Joe Bongiorno

Joe Bongiorno is an author, former high school teacher and a journalist at the CBC. He has also reported for Canadian Geographic, Maisonneuve, Canada’s National Observer and others. You can reach him at

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72-year-old Quebec swimmer battling cancer takes gold at Canadian championships

Despite fighting cancer and undergoing chemotherapy, 72-year-old Lina Courtois from the Eastern Townships was determined to compete in two Canadian championships last week. She took home three gold medals.

Montreal's Chinese community marks 100 years since 'Chinese Exclusion Act'

The families of Chinese immigrants like Roddy Chung were divided. "I don't want to see this again," he says, a century after exclusion became law.

Beloved monastery was place of beauty and healing, say devastated musicians, artists

An art therapy centre housed in Bon Pasteur is a total loss, and it's not yet known if the 120-seat chapel — a revered classical music venue — can be salvaged.

Cultiville founder connects landless gardeners to people with land but no green thumb

Frustrated by the years-long wait for a spot in a community garden, a Montrealer has found a way to match would-be gardeners with people who have an unused patch of dirt. But urban agriculture groups warn it could pose liability issues.

Unseasonably cold May has Quebec winemakers fighting frost with fire

Toughing the cold, neighbours pitched in with wood and lit fires to protect the grapes from shrivelling in frigid temperatures.

Quebec hopes to train up to 5,000 new orderlies by end of 2023

The province's long-term care homes and other seniors' residences are already short 11,000 patient-care attendants and, with an aging population, the needs are growing, Health Minister Christian Dubé warned Tuesday.

Canada Post to deliver new flyer to Montrealers despite city ban on unsolicited mail

Montrealers will see a new version of Publisac arriving in their mailboxes this week, in spite of a new city bylaw to eliminate unsolicited flyers that was to take effect Wednesday.

Montreal cemetery to reopen for visits Mother's Day but families still waiting to bury dead

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery will reopen for Mother’s Day, putting a labour dispute between itself and striking cemetery workers on hold.  But it will close again on Monday despite the fact that many families are pushing to bury their loved ones.

As some students become radicalized, these Quebec teachers are pushing back

The polarization in society is reflected in the classroom as the far-right gains ground in Quebec. A new series of videos aims to give teachers at the CEGEP level the tools to respond to it.

How the litter-box-in-school hoax went viral in a Quebec town

Rumours about schools providing litter boxes for students who identify as cats are spreading in Quebec. It's a hoax to discredit trans youth, says one LGBTQ+ advocate.