Alison Northcott

Alison Northcott is a national reporter for CBC News in Montreal.

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Caregivers of elderly face stress, tears with scant support

The case of a Montreal man sentenced to two years in jail for killing his wife, who had Alzheimer's disease, has laid bare the need for better supports for caregivers, many of whom struggle to cope and often don't know where to turn, advocates say.

After 2017's devastating floods, Quebec communities face tough questions about building on flood plains

As spring begins, residents and officials in municipalities across Quebec are watching the forecast closely, bracing themselves for possible floods this year and in years to come.

Netflix won't remove images of Lac-Mégantic rail disaster from Bird Box

Netflix says footage of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster used to depict a fictional disaster in its popular movie Bird Box will not be removed, despite residents in the Quebec town saying it trivializes the tragedy.

Quebec companies look to asylum seekers to help fill labour shortages

With Quebec in the midst of a labour shortage, employers across several sectors see an opportunity in recently arrived asylum seekers.

6 key points about the Guy Ouellette crisis rocking Quebec

Guy Ouellette, a sitting member of Quebec's legislature, was arrested by Quebec's anti-corruption unit. Each side tells a vastly different story about why. Here's a guide to the competing versions of events.
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Quebec Liberals play politics — and lose — with face-covering ban

A look at how the Quebec Liberals bungled their attempt to fulfil an election promise and quell a debate that's been flaring up in the province for the better part of a decade.

With modest paycheque in hand, Canadian Women's Hockey League players dream of 'living wage'

This year, for the first time in its 11-year history, the Canadian Women's Hockey League will offer its players a paycheque. But they still need day jobs to make ends meet.

150 celebrations highlight Quebec's complicated relationship with Canada

Canada 150 celebrations lay bare Quebec's complicated relationship with the rest of the country.

Last surviving Dionne quintuplets hope to preserve childhood home

The last surviving Dionne quintuplets, once a wonder of the world and a major tourist draw, are fighting to preserve the house where they were born, hoping it stands as a symbol of their struggles and those of other children who suffered abuse.

Lending a hand to flood victims: How to help or donate

People affected by the flooding are rallying together to help out. Here's how you can lend a hand.

How eroding coastline is changing Quebec's Gaspé peninsula

Communities in Quebec's Gaspé peninsula are looking for ways to adapt to a receding coastline and a changing climate.

Report on Innu suicides hopes to shed light on causes

An upcoming coroner's report into the suicides of five members of the Innu community of Uashat-Maliotenam on Quebec's North Shore could have implications for other Indigenous communities dealing with similar crises.

What's keeping fans away from world juniors?

Despite a sparsely attended quarter-final and complaints of sky-high ticket prices, Hockey Canada hopes for a strong turnout in today's semifinal matchups at Montreal's Bell Centre.

Quebec ski hills 'always adapting' when it comes to winter weather

After the worst ski season in decades, ski hills in Quebec's Eastern Townships are hoping for better weather conditions this year — while planning for more difficult winters ahead.

Cameras replace border guards at small Quebec crossing

At a tiny crossing between Quebec and Vermont, the Canada Border Services Agency is testing out new technology that replaces border guards with cameras. The union warns the system presents a threat to public security.