While being pursued by journalists on his way out of the National Assembly on Thursday, Quebec Premier François Legault gave a short answer as to why September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, isn't a statutory holiday in the province.
"We need more productivity," the premier said in response to a journalist's question.
C'est la journée dédiée aux enfants disparus dans les pensionnats, aux survivants et à leurs descendants.
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But the most exciting news might be the long-awaited return of the downtown Christmas market.
While last year visitors could only explore a "winter garden"-themed set of outdoor installations at Places des Arts, organizers tell MTL Blog that "the full Christmas market experience" is finally back again this year as the Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal.
Details about all three markets are limited, but complete programming is coming this fall to the Noël Montréal website.
Where: Atwater Market, Jean-Talon Market, and Place des Arts, Montreal
When: Montreal Christmas Village at Atwater Market: November 25 to December 19, 2021 Jean-Talon Christmas Market: November 27 to December 23, 2021 Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal on Sainte-Catherine: November 20, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Why You Need To Go: For some much-needed holiday joy after a dreadful couple of years.
It's Thanksgiving weekend, also known as the only long weekend we have between now and Christmas in Quebec, and whether you're dreading your family dinner or are hoping to spend some time sleeping in, you might want to know what's open and closed in Montreal on Monday.
Lucky for you, not much will change! Here's what to expect for Thanksgiving Monday.
"I'm not sure what it's like to see your daughter, your sister, your mother, your friend, your lover disappear from one day to the next without a trace. And on top of that, to have the impression that your government doesn't really care, or at least not enough. No one should have to go through that in Quebec," Legault continued.
"I'm convinced that the vast majority of Quebecers are ready to fight racism."
Although her death has been ruled accidental, the report says "the racism and prejudice Echaquan faced was certainly a contributing factor in her death" and "her death could have been prevented." The coroner who wrote the report, Gehane Kamel, also recommended that the Quebec government "acknowledge the existence of systemic racism and "make a commitment to help eliminate it."
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"Efforts are all the more necessary because the findings of this inquiry indicate that Ms. Echaquan was indeed ostracized, that her death was directly related to the care she received during her hospitalization in September 2020," the coroner's report reads.
According to the report, the autopsy revealed that Echaquan died of pulmonary edema, a buildup of fluid in the lungs. The report also outlines how Echaquan's "clinical situation" could have been reversed.
Besides calling on the Quebec government to acknowledge the existence of systemic racism, the coroner made several recommendations for the CISSS de Lanaudière, the Order of Nurses of Quebec and the Ministry of Higher Education, which is responsible for the educational institutions that train physicians, nurses and nursing assistants.
These recommendations include better integrating the hospital's Manawan liaison officer and updating the training curriculum to cover Indigenous patient care, taking into consideration "the realities of Indigenous communities."