National Newswatch

Lawyers take Quebec to court over abrupt closure of 18,000 immigration files

Feb 22 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The judge hearing an injunction request over the Quebec government's decision to cancel more than 18,000 immigration applications will render a decision early next week. Representatives of an association of Quebec immigration lawyers argued Friday the province is ignoring laws currently in place in anticipation of a new law, Bill 9, that would overhaul the system for selecting newcomers to the […]

Defence suggests manslaughter conviction in case of man who killed ailing wife

Feb 19 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The murder trial of a Montreal man for the death of his Alzheimer's-stricken wife neared its end Tuesday as lawyers made their final arguments ahead of jury deliberations. Michel Cadotte's lawyer implored jurors to consider the lesser charge of manslaughter while the prosecution argued the criteria for second-degree murder had been met. Cadotte, 57, is charged […]

Canadians make harrowing trek to Haiti airport as Ottawa advises against travel

Feb 15 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — An Ottawa physician who navigated the dangerous roads of Haiti Friday to get to the Port-au-Prince airport with three Canadian colleagues says he feel lucky to be alive and is warning others stranded in the strife-torn country not to follow his lead. "Please do not do (what I did), because you can get killed," Dr. Emilio Bazile told The […]

Canadians make harrowing trek to Haiti airport as Ottawa advises against travel

Feb 15 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — An Ottawa physician who navigated the dangerous roads of Haiti Friday to get to the Port-au-Prince airport with three Canadian colleagues says he feel lucky to be alive and is warning others stranded in the strife-torn country not to follow his lead. "Please do not do (what I did), because you can get killed," Dr. Emilio Bazile told The […]

Quebec, Montreal governments welcome proposal for new baseball stadium

Feb 14 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The initial enthusiasm from Quebec's Coalition Avenir Quebec government for a proposed Major League Baseball stadium in Montreal was slightly tempered Thursday after an opposition party cautioned against sinking public money into the project. As news broke that the group pushing for a return of Major League Baseball to Montreal had chosen a site on the Peel Basin […]

Quebec, Montreal governments welcome proposal for new baseball stadium

Feb 14 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The initial enthusiasm from Quebec's Coalition Avenir Quebec government for a proposed Major League Baseball stadium in Montreal was slightly tempered Thursday after an opposition party cautioned against sinking public money into the project. As news broke that the group pushing for a return of Major League Baseball to Montreal had chosen a site on the Peel Basin […]

RCMP says dismantled network laundered tens of millions in drug money

Feb 12 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A sophisticated money laundering ring with international tentacles was behind hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions until it was dismantled this week, federal authorities said Tuesday. The RCMP told a news conference its probe — dubbed "Collector" — uncovered a network with cells in Montreal and Toronto that collected and laundered money primarily […]

RCMP says dismantled network laundered tens of millions in drug money

Feb 12 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A sophisticated money laundering ring with international tentacles was behind hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions until it was dismantled this week, federal authorities said Tuesday. The RCMP told a news conference its probe — dubbed "Collector" — uncovered a network with cells in Montreal and Toronto that collected and laundered money primarily […]

Man accused of killing ailing wife wasn’t suffering from major depression: expert

Feb 11 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A Crown expert cast doubt Monday on a Montreal man's defence that he was suffering from depression that hindered his decision-making when he killed his severely ill wife nearly two years ago. Dr. Gilles Chamberland is the final witness to take the stand at the second-degree murder trial of Michel Cadotte, accused of killing […]

Charge dropped against aspiring Bloc candidate who confronted Trudeau

Feb 7 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Crown has withdrawn a charge of obstructing a peace officer against an aspiring Bloc Quebecois candidate who confronted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a public event last summer. Matthieu Brien had pleaded not guilty to the charge stemming from an exchange with Trudeau during celebrations of Quebec's Fete nationale last June. Brien's lawyer, Marc Michaud, said the charge was withdrawn Thursday after the […]

Charge dropped against aspiring Bloc candidate who confronted Trudeau

Feb 7 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Crown has withdrawn a charge of obstructing a peace officer against an aspiring Bloc Quebecois candidate who confronted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a public event last summer. Matthieu Brien had pleaded not guilty to the charge stemming from an exchange with Trudeau during celebrations of Quebec's Fete nationale last June. Brien's lawyer, Marc Michaud, said the charge was withdrawn Thursday after the […]