United against the virus


 22 December 2020

The leaders of the various political parties represented in the Quebec National Assembly held a joint press conference today in Montreal to highlight the need for all of Quebec to be united against the virus.

For the leaders in attendance, the holiday break, which will continue until January 11, 2021, represents a unique opportunity to reverse the trend and bring down the curve in the number of people living with VIDOC-19. They took the opportunity to invite Quebecers to be doubly cautious over the coming weeks, to respect health instructions, to avoid gatherings, to take part in outdoor activities and to keep their spirits up.

The chiefs made a point of highlighting the arrival of the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and the hope they represent. However, they urged Quebecers not to give up on health measures, as the vaccination campaign already underway will continue for several more months.

To learn more about COVID-19 and the measures in place: Québec.ca/coronavirus.

Concrete actions to fight racism


 15 December 2020

The Groupe d’action contre le racisme, which is co-chaired by the Minister of Immigration, francization and Integration and Minister responsible for the Laurentide Region, Nadine Girault, and the Minister for Health and Social Services, Lionel Carmant, revealed their “Le racism au Québec: tolerance zero” report.

The Groupe retained several concrete actions meant to quickly target racism in Quebec and therefore produce sensible effects on the short and long term. Those effects should be felt in numerous sectors such as employment, public security, housing, education and justice. Each of those actions will take into account the particular reality experienced by minorities and native communities.

The first Quebecer received the vaccine against Covid-19 today


 14 December 2020

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, happily announced that the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 started today. Elder residents and workers of the Montreal long-term care home Centre gériatique Maimonides Donald Berman and the Centre d’hébergement Saint-Antoine, in Quebec City, were the first ones to be vaccined in the province.

Thise vaccination campaign finally started, after several planning weeks. As it was announced, the provinced did everything to be prepared and ready once the first doses were received, which was only a few hours ago.

“It will be a quiet Christmas.”


 3 December 2020

“It’s not realistic to think we will succeed in reducing the progress of the virus by Christmas,” Legault said during a pandemic news conference Thursday afternoon.

“I am announcing the two days foreseen for Christmas (gatherings) will be cancelled. We sincerely hoped the situation would get better but it has not.”

Source : MSN.

Quebec tightens rules for malls, stores


 2 December 2020

The Quebec government announced new limits on the number of shoppers in stores during the busy holiday season as the province on Wednesday reported more than 1,500 daily COVID-19 infections for the first time since the pandemic began.

Deputy premier Genevieve Guilbault told reporters in Quebec City that beginning Friday, businesses will have to limit the number of people allowed inside.

Guilbault said the maximum capacity will be set depending on the store’s floor space, and that number must be clearly posted. Capacity will be determined by dividing by 20 the surface area available to customers in square metres.

The province says proper distancing and the wearing of masks must also be enforced for clients waiting in line. Enforcement will fall to mall owners and store owners, and those not respecting the rules could be subject to fines of between $1,000 and $6,000.

Source: Globe and Mail.

Holiday shopping: launching of the ‘Achetons québécois’ campaign


 2 December 2020

With the Holiday getting closer, the Minister of Economy and Innovation, Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbons, launches the campaign ‘Achetons Québécois’, which is supported by the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail, the Retail Council of Canada, the Panier Bleu, Mmode: The Metropolitan Fashion Cluster, the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec and the Canadian Federation of Independant Business.

For more information: https://www.quebec.ca/nouvelles/actualites/details/magasinage-du-temps-des-fetes-quebec-lance-la-campagne-achetons-quebecois-et-invite-la-population-a/