In Quebec, holiday gatherings are on the line as the second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic bears down and some hospitals begin to reach capacity in the hard-hit province. A final decision about Christmastime will be made on December 11, with Premier François Legault citing a high number of cases and a rise in hospitalizations linked to COVID-19.
In normal times, the holiday shopping season is when retailers and other businesses can make the money they need to survive leaner months. But with lockdowns being implemented in parts of the country, and rising COVID-19 infections, bringing those customers into the store is difficult if not impossible.
The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security has named China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea’s state-sponsored cyber activity as posing the “greatest strategic threats” to Canada’s critical infrastructure, intellectual property, and political events like elections.
Premier François Legault announced his government's long-awaited plan to tackle climate change on Monday, November 16, after one of the main elements was revealed over the weekend: a ban on the sale of new gas-powered vehicles, starting in 2035. The government is devoting $6.7 billion over the next five years to deal with climate change. The bulk of that money will go to subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles.
Hydro-Québec's energy corridor project, which will potentially supply electricity to the New England power grid, mainly to Massachusetts, has just passed an important milestone. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the federal environmental permit for the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission line project. (Journal de Montréal)
Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, November 7, positioning himself to be a leader who "seeks not to divide but to unify" a nation gripped by a historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. Biden crossed the threshold of 270 electoral college votes with a win in his home state of Pennsylvania.
Quebec is hoping to reduce wait lists and widen access to help by injecting $100 million into mental health services as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, an announcement that was pushed up following a deadly sword attack in the province’s capital that killed two and left five injured. (Global News)
With early voter turnout setting a record and U.S. business districts boarding up for fear of election day unrest, U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden stumped on the campaign's last day on Monday November 2 in states expected to decide who wins. (CBC News)
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Disgraced self-improvement guru Keith Raniere, whose followers included millionaires and Hollywood actors, was sentenced to 120 years in prison on Tuesday, October 27 for turning some adherents into sex slaves branded with his initials. The sentencing was the culmination of several years of revelations about Raniere's program, NXIVM, which charged thousands of dollars for invitation-only self-improvement courses at its headquarters near Albany, N.Y., along with branches in Mexico and Canada.
A new study from researchers at McGill University is looking into the link between holidays and nut allergies in children. The study found that bouts of anaphylaxis brought on by peanut allergies increased by 85 per cent on Halloween and 60 per cent on Easter, compared to the rest of the year. (CTV News)
World Mental Health Day, on October 10th, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past months have brought challenges to many, particularly for people with mental health conditions, many experiencing even greater social isolation than before. (World Health Organization)
Quebec’s coroner’s office will be looking into the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Indigenous woman from the Atikamekw Nation of Manawan and a mother of seven children, who passed away amid troubling circumstances in a Joliette hospital on Monday, September 28. Before her death, Echaquan took a cellphone video from her hospital bed and livestreamed it on Facebook. Near the end of the video, which lasts around seven minutes, hospital personnel enter the room.
This year represents the first ever observance of the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste. The COVID-19 pandemic continues generating significant challenges to food security in many countries. These challenges include disruptions in supply chains, quarantine measures, and the closure of much of the hospitality industry and schools. All these measures have resulted in a loss of markets for producers and distributors, making the situation even more challenging.
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to overshadow most other topics in 2020, Canadian activists are joining demonstrators around the world to bring climate change back into the conversation. Protests, walkouts, and sit-ins are expected to take place in several Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax, on Friday and Saturday to mark the return of the global Fridays for Future movement led by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
As Canada's parliament returns and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seeks to put an ethics scandal behind him, his government will unveil its plans this week for the country's pandemic response and recovery. The Liberal government is expected to announce plans to tackle both the immediate crisis – a new surge in COVID-19 cases as the country enters the colder months - and to a roadmap for a longer-term recovery. (BBC News)