comfort for better sleep throughout 2022.

Do you have a design dilemma or would you like to give your opinion? You can contact Karl on Instagram at Karl Lohnes.

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How to stop money from ruining your relationship https://imagesforcanada.com/how-to-stop-money-from-ruining-your-relationship/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 13:07:52 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/how-to-stop-money-from-ruining-your-relationship/ Breadcrumb Links MoneyWise Canada Make money grow Can a spender and a saver live happily ever after? Experts say communication is key Author of the article: fizkes / Shutterstock Content of the article For 15 years as a financial coach, Lesley-Anne Scorgie kept seeing the same problem with her clients over and over again. Advertising […]]]>

Can a spender and a saver live happily ever after? Experts say communication is key

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For 15 years as a financial coach, Lesley-Anne Scorgie kept seeing the same problem with her clients over and over again.

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“Couples who don’t communicate are one of the biggest issues I see,” says Scorgie.

As the founder of MeVest, a financial education company in Toronto, Scorgie decided to dig deeper into the matter. From this research was born a book, The Modern Couple’s Guide to Money , designed to help couples navigate this sensitive topic.

Scorgie found that less than seven percent of couples said they had a financial plan. And without a plan in place, couples struggled to be on the same page and ended up in conflict over money.

Planning is especially important when financial opposites attract and form relationships. A saver and a spender can have happy lives together, but only if they face their different approaches to money.

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Communicate – and manage your luggage

In her research, Scorgie found that couples who talk about money are much more likely to stick together. But very few actually have these conversations. A poll conducted by FP Canada in 2020 found that nearly one in four Canadians said they were uncomfortable talking about money.

This does not surprise Andrew Sofin, a psychotherapist specializing in couples and families in Montreal. The pandemic hasn’t helped either, with people often stuck at home for long periods of time.

“Especially if they live in a small one or two bedroom… it has an impact on people’s mental health. So obviously I can also imagine a major impact on your relationship, ”says Sofin.

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The three biggest issues he sees time and time again in his practice – communication, money and sex – were only magnified by the side effects of COVID.

Everyone enters into a relationship with their own baggage. But a lot of people don’t realize that the way they spend (or save) money reflects both their past experiences and what they enjoy now – and how that can impact their partner.

“The reality is you are learning your concepts around your original family’s money and finances,” he says. “Whether you grew up in extreme wealth or extreme poverty, this is going to rock you; that’s gonna make you who you are.

Scorgie adds that “whatever matters to you [reflects] in your bank account somehow because you’re spending money on things you care about.

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When to start talking about money

Conflict can arise when the things that individuals value are not aligned with their partner’s priorities.

Sofin says these problems usually start to appear when couples move in together, get engaged or get married and merge their finances. But the issues really come to the fore when couples start having children, which can bring additional financial stress to a relationship. Most of her clients are parents of children under the age of five.

To avoid ending up on Sofin’s couch one day, it’s important to start talking about finances early in a relationship. Obviously, you don’t want to show up on a first date with a spreadsheet to start building your financial plan together, but Scorgie says starting testing the waters on three or four dates is reasonable.

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This is to determine if you are financially compatible. And How? ‘Or’ What you have those conversations that matter.

“The best way to do it will always be, ‘This is how I grew up… this is how we treat expenses or credit cards; that’s what’s normal for me, ” says Sofin. “Because then it’s not a personal attack. You have to be open to talking about it. “

Can spenders and savers happily coexist?

As with other relationship issues, having different views about money doesn’t have to be a breakup. In fact, many people will benefit from having someone in their life who challenges their thinking and encourages them to try different approaches.

“I always kind of phrase it like, ‘Well you can be right and live on your own,’” says Sofin. “Or you can park your ego at the door and be open to compromise and discuss things and maybe change your views and have a great relationship.”

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These conflicts over money are often rooted in fundamental experiences and even sometimes trauma. Many people will find that there are things they need to sort out personally before they can resolve financial issues with their partner.

“It’s a problem that can be solved, but couples don’t know where to start,” says Scefeuille. Ultimately, she says, the two people in a relationship may need to work on themselves first.

Sofin and Scorgie agree that both parties should be open to a meeting in the middle. A spender and a saver can happily coexist if they communicate respectfully, plan together, and stick to their shared priorities.

If that’s not possible, Scorgie has a tricky piece of advice: this might not be the right relationship for you.

“It’s a really good idea to walk away from something that you are not sure about or that you are not sure about for financial reasons,” says Scefeuille. “Far too many people don’t care. But that’s a legitimate reason, okay.

This article provides information only and should not be construed as advice. It is provided without warranty of any kind.

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Montreal’s luminous art walk lights up the city and the spirits in the winter darkness https://imagesforcanada.com/montreals-luminous-art-walk-lights-up-the-city-and-the-spirits-in-the-winter-darkness/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 09:00:00 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/montreals-luminous-art-walk-lights-up-the-city-and-the-spirits-in-the-winter-darkness/ This year’s version of the Montreal outdoor art exhibit takes winter wonderland walking to a whole new level. Arranged in the city’s entertainment districts at the beginning of December, a series of colorful and interactive installations make up the 12th edition of Luminothérapie, a luminous artistic walk that invites visitors of all ages to get […]]]>

This year’s version of the Montreal outdoor art exhibit takes winter wonderland walking to a whole new level.

Arranged in the city’s entertainment districts at the beginning of December, a series of colorful and interactive installations make up the 12th edition of Luminothérapie, a luminous artistic walk that invites visitors of all ages to get out and play.

“Children, adults, everyone is having a lot of fun and you also have music in the experience, so it’s kind of a family activity,” said Catherine Girard Lantagne, director of programming and production. of the Quartier des spectacles Partnership.

Catherine Girard Lantagne, director of programming and production for the Quartier des spectacles Partnership, says Montrealers from all over the island come to visit the annual exhibition. (Dave St-Amant / CBC News)

This year, spectators are invited to engage with five interactive and contemplative works, including Impulse, one of the most iconic creations, marking its third year in the exhibition, said Girard Lantagne. The installation is made up of large, illuminated swings that glow and vary in tone and intensity as you move them up and down.

Between the ranks, made up of thousands of bright, flexible stems designed to evoke a field of wheat swaying in the wind, secured a place in the exhibit for the second year in a row.

Iceberg is a tunnel of illuminated metal arches that each emit a particular sound to mimic water droplets when the ice melts; and Nova projects a video inspired by the movement of water linked to Montreal‘s rivers on surrounding buildings.

This setup is made up of large illuminated swings that glow and vary in tone and intensity as you move them up and down. (Dave St-Amant / CBC)

Girard Lantagne says that every year people come from all over Montreal to see the facilities.

“Now we realize that people want more and more, so the business is starting to change,” she said.

Arguably the most imposing and popular interactive structure of this year is a luminous 4.5-ton, 17-meter-tall steel whale, which attenuates its light and sound if onlookers get too close in order to represent the harmful impact of humans invading nature.

Erected on the Place des Festivals, Echoes: A voice from unknown waters won the coveted place for this year’s major installation as part of the annual multidisciplinary public art competition organized by the Quartier des spectacles.

Echoes: A Voice From Uncharted Waters invites viewers to get up close – but not too close – to a giant steel whale. (Vivien Gaumand / Quartier des Spectacles)

Finally, with Dancing heart, the Quartier des Spectacles becomes a dance floor for five minutes every evening at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“You can’t stay and not dance with this moment,” Girard Lantagne joked, “so it’s an element to bring joy to winter and darkness.”

Providing light therapy – the English meaning of light therapy – is the idea behind the eponymous annual exhibition, she explained.

This year’s Light Therapy facilities are open from December 2, 2021 to February 27, 2022, free of charge.

Exposure is a real form of therapy, says expert

Last year, the darkness of the pandemic increased the event’s popularity “more than ever,” according to Girard Lantagne, as Montrealers yearned for much-needed holiday cheer.

And as the winter season brings shorter days and longer nights, a doctor says the event may in fact live up to its name.

“I would say that the [art exhibition] is really therapeutic on many levels, ”said Dr. Robert Levitan, head of depression research at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.

Dr Robert Levitan, a psychiatrist at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, recommends light therapy to fight SAD. (Manmeet Ahluwalia / CBC)

For years, Dr. Levitan has recommended light therapy to fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which involves exposure to artificial UV-filtered light for about 30 minutes each morning.

SAD is a seasonal depression that affects three to five percent of the Canadian population – disproportionately women – during the darker winter months.

While the art exhibit is meant to be explored at night and no controlled studies have been conducted to show its effects on mental health, Dr Levitan said it could offer multiple benefits.

“It is possible that the light itself is sufficient, I suppose, to have a biological effect … but it also becomes [people] outside of their home, so there is a behavioral activation component. “

Behavioral Activation Therapy can help people with depression by using activities such as going outside, breathing fresh air, and interacting with people. New experiences, something many of us have lost throughout the pandemic, explained Dr Levitan, are also releasing certain mood-enhancing chemicals in our brains.

“Good art is very new and very exciting,” he said.


The 12th edition of Luminothérapie at the Quartier des spectacles began on December 2, 2021 and ends on February 27, 2022. It takes place from noon to 10 pm Monday to Thursday and from noon to 11 pm Friday to Sunday. Visiting the facilities is free.


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Montreal “unwritten rules” article and answers prove we are lovable freaks https://imagesforcanada.com/montreal-unwritten-rules-article-and-answers-prove-we-are-lovable-freaks/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 01:06:04 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/montreal-unwritten-rules-article-and-answers-prove-we-are-lovable-freaks/ Each city has its codes of conduct, these collective norms and habits which punctuate the urban frenzy. Much of the pleasure of living in a city comes from these subtle moments of tacit mutual understanding. So what are the conventions that define life in Montreal? Local harpist Marie Hamilton, 29, took to Reddit to find […]]]>

Each city has its codes of conduct, these collective norms and habits which punctuate the urban frenzy. Much of the pleasure of living in a city comes from these subtle moments of tacit mutual understanding.

So what are the conventions that define life in Montreal? Local harpist Marie Hamilton, 29, took to Reddit to find out. His post asking for a list of Montreal‘s “unwritten rules” garnered hundreds of upvotes and comments.

She told MTL Blog the post was inspired by her own experience of moving to the metropolis.

“I was curious to hear what Montrealers had to say about our city’s unwritten rules,” she said.

“There are so many little aspects of Montreal culture that go unnoticed until we talk about them or keep someone breaking the rule!

“I must have learned so much when I moved here from Rome. I have so many funny stories of breaking or being afraid to break these unsaid rules.”

And there seem to be a lot of them. Montrealers flocked to the comments section to give their opinion.

The sense of local order seems to be the most popular trait.

A few pointed out the practice of standing on the right side of the escalator to let others pass on the left. Others mentioned the intuitive habit of Montrealers of forming straight lines while waiting for the bus.

“We pretty much form civilian lines everywhere. First come, first served,” one of the leading comments read. Another commentator raised the notorious exception of metro riders, who they say tend to crowd around doors on entering and exiting.

There’s also the odd custom of picking a bagel camp and engaging in unsuccessful and uninformed dough arguments. “Pick a favorite bagel spot and fight anyone who tells you another is better,” one commenter wrote.

Then, of course, there is the famous “hello-hi”, which, as another reviewer explained, is both a greeting and an invitation to choose a language, but not something you can say to yourself. someone.

Other answers to Hamilton’s question seem to imply that although Montreal’s pedestrians and motorists are deadly enemies, they are united in their utter contempt for the rules of the road.

“Pedestrian crossings are just a suggestion,” wrote one person, commenting on the widespread culture of jaywalking.

Meanwhile, for those behind the wheel, traffic lights mean something a little different in Montreal.

“For drivers: yellow means gun, light turning red means ‘tie your hat’,” someone wrote. “For anyone else, going red means a brief moment of soul-searching into your own life worth before setting foot on the road.”

But the best part of Montreal might be its culture of tolerance.

As one reviewer put it, “You can be as weird as you want and people will let you live in every area of ​​your life.”



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Montreal’s largest English-language school board recognizes May as Jewish Heritage Month https://imagesforcanada.com/montreals-largest-english-language-school-board-recognizes-may-as-jewish-heritage-month/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 19:45:41 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/montreals-largest-english-language-school-board-recognizes-may-as-jewish-heritage-month/ 22 December 2021 MONTREAL – B’nai Brith Canada has successfully launched a national campaign urging school boards, cities and other public groups to pass motions that will recognize each month of May as Jewish Heritage Month. We take our proverbial hat off to the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) – the largest English-speaking school board […]]]>

22 December 2021

MONTREAL – B’nai Brith Canada has successfully launched a national campaign urging school boards, cities and other public groups to pass motions that will recognize each month of May as Jewish Heritage Month.

We take our proverbial hat off to the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) – the largest English-speaking school board in Quebec – for becoming the first to pass the motion. Through educational programs offered during Jewish Heritage Month, we hope such initiatives will help focus on the positive and inspiring roles that Jewish Canadians have played and continue to play in this country. Jews have excelled in a wide range of businesses through their leadership and accomplishments, contributing significantly to Canadian life, while having to overcome systemic barriers of discrimination.

“The English Montreal School Board is pleased to respond to B’nai Brith’s campaign to urge municipalities and school boards to recognize each month of May as Jewish Heritage Month,” said Ellie Israel, commissioner of the board. English-Montreal school. “The Jewish community is an integral part of our school community.

“We believe this motion alerts the public to the many important contributions Jews have made to the building of Montreal and allows us to present Jewish culture and heritage to our entire student body. Our committee therefore accepted the challenge and we invite other school boards and local authorities to do the same.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a growing wave of anti-Semitism on the ground in Canada and online. Last May, during the conflict between Israel and Hamas, we recorded an unprecedented number of anti-Semitic incidents, including shocking calls to rape Jewish women and stones thrown at peaceful protesters. There were Nazi emblems on our streets. Statistics Canada has noted a record number of hate crimes reported to police, with Jews being disproportionately targeted.

In 2018, Parliament designated May as Canadian Jewish Heritage Month, recognizing the important contributions Jews have made to the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of Canada. However, it is only until local authorities pass and promote the bill by passing their own motions that it can be successful.

“A motion like this is especially important after the many incidents of anti-Semitism that occurred from coast to coast in 2021,” said Ellie Israel. “It allows people to express their solidarity with the Jewish community and isolates fanatics and haters. We believe the motion promotes solidarity and understanding and is fully consistent with the promotion of an inclusive school board. . . “

“We are dealing with firsthand reports of anti-Semitism in Canada and the numbers keep increasing,” said Marvin Rotrand, national director of the B’nai Brith League for Human Rights. “We must tackle this phenomenon head-on and vaccinate future generations against anti-Jewish hatred with education in classrooms and other public forums. “

Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, echoed Rotrand’s sentiments.

“Generations of Jewish Canadians have made an enormous contribution to shaping the fabric of Canadian history, culture and society,” said Mostyn. “It is essential to recognize their achievements and to pay them appropriate tribute. We congratulate the English Montreal School Board for being the first to board.


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