I, like most teachers, want to be back in the classroom with my students, but not if this means risking human lives.
Robert Green, Social Sciences Teacher at Westmount High
A press release says teachers will also be showing up to class in black as a way "to mourn the inevitable deaths that will occur due to increased transmission caused by school reopenings" and "to mourn the end of our public healthcare system's ability to care for all Quebecers in the midst of this crisis."
MTL Blog spoke with Robert Green, a Social Sciences teacher at the school, about how this plan came to fruition.
The symbolic action to mourn the above-mentioned matters came to be last Thursday, when "teachers at Westmount High met online to discuss how terrible [they] were all feeling about the implications of [the] return to classroom teaching for our healthcare system and its workers."
Green told MTL Blog that he believes many teachers assumed the Quebec government would prolong online learning for high schools in the province — but it didn't.
"The idea to wear black was then proposed and everyone agreed it would be a powerful symbol to express how we are feeling," the teacher explained.
Green fears the consequences that will come as a result of reopening high schools in the present climate.
"To be sent back into the classroom at the very moment when the media is filled with stories about Quebec hospitals setting up triage committees has me feeling sick with worry."
"I, like most teachers, want to be back in the classroom with my students, but not if this means risking human lives and worsening the very serious crisis being faced by our public healthcare system and its workers."
While there's a myriad of possible reasons as to why Trudeau is ahead in the province, his handling of the pandemic could be the biggest. Among the Quebecers polled, 46% believed that health care is the most pressing issue in the upcoming election and 53% said the current prime minister "has performed well on pandemic management."
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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.