In Quebec red zones, all indoor facilities will open, including fitness centres, according to a March 12 announcement by Minister of Education Isabelle Charest.
Training alone, in pairs or with occupants of the same private residence will be allowed as of March 26.
Training and fitness centres in Quebec will be required to keep a log of everyone who comes through.
Red-zone residents will also be able to continue practicing outdoor sports with a group of up to eight people from different households, or between members of the same household, as they do now.
Extracurricular activities will be permitted in "stable class groups" in Quebec schools as of March 15.
Sports in Quebec orange zones
In orange zones, indoor fitness classes and group activities will be able to be held with a group of up to eight people beginning March 26.
Two-metre social distancing in group classes must be respected at all times, regardless of the type of activity and the area in which it is practiced.
The limit for outdoor group activities will also be increased to up to 12 people from different households.
As of March 15, extracurricular activities and school field trips will be allowed in "stable class groups."
As of March 26, students from different "stable class groups" will be able to participate in intra-school extracurricular activities without contact and with the same rules as other activities.
However, there will be no "inter-school" games or activities, meaning students from different schools cannot compete against each other.
Team sports & public health regulations
For now, sports teams outside of intra-school contexts will not be permitted to resume their activities.
Recreational sports in colleges and universities are permitted but have to comply with public health regulations for their respective zone colour.
There cannot be spectators for any indoor or outdoor activities, and all organized indoor sports activities need to have a designated "supervisor" who makes sure public health regulations are being followed.
Quebecers who need support, such as those with disabilities or children under 10 years old, can be accompanied by a person living at the same address to participate in an activity.
In both orange and red zones, only the changing rooms used for aquatic activities will be accessible — so don't count on using gym locker rooms any time soon.
"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.
The Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC) put an end to the project due to the findings of a report analyzing the environmental impact of building a natural gas facility in Saguenay.
What was the LNG project?
Énergie Saguenay wanted approval to construct a natural gas processing facility that would "liquefy natural gas in order to export it to world markets," according to its website. In addition to the facility, the idea was to construct an LNG pipeline that would cross into Northern Ontario.
The company said the project's aim is to "support efforts to fight climate change in Europe, Asia and elsewhere in the world, by providing transitional energy that will replace other more polluting energies, such as coal and fuel oil."
Quebec Premier François Legault was reportedly in favour of the project but was met with pushback from environmental and Indigenous groups.
In September 2020, the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE) began a public hearing as part of its systematic review of the project in consultation with the Innu communities of Mashteuiatsh and Essipit.
Why did Quebec cancel the project?
On July 21, the MELCC announced that the Quebec government had decided not to authorize the project.
It cited the results of BAPE's environmental impact report, which found that the LNG project in Saguenay "could have the long-term consequence of slowing down the energy transition of the project client countries."
In addition, the government established that there was no way the project could "count on a net reduction in [greenhouse gas] emissions on a global scale, since the project initiator cannot guarantee the use of liquefied natural gas as an alternative to sources that emit more GHG, such as coal and fuel oil."
The project's own GHG reduction measures were also found insufficient to offset its own emissions.
"We had to face the facts that the risks of the Énergie Saguenay project outweighed its benefits," said Benoit Charette, Quebec's minister of the environment and the fight against climate change.
"However, we are optimistic that the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region will quickly have the opportunity to enrich itself with other economic projects, such as the Élysis green aluminum project, which will create jobs while actively participating in the Quebec-wide fight against climate change."