In a place where Francophones and Anglophones come together and where the sense of the community is obviously strong, a city of approximately 3,300 inhabitants, or 6,400 inhabitants including the surrounding area, only few cases of coronavirus have been detected. Fortunately, the three homes for the elderly have been spared so far.
Last summer, hired by the Richmond County Historical Society (RCHS), I spent several hours questioning the people and businesses of Richmond to get a more sincere sense of their reality. Generous and receptive, they welcomed me with open arms two meters from their balcony or counter. Some believe in conspiracy theories while some continue to respect the regulations established by the provincial and federal leaders. Everyone has a different perspective on the pandemic – on the same pandemic.
Mr. Doyon, a history teacher at Cégep de Drummondville, reminds us: “Life is a fatal sexually transmitted disease.” He insists on saying that life goes on and history repeats itself. Pandemics have existed and will continue to exist. The only surprise with covid-19 was to find that this time we were sitting at the heart of the story.
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Student in Sociology at Bishop’s University
Researcher for the RCHS