Catou MacKinnon


Catou MacKinnon started working for CBC in New Brunswick as a reporter and then as the Maritime Noon correspondent. Since 2004, she's been reporting on stories from all over the province of Quebec.

Latest from Catou MacKinnon

Complaints of police mistreatment of Indigenous people led to no disciplinary action

After preliminary investigations by the Sûreté du Québec's internal affairs, only two officers were questioned to find out if they used physical force or threats during an incident in 2016. 

Quebec doesn't track outcomes of police abuse complaints from Indigenous people

CBC News has learned 48 police officers in Quebec have been investigated for crimes of a sexual nature since 2016, but authorities won't say how many involve Indigenous complainants nor what became of their complaints.

Quebec Crown still silent on 55 complaints from Indigenous people of police abuse

The head of Quebec Native Women is asking why people who lodged complaints of police abuse more than three years ago are still waiting to hear if criminal charges will be laid.

Far-right fringe groups surface in Quebec City police hate-crime incident reports

Québec Identitaire — the far-right group which delivered a severed pig’s head to the Quebec City mosque six months before the deadly shooting there — as well as Adalante and Storm Alliance figured in police reports on alleged "public incitement to hatred."

Quebec City police review turns up twice as many hate crimes in 2018 as originally reported

The Quebec City police service reviewed its data following a CBC investigation and found there were actually 60 hate-related incidents the year after the deadly mosque shooting — not 27, as the force proudly announced in January.

Muslim group sounds alarm over 'human error' in Quebec City police's hate-crime numbers

A Muslim civil liberties group is calling on Quebec City police to take hate crimes more seriously, after the police force blamed "human error" for a large discrepancy between their own records and those provided by Statistics Canada. 

Quebec City police said hate crime was down in 2018, but StatsCan numbers tell a very different story

A year after a deadly mosque shooting, Quebec City police announced a dramatic reduction in hate-related incidents. But StatsCan data suggests hate incidents were three times higher than what police were reporting.

The sexual assault charges against Quebec police officers weren't publicized. Women's groups wonder why

When two police officers were recently charged with sexual assault, Quebec’s police oversight body didn’t take any steps to inform the public. Women’s groups say that is a sign of a troubling double standard.

Two Quebec police officers charged with sexual assault, a first for provincial watchdog

For the first time since its creation three years ago, Quebec police officers have been charged following an investigation by the province’s independent police oversight body.

Families of missing Indigenous children welcome call for Quebec inquiry

Quebec's minister of Indigenous Affairs is going to ask First Nations and Inuit what to tackle first among 21 calls for justice issued in a special supplementary report by the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Some Indigenous people are torn about what should be at the top of that list.

Quebec City doctor calls out insurance companies for prostate cancer screening

A family doctor in Quebec City is blaming insurance companies for the high number of men she is seeing who were tested for prostate cancer without being properly informed about the test and its rate of false positives.

Doctor warned man with epilepsy not to drive on morning of deadly Quebec City crash

A Quebec City man with epilepsy, who is standing trial for criminal negligence causing death, had been warned several times he should not drive, his neurologist testified on Tuesday.

Stranded sailors despair as 30-month stay on ship docked in Quebec City port continues

Two sailors have been living on a stranded ship in the Port of Quebec for more than two years, waiting to get paid and unable to leave, because the vessel needs upkeep in order to retain its value.

Children living near Rouyn-Noranda, Que., smelter overexposed to arsenic and lead, study shows

People living near the copper smelting plant are demanding to know why it's taking the government so long to address their concerns, in the wake of a new study that shows their children have levels of the toxic metals 3.7 times higher than normal.

Sherbrooke psychologist was arrested, then freed a month before latest alleged sexual assault

A Sherbrooke, Que., psychologist is alleged to have repeatedly sexually assaulted a woman last February while free on his own recognizance after his arrest one month earlier on a string of related charges, including pimping and drug trafficking.