Benjamin Shingler


Benjamin Shingler is based in Montreal. He previously worked at The Canadian Press, Al Jazeera America and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. Reach him by email at or follow him on Twitter @benshingler.

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Montreal community groups press, once again, for race-based data on COVID-19

Nearly a year after the pandemic descended on Canada, community groups in Montreal are still pressing all levels of government to collect and publicize data on how COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting racialized minorities and low-income residents in the city.

Eager for inspiration, art lovers rejoice at reopening of Montreal's museums

This week in Quebec, for the first time since October, museums have finally been allowed to reopen as part of a loosening of restrictions by Premier Francois Legault. The effects on mental health, research suggests, can be far reaching.

Contagious new COVID-19 variant linked to outbreaks in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Quebec has confirmed its first two cases of the more transmissible variant of COVID-19 that was initially identified in South Africa.

Quebec launches investigation into wrongful arrest by Montreal police

The Quebec government has announced it will hold an investigation into the wrongful arrest of Mamadi III Fara Camara, in the face of questions about the conduct of Montreal police.

10,000 lives lost: A closer look at the people behind Quebec's staggering pandemic death toll

On Sunday, Quebec recorded 32 more deaths from COVID-19, making it the first province to cross the grim threshold of 10,000 deaths from the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

COVID-19 variants and vaccine delays loom large as Quebec loosens restrictions

Quebec’s decision to loosen restrictions is being greeted with trepidation by some public health experts, who worry the threat of more transmissible variants of the coronavirus could once again put hospitals at risk of being overwhelmed.

Quebec on the hunt for new variants of coronavirus

The Quebec government is setting aside more resources and money to test for COVID-19 variants, as concern grows over the potential impact of new, more transmissible strains. 

Quebec pins all its hopes on the vaccine, but experts say action is needed on multiple fronts

The province's pandemic exit strategy leans heavily on mass vaccination, but experts argue there's a need for bold action to curb transmission. It doesn't appear to be forthcoming.

Doctors conducting 'dry runs' to decide who gets access to critical care if hospitals exceed capacity

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, doctors in Quebec and Ontario are conducting what one physician called "dry runs" and using triage guidelines to prepare for the possibility that they may have to decide who gets access to life-saving treatment when the demand exceeds capacity.

Montreal to begin vaccinating homeless population after spike in COVID-19 cases

Homeless people in Montreal could receive the vaccine for COVID-19 as early as this week as the city tries to get a spike in COVID-19 cases under control.