National Newswatch

Proposed Quebec welfare rules carry unfair penalties, advocates warn

Jan 1 2016 — Sidhartha Banerjee — MONTREAL - A Quebec government plan to introduce new welfare rules to get people back into the workforce has anti-poverty advocates warning the measures could leave many even more destitute.The recently tabled bill aims to get first-time welfare recipients into a job program quickly, offering an extra few hundred dollars every month if they're employed […]

Quebec legislators mulling giving themselves hefty pay hike

Dec 27 2015 — Sidhartha Banerjee — MONTREAL - The Quebec government is considering a bill that could see members of the legislature get a substantial increase in their base salary and make them the country's best-paid provincial politicians.The proposal is essentially the result of recommendations in a report from retired Supreme Court justice Claire L'Heureux-Dube on how to improve their pay […]

Montreal teen found guilty of terrorism-related offences

Dec 17 2015 — Sidhartha Banerjee — MONTREAL - A Montreal-area teen was found guilty of two terrorism-related charges on Thursday, becoming the first Canadian convicted of attempting to leave the country to participate in terrorism-related activities.The 16-year-old, who cannot be named, was impassive as Youth court Judge Dominique Wilhelmy found him guilty of the offences.He was facing two charges: committing a […]

Final report in Quebec construction probe says corruption rife

Nov 24 2015 — Sidhartha Banerjee — MONTREAL - The stench of collusion and corruption that permeated Quebec's construction industry and spread to bureaucrats, political parties and organized crime was far more rife than originally thought, says the judge who headed the Charbonneau Commission."This investigation confirmed there was a real problem in Quebec and that it was broader and more deeply rooted […]

Panel recommends that judicial council remove Quebec judge from the bench

Nov 19 2015 — Sidhartha Banerjee — MONTREAL - An expert panel of the Canadian Judicial Council that looked into the conduct of a Quebec Superior Court justice has recommended he be removed from the bench.Michel Girouard was named a judge in September 2010 after practising law for a quarter-century in the Abitibi region in northwestern Quebec.But allegations he bought drugs from […]

Syrian refugees: Quebec immigration minister says security won’t be compromised

Nov 16 2015 — Sidhartha Banerjee — MONTREAL - Quebec remains committed to accepting refugees from Syria in the near future, but Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil says security won't be compromised in doing so.Weil acknowledged that some Quebecers may have fears and trepidation, particularly after Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris left 129 dead.She told a news conference Monday it's also important to […]

Quebec Court of Appeal orders tobacco firms to put up $1 billion security

Oct 27 2015 — Sidhartha Banerjee — MONTREAL - The Quebec Court of Appeal has ordered that two tobacco companies set aside just under $1 billion to compensate victims who won a landmark class-action lawsuit earlier this year.In June, the Quebec Superior Court delivered a landmark ruling ordering three major cigarette companies to pay $15 billion to smokers in what is believed […]

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre gives Ottawa one week to settle sewage dump

Oct 16 2015 — Sidhartha Banerjee — MONTREAL - Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has given federal environment officials one week to approve the city's plan to dump eight billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River, but Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq has put the matter on hold until next month.In a letter sent Friday to Aglukkaq, Coderre challenged the interpretation […]

Separate, random hammer attacks in Quebec leave one dead, three injured

Oct 14 2015 — Sidhartha Banerjee — MONTREAL - At least four people have been attacked with a hammer in separate incidents in Quebec, with one of the assaults turning fatal and likely leading to a murder charge.A 19-year-old man was killed and two other people suffered head injuries following random attacks on Tuesday evening in Laval, just north of Montreal.In that […]

Marcel Aubut apologizes for behaviour, quits law firm

Oct 9 2015 — Sidhartha Banerjee — MONTREAL - Promising to seek help and become a better person, Marcel Aubut apologized on Friday for his behaviour amid widespread allegations he sexually harassed several women.The influential Montreal lawyer, who until last weekend was president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, also announced he was stepping down from the BCF law firm and taking a […]