National Newswatch

Belgium offices of Montreal-based GardaWorld raided by French police in corruption probe

Apr 24 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press — Montreal-based global security company GardaWorld is confirming its Belgium office was raided in early April in connection with an investigation by France's national financial crimes unit but maintains it was not the target of the probe. GardaWorld spokeswoman Isabelle Panelli said Tuesday that despite the police search, the company was not itself being investigated, nor was it charged […]

Harvard prof says Concordia disinvited him because of his conservative views

Apr 19 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Plans to celebrate a Concordia University college's 40th anniversary are in disarray after the school decided to disinvite a Harvard professor because of his controversial views on feminism. Last November, the Montreal university's Liberal Arts College asked Harvey Mansfield, a professor of government at Harvard, to speak during a gala scheduled for May. But following criticism […]

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Apr 19 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec's history, mythology and culture are intertwined with its rivers and lakes, but recurring floods that experts say will only get worse because of climate change are forcing Quebecers and their political leaders to rethink their relationship with water. In 17th century New France, land was distributed to settlers in long, rectangular strips with access to the river. More than 300 years […]

Tax and licensing issues standing in the way of Indigenous cannabis entrepreneurs

Apr 16 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press — AKWESASNE, Ont. — Lewis Mitchell, a former police chief on the Mohawk territory of Akwesasne, chuckled when asked if he thought he would have trouble finding customers when his first batch of cannabis is ready for sale around summertime. "No, not at all," the president of Seven Leaf said at his company's production facility along the St. Lawrence River, about 130 […]

Tax and licensing issues standing in the way of Indigenous cannabis entrepreneurs

Apr 16 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press — AKWESASNE, Ont. — Lewis Mitchell, a former police chief on the Mohawk territory of Akwesasne, chuckled when asked if he thought he would have trouble finding customers when his first batch of cannabis is ready for sale around summertime. "No, not at all," the president of Seven Leaf said at his company's production facility along the St. Lawrence River, about 130 […]

Immigrants, visible minorities say Quebec government targeting them with bills

Apr 9 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Immigrants and visible minorities are noticing how some of the most significant pieces of legislation introduced by the Coalition Avenir Quebec government since it took power last October have something in common: the bills disproportionately affect them. Quebec's Bill 21, which bans some public sector employees including teachers and police officers from wearing religious symbols, has […]

Teaching guide on genocide to be available in Quebec high schools this fall

Apr 6 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A foundation that educates young people about genocide says it is partnering with the Quebec government to offer high school teachers a guide on how to sensitize students to the warning signs leading to the systematic destruction of a group of people. Beginning this fall, a selection of high schools across Quebec will be offered the universal teaching guide […]

Canadian Bar Association calls on Quebec to drop notwithstanding clause from Bill 21

Apr 4 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec's decision to draft a bill that affects the rights of religious minorities but limits their ability to challenge the legislation suggests the Canadian court system is useless or illegitimate, the Canadian Bar Association said Thursday. The lawyers' association called on the province to remove the pre-emptive use of the notwithstanding clause from Bill 21 and let the […]

Gala So White: Zero diversity among nominees for Quebec TV viewers’ choice awards

Apr 4 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Viewers' choice awards celebrating the most popular stars on Quebec television will be handed out next month, and all of the 70 stars nominated are white. In a province where roughly 15 per cent of the population is from visible minorities — rising to about 25 per cent in the Montreal area — the Artis gala reflects the lack of […]

Transplants help keep Quebec City’s small anglophone community vibrant

Mar 31 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press — QUEBEC — Within the ramparts of Quebec City, a library and cultural centre for the city's English-speaking minority housed in a former jail is run by a soft-spoken spectacled man from rural New Brunswick named Barry McCullough. About two kilometres away, in an apartment overlooking the Plains of Abraham, Halifax native Shirley Nadeau puts together the English-language Chronicle-Telegraph, which has […]

Quebec premier defends limiting court challenges of upcoming secularism bill

Mar 26 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Premier Francois Legault invoked Quebecers' values, language and distinctiveness Tuesday to justify shielding from court challenge upcoming legislation that will restrict the wearing of religious symbols . Legault said the notwithstanding clause — Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms — has been used "dozens of times by many Quebec premiers" with the purpose of protecting collective rights against […]

Refugee who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong arrives in Canada

Mar 26 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press — A woman who escaped violence and human trafficking, and helped shelter former CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden when he fled to Hong Kong, has arrived in Canada with her daughter after being granted refugee status. Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana arrived in Toronto on Monday before travelling to Montreal, where they will settle in an apartment provided to them by a […]