Top stories this week: Quebec shot in Sint Maarten, pharmacists' new powers, school transfers
1. 'You left as a hero': Daughter of Quebecer shot in Sint Maarten says he died protecting her
The daughter of a Quebec man who died following an alleged robbery attempt in Sint Maarten says her father was shot while trying to protect her.
2. Lotto Max won in Quebec
There was only one winner for the $65 million Lotto Max draw, and they bought their ticket in Quebec.
A spokesperson for the agency later said the ticket was purchased on the island of Montreal.
Tuesday's prize was a record-setting high for the lottery.
3. Quebec pharmacists get new powers to prescribe, vaccinate
Health care is about to get more accessible in Quebec. The government tabled legislation Thursday that will allow pharmacists to do more for their patients.
Under Bill 31, pharmacists will be able to:
- Give vaccines
- Prescribe over-the-counter medications
- Adjust prescriptions made by all doctors, nurses and dentists
4. Three EMSB schools to transfer to overcrowded French board
Quebec’s education minister plans to transfer control of three English Montreal School Board schools to an overcrowded French board by ministerial decree.
On Tuesday morning, Quebec Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge told 98.5 host Paul Arcand that he wasn’t satisfied with other solutions proposed by the EMSB.
5. Wedding rings may be defined as forbidden religious symbols
After months of avoiding the issue, the CAQ government has chosen to decide what constitutes a "religious symbol" in Bill 21, its law to prevent many civil servants, including those in positions of authority, from wearing religious symbols.
And that may include rings worn by people who have been married in a church.