The opening days of the 2019 election campaign have been marked, above all, by the attempts of federal leaders to navigate the new Quebec nationalismÂ and its most potent expression, a law on secularism.Â The main proponent of this resurgent nationalism is the provincial government led by Premier FranÃ§ois Legault and his centre-right party, the Coalition Avenir QuÃ©bec. And Legault didn’t wait long before giving the federal leaders a taste.Â The campaign was barely a few hours old when he demanded they renounce support forÂ legal challenges to the secularism law his government passed in June â€”Â not just “for the moment,” as Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said he would, but forever. It was a warning to steer well clear of a matter he considers to be solely within his jurisdiction, even though the law has raised constitutional concerns across the country, not to mention within Quebec itself. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during a campaign stop in Trois-Rivieres, Que., on Friday. His party has enjoyed a lead in Quebec polls since the last election. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press) “It’s up to Quebecers to choose and Quebecers have chosen,” Legault said Wednesday of a law that bans religious symbols in parts of the civil service.Â But the roots of the new Quebec nationalism go well beyond Legault’s sweeping election victory last year.Â It’s a political mindset that has displaced sovereignty as the main alternative to federalism and, as the first week of the campaign has already made clear, will define how the leaders court votes in the province this fall.Â Civic vs ethnic nationalism The nationalism that currently holds sway is conservative. It is based on a holistic conception of Quebec society that prioritizes the historical experience of francophones. It’s mainly worried that the combination of immigration and official multiculturalism will make francophone Quebec culture more vulnerable in an increasingly interconnected world where English is the lingua franca. No surprise then that cutting immigration levels and protecting Quebec’s secular identity were the chief highlights of Legault’s first year in office.Â He has sworn off sovereignty since his days in the Parti QuÃ©bÃ©cois, but the origins of the conservative nationalism that his government espouses can nevertheless be traced to theÂ movement’s most decisive moment: the night of the second referendum. That night, Jacques Parizeau, the PQ premier, opted to improvise his concession speech. “We are beaten, it is true,” he said. “But by what, basically? By money and ethnic votes.” Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau giving the concession speech on Oct. 30, 1995, in which he blamed ‘money and ethnic votes.’ (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press) Already in crisis following the narrow defeat, the sovereignty movement was split in its reaction to Parizeau’s comments.Â There were those who were horrifiedÂ and spent the ensuing years trying to expunge the movement of any hint of ethnic nationalism; trying to promote a more inclusive, civic-style nationalism instead.Â And there were those who believed Parizeau was right, and sought to emphasize the history of French-Canadians in their version of Quebec nationalism. At the outset, the civic nationalists had the upper-hand.Â “After 1995, because of Mr. Parizeau’s comments, there was a tendency within the sovereigntist milieu to adhere to a Trudeauist conception of society,” said Ã‰ric BÃ©dard, a prominent Quebec historian whose writings helped spark the revival of conservative nationalism. “Why claim a special status, maybe even Quebec sovereignty, if fundamentally we adhere to the spirit of Canadian multiculturalism?” But the reasonable accommodation crisis, which lasted roughly between 2006 and 2008, tipped the scales in the other direction. The three federal leaders who attended the first debate of the election were asked about Quebec’s Bill 21. 2:37 The rise of the conservative nationalists As debate raged in the province about whether minority cultural practices represented a threat to Quebec’s secular society, conservative nationalists mounted a fierce attack on multiculturalism.Â BÃ©dard and othersÂ argued the Canadian Charter of Rights and FreedomsÂ and its application by federally appointed judges, was too accommodating of minorities, at the expense of a historically rooted QuÃ©bÃ©cois culture. According to a conservative nationalist reading of the past, this culture is defined by the solidarity forged among francophones fighting for their survival. And the legacy of this solidarity is a willingness to value collective rights over individual ones. Legault’s sweeping victory in the 2018 provincial election consolidated the rise of conservative nationalism in Quebec. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press) That, they said, is what a secularism law could do:Â protect the collective rights of Quebecers to live in a secular society against individuals who use the charter to carve out space for their religious practices. This argument eventually found a sympathetic ear in PQ leader Pauline Marois, who was desperate to restore her party’s fortunes after a disastrous performance in the 2007 election. Marois brought several conservative nationalists, including BÃ©dard, into her inner circle.Â It was a collaboration that ultimately produced the Charter of Values, a proposed secularism law that would have banned religious symbols from large parts of the civil service. The charter died on the order paperÂ when the PQ lost the 2014 election. But conservative nationalists didn’t blame the charter for the loss. They blamed Marois’s focus on sovereignty.Â The CAQ’sÂ successful 2018 election campaign was based on a similar reading of the political climate in the province.Â “The CAQ is in the process of fostering a nationalism without sovereignty. And that’s the winning formula at the moment,” said Jacques Beauchemin, a sociologist and former adviser to Marois whose writings also played a big role in the nationalist revival. “They are proposing a nationalism that suits Quebec of today; a nationalism that is not afraid of affirming things, like with Bill 21 (the secularism law).” Bloc QuÃ©bÃ©cois Leader Yves-FranÃ§ois Blanchet, left, lauded Legault’s nationalism in his opening speech of the campaign. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press) Of obstacles and opportunities The federal election campaign thus opens in Quebec at a moment of deep suspicion about federal institutions.Â Legault, and other defenders of Bill 21, have actively sought to delegitimize the charter and the court system charged with upholding it, fearing their power to strike down the law. His government, moreover, seeks not simply to defend provincial jurisdiction, but expand it in key areas, like immigration. In the meantime, multiculturalism, as both a policy and a value, is cast in ever darker terms by government officials and popular columnists. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has been targeting former Bloc voters in Quebec. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press) The gridÂ laid down by the new Quebec nationalism offers different opportunities and obstacles to the three main contenders in the province.Â It helps explain why, when launching his campaign, Bloc QuÃ©bÃ©cois Leader Yves-FranÃ§ois Blanchet began with a paean to the nationalism of the CAQ government. Sovereignty received only a second-order mention.Â It also provides an explanation for why Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has been more timid than Justin Trudeau in his criticism of Bill 21. Now that conservative nationalism has been shorn of its sovereigntistÂ trappings, the Tories are trying to win over voters who once backed the Bloc. There is, however, only so much Scheer can offer without departing from his federalist bedrock and alienating supporters in the West.Â Of the three then, the Liberals would seem to have the most to lose from the present configuration. Trudeau is seeking a delicate balance with his position on Bill 21, trying to present his pro-charter federalism as no immediate threat to the law without forsaking a document that’s at the core of his party’s identity. But the Liberals, it bears recalling, have maintained a healthy lead in Quebec polls since the last election. Conservative nationalism may be ascendant in the province;Â it’s not yet hegemonic.
Montreal, Quebec City to face new restrictions as Quebec tries to fend off 2nd wave of COVID-19 | CBC News
The Quebec government is expected to announce today that it is reducing the size of private gatherings and imposing new restrictions on bars and restaurants in the province’s two biggest cities, after an increase in COVID-19 infections. Radio-Canada has learned that Montreal, Quebec City and the Chaudière-Appalaches region, which is south of Quebec City, will…
The Quebec government is expected to announce today that it is reducing the size of private gatherings and imposing new restrictions on bars and restaurants in the province’s two biggest cities, after an increase in COVID-19 infections. Radio-Canada has learned that Montreal, Quebec City and the Chaudière-Appalaches region, which is south of Quebec City, will be placed on “moderate alert.”That is the orange, or second-highest, alert level under the province’s regional system for categorizing the danger posed by the novel coronavirus. Government officials told Radio-Canada they are still finalizing their decision, but barring any other major developments, the announcement is expected to be made Sunday. On Saturday, Quebec reported 427 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily increase since May. Being placed in the orange category — up from yellow, designated as the “early warning” level — will come with tightened public-health restrictions. According to Radio-Canada, these restrictions are likely to include: Reducing the maximum number of people allowed at a private gathering from 10 to six. Reducing the maximum number of people allowed per restaurant table from 10 to six. Requiring bars to stop serving alcohol earlier than midnight. A provincewide police operation was conducted this weekend to investigate whether bars are respecting public-health rules. Sources told Radio-Canada that further measures could be taken pending the results of the operation. Gatherings in indoor and outdoor public places are also expected to be limited to 50, as opposed to 250 people. But government officials said there will be exceptions to that rule. For example, in theatres and cinemas where physical distancing is easily respected, the 250-person limit would remain, but wearing a mask would be mandatory at all times, even when seated. It is still unclear whether school activities will be affected by the decision to place the three regions in the orange level. Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé, public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda and Dr. Éric Litvak, medical advisor to public health, will give an update on the COVID-19 situation in Montreal at 5 p.m. ET Sunday.
Nunavut now has 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 | CBC News
The latest: Nunavut reports first COVID-19 cases involving 2 mine workers. Quebec Premier François Legault tests negative for COVID-19. Ontario limits gathering sizes provincewide after reporting 407 new cases. Police disperse crowd at ‘impromptu car show’ in Hamilton, Ont. Two miners who were exposed to COVID-19 in their home jurisdictions before travelling are being monitored in Nunavut.Dr. Michael Patterson,…
The latest: Nunavut reports first COVID-19 cases involving 2 mine workers. Quebec Premier François Legault tests negative for COVID-19. Ontario limits gathering sizes provincewide after reporting 407 new cases. Police disperse crowd at ‘impromptu car show’ in Hamilton, Ont. Two miners who were exposed to COVID-19 in their home jurisdictions before travelling are being monitored in Nunavut.Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, announced the cases at the Hope Bay gold mine in a news release Saturday issued by the territorial government. These are the first cases of the infection to be reported in Nunavut since the pandemic began, but since they didn’t originate in the territory they’ll instead be counted in other jurisdictions, said Cate Macleod, spokesperson for Premier Joe Savikataaq. “Both miners are asymptomatic and were immediately isolated and swabbed for the virus,” Patterson said. No residents from the territory itself work at the site, 125 kilometres southwest of Cambridge Bay, so it’s believed the risk of community spread remains low. In Quebec, Premier François Legault said he has tested negative for COVID-19. Legault and his wife were tested after meeting with Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole last Monday. O’Toole tested positive for the virus Friday. In a message posted Saturday to social media, Legault said he will remain in isolation until Sept. 28. This comes as Quebec reported its highest total of new cases since late May, as well as five additional deaths. The 427 new cases bring the provincial total to a national high of 67,080 confirmed infections, with 5,797 deaths. The Quebec government is expected to announce later Sunday that it is reducing the size of private gatherings in Montreal, Quebec City and the Chaudière-Appalaches region, south of Quebec City. All three regions will move into the “moderate” orange level in its alert system. That’s up from yellow, or “early warning.” The province is looking at reducing the maximum number of people allowed at a private gathering from 10 to six in these regions, Radio-Canada reports. In addition, the maximum number of people allowed per restaurant table would be lowered from 10 to six, and bars would have to stop serving alcohol earlier than midnight. WATCH | Ontario Premier Doug Ford limits social gatherings provincewide: Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the province is lowering the number of people allowed at social gatherings across Ontario. 1:25 Ontario saw its caseload jump by 407 on Saturday for a total of 46,484, with 2,865 deaths. Premier Doug Ford announced a tightening of restrictions on private social gatherings. People in every region of the province can only gather in groups of 10 people indoors, and 25 outdoors under orders continuing until Oct. 22. Police in Hamilton, Ont., dispersed a crowd on Saturday night that they say was well over the new allowable limits for outdoor social gatherings. An example of the impact the #COVIDAlert app can have. Download it today for free to help break the cycle of #COVID19 infections. https://t.co/GQCfsuMG6A https://t.co/kf1gfTXquC—@CPHO_Canada Officers from nearby Peel and York regions, along with Ontario Provincial Police, joined efforts to shut down what police called an “impromptu car show” in a parking lot. People had brought about 500 cars to the parking lot at Cineplex Cinemas Ancaster for the event, said Staff Sgt. Richard Vanderboom of Hamilton Police Mountain Station. He declined to estimate how many people were there. As of 8:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, Canada had 142,774 confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 124,187 of those as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 9,251. What’s happening around the rest of Canada In downtown Calgary, a restaurant owner says he’s near the point of having to hire security because staff are facing harassment from customers who do not want to wear face coverings. Stephen Deere, owner of Modern Steak, says the level of disrespect from patrons refusing to wear a mask has been escalating in recent days. “We’re in a democracy, and I believe you have the right to have your opinion and you have the right to protest,” Deere said. “But when you’re taking it out on the front-line workers and retail and hospitality, and they’re feeling threatened up to the point that violence could occur, it’s time to ring the alarm.” Calgary council voted earlier this month to keep masks mandatory in indoor public spaces, including restaurants, and on public transit, with the next update on masks coming in December. Physical distancing, extreme levels of fatigue are concerns for Alberta teachers, survey suggests Montreal advocates concerned new mask fines will target vulnerable communities Overcrowded buses worry commuters as COVID-19 cases rise, weather turns colder Ontario health-care worker returns home six months after testing positive for COVID-19 What’s happening around the world According to Johns Hopkins University, the global total of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at more than 30.8 million. More than 957,000 people have died, while 21 million have recovered. In London, England, hundreds of people gathered on Saturday to protest the latest COVID-19 restrictions. There were scuffles between demonstrators and police who moved in to disperse the crowd in Trafalgar Square. Protesters attend a rally Saturday at Trafalgar Square in London to protest against restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. (Hollie Adams/Getty Images) Many held placards calling for “freedom” from the restrictions, while some called the pandemic a hoax. The U.K. reported more than 4,400 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, it’s highest single-day spike since May. In Spain, people protested in Madrid on Sunday against the handling of the coronavirus pandemic by the city’s regional head, who has placed new restrictions on neighbourhoods with the highest contagion rates. Wearing face masks and trying to maintain distancing, protesters clapped in unison while shouting for regional President Isabel Diaz Ayuso to step down. Demonstrators gather in front of the Assembly of Madrid on Sunday to protest against the new restrictive measures announced by regional authorities. (Oscar del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images) The restrictions affect around 860,000 people who won’t be able to leave their neighbourhoods except for essential activities, including work or a medical appointment. Parks in the area are closed and shops and restaurants have to limit occupancy to 50 per cent. Spain is struggling to contain a second wave of the novel coronavirus, which has killed at least 30,400 people, according to the Spanish health ministry. Madrid’s rate of transmission is more than double the national average, which already leads European contagion charts.
Dallas Stars top Tampa Bay Lightning for 1-0 lead in Stanley Cup Final
CLOSEAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideThe Dallas Stars continued their unexpected postseason run when they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night in the Edmonton, Alberta, bubble.Dallas’ Joel Hanley, Jamie Oleksiak and Joel Kiviranta scored in the first two periods and goalie Anton Khudobin (35 saves) helped the Stars survive the…
CLOSEAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideThe Dallas Stars continued their unexpected postseason run when they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night in the Edmonton, Alberta, bubble.Dallas’ Joel Hanley, Jamie Oleksiak and Joel Kiviranta scored in the first two periods and goalie Anton Khudobin (35 saves) helped the Stars survive the Lightning’s third-period surge as they took a 1-0 lead for the third consecutive series.That’s a turnaround for a team that had lost six in a row before the coronavirus pandemic forced a shutdown in March, then was outscored 10-5 in the round robin and lost the first game of the playoffs.Game 2 will be Monday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN).The Stars were the rested team after last playing Monday night when they downed the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5. The Lightning had one day off after playing back-to-back overtime games against the New York Islanders.Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (2) scores a goal past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the second period. (Photo: Perry Nelson, USA TODAY Sports)A look at the game:Offense from defenseThe Stars’ defensemen chipped in again on offense, but not the usual suspects. Hanley, who had no goals in 46 regular-season games and seven postseason games, opened the scoring at 5:40 when he skated to the slot, took a pass from Roope Hintz and beat Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.“Obviously it’s something you dream about when you’re young and stuff. It’s just cool to be able to contribute with a goal like that,” Hanley told reporters.Oleksiak also jumped into the play and scored off his own rebound. It was his fifth of the postseason after a three-goal regular season.The Department of D̶e̶f̶e̶n̶s̶e̶ Offense 🚨#GoStarspic.twitter.com/FgLof03h1m— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 20, 2020The Stars have 15 goals from their defense in the playoffs. Miro Heiskanen, John Klingberg and Esa Lindell, the Stars’ top three defensemen, did pick up assists in Game 1.Defensive gemThe Stars held leading playoff scorer Nikita Kucherov without a shot until the third period. The Lightning’s Brayden Point had no shots.“They’re one of the best lines in hockey,” said Stars forward Blake Comeau. “They’re tough to contain. You just try to take away their space and their speed the best you can. To limit them to no chances is something that’s tough to do. They’re going to get their looks.”The Stars blocked 26 shots in the game, led by Oleksiak’s six.The Lightning’s goal was a fluke that went off the skate off Yanni Gourde and Hintz before going into the net. Khudobin shined in the third period as the Stars were outshot 22-2.HIS NAME IS ANTON KHUDOBIN 😲 pic.twitter.com/zWW2IWdlRR— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 20, 2020″We’re going to have to make it tougher on their goalie if we’re going to score,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper.Dental workIn addition to his goal and strong defensive game, Oleksiak lost a tooth on a second-period play.”I went into the corner to make a hit and kind of got counter-hit, a little bit of an elbow there,” he said. “It is what it is, part of the game, right?”UndisciplinedTampa Bay’s Pat Maroon was given a misconduct for shooting the puck into the Dallas bench at the end of the second period. That left the Lightning with 10 forwards for the first 10 minutes of the third period. Down 3-1 in Game 1, Pat Maroon shoots the puck into the Dallas bench at the end of the second period pic.twitter.com/EZmZJg5zNu— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) September 20, 2020The Lightning were aided in the third period by three Stars penalties.No excusesCooper didn’t like the way the Lightning started the game.”I don’t even know if we had to take a shower after the first two periods,” he said. But Lightning players didn’t blame the quick turnaround or fatigue for the slow start.”We obviously showed that we had our legs in the third,” defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. “I think it was more of the mental aspect of us kind of seeing what Dallas brought to the table, and it took us a little bit of time to adjust to it.”Cooper, asked about a possible missed icing call on the Stars’ second goal, said, “It’s a moot point now. You can’t go back and change the call.”Cup in viewUsually the Stanley Cup doesn’t come to the arena until it’s ready to be presented. But the NHL had it visible at the rink for players to see. That was possible because there are no fans at Rogers Place. AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideFind New & Used CarsNew CarsUsed CarsofPowered by Cars.com