National Newswatch

Quebec police seek potential victims of former cop, coach accused of sex crimes

Dec 4 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — LONGUEUIL, Que. — A former Montreal police officer and minor hockey coach is facing charges for alleged sexual infractions dating back decades and involving boys who at the time were aged between nine and 16. Longueuil police said Wednesday they are seeking other possible alleged victims of Francois (Frank) Lamarre, 71, who has lived in the Montreal […]

Ex-SNC-Lavalin executive on trial for fraud, corruption won’t present defence

Dec 3 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A former SNC-Lavalin executive on trial for fraud and corruption has opted not to present a defence. Lawyers for Sami Bebawi informed the jury of their decision on Tuesday, meaning the evidence is complete and the accused won't testify. Bebawi, 73, faces eight charges, including fraud, corruption, laundering proceeds of crime, possession of stolen goods […]

Judge to investigate Montreal archdiocese’s handling of priest’s sexual abuse

Nov 25 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — Montreal's archdiocese enlisted a former Quebec Superior Court justice on Monday to investigate the case of a priest found guilty of sexually abusing two boys. Pepita G. Capriolo will conduct the investigation into Rev. Brian Boucher, a Catholic priest who was sentenced in March to eight years behind bars. The archbishop said the recently retired judge will examine how […]

Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte in court in Tahiti over cannabis growth

Nov 13 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Canadian entrepreneur Guy Laliberte, founder of the Cirque du Soleil circus company, appeared before a judge in French Polynesia on Wednesday over claims of cannabis cultivation. Lune Rouge, a Montreal-based entrepreneurial organization headed by Laliberte, said in a statement that he was being investigated for alleged complicity in cultivation, possession and use of cannabis. The organization said that Laliberte has […]

Quebec overturns decision to deny French woman immigration documents over her French

Nov 9 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Quebec government has overturned a decision to deny a French woman her Quebec immigration documents because a chapter of her PhD thesis was written in English. The controversial ruling was invalidated abruptly on Friday after Emilie Dubois' case gained international attention this week. Dubois, a native of France whose mother tongue is French, had been denied a […]

Quebec overturns decision to deny French woman immigration documents over her French

Nov 9 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Quebec government has overturned a decision to deny a French woman her Quebec immigration documents because a chapter of her PhD thesis was written in English. The controversial ruling was invalidated abruptly on Friday after Emilie Dubois' case gained international attention this week. Dubois, a native of France whose mother tongue is French, had been denied a […]

Unattended cigarette may be cause of Montreal fatal fire that left mom, daughter dead

Nov 9 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — An unattended cigarette may be behind a fire inside a west-end Montreal apartment late Friday that left a woman and her eight-year-old daughter dead and her five-year-old daughter fighting for her life, police said Saturday. Five members of one family were inside the apartment when the fire broke out around 11 p.m. Friday, Montreal police said, in […]

Montreal borough can restrict fast food restaurants for health reasons: court

Nov 8 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A Quebec judge has upheld a Montreal borough's bylaw that limited where new fast food restaurants could open as part of a broader health initiative. Quebec Superior Court Justice Marc St-Pierre ruled against an industry association representing a number of fast food chains that had sought to overturn the municipal law. "The court is of the […]

Montreal borough can restrict fast food restaurants for health reasons: court

Nov 8 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A Quebec judge has upheld a Montreal borough's bylaw that limited where new fast food restaurants could open as part of a broader health initiative. Quebec Superior Court Justice Marc St-Pierre ruled against an industry association representing a number of fast food chains that had sought to overturn the municipal law. "The court is of the […]

Ex-SNC-Lavalin exec’s trial hears of $10 million offer to witness for testimony

Nov 5 2019 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A former SNC-Lavalin executive on trial for fraud and corruption tried to pay $10 million to have a key Crown witness change his story about the company's dealings in Libya, the star witness told jurors Tuesday. The allegation on Day 4 of the trial of Sami Bebawi came from the accused's former subordinate at the Montreal-based engineering giant, […]