In a Facebook post, Anglade wrote, "I call on the Prime Minister to make vaccination mandatory for all employees of the government, the health and social services network, education, daycare facilities, the National Assembly and for all persons attending college and university campuses. People with medical reasons should be exempt from this measure."
She goes on to say that "As the Public Health's vaccination objectives increase, the government must put in place the necessary means to achieve them, and mandatory vaccination of these groups would be an effective way to do so."
The Parti libéral du Québec (PLQ) has launched a petition against "Quebec-bashing" following the September 9 English-language federal leaders' debate, where a question by moderator Shachi Kurl provoked fury among the province's political class.
"You deny that Quebec has problems with racism yet you defend legislation such as Bills 96 and 21, which marginalize religious minorities, Anglophones, and Allophones [...] for those outside the province, please help them understand why your party [...] supports these discriminatory laws," Kurl said to Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet.
Le Québec bashing, ça va faire!
Joignez-vous à nous pour dénoncer ces propos en signant la pétition.
September 7 marked the final announcement for winners of Quebec's vaccine lottery and it looks like tons of individuals across the province got extra lucky today. In order to be able to register for the "Being vaccinated, it's a win Contest," one must have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine before August 31.
Arguably the biggest winner was Williams Carrière from la Montérégie, who woke up with an extra million dollars to their name this morning.
There were also 16 winners between the ages of 12 and 17 who just won a $20,000 scholarship. Talk about being set up for success.
For Quebecers over the age of 18, there were many additional prizes added to the lottery during the past few months, including:
A 90-minute flight for the winner and six guests on a world-class Bombardier business jet produced in Québec and powered by sustainable aviation fuel. Departure from Montreal or Quebec City
1 all-inclusive 7-night package for two at the Sandos Cancun Lifestyle Resort in Cancun, including round-trip economy airfare courtesy of Air Canada
1 travel voucher for two for a round-trip business class flight to any destination served by Air Canada
10 travel vouchers for two for a round-trip economy class flight to any destination in Canada served by Air Canada
3 prizes of 100,000 bonus Aeroplan points offered by Air Canada
5 Aeroplan 50K memberships offered by Air Canada
1 unlimited water circuit package at Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau for a period of one year, with a massage per month (or $1,500 in cash)
1 Sea-Doo TRIXX watercraft including a trailer, preparation and transportation to the winner's home
4 prizes exchangeable for Explore Québec on the road packages, offered by the Ministry of Tourism
As of September 7, these prizes all have winners attached to them. If you're wondering if you could have been one of the winners, the government would have reached out to you by now. But just in case you want to double-check, you can see the full list of winners on the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux's website.
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It's official — as of September 1, many non-essential events and places in the province will now require Quebec's vaccine passport upon entry.
But, if you're running around like a chicken without its head trying to figure out how everything works, know that the provincial government confirmed, "In order to allow time for operators or persons in charge of the affected sites and activities to adjust, a grace period is provided between September 1 and 15. During this period, the vaccination passport will be required, but no penalties will be applied to businesses and venues where the activities are held."
Dès demain le passeport vaccinal entrera en vigueur. C’est le moment de télécharger l’appli VaxiCode, d’imprimer vo… https://t.co/Slnjs9uyow
You'll now have to show your vaccine passport by either using the VaxiCode app, having a screenshot of your QR code or having paper proof of having received a second vaccine dose against COVID-19, for access to activities including events and festivals, theatres and sports venues, casinos, movie theatres, training rooms, team sports, bars, restaurants and some extracurricular activities. You can find the full list of events here.
After September 15, Quebec also plans to issue penalties for people and businesses who refuse to use vaccine passports. In a press conference, Health Minister Christian Dubé said fines will vary between $1,000 to $6,000 for anyone who refuses to use the vaccine passport in places where it's required.
And it's important to note that Dubé warned that there will also be consequences for anyone who tries to "get through" the system. He said it is considered criminal activity to "falsify" one's documents. "There are penalties and sanctions for inappropriate uses" and, he continued, "there are sanctions in the criminal code for people who want to alter a document that's used by public health."
The pandemic has hit people in ways they may have never imagined before — and some more than others. A recent study conducted by Santé Montréal found that Montrealers' mental health was more affected by COVID-19 in Quebec than the rest of Quebecers.
"In February 2021, about 1 in 3 Montrealers who responded showed symptoms consistent with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or probable depression, compared with about 1 in 5 respondents in the rest of Québec," the study stated.
Depuis le début de la pandémie, la santé psychologique des Montréalais est plus affectée que celle des autres Québé… https://t.co/HXFfbD97tT
More specifically, some groups presented a higher proportion of symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), namely women, younger people, Anglophone, essential workers, and workers in the health and social services network.
The five main factors associated with GAD that people felt include strong feelings of loneliness, low level of social support, feelings of inconsistency, being a victim of stigmatization, and having experienced significant financial losses.
The overall findings of the study showed that "Montrealers' mental health seems to not be as good as before the pandemic. The situation in Montréal worsened between September and November 2020, then remained stable in February 2021."