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The pungent smell of Myanmar coffee and koji will fill downtown when the first-ever Marché MajesThé Market arrives in Montreal on May 1.

With the goal of promoting Montreal Asian entrepreneurship, the event will feature the fine foods and products from a dozen local artisans and food businesses, including Ri Yuè Célébration, Golden Triangle Coffee, Pâtisserie T.M., Atelier Fleuriste, and others.

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Quebec's institute for public health (INSPQ) has declared a sixth wave of COVID-19 in the province — and some medical experts say the data show it was premature for the government to drop health measures.

Cases are surging, fueled by the Omicron BA.2 variant, and "an upward trend has begun," according to a report from the province's healthcare research institute (INESSS).

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It's no big secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has totally sucked. Between lockdowns, curfews, contagion scares and loss, it can be hard to find anyone who wasn't negatively impacted by the last two years. That's why it's so refreshing to find at least one industry that was completely rejuvenated because of the pandemic: Quebec's sugar shacks.

In 2020, sugar shacks were faced with the same issue as restaurants and retailers: between restrictions and social distancing guidelines, nobody was able to enjoy going to sugar shacks for outdoor fun and sweet treats.

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In the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, pessimism is high and confidence in the powers that be is low, according to polling firm Leger.

Every year, Leger produces a Youth Study — and while the results of the study are aimed mainly at businesses and corporations, it can still tell us a lot about where millennials' and Gen Zs' heads are at right now. The study polled 3,515 Canadians and Americans, ages 15 to 39.

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Montreal has dropped by 19 points in The Economist's latest Global Liveability Index.

Montreal was one of the cities that has dropped the most points, along with Athens, Greece; Rome, Italy; and, at the top of the list of "biggest movers down the ranking," Hamburg, Germany, among others. 

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Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to the past seven U.S. presidents Dr. Anthony Fauci will be giving a virtual lecture hosted by McGill University in Montreal to "communicate the science behind the COVID-19 pandemic."

Fauci will be McGill's 67th Beatty lecturer — which McGill calls "one of the longest-running lecture series in North America" — on October 1.

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Until a few years ago, Sita Payette was living on a vegetable farm in rural Quebec with her three sisters and mother, "in a house full of love."

"She raised us and homeschooled us all by herself," she said. "I left home at the age of 16 to move to Montreal. There I started working in the restaurant industry."

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A March article from the Agence France-Presse notes the "improbable return" of the mullet — known in Quebec as the "coupe Longueuil." The article points to the surging popularity of the much-made-fun-of haircut among celebrities like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus.

But Montrealers need only walk out their doors to find local examples of the mullet revival. Anecdotes of multiplying mullets have been swirling from the Mile End to the Sud-Ouest.

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As of April 18, there have been 10,802 COVID-19 deaths in Quebec. The province marked one year since the beginning of the health crisis only a little over a month ago.

MTL Blog spoke with the Quebec Health Ministry and Dr. Christopher Labos, a cardiologist with a degree in epidemiology, about how we got to this grim milestone and how we can do better in the future.

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New waves and variant strains of the coronavirus in Montreal continue to rear their ugly heads, while Montrealers reminisce about little things they miss that they once took for granted.

Here are six #MTLthings I'll never complain about again when the pandemic finally goes away.

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Our habits have changed dramatically over the last few months, especially when it comes to staying active.

Indoor sports and leisure activities remain restricted, and let's not forget that the curfew limits how often we can go outside for a walk, run or bike ride. 

With many Montrealers turning to at-home workouts to stay healthy instead, finding affordable ways to create a makeshift gym has become a top priority.

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On March 12, one year after the health crisis first struck the province, the CAQ posted an anonymous story on its website — a story that praises Premier François Legault, Dr. Horacio Arruda, and all the other officials that had a hand in the province's pandemic response. 

The story reads like a review of Alec Castonguay's book about the pandemic, Le Printemps Plus Long, as the author likens the book to films like Mission Impossible and the James Bond series and describes government and health leaders as heroes.

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