La Presse reported that each message indicated similar selection criteria, including: "a white [hospital attendant]," "WHITE WOMAN ONLY," "MUST BE A WHITE WOMAN," "the [attendant] MUST BE WHITE SKINNED."
The 10 messages, which La Presse said spanned 18 days throughout November 2020, were reportedly signed by four different human resources employees at the CISSS des Laurentides.
In emails obtained by La Presse, the CISSS human resources department explained that the requirement was motivated by a "difficult patient" who "only wanted a woman of white skin colour."
The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, an organization dedicated to promoting and upholding Quebec's Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, has released a statement in response to this story.
"Discrimination and racist practices are prohibited in job postings and [...] they cannot exclude people on the basis of the 14 grounds listed in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, including colour and sex," it said.
According to CTV News, the CISSS Laurentides has launched an investigation.
Paul confirmed to MTL Blog that she took the opportunity to speak to Legault during a January parliamentary meeting on health transfer payments.
"I had just participated a few days before in the [Quebec] Islamic cultural centre's digital commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the [Quebec City] mosque attack," she said.
"The leaders who [spoke] raised their continued concerns around safety [and] systemic discrimination within Quebec, and I felt I needed to pass those messages along to him."
According to Paul, the existence of systemic racism in Canada is "simply a fact."
"Whether it's the case of Mr. [Mamadi] Camara, [or] police use-of-force statistics we have available to us [...] one does not need to compare or reference any other country in order to understand and acknowledge the reality of systemic racism in this country," she said.
What about Bill 21?
Paul described two schoolteachers assigned to her now-teenaged son's kindergarten class in Ontario — a Muslim woman who wore a hijab and a woman from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
"They were two of the best teachers that he ever had [...] they were wonderful. I couldn't have asked for a better beginning to his education," she said.
"It occurred to me that he would not have those two teachers, had he been a student asserting his education in Quebec public schools. And that's a terrible thing to think about."
As much as people love to hate on the "Bonjour-Hi" debacle, it also contributes to the unique tapestry that makes up Montreal culture.
It's pretty special that our city is so bilingual that each interaction can be in either English or French — and is a nod to the interwoven English and French colonial history that makes us who we are today.
Our dominant style of housing is duplexes and triplexes
Unlike other Canadian cities, which are dominated by single-family homes and high-rises, Montreal is a city of plexes — duplexes, triplexes, rowhouses and other low-rise multi-unit buildings.
According to Professor David Hanna of UQAM, the plex is a result of a 19th century "marriage of convenience" between French and Scottish traditions, with Scottish immigrants bringing the idea of "stacking one flat on top of another."
And then there are those 'twisty deathtrap' outdoor iron staircases
Snow does not impede our lives. Yes, this is true in other parts of Canada. But there's something about Montrealers' ability to go about our day-to-day routines as normal, without doing anything different to alleviate the huge mounds of snow and ice that have overtaken our paths.
Shovel? Why shovel when you can just drive right over it?