As COVID-19 cases mount in Quebec’s regions, some hospitals may be nearing a tipping point

The hospital in Maria, Que., constructed in 1954, is one of at least four civic institutions in town of 2,500 currently grappling with a COVID-19 outbreak.The hospital, which has 82 beds, serves a population of about 33,000 people in an area that has some of...

Can Quebec find a balance between a lockdown and freedom?

Having tasted something like freedom over the summer, most Quebecers are back living under a complex array of public health rules, wondering if the rest of the pandemic will be one long roller-coaster ride between extremes.When Premier François Legault announced last month a 28-day partial lockdown to quell a...

Quebec doctor asks peers to ‘stop dragging our feet’ in fight against systemic racism

Dr. Pascale Breault's Indigenous patients at the health clinic in Manawan, Que., often begged her not to be sent to the hospital in Joliette, Que., for treatment, "for fear of not being understood, of not being heard, of being denigrated."The family physician shared her...

Facebook removes popular Quebec conspiracy theorist as part of campaign against QAnon

One of Quebec's most prominent advocates of the QAnon conspiracy movement, which spreads falsehoods about COVID-19, has been kicked off Facebook.The page belonging to Radio-Québec, a media outlet with 77,000 followers on Facebook, was taken down on Wednesday, Facebook Canada...

Mandatory masks add to challenging year for Quebec high school students

Ethan Mackay isn't looking forward to wearing a mask all day, every day. Starting Thursday, all secondary school students and staff will have to wear masks indoors at all times in the province's red zones, where the pandemic surge is at...

In apology to Joyce Echaquan’s family, Quebec premier says public service ‘failed in its duty’

Quebec Premier François Legault has made a public apology to the family of Joyce Echaquan, the Atikamekw woman who died in a Joliette hospital last week.Speaking at the National Assembly on Tuesday, following a moment of silence, Legault said he is...

Masks mandatory for high school students, organized sports prohibited in Quebec’s red zones

High school students in Quebec's red zones will be required to wear masks in the classroom, organized sports will be prohibited and gyms closed under new restrictions aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus.The new rules, announced today, go into effect...

Quebec expected to make masks mandatory in schoolyards, announce new sports restrictions in red zones

As Quebec sees its highest-ever number of new cases, the provincial government is set to announce new restrictions for schools, gyms and sports teams in red zones this afternoon. On Monday, the province recorded 1,191 new cases — the fourth day in a...

Family of Joyce Echaquan planning legal action over her death in Quebec hospital

Carol Dubé says his wife died without dignity or her family by her side at the hands of people who were supposed to protect her — hospital staff who insulted and humiliated her as she lay screaming for help."She heard the most...

Against all odds, this 49-year-old nurse survived COVID-19

Laure Dautet, a single mother of three, had only barely survived a life-threatening infection when COVID-19 hit. The 49-year-old nurse had been in hospital on Montreal's South Shore continuously since the fall 2019, after a routine hip replacement surgery went terribly...
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