Highlights / Quebec

Economy, Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

 Quebec to invest millions in airships

The Quebec Minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon announced that the province will invest millions in a French airship firm. The idea of airships to have blimps or dirigibles carry heavy loads into remote or difficult to access areas,» 

Politics

Politician leaves provincial parliament over dress code violations

Wardrobe war in Quebec’s parliament Catherine Dorion, a member of the Quebec provincial parliament (MNA-member national assembly) has both been praised as a breath of young fresh air, but also criticised especially for her attire. Elected as a member of» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

One PhD chapter in English prevents French woman from immigrating to Quebec

Immigrating to the French-speaking province of Quebec is a dream for many French citizens. To achieve this, some start by studying in the province before deciding to stay longer. That’s what Emilie Dubois did. A French citizen, she did her» 

Immigration & Refugees

Quebec backtracks on changes to popular immigration program

Bowing to public pressure, the Quebec government announced Wednesday it is backtracking on certain changes to a popular immigration program that allows foreign students and people working in the province a fast-track toward permanent residency in Canada. Quebec Immigration Minister» 

Society

Quebec power utility steps up efforts to restore power after Friday’s storm

Over 1,500 Hydro-Québec workers but also utility crews from Michigan, Ontario and the Maritimes were working feverishly on Monday to restore power to thousands of Quebecers who have been without electricity since Friday’s storm knocked out power to nearly one» 

Strong wind gusts snapped tree branches and downed power lines in Montreal

Society

Strong winds cause massive power outages in Quebec

More than 960,000 customers in southern Quebec were without power Friday as strong winds snapped tree branches and brought down power lines, according to the provincial electrical utility. Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for much of southwestern Quebec» 

Environment, International

Canada will not host climate summit due to “unrealistic timelines”

Ottawa confirmed today that Canada will not take over from Santiago in the organization of the next COP 25 as Chile announced on Wednesday that it will no longer be able to host this event due to the social crisis» 

Society

Quebec raises legal age for cannabis from 18 to 21

Young Quebecers will have to wait until they turn 21 to legally purchase cannabis under a new law passed by the provincial government. The new legislation adopted Tuesday by the Coalition Avenir Québec government of Premier François Legault raises the» 

Immigration & Refugees

Quebec to require values test for new immigrants

The government of Quebec is moving ahead with its contentious plan to require that newcomers to the French-speaking Canadian province submit to a values test, provincial authorities announced Wednesday. As of Jan. 1, 2020, new immigrants to Quebec will have» 

International, Politics

Catalan separatist leader denied entry to Canada

The leader of the Catalan separatist movement in Spain has been officially denied entry to Canada. Carles Puigdemont, fled Spain after the wealthy autonomous region of Catalonia voted for independence from Spain in 2017. The Spanish government declared the independence»