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Quebec curfew lifting Monday

“Experts tell us that new cases have peaked,” Legault told reporters adding its evidence “the measures we have put in place have worked.”




Quebec’s 10 p.m. curfew will be lifted on Monday, said Premier Francois Legault during a Thursday press conference.

“Experts tell us that new cases have peaked,” Legault told reporters adding its evidence “the measures we have put in place have worked.”

Just before New Year’s Eve, the Quebec government announced the province would return to a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew for a second time during the pandemic.

Bars, gyms and in-house dining in restaurants were also shut down across the province as the government looked for ways to stop the spread of the highly-contagious Omicron variant in hopes of preventing hospitals from being overwhelmed.

Although K to 12 schools will reopen on Monday, Quebec’s education ministry — in a document sent to schools — requested schools develop contingency plans in case of teacher absences including listing people such as parents who can be called in as replacements.

The closure of non-essential stores on Sundays will be lifted by next weekend, however, stores with more than 1,500 sq.-ft. will be required to enforce the vaccine passport. The new measure will not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies.

No timeline has been set for the reopening of restaurants and other venues although Legault said he hopes it will happen in the coming weeks.

“We set up exceptional measures, and 10 days later, we have better control of infections, and the increase has stabilized.”

Quebec’s positivity rate has slowed and sits just under 16% as of Thursday but the premier is concerned over the province’s hospitalizations which have grown through the Omicron wave.

“We have to remain very careful,.” said Legault.

“The number of hospitalization is still very high, and will maybe continue to increase for the next few days.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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  1. Kevin Cochrane

    January 14, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    In other words Legault, your new vaxx-tax will coerce people more effectively into getting the death shot.

  2. Dennis

    January 14, 2022 at 8:31 am

    These evil bastards are beginning to realize the gig is up and now trying to hide. Each and every one of you will pay for your crimes. You cannot hide.

  3. Ben Wilson

    January 13, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Did the resignation of his Top Doctor catch his attention.

    I know about 30% of people buy into all this BS, but about 70% of people see all the BS. Many people got Vaxxed to try and make this all go away. But now they see they were lied too. And they are not happy. The Massive protest in Montreal also scared the Sh&t out of these Global Elite puppets. Quebec, show us your power. Keep
    Protesting. Make the corrupt politicians poop their pants.

  4. Leslie Solar

    January 13, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Its all made up bullshit. Did the “journalists” ask any hard questions of this guy?

    “Experts tell us that new cases have peaked. The measures we have put in place have worked”

    Who are these experts? Names? What cases have peaked? where? how do you know? what were they before? Now? How do you know that “the measures” (what measures?) “…we have put in place have worked”–details please–lockdowns?? curfew? what?. What is it that “worked” and how do you know?

    And so on….any bets that any useful information will come after asking these kinds of questions?

  5. K

    January 13, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    And now apparently you need a triple boosted mark of the beast to enter Canadian Tire, Costco and Walmart?

  6. berta baby

    January 13, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Just in time for the loner new year for all the Chinese spy’s…. Hahahaha oh man I called that shit …. Next loco down Easter!!

  7. berta baby

    January 13, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Thank fuck that went in/.. boy they would be in bad shape if it wasn’t for the curfew. Lol

  8. Frank Jack

    January 13, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    Ah yes, their policies were effective, logical, well founded and no doubt saved millions of lives. Montreal would have had bodies the streets if they all weren’t forced to cower in their homes after 10pm.

    Definition of a politician: someone who sees a parade going down the street, runs out in front of the parade, and then pretends to be leading it.

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Ottawa press gallery discusses letting Chinese propaganda agency in

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.




Officials with the Parliamentary Press Gallery held a behind closed doors meeting on Tuesday to talk about letting reporters from Xinhau, the Chinese Community Party’s propaganda agency, into the club, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The gallery is not bound by any outside political considerations,” said gallery president Catherine Levesque of the National Post. 

“We are doing our due diligence to ensure Xinhua meets certain criteria and we will be making a decision shortly.”

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

“Membership in the Parliamentary Press Gallery allows access to the secure physical buildings of the parliamentary precinct and the opportunity to directly question individuals who drive and shape public policy,” gallery directors wrote in a 2020 code Journalistic Principles And Practices.

“As a result, accreditation is a privilege, not a right.”

Xinhua had been a member until 2020 when its press pass lapsed.

The Department of National Defence in 2012 blacklisted the agency from attending its press briefings, and a Xinhua correspondent in 2012 disclosed he was asked to maintain surveillance on Chinese dissidents in Canada.

The gallery would not discuss the Xinhua application but the gallery code states members must “respect the rights of people involved in the news.”

The Commons by a unanimous 266-0 vote last February 22 condemned China for human rights atrocities including the genocide of its Uyghur Muslim community. MPs also voted to petition the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

“We need to move forward, not just as a country but as a world, on recognizing the human rights violations that are going on in China,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians, and we will continue to work with our partners and allies on taking it seriously.”

Xinhua was originally granted Press Gallery membership in 1964 at the request of then-Foreign Minister Paul Martin Sr.

“It is a step in the direction of mutual understanding between Canada and mainland China,” Martin said at the time. Membership was approved in a press credentials swap that saw the Communist Party permit the Globe & Mail to open a Beijing bureau.

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PHA head says cellphone snooping fears unwarranted

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.




The president of the Public Health Agency (PHA) says Canadians need not fret over the fact his organization snooped on 33 million cellphone users, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

“No personal information was asked or was received,” Kochhar told the Commons health committee.

“No individually identifiable data is contained in any part of the work.”

The Commons ethics committee last Friday voted 10-0 to examine the data collection program using cellphone tower tracking. The PHA said it sought the information to monitor compliance with lockdown orders.

“The actual reason why we collected this data is reliable, timely and relevant public health data comes out of it for other policy and decision making,” said Kochhar.

“This is population-level mobility data analysis. This is what we have collected.

“That would help us to understand the possible link between the movement of populations within Canada and the impact on COVID-19. We did that in terms of a very clear way of getting that open and transparent means of collection. We never, ever actually know when we use that information that it is individually identifiable. It is aggregated data.”

MPs on the ethics committee earlier noted cellphone users were never told the PHA was collecting the cellphone tracking data. Conservative MP John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil, Ont.), noted the scope of the monitoring was only detailed when the Agency issued a December 17 notice to contractors to expand the program.

“It becomes increasingly concerning that government is seemingly using this pandemic as a means and a cause for massive overreach into the privacy rights of Canadians,” said Brassard.

“As parliamentarians, it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we protect those rights, that there is proper scrutiny and oversight.”

“The Public Health Agency was collecting data without the knowledge of Canadians, effectively doing it in secret. We need to know what security measures were in place to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.

“It is vital we do not allow the COVID response to create a permanent backslide of the rights and freedoms of Canadians including their fundamental right to privacy.”

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Health Minister Duclos has no info on $150-million COVID contract to SNC-Lavalin

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.




SNC-Lavalin was given a $150-million sole-source contract to provide “urgently” needed field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic — but Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos doesn’t seem to know much about it, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The field hospitals were never used.

“This is obviously in support of the needs at the request of provinces and territories,” said Duclos.

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

“What is the status of the mobile field hospitals SNC-Lavalin was contracted to produce?” asked Conservative MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Hastings-Lennox, Ont.).

“It was an example of the significant level of preparation that we did throughout the crisis,” replied Duclos.

“Why have the field hospitals from SNC-Lavalin not been deployed?” asked Kramp-Neuman.

Duclos replied he had no information on “the exact nature of the state of that equipment.”

“Did the Prime Minister’s Office approve of this?” asked MP Kramp-Neuman.

“That’s a public works question,” replied Duclos.

“We’re not getting a lot of clarity here,” said MP Kramp-Neuman, adding: “The buck stops with you. Sadly, I recognize you don’t have all the answers to everything, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting a lot of answers to anything.”

An unidentified Department of Public Works manager finalized the SNC-Lavalin contract on April 9, 2020 without notice to other bidders.

“A public call for tenders was not issued due to the urgency of the need as a result of the pandemic,” said an internal e-mail.

However, as late as Sep. 9, 2020, the Québec contractor had still not fixed a delivery date, according to staff emails.

Paul Thompson, deputy minister of public works, Tuesday said he knew little of the contract details.

“I personally don’t have all the details at my fingertips,” said Thompson.

SNC-Lavalin was paid to supply field hospitals equipped with 200 hospital beds, ventilators, masks, medical gowns and ten days’ worth of medication, back-up generators, water and oxygen tanks, X-ray machines, shower bays and latrines.

“The self-sufficiency of the unit makes it extremely flexible for deployment where the need is greatest in Canada,” said a memo.

Internal records dated Oct. 13, 2020 disclosed no one wanted the field hospitals.

The department said spending included $2 million for design work and millions more on warehousing medical supplies for presumed future use.

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