Benjamin Shingler


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

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As Quebec cuts immigration, businesses turn to temporary foreign workers

Businesses in Quebec are increasingly turning to temporary foreign workers to help counter the acute labour shortage facing the province, a development experts say is unsustainable and puts workers in a vulnerable position.

Black community hopeful racial profiling lawsuit will lead to change in Montreal

Longtime activist Dan Philip believes the class-action lawsuit approved last week by a Quebec judge will help address the problem of racial profiling within the SPVM.

CAQ's plan to slash immigration levels threatens Quebec economy, business groups say

The Coalition Avenir Québec government needs to bring in more immigrants to avoid exacerbating the province's labour shortage and slowing the province's economy, business leaders warn.
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What you need to know about the Desjardins data breach

The data breach at Desjardins Group is thought to be one of the largest ever among Canadian financial institutions. Here's a breakdown of what went wrong and what the largest federation of credit unions in North America is doing to protect your data.

Confusion, questions as Quebec schools forced to apply ban on religious symbols

The ban on religious symbols is now law, but Quebec school boards, teachers' unions and education faculties say they are still unclear on how it should be applied.

A guide to Quebec's new immigration and religious symbols laws: How we got here and what's next

Quebec is a different place after the Coalition Avenir Québec government adopted two laws reshaping the province's immigration system and imposing new rules on people who wear religious symbols. Here's a guide to what happened, and what's next.

Fears of 'secularism police' raised by CAQ's last-minute changes to religious symbols bill

In the final hours before Bill 21 was passed late Sunday, the Coalition Avenir Québec government introduced several amendments, including provisions to ensure the law is being followed and to impose disciplinary measures if it is not.

François Legault defends decision to quash debate over immigration, religious symbols bills

Quebec's premier says there's a risk of upsetting "social cohesion" if the debate over religious symbols is allowed to linger. His government is invoking closure to pass controversial secularism and immigration laws.

Quebec's ombudsman slams Agriculture Ministry for firing pesticide whistleblower

A Quebec government agronomist who was fired after exposing private-sector meddling into public research about pesticides has been offered his job back following the release of a scathing report into the way the province handled his case.

An evolving Concordia celebrates Indigenous graduates

Over the past decade, Concordia University has seen a small but steady rise in the number of Indigenous graduates. Musicians, historians and public policy experts are part of the latest crop.

Caregivers of elderly face stress, tears with scant support

The case of a Montreal man sentenced to two years in jail for killing his wife, who had Alzheimer's disease, has laid bare the need for better supports for caregivers, many of whom struggle to cope and often don't know where to turn, advocates say.

Quebec education minister defends pre-K plan amid concerns over resources, ballooning cost

As public hearings into the proposal get underway, Education Minister Jean-François Roberge says he is "convinced" the CAQ's plan is the best way forward.

Environmentalists to spend weekend with CAQ in hopes of persuading government of 'urgency to act'

When Coalition Avenir Québec members gather this weekend for the first time since their party's majority victory, the focus will be on the issue considered by many to be the CAQ's biggest weakness.

Montreal police urged to make suspect descriptions more specific to avoid racial profiling

Quebec's Human Rights Commission is calling on Montreal police to set new standards for suspect descriptions after a Laval man was wrongly detained for a robbery, based on the hunt for a "black man wearing black."

'We need another school': Montréal-Nord's burgeoning population means French schools bursting at seams

Saint-Vincent-Marie elementary school, one of the French-language schools caught in a dispute between the English Montreal School Board and the Quebec government, is filled to capacity — and brimming with life.