6 Jaw-Dropping Stories That Prove 2020 In Quebec Wasn't ALL About COVID-19

As we enter a new year, remember: there's more to life than the virus.
6 Jaw-Dropping Stories That Prove 2020 In Quebec Wasn't ALL About COVID-19

The curtains have finally closed on 2020, otherwise informally known as the worst year in modern history. Although COVID-19 updates in Quebec have taken over your news feed this year, the last 365 days have also been filled with other news — stories of hope and achievement, highs and lows. 

No matter how you've chosen to spend the first day of 2021, we've rounded up some of the year's biggest, most amazing news stories that aren't about COVID-19.

Because even with a virus dominating almost every aspect of our existence, life goes on.

Happy New Year, Quebec!  

This Québécois Footballer & McGill Grad Is Headed To The Super Bowl

When It Happened: January 2020

You may remember McGill's very own Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the first active NFL player to become a doctor.

Duvernay-Tardif earned his degree from the Faculty of Medicine in 2018 and went on to win the Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs in February of last year.

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Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Protestors Form Human Chain To Block Traffic In Montreal  

When It Happened: February 2020

Early last year, the Wet'suwet'en First Nation protested against a Coastal GasLink Pipeline being built on their community's territory in British Columbia.

In solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en people, Montrealers formed a human chain to block traffic in the city.

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A Super Pink Moon Will Radiate Over Quebec's Sky Tonight

When It Happened: April 2020

A gorgeous 'Super Pink Moon' made headlines in early spring when Quebecers were able to witness it in all its glory. There were multiple super moons throughout 2020, but none seemed as bold, bright or beautiful as this one.

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A Whale Was Spotted Swimming Past Montreal In The Saint Lawrence River  

When It Happened: May 2020

A humpback whale was spotted swimming up the Saint Lawrence River in the spring of last year, first spotted near Montréal-Est before making its way to the Jacques Cartier Bridge.

The whale later died near Varennes, and an art fixture was installed at Parc de la Promenade Bellerive in its honour.

Customers Have Emptied The Shelves At Winners & HomeSense Stores In Quebec

Emily Roy

When It Happened: June 2020

June was a big month for Quebec news, with the first wave of COVID-19 appearing to slow and Montrealers flocking to their favourite spots as businesses began to reopen.

Quebecers totally cleared out Winners and HomeSense — infamous for their lack of online stores — in a frenzied rush of shopping.

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Montreal Is Getting Its Own Black Lives Matter Street Mural On Ste-Catherine

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When It Happened: July 2020

Montrealers took to the streets to protest systemic racism in Quebec and around the world after the murder of George Floyd in late May.

Artists and community organizers would later paint a mural on Rue Sainte-Catherine in Montreal's gay village, reading "La vie des noir.e.s compte," or Black Lives Matter. The street mural was removed in October by the city.

An Actual Bat Flew Through A Montreal Hospital This Week & Shut Down 5 Operating Rooms

When It Happened: October 2020

In a display of peak 2020, a literal bat flew into a wing of Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital last fall, forcing hospital staff to shut down five operating rooms, as the province grappled with the strain of COVID-19 on Quebec's health care system.

The CIUSSS told MTL Blog that the dilapidated state of the hospital was most likely how the bat made its way in.

1 In 4 Quebecers Are Okay With Throwing The Unvaccinated In Jail, A New Survey Suggests

More than half of Canadians wouldn't even care if they DIED because of COVID-19, the Maru Group survey found.

According to a new study conducted by Maru Public Opinion, 27% of Quebecers would approve of forcing the unvaccinated to "serve up to five days as part of a jail sentence for endangering others/overwhelming health care system," which is in line with the national average.

More than half of Quebecers (55%) surveyed wouldn't even feel bad for unvaccinated people who end up really sick — or dying — from COVID-19, also in line with the Canadian average. Currently, 12% of Quebecers surveyed admit to refusing the vaccine.

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Montreal Was Ranked One Of Canada's Greenest Cities When It Comes To Transport

Montreal takes the lead as the most bicycle-friendly city in all of North America.

Montreal is certainly no stranger to a traffic jam, which makes taking public transit a more viable option to not only get around faster but do more good for the environment.

As Canadian cities take the initiative to improve their transit systems and reduce their carbon footprints, Montreal has become one of the country's greenest metropolitan areas when it comes to transport, according to one ranking.

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Health Canada Approved A Pfizer Pill To Treat COVID-19

In trials, the pill reduced deaths and hospitalizations by 89% versus a placebo.

Health Canada has officially approved Pfizer's COVID-19 antiviral treatment for use among adults 18 years and over. Considering that Quebec's hospitals are currently overwhelmed, the approval of the drug, called Paxlovid, might be the light at the end of the tunnel many have been looking for. (Although of course, we've heard that line before.)

Quebec's Minister of Health and Social Services Christian Dubé remarked on the approval on Monday, calling it "very good news" for the province and its overwhelmed health care system. In a tweet, Dubé stated that "we can hope that this treatment will eventually allow us to limit our hospitalizations due to COVID-19."

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A Quebec Judge Blocked An Unvaccinated Father From Visiting His Kid

It's not in the child's best interest for the father to see him, the judge said.

Judge Sébastien Vaillancourt of the Quebec Superior Court has suspended a father's visitation rights due to the man being unvaccinated against COVID-19.

It's no secret that the Québec government has imposed a handful of restrictions on unvaccinated populations, including Premier Legault's most recent plans to significantly tax the unvaccinated. But it seems as if the personal decision to get vaccinated or not is creating major issues for one Montreal father.

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