National Newswatch

Coroner finds organizational problems in death of 24-year-old during Montreal marathon

Jun 29 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A Quebec coroner who looked into the death last year of a 24-year-old runner in a Montreal half-marathon is raising several issues with communication and organization at the event. Patrick Neely died last Sept. 22 after collapsing just before the finish line at the race, part of the International Oasis Rock 'N' Roll Montreal Marathon. The report Monday noted numerous shortcomings — […]

Quebec resumes daily COVID-19 updates; looking at mandatory masks on transit

Jun 29 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec may have to make masks mandatory on public transit to ensure people are ready in the event of a second wave of COVID-19 this fall, the province's public health director suggested Monday. Dr. Horacio Arruda said an announcement could be made in the coming days. "Actually, we are discussing it very intensively, the need to (make) that […]

Ottawa granted extension to overhaul medical assistance in dying legislation

Jun 29 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec Superior Court has granted the federal government a five-month extension to revise its legislation on medical assistance in dying, giving Ottawa until just before Christmas to conform with a provincial court ruling. In a written decision released Monday, Justice Frederic Bachand wrote that Ottawa will have until Dec. 18, 2020, to make the […]

Caught in U.S. COVID-19 surge, Canadian ex-pats hunker down, spare a thought for home

Jun 28 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — With COVID-19 cases surging in the United States, Canadians living in the country are hunkering down and find themselves thinking a bit more about home these days. Some expats who spoke with The Canadian Press from the hardest-hit areas said they were surprised by the speed at which their respective states reopened, while others said the situation was overblown. […]

Out-of-control forest fire in Lac-St-Jean likely sparked by poorly extinguished campfire

Jun 21 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — An improperly extinguished campfire is the likely cause behind a massive blaze in Quebec's Lac-St-Jean region that remains out of control, Quebec's Forestry Minister told a briefing on Sunday. "This photo is possibly where fire started," Pierre Dufour told reporters in Roberval, Que., holding up a photo of a campfire surrounded by charred land. "In […]

As Quebec’s COVID school restart ends, better online pivot key in case of second wave

Jun 21 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec's closely watched experiment reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic winds down next week as the summer break begins, and the reviews are largely positive. The province was the first in the country to reopen schools after COVID-19 brought regular life to a standstill, with children outside the Montreal region heading back to class […]

As Quebec’s COVID school restart ends, better online pivot key in case of second wave

Jun 21 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec's closely watched experiment reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic winds down next week as the summer break begins, and the reviews are largely positive. The province was the first in the country to reopen schools after COVID-19 brought regular life to a standstill, with children outside the Montreal region heading back to class […]

COVID-19: Quebec plans to have all students in the classroom this fall

Jun 16 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec plans to have all elementary and high school students back in the classroom this fall with a backup plan should the number of COVID-19 cases spike, the province's education minister said Tuesday. Jean-Francois Roberge said the province has the green light from health officials for elementary and high schools to open at full capacity, […]