Legault considers "thank you" to asylum seekers, Splash Pad opening, Montrealers banned from Oka Park

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Legault considers if asylum seekers could stay

Legault is considering allowing some asylum seekers who are working in the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to immigrate to Canada. 

The announcement follows weeks of the government saying they would not consider giving any preference for asylum seekers. 

Now, they say they want to extend a “thank you” to this community. 

This exception would help many refugees, many of them Haitian, who crossed into Quebec from the US. 

About one thousand are currently working in long-term care homes, many with severe staff shortages.

Splash Pad opening to combat heat wave

Splash Pads across the city of Montreal are gradually opening to help families deal with the heat wave. 

While childrens parks and swings will remain roped off, splash pads will give kids a chance to play outside in public spaces again.

Parents will be responsible for maintaining social distancing rules.

Montreal residents banned from Oka Park

The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake and Quebec have agreed on a deal to reopen Oka provincial park.

Montrealers will still not be allowed in. 

Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon has taken down road blocks from the entrance of Oka park following the negotiation. 

The park will reopen but at 50 per cent capacity, and only to the communities in the lower Laurentians. 

Access to Kanesatake will remain restricted.