Face School to get $150 million renovation from Québec government

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Face School in downtown Montreal will receive up to $150 million from the Quebec government to undergo major renovations, likely to take seven years, the Montreal Gazette has learned. The Liberal government having refused to fund the project last year, sources say the new CAQ government, elected on a promise to address the deterioration of ...

Quebec’s elected officials learn how to protect themselves from organized crime

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Quebec’s elected officials learned how to protect themselves from being targeted by organized crime during the second day of their pre-session caucus retreat in Gatineau. The information session was organized by two of the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) MNAs, Ian Lafrenière and Denis Lamothe, who are former police officers. A similar session was offered by ...

Quebec’s hourly minimum wage to go up by 50 cents on May 1

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Quebec\'s minimum wage will climb to $12.50 an hour on May 1 — increasing the hourly wage of some 288,000 workers by 50 cents, provincial Labour Minister Jean Boulet announced Wednesday. In this way, the government contributes to \"increasing the purchasing power of the most vulnerable workers\" without reducing employment numbers or taking away from the competitiveness of companies, Boulet ...

CAQ promises up to $90 million to help children with special needs

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The Legault government Thursday promised to hire 800 specialists to boost early detection and diagnosis of children with special needs. The hires, to be accompanied by a new province-wide early detection website, will cost between $70 million and $90 million over the next two years, Premier François Legault said at a news conference wrapping up ...

CAQ readying legislation to ban religious symbols for public employees

https://coalitionavenirquebec.org/en/blog/2019/01/31/caq-readying-legislation-to-ban-religious-symbols-for-public-employees/
The CAQ is talking about religious symbols as it prepares for a new session at the National Assembly. The party’s caucus is debating strategy behind closed doors in Gatineau, including the government\'s signature plan to ban the wearing of religious symbols for some provincial employees. Premier Francois Legault said it\'s important to send a message ...

Jean-François Roberge is stepping in to ease classroom overcrowding

https://coalitionavenirquebec.org/en/blog/2019/01/28/jean-francois-roberge-stepping-in-to-ease-classroom-overcrowding/
The province is stepping in to ease classroom overcrowding, announcing a West Island English high school with unused space will be transferred permanently to the francophone education system. Starting in September, Riverdale High School, located in Pierrefonds and operated by the Lester B. Pearson board, will close and become the sole property of the Commission ...

CAQ government softens long-gun registry requirements as compliance deadline approaches

https://coalitionavenirquebec.org/en/blog/2019/01/24/caq-government-softens-long-gun-registry-requirements-as-compliance-deadline-approaches/
With less than a week before the deadline to register long guns in Quebec, the provincial government is loosening the requirements for long-gun owners. Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault made the announcement at the National Assembly Wednesday, saying she\'s hopeful that changing the requirements to register long guns will increase compliance. The registry is set ...

CAQ MNA for Orford, Gilles Bélanger, head to Vermont in bid to protect Lake Memphremagog from pollution

https://coalitionavenirquebec.org/en/blog/2019/01/23/caq-mna-for-orford-gilles-belangerd-head-to-vermont-in-bid-to-protect-lake-memphremagog-from-pollution/
Quebecers worried about the health of Lake Memphremagog are in Vermont today in a last-ditch effort to halt the expansion of a garbage dump on the U.S. side of the lake. The Coventry landfill expansion project has gotten pushback over environmental concerns that wastewater from the landfill\'s treatment plant is polluting the lake, which straddles ...

Government to investigate up to a decade of alleged EMSB ‘irregularities’

https://coalitionavenirquebec.org/en/blog/2019/01/23/government-to-investigate-up-to-a-decade-of-alleged-emsb-irregularities/
During last week’s Wednesday morning press conference, Québec Education Minister Jean-Franҫois Roberge told the media that his department will launch a thorough investigation into a long series of alleged incidents that’s hobbled the English Montreal School Board’s management. The government is also investigating a number of serious incidents that include several six-figure contracts that were ...

Legault, France’s Macron renew historic ties on anniversary of Quebec flag

https://coalitionavenirquebec.org/en/blog/2019/01/21/legault-frances-macron-renew-historic-ties-on-anniversary-of-quebec-flag/
\"I am the only head of state in North America to represent a francophone majority and so I have a responsibility to protect and promote French,\" Legault said. French president Emmanuel Macron underlined the historic ties between France and Quebec during a meeting Monday at the Élysée palace with Quebec Premier François Legault. After making a ...