News/Canada/Montreal

Metro grocery stores in Quebec will allow customers to shop with reusable containers

April 15, 2019

A major Quebec grocery store chain is taking a step toward reducing single-use plastic packaging. Metro has announced that starting next Monday, it will allow customers in Quebec to use their own reusable containers for ready-to-eat meals, meat, seafood and pastries. Sylvain Charlebois, a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University, says Metro’s […]

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Montreal teen who dreams of joining police vows to fight religious-symbols ban

April 15, 2019

When Sukhman Singh Shergill was a little boy, police cars would make him turn his head in excitement. He collected police badges and notebooks, watched cop shows and told anyone and everyone around him: “I’m going to be a police officer one day.” Shergill is now 15, and his dream remains the same. “I love […]

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Canadian woman missing in West Africa still alive, says Burkina Faso official

April 13, 2019

A Quebec woman and her Italian travel companion who went missing in West Africa late last year are still alive, but no longer in Burkina Faso, according to a government official of the African country, speaking on an Italian news channel.  Édith Blais, a 34-year-old Sherbrooke resident, and Luca Tacchetto, a 30-year-old Italian national, went missing from southwestern Burkina […]

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Quebec’s religious symbols ban welcomed by some who left Muslim countries behind

April 10, 2019

Ameni Ben Ammar lays out a spread of Tunisian hospitality on the coffee table of her small apartment in downtown Montreal. Traditional pastries, a homemade cheese chicken pie and Tunisian wine. Despite having left six years ago, the bond with her North African homeland is still strong. But she says as much as she misses […]

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Blackout could leave thousands of Quebecers in the dark for another night, officials say

April 9, 2019

Thousands of people in southern Quebec might have to spend another night without electricity. Power will not be fully restored for at least another 24 hours, emergency officials said Tuesday afternoon.  More than 250,000 people across southern Quebec were without power on Tuesday after freezing rain hit the region on Monday.  Most of those cases were in […]

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Montrealers take to the streets to protest Quebec’s proposed religious symbols ban

April 7, 2019

Thousands of protesters gathered in downtown Montreal on Sunday afternoon to protest the Quebec government’s Bill 21 — proposed legislation that would ban some public employees from wearing symbols of their faith. “Quebec is not France, long live the difference!” protesters chanted in French while clapping their hands and cheering. Protesters gathered next to the Berri-UQAM Metro station […]

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In Montreal suburb, citizens welcome a secular Quebec

April 7, 2019

At Joy’s Barber Shop in Beloeil, a suburban town about 30 kilometres from Montreal, both immigrants and Quebec-born hairdressers wield the clippers. But there’s no clash of views on the Coalition Avenir Québec’s secularism bill: Instead, all agree the religious neutrality of the state is important. The secularism bill, if made law, would ban public workers in positions of authority from wearing […]

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Celebrated WW II vet, Dieppe hero, dies at 101

March 31, 2019

Funeral services for Honorary Colonel David Hart, Canada’s longest serving military officer and a hero of the 1942 Dieppe raid, will be held Sunday in Montreal. He died Wednesday at 101. His passing is felt far beyond the walls of the Ste-Catherine Street Armoury in Westmount, Que., where he was the soul of the 34 Signal Regiment, but the void […]

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Civil liberties groups explore ‘creative’ ways to challenge Quebec’s charter-proof secular bill

March 30, 2019

The mayor of Montreal calls it “very concerning.” Religious groups say it’s discriminatory. And civil liberties groups have vowed to fight. But what legal options do these groups have in the face of the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s secularism bill, and what will the government do once it’s passed, if people don’t comply with it? Bill […]

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Quebec’s taxi industry calls off pressure tactics after ‘dramatic incident’ on live TV

March 29, 2019

Quebec taxi drivers, angry about a government bill that would overhaul their industry, are cancelling pressure tactics after a “dramatic incident” in which a driver harmed himself on live television. An industry spokesperson said it’s concerned about the health and safety of operators. The driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.  Operators have been trying […]

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