The occurrence of Lyme disease has been increasing rapidly in Quebec for the past several years mostly due to the fact that the tick population is 10 times larger than it was 20 years ago.
And now that summer has arrived, the ticks are headed our way. But there's one tick in particular you need to watch out for this year. It's called the "Reverse Zombie Tick" and it's freakin' terrifying
When regular ticks bite you, you can develop lyme disease, fatigue, fever, skin rash and headaches, heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, and even nervous system disorders.
But when zombie ticks bite you, it can cause everything from extreme itchiness, stomach cramps, trouble breathing, and most baffling of all, you can develop an allergy to meat!
You read that right, one bite from this tick and you can suddenly become intolerant to meat. But you won't just feel bloated or burpy, you can actually go into anaphylactic shock and die.
Unfortunately the condition has only been recently discovered so there is a lot that still isn't known about the allergy to meat, so for now, the only thing you can do is to protect yourself.
The tick can easily be recognized by the white dot on its back, which is why it's also called the Lone Star Tick.
Anyone who practices outdoor activities needs to watch out for the bugs, especially if they are in areas with tall grass. You must remember to wear pants and long-sleeved shirts, tuck your pants into your socks, and use insect repellent.
If you spot a tick on your body, you must remove it immediately with tweezers without squeezing it too hard so it doesn't release more bacteria into your body. Once removed, clean the area with soap.
No matter where you work, Quebec's Act respecting labour standards, enforced by the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), lays out which days off you are entitled to take. Here are some of them.
The Quebec government specifies that employers must allow employees to be absent from work for the purpose of jury duty or to be a witness during a trial — so your employer cannot fire, suspend or discipline you for your absence.
Employers are not required to pay you if you are required to be absent for court. But prospective jurors and witnesses can claim an allowance or compensation for time spent in court.
If your employer penalizes you for a court absence, you can make a complaint with the Tribunal administratif du travail, in addition to taking any appropriate legal action.
A bill introduced in the National Assembly on Thursday would tweak the way Quebec deals with the death of the Canadian monarch.
The bill, brought forth by MNA and Conseil du trésor chair Sonia Lebel, would clarify that the death of the monarch would not "terminate the activities of the Parliament of Québec [or] the Government or the courts, nor [...] interrupt those activities."
It also states that government officials would not have to retake oaths of allegiance to the Crown.
The bill would further repeal part of the Public Officers Act that calls for the Lieutenant Governor, the Crown's representative in Quebec, to issue an order allowing government officials to continue their jobs after the death of the monarch.
MTL Blog has reached out to Lebel's office for a comment on this story. We'll update this article when we hear back.
Lead veterinarian Stéphane Lair confirmed that "although a collision with a boat was initially suspected, the autopsy carried out on this humpback whale did not confirm this hypothesis. The cause of death, therefore, remains uncertain."
Lair also suggested "it's possible that its prolonged exposure to fresh water may have affected its physiological functions."
Whatever the cause of the whale's demise, Lair and his team suspect a sudden death.
"The passage of the humpback whale in Montreal demonstrates that many questions about the ecology and behaviour of this species and the interventions to be made when it finds itself in trouble remain to be explored," he concluded.
The protest is spurred by the recent death of Sheffield Matthews, who was killed by SPVM police officers in NDG on October 29.
Black Lives Matter Montreal and the Defund the Police Coalition are the protest organizers.
In the event description on Facebook, they state that Sheffield's death "[adds] to the long list of people in need of assistance, especially Black, Indigenous, and racialized folks, killed prematurely by the police."
Black Lives Matter Montreal & Defund the Police Coalition
Matthews' death has reignited conversations about systemic racism in the Montreal police department.
CDN-NDG borough Mayor Sue Montogomery has also spoken out, writing on Facebook that "the senseless killing of people of colour needs to end. Systemic racism is undeniable. It is present in the SPVM and in all facets of our society."
"What we need is long-awaited action on combatting racial and social profiling. We need to end discriminatory street checks that target racialized people."
The protest is planned for Saturday at 2 p.m. in Trenholme Park in NDG. The event description indicates that masks are mandatory and protestors must maintain two metres of distance between each other.
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