Thousands of people took to the streets to protest against Quebec's vaccine passport this weekend and during this same time, the government came out with a new advertisement on the subject, which resulted in all kinds of different reactions on social networks.
The video, which quickly went viral, shows two young adults who meet at the Riverside bar in Montreal. At the entrance, the woman who hasn't been vaccinated gets caught in an imaginary window preventing her from going further. "Don't wait to hit a wall. Get vaccinated," the commercial then says.
N’attendez pas de frapper un mur.
Faites-vous vacciner. https://t.co/oTfSXfi7qt
When François Legault shared the video on Facebook, many commented on it saying it was a waste of the government's money to make such an advertisement.
One of the most liked comments reads, "Wow is this ad serious? paid with our money? you really take us for fools," translated from French.
Quebec influencer Elisabeth Rioux reacted to the commercial on her Instagram story with a similar thought. "I got the vaccine but this on the other hand? A big no, sounds like a joke. So our tax dollars are funding this kind of advertising? Fun, I always said I would keep my taxes here to contribute, this is the kind of stuff that makes you wonder! Anyway beyond the money.... WTF?," she wrote.
On Thursday, the Quebec government will introduce a new bill at the National Assembly to "regulate anti-vaccine demonstrations near our schools, daycares, hospitals and vaccination clinics," according to Premier François Legault.
"I understand that it is delicate to restrict the right to demonstrate, but frankly, there are limits," Legault wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday morning.
The announcement comes after the premier suggested earlier in the week that his government would move to restrict anti-vaccine protests in front of some public institutions.
Ontario's vaccine passport mandate is officially in force and if you live in Quebec and are planning to visit the province, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Here's what Ontario's proof of vaccination means for Quebecers.
Where will the proof of vaccination be required?
Much like Quebec, in Ontario, proof of vaccination will be required in many public settings where there could be prolonged close contact with other people.
For instance, if you want to visit a restaurant or go see a concert, you'll be required to show proof of vaccination.
Here's the full list of places that need to see your vaccination proof, as established by the Ontario Ministry of Health:
"indoor areas of meeting and event spaces"
including "banquet halls, conference and convention centres (with limited exceptions)"
"indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs and restoclubs and other similar establishments"
except for delivery and takeout
"indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities"
except for delivery, takeout and patios
"indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks, and personal fitness training"
including "gyms, fitness/sporting/ recreational facilities, pools, leagues sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events"
"indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments
"indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas
"indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs
"indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues"
and "indoor areas where film and TV productions take place with studio audiences"
except for cast and crew members
In Ontario, you are considered fully vaccinated if you have:
"the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, or
"one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
"three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada" and have "received [the] final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated."
Are there any other exceptions?
There are indeed certain exceptions that will apply, but they are few and quite specific.
For example, "workers, contractors, repair workers, delivery workers, students, volunteers, inspectors or others who are entering the business or organization for work purposes and not as patrons" will not be required to show proof of vaccination.
You also won't need to show proof of vaccination at retail shops, going to a wedding, restaurant pick-up and delivery, or if you need to enter an establishment to use the bathroom. Children under 12 years old are also exempt.
Unlike Quebec, Ontario does not require proof of vaccination to access a restaurant patio.
Furthermore, anyone who can show proof of a valid medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 is also exempt from showing proof of vaccination.
Will I be able to show my Quebec vaccine passport?
Ontario is working on a QR code system like Quebec's, but the Ontario government has not confirmed whether the province will recognize Quebec's QR codes.
For now, Ontario says that "patrons who are visitors to Ontario will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and proof of identification to enter the businesses [and] organizations."
Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on the vaccine and can answer any questions you may have. Click here for more information.
A survey conducted by Leger for Quebec's largest worker's union, the FTQ, found that most workers in the province support Bill 96 and think it's a good idea to make French the only language at work.
Seventy-three percent of respondents "consider it urgent to protect the French language in Quebec," according to the survey.
The survey was held among 2,000 workers, including 500 respondents born outside of Canada or whose parents were born outside the country.
Sixty-nine percent of respondents aged 18 to 34, classified as young workers, agreed with the "urgency" to protect the French language with Bill 96. Meanwhile, 53% of respondents classified as immigrants or children of immigrants agreed.
In total, 71% of survey respondents agreed that French should be the language spoken in the workplace. However, only 48% of immigrants surveyed agreed with that sentiment.
The FTQ said that it was concerned by the 27% of respondents who found it "normal to have to work in English in Quebec."
"It's not normal to have to work in English in Quebec," FTQ secretary-general Denis Bolduc said in a press release.
"This survey clearly demonstrates our concern that French must be protected, but at the same time it highlights our concerns about the future of French in the world of work."