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Over 1,500 Hydro-Quebec customers still without power in Montreal

In Montreal, more than 1,500 Hydro-Quebec customers remain without power, and more than 2,500 were in the dark as of around 7:45 p.m Sunday. Of the service interruptions in Montreal, a handful were in the Parc-Extension area Sunday afternoon, where Daniella Zanetti witnessed a power line explosion that sparked a fire on Saturday night.

A fire in a Montreal alleyway occurred Feb. 4, 2023 during a power outage in Parc-Extension that lasted over a day.

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Governments seek buyer as Quebec COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer Medicago set to close

The Quebec government says it's looking to find a buyer for Medicago Inc., the Quebec-based COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer that will be shut down by parent company Mitsubishi Chemical. Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon said Friday the province has had preliminary talks with potential buyers in the pharmaceutical sector to keep Medicago's expertise and skilled workforce in Quebec.

Quebec launches new information tool to monitor province's emergency rooms

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube announced the launch of a new information tool designed to provide the public with a more accurate picture of the situation in the province's hospital emergency rooms. The tool is still in the running-in phase, according to the Minister in a press release. Nevertheless, some indicators are already available at Quebec.ca/SituationUrgences.

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'Grandparent scams' increasing in Quebec and across the country

Quebecers lost $732,000 from grandparent scams in 2022, ranking third in the country behind Ontario and Alberta. With the phenomenon rising in Canada, the RCMP and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) will hold a fraud prevention campaign between Feb. 6 and 10 to raise awareness.

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Powerful earthquake rocks Turkiye and Syria, kills more than 1,300

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked wide swaths of Turkiye and Syria early Monday, toppling hundreds of buildings and killing more than 1,300 people. Hundreds were still believed to be trapped under rubble, and the toll was expected to rise as rescue workers searched mounds of wreckage in cities and towns across the area.

Tying to reach trapped residents inside collapsed buildings in Adana, Turkiye, on Feb. 6, 2023. (IHA agency via AP)

5 things to know for Monday, February 6, 2023

The first battle tank from Canada destined for Ukraine lands in Poland, advocates come together to help sailors who have been stuck for months in a Quebec port, and Beyonce becomes the most decorated artist in Grammys history. Here's what you need to know to start your day.

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