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Quebec dentist fined for breaking quarantine in Cayman Islands



a man standing next to a body of water: Dr. Pascal Terjanian was once called a public menace by the Quebec Order of Dentists.


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Dr. Pascal Terjanian was once called a public menace by the Quebec Order of Dentists.

A Quebec dentist and his partner were fined $1,500 each on Monday after Cayman Island authorities charged them with breaking the territory’s quarantine rules.

Dr. Pascal Terjanian, a controversial dentist who practises in Montreal and Terrebonne, and Christina Gurunian pleaded guilty to the charges during a court appearance via a video link on Monday.

Upon arrival at the airport on Nov. 13, they were fitted with electronic tracker wristbands and escorted to an apartment complex where they were supposed to isolate for 14 days because of the pandemic.

Police were called to the complex after staff notified them that the couple had left the apartment.

Gurunian, 34, failed to wear her mask upon arrival at the complex and on several other occasions when she walked from her apartment to put garbage in the dumpster, a Cayman news outlet reported.

According to the court file, the managers became suspicious of Terjanian and Gurunian after they both requested numerous favours, which prompted them to review the complex’s CCTV footage, said Andrel Harris, a reporter with the Caymen Compass.

According to the court file, which Harris said he consulted, both Terjenian and Gurunian were observed outside of their apartment without their geo-fencing wristbands and were seen swimming in the ocean at the back of the property.

In an interview with the Montreal Gazette, Gurunian disputed many of the allegations. She said the only time she violated quarantine was when she took trash to the dumpster.

The couple decided to plead guilty to all the charges because her aunt died last weekend and she wanted to return home to Quebec to be with her family.

“Our lawyer said to plead guilty to the charges because, otherwise, we would not have been able to leave the country,” she said.

She claims that two officers came to their door on Monday and notified them of the court appearance. She said she never saw any of the CCTV footage that the police claim shows them violating quarantine rules.

“I never did those things,” she said.

Gurunian also denied that she tampered with her monitoring bracelet. She said Terjanian wore his bracelet farther up his arm because he wears a watch on his wrist.

The couple left the Cayman Islands on Tuesday after they had two negative COVID-19 tests. They are not allowed to return to the islands while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

Following the incident, the government will now require travellers to pass through an additional checkpoint at the airport to ensure the tracking bracelet has been fitted correctly, Dr. Tasha Ebanks-Garcia, the director of Travel Cayman, said in a news release.

Terjanian, 52, who was once called a public menace by the Quebec Order of Dentists , has been the subject of many complaints about pricey, shoddy and painful dental work dating back to 1997.

In 2014, he was suspended from practising dentistry for 30

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Quebec dentist kicked out of Cayman Islands for breaking quarantine rules



a man standing next to a body of water: Pascal Terjanian and his partner Christina Gurunian are not allowed to return to the Cayman Islands while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.


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Pascal Terjanian and his partner Christina Gurunian are not allowed to return to the Cayman Islands while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

A Quebec dentist and his partner have been booted out of the Cayman Islands after breaking the territory’s quarantine rules.

Dr. Pascal Terjanian, a controversial dentist who practises in Terrebonne, and Christina Gurunian pleaded guilty to the charge and were each fined $1,000, according to local media reports.

The couple arrived in the Cayman Islands on Nov. 13 and breached quarantine rules several times.

Terjanian, 52, and Gurunian, 34, both pleaded guilty during a court appearance via a video link on Monday.

Upon arrival at the airport, they were fitted with electronic tracker wristbands and escorted to an apartment complex where they were supposed to isolate for 14 days because of the pandemic.

Police were called to the complex after staff notified them that the couple had left the apartment.

Gurunian failed to wear her mask upon arrival at the complex and on several other occasions when she walked from her apartment to put garbage in the dumpster, a Cayman news outlet reported.

The couple were also observed outside their apartment without their wristbands and were filmed swimming in the ocean. On another occasion, Gurunian jumped the complex’s wall to go grocery shopping.

The couple are not allowed to return to the islands while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

Following the incident, the government will now require travellers to pass through an additional checkpoint at the airport to ensure the tracking bracelet has been fitted correctly, Dr. Tasha Ebanks-Garcia, the director of Travel Cayman, said in a news release.

Terjanian, who was once called a public menace by the Quebec Order of Dentists , has been the subject of many complaints about pricey, shoddy and painful dental work dating back to 1997.

In 2014, he was suspended from practising dentistry for 30 months after a disciplinary committee found him guilty of 38 infractions.

The board said the suspension was warranted “considering the gravity of the infractions and the apparent absence of remorse … and the possibility of recidivism,” the Montreal Gazette reported at the time.

During the investigation, Terjanian blocked attempts to investigate him by refusing to answer questions or hand over proper documentation.

In July 2010, he was suspended for sexual relations with a patient. The suspension was lifted the following month.

In an interview with the Montreal Gazette in 2015, Terjanian conceded overcharging and possibly doing an unnecessary root canal. He also admitted to having sex with the mother of a patient.

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Quebec fitness centres back off threat to reopen, but province still ready to crack down

Quebec deputy premier Geneviève Guilbault says the province will go ahead with a new decree to allow fines for fitness centres that reopen their facilities, even though a group of owners has backed off its threat to defy red zone regulations.

With the province entering a new four-week partial lockdown, a coalition of fitness centre owners had threatened to reopen their businesses even if the government didn’t allow them to, citing the need to preserve the physical and mental health of their members.

“We will be ready, if ever they were to change their minds,” said Guilbault, after thanking the coalition for its decision this morning while speaking to reporters. “If we have to be severe with people who go to the gym when it is not allowed, we will be ready to do so.” 

Customers who go into the exercise facilities would also be subject to fines, once the province adopts the decree.

Instead of reopening, the coalition encouraged members to gather in front of their respective fitness centres to protest the province’s restrictions.

“This protest — peaceful and in accordance with public health guidelines — will be the first step for a movement we hope will grow to make the Legault government realize it can’t govern just for COVID,” the group said in a written statement.

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Most Quebecers respect rules, Guilbault says

Guilbault also slammed provincial opposition parties — most notably the Liberal Party — for statements she deemed “irresponsible” in regard to Quebecers’ willingness to continue following public health rules.

Opposition parties criticized the CAQ government on Tuesday, saying Quebecers will not blindly follow guidelines unless the province provides more details behind the reasoning for prolonging the red zone restrictions.

Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade said “social peace” was at risk if the government failed to be more transparent.

Guilbault shot down Anglade’s comments, referencing recent survey results from Quebec’s public health research institute, obtained by Le Devoir, that show that more than 75 per cent of Quebecers respect public health guidelines.

“We often play political games, it’s normal,” said Guilbault. “But I think that in the context we’re living in, a public health emergency, we all have to behave responsibly.”

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Quebec fitness centre owners back down on threat to defy COVID-19 lockdown orders

An empty gym is seen in Montreal, on Oct. 26, 2020.

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A group of Quebec fitness centre owners says its members are no longer planning to open Thursday in defiance of the government’s lockdown orders.

The owners released a statement today calling on their clients to instead join them in a series of protests outside their gyms and fitness studios on Thursday.

On Monday, a coalition of more than 250 gym owners threatened to open their doors this week, prompting a warning from Premier Francois Legault that they and their clients would be fined.

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This week Legault extended lockdown orders across regions under the government’s highest pandemic-alert levels – including Montreal and Quebec City – from Oct. 28 to Nov. 23.

Bars, restaurant dining areas, gyms and entertainment venues have been ordered to close.

The gym owners say their protests on Thursday will conform to the provincial COVID-19 health regulations.

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Some Quebec fitness businesses says they will reopen despite COVID-19 restrictions

MONTREAL – Some Quebec gym, yoga, dance and martial arts business owners say they intend to reopen their doors on Thursday in defiance of provincial health rules.

A coalition of fitness businesses is calling on Quebec Premier Francois Legault to lift restrictions that forced their facilities to close this month amid a second COVID-19 wave.

They urged Premier Francois Legault to consider their plight ahead of an expected announcement Monday and said that without evidence they are contributing to outbreaks, they should be allowed to reopen.

When Legault announced the measures affecting the province’s high-alert red zones, including Montreal and Quebec City, they were scheduled to come to an end after Oct. 28, but he has recently hinted that some of the restrictions will have to remain in place.

“For the moment, we are ready to open on the 29th, because there hasn’t been any recommendations to the contrary,” said Christian Menard, vice-president of ProGym in east-end Montreal.

“We want the premier to take into consideration the opinion and the lives of those on the ground and those who use these facilities.”

While some the coalition’s 253 members have vowed to reopen their doors on Thursday even if the lockdown is extended, not all have committed to doing so.

Menard said above all, the group wants the government and public health officials to consider them as an asset to the health system and acknowledge their facilities contribute to the population’s overall physical and mental well-being.

“There’s a part of the population in distress that needs these services, and as the winter months inch closer, these services will become essential,” Menard said.

On Monday, Quebec reported 808 new COVID-19 cases as well as 10 further deaths linked to the virus. The province has a seven-day average of 940 cases daily, roughly 110 people per million population.

The number of hospitalizations dropped by eight from one day earlier to 543. Of those, the number of intensive care cases dropped by four to 93.

Since Quebec announced a 28-day partial lockdown in Montreal and Quebec City beginning Oct. 1, several other regions have been declared COVID-19 red zones. The measures closed bars, restaurant dining rooms and theatres, among other venues, and a week later gyms were added to the list.

The coalition of fitness company owners said in a statement the lockdown measures will force them out of business after they made significant investments to comply with health measures during the pandemic.

Menard said his own gym has a key card system that acts as a registry, and as a precaution he’s installed a temperature-screening device at the entrance.

While some of the facilities across the province intend to reopen, the statement suggested they would back down if health authorities can demonstrate by Thursday that their operations have led to outbreaks.

“If they want to close us, they have to give us the facts,” Menard said.

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About 200 fitness businesses in Quebec say they intend to reopen despite COVID-19 restrictions

A coalition of about 200 Quebec gym, yoga, dance and martial arts business owners say they intend to reopen their doors on Thursday in defiance of provincial health rules.

The businesses are calling on Quebec Premier Francois Legault to lift COVID-19 restrictions that forced fitness facilities to close this month.

In a statement, they say their facilities contribute to the overall physical and mental health of the population and they were not the source of COVID-19 outbreaks.

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They say the lockdown measures will force them out of business after they’ve made significant investments to comply with health measures during the pandemic.

The owners say they intend to reopen across the province but will back down if health authorities can demonstrate by Thursday that their operations have led to outbreaks.

On Oct. 8, Quebec introduced new public health measures for regions under the province’s highest COVID-19 alert level, shuttering gyms, putting limits on team sports and making masks mandatory for high school students.

Last week, Legault hinted that some red zone restrictions would remain in place even as the initial 28-day lockdown in Montreal and Quebec City come to an end on Wednesday.

Legault, Health Minister Christian Dube and Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s director of public health, are to hold a news conference this afternoon.

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