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It can be hard to find good health services, and even harder when looking for LGBTQ2SIA+ care. Sadly, these services are often lacking. It took me a few years of running around to find what I needed, with some friendly guidance along the way. Even now, it can still feel daunting. So I’ve put together some of the resources I’ve found, through experience and research, that can hopefully help you in your journey, too!


Concordia University

The Centre for Gender Advocacy provides free resources like binders, or safe sex and drug use products. It also offers peer support and advocacy. It’s Concordia-based, but open to anyone!

The Health Services Clinic offers a range of testing and care, including for sexual health. There are doctors available to prescribe hormones if you want or need quick access. A blood test and consent form are required. However, if you do this, I suggest getting on a waitlist for a GP or endocrinologist right away. You’ll have to transfer care at some point, and the waitlists are long. I didn’t do it, and it makes things way more stressful! You’ll likely get better care from someone more specialized, too.

Counselling & Psychological Services provides short-term psychotherapy, as needed.

Taking good care of our mental health is just as important as caring for our bodies.


therapist meeting with person writing on a clipboard

McGill University

The McGill University Sexual Identity Centre (MUSIC) offers short-term psychotherapy to LGBTQ2SIA+ folks. Depending on the care needed, they also provide workshops or couple, family, and group therapy. Note that their info section on booking says a referral is usually needed. This service is covered by Medicare, as well as other provincial and private health insurance.

Shag Shop is an online boutique that sells a range of sex-related products. This includes protection, lubricant, toys, menstrual products, and pregnancy tests. It also provides sexual health information.

Queer McGill is a queer student-led service that offers gender and sex gear, as well as health and wellness resources for students and locals. It’s McGill-based, but open to all!


ASTT(e)Q is a trans-led local service focused on trans health and wellbeing. It offers peer support, accompaniment for medical appointments, information and referrals, harm reduction materials, and workshops, as well as STI testing and vaccinations.

Project 10 provides a range of services. This includes free gender gear, referral lists for trans-affirming medical care, accompaniment for appointments, advocacy, and more!

AIDS Community Care Montreal (ACCM) provides services for people living with HIV and/or hepatitis C. This includes treatment information and support services, as well as preventative education.

The Argyle Institute is a counselling and psychotherapy service. They offer therapy on a sliding scale or private basis. There are a number of professionals specialized in LGBTQ2SIA+ care listed, including those who can provide referrals for gender-affirming surgeries.



Dalhousie University

The Student Health & Wellness Centre offers a variety of health services. This includes STI testing, hormone therapy, and referrals for gender-affirming surgeries.


prideHealth is an online resource intended to help LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals navigate the Nova Scotian healthcare system. They offer information and referrals for gender-affirming care, sexual health and other queer or trans-specific needs.

The Halifax Sexual Health Centre is a clinic that offers STI testing, pregnancy tests, and sexual health education. It also provides gender-affirming care, including hormone therapy (referral required), and assistance with referrals and organizing surgeries.


This is by no means a complete list of services available to students in these regions but it should give at least give you somewhere to start! I also haven’t used all of these services personally, so as always, I urge you to do your own research. Browse online, or ask LGBTQ2SIA+ peers about their own experiences. Know your options, they won’t all work for everyone. Find the services that suit your specific needs, and where you feel comfortable. While it can be challenging at times, it’s so important to take good care of yourself.


Stay safe! 🏳️‍🌈




AIDS Community Care Montreal. “ACCM Home Page.” N.D., https://accmontreal.org/

Argyle Institute. “Counselling & Psychotherapy.” N.D., https://argyleinstitute.org/

ASTT(e)Q. “About Us.” N.D., http://astteq.org/

Centre for Gender Advocacy. “Home Page.” N.D., https://genderadvocacy.org/

Concordia University Health and Wellness. “Health Services Clinic.” N.D., https://www.concordia.ca/health/medical/clinic.html

Concordia University Health and Wellness. “Counselling and Psychological Services.” N.D., https://www.concordia.ca/health/mental-health/counselling.html

Dalhousie University. “Student Health and Wellness.” 2021, https://www.dal.ca/campus_life/health-and-wellness.html

Halifax Sexual Health Centre. “Home Page.” N.D., https://hshc.ca/

McGill University. “Sexual Identity Centre.” N.D., https://www.mcgill.ca/musicmentalhealth/

McGill University. “Shag Shop.” N.D., https://www.mcgill.ca/healthymcgill/shagshop

Nova Scotia Health. “prideHealth.” N.D., http://www.nshealth.ca/content/pridehealth

Project10. “About Us.” N.D., https://p10.qc.ca/

Queer McGill. “Home Page.” 2021, https://www.queermcgill.org/

Many incoming university students in the humanities have an affinity for the written word, but may not know where to explore their passion for writing or how to navigate the world of publishing.

It can be great practice for aspiring writers and editors to hone their skills by working in student publications and begin developing an online portfolio throughout their studies. Universities in Montreal have the resources, programs of study, and artistic communities that can get you started and help you develop into a successful writer and editor.


bookshelf with "The Divine Comedy" displayed and in focus


Concordia University

Concordia University is widely known for its Creative Writing program, one of the first in the country. Students may apply for a Major, Minor or Honours degree with the submission of a portfolio of work.

Becoming acquainted with professors with expertise in the field and finding your voice are just some of the many benefits of this program. Perhaps most importantly, you get to meet other aspiring writers, hear their perspectives and feedback, and discover the larger creative community in Montreal through school-run initiatives such as Writers Read.

In addition to the multiple Creative Writing programs, Concordia also offers an industry-specific Professional Writing minor. While this program is solely offered as a minor, it can be the perfect accompaniment to other degrees such as English Literature, Political Science, Journalism, and Business, among others.

The minor provides strategies for effective communication with courses such as Advanced Composition, Grammar Usage & Style, Writing for Diverse Audiences, and Technical and Business Writing. You can browse course descriptions and degree requirements through the university’s Undergraduate Calendar.

In terms of publications from Concordia University, there is The Link, a student-run newspaper with a focus on advocacy journalism. Many aspiring journalists get their start with this well-known forum.

The Concordian is an independent newspaper that provides local news, arts, music, sports and opinions to the Concordia University community. To find more information on how to get involved with their publication, click here.

For the creative writers and editors, Soliloquies Anthology is a biannual literary publication where students can get the chance to edit, curate and publish other writers’ content and get involved in Montreal’s diverse literary community.

Concordia University Magazine stems from the University Advancement team, which can be a great option for careers after your degree or for Co-op opportunities. The mag, published three times a year, highlights the ongoing achievements of Concordia alumni and the school’s current students/faculties.


student studying in bed


McGill University

McGill’s Writing Centre offers courses for Continuing Education students, such as Writing the Internet, communicating in disciplines such as Management, Engineering and Science, as well as a non-credit Professional Writing in Business course. These classes aim to develop high-communication skills and techniques that will bring your ideas to life.

The Bull & The Bear is a student-run magazine with a large staff that serves in-depth and insightful views on current campus events. It is a source of information and vibrant opinion made by and for McGill students.

On the literary side, The Veg is a biannual creative writing publication that features prose, poetry and visual work from McGill students. Their primary mission is to provide a venue for writers and artists to express themselves without fixating on specific genres of literature or a preconceived aesthetic.

The McGill Tribune, also an entirely student-run newspaper, includes a biannual Creative Supplement that publishes student poetry, fiction, art, music, photography and videography. It is yet another outlet for McGill’s creative population to either express themselves or gain some worthwhile experience.

McGill News is the institution’s alumni magazine, where readers get the opportunity to be updated on the accomplishments of McGill graduates and receive the latest news about the university.

McGill’s Faculty of Law also has its alumni print publication, Focus Law, as well as its online counterpart. The faculty also has a number of student-run peer-reviewed journals, all of which are listed on this page.


person writing with a pen at a wooden table


At Montreal’s English universities, there have been conscious efforts to provide opportunities for students to jump start their creative careers through outlets such as newspapers, literary anthologies, masterclasses with published writers, and more.

In a world that is beginning to see the importance of written communication and artistic expression as we transition to more virtual spaces, these resources are only a sign of the efforts currently being taken for creative minds who are often overlooked.




The Bull and The Bear. “Home Page.” N.D., https://bullandbearmcgill.com/

The Concordian. “Home Page.” N.D., http://theconcordian.com/

The Concordian. “Get Involved.” N.D., https://theconcordian.com/get-involved/

Concordia University. “Creative Writing Program.” N.D., https://www.concordia.ca/artsci/english/programs/creative-writing.html

Concordia University. “Concordia University Magazine.” N.D., https://www.concordia.ca/alumni-friends/magazine.html

Concordia University. “Writers Read.” N.D., https://www.concordia.ca/artsci/english/student-life/writing-at-concordia/writers-read.html

Concordia University. “Professional Writing (Minor).” N.D., https://www.concordia.ca/academics/undergraduate/professional-writing.html

Concordia University. “Undergraduate Calendar.” February 2021, https://www.concordia.ca/academics/undergraduate/calendar/current/sec31/31-100.html#professional-writing

Facebook. “The VEG Literary Magazine.” N.D., https://www.facebook.com/thevegmagazine/

The Link Newspaper. “The Link.” N.D., https://thelinknewspaper.ca/

McGill Alumni. “McGill News Alumni Magazine.” N.D., https://mcgillnews.mcgill.ca/s/1762/news/start.aspx?sid=1762&gid=2&pgid=470

McGill Faculty of Law. “Our Publications.” N.D., https://www.mcgill.ca/law/community/our-publications

McGill Law Publications. “Focus Online.” N.D., https://publications.mcgill.ca/droit/magazine-archives/#PRINT

McGill School of Continuing Studies. “Writing Centre.” N.D., https://www.mcgill.ca/continuingstudies/area-of-study/writing

The McGill Tribune. “News.” N.D., https://www.mcgilltribune.com/

Soliloquies Anthology. “Home Page.” N.D., https://www.soliloquies.org/

Thinking about life after university can be quite the daunting thought. As corny as this sounds, graduating university is truly the start of a whole new chapter in one’s life.

Think about it… you’ve spent the majority of your life in and out of classrooms and various schools. But now it’s time to enter the real world – the one with cubicles and office spaces. Sounds like a blast, right?

This big step can bring about many questions like: “Where will I end up professionally?” and “What job opportunities are available to me?”

As someone who has recently made the transition from university studies to the job force, I can tell you that the job application process can be fairly intimidating. For one, many positions ask for years of experience within a given field. But without being given the opportunity to work, how are we expected to gain experience to begin with?

For this reason, I highly encourage university students to look into internship opportunities prior to graduating. Gaining some work experience can

be beneficial for your resume and give you a better shot at landing future job interviews and positions.

You’d be surprised to know just how many internship opportunities are out there. Of course, doing your own research and job hunting is a great idea. However, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t always have to look further than your very own university.

No matter your program of study, many universities across Canada offer co-op programs as a way to ease students into the workforce.


Here are a few that may be of interest:


McGill University – Montreal, QC 

Best known for its Science, Medicine, and Management programs, McGill University offers quite a varied list of internship opportunities for its students.

Internships vary and change depending on the time of year but the good news is that new opportunities arise in both the Winter and Summer semesters.

Even more exciting is the fact that McGill’s internships are not solely limited to Canada or even North America, for that matter. Positions are offered and available internationally, giving you the chance to not only gain work experience but also to appreciate a whole other part of the world.

For more information, visit McGill’s CaPS (Career Planning Service) Internships page.


Concordia University – Montreal, QC

At Concordia University, rest assured that there is an internship program available for you. These opportunities are for both undergraduate and graduate students, and include a variety of programs such as Arts & Science, Fine Arts, Computer Science, Engineering and Business.

The internships are available throughout the year, during the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters and are divided into four categories: Undergraduate Co Op Program, Graduate Internships, Career Edge (C. Edge) and Accelerated Career Experience (ACE).

For more information on the available postings, you can visit the Concordia University website.


Dalhousie University – Halifax, NS

For a more hands-on approach, Dalhousie University has got you covered. Their internship programs include a combination of in-class studying with direct, physical experience in the workforce.

The fields of study included within this co-op program are Architecture, Commerce, and Science.

These opportunities are not limited to the province but rather are opened to the rest of Canada and international countries, as well.

For more information on job placement and who to contact, visit the Dalhousie University website. 



University of King’s College – Halifax, NS

The University of King’s College offers an array of job opportunities for their students. These include on-campus employment, for the institution itself, as well as external career opportunities.

Whether you’re a student of the Arts, Management, or even Technology, the university has a list of current postings that can be of great use to you. Paid placements are also available for students in the faculty of Humanities.

The Student Assistantship Program (SAP) is another great option, as it provides students with a chance to work as an assistant to a professor. This can be a perfect instance to gain resume-worthy experience as well as the ability to grow your career network.

You can check out these various options as well as career advice on the University of King’s College website.


Memorial University of Newfoundland – St. John’s, NL

For Science, Social Science, and Humanities students, Memorial University of Newfoundland has ample options for your first step into the workforce.

Apply your theoretical knowledge to on-site work, be it in the field of Biology, Computer Science, Psychology, etc.

International placements are also available for students of the International Bachelor of Arts. This program is a great means of preparation for those who are interested in finding careers abroad.

To read about program eligibility and job listings, visit the Memorial University website.


University of Prince Edward Island – Charlottetown, PEI

At the University of Prince Edward Island, internship and cooperative learning opportunities are available for the following programs: Arts, Business, and Science.

The application process comes around every fall and opportunities are available for the entire year. The postings last between 14-16 weeks, allowing students to fully immerse themselves in their field, apply their knowledge, and leave with great newly-acquired experience.

To learn how to apply, visit the University of Prince Edward Island website.


Hopefully these resources will make what can be an overwhelming process a lot more manageable, and maybe even enjoyable. Just remember that so many other students are in the same position as you, and that this is a super exciting time that will inevitably lead to growth, new skills, and tons of valuable experience 🌟.




McGill Career Planning Services. “Internships.” N.D., https://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/job/internship

Concordia Institute for Co-operative Education. “Internship Programs.” N.D., https://www.concordia.ca/academics/co-op/programs.html

Dalhousie University. “Cooperative Education.” N.D., https://www.dal.ca/academics/cooperative_education.html

University of King’s College. “Student Employment.” N.D., https://ukings.ca/campus-community/student-life/student-employment/

Memorial University. “Co-operative Education Programs at Memorial University.” N.D., https://www.mun.ca/coop/programs/

University of Price Edward Island. “Co-operative Education.” N.D., https://www.upei.ca/exed/students/co-operative-education?utm_source=co-op&utm_medium=redirect

Many of us seek higher education in the hopes of broadening our grasp of the topics and ideas we’ve found engaging as we’ve grown up. Though it’s true that universities can give access to resources, communities, and courses that allow for this kind of growth, they’re still one of the many institutions that are guilty of reinforcing a problematic status quo. Calls for addressing systemic issues of racism, classism, sexism, and the myriad of other harmful practices that continue to impact student life on campus are louder and more widespread than ever.


Students have been able to mobilize and share their experiences, directly call out injustices, and effect change in ways they never could in the past — through social media and the internet as a whole, institutions of higher learning are able to be held accountable for many things that would be otherwise swept under the rug. For instance, in 2019 a Black student was skateboarding on campus at the University of Ottawa, and was subsequently stopped and handcuffed for no apparent reason. The only way that situation was rectified was through the collective engagement of students who opposed such a violation. Koulmiye Boyce, the student in question, stated: 


“After that incident, students organized. We released an open letter asking for very clear things. We asked for a policy review, we asked for transparency, accountability, information and representation.”


While all this can be empowering, it’s still difficult to understand how you as an individual can make changes that would benefit your own academic landscape. Universities are large and intimidating entities, and especially at the start of your academic career, it’s easy to feel like just one small fish in the massive sea of other students looking to scrape by.


The Issue of Diversity Implementation


A simple but disappointing truth is that “diversity” is often a blanket term used to gesture to a vague idea of inclusion wherever it is employed — quite often, the mere mention of diversity seems to appease the masses even if no actual set plan or measures are being taken. That is to say, talk of diversity with little follow through is an easy comfort to the conscience of people in positions of power, and such half-hearted gestures allow people to continue supporting these institutions guilt free. It allows for the illusion of acknowledgment to be pushed into the public awareness, distracting from the core issue at play. This is where tokenism flourishes, especially in student life.


When I was taking an African literature course in my third year, my professor (who was white — I have never taken a course in my field taught by another Black professor) pointed out in the first lesson the issue with the course existing as a whole. African literature is literature — it exists among the canon and has equal importance and impact on the history of writing in general. The need to make the course (and other such courses; Latin literature, Indigenous literature…) separate from our required English courses is an example of the lack of true acceptance in academic spaces, and the perpetual exclusion of people of colour. To condense such a broad concept into a single elective is a disservice to the work itself.


This isn’t to say advanced courses that focus on a specific region are inherently wrong, it’s great and necessary to take a deeper dive into overlooked aspects of your area of study. But when there is an intense lack of inclusion in “regular” literature classes, and other forms of writing are shoved into elective courses that students take at their own will (rather than the required study of mostly white, mostly male authors), there is an issue.


Though this acknowledgment from my professor was nice, it was also frustrating. I thought it must mean that many other faculty members must be aware of the issue. So what could be done? 


Self Advocating at a Community Level

One thing that can help in taking a step forward in this issue is looking for other students who may share your sentiments. There is a long list of different student-run initiatives on campuses that advocate for marginalized identities; resources such as Concordia’s Centre for Gender Advocacy and Student Union are just a couple examples. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a group fighting for diversity requirements in courses, but if you can find like-minded individuals, you can breach the subject and garner support.


It can be a huge relief just to have your sentiments echoed by your peers, and this also speaks to the power of solidarity strength in numbers. For example, petitions signed by a sizable number of people, or formal complaints written and co-signed by a group, can be shared at a quicker rate to a larger audience than they would if backed by a single person. Utilizing the power of connection through various forms of social media for these proposals can also draw more attention to the cause.

Another impactful move is to familiarize yourself with the people in your class, and your professors. Though it may seem as though there is a great distance between you as a student and your instructor, you’re going to be sharing a classroom and a considerable amount of hours with this person all semester. If you find the syllabus to be exclusionary, attending office hours with others to speak on the issue could prove helpful. While this may not necessarily change the system of the university as a whole, expressing concern over the course materials shows an active interest and highlights the issue. It’s surprising how many professors are blind to glaringly obvious issues within their classrooms. Having this connection with a professor, when successful, may be useful in bringing this concern to a higher level, although this process can be daunting, slow, and deeply frustrating. Professors can help guide you to who you need to speak with on an administrative level, and if the concern is shared, can act as allies to the cause.


In the midst of many global movements and uprisings, more universities have touched on the idea of diversity requirements through coursework. UCLA professor Gene Block stated: “When faculty are socially conscious and create safe spaces for people to share their experiences, more students feel a sense of belonging.”


On a general level, diversity in the classroom is something that does not need to be as contentious and elusive as it currently is. Diversity is something that should be embedded into the fabric of student life in a way that allows for students to access the full potential and scope of their learning material, offering perspectives that reflect the world around us.

Like all lasting, systemic change, these things take time and effort and can be frustratingly slow. While having to fight and waiting for change is quite discouraging, it’s important to remember that it is not only possible, but that you are almost never alone in what you believe in. In moments of exhaustion, look to your community for support. Take advantage of the resources you have at hand, and continue to do your own research as you take charge of your academic autonomy.




CBC Radio. “Students call for systemic change in wake of N-word controversy at University of Ottawa.” October 23, 2020, https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-oct-23-2020-1.5772694/students-call-for-systemic-change-in-wake-of-n-word-controversy-at-university-of-ottawa-1.5774034

Centre for Gender Advocacy. https://genderadvocacy.org/

Concordia Student Union. https://www.csu.qc.ca/

DeRuy, Emily. “The Complicated Process of Adding Diversity to the College Syllabus.” July 29, 2016, https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/07/the-complicated-process-of-adding-diversity-to-the-college-syllabus/493643/

If you and I are anything alike, you probably loathe the winter season with your entire body and soul. And if we truly are alike, you wouldn’t consider this to be a dramatic statement by any means.

Despite being born and raised in Montreal and having gone through the season change for the past 23 years, I can assure you that my attitude towards winter has not changed or lessened by any means. There truly is no getting used to the dramatic drops in temperature and having to literally scrape ice and snow off your car without turning into an icicle, yourself.

But besides the superficial difficulties of these colder months, the “winter blues” deserve a lot more credit when it comes to the deeper ways they can affect a person’s health, be it physically or mentally.


Winter Blues or SAD?

The winter blues, on a more serious note, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), encompasses a lot more than surface level hatred towards the cold. SAD effectively impairs one’s daily life through their emotional, mental and physical states. Symptoms include a complete lack of motivation and enjoyment in completing daily tasks, over/under eating, insomnia, the feeling of utter hopelessness, and so much more.

Cold weather aside, the lack of sunlight coupled with the fact that it gets dark outside by 4pm makes it extremely difficult to maintain a positive outlook for the general public, much less those who suffer from SAD. It is safe to assume that these particular people experience this difficulty tenfold.


And if all that wasn’t enough, existing within the province of Quebec at this particular moment in time is far from effortless.


Recently, the Quebec government has reinstated the closure and restriction of non-essential public spaces, and the halt of non-essential public activities. Though there has been news of these restrictions coming to an end in the following weeks and months, living in Montreal right now isn’t exactly what I’d call “fun.”

If we’re comparing the current situation with the previously implemented 10pm curfew we were dealing with several weeks ago that has since been dismissed, I guess you could say we’re livin’ the good life.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels as though my already-overwhelmingly-debilitating winter blues have been compounded by the lack of events and general excitement due to these public closures and restrictions. This decline in events (AKA reasons to leave my house that are unrelated to grocery shopping) has also seemed to coincide with a sharp increase in homebodies and “nah, I think I’m gonna stay in tonight”s among my close friends, further adding to the sadness and loneliness caused by good old winter blues.

Individual experience aside, a lot of businesses have already suffered enough due to the various shut-downs and limiting of their hours, especially considering the fact that most businesses had just begun to recover from the previously implemented closures when they were hit with these new restrictions.


sorry were closed sign


To say that life is hard right now would, quite frankly, be the understatement of the decade.

And though maintaining a sense of cheerfulness may seem impossible, I’m here to offer some ways that’ll hopefully make the trek through these next few months slightly less harrowing.

1. Winding Down

student reading in bathtub

One of the most important things to remember is that self-care isn’t selfish. If there’s one way to keep yourself relatively happy throughout these trying times, it’s by finding the things you love to do most.

Whether this means soaking in a warm bath and finally using that bath bomb you got for Christmas or curling up with a good book by the fire, take this time to wind down and refresh your energy.

And if you’re not sure which hobby suits you best, think of this season as March 2020, 2.0. Buy some puzzles, bake, binge TV shows… there’s so many options out there for you to try. 

2. Support Local

Now, more than ever, is the time to support your local shops and businesses. There’s only so much that we, as individuals, can do for the economy on a wider scale. So, let’s do our part in supporting the industries that were majorly affected by the pandemic and lockdowns. I can assure you the multi-million-dollar corporations will be just fine without you. Wanna indulge in an arts and crafts evening with friends? Instead of hitting up Dollarama, how about you try out that specialty arts supply store a couple blocks away. It may be slightly more expensive, but I can assure you the quality of supplies will be much higher PLUS you’ll actually be making a difference by directly supporting the store owners.

So next time you’re looking for the perfect gift or treat for yourself, don’t think BIG… think local.

3. Social Check-Ups

students facetiming


Though you may not be able to physically see your relatives or friends due to restrictions and/or quarantines, we’re lucky enough to live in a time where technology is our greatest link to one another.

Consider this the perfect time to check up on your friends via video chat. Better yet, hop onto Teleparty and watch a long-distance movie together.

After all, just because we’re stuck at home, doesn’t mean we can’t talk.

4. Enjoy the Outdoors

student walking outside winter

Being stuck inside day and night, depending on your work/school schedule, is quite the opposite of enjoyable.

So, take the end of your day and/or weekend to spend some time in the outdoors (preferably when it isn’t -40 °C with wind chill).

Breathing in some fresh air and stretching your muscles can do wonders. Take the time to clear your mind, focus on your breathing and take in the scenery around you.


5. Be Nice

It’s an awful time for all of us which makes it easy to project your bad attitude, thoughts and emotions onto an innocent bystander.

Though it may be a task, try to keep these negative lashing outs at bay.

The least we can do is walk into places with a hint of smile and treat people with kindness.

Though it seems a simple enough idea, you’d be surprised how much power these simple acts can hold. A simple smile or gentle words to a person, stranger or not, can immediately light up their day. In turn, it may even boost your mood as well.


Be nice. We’re all in this together, after all. 




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Caruso-Moro, Luca. “Quebec Reintroduces 10 p.m. Curfew as Infection Rates Skyrocket.” CTV News, December 30, 2021, https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/quebec-reintroduces-10-p-m-curfew-as-infection-rates-skyrocket-1.5723269

Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation. “The Winter Blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder?” December 31, 2019, https://www.bbrfoundation.org/blog/winter-blues-or-seasonal-affective-disorder#:~:text=The%20winter%20blues%20are%20very,your%20ability%20to%20enjoy%20life.

Tourism Montréal. “To Keep Informed About the Current Situation.” February 11, 2022, https://www.mtl.org/en/covid-19