National Newswatch

Canada’s first two monkeypox cases confirmed in Quebec, others under investigation

May 19 2022 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Public Health Agency of Canada says two cases of monkeypox in Quebec are the first confirmed cases in the country. The agency said in a release late Thursday that it is working with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and public health officials in Quebec to investigate potential exposure […]

Judge in Quebec election shooting trial given details of threats against PQ leader

May 9 2022 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Lawyers for the Quebec government have submitted details in court about six threats made against former Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois on the day of the 2012 provincial election, a civil trial heard Monday. The threats were discussed by witnesses in a lawsuit brought before the Quebec Superior Court by four stagehands who […]

Quebec lawyers ask for more time to get details about 2012 threats against PQ leader

Apr 25 2022 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Lawyers for the Quebec government asked a court on Monday for more time to unearth details about six threats allegedly made against former Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois on the day of the 2012 Quebec provincial election. A civil trial has heard that in the hours before the election night shooting that left […]

Witness tells court police saw ‘low’ threat level for 2012 Quebec election shooting

Apr 8 2022 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Police determined there was a low level of danger outside the Montreal venue on election night in 2012 where a gunman shot and killed a lighting technician, according to a retired provincial police officer who helped oversee security. Daniel Rondeau testified on Friday at a civil trial involving four stagehands who were present […]

Calls to health line reveal desperation of Quebec care home owners as COVID-19 hit

Apr 6 2022 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Newly released recordings of phone calls to a Quebec government health line from March 2020 reveal how desperate the owners of a long-term care home were as COVID-19 struck their establishment during the pandemic's first wave.  The two calls from the owners of Residence Herron, where 47 people died in spring of 2020, […]

Calls to health line reveal desperation of Quebec care home owners as COVID-19 hit

Apr 6 2022 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Newly released recordings of phone calls to a Quebec government health line from March 2020 reveal how desperate the owners of a long-term care home were as COVID-19 struck their establishment during the pandemic's first wave.  The two calls from the owners of Residence Herron, where 47 people died in spring of 2020, […]

Witness describes Quebec’s 2012 election-night shooting in civil trial testimony

Apr 5 2022 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A stagehand who survived the 2012 Quebec election-night shooting that killed a colleague testified Tuesday he still wishes he could have done more for his fallen co-worker. Guillaume Parisien described to the court the events of Sept. 4, 2012, testifying that he was standing outside the downtown Montreal venue by the back stairs […]

Federal Crown prosecutors deny wrongdoing regarding secret trial held in Quebec

Mar 31 2022 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Federal prosecutors on Thursday said they did nothing wrong in connection with a secret criminal trial that took place in Quebec and that was described by the province's Court of Appeal as contrary to the fundamental principles of justice. Without explicitly stating that federal Crown lawyers took part in the case, the Public […]

Quebec media pen letter denouncing criminal trial held in secret, kept off docket

Mar 30 2022 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The heads of major Quebec newsrooms penned an open letter Wednesday denouncing a criminal trial involving a police informant held entirely in secret and kept off the official court docket. The existence of the trial only became public because the police informant accused in the case appealed his or her conviction, and the […]

Fashion mogul Peter Nygard appears virtually before judge in Montreal on sex charges

Mar 29 2022 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard appeared virtually before a Quebec court judge from a Toronto jail on Tuesday on charges of sexual assault and forcible confinement dating back nearly 25 years. Nygard, in an orange jumpsuit with his hair tied back, took notes during the brief proceedings before Judge Anne-Marie Lanctôt. He was […]

Montreal churches look for efficient ways to get essential items to Ukraine

Mar 26 2022 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — There was excitement at St. Michael’s Ukrainian church on a rainy, windswept morning in Montreal earlier this week when a donation of highly sought medical supplies for Ukraine arrived. A pair of volunteers dug into the items — scalpels, skin staplers, stitching equipment — carefully packing and labelling them in boxes bound for […]

Montreal man, 21, charged with attacking child sent for psychiatric evaluation

Mar 23 2022 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A Montreal man accused of viciously beating a 10-year-old girl who was walking home from school was ordered on Wednesday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine his criminal responsibility at the time of the alleged offence. Tanvir Singh, 21, was assessed by a psychiatrist one week ago following a court appearance and […]