For the second day in a row, greater Montreal is a smog zone. Even though fine particles in the air are gradually dissipating, Quebec City remains one of the most polluted cities in the world.
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As of 10 a.m. Monday, the IQAir site listed the air quality index at 154 particles per cubic meter, similar to Jakarta, Indonesia. However, it was an improvement as the city registered a code of 172 shortly before 6am.
The boroughs of Ahansic-Cartierville (186) and Verdun (183) and the Vieux-Longueuil (178) department are the most detrimental to health in the Montreal area.
On Sunday afternoon, the city closed some outdoor facilities, such as outdoor sports facilities and canceled its outdoor cultural activities until noon. The Municipal Golf Club also suspended operations while golfers were on the green.
Smoke from wildfires is now spreading over many parts of Quebec, but rain is forecast in many of these areas to help calm the weather.
In Laval, bus fares have been reduced to $1 to reduce car traffic and make it easier for citizens to get around.
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