BARBER SCREEN, Quebec – A few days ago, I was walking the streets of Montreal with my two little girls.
The first one, a toddler, and the other, a five-year-old, were on the way to school.
She had gone for a walk with her friend, who I’d been talking to, a few days before.
They were on their way to the playground and were going to the water fountain.
Suddenly the water was frozen.
They froze, too, and were unable to walk again.
When I told them what had happened, their parents didn’t seem to understand, nor did they know what to do.
“My daughter has cerebral palsy,” my daughter said.
“It’s so hard for her to walk.”
They didn’t know what the options were.
They didn, in fact, have to wait until tomorrow, when the school’s enrolment is going to reach 100,200 students.
It’s the first time the Quebec province has achieved this feat.
This is the result of an ambitious campaign, supported by the government of the province, that has been underway for some years, and has brought in more than 2,000 students.
Since it was launched in 2015, Quebec has achieved the highest enrolment in Canada and among the most in the world.
This year’s enrolments are almost double the figure of 2015, when there were 2,500.
In the first quarter of 2017, the province announced an additional 4,000 children would be enrolled in the province this year, in addition to 2,400 already enrolled.
That will total more than 10,000 in the first three months of 2018.
As of September 30, the provincial government had raised more than $4.6 billion in its third-quarter budget.
It’s the second-highest annual funding increase in the history of the government.
There are several factors at play.
First, Quebec’s economy is growing at twice the rate of the rest of Canada.
Quebec is also the most educated province in Canada.
Second, the country is becoming more urbanised.
Last year, there were almost 8,000 more people living in Quebec, and this year that number is expected to reach 11,000.
This growth has been partly due to a combination of factors, including a rise in the cost of living.
Quebec also has one of the highest average income levels in Canada, which is reflected in the growth in enrolments.
Finally, Quebecers are being trained to take on a variety of tasks in their day-to-day lives.
The provincial government has set a goal of having a full-time, six-week program of education for each student by 2020, with an aim to have a full school by 2021.
The province’s educational plan includes a range of courses and programs.
Quebecers in general and their families will be eligible for the program, with the option to take a test.
The federal government is also contributing $2.5 billion in funding.
But it’s a program that’s being funded by all three governments, with only the federal government paying.
At the end of the day, this is about more than funding the government’s schools.
It has been a long, difficult road.
If you’re in Quebec and you need help, please contact the National Children’s Advocacy Centre, the Children’s Rights Law Centre, or the Quebec Bar Association.