Sidhartha Banerjee

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Much relief, some concern as Quebec becomes last province to lift COVID-19 mask rules

Health Minister Christian Dubé said Friday that some Quebecers will continue masking in public and their personal choice should be respected.

Judge in Quebec election shooting trial given details of threats against PQ leader

Provincial police have defended the measures they took on election night, and police witnesses have described the attack as an undetectable, unpredictable act. But lawyers for the Quebec government have submitted details in court about six threats.

Quebec lawyers ask for more time to get details about 2012 threats against Pauline Marois

A civil trial has heard that in the hours before the election night shooting that left one dead and one injured, six threats were made against the PQ leader. Information about the threats was contained in a provincial police document that had been shielded from public view until recently.

Fashion mogul Peter Nygard appears virtually before judge in Montreal on new charges

Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard appeared virtually before a Quebec court judge from a Toronto jail today to be charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement.

Court denies injunction to unvaccinated Quebec caregivers seeking access to residents

A Quebec court has rebuffed unvaccinated caregivers who were hoping to obtain an injunction allowing them to enter nursing homes without showing proof of vaccination.

Unvaccinated Quebec caregivers in court seeking access to long-term care homes

The lawyer for about 80 caregivers and residents argues that if staff at long-term care homes can continue to work even if they are not vaccinated, caregivers should have the same right. Like staff, they would have to be regularly tested for COVID-19.

Friends of slain Montreal teen seek Legault's support for federal handgun ban

Close friends of a Montreal teen killed in an apparently random act of gun violence last month have banded together in an effort to push the federal government to ban handguns.

Quebec reports nearly 4,000 new COVID-19 cases as government tightens restrictions

As Quebec reported a record number of COVID-19 infections Friday, one expert called for more transparency from the government so people understand why their efforts are needed to stem the pandemic's latest wave.

Legault criticized for saying he wishes gathering rules could be eased for holidays

Quebec Premier François Legault is facing criticism from opposition parties for saying he hopes Quebecers will be able to host larger gatherings this holiday season. Critics say he is creating confusion and that could be risky, with a new variant coming into play.

Powerful Webb space telescope featuring Canadian instruments set for Dec. 18 launch

In just over a month, the world's largest, most advanced telescope will be launched into orbit from a spaceport in South America, and among those eagerly watching will be Montreal physics professor René Doyon.

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