National Newswatch

No charges in case of Montreal-area private care home where dozens died of COVID-19

Aug 26 2021 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A lawyer representing families of several residents of a Montreal-area long-term care home where dozens died of COVID-19 said the fight for justice isn't over, even as the prosecutor's office declined to charge the home's former owners. Patrick Martin-Menard was not involved in the criminal investigation, but he represents four families of deceased […]

Quebec issues mask mandate in schools across nine regions, including Montreal

Aug 24 2021 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Elementary and high school students will be required to wear masks inside classrooms when schools resume across nine regions of Quebec, including Montreal, the province's education minister said Tuesday. Jean-François Roberge said the rise of the Delta variant is forcing officials to take a cautious approach. The province's previous back-to-school plan had included […]

Experts praise Montreal’s single-use plastics plan but say Canada has far to go

Aug 19 2021 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Environmental experts are praising Montreal's decision to ban some kinds of single-use plastics, but they say Canada is still a long way from being plastic-free despite government promises.  Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante announced on Wednesday that the city would ban retailers and restaurants from distributing plastic bags in the city by end of […]

Montreal Haitian group urges Ottawa to speed up immigration files for quake victims

Aug 16 2021 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — Montreal's Haitian community urged Ottawa on Monday to process immigration files more quickly for Haitians waiting to come to Canada, as its members tried to help their homeland following a deadly earthquake over the weekend. The head of the Montreal-based community organization Maison d'Haïti says Ottawa should quickly approve the applications from people who had […]

Quebecer hopes act of ‘horticultural disobedience’ will urge others to rethink lawns

Jul 25 2021 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — This year, Dany Baillargeon is committing what he describes as "horticultural disobedience" by letting his front yard grow naturally — despite the risk of running afoul of local bylaws.  The Sherbrooke, Que., resident describes his lawn as "beautiful chaos." Its filled with plants such as wildflowers, clover and long grasses, and it is […]