- March 28, 2017 The Impératif Français has named QCGN as one of the winners of its "Prix Citron 2017," criticizing the organization for its stance on having Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologize for having responded to a English-language question in French. [Translated from French]
- March 28, 2017 Premier Philippe Couillard's buzzword when it comes to this year's budget is "prudent," meaning there's room to spend, but not too much. Finance Minister Carlos Leitao is expected to table his third balanced budget with surpluses projected through 2022. Couillard says he wants to do more to lower taxes. Despite the projected surpluses, however, the government may hold back from spending more because of uncertainty around U.S. President Donald Trump's next moves. The future of NAFTA and uncertainty over the impact of the latest softwood lumber dispute are reasons why the Liberals say they are building a cushion into this budget to soften any blow to Quebec's economy that may come from south of the border.
Budget: Quebec will invest more in education, healthcare - Global News
- March 27, 2017 After almost five years of fighting, Richard Zilberg appeared before the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal, claiming his former Jewish employer fired him from Spa Ora Zen in 2012 because he complained to a client about a policy put in place by the owner. Zilberg said the salon forbade Jewish employees, like himself, from working on Saturdays because of the Sabbath. He then filed a human rights complaint, with the help of the Centre for Research Action on Race Relations. In late 2015, the Quebec Human Rights Commission ordered the owner of the spa, Iris Gressy, to pay Zilberg $20,000 in material and punitive damages. If not, the case would be heard in a court of law. Gressy did not pay and has not been reachable by the Commission. The spa has since closed down. It could be a few months before the tribunal renders a decision on Zilberg's case.
- March 27, 2017 The Quebec government believes it's "on the right track" in reducing delays in Quebec courts, thanks to the hiring of judges and prosecutors. Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée announced that 16 new judges have been appointed to the Court of Québec by the Council of Ministers and that two judges were also appointed to replace recent departures, which she says will have a significant effect on the treatment capacity of the justice system.
NDP MP says Trudeau's support in making Ottawa officially bilingual would show his commitment to Official LanguagesMarch 27, 2017 NDP MP François Choquette believes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should lend his voice to support the City of Ottawa being designated as bilingual. Citing Trudeau's language gaffes during his Town Hall sessions earlier this year, Choquette says Trudeau's support in making Ottawa officially bilingual would show his support for both of Canada's Official Languages. [Translated from French]
- March 28, 2017 A majority of Montreal city councillors passed a resolution declaring the city's opposition to an Elections Quebec proposal to merge the provincial ridings of Mont-Royal and Outremont. The resolution passed by a vote of 50 to 11 following a long debate. Members of Vrai changement pour Montréal voted against the declaration, in part because they argued the city has lost its demographic weight because its population has shrunk. More should be done to draw or keep residents on the island, the party argued. Projet Montréal members were split on the resolution, with some voting for it with Coderre's councillors and others voting against.
- March 28, 2017 Amid widespread concern for the state of Western democracies and the rise of populist revolts, a report says the health of Canadian democracy has improved over the last two years, but that celebrations should be measured. Democracy 360, the second biennial report by Samara finds the country's political culture scored a B-minus grade, a slight improvement from the C that Samara bestowed in 2015. The improved score was bolstered by an improved turnout in the 2015 federal election, but also by survey results that suggest Canadians are somewhat happier with their MPs. Seventy-one percent of respondents were "fairly" or "very" satisfied with Canadian democracy, a six-point improvement over a similar poll in 2014. Forty-seven percent said they trust MPs to do what's right, a seven-point increase. The same percentage said they trust parties, an improvement of five percentage points.
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- March 27, 2017 Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette said the government will invest $53 million in the Montreal region to free up short-term-stay beds in hospitals and to hire more than 350 nurses and orderlies to work in public nursing homes. The announcement follows one made at the end of 2016 when Barrette said the government would be investing $100 million across the province to add more beds in hospitals for patients waiting to be transferred to nursing homes, rehab centres and convalescent facilities. Patient-rights advocates are not impressed by the move, noting there are no funds for long-term facility beds.
MUHC staff cuts affecting patient care, surgeons warn - CBC
- March 28, 2017 Quebec actress and comedian Janine Sutto died in Montreal. She was 95 years old. Sutto was born in France in 1921. Her career started more than 70 years ago on the radio. She later shined as an actress by playing countless characters both in theatre and on television, in comedies or in dramas. She performed in the theatre until the age of 92.
- March 28, 2017 The province of Nova Scotia is investing $250,000 in a trust fund that will support activities and new projects for La Picasse Community Cultural Centre in Richmond County. "La Picasse Community Cultural Centre plays a pivotal role in the preservation and development of the Acadian and Francophone community in Nova Scotia," said the province's minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie. The province is matching an investment by the Mouse Island Marine Centre Association, bringing the total to $500,000. The interest from the trust fund will be allocated annually to support La Picasse Community Cultural Centre. The centre promotes Acadian culture and the French language through artistic, cultural and educational programming.