National Newswatch

Experts urge Canadians to take part in earthquake drill Oct. 15

Oct 13 2015 — Peter Rakobowchuk — MONTREAL - Get ready for the Great Shakeout.On Thursday, drills in British Columbia and Quebec will provide people with the opportunity to learn how to be safer during earthquakes.B.C. organizers say 750,000 people have registered for that province's event, which will see participants drop to the ground at 10:15 a.m. local time, take cover by […]

Canadians hoping for one-way trip to Mars welcome news of liquid water

Oct 11 2015 — Peter Rakobowchuk — MONTREAL - Members of the space community are excited about NASA's recent announcement that Mars appears to have flowing water, while two Canadians who hope to take a one-way trip to the red planet say it increases the chances of human beings surviving the harsh environment.Johanna Hindle, a British Columbia high-school teacher, is one of […]

Man wanted in Toronto on second-degree murder charge arrested in Montreal

Sep 17 2015 — Peter Rakobowchuk — MONTREAL - A man sought by Toronto police on a second-degree murder charge after a 2012 "gas-and-dash" incident was arrested in Montreal on Thursday.Max Tutiven, 42, surrendered as police waited for a warrant to enter a building where he was holed up.Montreal police spokesman Andre Leclerc said there was a Canada-wide arrest warrant for the […]

P.K. Subban pledges $10 million to Montreal Children’s Hospital

Sep 16 2015 — Peter Rakobowchuk — MONTREAL - P.K. Subban says hockey fans will discover he's not the person many critics make him out to be and that his pledge of at least $10 million for a children's hospital should demonstrate his altruism."When I hear things about me being a selfish person or being self-centred or cocky or arrogant, these things […]

Tax authorities raid Uber offices in Montreal seeking tax-related documents

May 14 2015 — Peter Rakobowchuk — MONTREAL - Quebec tax authorities spent most of Thursday searching two Montreal offices of Uber, the company that offers rides at prices lower than typical cab fares.About 20 investigators executed search warrants, seeking tax-related documents, said Stephane Dion, a spokesman for the province's revenue agency."The investigation has been going on for several months," he told […]

Montreal Canadiens fans disappointed but proud after playoff exit

May 13 2015 — Peter Rakobowchuk — MONTREAL - As Montreal Canadiens fans left the Bell Centre on Tuesday night, their bitter disappointment at the team's exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs appeared somewhat offset by how their heroes battled back against Tampa Bay."They played well but we have to give Tampa Bay the credit," said Andrew Dimitri, 24."They came out ready. […]

Judge OKs Lac-Megantic lawsuit against World Fuel Services and Canadian Pacific

May 8 2015 — Peter Rakobowchuk — SHERBROOKE, Que. - A Quebec Superior Court justice has authorized a class-action lawsuit almost two years after a train derailment and explosion killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Que.But in his 30-page ruling, Justice Martin Bureau has given the plaintiffs permission to go after only two companies — World Fuel Services and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.The […]

Quebec town makes it illegal to insult its cops and workers online

May 5 2015 — Peter Rakobowchuk — MONTREAL - A Quebec town has made it illegal to insult a police officer or any of its municipal employees on the Internet. Under a local bylaw, anyone who insults municipal employees in Granby could be fined between $100 and $1,000 for a first offence.It ranges from $200 to $2,000 for a second offence."For at […]

Quebec woman arraigned after allegedly hacking computers and scaring kids

Apr 29 2015 — Peter Rakobowchuk — MONTREAL - A Quebec woman who allegedly took control of computers by remote control and frightened people — including underage children in Canada and abroad — was charged Wednesday after being arrested by the RCMP.Valerie Gignac, 27, was apprehended Wednesday after the Mounties searched her residence in Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, about 75 kilometres northeast of Montreal.She was […]

Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte remembered as a humanitarian

Apr 17 2015 — Peter Rakobowchuk — MONTREAL - Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte was remembered on Friday as a hockey-loving humanitarian whose thoughts were never far from society's less fortunate.Former premier Lucien Bouchard told Turcotte's funeral his friend never forgot his roots even as he climbed the Roman Catholic hierarchy to serve as archbishop of Montreal for 22 years."He was brought up in […]