"Since the beginning of the pandemic, members of Asian communities in Québec have been physically and verbally assaulted, stabbed, and even hit by cars," the Facebook event page for the march says.
"Asian communities in Quebec have had enough."
A spokesperson for the SPVM told MTL Blog that 22 crimes and eight hate incidents against people of Asian origin were reported in Montreal in 2020.
The march, taking place on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, aims to maintain mask-wearing and social distancing. It is set to begin around 1 p.m. at Cabot Square or offers the option to attend virtually.
A vigil is set to follow the protest, commemorating the victims of the Atlanta attack.
But don't expect a typical Montreal Pride Parade complete with vehicles, floats, dancers, and all the usual festivities. According to a press release, the current health context does not allow for a traditional parade.
However, Montréal Pride says holding a march "returns to the roots of the Pride movement by handing back the public space to participating communities," specifically focusing on amplifying the voices of diverse sexual and gender communities that were "made close to invisible" during the pandemic.
"The first demonstration in favor of the Montréal 2SLGBTQI+ communities’ rights was held in 1979, organised by the Pink Brigade [...] with 52 marchers participating," said Jean-François Perrier, interim director of the Montréal Pride Festival, in a statement.
"It is therefore with great pride that we confirm [...] a unifying activity open to all that will allow the advocacy and community aspects of the festival to shine."
The Pride March will take place on August 15 and will depart from Jeanne-Mance Park at 1 p.m.
In Quebec's 2021-2022 budget, tabled in March, the provincial government announced it would eliminate interest on student loans from April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022 — about a year less than the federal waiver extension.
Bryan St-Louis, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, told us that the provincial government also permanently increased its monthly living allowance from $434 to $456 for students living with their parents and from $929 to $975 for students living on their own.
Students who get an additional allowance for "training support materials" — an optional loan that allows students to buy, replace or repair their equipment, especially computers — will also see a permanent increase.
The previous $150-per-semester allowance for equipment has been increased to $500 per four months of study.
Quebec's upcoming lump-sum payment for full-time students
Quebec's 2021 budget included a lump sum of $100 per semester for full-time students in CEGEPs and universities to "ease the financial burden on students, and help them bear the consequences of the health and economic crisis," St-Louis told MTL Blog.
However, the lump sum is only being offered for two semesters. Quebecers who were full-time students in the fall of 2020 and winter of 2021 are eligible, amounting to a total payment of $200.
St-Louis told MTL Blog that information on eligibility criteria, how to apply, application and payment dates, as well how the amount will be paid, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale released a statement saying its members are "speechless," and noting that the total number of Quebec femicides in the first four months of 2021 has surpassed all of 2020.
"We are often asked how to put an end to femicides, and the answer is two-fold: We need to act [...] both with emergency measures and with a change of mentalities," said Chantal Arseneault, president of the organization.
February 5: Elisapee Angma (44 years old), Kuujjuaq, Quebec
February 21: Marly Édouard (32 years old), Laval, Quebec
February 23: Nancy Roy (44 years old), Sainte-Hyacinthe, Quebec
March 1: Myriam Dallaire (28 years old) and Sylvie Bisson (60 years old), Sainte-Sophie, Quebec
March 18: Carolyne Labonté (40 years old), Notre-Dame-des-Monts, Quebec
March 19: Nadège Jolicoeur (40 years old), Saint-Leonard, Montreal, Quebec
March 23: Rebekah Harry (29 years old), LaSalle, Quebec
March 25: Kataluk Paningayak-Naluiyuk (43 years old), Ivujivik, Quebec
April 16: Dyann Serafica-Donaire (50 years old), Mercier, Quebec
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