The Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail announced Thursday that it had issued 11 offence reports to nine Dollarama locations in Quebec "for failure to comply with health measures."
The announcement comes after the CNESST visited 68 Dollarama stores in the province. The commission also issued 124 "correction notices."
The nine Dollarama locations are in the Gaspésie, Yamaska, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Valleyfield, Saguenay and Capitale-Nationale regions and areas.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, a Dollarama spokesperson said that "since the beginning of the pandemic, Dollarama has implemented COVID-19 protocols in all its stores that are in line with public health directives, and regularly reviews these with its employees."
The spokesperson said the company is "both surprised and disappointed to have been targeted in such a manner, especially since we are in regular communication with the CNESST and that in the last several weeks neither their concerns nor these fines were brought to our attention."
"CNESST inspectors ensure that workplaces have implemented and apply the preventive measures required to protect the health and safety of everyone," the commission said in a statement on its website.
"Failing this, CNESST requires the correction of hazardous situations and issues statements of offence to offenders."
"The government wants to send a clear message: health guidelines must be followed by all workplaces to contain the pandemic," Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity Jean Boulet added.
"In all workplaces, large and small, we must remain vigilant. No one is above the law. The protection of the vulnerable and the proper functioning of our health care system are at stake."
The management team for the Old Port's Grande Roue de Montréal took to social media Monday to share team members' condolences for the death of an employee on Christmas Day. The team identified the employee as Riley Jonathan Valcin and called the circumstances of his death a tragic accident.
"We are heartbroken," the social media post reads.
"Our first thoughts go out to Riley, his family, friends and his Grande Roue team who will all miss him greatly."
The management team said Valcin was one of the site's "most senior and respected employees," calling him a "friendly, positive, and helpful person," and a "wonderful colleague."
"Our priority right now," the management team concluded, "is to support the family, friends, and the team in their grieving process."
On Facebook, the company called for respect in the comments section and asked readers to join in expressions of grief and remembrance.
The Grande Roue has been closed since Valcin was injured. It has not released details of the incident, saying in a Saturday press release that it would not comment on the situation pending a police investigation.
On Sunday, the Montreal police told MTL Blog that the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) was handling official communications regarding the incident at the ferris wheel.
MTL Blog has reached out to the CNESST for more information. We'll update this article when we get a response.
The Grande Roue said it will post an update when the ride reopens.
Spokesperson Mathieu Filion confirmed the news to MTL Blog on Sunday — the day after La Grande Roue issued a press release about "a serious accident involving one of the employees" that occurred on December 25.
"Police are investigating and La Grande Roue de Montreal is fully cooperating with the investigation. Pending the investigation we cannot comment on the situation," the press release says. "Our thoughts are with our employee and those near to him."
La Presse reported that the victim was a 22-year-old man who was doing maintenance work on the Ferris wheel at the time of the accident, which it said took place at around 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Montreal police told MTL Blog that the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) is handling media relations for this incident. MTL Blog reached out to CNESST but did not receive an immediate response.
According to La Presse, CNESST is currently on site.
La Grande Roue de Montréal will remain closed until further notice.
In an Instagram post, La Grande Roue said it would inform the public when the attraction reopens. It reminded customers that tickets are valid up to one year from the date they were purchased.
This is a developing story. Check back for more details.
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"Due to the summer heatwaves and the risks associated with excessive heat, we have taken the decision, in collaboration with the CNESST and the public health authorities, to permit the removal of quality masks in the workplace," said Labour Minister Jean Boulet in a press release.
Once the extreme heat is over (i.e. once the temperature dips below 30 C), it's back to wearing masks outside, however.
As of August 1, Quebec instituted several new COVID-19 rule relaxations including the extension of alcohol service in bars and more spectators in arenas and stadiums.
"Today, it is important to recognize the systemic racism against First Nations and Inuit within the health and social services network in order to put in place structuring actions to promote a more egalitarian and fairer relationship between these communities and nurses," said a statement by Luc Mathieu, president of the OIIQ.
The organization said that, after Echaquan's death, it made a "firm commitment" to prevent similar acts of racism by health care providers, as well as to rebuild trust with Indigenous communities to ensure they get the safe medical care they are entitled to.
In order to strengthen nurses' knowledge on Indigenous relations in health care, the OIIQ said it tasked its education committee with evaluating nurses' initial training in intercultural relations and cultural safety for First Nations and Inuit patients.
The organization also said it is taking necessary steps to implement continuing education activities for nurses on the same topics.