#ICYMI: COVID claims teen, vaccination campaign expands, more mask rules (Reports)

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In brief: A selection of today’s reports on montrealgazette.com.

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On Thursday, seven walk-in vaccination clinics will open in Montreal for people 55 and older who want to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, Andy Riga reports in his blog covering the day’s pandemic developments. Read it here.

BREAKING: Some of the regions in Quebec that have been hit the hardest by the pandemic in recent weeks are expected to report their largest increase in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Quebec Premier François Legault, Health Minister Christian Dubé and public health director Horacio Arruda have called a news conference for 5 p.m. Thursday, where they’re expected to address the situation. Read the full report.

In Montreal news

Teen dies of COVID-19

A 16-year-old student died of COVID-19 Saturday at Ste-Justine Hospital in Montreal. The teenager is the youngest person in Quebec known to have died from the disease caused by the coronavirus. Read the full report.

More people eligible

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Quebec is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination program on the island of Montreal to include people with chronic medical conditions and essential workers. It is also expanding vaccination for certain age groups across the province — starting Thursday, all Quebecers 60 and older will be eligible for vaccination, and people 55 and older can go to vaccination centres to get the AstraZeneca vaccine without having to book an appointment first. Read the full report.

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The city has managed to delay the new coronavirus variants from rapidly spreading, but an increase in COVID-19 cases is expected any day, Montreal’s public health director warned on Wednesday. Read the full report.

Predicting COVID-19 cases through sewage

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Every time Dominic Frigon flushes a toilet, he thinks about the roughly 100 people across the province that he supervises to collect, sort and analyze wastewater for traces of the virus that causes COVID-19. Frigon, an assistant professor at McGill’s environmental engineering department, is the co-ordinator of CentrEAU-COVID, a project comprised of experts from across the province analyzing samples of sewage water in five regions of Quebec. Read the full report.

Detectives believe Cedric Gagnon’s body was dismembered to get rid of evidence, a Montreal police source says.
Detectives believe Cedric Gagnon’s body was dismembered to get rid of evidence, a Montreal police source says. Photo by Facebook

Gruesome details, prosecutor warns

A prosecutor addressing a jury at the Montreal courthouse on Wednesday warned them that the evidence to be presented in the first-degree murder trial of Raymond Henry Muller will be difficult to hear. Read the full report.

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Anglo boards hit back

A war of words has erupted after Marlene Jennings, head of the Quebec Community Groups Network, sided with Premier François Legault over whether the English Montreal School Board is qualified to make decisions about re-opening schools. Read the full report.

Concordia Student Union apologizes

On the day before Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Concordia Student Union issued a letter of apology to the Jewish community at large. The letter, posted on the CSU’s Facebook page Tuesday, apologizes for years of turning a blind eye to anti-Semitic incidents that have contributed to creating an unwelcoming environment, and one of hostility toward Jewish students on campus. Read the full report.

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In Quebec news

Masks in all workplaces

Citing the growing “threat of COVID-19 variants,” Quebec’s work health safety board announced Wednesday that the wearing of masks will become obligatory in all workplaces in the province beginning Thursday. Read the full report.

Masks outdoors, too

Quebecers taking part in group activities outdoors will be required to wear masks in both red and orange zones as of Thursday, a measure the province’s health institute is calling preventive. Read the full report.

Former Quebec Court of Appeal judge Jacques Delisle walks out of a courtroom, facing charges of first-degree murder, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in Quebec City. Delisle, sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife, says he helped her commit suicide.
Former Quebec Court of Appeal judge Jacques Delisle walks out of a courtroom, facing charges of first-degree murder, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in Quebec City. Delisle, sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife, says he helped her commit suicide. Photo by Jacques Boissinot /The Canadian Press files

New trial for former judge

David Lametti, Canada’s justice minister, has ordered a new trial for former judge Jacques Delisle, who was convicted in 2012 of first-degree murder in the death of his wife. Saying he was the “victim of judicial error” and having exhausted his options before the courts, Delisle asked the minister to intervene. Read the full report.

In Business news

Property prices soar in March

Residential property prices in Greater Montreal continued to soar in March as sales activity bubbled over yet again despite a dearth of available homes. Read the full report.