National Newswatch

Quebec junior college students have ‘reduced ability to study’ post-COVID: union head

Aug 16 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — As post-secondary students prepare to return to class in the coming weeks, experts are worried about the impact of more than two years of pandemic-related disruptions on their ability to succeed. On Tuesday, the head of a union representing teachers at Quebec's junior colleges — known in the province as CEGEPs — said […]

Quebec towns protecting right to serve residents in English after new language law

Aug 14 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec's new language law has dozens of municipalities in the province shoring up their bilingual status, with few considering giving up the right to serve their citizens in both English and French. Almost 90 cities, towns or boroughs in Quebec are considered officially bilingual, a designation allowing them to offer services, post signage […]

Judge suspends two articles of Quebec’s new language law, citing access to justice

Aug 12 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec's new language law suffered a first defeat on Friday, as a judge temporarily suspended a provision requiring English court documents to be translated into French. Sections of Bill 96 that require corporations to pay a certified translator to produce French versions of legal documents could prevent some English-speaking organizations from accessing justice, […]

Quebec religious minorities feel less safe, hopeful due to secularism law: survey

Aug 10 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Religious minorities in Quebec are feeling less safe, less accepted and less hopeful since the province passed its secularism law three years ago, a new survey suggests. The results published Wednesday by Léger and the Association for Canadian Studies reveal that Quebecers who identify as Jewish, Muslim or Sikh report "broad-ranging, disruptive and […]

Quebec’s chief coroner calls inquest into last week’s three Montreal shooting deaths

Aug 8 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec's chief coroner is launching a public inquest after a 26-year-old man allegedly shot dead three Montreal-area men last week before being killed by police. Pascale Descary said Monday that coroner Géhane Kamel will investigate the deaths of André Lemieux, Mohamed Belhaj, Alex Levis-Crevier and suspect Abdulla Shaikh. Shaikh was killed by Montreal […]

‘More than a brother to me’: Victims of Montreal-area killings remembered

Aug 5 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Families and communities are mourning a grandfather, a hospital worker and a 22-year-old riding his skateboard who lost their lives this week to a seemingly random string of shootings in the Montreal area. Police killed the 26-year-old suspect Thursday morning after he allegedly gunned down the three victims on the street within a […]

Montreal monkeypox cases levelling off, but officials concerned by rises elsewhere

Jul 26 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Monkeypox cases in Montreal appear to be hitting a plateau, but authorities say they're worried that soaring infections in the United States and a low vaccination rate could help the disease surge anew in the city. Dr. Geneviève Bergeron of Montreal public health says that while the situation in the city has stabilized […]

Advanced DNA offers hope to solve cold cases, but some Canadian cops slow to adopt it

Jul 22 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Advances in DNA technology are being credited with solving a growing pile of cold case murders in the United States, but some Canadian police forces are lagging behind their U.S. counterparts in adopting the new methods. Experts say a research technique called genetic genealogy — which involves comparing DNA from a crime scene […]

Quebec victims group surprised after man gets conditional discharge for sex assault

Jul 5 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A crime victims advocacy group expressed concern on Tuesday after a Quebec man was granted a conditional discharge in a sexual assault case, in part because the judge felt a conviction could damage the man's career. Marie-Christine Villeneuve of Crime Victims Assistance Centres says she worries the light sentence may be discouraging to […]

Prominent Radio-Canada personalities urge broadcaster to fight CRTC N-word decision

Jul 4 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A Black Montrealer who filed a complaint against Radio-Canada over the on-air use of the N-word says he's disappointed but not surprised by the pushback against a recent CRTC decision ordering the public broadcaster to apologize. Ricardo Lamour, a social worker and artist, filed the complaint with the broadcasting and telecommunications regulator after […]

Prominent Radio-Canada personalities urge broadcaster to fight CRTC N-word decision

Jul 4 2022 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A Black Montrealer who filed a complaint against Radio-Canada over the on-air use of the N-word says he's disappointed but not surprised by the pushback against a recent CRTC decision ordering the public broadcaster to apologize. Ricardo Lamour, a social worker and artist, filed the complaint with the broadcasting and telecommunications regulator after […]