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As Quebec students go back to school, a case about sharing intimate photos is making the news. Here are reminders about what the law says.   Crimes Sharing intimate photos of someone without that person’s permission is a crime. For example, you can’t post intimate photos of your ex on social media or send them to a friend. If the person in the photos is under 18, anyone who shares the photos can also be accused of distributing child pornography... Read more

Monday, September 3, is labour day. It’s one of eight public holidays in Quebec. But are you entitled to a long weekend? Here are the rules that apply to workers covered by Quebec’s labour standards law.   A paid day off A public holiday—sometimes called a statutory holiday—is a day when you don’t usually work, but you get paid anyway. But you don’t get salary like on a regular work day: you get money as compensation. The amount is calculated... Read more

The provincial election campaign is now in full swing. On October 1, almost 6.1 million Quebecers will be called to the polls.   Why vote? In a few weeks, you can vote for your member of the National Assembly (MNA). Quebec is divided into 125 ridings, and an MNA is elected for each riding. Usually, the leader of the party that wins the election becomes the premier of Quebec. The outcome of the election has an impact on citizens’ daily lives.... Read more

The Montréal Pride festival runs from August 9 to 19: ten days of community and cultural events to celebrate the journey toward equal rights. Here are some landmarks in the LGBTQ+ struggle in Quebec and Canada.   1969 – Homosexuality is decriminalized. 1969 was a turning point in Canada that ended over 100 years of prohibition and severe sanctions. Before then, homosexuals could be sent to prison for 5 to 14 years!     1976 – Discrimination... Read more

Every year, forest fires ravage thousands of hectares of trees in Quebec. People aren’t always to blame, but are you allowed to start a fire in the great outdoors?   In Quebec’s national parks A simple rule applies in Quebec’s national parks: campfires are only allowed in places specifically marked for that purpose.   In or near a forest Before starting a fire in or near a forest, make sure you follow these rules: Clear all dead wood, branches... Read more

Planning to take a motorcycle on your vacation? Whether it’s your own bike or one borrowed from a friend, make sure you know all the rules of the road!   Extra rules for motorcycles The rules for driving cars apply to driving motorcycles: respect speed limits and road signals, don’t drive while impaired, etc. But motorcyclists must follow additional rules. You and your passengers must wear helmets or risk a fine of $200 to $300. You also need... Read more

It’s festival season! Do you buy tickets online? New rules let you cancel your purchase in some situations. Important! These rules apply to ticket resales between a merchant and a consumer, not to resales between individuals.   Cancellation and refund You can now cancel your ticket purchase from a reseller if the event is cancelled or postponed to a date that doesn’t suit you. You can also cancel your purchase if the location, seat or value of... Read more

Check out these new rules!   Terraces and minors If you’re under 18 and accompanied by a parent, you can now stay on a terrace where alcohol is sold until 10 pm. But you’re still not allowed inside the bar.   Selling alcohol in the morning Grocery stores can now start selling alcohol as early as 7 am.   Being in a bar after it’s closed You’re allowed to stay in a bar up to one hour after it closes--time to call a taxi and wait for it.    ... Read more