Claude Rivest


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Quebec Eastern Townships man opens private forest to others, in spirit of reconciliation

Terry Loucks's property in Stanstead Township is the first "healing forest" to be created in Quebec, part of a Canada-wide initiative launched in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

SQ investigating deadly explosion in Sherbrooke

The Sûreté du Québec is investigating an explosion that left one man dead Saturday evening in Sherbrooke's Rock Forest's borough.

What the jury in the Lac-Mégantic trial didn't hear

Now that the jury is sequestered in the marathon trial of three former rail workers indicted for their role in the 2013 Lac-Mégantic disaster, CBC News is free to report on arguments and motions that had been subject to a publication ban.

Eastern Townships army vets fight PTSD and isolation at gym

Since last summer, a group of veterans of the Canadian armed forces has been training at no charge at a Sherbrooke gym. This was made possible by one of their brothers in arms, Jean Nöel, who put the project together with a little help from many friends.

Townshippers fight Parkinson's disease a punch at a time

Rock Steady Boxing, a program launched by an Indiana man who took up boxing after his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease at 40, is a hit in Sherbrooke, where a nursing professor is studying the impact of boxing workouts on people with the neurodegenerative disease.

Trials likely averted in federal cases in connection with Lac-Mégantic disaster

Two federal cases related to the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster are now unlikely to proceed to the Federal Court of Canada, following an agreement between the Crown and the defence.

MMA railworkers had no idea where train was on night of Lac-Mégantic disaster, jury hears

The Montreal, Maine and Atlantic railway's track maintenance crew had to go searching for the derailed train's locomotives on the night of explosions that killed 47 people, a Sherbrooke court heard Monday. They found them a kilometre away.

Smoking MMA locomotive left idling on tracks, Lac-Mégantic trial hears

Taxi driver André Turcotte testified he raised environmental concerns with locomotive engineer Tom Harding when he arrived to pick him up from the spot where the tanker train was parked in Nantes, Que., on the eve of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster.

Asbestos forces school closure in Amqui

The recent discovery of asbestos is forcing a school board in the Lower St.Lawrence to relocate the majority of its students.

Unsecured train left on MMA tracks just 2 days after Lac-Mégantic tragedy, trial hears

Retired Transport Canada inspector Alain Richer testified he and a colleague discovered an 89-car MMA train parked at Vachon, Que., two days after the deadly derailment had been left secured with half the required number of handbrakes.

Tears, exemptions as jury selection gets underway in Lac-Mégantic rail disaster trial

Dozens of prospective jurors were exempt on Monday as jury selection got underway in the trial of the three men charged in the Lac-Mégantic train derailment.

Use public transit or prepare to sit in traffic this coming year, province warns

Montreal drivers are facing another year of detours and road closures as roadwork continues on major projects including the Turcot Interchange and the Champlain Bridge, as well as work on Highways 25 and the 720.

CBSA, RCMP raid Eastern Townships restaurants in hunt for illegal foreign workers

Authorities have arrested two people in a raid on Guacamole Y Tequila restaurants in Sherbrooke and Magog, in an apparent crackdown on undocumented foreign workers.

Bell tower at Quebec City's Saint-Sauveur Church on verge of collapse

The teetering bell tower on the 150-year-old church has forced the closure of two streets and a schoolyard in Quebec City's Lowertown.

Montreal activist Jaggi Singh freed with conditions

Montreal civil rights activist Jaggi Singh, who faces obstruction and impersonation charges in connection with an anti-far right protest, will be back in municipal court in Quebec City this afternoon.