A sight you'd only see in the movies was witnessed by a mother and daughter in St-Ignace-de-Loyola, Quebec yesterday, when the pair spotted a lone dog being whisked away along the St. Lawrence River, with only a small piece of ice keeping the canine afloat. Already a tragic sight, what made the situation worse was the complete denial of aid from all public service representatives, reports CBC.
Helpless on its makeshift raft of ice, the little pooch instantly struck a chord on the heart-strings of France Allaire and her daughter. After snapping a quick picture, the two called the Canadian Coast Guard, only to find that the government water-rescue team were far less sentimental.
Using the excuse "we only rescue humans," the Canadian Coast Guard flat-out refused to help the dog, justifying the decision by explaining that their ships were already being used for other efforts. Firefighters and the police reacted the same, and so did St-Ignace-de-Loyola's wildlife association, using the backwards excuse that "a dog is a pet and not a wild animal."
Harsh, I thought animal lovers wanted to help animals, you know, for the sake of helping animals.
Surprised, and justifiably miff'd by the response from local community "heroes," the Allaire pair took it upon themselves to rescue the hapless dog. To gather the community in a rescue, the two created the Facebook group "Plus jamais seul, mon Chum!" Truly an admirable effort, though no confirmation has been made if the canine was rescued, and to be honest/heartless, you can't survive on a piece of ice for very long...
But maybe I'm being pessimistic. Obviously this dog was on some sort of mission, using his animal instincts to travel great distances via waterway like they did in times of yore. Maybe the pooch was pulling a Lassie and needed to rescue some kid from a well, or he somehow got lost in a family's big move in classic Homeward Bound fashion. Let your imagination run wild, because the alternative is more than a little grim.
While there's a myriad of possible reasons as to why Trudeau is ahead in the province, his handling of the pandemic could be the biggest. Among the Quebecers polled, 46% believed that health care is the most pressing issue in the upcoming election and 53% said the current prime minister "has performed well on pandemic management."
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"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.