The city of Montreal ombudsman says the Plante administration didn't do its due diligence for the most part when setting up all the new bike paths and the pedestrian corridors to allow for physical distancing over the summer - and she says it has to do a better job of it in the future.
While COVID screening is available for workers at West Island CHSLDs, it is not mandatory - and that has some residents at the Ste. Anne's Hospital very concerned about the latest COVID outbreak there, claiming there is a lack of measures to prevent them.
A group of bar and restaurant workers is holding a demonstration at noon in downtown Montreal to express their frustrations over the extended closures and the Legault government's lack of cohesive measures to help their industry.
The West Island regional health authority is now sending out COVID screening forms to all its employees to demonstrate that they have no COVID symptoms before going to work - if they fail to meet criteria, they wouldn't be allowed into its facilities, CJAD 800 has learned.
Some environmentalists who were fighting for more green space as part of the Turcot revamp project are upset to learn that the Transport Ministry will grant them that wish - but cut down as many as 600 trees to do it.
Some teachers say they are now being told they have to check in with students who end up having to stay home due to COVID - and at least one union is frustrated by the new directive from the Quebec education ministry.
The money from the Quebec government to help restaurants, bars and other businesses in downtown Montreal struggling with the economic impact of COVID-19 has already dried up, forcing the city to ante up and pick up the slack for now.
CJAD 800 has learned that the city of Montreal and the borough of Villeray-St-Michel-Parc Ex plan on merging two of its police stations - one was closed on short notice back in June because of a reported security issue with the building.
Arundel Elementary in the Laurentians reopened Tuesday after closing for two weeks following an outbreak of COVID, as first reported by CJAD 800 earlier this month. But teachers say they should have stayed closed for a while longer and they don't feel it's safe for anyone in the school.
A public health rule quietly adopted last month by the Quebec government allows for certain gatherings of as many as 250 people with government permission, and under certain criteria and strict public health measures - even in Red Zones.
A Montreal public health consultant with a master's in epidemiology said that measures to address proper ventilation in schools are a red herring - he argues the Quebec government should be acting on scientific evidence from months ago warning about COVID transmission through aerosols and via young children.