Operating a boat is different than driving a car, but some rules for operating a boat in Quebec are very similar to the rules of the road — especially when it comes to drinking and driving.
During the weekend of July 30 to August 1, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) "intensified their interventions on the various bodies of water" in the province, specifically targeting impaired driving, leading to 10 arrests made and 11 statements of offence issued.
"Although it is not prohibited in Quebec to consume alcohol onboard a boat, even a motorboat, boaters who consume alcohol significantly increase the risk of death or injury and may be subject to penalties under the Criminal Code," the SQ wrote in a press release.
Fines can be steep for anyone who decides to operate a vessel while impaired. On a first offence, you could be fined a minimum of $1,000. On a second offence, the penalty includes a minimum of 30 days in jail. On a third or subsequent offence, this is raised to at least 120 days in jail.
The SQ warned the public that "alcohol consumption accounts for 40 percent of all boating accidents, according to the CSBC."
"For their own safety, boaters are advised to avoid drinking alcohol while on the water, as factors such as sun, wind and the movement of a boat under the effects of waves can intensify the effects of alcohol while on the water. Moreover, the consumption of alcohol and drugs constitutes risks for the passengers of the boat. Alcohol and drugs can cause distractions for boat operators and drownings."
A factory fire in Beauceville, Quebec sent a column of black smoke into the sky Monday morning. The municipality took to social media to ask residents in the area of the fire to close their windows and vents as a result.
Photos shared with Narcity Québec show the size of the smoke cloud and part of the emergency response.
Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Hélène Saint-Pierre told Narcity that the provincial police force received a call about the fire at 7:30 a.m.
"We have eight people who were injured and were transported to hospitals or who went there by their own means," Saint-Pierre said.
Investigators are at the scene to determine the cause of the fire, Narcity reports.
"We know that the building was being renovated, so is there a link to the incident? That's what the investigation will determine, but for now, it's too early to say what the cause is," Saint-Pierre explained.
While stopped at a red light on boulevard Saint-Luc, a pickup truck hit the back of their small car, Sergent Audrey-Anne Bilodeau for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) told MTL Blog.
"When the first responders first arrived, there were three people inside the car. One was stuck inside so they needed the jaws of life," Bilodeau said, and CPR was performed on the victims. They were then all transported to the hospital, where they were declared dead.
The driver who hit the car from the back is a 65-year-old man. At the time of writing this article, he was still in the hospital for minor injuries and had not yet been interviewed by SQ investigators.
Bilodeau said that alcohol was not a factor in this incident, police are currently investigating speed and potential disease as the culprits for the accident.
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In an investigation that began last March in connection with arms traffickers active in Montreal, a team of Quebec police, which was composed of officers from the Sûreté du Québec and the SPVM, conducted searches that resulted in the seizure of firearms, illicit drugs and thousands of dollars in cash.
On September 15, 11 firearms searches were conducted, five in residences and six in vehicles in the Montreal, Terrebonne, Mirabel and Drummondville areas.
These searches led to the seizure of :
Six firearms, including four handguns
High capacity magazines and ammunition
More than 30 grams of cocaine
A few pounds of hashish
Several tablets, which will be analyzed
More than $3,000
Police also made six arrests during this operation, according to a press release.
The suspects are set to appear at the Montreal courthouse on Thursday in connection with the arms trafficking investigation.
On Thursday, September 9, three Montrealers were arrested by police officers from the Sûreté du Québec for being involved in a robbery that occurred around 3 p.m. that day. The incident took place at a store on boulevard Antonio-Barrette in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies.
"Armed individuals broke into the store and confined employees and customers. They stole items and then fled in a car. Fortunately, no one in the store was injured," Sûreté du Québec confirmed in a press release.
We're told that their vehicle was quickly located, but when the suspect attempted to flee from the police, "the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and collided with a school bus near the intersection of Highway 131 and Firestone Street."
Luckily, there were again no injuries.
The suspects are young males aged 17, 18 and 19 years old from Montreal. On Thursday, they were apprehended by police and brought to the police station for questioning.
They were set to appear in court in Joliette this past Friday on several charges. MTL Blog reached out to the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales for information about the three suspects' court appearances and will update this article once a response is received.
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