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Quebec Rapidly Passes Ban on COVID 19 Related Protests Near Schools, Hospitalson September 24, 2021 at 2:13 pm

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QUEBECs—The Quebec legislature rapidly adopted a bill Thursday banning protests related to the COVID-19 pandemic within 50 metres of schools, daycares, and health-care facilities. The bill was introduced earlier in the day and passed unanimously after a few hours of debate. Under the law, demonstrations of “any manner” near protected institutions are prohibited if they are related to the health orders issued under the COVID-19 state of emergency, vaccination against the novel coronavirus or “any other recommendation issued by public health authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Adult education centres and junior colleges were added to the list of protected places at the suggestion of Liberal member Marwah Rizqy. The government also accepted an amendment introduced by Quebec solidaire member Andres Fontecilla specifying that the law doesn’t apply to employees of protected institutions, who are allowed to protest for better working conditions. Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault, who introduced …

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