Chronicling the Days – Byron Rempel

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

We’re thrilled to announce that these stories have been gathered in Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic (Guernica Press). To learn more and buy the book, please visit

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This piece is by Byron Rempel, writing on April 1 & 4, 2020.

Sainte-Adèle – April Fool’s Day, 2020

Stores have installed large plexiglass fronts on all their cashiers’ posts. Probably some of these things will be that way for months, years, some will keep them always. Air-borne paranoia spreads through my village. There is a greeter at each Gate of Entry, dressed in a long hooded black cape and clutching a scythe. But it’s all right, I enter with my Plague Doctor’s mask, the pointed beak stuffed with aromatics and Trudeau’s Essential Services Cannabis, all to protect me from the Pest.

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