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In Montreal, the center of Canada’s coronavirus pandemic, the reopening of popular community vegetable gardens after a two-month lockdown has come like a breath of fresh air – despite rigid new rules. “Just touching the earth is like reconnecting with something deep inside us, it feels good to our souls, it alleviates the chaos and …

Nestled behind a church in Montreal’s Hochelaga neighborhood, Respit Providence is easy to miss. The small but powerful team of women behind the organization has transformed its service over the past two months, to meet a new desperate need in the community since the arrival of COVID-19. Normally, the organization’s mission is to provide respite …