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“Kovod” is the Yiddish word for honour and respect. The following are my Kovod-19 Awards — in no particular order — for those who have been risking their health and welfare to help us during these trying times:

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The project Les couleurs essentielles was created as a gesture of thanks to all those providing essential services during the COVID-19 crisis. Developed by Paperole, a Montreal publishing company, the project consists of collages of artwork that have been put on display all around the city. …

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In a statement released on April 21, the Board of Directors of the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation made a collective commitment to match every donation made between April 20 and May 1 up to a maximum of $20,000. For example, if you donate $10, the Foundation will receive $20. It also u…

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Cancer doesn’t take a break, even during a pandemic, and neither does the West Island Cancer Wellness Centre. Since March 16, the staff has been working from home to adhere to the physical distancing measures, said a statement released on that day. But within one week the team had a broad ra…

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The Québec response to the COVID-19 pandemic requires seniors 70 and over to self-isolate. These measures make it difficult for this segment of the population to access basic necessities. Seniors with limited or no social networks and no access to the Internet are especially at risk. They ma…

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As a gesture of hope for the people of Montreal, the Quartier des Spectacles, in collaboration with UQAM, is illuminating the university’s Pavillon Président-Kennedy with a giant rainbow and the message “Ça va bien aller,” said an April 9 statement. In the same spirit of solidarity, lights i…

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Hear Québec announced in an April 6 statement its partnership with TrashTalk in expanding their Grocery Delivery Program. TrashTalk is a youth built, community run organization based in the Montreal-West-Island area committed to cleaning up waste in our communities and bridging the gap betwe…

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Due to government directives prohibiting gatherings, and to participate in the collective efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus while protecting the health and safety of its essential service employees, the Mount Royal Cemetery site is now accessible by appointment only. In a stat…

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Sun Youth Organization released a statement on March 25 letting Montrealers know that it continues to offer its emergency services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Although confinement measures coupled with school and daycare closures have created a reduced staff and volunteer situation, Su…

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Sun Youth Organization will continue to offer its emergency services throughout COVID-19 by appointment only. With reduced staff and volunteers due to self-confinement measures and school and daycare closures, Sun Youth’s food bank, medication program, fire program and other emergency servic…

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Canadian Blood Services is concerned by a recent spike in appointment cancellations in several cities related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the organization responsible for the national blood system outside Quebec, it is determined to keep its promise to help every patient, match every need a…