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Quebec to reopen restaurant dining rooms next week, allow small private gatherings

Jan 25 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec will soon begin lifting some of the COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place since December, beginning with easing private gathering limits and allowing restaurant dining rooms to reopen, Premier François Legault announced Tuesday.  "I told you last week that we were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel," Legault […]

Quebec anti-corruption police investigating fake COVID-19 vaccine passports

Jan 20 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec's anti-corruption unit says it is carrying out a "large-scale" investigation into cases of alleged fraud related to the production and sale of false COVID-19 vaccine passports. The police force, known as UPAC, warned that people who produce, sell or use false COVID-19 vaccination documents could face criminal charges, including breach of trust […]

Quebec details plan to capture, fence in isolated caribou herds to protect them

Jan 19 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Quebec government will deploy helicopters, net guns, specially built traps and tranquillizer darts to capture and fence in animals from two isolated wild caribou herds to save them from dying out, the Wildlife Department said Wednesday. Members of the herds in Gaspésie, Que., and Charlevoix, Que., will be captured and moved to […]

Quebec, Ontario officials express cautious COVID optimism, others brace for the worst

Jan 18 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — Officials in Quebec and Ontario said they saw signs of hope on Tuesday that the peak of COVID-19 hospitalizations could soon be behind them — despite both provinces setting new admissions records — while other governments braced for new hardships. Ontario Premier Doug Ford told Ottawa radio station CFRA that his government may announce a […]

Quebec, Ontario officials express cautious COVID optimism, others brace for the worst

Jan 18 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — Officials in Quebec and Ontario expressed hope on Monday that the peak of the current wave of COVID-19 hospitalizations could soon be behind them, while other provinces braced for new hardships. Ontario Premier Doug Ford told Ottawa radio station CFRA that his government may announce a plan to reduce COVID-19 restrictions in the coming days, […]

Quebec looks abroad to solve nursing shortage, but experts say it’s not a quick fix

Jan 18 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — From her Spanish-language Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok accounts, Colombian-born nurse Johana Botero makes her pitch to other South American health workers to come join her in Quebec. Some 10 years after arriving in Canada and well-established in her career, she now tries to help others navigate the long, complicated process that will […]

New COVID-19 health measures announced amid another record-breaking day in Canada

Dec 29 2021 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — Another day of record-breaking COVID-19 case counts across Canada prompted a new round of health announcements on Wednesday, including details of Quebec's plan to reduce isolation times for health-care workers who are exposed to or infected with COVID-19. Quebec said that vaccinated health-care staff who test positive for COVID-19 could be allowed back on the […]

New COVID-19 health measures announced amid another record-breaking day in Canada

Dec 29 2021 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — Another day of record-breaking COVID-19 case counts across Canada prompted a new round of health announcements on Wednesday, including details of Quebec's plan to reduce isolation times for health-care workers who are exposed to or infected with COVID-19. Quebec said that vaccinated health-care staff who test positive for COVID-19 could be allowed back on the […]

New COVID-19 health measures announced amid another record-breaking day in Canada

Dec 29 2021 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — Another day of record-breaking COVID-19 case counts across Canada prompted a new round of health announcements on Wednesday, including details of Quebec's plan to reduce isolation times for health-care workers who are exposed to or infected with COVID-19. Quebec said that vaccinated health-care staff who test positive for COVID-19 could be allowed back on the […]

Quebec premier asks people to avoid big New Year gatherings, get boosters

Dec 27 2021 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec Premier François Legault urged people to keep New Year's gatherings small and seek out COVID-19 booster shots as soon as they're eligible while he received his third dose at a Montreal vaccine clinic.  Quebecers between the ages of 60 and 64 — including the 64-year-old premier — became eligible for boosters Monday, […]

Quebec looks beyond hydroelectricity as last planned megaproject set to wrap

Dec 21 2021 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec's hydro dams have long provided its residents cheap electricity and bragging rights in the race to reduce global carbon emissions, with Premier François Legault suggesting the province could become the "green battery of North America." But as the premier signs lucrative export deals with states such as Massachusetts and New York, the […]