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Quebec schools are safe, insists education minister

Quebec students are not in danger, Bernard Drainville insisted Wednesday. The province's education minister was responding to a question from Liberal MNA Marwah Rizqy, who had just reported an increase in violence in schools.

Quebec Education Minister Bernard Drainville responds to the Opposition as the National Assembly resumes, Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

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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.

The Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. (Daniel J. Rowe/CTV News)

Quebec's efforts to hire nurses from abroad falling short

After failing to recruit hundreds of orderlies internationally, Francois Legault's government is now dangling the same solution to the nursing shortage. If the past is any indication of the future, the chances are slim that Quebec will see thousands of professional nurses coming to the rescue of the health-care system.

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Girl, 6, dies after T-bar lift incident at Quebec ski resort

A six-year-old girl died in hospital Sunday night after being involved in an incident at the Val-Saint-Côme ski resort in Lanaudiere. Quebec police are investigating, though details into the event are not yet known. Officers indicated that it involved a T-bar lift, but they were not able to say more.

HOUSING

Quebec's housing crisis is worsening, data confirms

Housing in Quebec is becoming increasingly expensive and increasingly difficult to find. Data from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) shows the housing crisis is worsening, both in terms of rental costs and availability.

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Biden lawyer: FBI finds no classified docs at beach house

The FBI searched U.S. President Joe Biden's vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Wednesday without finding any classified documents, the president's attorney said. Agents did take some handwritten notes and other materials relating to Biden's time as vice president for review.

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