Benjamin Shingler


Benjamin Shingler is a journalist with CBC Montreal. Follow him on Twitter @benshingler.

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Laval commits to collecting police racial profiling data

The City of Laval is promising changes to its police department, including a commitment to tracking complaints of racial profiling and hiring more visible minorities.

Danielle McCann out as health minister as François Legault shakes up cabinet

Danielle McCann, who has been at the forefront of the Quebec government's response to the pandemic, and Simon Jolin-Barrette, who has overseen the province's immigration reforms, are both being shuffled out of their posts.

Actions speak louder than words, activists say, as SPVM acknowledges racism's 'systemic nature'

Montreal police issued a statement late Monday in the wake of a damning report about discrimination in the city, acknowledging the "systemic nature of racism and discrimination" and saying it will actively work to fight it. 

Valérie Plante promises change after report finds Montreal has 'neglected' fight against racism

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says she will make changes in the city after a report prepared by her own consultation office detailed racism and discrimination across a range of municipal institutions.

Montreal's poorest and most racially diverse neighbourhoods hit hardest by COVID-19, data analysis shows

Since the start of the pandemic, Montreal districts with higher numbers of Black people and more cramped housing have registered the most cases of COVID-19, according to an analysis of census data by CBC News.

Ottawa looks to give permanent residency to asylum seekers who work in health care

The federal government is working on a special program that would grant permanent residency to asylum seekers who have worked in health-care roles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quebec surpasses 5,000 deaths from COVID-19

"I want to offer my sympathies to the families of these victims. As a government, this tells us that we must do better in the future," said Premier François Legault, in marking the milestone.

Quebec finally gets a handle on COVID outbreaks in long-term care, but is it ready for a 2nd wave?

For more than two months, the novel coronavirus ran rampant in Quebec’s long-term care homes, killing more than 4,000 people. But recent figures suggest health officials have finally managed to control the outbreaks.

Montreal police chief will march with protesters Sunday as SPVM vows action on street checks

Amid growing calls for reforms, Montreal police Chief Sylvain Caron held a news conference Friday to stress the SPVM is committed to eliminating any practice of racial profiling.

Montreal protesters aim to drive home message racism is a problem here too

"It has to stop, this killing of innocent people at the hands of police, not only in the U.S. but also Canada as well," said Marie-Livia Beaugé, a Montreal criminal justice lawyer who helped organize Sunday's march.

After slashing immigration, Quebec turns to immigrants to fill shortage in long-term care homes

Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette, who cut immigration levels during the CAQ’s first year in power, has announced a plan to recruit 550 orderlies from abroad to work in the province’s long-term care homes.

Staffing, protective equipment still a challenge in Quebec long-term care homes, military report says

A report prepared by the Canadian military about Quebec's long-term care homes says the division between "hot" and "cold" zones, proper use of protective equipment and staffing shortages remain major challenges in the facilities.

Montreal faced with 'double challenge' as heat descends on city during pandemic

As hot and muggy weather descends on Montreal, Public Health Director Mylène Drouin asks for splash pads to be opened to keep kids cool but acknowledges the threat of the spread of the coronavirus limits the options for many vulnerable people.

Quebec premier mulls immigration applications for asylum seekers working in long-term care homes

Quebec Premier François Legault says he will consider giving asylum seekers who work in long-term care homes a chance to stay in the province by applying as immigrants.

Quebec still not hitting testing targets as Montreal prepares to reopen stores, ease restrictions

On May 1, Horacio Arruda, the province's public health director, set a new goal: 14,000 tests a day by the end of the week. Three weeks later, Quebec is still not hitting that target, and one epidemiologist says until it does, "Montreal is not ready" to reopen.