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Montreal maintains state of emergency as uncertainty over second wave continues

Uncertainty over a potential second wave led the city of Montreal on Friday to maintain its state of emergency until municipal council meets in September. But the official opposition at city hall says it has issues with the manner in which some of those measures have been used thus far. Ensemble Montréal accused Mayor Valérie Plante’s administration of using the pandemic to further Projet Montréal’s “political agenda” by expanding bicycle paths. Read more.

Quebec reduces isolation period for confirmed cases from 14 days to 10

Quebec is reducing the mandatory isolation period required for people infected with COVID-19 from 14 days to 10. From now on, people can end their isolation period 10 days after their first symptoms appear, or 10 days after testing positive if they don’t show symptoms. The change was made in response to evolving science regarding the transmission and duration of contagiousness. Read more.

Hydro-Québec’s second-quarter results take a hit during pandemic

With many businesses shuttered, electricity consumption dropped by more than 10 per cent in the commercial and industrial sectors in the second quarter, Hydro-Québec says. But, thanks to legions of new teleworkers, residential electricity use increased by five per cent. Read more.