Quebec police will be patrolling the highways and streets this next week in order to "take intensive action against drivers who violate the Highway Safety Code," according to a press release shared with Narcity and MTL Blog.
Operation VITESSE (speed), taking place between June 11 and 17, is a collaboration between police forces, including the SPVM and Sûreté du Québec (SQ), and the SAAQ, who say that the pandemic has led to more dangerous road behaviour.
"The reduced traffic volume, due to the pandemic, has contributed to the adoption of risky behaviours by some drivers and an over-representation of speeding in serious and fatal collisions has been noted throughout the Quebec road network over the past year," they stated.
Operation VITESSE comes as the province pushes forward with its reopening plan, which police said could result in "a significant increase in traffic on the road network" with the return of "various types of users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists."
Police are also expecting more workers on the roads as construction picks up again.
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"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
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Police services in Sherbrooke held a press conference this past Thursday to explain how first responders mistakenly threw away the charred body of a woman into a dumpster at a nearby police station. First responders on the scene believed the body to be a silicone mannequin.
At approximately 10:04 a.m. on July 23, the SPCIS was called to a fire in a wooded area at the intersection of Rue Roy and Rue Cabana. Witnesses reportedly saw a person burning a silicone dummy.
Sherbrooke police were called to assist — within minutes of their arrival, both agencies decided to dispose of what appeared to be a dummy in the SPS garbage disposal, which is not accessible to the public.
At approximately 2:15 p.m., a man in psychological distress contacted the SPS to report his wife missing.
After launching an investigation, the SPS used the woman's cellphone signal to locate her car, which was found on Rue Cabana, near where the fire first responders had located the same morning.
"At approximately 6:30 p.m., the decision was made to retrieve the alleged mannequin to see if it was contributing to the search," said Danny McConnell, Sherbrooke police chief.
After recovering the alleged mannequin, responders realized that the body belonged to that of the missing 64-year-old woman — she reportedly died by suicide upon setting herself on fire, though an investigation is still ongoing.
The Sûreté du Québec have reportedly been asked to assist the coroner's office in the investigation of the woman's death.
"We take the situation very seriously," said SPCIS director Stéphane Simoneau.
"I am personally committed to getting to the bottom of this intervention, which is unusual, to say the least, perhaps shocking."