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Guide horse must relinquish service after accidental poisoning

Belgium’s only guide horse has had to give up his service to Bruges resident Monique Van den Abbeel following ingesting the leaves of a maple tree, which are poisonous to horses. Dinky is a miniature horse and has been trained as a seeing-eye companion to the visually impaired. Guide mini-horses...
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Darkness Into Light Brussels: Light a candle to raise awareness of suicide on 9 May

Mental health campaigners are inviting people to light a candle “in a virtual moment of togetherness” on Saturday 9 May at 05.30. The action replaces the planned dawn walk in Brussels, cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. As part of the global movement that raises awareness of suicide and self-...

Hospitals use outdoor lifts to enable visits to Covid-19 patients

Geel Hospital in Antwerp province found a novel way to allow friends and family to visit Covid-19 patients. Lift operators raised two visitors at a time up to the patient’s window. The 30 patients chosen to receive visitors had been in the hospital for multiple weeks. To allow them to finally see...

Gaia demands ban on wildlife markets

As Winston Churchill famously said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Belgian animal welfare organisation Gaia, together with partners worldwide, is calling on international institutions to draw lessons from the corona crisis and work towards a global ban on wildlife markets. Although it’s not...

Coronavirus measures ‘are the death of the restaurant sector’

Chefs from across the country gathered on the Grand Place for a mock burial of their trademark white smocks. The chefs were protesting the effect of the coronavirus lockdown on their businesses. The action was spearheaded by catering and event management firm Restauration Nouvelle, based in Braine-...

What’s on(line) this week: Weird art and Fat Freddy livestream

The Xavier Hufkens gallery in Ixelles has though of a more creative way to share art with you than the ubiquitous virtual tour of its premises – it’s hosting movies about artists it represents. New this week is Chaorismatic , a look into the bizarre world of Montreal artist David Altmejd, wildly...
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Care in the community: As Covid-19 shuts down vital services, one mental healthcare provider has adapted its support

While the coronavirus crisis is predicted to have a profound influence on people’s mental health, it is already having a huge impact on those with existing psychosocial conditions. Although self-isolation offers protection and security, the loss of routine, activities and uncertainty about the...

Affligem makes disinfecting hand gel with beer and cider

The Affligem brewery in Opwijk, Flemish Brabant – makers of fine doubles and triples – have a new elixir to be proud of: disinfecting hand gel. Guess what they made it with? Affligem brewers handed over 5,500 bottles of gel today to the Opwijk city council. They made it with distilled alcohol from...

Small private gatherings allowed from Sunday 10 May

Belgium has allowed small private gatherings with friends and family, at home, from Sunday 10 May - in time for Mother's Day. Prime minister Sophie Wilmès said the feeling of isolation among some residents had "become unbearable" and added: "We must act." You can invite up to four people outside...

Leuven seeks 1,000 households to install solar panels

The city of Leuven has launched Zonnige groetjes uit Leuven (A Sunny Hello from Leuven) to recruit 1,000 households to install solar panels. The campaign was announced on Sun Day, the internationally recognised day devoted to solar energy awareness. Leuven’s city council is looking for 1,000...

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