Benjamin Shingler


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

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'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.

Montreal councillors reject motion urging police to allow religious symbols

Councillors voted Tuesday 19-32 against the motion, debated on the same day Mayor Valérie Plante testified at Quebec's Bill 21 hearings.
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What's in Quebec's secularism bill: Religious symbols, uncovered faces and a charter workaround

The Coalition Avenir Québec government has tabled its long-awaited secularism bill, laying down proposed ground rules it says will ensure the religious neutrality of the state. Here's what's in it.

Hearings on Quebec's secularism bill have little time for religious groups, critics say

Religious groups say they have been largely excluded from hearings into a law that would "deeply impact them."

'Here I am, kayaking in my living room': Surveying the flood damage, homeowner bursts into tears

A day after her home in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que., was flooded, Valérie Deslauriers returned in a kayak to face the wreckage of her home.

Sainte-Marthe is built on a lake bed. How did that happen?

This week's flooding has raised questions about how municipalities have been allowed to develop so close to the water or, in the case of Quebec's Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, on the lake bed itself.

Beyond sandbags: Quebec looks for ways to limit future flood damage

With the help of the army and thousands of sandbags, Quebec has been better prepared for rising waters this spring than it was for the historic floods of 2017. But bigger changes are needed, experts say.

Quebec doesn't want another pipeline, François Legault tells Jason Kenney

Quebec Premier François Legault says there's no appetite for a new pipeline in the province, despite an appeal from Alberta's premier-designate.

Are Montreal's historic churches safe from fire?

The fire that toppled the spire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris should serve as a wake-up call to Montreal officials that the city's historic churches require protecting, a leading heritage expert says.

Montreal teen who dreams of joining police vows to fight religious-symbols ban

Sukhman Singh Shergill has dreamt of becoming a police officer since he was a little boy. The Quebec government’s Bill 21, which aims to ban public workers in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols, has only strengthened his resolve.

Montreal police try a new approach to dealing with mental illness

The SPVM will train all its patrol officers to use tools to help them deal with people suffering from mental health issues.

Opposition to Quebec's Bill 21 intensifies as minister pleads for calm

Opposition to the Coalition Avenir Québec government's plan to ban certain public workers from wearing religious symbols is growing more organized — and more vitriolic.

Here are the jobs subject to Quebec's proposed religious symbols ban (the list is longer than you'd think)

The Quebec government's proposed ban on the wearing religious symbols by public workers in authority positions extends far beyond police officers, judges and teachers, as the CAQ promised last fall, to a multitude of positions in the courts and the government.

Quebec plans stricter rules for home-schooled students

Education Minister Jean-François Roberge says the modifications to the existing law will ensure students are taught a full range of subjects, such as history and science, as outlined in the provincial curriculum.

Quebec government's proposed secularism law would ban public workers from wearing religious symbols

The Coalition Avenir Québec government is proposing a new law that would prohibit public workers in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols such as a hijab, kippa or turban.