The Minister of Public Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announced on Wednesday, August 18 that a Sea-Doo TRIXX watercraft, courtesy of the Quebec company BRP, will be among the prizes to be drawn on September 3.
In a press release, Dubé mentioned that the watercraft in question is "light and compact" and "exceptionally fun to drive," adding that it is also "easy to tow and store since it takes up less space than a boat."
Although it is being drawn from among Quebecers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Ministry says the prize will be awarded to the winner next spring.
On July 30, the Quebec government announced the addition of some 20 prizes to the $1 million and 16 scholarships. Among them are a seven-night all-inclusive vacation package for two people in Cancun, a travel voucher for two people for a round-trip business class flight to any destination served by Air Canada and ten travel vouchers for two people for a round-trip economy class flight to any destination in Canada.
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MTL Blog has confirmed with Elections Canada that no, you won't need to show your vaccine passport to vote in Montreal.
"Voters are not required to have their vaccine passport to vote," the agency's media relations confirmed. Polling stations are also not on the Government of Quebec's list of places that require the passport.
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Quebec health and social service workers need to be vaccinated by October 15 or risk suspension without pay. Premier François Legault and Health Minister Christian Dubé made the announcement Tuesday, citing an increase in cases and the threat of the Delta variant.
The measure applies to workers in both the public and private sectors.
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In a subsequent press release, the Ministry of Health said that the rule specifically targets workers with direct contact with patients, and other employees who have contact with those workers, including "physicians, midwives, professionals in private clinics, and volunteers."
The ministry further stated the measure will "primarily" apply in:
"local community service centres;
all public and private long-term care facilities;
"child and youth protection centres;
other "private institutions under contract" with the health and social services network;
"intermediate and family-type resources;
"private residences for seniors;
"family medicine groups;
"ambulance service licensees and the Corporation d'Urgences-santé;
"medical imaging laboratories offering public services;
"social economy enterprises in at-home care;"
and "certain community groups who provide services to vulnerable persons."
The government added that workers in these areas who do not present proof of vaccination or a contraindication (defined by the government of Canada as "a situation in which a drug, such as a vaccine, should not be used because the risk outweighs any potential therapeutic benefit") maybe be reassigned "if possible."
If they can't be reassigned or refuse to present vaccination proof, they "will not be able to return to work and will not receive any compensation," according to the ministry.
It added that as of August 25, 91% of health and social services workers had received a first dose, and 86% had received a second dose.
While the vaccine passport came into effect on September 1, several thousand "pro-choice" Quebecers held a protest in Montreal this Sunday, September 5, in the Old Port of Montreal.
"The time for division is over! We are in a democratic country so we are supposed to have the right to choose, to say no, to have the free choice to accept or not a medical treatment! The government is using fear and threats to get people to take the shot and now they are imposing a vaccine passport! They force children to be masked in class, while parents sit on the terrace it's okay! It's inconsistent and above all unacceptable," the description of the Facebook event read.
Protestors met at 1 p.m. on Place Jacques-Cartier.
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