National Newswatch

Forced to resign as top Montreal cop, Pichet hired in subarctic mining town

Aug 3 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante — Montreal's former police chief, who was forced out of the job following allegations officers fabricated evidence and targeted rivals with internal investigations during his tenure, is becoming the top manager of the subarctic mining town of Fermont, Que. Philippe Pichet was suspended with pay as the city's top cop in December 2017 after an external investigation uncovered a […]

Quebec judge stays fraud charges against entrepreneur after lengthy trial delays

Aug 2 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante — MONTREAL — Quebecers' trust in their institutions is once again being tested after another high-profile fraud case was thrown out because legal proceedings took too long, Justice Minister Sonia LeBel said Friday. LeBel was reacting to news that 989 tax fraud-related charges against a construction entrepreneur in Montreal were stayed after the length of the trial exceeded legal […]

Liberals’ cannabis possession pardon legislation now in force: justice minister

Aug 1 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante — MONTREAL — Canadians with criminal records for simple pot possession can now apply for a pardon free of cost and with no mandatory five-year waiting period — but they'll have to finish their sentence first, federal Justice Minister David Lametti announced Thursday. Lametti told reporters the government's Bill C-93, adopted last June, has officially come into […]

‘Yes the bridges are cut’: Kanesatake Grand Chief refuses talks with Oka mayor

Jul 26 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante — MONTREAL — A war of words between a First Nations grand chief and a small-town Quebec mayor instigated hours of meetings Friday with federal and provincial officials, but the underlying conflict between the two communities goes back centuries. Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon and Oka Mayor Pascal Quevillon held separate discussions with Marc Miller, parliamentary secretary to the […]

Quebec town cancels Burundi twin cities project over human rights concerns

Jul 24 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante — MONTREAL — A Quebec town has cancelled a twin cities project with Bujumbura in Burundi after members of the African country's Canadian diaspora informed municipal leaders of human rights abuses committed by security services in that state. During a trip to Burundi on July 11, Yves Corriveau, mayor of Mont-St-Hilaire, Que., signed a twin cities agreement with Bujumbura, the largest city […]

Scheer says Liberals exaggerating over his call to review Canada Food Guide

Jul 23 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante — ST-HYACINTHE, Que. — On a visit to an agricultural fair in a battleground riding east of Montreal Tuesday, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer defended his promise to review the Canada Food Guide in order to make the document reflect research put forward by the country's food industry. Scheer drew the Liberals' ire last week after he told dairy […]

Quebec ombudsperson criticizes social health worker’s handling of Mosque shooter case

Jul 20 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante — MONTREAL — Quebec's ombudsperson has criticized the way a social worker handled the case of the Quebec mosque shooter after he allegedly told her in confidence he regretted not having murdered more people, according to a report obtained by The Canadian Press. Guylaine Cayouette was justified in going to police, but took sloppy and incomplete notes about her encounters with […]

Wife of jailed Saudi blogger hails U.S. vice-president’s call for husband’s release

Jul 18 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante — MONTREAL — The wife of jailed Saudi dissident Raif Badawi said U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence gave her hope Thursday when he called on Saudi Arabia to free her husband. Ensaf Haidar, who lives in Sherbrooke, Que., with her three children, said Pence's comments were the first time a U.S. administration official has publicly mentioned her husband by name. She said she would like […]

Judge rejects groups’ attempt to have Quebec secularism law suspended

Jul 18 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante — MONTREAL — Quebec's secularism law will continue to apply in full, Superior Court Justice Michel Yergeau ruled Thursday in rejecting a bid by religious and civil liberties groups to have the legislation suspended. Lawyers representing a national Muslim organization, a civil liberties group and a university student who wears an Islamic head scarf had asked for a […]

Liberals nominate well-known anti-pipeline activist to take Montreal NDP seat

Jul 10 2019 — Giuseppe Valiante — MONTREAL — Within a few minutes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's speech Wednesday night introducing his newest candidate for the fall election, a protester lifted up a sign and began screaming anti-pipeline slogans. The crowd of roughly 150 people went silent. The female protester demanded Trudeau respect Indigenous sovereignty and stop the expansion of the Trans […]