ICYMI: Arruda gets paid, large gatherings and more news

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Quebec reports 141 new COVID-19 cases, three more deaths

Today’s coronavirus updates. Read more.

Horacio Arruda will earn nearly $1 million in his three-year contract

Dr. Horacio Arruda belongs to a select club: the best paid of the province’s senior government officials. The Legault government recently gave Quebec’s Director of National Public Health a new three-year contract, beginning Aug. 1. By the end of that mandate, he will have earned nearly $1 million, if not more. Read more.

‘Too big a step’: Montrealers apprehensive about 250-person gatherings

On the eve of the rule change, the Montreal Gazette spoke with Montrealers shopping at the Atwater Market to gather their opinions on the issue. Read more.

Man who killed Verdun girl Sarah Dutil denied parole 26 years later

A man who sexually assaulted and then killed an 11-year-old girl in LaSalle, just weeks after a murder case he faced at the Montreal courthouse was dropped, has been denied parole 26 years after his crime shocked Montrealers. Read more.


بدن یافت می شود در Beauce منطقه

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بدن یک مرد پیدا شد بعد از ظهر یکشنبه در یک خندق در شهرداری Ste-مارگریت در کبک Beauce منطقه است.

نه سن و نه هویت فرد بلافاصله روشن شد.

Sûreté du Québec سخنگوی Béatrice Dorsainville گفت: پاسخ اول عبور توسط شهرداری رئیس آتش نشانی ساخته شده خوفناک کشف در حدود 3:30 بعد از ظهر

او گفت: کمی اطلاعات در مورد شرایط مرگ بلافاصله در دسترس بود اما این برداشت اولیه نشان داد که این یک مرگ تصادفی و نه یک عمل مجرمانه.

تحقیقات در جریان است را برای ریختن به نور در شرایط مرگ Dorsainville گفت.


زن می میرد زمانی که ماشین رول بیش از در یک خندق در شرق شهرک

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33 سال از St-Damase در کبک استان کبک کانادا منطقه درگذشت اواخر روز شنبه هنگامی که یک تبدیل خوانده شده که در آن او یک مسافر فرود آمد وارونه در یک خندق در Ste-Catherine-de-Hatley در شرق شهرستان.

هویت خود را ساخته شده بود و نه عمومی در روز یکشنبه.

با توجه به روزنامه های محلی Le Reflet du Lac 53 ساله در چرخ ساکن Shefford حمایت به یک خندق در Chemin de la Pointe در حدود 10 p. m. او که تا به حال چهار نفر در آن بیش تبدیل شده است. راننده بود و احتمالا inebriated, پلیس گفت:.

این خودرو دیگر سرنشینان پایدار تنها جراحات جزئی اما به بیمارستان منتقل شد به هر حال با توجه به ستوان Nathalie Fréchette از Memphremagog نیروی پلیس.

راننده دستگیر شده بود برای امتناع از انجام یک تست breathalyzer. در بیمارستان او حاضر به ارائه یک نمونه برای تعیین سطح الکل در خون او. او آزاد شد و در یک وعده به نظر می رسد در دادگاه و صورت می تواند به اتهام رانندگی با اختلال قوای باعث مرگ شده است.


Motorcyclist killed in collision with drunk driver

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A 52-year-old motorcyclist died Saturday in the Lanaudière region in a violent collision caused by a driver who failed an alcohol breath test.

The victim was identified by the Sûreté du Québec on Sunday as Marcel Aubry of l’Épiphanie.

According to the SQ, the collision took place at about 2:45 p.m. on Route 335 in St-Calixte, about 50 km north of Montreal.

The motorcycle was heading northbound, driving “normally,” when a car heading southbound veered into his lane, said SQ spokesperson Claude Denis. The motorcyclist was unable to avoid the collision.

The driver of the car, a 48-year-old man, was arrested for driving with diminished capacity. He was taken to a police station, where he failed a breathalyzer test. He was released with a promise to appear in court.

The collision took place in a 90 km/h zone with a solid yellow line between the lanes, Denis said.

Earlier Saturday, another motorcyclist was involved in a collision, this one in Péribonka, in the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean region. The motorcycle rear-ended an SUV making a turn at about 12:45 p.m. at Route 169 and Édouard-Niquet St.

The driver of the SUV suffered only minor injuries, but the motorcycle driver’s injuries were critical. His condition remained critical on Sunday afternoon, the SQ said.


Horacio Arruda will earn nearly $1 million in his three-year contract

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Since he became national health director in 2012, Arruda’s salary has increased by about 20 per cent.

In terms of hierarchy, Arruda is not at the top of the pyramid: Officially he occupies the position of assistant deputy minister of health — and yet, he earns substantially more than his immediate superior, deputy minister of health and social services Dominique Savoie. Appointed in June, she is paid $276,109 to head the largest government ministry — it has 10 assistant deputy ministers.

Savoie is paid significantly less than her predecessor, Yvan Gendron: He was paid $310,000, one of the highest salaries in Quebec’s public service.

Arruda’s compensation is nearly equivalent to that of the government’s highest-level public servant: Yves Ouellet, Secretary-General of the Executive Council, to whom all deputy ministers report. His annual salary is $325,810.

Arruda earns significantly more than most other assistant deputy ministers, whose salaries generally range between $150,000 and $200,000.

Deputy ministers, who are responsible for the proper functioning of an entire ministry, earn between about $210,000 and $230,000.

Financially, Quebec’s ministers and Premier François Legault come in well behind Arruda. Compensation of members of the government, known as a special allowance and not as salary, is set by the National Assembly, which applies different rules to elected officials than to the public service. A minister’s salary in 2020 is $167,193 and Legault’s is $196,193. In addition, there is a housing allowance and car with driver-bodyguard.


Canadiens had the matchups they wanted in Game 1 win over Penguins

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TORONTO — As the Canadiens approached the start of their qualifying round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, coach Claude Julien talked about the difficulty of matching lines because the Penguins had the last line change in the first two games of the best-of-five series.

As it turned out, his concerns were for naught.

Sidney Crosby spent most of the night playing against the Canadiens’ defensive specialist Phil Danault and young Nick Suzuki.

“I was a bit surprised,” said Danault, who was matched against Crosby for 19 faceoffs. “I know they double-shifted him a lot so I guess we were going to face each other.”

Crosby was on the ice for 30 shifts in the Penguins’ 3-2 overtime loss, but Danault also did some extra work. He was on the ice for 31 shifts and would have been even busier if he hadn’t spent six minutes in the penalty box.

“I don’t know what (Penguins coach Mike Sullivan’s) philosophy is (but) ours is pretty simple,” said Julien. “I don’t think we’re a very good team when we’re trying to hard match and then switching on the fly all the time and so on and so forth. We tried to build our team accordingly, meaning the young guys like (Jesperi) Kotkaniemi’s got two really reliable veterans on each side of him.


Man who killed Verdun girl denied parole 26 years after the murder

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The girl, who was babysitting for a woman Cobb knew, had been stabbed through an eye and bruises were found on her slit throat. The prosecutor in the case, André Vincent, who is now a Superior Court judge, said at the time that it was “one of the most horrible crimes I’ve ever seen.”

The violent death of a child followed by the indignity to her body shocked Montrealers. But that reaction was multiplied when media revealed that, just five weeks earlier, the Crown abandoned a murder case Cobb was charged in.

In June 1993, Cobb’s trial before a jury was well underway when Justice Henry Steinberg, the judge who was presiding over it, was suddenly promoted to the Quebec Court of Appeal. Steinberg declared a mistrial before moving on to the higher court.

Critics laters pointed out that Steinberg was hastily promoted just two days before Brian Mulroney resigned as Canada’s prime minister. And Steinberg said, back in 1994, he did not know that by accepting the promotion he would no longer have jurisdiction over the jury trial. A few days after Sarah was killed, the Chief Justice of the appellate court at the time questioned why Mulroney had promoted Steinberg so quickly and noted that the previous appointment to the same court took nine months. He also said decree proclaiming Steinberg a Quebec Court of Appeal was issued so quickly there was no time to ask about his ongoing cases.

The trial involved the June 20, 1992 murder of Daniel Deschênes, a 21-year-old drug dealer. At least one witness in the trial testified Cobb had tricked Deschênes into believing they were going to an isolated part of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce to take target practice with firearms. The same witness said Cobb wanted to kill Deschênes because they had robbed a drug dealer months earlier and Cobb was worried Deschênes would rat him out.


‘Too big a step’: Montrealers apprehensive about 250-person gatherings

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“Because people will think, ‘OK, it’s fine,’ and then go crazy. It won’t be worth it.”

Gravel said she feels for people who have missed big life events during the pandemic, noting some families have been waiting to celebrate milestones or anniversaries since March.

“If I’m invited to a big ceremony that’s worth it, then yes I would go,” she said. “But I would make sure to keep my distance and make sure everything is clean.”

Steven Fagan, 71

“I think it’s the wrong choice. Actually, I think it’s insane,” said Fagan. “I mean, 250 people. How do you control their distancing from each other? You would probably need a football field in order to distance properly.”

“It’s cuckoo. It doesn’t make sense to me,” Fagan added. “We’re walking around with masks for five months, do we want to be potentially walking around with masks for another year and a half? I don’t know. They shouldn’t allow it.”

Overall, Fagan praised the Quebec government and Premier François Legault’s handling of the pandemic so far, but added: “I just think this particular item is stupid.”

David Searle, 31

“I think it’s probably fine if the measures are being respected and if people are wearing masks and keeping their distances,” Searle said. “I’m not too concerned.”

Searle said he hasn’t been to any large gatherings yet, but would now be comfortable attending a venue with 250 people.

“You go outside in the city and it’s pretty busy,” he said. “I’m looking forward to hearing about the Orchestre Métropolitain’s program that’s coming out. I’m excited about that.”


Lewis Hamilton wins British GP; Montreal’s Lance Stroll 9th

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“Up until that last lap everything was relatively smooth sailing,” said the six times world champion of a race with two long safety car periods. “The tires felt great.

“I heard that his (Bottas’s) tire went and I was just looking at mine and everything seemed fine. The car was still turning no problem… Those last few laps I started to back off and then just down the straight it just deflated.

“That was definitely a heart in the mouth kind of feeling…I was just praying to get around and not be too slow. I nearly didn’t get around the last few corners. Thank God we did.”

The victory was the 87th of Hamilton’s F1 career — leaving him four short of Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91 — and his third in a row. It was also probably the luckiest.

Verstappen’s race engineer summed it up over the team radio to the Dutch driver: “He’s a lucky boy..”

Mercedes, chasing a seventh successive title double, have won all four races this season.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Renault, ahead of future McLaren team mate Lando Norris, whose own team mate – Carlos Sainz – also had a puncture.

Frenchman Esteban Ocon ensured Renault’s double points finish in sixth, with compatriot Pierre Gasly seventh for AlphaTauri and British-based Thai Alexander Albon riding a rollercoaster of a race to eighth place.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on August 02, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Pool via Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775530818
Montrealer Lance Stroll driving the (18) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on August 02, 2020 in Northampton, England. Pool/2020 Pool

Montrealer Lance Stroll was ninth for Racing Point, and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took the final point.

Nicholas Latifi, Stroll’s fellow Montrealer, finished 15th.


Quebec reports 141 new COVID-19 cases, three more deaths

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Quebec reported 141 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the province’s total to 59,599.

The province also reported three more deaths, two of which occurred before July 25. A total of 5,681 deaths have now been attributed to COVID-19 in Quebec.

The number of people hospitalized decreased by five to 172. Of those patients, 17 are in intensive care, a reduction of one from the prior day.

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