#ICYMI: Curfew might be extended, Quebec QAnon followers bitter, more news

In brief: A selection of today's reports on

Premier François Legault thanked Quebecers on Tuesday for reducing contacts and respecting the curfew, saying: “the efforts you are making are starting to pay off.”

Quebec Premier François Legault said Thursday that If Canada allows non-essential foreign travel to continue, the federal government should compel people returning from trips to stay in quarantine hotels with the bills paid by travellers, reports Andy Riga in his daily blog covering COVID-19 pandemic developments. Read it here.

In Quebec news

Extension of curfew not ruled out

Premier François Legault said Thursday that while Quebec is moving in the right direction in its battle with COVID-19, “we have a long way to go” before things are over.  And neither Legault nor Health and Social Services Minister Christian Dubé ruled out extending the current curfew past the Feb. 8 cutoff date. “The curfew is paying off,” Legault said at a news conference at the legislature. “There are fewer gatherings after 8 p.m. and less contagion. We’ve been going in the right direction in the last 10 days, but there’s still a long way to go.” Read the full report.

‘We look like idiots’

Quebec adherents to the QAnon conspiracy movement are questioning their faith after Joe Biden became the president of the United States on Wednesday — an event that, according to the tenets of their online doctrine, was never supposed to happen. “We all look like idiots,” one person wrote on a popular French-language QAnon discussion board. Read the full report.

In Montreal news

MONTREAL, QUE.: JANUARY 21, 2021 -- Workers move equipment on the grounds of the indoor soccer field at the soccer stadium on Thursday January 21, 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary installation will house 150 COVID-19 positive homeless people later this week or early next week. (Pierre Obendrauf / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 65646 - 1640
Workers move equipment on the indoor soccer field at the Stade de soccer de Montréal on Jan. 21, 2021, to create a temporary installation that will house 150 COVID-positive homeless people. Photo by Pierre Obendrauf /Montreal Gazette

Soccer stadium to house homeless people with COVID-19

Organizations working to support Montreal’s homeless population welcomed the announcement that the Stade de soccer de Montréal will be converted into a site to house homeless people with COVID-19, but they said the work can’t stop there. Read the full report.

In National news

Governor General Julie Payette resigns

In a move without precedent in Canadian history, Governor General Julie Payette has resigned following a review into allegations she created a toxic, verbally abusive workplace at Rideau Hall. Payette and the secretary to the governor general, Assunta di Lorenzo, were both alleged to have been verbally abusive toward Rideau Hall staff, belittling them and sometimes leaving them in tears. Di Lorenzo, a longtime friend of Payette’s, also resigned on Thursday. Read the full report.

In World news

Biden lays out pandemic plan

U.S. President Joe Biden moved swiftly to co-ordinate a federal effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, his first full day in office, with steps to expand testing and vaccinations and increase mask-wearing. Read the full report.

In Sports news

A shot deflects off Oilers forward Alex Chiasson in front of Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen during the third period at Rogers Place in Edmonton Monday night.
A shot deflects off Oilers forward Alex Chiasson in front of Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen during the third period at Rogers Place in Edmonton Monday night. Photo by Perry Nelson /USA TODAY Sports

Jake Allen is expected to face Canucks

Jake Allen was expected to make his second start in goal for the Canadiens when they face the Canucks Thursday night in Vancouver. Read our Canadiens Game Day report, which will be updated after the game.

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