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Quebec adopts law making oath to King optional for elected members

Quebec's legislature has passed a law putting an end to the requirement that members swear an oath to the King. The Coalition Avenir Quebec government had tabled a bill on Tuesday making the oath to the monarch optional after three members of the opposition Parti Quebecois refused to swear the oath 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

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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.

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Quebec adopts law making oath to King optional for elected members

Quebec's legislature has passed a law putting an end to the requirement that members swear an oath to the King. The Coalition Avenir Quebec government had tabled a bill on Tuesday making the oath to the monarch optional after three members of the opposition Parti Quebecois refused to swear the oath and were barred from sitting.

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