UPDATED: IT Teacher in Quebec? You Might Need To Choose Between Your Religion or Your Job

UPDATE: The bill has now passed and is officially a law in the province of Quebec. Quebec’s bill 21 is the only jurisdiction in North America with a religion-based dress code, meaning you can fired for religious attire you wear to work. Quebec has also included a clause where so called “securalism police” will check in on work place to make sure no religious attire is worn, and “the targeted employee could be subject to disciplinary measures for failing to comply.” Hélène David, the Liberal critic that was against the horrendous bill in Quebec, said “It’s a sad day.”

Quebec government has announced that they have tabled the secularism legislation bill soon to come into full force in Quebec.

Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec government has declared that they will ban the wearing of religious symbols by public sector employees in position of authority, such as teachers, prosecutors, judges, and police officers.

Position of authority is defined as the power to tell the other person what to do.

That means when the bill becomes a law, and you decide to apply to work for the Quebec government in the position of authority, such as teachers, prosecutors, judges, or police officers – you will need to take off that kippa, turban, cross or hijab when showing up for work or risk losing a job.

Quebec Public Security Minister, Genevieve Guilbault, has announced that repercussions can be severe if you refuse to take off your religious garb. She said that:

“People can advise police services, like they do to have any other law applied. The law is the law.”

List of Quebec Public Sector Departments

  • Executive Council of Quebec
  • Secrétariat du Conseil du trésor
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • Ministry of Culture and Communications
  • Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade
  • Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports
  • Ministry of Employment and Social Solidarity
  • Ministry of Families, Seniors and the Status of Women
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Government Services
  • Ministry of Health and Social Services
  • Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Ministry of International Relations
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Labour
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Regions
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife
  • Ministry of Public Security
  • Ministry of Revenue
  • Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks
  • Ministry of Tourism
  • Ministry of Transport

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, was taken aback by this populist decision by Quebec’s government saying:

It is unthinkable to me that in a free society, we would legitimize discrimination against citizens based on their religion.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer usually never sides with liberals but on this Bill 21 he openly disagreed with Quebec government:

“Our party will always defend individual freedoms. I think a liberal, a society based on fundamental freedoms and openness, must always protect fundamental individual rights and should not in any way impede people from expressing themselves and in any way by infringing on those fundamental rights.”

In response to criticism, Quebec’s Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness Minister Jolin-Barrette said.

“Quebec is a nation. No one contests this reality and our fundamental right to decide our own future and the orientations of our society.”

Bloc Quebecois, political party in Canada devoted to Quebec sovereignty, has also decided to send a message to people in Canada to mind their own business by renting out the following bill board and putting it in Ottawa, not too far from the Canadian parliament.

Quebec government announced that there is nothing to worry about and they will work with everyone involved to make sure everyone is satisfied. The bill also includes so called “grandfather clause,” which means that if you were an employee before May 28, 2019 this law does not apply to you.

So if you are starting a new job on May 29, 2019 or after in the public sector in Quebec and do not want to part with your religious garments you might be fired because of your religion.

Harvey Levine, executive director at Quebec Jewish association, said that the new bill is “an assault on the fundamental rights and freedoms of Quebecers.

So now you need to decide whether to keep wearing that kippa or support your family financially. Decisions, decisions…

Tesla Model 3 Hacked in Canada

Two hackers in Vancouver had won a Tesla after they have found loophole in Telsa’s web browser that let them bypass security.

This happened at a Pwn2Own hacking contest in Vancouver where so called white hackers and security experts gather to try to exploit various computer systems . Pwn2Own has been going on for over 10 years.

This year was a special year as this is the first time a big company like Tesla agreed to lend them a car to be exploited and hacked .

Two security experts, Richard Zhu and Amat Cam, were able to penetrate Tesla’s web browser and show a custom message.

Tesla gave the duo the same car they hacked as a gift. They also mentioned that they will be fixing the bug asap.

“In the coming days, we will release a software update that addresses this research. We understand that this demonstration took an extraordinary amount of effort and skill, and we thank these researchers for their work to help us continue to ensure our cars are the most secure on the road today.”

Tesla’s been involved with hacking community for many years and have been giving away bounties of up to $15,000 US. Nice way to keep the car safe.

Canada Revenue’s Downed Website is Now Up

The Canada Revenue website was down for most of the day Monday April 25th this week. CRA said the issue was temporary and they were trying to fix it asap.

Both business and personal services were down, and it was impossible to look up any tax related information.

Some people were furious as the deadline to file taxes in Canada is April 30th, 2019.


Mobile app was down as well.

The issue turned out to be “computer hardware issue” and is now all fixed.

Canadian Government To Subsidize Electric Cars

In Canada, the government has decided to introduce $5,000 subsidy when you buy an electric car anywhere in Canada to get more people to buy electric vehicles.

In order to get the subsidy your electric car has to cost less than $45,000.

Provinces like Quebec and British Columbia have already subsidies for electric cars, but this will be the first federally run subsidy for electric cars. Canadian government has finally decided to launch the subsidy after few years of deliberations.

As discussed now, government will subsidy electric cars over the next 3 years at a cost to them of approximately $300m.

IF you are looking to get the newly launched Tesla, unfortunately you will be out of luck. The new Tesla Model 3 are priced at $47,000 ($2,000 more than allowed) and the Canadian government will not subsidize it. However you will be able to get cars like Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt EV and Hyundai Ioniq Electric.


The government also talks about their “investment in Canada’s domestic auto industry so that it can become a global leader in zero-emission transportation manufacturing.” Government is also providing subsidies to businesses that want to create businesses related to electric vehicles.

The government will also be investing around $130m to put more electric charging stations across Canada.

Why Open Your Startup in Toronto vs Bay Area? Smart People, According to Toronto Mayor Tory

At a recent SXSW, festival dedicated to helping creative people achieve their goals, Toronto Mayor, John Tory, was asked why Toronto was better for startups than San Francisco.

According to Tory, smart people is what makes Toronto great. Toronto also has some great educational system here. He also mentioned that the number of international students doubled while in the US it went down 7%.

You can watch this short interview below

Great to be back in Toronto after a busy few days at SXSW. While at the conference, I was regularly asked about what makes Toronto’s tech sector so unique. Listen to my response on why Toronto’s become an emerging centre of technology and innovation. #sxsw #sxsw2019

Posted by John Tory on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Montreal Confoo Development Conference Is About to Start; Enter to Win a Ticket

We are delighted to say that we have teamed up with founders of Confoo conference to do a raffle for readers of Planetweb for one free ticket to their upcoming conference. Their ticket is valued at over $1k, so we are very grateful at them giving us this opportunity. Scroll to the bottom of this page to enter. Please note, we will be accepting entries until March 8th 12pm EST.

If you do not get lucky, and can not win the ticket, you can still buy tickets as they have only about 5 tickets left by visiting the following link to Confoo Montreal developer conference to buy tickets. Please note conference is about to start on March 13 – 15, 2019.

You never heard of Confoo? You must have been living under a rock. They have been hosting developer conference for over 10 years with two events in Canada: Vancouver and Montreal. They have over 150 presentations by popular international speakers and are focused on pragmatic solutions for web developers. Definitely some great content and amazing experience.

Their conference in Montreal covers many different languages and technology trends like .NET C#, Javascript, PHP, Java, Node JS , Artificial intelligence and Microservices. But do not take just our word for it – see what people say who have attended Confoo below.

Without further ado, the raffle form is below – please make sure to answer skill testing question correctly to qualify. Good luck. 1 winner will be announced on Friday March 8th, 2019.