National Newswatch

Federal and provincial leaders march together in Montreal’s Pride parade

Aug 18 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A jubilant, rainbow-hued crowd lined the streets of Montreal on Sunday as federal and provincial political rivals set their differences aside to march together in the city's annual Pride parade. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May marched the length of the 2.7 kilometre-parade route, waving flags and shimmying to […]

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Aug 18 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — More than seven years after Raif Badawi was thrown in prison, lawyers and allies of the Saudi blogger are increasingly lobbying foreign governments in an effort to secure his release as Saudi Arabia prepares to host next year's G-20 meeting. Irwin Cotler, a human rights lawyer and former federal justice minister who represents the family internationally, says advocates for Badawi […]

Profiling class action against Montreal police a ‘victory for justice’: group

Aug 13 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — For years, members of Montreal's black community have told stories about the discrimination they've allegedly suffered at the hands of the city police: A black lawyer in a BMW, repeatedly pulled over. A man checking his cell phone on the street, questioned and eventually arrested. Seemingly routine police interventions that escalate to violence and even death. On Tuesday, the head of the Black […]

Quebec court authorizes racial profiling class action against Montreal police

Aug 12 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A Quebec Superior Court judge has authorized a class action lawsuit against the City of Montreal on behalf of citizens who allege they were unfairly arrested and racially profiled by the city's police. Justice Andre Prevost ruled on Aug. 7 that the claimants met the criteria to proceed, which includes raising relevant questions of law and presenting evidence to support their argument. […]

Quebec police raise eyebrows with sarcastic responses to online critics

Jul 22 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec provincial police defended their new social media policy Monday after they raised eyebrows with sarcastic responses to comments on the squad's Facebook page, including one in which a police staffer described a commenter as a "moron." The response from the police appeared to mock a citizen who criticized the force's summer road safety campaign. "Check out the moron who takes himself […]

Relief in sight for southeastern Canada following weekend heat wave

Jul 21 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Relief is in sight for sweltering Canadians after a weekend of high humidity and thunderstorms that affected sporting events, caused localized flooding, and sent people flocking to local pools to beat the heat as temperatures soared into the mid-30s. Environment Canada meteorologist Catherine Brabant said that while parts of southern Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes remained under heat warnings early Sunday afternoon, […]

Prominent Montreal lawyer James Duggan among victims of Quebec plane crash

Jul 14 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — James Duggan, a well-known Montreal lawyer who spent years fighting for the rights of RCMP officers to unionize, was among the three victims of a plane crash that occurred in a remote region of northern Quebec on Friday. Quebec provincial police confirmed Sunday that the 67-year-old was aboard the float plane that went down near Lac Boulene, southeast of Chibougamau. Duggan was a prominent attorney […]

Once driven near extinction, wild turkeys making themselves at home in Quebec

Jul 11 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — They arrived a few years ago — three-foot tall, bare-headed visitors that would occasionally stare intently at residents from their balconies and yards.  The wild turkeys frankly unnerved some citizens of St-Sauveur, a picturesque town in the Laurentians region north of Montreal, says Jean Beaulieu, the town's general manager. "They were in people's yards, on […]

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques enjoying ‘renewed love for life on Earth’

Jul 10 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — LONGUEUIL, Que. — Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques says returning to normal life after his six-month stint aboard the International Space Station feels anything but mundane. In his first time back in Canada since landing June 24, Saint-Jacques said Wednesday the mission has given him a renewed sense of love for the "extraordinary, varied, and complicated" details of life […]

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques enjoying ‘renewed love for life on Earth’

Jul 10 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — LONGUEUIL, Que. — Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques says returning to normal life after his six-month stint aboard the International Space Station feels anything but mundane. In his first time back in Canada since landing June 24, Saint-Jacques said Wednesday the mission has given him a renewed sense of love for the "extraordinary, varied, and complicated" details of life […]