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Quebec adopts law making oath to King optional for elected members

The oath of allegiance to the monarch that has long rankled Quebec sovereigntist politicians is a thing of the past after the provincial legislature passed a law on Friday abolishing the requirement for its elected members. The Coalition Avenir Quebec government tabled a bill this week to make the oath optional after weeks of debate in the aftermath of the October election, as three members of the opposition Parti Quebecois refused to swear allegiance to King Charles and were barred from sitting.

Parti Quebecois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon sums up the fall session at a news conference, at the Legislature in Quebec City, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. St-Pierre Plamondon is flanked by Parti Quebecois MNAs Pascal Berube, left, and Joel Arseneau. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

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Racial bias and 911 calls: Montreal police train dispatchers to focus on facts

When someone calls 911 to report a crime, a dispatcher has just seconds to react. When all goes to plan, police will be on their way in a matter of moments, ready to respond to an emergency. However, the responding officer will only have seconds’ worth of information to work with, and sometimes, that caller’s information is affected by racial bias, experts say.

FILE: Police are shown on the scene in the Montreal suburb of Dollard-Des Ormeaux in Montreal, Saturday, February 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes


Biodiversity Quebec launches online portal

On the sidelines of the COP15 biodiversity conference in Montreal, Biodiversity Quebec unveiled on Thursday a 'unique' scientific platform of integrated and popularized data on Quebec biodiversity.

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ATV crashes through ice and kills woman, man and toddler rescued

Three people on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) were riding on Lac Fournière in the municipality of Rivière-Héva, in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Que. when a nightmare occurred Thursday afternoon. A man and a toddler were rescued from the icy waters, but a woman lost her life. Top Stories

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