National Newswatch

Quebecer among LGBTQ creators suing YouTube alleging discrimination

Aug 15 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A Canadian is among a group of LGBTQ content creators who have launched a class action lawsuit against YouTube in the United States, alleging the popular video-sharing website is censoring their content. The group of eight, which includes several prominent U.S. creators and Montreal-based transgender YouTuber Chase Ross, announced it is taking a stand against the […]

Battle between ex-brothers-in-law over Habs season tickets spills into courtroom

Aug 9 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — There are few things as coveted in Montreal as Canadiens season tickets, and a Quebec man has found that cutting someone out from a long-standing ticket-sharing deal can come at a hefty cost. Quebec Superior Court awarded nearly $45,000 in compensation to Louis Terzopoulos in a judgment this month after he argued successfully that his former brother-in-law, Petros Sakaris, deprived […]

Montreal pet stores lose bid to suspend rules limiting them to sell shelter animals

Aug 8 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A Quebec judge has rejected an application by Montreal pet store owners who sought to suspend a new city bylaw that bans the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits that don't come from shelters or veterinary clinics. In a decision released Wednesday, Superior Court Justice Johanne Mainville denied the request by 25 owners to have the rules temporarily […]

Oka calls for moratorium on land transfer and seeks RCMP presence in Kanesatake

Aug 7 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Quebec town of Oka wants the federal government to impose a moratorium on the proposed transfer of privately owned lands to the neighbouring Mohawk community of Kanesatake. In a series of motions passed Tuesday at the first public council meeting since tensions began to rise, the town also sought an outside police force for Kanesatake, with Oka Mayor […]

Oka calls for moratorium on land transfer and seeks RCMP presence in Kanesatake

Aug 7 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Quebec town of Oka wants the federal government to impose a moratorium on the proposed transfer of privately owned lands to the neighbouring Mohawk community of Kanesatake. In a series of motions passed Tuesday at the first public council meeting since tensions began to rise, the town also sought an outside police force for Kanesatake, with Oka Mayor […]

Police report fourth death in fiery highway crash north of Montreal on Monday

Aug 6 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec provincial police added a fourth person to the list of victims as they worked to establish what triggered a deadly highway pileup north of Montreal on Monday afternoon. The investigation of the crash that also left 15 people injured — including three severely hurt — was ongoing on Tuesday as Highway 440, in Laval, Que., reopened […]

Opponents of Bill 21 seek leave to appeal decision that maintained secularism law

Jul 23 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Civil liberties groups are seeking leave to appeal a recent Quebec Superior Court decision that found it wasn't necessary to temporarily suspend certain provisions of Quebec's secularism law while a full challenge is mounted. The National Council of Canadian Muslims and Canadian Civil Liberties Association announced their intention Tuesday on the steps of Quebec's Court […]

Opponents of Bill 21 seek leave to appeal decision that maintained secularism law

Jul 23 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Civil liberties groups are seeking leave to appeal a recent Quebec Superior Court decision that found it wasn't necessary to temporarily suspend certain provisions of Quebec's secularism law while a full challenge is mounted. The National Council of Canadian Muslims and Canadian Civil Liberties Association announced their intention Tuesday on the steps of Quebec's Court […]

Family asks police to conduct ground searches for missing Quebec man, son

Jul 22 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The family of a Quebec entrepreneur and his son now missing for 12 days are asking provincial police to carry out a ground search of a vast, heavily wooded area where the missing helicopter may be found. Stephane Roy, the founder and  president of Les Serres Sagami, and his 14-year-old son Justin have not been seen since July 10, when they failed […]

Appeal for calm as tensions mount in Oka over land transfer to Kanesatake

Jul 18 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — There were appeals for calm Thursday amid steadily mounting tension in Oka, Que., over a private developer's plan to return land to the Mohawks of Kanesatake. Hundreds packed a church Wednesday night in the community, about 90 kilometres northwest of Montreal, to discuss the return of a pine forest central to the 1990 Oka crisis as part […]

Search continues for prominent businessman, son after helicopter goes missing in Quebec

Jul 12 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A prominent Quebec businessman known for his exploits in the greenhouse tomato industry and his teenage son remained missing Friday after the helicopter they were travelling in failed to return from a fishing trip. Stephane Roy is founder and president of Sagami Inc., which sells greenhouse tomatoes and strawberries under the Sagami and Savoura brands. […]