I have in my hot little hands Bill 96,
An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec.
This is appears to be the biggest proposed reform to Quebec language law since Bill 101, and the biggest one almost certain to pass.
Observations from a slow reader:
It's 100 pages long.
"The purpose of this bill is to affirm that the only official language of Québec is French. It also affirms that French is the common language of the Québec nation."
The opening pages of the bill contain several pages of clauses to reinforce the use of French in public services.
Provincial judges will not be required to speak anything but French, for example, with some exceptions.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s latest update recommends a four-month delay between first and second doses to cover as many people as possible, as long as the vaccine shortage persists. canada.ca/content/dam/ph…
The Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health for the provinces, territories and Canada has sent out a statement endorsing the recommendation. No surprise given most of them have already adopted the long delay plan for most recipients.
NACI recommends going up to four months but emphasizes "second doses should be offered as soon as possible after all eligible populations have been offered first doses, with priority given to those at highest risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 disease."
A few dorky details on QC vaccination I found interesting from today's briefing with Health Minister Christian Dubé that may only be interesting to me and @mattgurney.
(Some of you will scream "Excuses!" please just assume I've heard you already.) +
For starters, it takes 24-72 hours minimum for vaccines to get into arms after unloaded from planes, sent to the distribution centre, inventoried, divided up, trucked out.
Time varies by vaccine and location. +
Pfizer: Arrives in quantity, on time, like clockwork. The last shipment of 230,000 doses arrived April 4 and is already out to vaccination centres getting injected. “When you see we have 40,000 in a day, it starts with Pfizer,” the minister said. +
My fellow Quebecers. Having watched what's going on in Ontario these weeks, I'm here to tell you our vaccination campaign is about to enter a new phase. A jealous phase. An angry phase. montreal.ctvnews.ca/quebec-may-vac…
In coming days, you will see friends and acquaintances with not-that-essential jobs, and not-really-chronic illnesses hopping in for a shot. toronto.ctvnews.ca/there-will-abs…
My advice: Take a deep breath. Consider how important it must be to them to get the shot. Be glad they're doing (sort of) their civic duty and getting vaccinated. ottawacitizen.com/opinion/adam-p…
Using a rough version of @bcshaffer's sawtooth analysis, it appears to me Quebec has gone from using vaccines within three days of delivery as recently as April 1, to at least six days (and counting) now.
Hopefully our very secular Easter is now behind us.
Longer delivery times when vaccines are arriving in greater quantities wouldn't bother me if vaccination hadn't topped out nearly two weeks ago. (March 26!) covid19tracker.ca/provincevac.ht…
I made a mistake on my count in the first tweet, as kindly pointed out by @pablonorm in his graphic below.
My point stands that this gap was shrinking and is now going to grow substantially unless shots ramp up quickly.
77% of Montrealers 60+ have had vaccines or will in the next few days. There will be a push outside the city this week, but it's incongruous that overall QC shots are dropping even as more doses arrive. Time to hear the plan for the next phase. lapresse.ca/covid-19/2021-…
Spent a bit of time this morning looking at the U.S. which (as everyone knows) is well ahead of us. Surpising to see how many jurisdictions have drastically dropped age with only 30-35% first shot coverage.
Let’s just walk through It.
Let’s say little Johnny showed up at school Monday with a runny nose and his eagle eyed teacher caught it immediately.
Little Johnny goes home. Likely tested Tuesday earliest. Let’s say the system was lighting quick. Test result Wednesday earliest. 2
The earliest little Johnny shows up in the stats is Thursday assuming everything is this lightning quick.
So let’s say little Johnny gave it to classmate Marie. It usually takes 5-6 days to get symptoms, but let’s say Marie shows in 2 days. 3.
Quebec reports 835 active school cases as of Friday, before primary schools reopened. As of last Monday, the first day of online school, it was 90.
You can expect this spike to continue this week as school surveillance, one of its undervalued pandemic functions, kicks in.
There will be many people shouting how the spike that will take place this week proves schools are unsafe. Don't listen to them.
Just to be clear: Quebec's school cases rose from 90 to 835 in a week where all school was online for the simple reason students, parents and teachers were once again communicating.
They will now rise even more because teachers are watching.
I understand why closing schools is tempting. Quebec has had an extended lockdown banning social visits and closing almost all recreational and entertainment activity. All we got is a month-long plateau in new cases at a high level followed now by the start of another rise. 2/
Deaths and hospitalizations are steadily rising. Something has to break and the government does not want to close more commercial activity, where 54% of outbreaks take place, compared to 15% for educational institutions. 3/
This is not to undercut a fine piece of reporting, but was anyone outside BC ever under the impression science had the last word on any of this? thestar.com/news/gta/2020/…
Even in BC when everyone was praising Dr. Henry for following best practices she was also engaged in a campaign of moral suasion (ie: politics) a large percentage of the time.
While I’m here, a couple people have pointed out Dr. Henry has declined to mandate masks and has rejected the covid app. Which, given BC has performed better than any province outside the Atlantic, illustrates science is only part of the answer.
The indomitable @nolore predicted Mesley’s admission of the incident involving Vallières’ book would “distract and confuse the issue, aided by Quebec distinct society analysts who will fully obscure what she has been reprimanded for.”
Spot on so far.
Many people are pointing out Durocher often has a passing relationship with facts, but she’s far from alone putting her energy into the Vallières aspect of the controversy.
I grew up in the boonies of Saskatchewan. My only knowledge of police was getting caught drinking in the bush while under age. It usually ended I spilled drinks.
Then I got into journalism and one of my first jobs was working at the Saskatoon StarPhoenix starting around 1996. 2.
When I got there, the paper had shed a lot of staff so as a rookie I was dealing with fallout from a couple of the most egregiously incompetent investigations and prosecutions in Canadian history. Google ‘ritual satanic abuse’. It was a thing. Add in Sask. for that chapter. 3.
We've reached a pivotal point in the Alexandre Bissonnette police interrogation video at his sentencing hearing.
“Why did you chose that place?” the cop asks.
"I wanted to save people." Bissonnette answers.
"Everything that happened, in Europe, in Canada, the United States. I told myself I could do something good," the killer says.
The officer asks Bissonnette if Donald Trump is in line with his values. The killer asks for clarification. Say on immigration? "On that, sure."