John MacFarlane


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

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Plante lays out Montreal pre-election vision with 500-day challenge

In a speech that reaffirmed her party's commitment to local neighbourhoods, public transit, pedestrians and cyclists, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante asked that voters give the party 500 days, from Sunday, to relaunch Montreal after the crushing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What's behind Quebec's targeted approach to the 3rd wave, and could it work?

The month of March featured considerable swings in Quebec's messaging and action around the pandemic. If you've been having trouble keeping track, it's understandable.

As 3rd wave takes hold, Quebec hopes to thread the needle

In Ontario, the pandemic situation was described as "out of control" on Monday, while in the United States a top official delivered an apocalyptic warning. But in Quebec, where coronavirus variants are surging and restrictions have recently been eased, the government is holding steady.

Denis Coderre says he will run again for mayor of Montreal

In an appearance on Radio-Canada's Tout le monde en parle, former Montreal mayor Denis Coderre said a period of introspection had restored him and prepared him to lead the city once again.

Coronavirus variants, resistant to existing public health restrictions, near dominance in Quebec

Variants of the virus behind COVID-19 are on the verge of becoming dominant in Quebec, with past and existing government measures to control spread not enough to contain the more contagious virus strains, Quebec's public health institute said Friday.

5 million doses, 100 days: The hurdles facing Quebec on the road to June 24

Quebec Premier François Legault says every Quebecer who wants a COVID-19 vaccine will be able to get their first dose by June 24. But there are some significant hurdles.

Gyms and spas to reopen in COVID red zones but don't expect your spin class to resume

Citing the improving COVID-19 situation in Quebec, the government announced on Friday that it will allow gyms to reopen provincewide on March 26 and will take first steps toward the resumption of team sports.

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.