National Newswatch

David Saint-Jacques doing well after space flight: Canadian Space Agency

Jun 25 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is doing well as he continues his long journey home after a six-month stint aboard the International Space Station, the Canadian Space Agency said Tuesday. The 49-year-old Quebec native boarded a NASA plane after landing in Kazakhstan late Monday and was expected to arrive in Houston Tuesday after a brief stopover in Scotland. The agency said Saint-Jacques […]

How a Montreal working-class neighbourhood’s activists changed Quebec and Canada

Jun 16 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Pointe-St-Charles neighbourhood is isolated from the rest of Montreal by the Lachine Canal and the railroad, meaning that for years it was the kind of place that many people, even other Montrealers, never visited. But despite its relative obscurity, the working-class neighbourhood south of downtown has a history of community activism that has reverberated far beyond its borders, influencing how Quebec manages health […]

How a Montreal working-class neighbourhood’s activists changed Quebec and Canada

Jun 16 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Pointe-St-Charles neighbourhood is isolated from the rest of Montreal by the Lachine Canal and the railroad, meaning that for years it was the kind of place that many people, even other Montrealers, never visited. But despite its relative obscurity, the working-class neighbourhood south of downtown has a history of community activism that has reverberated far beyond its borders, influencing how Quebec manages health […]

Details emerge of alleged abuse at now-shuttered Quebec roadside zoo

Jun 11 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The animals in a small Quebec zoo at the heart of an animal cruelty investigation were allegedly malnourished and lacked adequate space, water and veterinary care, according to newly released court documents. The documents, which were filed in May in order to obtain a warrant, provide a detailed picture of the investigation which led to […]

Bones found in Quebec’s Gaspe in 2016 are from 1847 shipwreck: Parks Canada

Jun 9 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Human remains found in Quebec's Gaspe region in 2011 and 2016 are those of Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine who died in an 1847 shipwreck, according to Parks Canada. The federal department confirmed the longstanding hypothesis that the bones from 21 skeletons discovered on the beach in Cap-des-Rosiers in recent years belong to victims from the Carricks […]

As Montreal booms, city’s reputation for affordable apartments takes a hit

Jun 9 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — When Erica Fagan and her fiance started looking for a new apartment in their St-Henri neighbourhood, they thought they had reasonable criteria: they wanted a two-bedroom place where they could bring their own appliances and their cat, Odin. But when she started looking, the 31-year-old found there was almost nothing in her price range of $1,200-a-month, […]

Indigenous police chief calls for governments to implement MMIWG recommendations

Jun 5 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The head of the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association is calling on Ottawa and Quebec to address the chronic underfunding of Indigenous police forces outlined in this week's report of a national public inquiry. Dwayne Zacharie says the lack of funding for First Nations police forces is a long-standing problem that needs to end. "First Nations […]

Animal welfare advocates move to seize exotic animals from Quebec roadside zoo

May 21 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — ST-EDOUARD-DE-MASKINONGE, Que. — In what they're describing as a Canadian first, animal welfare officials announced Tuesday that they were charging the owner of a Quebec zoo with criminal animal cruelty and moving to seize over 100 wild and exotic animals from the rural property east of Montreal. On Tuesday afternoon, some 20 animal welfare investigators worked busily behind […]

Wildlife corridors essential in an age of climate change, conservationist says

May 12 2019 — Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — For several years, conservationists have been stressing that ecological corridors, which allow wildlife to move between natural areas, are essential to preventing habitat fragmentation and ensuring the survival of animals such as lynx and bears. But the need for corridors is becoming more urgent, given a UN report that concludes a million species are threatened […]