HEALTH GUIDELINES AND MESURES PUT IN PLACE IN THE RESIDENCE
The residence has put in place safe measures for its residence and staff and ensures their respect to ensure the health and safety of all.
- Wash your hands often with soapy water or use an alcohol-based disinfectant;
- Wear the face covering in all common areas where it is impossible to maintain two metres of distance;
- Stay at home when you are sick;
- Avoid sharing personal items.
Measures taken by the residence
- Disinfection of common areas;
- Distributors of antiseptic products on all floors in front of elevators;
- Recall hygiene measures via posters in the residence;
- No visitors are allowed in residence except for the resident's family members (parents, siblings);
- Two-metre physical distance in common areas;
- Limited access to the audio-visual lounge;
- Closed common kitchen area;
- Maximum two people in elevators with distance;
- Maximum of two people in the gym with a fixed schedule (maximum 30 min.).
What to do if you have travelled outside of Canada
- You must complete a mandatory 14-day isolation period as prescribed by Public Health;
- If you experience symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately, contact 1-877-644-4545;
- At any time, you can visit the government website: québec.ca/coronavirus
WHAT TO DO IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO MAY BE CONTAGIOUS OR IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS.
- Stay home and check out the general information package provided by the Government of Quebec on the coronavirus (Covid-19);
- Call Health Info 811. They can direct and inform you.
- Notify residence administration.
Student residences are not just buildings with rooms and offices, they are homes, places to create memories, build unique relationships and find out who we are as a person and as an individual. It is a friendly, healthy, stimulating environment that quickly becomes a second home.
All your neighbours are students and have similar experiences as you; from this proximity a spirit of community is born where friendships blossom, some of which last a lifetime.
Living in residences offers multiple educational advantages:
1) Academic Achievement
Living in residences gives you a pedagogical advantage. Thanks to the designated study halls, stimulating study groups, the student is never alone with his problem. He can share with his peers, grow, evolve, debate and form his own ideas. This is the basis of academic success.
2) The Proximity of Services
Living in residences is also having everything you need within reach. Everything is near: grocery stores, sports facilities, libraries, classes, transportation and academic events.
3) Sensational Events and Activities
Living in residences connects you to the heart of student life. Residents can choose between a great variety of social, academic and cultural activities.
4) Enlarging the Social Network
Living in residences brings you closer together. You will meet a variety of different people. The friendships you form and the memories you create during your time in residences will stay with you for the rest of your life. These friends will be your family away from home.
5) Improving Security
Living in residence offers you peace of mind. Thanks to the progressive building security functions, night time surveillance, clearly defined and exercised emergency plans, systems secured by section, and a strong partnership with the security services, the students living in residences benefit from a high degree of personal security.
6) Accelerated Growth and Development
Living in residences provides a unique opportunity to develop your skills and abilities outside the classroom. Whether from the point of view of a formalised participation or sense of unity provided by community life, residents develop skills for resolving conflicts, critical thinking and communication.
7) The Advantages of an Apartment without the Inconveniences
Living in residences allows the student to focus on his studies without worrying about the economic concepts of having a home, because one single bill covers everything. No need to worry about the costs of electricity, water, internet…
Student residences are lively, full of energy with caring people from around the whole world, many of which will become your best friends.
Living in residences helps you make the most of your student experience.
The Saint-Laurent residences understand the impact of the student strike and respect the choices and opinions of each student. Because of this, the residences exercise flexibility and can adjust leases and times to accommodate students whose programs were disrupted by the strike.
The liberals have undertaken austerity steps to restore financial balance. This was part of their campaign and once in power they started making cuts, readjusting, putting measures in place that affect everyone including students.
The term austerity means a forced or extreme economy which results in a simplistic way of life where the objective is to reduce unnecessary expenses. According to the government, Quebec is 200 billion dollars in the red. Their submitted budget aims to eliminate the 2015-2016 deficit.
The strikers are angry and they are going into the streets to denounce their point of view: education, health care, pensions for unionized employees, day care services, social aid and social services should not be affected. They should rather rely on increasing taxes for large companies, reducing salaries and severance benefits for governmental staff.
Who is protesting?
Professors, students, health workers, people in the public sector. The liberals believe that investments in the public sector are too high and consequently, do not stimulate enough the economy and small businesses and entrepreneurs. They also believe that many of these services are too expensive in regard to the population.
Many students believe that the strike has negative impacts and they do not agree with it and want to attend their classes. For many students, going to post-secondary education is a major investment; they do not wish to pay extra costs for extra classes or get low grades that may impact their average and their scholarships. They do not want to risk it.
Strikes also have an impact on small businesses. In order to provide an opportunity for protesters to march in the streets, roads are blocked, so it is difficult to move about and this can have a deterrent effect on potential consumers. These same strikes affect tourists and visitors to the city.
Now, it is up to you as a student to take a stand and express your opinion using the method that suits you best, always respecting others and their choices.
What makes student life, residence life, great is having the right to your own opinion, sharing it with others, discussing and learning to dialogue, to obtain solutions that take into account the different points of view. Profit from this privilege, enrich yourselves.