Repression, punitive and not based on sound science — these are some of the descriptions used towards the provincial governments handling of the pandemic. With Montreal’s municipal government increasing the police budget, the second largest increase in history by an extra $45 million in 2022, have punitive measures worked? Quebec was listed as the second most punitive province in Quebec. Montreal’s government has been called out for their heavy reliance on police to enforce social distancing, with the largest police force in Canada per capita. In this episode of Local 514, we look at punitive measures used during the pandemic and how it affects marginalized communities, as well as the calls to prioritize harm reduction measures to benefit all.
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