Isaac Olson


Isaac Olson is a journalist with CBC Montreal. He worked largely as a newspaper reporter and photographer for 15 years before joining CBC in the spring of 2018.

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How rising cost of Quebec farmland creates growth barrier for province's food producers

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) released a report earlier this week that says Quebec's farmland value has been climbing for 36 years with average values going up by 6.4 per cent in 2019 and 7.3 per cent in 2020. In 2021, the average increase was 10 per cent.

Will backfilling beach curb erosion in Quebec's Magdalen Islands?

The idea of using aggregate to protect a coastline from the round-the-clock onslaught of tidal waters and the impending threat of climate change makes little sense to a coastal erosion and beach management expert.

Quebec parents may be called in to supervise classrooms if teachers out sick with COVID-19

Volunteer parents could be asked to supervise Quebec classrooms if too many teachers fall sick with COVID-19, the province's Education Ministry says.

Unvaccinated Quebecers will have to pay a health tax, Legault says

Quebec Premier François Legault said Tuesday the province would be demanding a significant "health contribution" from Quebecers who refuse to get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks. 

Quebec predicts 'steep exponential rise' in COVID-19 cases, brings in new gathering limits Boxing Day

Quebec Premier François Legault has announced that as of Dec. 26, indoor gatherings in the province will be limited to six people — or two family bubbles — in an effort to slow the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant and limit hospital admissions. 

Quebec woman loses thousands after clicking on a Facebook ad

Harpreet Sahota was looking for a way to earn some extra income so she could work a little less and invest in her home. She had heard plenty of cryptocurrency success stories, so she decided to give it a go. Now she is in debt, and trying warn others.

A Montreal suburb halted road construction to protect an endangered frog, but advocates want damage undone

The construction project, more than a decade in the making, was brought to a screeching halt by federal decree late last month to protect the western chorus frog, a threatened species under the Species at Risk Act.

Outcomes in these 7 boroughs could help shift balance of power in Montreal's city hall

Some long-serving candidates are a shoo-in where the voting base traditionally maintains the status quo, but there are several boroughs where the contest is neck and neck.

NDG advocates call for 'social fare' so low-income residents can afford public transit

Two organizations have teamed up in NDG to campaign for what they call a “social fare” — 40 per cent off for people who rely on social assistance or fall below the poverty line. 

Despite Supreme Court loss, Jérémy Gabriel hopes his 10-year battle inspires others to fight

Jérémy Gabriel’s voice shook as he spoke to reporters Friday after a 10-year legal battle finally came to an end at Canada’s highest court.