Benjamin Shingler


Benjamin Shingler covers politics, immigration and social issues for CBC Montreal. Follow him on Twitter @benshingler.

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The many lives of Beaver Sheppard

In a city that celebrates its artists, but where it’s increasingly difficult to survive as one, Beaver Sheppard has become a Montreal fixture as a cook, musician and painter.

After years of complaints about systemic discrimination by Montreal police, why is the chief surprised?

The findings in a report released Monday — that Montreal police engage in systemic discrimination in targeting Indigenous, black and Arab people — reinforced what victims of racial profiling and civil liberties groups have been saying for decades.

Quebec has 'failed in its duty to you,' Premier François Legault tells Indigenous Peoples

Premier François Legault has apologized for how Quebec has treated Indigenous Peoples, following through on the first of 142 recommendations in a damning report that concluded they are subject to "systemic discrimination."

Quebec's school board reforms include 'compromises' for English system

The Coalition Avenir Québec government's proposed legislation to reform the province's school boards includes exceptions for the province's English-language community.

Quebec should apologize for systemic discrimination in treatment of Indigenous people, Viens report says

The Quebec government should apologize to First Nations and Inuit for the harm they have endured as a result of provincial laws, policies and practices, says the author of a damning report into the treatment of Indigenous people.

'We are changing the world': Greta Thunberg addresses hundreds of thousands at Montreal climate march

Hundreds of thousands of people thronged the streets of Montreal on Friday in a climate march that turned the city's downtown into a sea of placard-waving protesters.

Quebec's religious symbols ban causes 'irreparable harm,' teachers tell court

Civil rights groups fighting Quebec's religious symbols law have filed new evidence which, they say, demonstrates without a doubt it has "caused and continues to cause irreparable harm."

CAQ government wants to hold a referendum over electoral reform plan

The CAQ introduced legislation Wednesday aimed at creating a system of mixed proportional representation, and it requires voters to approve the plan in a referendum to coincide with the next election, set for 2022.

Human rights report paints bleak picture of discrimination in Quebec

A Muslim woman is knocked to the ground and kicked. A black woman is called a "gorilla" and told to "go back to her country." Those are among the instances of physical and verbal abuse, vandalism and death threats documented in the 327-page report.

Montrealers who challenged assisted dying laws see ruling as 'ray of hope'

Nicole Gladu and Jean Truchon, the two Montrealers who challenged the country's assisted dying laws, say a ruling that deemed parts of the legislation too restrictive should be seen as a victory for those who struggle with debilitating conditions.

'Non à la loi 21' campaign launched against Quebec's religious symbols ban

Even though Quebec's ban on religious symbols has become law, opponents say they won’t give up the fight. A group is aiming to distribute 50,000 buttons by the end of September with a simple message: “non à la loi 21.”

Desmond Morton, historian and McGill University professor, dead at 81

Desmond Morton, who authored more than 40 books on Canadian history, has died at the age of 81.

Man accused of stabbing pregnant wife, killing baby on trial in Montreal

Sofiane Ghazi, 39, is on trial for the attempted murder of his pregnant wife, and the murder of their baby, who died shortly after being born by emergency C-section.

Quebec school boards fall in line over religious symbols law despite opposition

School boards in Quebec have, one by one, opted to comply with the province's religious symbols law banning them from wearing religious symbols on the job. Teachers are feeling the effects.

English community newspapers plead for help from Quebec government

The newspapers that serve English-language communities across Quebec are doomed to fail if the government doesn't step in to help, an industry group warned at this week's hearings on news media in the province.