National Newswatch

Quebec rejects plea to send army to northern region facing health worker shortage

Aug 10 2022 — Virginie Ann, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec's Health Department has rejected a request from officials in the northern region of Nunavik to have Armed Forces members brought in to help ease a shortage of health-care workers. Kathleen Poulin, a spokeswoman for Nunavik Regional Board of Health, said Wednesday that labour shortages in the health sector are hitting Nunavik particularly […]

After cancelling event, Montreal borough to allow drag queen storytime for children

Aug 2 2022 — Virginie Ann, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A Montreal borough that faced accusations of homophobia after it cancelled a children's storytime event hosted by a well-known drag queen has reversed its decision. St-Laurent borough Mayor Alan DeSousa said officials met on Monday with Sébastien Potvin, who performs as Barbada de Barbades, and approved story-reading events at two libraries on Nov. […]

Monkeypox: Experts at AIDS conference say the current global response is not enough

Jul 31 2022 — Virginie Ann, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A panel of scientists and activists at the AIDS 2022 conference in Montreal urged worldwide governments over the weekend to ramp up resources to handle the monkeypox outbreaks. The plea came as international experts gathered on Sunday to discuss the necessity to avoid reproducing mistakes made during the early HIV response.   Marina […]

Monkeypox: Experts at AIDS conference say the current global response is not enough

Jul 31 2022 — Virginie Ann, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A panel of scientists and activists at the AIDS 2022 conference in Montreal urged worldwide governments over the weekend to ramp up resources to handle the monkeypox outbreaks. The plea came as international experts gathered on Sunday to discuss the necessity to avoid reproducing mistakes made during the early HIV response.   Marina […]

Quebecer Émile-Antoine Roy-Sirois, code name ‘Beaver,’ dies on front lines in Ukraine

Jul 25 2022 — Virginie Ann, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Émile-Antoine Roy-Sirois, a 31-year-old Quebecer who recently died in Ukraine fighting Russian forces, volunteered on the front lines because he wanted to protect innocent women and children, according to a soldier who fought with him. Roy-Sirois "was an intellectual who cared about humanity," said Blackhawk, a fighter who, for security reasons, would only […]

Hundreds of cases postponed over shortage of judges in Quebec’s Nunavik region

Jul 19 2022 — Virginie Ann, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A shortage of available judges has resulted in the cancellation of an entire week of provincial court hearings in Quebec's northern region of Nunavik. The Justice Department said about 250 cases were postponed this week in Kuujjuaq, because no judges were available to sit on the court that travels between the region's Indigenous […]

Famous Quebec City club accused of kicking out patrons for being ‘too homosexual’

Jul 13 2022 — Virginie Ann, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A renowned Quebec City nightclub is embroiled in a controversy over a homophobic incident that pushed the club to fire an employee and allegedly threaten legal action against a popular singer-songwriter. Earlier this week, a man said Le Dagobert kicked him and his friends out of the nightclub Saturday night because their clothes […]

Quebec welcomes transfer of asylum seekers to Ontario, but says more needs to be done

Jul 4 2022 — Virginie Ann, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec Immigration Minister Jean Boulet on Monday welcomed Ottawa's decision to relocate about 100 asylum seekers who have crossed irregularly into the province — but he said that wasn't enough. The province says its ability to house and care for would-be refugees is being strained, as about 13,350 people have entered Canada irregularly […]

Parks Canada cancels camping event in Montreal amid criticism over unhoused people

Jul 3 2022 — Virginie Ann, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Advocates for Montreal's  homeless residents ramped up critiques of Parks Canada over the weekend, saying a series of local camping events the agency has scheduled throughout the summer set a double standard between those with financial means and those without. The events, dubbed learn-to-camp, are described as an opportunity to learn basic camping […]

Parks Canada cancels camping event in Montreal amid criticism over unhoused people

Jul 3 2022 — Virginie Ann, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Advocates for Montreal's  homeless residents ramped up critiques of Parks Canada over the weekend, saying a series of local camping events the agency has scheduled throughout the summer set a double standard between those with financial means and those without. The events, dubbed learn-to-camp, are described as an opportunity to learn basic camping […]