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."
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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."
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.
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."
Now that the dust has settled on the 2021 Federal Election, many of us living in Quebec might be wondering what the point of all this was. But no election is without some kind of meaning, especially for voters.
So, what did this election mean for the people of Quebec and what does a Liberal minority mean for the province?
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