Because Quebecers have to mostly stick to domestic travel for the time being, the police force is expecting even more people to take to the roads this year.
And the additional traffic can be deadly.
The SQ says "the construction vacation period is the time of year when fatal and injury collisions are highest."
It counted eight deaths due to collisions in its jurisdiction during the two-week vacation period last year, according to the news release.
"We remind you that helmets must be worn by all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts and that it is strongly recommended to wear a personal flotation device at all times when boating," the provincial police force added.
A factory fire in Beauceville, Quebec sent a column of black smoke into the sky Monday morning. The municipality took to social media to ask residents in the area of the fire to close their windows and vents as a result.
Photos shared with Narcity Québec show the size of the smoke cloud and part of the emergency response.
Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Hélène Saint-Pierre told Narcity that the provincial police force received a call about the fire at 7:30 a.m.
"We have eight people who were injured and were transported to hospitals or who went there by their own means," Saint-Pierre said.
Investigators are at the scene to determine the cause of the fire, Narcity reports.
"We know that the building was being renovated, so is there a link to the incident? That's what the investigation will determine, but for now, it's too early to say what the cause is," Saint-Pierre explained.
Officers have located the all-terrain vehicle thought to have been used by the suspect and said Wednesday night that he and 3-year-old Jake could now be travelling on foot or in a different vehicle.
The SQ also said Wednesday that the suspect is potentially armed. They've implored the public to report any sightings or suspicious activity by dialling 9-1-1 and to avoid the sector of Sainte-Paule, Quebec, in the Bas-Saint-Laurent to avoid inadvertently impeding the search.
An updated physical description of the child was also released early Thursday morning.
Police believe the child is wearing a "blue T-shirt with silver stripes on the sleeves and the bottom with an inscription of the number 6 or 9 in a blue camo pattern," dark blue jeans and beige boots.
"We are asking people to focus on the physical and clothing descriptions of the persons being sought," the provincial police force said on Twitter.
A sit-in protest will be taking place Wednesday, August 4, calling for justice for Jean René Junior Olivier, a Black man killed by police in Quebec on August 1, 2021.
It will take place in Repentigny, where officers shot Olivier after responding to a 911 call. His mother, Marie-Mireille Bence, said her son was in distress and in need of help. Quebec's Bureau des Enquêtes indépendantes (BEI) has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Olivier's death.
Bence spoke out against police action in a press conference, explaining she had called the police because she believed her son was "in danger." She then went on to express her loss of faith in the police, referring to them as "criminals."
"I called for help and I found my son on the ground," she said.
Information about the upcoming sit-in demanding justice for Olivier was shared on the @defundthespvm Instagram account, with the caption: "Justice for Jean René Junior, a Black man who was killed by police this weekend while he was in need of mental health support. We are absolutely devastated for his family and friends. Lakay Media has organized a sit-in outside city hall in Repentigny to demand justice for Jean-René and am victims of racial profiling."
"Enough is enough."
The sit-in protest is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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A viral Facebook post is calling out reckless tourist behaviour in the waters of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence off the coast of Quebec's Gaspésie region.
The post by Camp de base Gaspésie resort owner Jean-François Tapp has amassed over 2,000 reactions and 6,000 shares since its publication on July 13.
"OK...WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT WATER SAFETY..." Tapp wrote at the beginning of the post.
He said an incident involving an intervention by emergency services after "two girls and an adult [...] ventured out on the sea in a boat that was totally inappropriate to navigate on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence" spurred his appeal to Quebecers on Facebook.
"We need to talk because we see this every day in the Gaspé, despite the Lifesaving Society's promotional campaigns and the number of people who die on (or under) the water every summer reported by the media."
"We need to talk about it because we'll see you putting your stuff in the water when we, the pros, cancel our guided trips because of winds, currents or changing weather that we've assessed from top to bottom," he continued, noting tourists' use of flimsy recreational flotation devices like stand-up paddleboards, "magic pool mats" and animal-shaped inflatable tubes.
Tapp suggested the call for vigilance was especially urgent given the arrival of the two-week construction holiday, the province's busiest period of the summer, when Gaspésie will likely see an influx of unprepared travellers.
"The Gulf of Saint Lawrence is not Lake Massawippi," he wrote. "In Gaspésie, the sea always wins."
"We need to talk because playing at sea without planning and without equipment is not a game."
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