Quebec grants $ 2.5 million for drowning prevention programs

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Quebec grants $ 2.5 million for drowning prevention programs


Air Canada: patients dumped on the runway

Many fear that the drop in Air Canada’s service in the regions will destabilize the health system. Referring to the impact of the pandemic, Air Canada decided to suspend 30 regional routes indefinitely, in addition to terminating eight stopovers at regional airports across the country, including four in Quebec. In Quebec, the routes concerned are: – Baie-Comeau – Montreal, – Baie-Comeau – Mont-Joli, – Gaspé – Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, – Gaspé – Quebec, – Sept-Îles – Quebec, – Val -d’Or – Montreal, – Mont-Joli – Montreal, – Rouyn-Noranda – Val-d’Or, – Windsor – Montreal. For the president of the Federation of medical specialists of Quebec, Diane Francœur, this situation will complicate the replacements of doctors in the region, and even the recruitment. Currently, 317 specialist doctor positions are vacant in Quebec, 53% of which are outside major centers. The withdrawal of Air Canada is all the more disturbing in the regions as it adds to that of the coach companies. In recent years, intercity bus companies have cut corners many times due in part to competition from carpoolers. Despite the deconfinement, Orléans Express, Intercar, Maheux and the others have still not resumed their activities and are pressing the government to subsidize them to revive the sector. The office of the member for Rouyn-Noranda reports calls from patients unable to go to their medical appointments in Montreal. On average, two people per week are in this situation in Abitibi. Unlike airline companies, bus companies are accountable to the government for providing services. Before eliminating stopovers or services, they must obtain the approval of the Commission des transports du Québec, which consults the population in order to assess the possible repercussions of the cuts. Another difference is that air transportation is not the responsibility of Quebec, but of the federal government.

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