Pastry shop owner Vite desSINs has been denied financial assistance because she did not respect sanitary measures by opening her dining room last January despite the ban.
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In a letter received on Friday, Stephanie Harriot learned that promotion company Saguenay refused to grant it the financial assistance it requested last March, under the Emergency Assistance Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, a program established by the Ministry of Economy and Innovation to help companies affected by the closure order.
“My democratic freedom of expression is completely abolished because I speak, I die! It has been stipulated that the promotion of Saguenay, according to the policy of the boxes, unfortunately cannot give me help because I did not respect the rules that I should not say anything in public,” Stéphanie Hariot stated. , owner of “Vite des sins”.
And while the owner met all other eligibility criteria, the letter states, by way of refusal, that “any company that publicly claims to be in violation of the applicable rules to which it is subject in Quebec will have its application for financial assistance denied.”
Saguenay’s Director of Promotion Priscilla Niemi added, “Any company wishing to avail or benefit from this financial assistance must comply with all applicable standards, regulations, decisions and ministerial orders to which companies are subject to Quebec law. If the company does not respect these rules, it may see a refusal to Ask her for help, as well as if she publicly claims a lack of respect for the applicable rules.”
“Unfortunately, the policy is very clear on this,” she concluded.
On January 21, Stephanie Harriot chose to open her dining room as a sign of protest against sanitary measures.
She endured and paid a fine of over $1,500 awarded for breaking the rules.
So the owner finds herself punished a second time for her ruse and wonders why.
“I’ve said ‘sometime, that’s enough’ and I’ve said it publicly on social networks and even on TV. It’s becoming more private to me saying ‘well, I’ve said it in public, so the government is punishing you’.” on the government,” she claimed.
A total of 370 business files were processed under the emergency programs for small and medium-sized businesses in Saguenay. The Economic Development Organization has granted nearly $9.9 million in non-repayable loans and financial aid to businesses in the region. However, this is not the case with “Vite des sins” pastries.
“I, what I have concluded is that the promotion for Saguenay or any such entity should do investigations on the media and the social networks themselves to find out what the company said. They are spying on what we publish and if it does not work according to government orders, well, they tick the little box : Unacceptable. “That’s what I call control,” said Stephanie Harriot.
“If I had stayed in the shade and made my customers eat as some restaurants do in secret, I would have had my support. There, now, it’s not just that I don’t feel supported, but I feel ‘observed’ to say it bothers me a lot.”
For all the backlash for the defiance of health measures, Stephanie Harriot doesn’t regret going to the front. She adds that if she had to do it again, she would do it again. Despite this refusal, she does not intend to give up and will continue to operate her pastry shop, at least until the end of the lease, which will expire in three years.
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