January 16 - February 14
Rendez-Vous Polaires at RécréoParc
Yes, even with the COVID-19 measures currently in effect. Though you'll want to roll solo or with members of your household bubble to follow provincial rules — and you'll still have to be home in time for curfew.
On its Facebook page, RécréoParc says it's implementing guidelines to ensure it complies with the public health restrictions that are in place.
For example, the ground floor "Welcome Pavilion" will be closed and the basement pavilion will only be accessible to those renting equipment or using the bathroom — a maximum of 24 people at a time.
It says the site is so big that it does not need to put a limit on how many people can be outside. An article in Le Reflet says the park has a capacity of 1,000 people in order to maintain social distancing.
RécréoParc also says on Facebook that, as a regional park, it will not make any distinctions based on the origins of Quebec visitors.
In addition to sliding, skating and snowshoeing, the polar-themed park boasts a 10.4-kilometre cross-country ski trail, a fire pit area, a weekend DJ for "musical ambience" and the Bambou Café Bistro, open on weekends for takeout.
Entry to the park is free. But skates, snowshoes and tubes — including saucers and crazy carpets — are available to rent.
You're encouraged to come dressed and prepared for your activities since "access to the basement will be allowed primarily for people who rent equipment on site."
Wearing a mask and washing your hands are necessary to enter the RécréoParc pavilion, and masks are mandatory while waiting in line for the snow slide.
No reservations are required.
Les Rendez-Vous Polaires, RécréoParc
Price: Free entry, with $5 to $7 rental equipment
When: January 16 to February 14, 2021
You can access the park every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The rental centre is open Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The washrooms are open Monday to Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute, over half of Quebec respondents said that Canada should reach a vaccination rate of at least 75% before opening the U.S. border.
With many Canadians already envisioning a life post-COVID-19, the poll found that a "vast majority (69%)" are willing to wait it out until "at least three-quarters" of the country are fully vaccinated before opening the border to travel.
Only 22% of Canadians would be willing to open the Canada-U.S. border immediately, according to the survey.
Thirty-five percent of Quebec respondents agreed that the country should wait until over 75% of the population has two vaccine doses. Thirty-seven percent agreed that having 75% of the population fully vaccinated is adequate.
Only 20% of Quebec respondents agreed that the borders should open immediately.
Respondents in Alberta and Saskatchewan were the most interested in welcoming back Americans, according to the poll, as 42% and 30% of respondents, respectively, want the border to open immediately.
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Since July 1, it has been possible for people who have had to recover from unemployment due to the pandemic and for people who have not been studying full time in the last 12 months to register for one of the training programs of the Program for the requalification and the accompaniment in information technology and communications (PRATIC).
Whether it's a college or university program, a certificate, an attestation of college studies (AEC) or a diploma of specialized graduate studies (DESS), among others, there are 142 training programs waiting for future students.
In Montreal alone, nearly sixty college programs and 20 university programs are available, and a total of 15 in the Capitale-Nationale region.
There are, for example, ACSs in programming, multimedia production, mobile application development or graphic design, to name a few.
The complete list of training courses offered by region can be found on the government website.
Thanks to a budget of some $39.6 million, financial assistance of $650 per week will be offered to 2,500 Quebecers for the duration of their full-time training. A $1,950 bursary will be awarded to graduates.
Who is eligible to enroll in PRATIC?
Two criteria will determine if a person is eligible to register for PRATIC. You must be unemployed and not have been a full-time student in the 12 months prior to applying.
The government suggests that you contact the Services Québec office in your area and an agent will determine with the future student if PRATIC corresponds to his/her needs.
Remember last year when it seemed that every week there were new COVID-19 rules that the Quebec government would spring on us and we all felt really down? Well, it's the same thing this year, but instead of misery, we're feeling optimistic because this summer's new COVID-19 rules have an eye towards a pandemic-freefuture.
One of the major changes coming on Monday is that you no longer have to maintain a two-metre distance between other people.
According to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS), "the distance to be respected between people from different residences will be lowered from two meters to one meter, both outside and inside."
There are still two situations that require two-metre distancing, however: "singing activities" and "high-intensity exercise in gyms," according to the government.
Wearing a face mask is still mandatory in all indoor public spaces.
Let's get flexible
No, not like that!
We're talking about stores, festivals, sporting events, and other activities with potentially large crowds.
As of Monday, there won't be any capacity limits inside retail stores. While you still have to maintain a one-metre distance, there will be no more annoying lineups outside.
Moreover, in venues with fixed seating, people from different households only need to keep one seat between them and other parties. One-metre distancing is still required in common areas.
Finally, "at amateur events where spectators are seated in bleachers, bleachers or fixed seating, the maximum number of spectators permitted per sports venue is 50 indoors and 100 outdoors."
The government has also reminded Quebecers that "since June 25, adequately protected people" — i.e. people with two doses of a vaccine — "no longer have to follow the recommendations on distancing and wearing a face covering during gatherings in private homes."