Ainslie MacLellan

Ainslie MacLellan is a journalist at CBC Montreal. Follow her on Twitter: @CBCAinslie.

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Quebec vows to dramatically boost COVID-19 testing, as deconfinement begins

As Quebec rolls out a plan to reopen elementary schools and some sectors of the economy, the provincial government has vowed to step up COVID-19 testing from roughly 5,000 to 20,000 tests a day.

PPE shortages persist at Quebec long-term care home with more than half of residents infected

Montreal nurses who have volunteered to work in a private long-term care home with a major COVID-19 outbreak said there is "shockingly little" protective gear available for employees, despite assurances from the Quebec government that equipment shortages across the province no longer exist.

Orderly at under-staffed CHSLD dies of COVID-19, remembered for care she showed patients

Victoria Salvan always treated patients with "love and kindness," colleagues said. And that didn't change when the facility where she worked, like so many care homes in Quebec, experienced an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.

'Enough with the guardian angels': Nurses and families say government acted too late to help seniors

As the government scrambles to staff besieged long-term care institutions, families of residents at the Universite de Montréal-affiliated Institut de gériatrie say it’s too little, too late for an overburdened system.

Quebec companies aim to dress the province's health workers in a crucial piece of 'armour'

As Quebec’s supply of disposable isolation gowns runs low, the health system, manufacturers and distributors are racing against the clock to make the switch to reusable ones.

Union sounds alarm after patient-care workers asked to break quarantine, return to work

Health Minister Danielle McCann says in "exceptional" circumstances, workers in long-term care residences can be called back from self-isolation early, if it's necessary to maintain staffing levels.

Quebec recommends grocery stores install handwashing stations, avoid using cash

As grocery stores all take different measures to enforce physical distancing, the Quebec government has put out a series of guidelines to help stores reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Ottawa will allow temporary foreign workers, international students into Canada

The federal government confirmed Friday that temporary foreign workers, foreigners with work visas and international students will be able to enter the country despite the travel ban but acknowledged there may still be some confusion at the border.

Montrealers argue for right to assisted dying in pivotal court challenge

In closing arguments, the lawyer for two Montrealers challenging Canada's medical aid in dying laws says his clients have demonstrated their clear desire to die and should not be denied that right, even if they are not yet close to the end of their natural lives.

Longueuil police launch new team to support victims of sexual exploitation

"Police officers who don't ask 'who, what, where' but ask 'what do you need?' — for us, it's a revolution," said Longueuil police Chief Fady Dagher, describing an initiative aimed at keeping victims of sexual exploitation from falling through the cracks, once they become adults.

Quebec judge to rule on whether sexual abuse class-action against Jehovah's Witnesses can proceed

A Quebec Superior Court justice is now deliberating on whether to authorize a class-action lawsuit against the religious group. Complainants are each seeking $250,000 in damages for sexual abuse claims.

Inuit children in Quebec youth protection left in 'no man's land'

When a child from Nunavik is transferred to a youth protection facility in Montreal, they aren’t assigned a local social worker — meaning there’s no one to look out for them.

Indigenous youth in Quebec child protection told not to speak their own languages, sources say

At least three Quebec group homes and rehabilitation centres for youth have been accused of discouraging Indigenous children from speaking their languages, replicating a harmful practice of residential schools, according to sources.

'I was sure she was dead': Husband of woman injured in Montreal police chase wants answers

Nancy Carrier, 42, has come through a 9.5-hour operation and faces more surgery after she was seriously injured Saturday when Montreal police tried to force the driver of a car to stop, leading to a crash right in front of Carrier's home on Place de Léry.

Montreal unveils details of plan to help businesses suffering from construction woes

The City of Montreal says its compensation program for businesses that have inccurred losses because of construction projects is the first of its kind in Canada.

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