John MacFarlane

Journalist

John MacFarlane is a journalist at CBC Montreal. He also works as a filmmaker and producer.

Latest from John MacFarlane

The unremarkable brick building that may help save Montreal's creative soul

A deal between a developer and a not-for-profit arts organization, enabled by the Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie borough, is designed to counter the problem of artists being driven from the borough by economic change.

Montreal man recounts 'traumatizing' experience of wrongful arrest by police

In his first public appearance since he was wrongfully arrested by Montreal police last month, Mamadi Ill Fara Camara said he was unable to speak to his family at all during the six days he spent in detention and that he remains deeply shaken by the ordeal.

Quebec promises more screening for coronavirus variants, but some experts say it isn't enough

On Thursday, Health Minster Christian Dubé said the province is aiming to screen 100 per cent of COVID-19 tests in Montreal for the variants by the end of next week.

Demands for inquiry grow after man accused of attempted murder of Montreal police officer has charges stayed

The abrupt stay of attempted murder and other charges Wednesday against doctoral student Mamadi III Fara Camara, accused of disarming and injuring a Montreal police officer, has prompted calls for an investigation by his lawyer, Quebec's opposition parties, city officials and advocacy groups.

'Little turkey, big city': The rise and fall of NDG's streetwise fowl

Butters joins Kéveune, another wild turkey, and Humperdink the humpback whale in Montreal's pandemic pantheon of fallen fauna.

Tracking the second wave: Your guide to Quebec's latest COVID-19 data

The latest figures on the COVID-19 outbreak, explained.

Montreal's hospital situation 'extremely tense,' says top official

The situation at Montreal's hospitals remains under control but is "extremely tense" as they contend with an onslaught of COVID-19 patients stemming from increased infections over the holiday period, said Sonia Bélanger, a senior public health official.

Leaked document offers portrait of Quebec's orange, red alert restrictions

A leaked internal government document offers a glimpse of what life might look like in a region of Quebec designated red under the COVID-19 alert system: picture the lockdown period in the spring.

Anti-mask protest in Montreal draws large crowd, propelled by U.S. conspiracy theories

Several thousand people gathered Saturday in downtown Montreal to hear speeches from conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccine activists, in one the largest demonstrations to date against the Quebec government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With daily case total highest since June, Quebec bans karaoke, orders bars to keep customer logs

The Quebec government formally announced a ban on karaoke in public venues Friday, and will also now require bars to keep a register of customers — a measure that had previously been recommended but was not mandatory.

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