National Newswatch

Texas murder suspect arrested in Halifax to be detained until February

Jan 24 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — An American murder suspect nabbed in Halifax will remain detained until February, when he'll have another hearing to determine whether he's admissible to Canada, a member of the Immigration and Review Board ruled Friday. Derek Cameron Whisenand was scheduled to appear before the board Friday morning for both a detention review and an admissibility hearing, […]

Quebec to expand assisted death to mentally ill, but few expected to qualify

Jan 22 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec plans to expand medical aid in dying to include people with severe, incurable mental illness, the province's health minister says, with guidelines to be drawn up by the provincial college of physicians. Health Minister Danielle McCann told a news conference Tuesday that people with mental health issues who aren't responding to treatment would […]

Ex-SNC-Lavalin exec Sami Bebawi gets 8.5 years for fraud, corruption

Jan 10 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Former SNC-Lavalin executive Sami Bebawi was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison Friday, wrapping up the last of the criminal cases brought against the engineering giant and its former employees involved in fraud and corruption in Libya. Bebawi was impassive as he was sentenced by Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer, who explained he was […]

Ahead of Quebec mosque shooting anniversary, a plea to tighten gun permit checks

Jan 1 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — As the third anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting approaches, gun control advocates are urging the province to tighten rules around reference checks for those seeking gun permits. Advocates have pressed for change since it was revealed that the mosque shooter, Alexandre Bissonnette, did not acknowledge when applying for a firearm permit that […]

Ahead of Quebec mosque shooting anniversary, a plea to tighten gun permit checks

Jan 1 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — As the third anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting approaches, gun control advocates are urging the province to tighten rules around reference checks for those seeking gun permits. Advocates have pressed for change since it was revealed that the mosque shooter, Alexandre Bissonnette, did not acknowledge when applying for a firearm permit that […]

Judge refuses injunction request from Montreal caleche drivers ahead of deadline

Dec 20 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A judge refused a last-minute effort by Montreal caleche drivers seeking to save their industry, ruling on Friday against an emergency injunction request to stop new city rules from coming into effect that put an end to horse-drawn carriage rides. The carriage-horse owners and drivers went to court this week in an attempt to put off an […]

New allegations in case of former cop/coach charged with sex crimes

Dec 16 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Sixteen potential new alleged victims have spoken to Longueuil police in connection with a former Montreal police officer and minor hockey coach accused of committing sex crimes over a 25-year period. Francois Lamarre, also known as Frank, faces charges of gross indecency, indecent exposure, sexual assault, sexual touching and invitation to sexual touching involving four alleged victims in […]

Bail decision coming Monday for blogger who touted Montreal gunman

Dec 12 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Prosecutors have opposed bail for a blogger alleged to have glorified the gunman behind Montreal's 1989 Ecole polytechnique killings, calling it one of the worst examples in recent memory of inciting hatred. Jean-Claude Rochefort is charged with one count of inciting hatred towards women after investigators found what they described as "disturbing" writing under the pseudonym […]

Millions in Bebawi’s accounts were bonuses authorized by SNC bosses: defence

Dec 10 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Millions of dollars that ended up in the accounts of a former SNC-Lavalin executive on trial for fraud and corruption were legitimate bonuses authorized by the company's president, the defence said in final arguments Tuesday. Sami Bebawi's legal team told the jury the money was compensation for their client's work manoeuvring complicated contracts in Libya. Defence lawyer […]

‘Things haven’t changed enough.’ Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Dec 6 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — There were promises to end violence against women and solemn reflection Friday as ceremonies were held to honour the 14 victims of the Dec. 6, 1989, anti-feminist attack at Montreal's Ecole polytechnique. On the 30th anniversary of Canada's worst mass shooting, the House of Commons fell silent as members of Parliament remembered the victims who were targeted because […]

‘Things haven’t changed enough.’ Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Dec 6 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — There were promises to end violence against women and solemn reflection Friday as ceremonies were held to honour the 14 victims of the Dec. 6, 1989, anti-feminist attack at Montreal's Ecole polytechnique. On the 30th anniversary of Canada's worst mass shooting, the House of Commons fell silent as members of Parliament remembered the victims who were targeted because […]