Leila is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised staff writer at the Pigeon covering central Canada. She is also the copy editor of the Charlatan, Carleton University's student newspaper, and formerly ran the paper's op-ed section for two years. She is currently in her fourth year of Carleton's journalism program, minoring in Canadian studies. Follow Leila on Twitter @leilaelshennawy.
As Quebec approaches the third anniversary of its ban on face coverings—often referred to as its "niqab ban"—Muslim women in the province are wryly noting the government’s recent change in opinion when it comes to face coverings in light of the global pandemic.
Choosing between online and in-person schooling can be especially difficult for parents of children with developmental disabilities who are considering a return to the classroom during COVID-19. Sensory issues with mask-wearing, the need for movement within the classroom, and difficulty understanding physical distancing could affect a parent’s decision to send their child to school.