Isaac Olson

Isaac Olson has been a Montreal-area journalist for more than a decade. Follow him on Twitter: @Isaac_J_Olson

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There is hope for downtown Montreal but city needs to plan for post-pandemic life, expert says

The city must be ready to capitalize on what will likely be an influx of shoppers, diners and entertainment seekers “as soon as we are all vaccinated and things get back to some sort of normal,” says the director of McGill University's urban planning department.

Montreal public health aims to slow spread of COVID-19 variants as public gets vaccinated

While Montreal public health officials welcome the start of the city's campaign to vaccinate the public against COVID-19, they are urging the population to remain vigilant as variants of the disease are cropping up in schools, daycares and workplaces.

Indoor pools, movie theatres to open in Quebec's red zones for March break

Quebec Premier François Legault says movie theatres and indoor sports and swimming pools will be allowed to reopen during March break, but the rest of the red-zone restrictions will stay in place in all but one region.

Camara looks to sue Montreal police for wrongful arrest and 6-night detainment

Mamadi III Fara Camara has received an apology from Montreal’s police chief, Sylvain Caron, for what he went through after being arrested for the alleged disarming, assault and attempted murder of a police officer. But many say that's not enough.

Montreal man exonerated of all charges related to attempted murder of police officer

Mamadi III Fara Camara has been exonerated of all charges related to the attempted murder of a Montreal police officer on Jan. 28, Chief Sylvain Caron announced Friday night.

Montreal police say arrest, 6-night detention of man was not case of racial profiling

While investigators hunt for whoever attacked and disarmed a Montreal police officer during a routine traffic stop last week, the force’s top brass is defending the arrest and six-night detention of an apparently innocent man.

Montreal PhD student freed after being 'mistakenly' suspected in officer's attempted murder

Mamadi III Fara Camara, 31, appeared in court Wednesday for what was supposed to be a bail hearing. Instead, the Crown announced that in light of new information, it would not pursue charges against him for now.

Quebec to open businesses, hair salons on Feb. 8, keep curfew in place

Premier François Legault says Quebec businesses and hairdressers will be allowed to open on Feb. 8, but the curfew will remain in place across the province as the situation is precarious in hospitals in all but six regions.

Montreal 'Food Pirate' feeds hundreds in city's east end right from his doorstep

Raïs Zaidi calls himself “Le Pirate Vert” and dedicates his time to feeding those in need, working not just with non-profit organizations, but also on his own — setting up a food distribution station in front of his place on Dézéry Street in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Most public health restrictions will stay in place across Quebec, premier says

Quebec Premier François Legault said the COVID-19 situation is improving across the province, but not enough to lift the majority of public health restrictions on Feb. 8 as hoped. That means the curfew is likely to stay in place as it is working, he said.