#ICYMI: Mobility squad targets, the trainer scarcity and justice reform


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When will Quebec abolish its statute of limitations on civil suits concerning sexual assault? Advocates, who’ve pushed for the change, say it’s lengthy overdue. “I wish to imagine we’ll see a invoice handed in 2020, I actually do,” stated Sébastien Richard. “However at this level, we’ve been ready for therefore lengthy I’ll solely imagine it once I see it.” Quebec has no statute of limitations on felony circumstances regarding sexual assault, however stays one of many few provinces to set a restrict on how lengthy victims have to hunt damages from an abuser. How the timeframe, which was prolonged to 30 years in 2013, is calculated stays difficult. The varied clauses usually end in troublesome cross-examinations in courtroom with victims needing to clarify themselves intimately to show what stopped them from coming ahead. Critics have lengthy argued it’s too convoluted a system for victims to navigate and infrequently serves as a deterrent to looking for civil motion. “That’s the cruelty of prescription durations,” Richard stated. “On prime of dwelling via a sexual assault, they’re now advised by society, and by our legal guidelines, that there isn’t any manner for them to acquire justice.”

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Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge said a shortage of teachers is the biggest challenge his ministry faces in 2020. He stated the issue will take “just a few years” to resolve. Nonetheless Alain Fortier, head of the province’s federation of faculty commissions, complained that Roberge is concentrating on the means slightly than the ultimate consequence — protecting college students at school and bettering their educational efficiency. In the meantime, MNAs continued on Tuesday their examine of Invoice 40, which, within the schooling system’s French sector, would abolish school boards and substitute them with what the invoice describes as “service centres.”

Baseball writer Jonah Keri, who has been charged with assaulting his wife and a minor, hopes to settle his legal troubles without a trial, his lawyer Jeffrey Boro stated. Keri made a quick courtroom look Tuesday morning. His case returns to courtroom March 6. Keri, who wrote a bestselling guide in regards to the Montreal Expos, was first arrested last July and charged with assault, assault inflicting bodily hurt and uttering threats. His spouse is the alleged sufferer in every of the fees. The alleged assaults came about in July 2018 and in Might and July 2019. As a part of his bail circumstances, Keri is barred from going to his household residence within the West Island. He’s additionally prohibited from being inside 250 metres of his spouse, her residence or place of job. He’s additionally not permitted to name his spouse. He was re-arrested final November for breaching his bail circumstances after a name was made to her from his cellphone. In December, Keri was arrested again on new expenses alleging he assaulted his spouse and minor between April and Might 2019. The minor’s establish is protected by a publication ban. Previous to his arrests, the St-Laurent native was a contributor to Sportsnet and The Athletic. However Boro stated his shopper has been having problem getting work as a sports activities journalist.

Montreal is expanding its traffic mobility squad. The 11-person workforce, arrange in June 2018 to attempt to clear up congestion brought on by obstacles like double-parked supply vehicles or building initiatives, had till now operated in solely six boroughs. Beginning this spring, a pilot venture will add six extra workers, prolong its schedule to seven days per week and broaden its mandate to all 19 boroughs, govt committee vice-chairman Sylvain Ouellet introduced Tuesday at a press convention at metropolis corridor. The squad’s annual funds will enhance by 55 per cent to $1.four million, he stated. The squad has intervened 10,504 occasions because it was arrange, he stated. Since its members got the ability to issue traffic tickets final July, they’ve issued 1,999, he stated. Three-quarters of them had been for violations on streets, slightly below one-quarter concerned a reserved lane and the remainder needed to do with strolling paths, bus stops or cycle paths.

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