Advocates call for moratorium on $1,500 fines to homeless who aren't physically distancing

One April evening, Lyn Black, an Anishinaabe outreach worker in Montreal, headed out with her business cards and baggies containing masks, looking for her clients — people living on the streets — to make sure they were up to date on how to stay safe in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Black, who is employed by the Indigenous Support Worker Program, was on the corner of St-Denis and Mont-Royal. That's normally a bustling intersection, but it was quiet in those early days of the lockdown.

In the distance, she spotted someone being loaded into an ambulance. A second person, standing close by, wasn't wearing a mask.

Black approached, handing her card to the person in distress and giving a mask to the second person, with instructions on how to use it.

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