#ICYMI: 'Fight of our lives', Montreal's first COVID-19 death, more news

The homeless

Any homeless person who shows symptoms of COVID-19 and gets tested for the virus will be housed in a hotel while awaiting their results. The new measure comes after a homeless man who tested positive for coronavirus spent days wandering the streets of Montreal. He had been tested last week and was standing in line outside the Old Brewery Mission Monday when police came to inform him of the diagnosis. More here.

Delivering takeout meals

Anthony Hoffer delivered 24 takeout meals during his shift Monday — meaning he had to douse his hands in rubbing alcohol some 48 times in less than eight hours. He is one of many cabbies and food delivery drivers who keep rolling amid the pandemic. More here.

Meals on Wheels

Until two weeks ago, Joan Pitcairn was the coordinator for one of the busiest Meals on Wheels kitchens in the West Island. But the 13 Meals on Wheels kitchens in the West Island network have shut down as a result of a government directive to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, Meals on Wheels West Island has taken immediate action to adapt, so as not to leave its 450 clients in the lurch. More here.

STM ridership

Not surprisingly, the Société de transport de Montréal reported Wednesday that since the COVID-19 outbreak in the region, its ridership has dwindled by 80 per cent on its métro network and 70 per cent for buses. Adapted transit trips have dropped 75 per cent, spokesperson Philippe Déry said. More here.

Bill Brownstein

“When we left, the only suggestion that we got from the government was not to travel to Europe and to take extra hygiene precautions,” says Ilianna Andrada-Salvatore, who is stranded in the city of Cuzco with boyfriend Nicolas Davis. “They said nothing at all concerning travel to South America.” Courtesy of Nicolas Davis

It was to be a dream vacation for the young Montreal couple. It is fast turning into the ultimate nightmare, and there’s no sign of it ending any time soon. Recent Dawson College grads Ilianna Andrada-Salvatore, 22, and Nicolas Davis, 20, pooled their funds for a trip to Peru. They arrived March 10, and were scheduled to leave last Friday and return to Montreal the following day. Instead, they’re stranded in the Peruvian city of Cuzco, about 1,100 kilometres from Lima. More here.

Allison Hanes

If we weren’t already addicted to our digital devices before the COVID-19 pandemic, they have become a critical lifeline to the outside world during the last two weeks of social isolation. Going online is a source of critical information, a necessary diversion and a conduit to human contact. For adults and children alike, life has now moved into the virtual realm. More here.

Montreal Stories

Readers share their thoughts, feelings, experiences and observations about the COVID-19 crisis. More here.


The Montreal Gazette is receiving a steady stream of questions from readers about COVID-19. We are doing our best to answer as many as we can. Here’s a glimpse into our mailbox. More here.

Montreal Canadiens

Carey Price with wife Angela and daughter Liv Anniston during Canadiens photo day at the Bell Centre in Montreal on March 27, 2017. Credit: courtesy of Montreal Canadiens
Carey Price with wife Angela and daughter Liv Anniston during Canadiens photo day at the Bell Centre on March 27, 2017. Courtesy of Montreal Canadiens

With the NHL season and entry draft, scheduled for June in Montreal, suspended because of the COVID-19 crisis, Canadiens players have scattered across North America and a few Habs have taken to social media recently to while away some of this unexpected free time. More here.


The NHL informed the Canadiens on Wednesday that the Entry Draft that had been scheduled for June 26-27 at the Bell Centre will be postponed to an alternate date and venue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More here.

Jim Carrey

Comedian Jim Carrey has invited his fellow men to ditch the razor blade and join him in growing a beard while in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. More here.

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Louise Robic

Louise Robic, a former MNA for the Bourassa riding and former member of premier Robert Bourassa's cabinet. Before she became a politician she made a name for herself by organizing the Yvette rally at the Montreal Forum in 1980. She died on March 13, 2020. Courtesy of Marc Robic
Louise Robic (Photo courtesy of Marc Robic)

Louise Robic played a role in keeping Canada together. The former cabinet minister in the Robert Bourassa government who died earlier this month is credited for having organized the Yvette rally, an event held at the Montreal Forum on April 7, 1980. More here.


As the town of Asbestos winds down its renaming process, environmental group Greenpeace is hoping the town will consider putting the names of six endangered species on the short list for its new name. More here.

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Fight of our lives

With three new COVID-19 deaths and three seniors’ residences infected, Premier François Legault on Wednesday took a military stance, telling Quebecers they are like an army in the fight of their lives against the coronavirus. More here.

Medical workers infected

Thirty-one medical workers in Montreal have tested positive for the pandemic coronavirus and the metropolis is grappling with two outbreaks of the COVID-19 respiratory illness, the city’s chief public health officer announced on Wednesday. Montreal reported 603 cases of COVID-19 to date, up from 439 on Tuesday. Of that number, an elderly Montrealer has died, Dr. Mylène Drouin confirmed at a late-afternoon news conference. This brings the total number of dead in the province to seven. More here.

ICU almost full

The intensive-care unit of the Jewish General Hospital is approaching full capacity with COVID-19 patients as the highly contagious coronavirus spreads through the city and province. More here.