National Newswatch

Quebec religious symbols law causes harm but shouldn’t be suspended: Appeal Court

Dec 12 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Quebec Court of Appeal has rejected a request to suspend the central elements of the province's secularism law, even as one of the judges who made the decision acknowledged it amounted to an abandonment of Muslim women who wear hijabs. In a 2-1 ruling, all three judges acknowledged the law is causing harm that may […]

Quebec religious symbols law causes harm but shouldn’t be suspended: Appeal Court

Dec 12 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Quebec Court of Appeal has rejected a request to suspend the central elements of the province's secularism law, even as one of the judges who made the decision acknowledged it amounted to an abandonment of Muslim women who wear hijabs. In a 2-1 ruling, all three judges acknowledged the law is causing harm that may […]

Police investigate after woman, two young sons found dead in east-end Montreal home

Dec 11 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Police officers who showed up at an east-end Montreal home Wednesday morning to break the news of a family member's death instead discovered the bodies of a 42 year-old-woman and her two young sons, ages two and four. Authorities went to the residence, located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the Pointe-aux-Trembles district, at around 8 a.m. to inform the […]

Conservationists criticize Quebec plan to protect caribou by killing wolves

Dec 11 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A Quebec government plan to kill wolves that get too close to an endangered woodland caribou herd is raising concern among environmentalists, who accuse the government of sidestepping the true problem of habitat loss. The plan by the Department of Forest, Wildlife and Parks involves placing tracking collars on both the caribou and members of local wolf packs […]

Conservationists criticize Quebec plan to protect caribou by killing wolves

Dec 11 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A Quebec government plan to kill wolves that get too close to an endangered woodland caribou herd is raising concern among environmentalists, who accuse the government of sidestepping the true problem of habitat loss. The plan by the Department of Forest, Wildlife and Parks involves placing tracking collars on both the caribou and members of local wolf packs […]

Comedian Mike Ward loses appeal over penalty for joke about disabled boy

Nov 28 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec's highest court largely upheld a human right's tribunal's ruling requiring a comedian to pay damages to a disabled singer he mocked, while overturning the part of the decision that ordered Mike Ward to also pay $7,000 to the victim's mother. In a split decision, two of the three judges argued Ward's comments about Jeremy Gabriel's disability compromised the young performer's right […]

War of words escalates between Legault and Pallister over Manitoba’s Quebec ads

Nov 28 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Manitoba's premier would be better off spending money on French-language services or retaining NHL players than trying to woo Quebec civil servants to the Prairies, Quebec Premier Francois Legault said Thursday as he shot back at his counterpart's latest criticism of his province's secularism law. Brian Pallister's government recently announced it is rolling out a series of newspaper and electronic advertisements in Quebec that welcome […]

War of words escalates between Legault and Pallister over Manitoba’s Quebec ads

Nov 28 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Manitoba's premier would be better off spending money on French-language services or retaining NHL players than trying to woo Quebec civil servants to the Prairies, Quebec Premier Francois Legault said Thursday as he shot back at his counterpart's latest criticism of his province's secularism law. Brian Pallister's government recently announced it is rolling out a series of newspaper and electronic advertisements in Quebec that welcome […]

Montreal archeologists find remains of 19th century Irish famine victims

Nov 27 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Archeologists digging at the site of a future light-rail station unearthed a piece of Montreal history last week when they uncovered what is believed to have been a cemetery for Irish immigrants who died after fleeing famine in 1847. The bone fragments of between 12 and 15 people were discovered in a spot about 2.3 metres in diameter that will eventually hold one of the light-rail system's pillars, […]

Quebec religious group pleads not guilty after refusing to provide kids’ names

Nov 27 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Leaders of a fringe Quebec religious group pleaded not guilty to contempt of court Wednesday as the provincial government continued its legal battle to establish whether members' children are receiving a proper education. Four members of the Mission de l'Esprit-Saint were present in a Montreal courtroom as their lawyer entered the plea in relation to […]

Quebec now requires breathalyzers for life for repeat impaired driving offenders

Nov 25 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec is bringing in a new measure for impaired drivers that will require repeat offenders to pass a breathalyzer every time they drive, in what one expert describes as among the toughest policies in the country. Beginning Nov. 25, people found guilty of a second offence will only ever be allowed to drive vehicles equipped with an alcohol […]

Quebec religious group ordered to provide kids’ names over schooling concerns

Nov 21 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec Superior Court has ordered a Montreal religious group to turn over the names of its members' children to the province's Education Department, citing concerns that some may not be enrolled in school. An injunction this week ordered the Mission de l'Esprit-Saint to provide the information within 24 hours, noting a sense of urgency because the school year is well underway. […]

Quebec religious group ordered to provide kids’ names over schooling concerns

Nov 21 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec Superior Court has ordered a Montreal religious group to turn over the names of its members' children to the province's Education Department, citing concerns that some may not be enrolled in school. An injunction this week ordered the Mission de l'Esprit-Saint to provide the information within 24 hours, noting a sense of urgency because the school year is well underway. […]

Ex-NDP leader Tom Mulcair featured at pro-homeopathy conference in Montreal

Nov 19 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Former federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair appeared at a pro-homeopathy conference on Tuesday, much to the dismay of critics who say his presence serves to legitimize a field they denounce as pseudoscience. Mulcair told the conference in Montreal that he's been using homeopathic remedies for about 30 years and feels they help prevent him from getting sick while travelling. He said he […]