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Quebec City: September 2013 Archives

A new Hôtel-Dieu hospital for Quebec City

Enfant-Jesus.jpgQuebec City's medical community has been waiting years for a final decision. Yesterday, the doctor gave his orders. Health Minister Dr. Réjean Hébert, said a new hospital complex will be built in the open spaces around l'Enfant-Jésus hospital. It will cost $1.7 billion.

As a result, the original project to renovate the historic Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Old Quebec has been scrapped, though some of its functions will stay. The issue has divided the medical community.

One of those hoping to see the new complex at l'Enfant-Jésus is Dr. Robert Delage, head of the hospital's hematology and oncology department. Medical staff at Hôtel-Dieu have been lobbying to see the new facilities added on there. But, they're waiting to look at the minister's plan in detail before commenting.

In Old Quebec though, the announcement comes as a major disapointment. Jean Rousseau is president of the citizens' organization, le Comité des Citoyens du Vieux-Québec and of the new Coalition to Maintain Hôtel-Dieu.

They both joined us this morning.

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Quebec City Muslim family victim of two incidents of religious intolerance

When the Marois government released its Charter on Quebec Values, the minister responsible Bernard Drainville said he hoped it would spark a calm, respectful debate. That hasn't been the experience for a Muslim family in Quebec City.

Recently, and twice in the same day, they were the targets of verbal and physical abuse and they blame the proposed Charter for this outburst of intolerance.

Quebec AM's Glenn Wanamaker met with the family yesterday, and joined us this morning to tell us more.

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Fired for wearing the hijab

Oumayma Bouberak lost her job at the Vieux Duluth restaurant at Place Laurier shopping centre in Quebec City this spring.

She says she wasn't fired because of stealing, tardiness or bad customer service. She says her employer told her she could no longer work there, because she wears a hijab. Oumayma Bouberak has taken her case to the Quebec Human Rights Commission.

We requested to speak with representatives from Vieux-Duluth. The local franchise owner would not do an interview, but says it was the parent company that decided to let her go, because of her hijab. The parent company MTY disputes that version of events to our Radio-Canada colleauges, but declined to do an interview. MTY also did not respond to our request for an interview. I spoke with Oumayma Bouberak in our Quebec City studio.

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