Claire Loewen

Journalist

Claire can be reached at claire.loewen@cbc.ca. Follow her on Twitter @clairelwn.

Latest from Claire Loewen

Quebec's $100M mental health funding announcement pushed up in wake of sword attack in capital

Quebec will invest $100 million in mental health services, a funding announcement that was expected next week, but pushed up as the provincial capital mourns two of its residents, who were stabbed to death in the historic old city on Halloween night.

Quebec health minister says he's losing sleep over COVID-19 situation in CHSLDs

Even if outbreaks are more contained than during the first wave, seniors in CHSLDs — who are especially vulnerable to developing complications and dying from the disease — are being hit hard once again this time around.

Legault encourages struggling Quebecers to pick up the phone

Quebec Premier François Legault says the government has hired 300 people — and plans to hire 300 more — to work the 811 line.
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Montreal woman turned away at U.S. border told to quarantine for 14 days

Colette Mersy wanted to visit her new grandson in New York. But after she was turned away the U.S. border, she was told to self-isolate for 14 days.
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Help wanted: Montreal says it needs to hire a commissioner to fight systemic racism

The City of Montreal is hiring an anti-racism commissioner, in response to a report prepared by the city's consultation office that slammed Montreal for turning a blind eye to systemic racism and discrimination across municipal institutions.
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In heartfelt video, Joyce Echaquan's husband thanks those who have supported his family

Carol Dubé, the husband of Joyce Echaquan, who died last week in a Joliette, Que., hospital, says he's touched by the amount of support his family has received.

Quebec premier's apology did not win the trust of Joyce Echaquan's family, says Atikamekw grand chief

Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw woman from Manawan, died shortly after filming staff insulting her in a video she shared on Facebook live.
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Mandatory masks add to challenging year for Quebec high school students

Although masks in the classroom are viewed as a positive step in containing the spread of the virus, the rules also present new challenges in what is already a difficult time  — potentially exacerbating learning disabilities, as well as feelings of isolation and anxiety.

Quebec police won't be allowed to enter homes without consent or a warrant, public security minister says

But if the epidemiological situation worsens "dramatically," Geneviève Guilbault said the government may grant that power to police.

Religious leaders ask Quebec to ease restrictions even as new COVID-19 cases jump

In orange zones, no more than 25 worshippers are now permitted to gather in places of worship. "People are really feeling this is discrimination against faith; against worshipping," said Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix.

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