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Coronavirus live updates: Hospitalizations, ICU admissions on the rise in Quebec

Article content continued Read our full story. 11:55 a.m. No mask exemptions without a valid medical reason: Quebec College of Physicians Quebec’s College of Physicians is reminding its members that doctors’ notes allowing individuals not to wear face masks only be issued for valid medical reasons. Read our full story. 11:30 a.m. Updated charts: Quebec …

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Focus on 50-square-kilometre sector as search for Martin Carpentier enters seventh day

Article content Acting on information gleaned from the public, the Sûreté du Québec on Tuesday embarked on the seventh day of its manhunt for Martin Carpentier in a 50-square-kilometre sector of dense woods in the area of Saint-Apollinaire, west of Lévis. The vast search area includes the stretch of forest where Carpentier’s daughters, Romy, 6, …

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Josh Freed: Montreal’s great COVID roads experiment

Article content Welcome to Covidtown Street Laboratories, a vast new Montreal experiment in how we use our city, after Hurricane COVID-19 ripped through town. With many Montrealers planning summer “staycations” in Kitchenland and Balconville, city hall says it wants to make Montreal a people-friendly summer “laboratory.” IT is  experimenting with everything from “sanitary walking corridors” …

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Arthritis patients become collateral damage in war against COVID-19

Article content Some arthritis patients in Quebec are emerging as collateral damage of the province’s war on COVID-19. Quebec health officials decided last month — with some exceptions — to temporarily suspend sales of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Quebec cited the …

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Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs meet with Mohawk supporters at Kahnawake

Hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation whose opposition to a western pipeline has spurred rail blockades across Canada came to Kahnawake to give thanks for Mohawk support on Saturday. They were expected to address the media in the late afternoon. They were welcomed by more than 100 Kahnawake Mohawks and members of other local bands …

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Hold on to your parka, Montreal. Up to 50 cm of snow is on the way

Environment Canada has updated its winter storm warning for the Montreal area, raising the maximum possible precipitation to 50 centimetres by Friday evening. That’s more than the 45 cm max in its earlier warning, issued Thursday morning. As snow was falling, the updated late-afternoon warning predicted that “a total of 30 to 50 centimetres of …

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Early winter has Old Brewery Mission opening overflow shelter a month sooner

An overflow shelter for the homeless set to open for the winter Monday night on the site of the former Royal Victoria Hospital will have 150 beds – up from 82 last year. And because winter came early, the shelter is opening a month earlier than last year. It will remain open through April.Last winter, …

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#ICYMI: Montreal’s budget, property taxes and SNC-Lavalin testimony

What a Monday it’s been! Mayor Valérie Plante presented Montreal’s budget for 2020. It envisions $6.17 billion of spending partially financed by a 2.1 per cent hike in residential property taxes. Plante said the budget is geared to her administration’s four priorities: mobility, ecological transition, housing and economic development. Spending highlights include the acquisition of …

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