Canada

While you were sleeping: Just because it's weekend doesn't mean you should make plans

Now is not the time to gather.

A couple wear masks as they go for a walk in Parc La Fontaine on Nov. 26, 2020.

Here’s what happened Sunday evening.

The protest began as a motorized demonstration against the province’s COVID-19 measures on Quebec’s highways that gathered in front of the National Assembly in the early afternoon. Videos posted by participants to social media showed many demonstrators did not wear masks or respect physical-distancing measures. Some participants could be seen shaking hands or kissing each other. At 7 p.m., Quebec City police said they had ordered the demonstrators to wear masks and respect the distancing measures. About 15 minutes later, police said those who did not comply would receive tickets.

“Tourists see the beautiful hotels and the hotels and the beaches but don’t understand they are propping up a government which has no respect for human rights,” said Alba Serena, one of the organizers of a rally that attracted 150 people in front of the TVA headquarters. The Montreal gathering was part of a series of events held around the world in support of San Isidro Movement, a group of artists and intellectuals that was formed in 2018 to protest against a government crackdown on freedom of speech. The movement attracted international attention last week when it decried the arrest of rapper Denis Solis. He was sentenced to eight months in prison for contempt for calling a policeman a “chicken in a uniform.”

In an email sent to family members of residents on Saturday, Barbra Gold, the centre’s director for a support program for the autonomy of seniors, said the decision was made after consulting with public-health authorities, infectious-disease specialists and other health-care professionals. The residents will be transferred on Sunday. “I’m glad that Dr. (Lawrence) Rosenberg made this decision, but I’m concerned that the nurses and orderlies who have been caring for these residents are moving with them,” said Joyce Shanks, a member of the Family Advocacy Committee. “There is already a shortage of personnel and this will make it worse.”

Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were all deemed to be a “high-risk” close contact to fellow Broncos quarterback Jeff Driskel, who tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. A report on the NFL website said practice squad receiver Kendall Hinton, who played quarterback in college, is expected to fill in at the position, while running back Royce Freeman, considered the team’s emergency quarterback, could play a role.

With files from Presse Canadienne and Reuters.

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