Colin Harris


Colin Harris is a journalist with CBC in Montreal.

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With future of live music uncertain, Montreal music venues risk closing for good

Some venue owners say it's logistically and financially impossible to recreate the intimate atmosphere of live concerts while following health guidelines. And even if they manage, it's unclear whether people would come.

Fill up your Opus card: Front-door boarding of buses to resume in greater Montreal

Along with STM buses, city buses in Laval and Longueuil, as well as EXO commuter trains, will require proof of payment once plexiglass barriers to protect bus drivers from the spread of the coronavirus have been installed.

Five elderly Catholic clerics arrested in Joliette for alleged sexual abuse of minors

The Sûreté du Québec's major crimes unit arrested the men, members of the Clerics of St. Viator teaching order, who are between the ages of 78 and 88. They are facing more than 30 charges in all, including sexual assault.

Quebec finance minister says 'return to growth' coming as COVID-19 leads to historic deficit

The government is projecting a $15-billion deficit for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, having spent $6.6 billion on recovery efforts and having lost revenue due to decreased consumer spending and export demand.

Health professionals call on Quebec to make wearing masks mandatory

The group of 27 doctors and other health-care professionals is asking for masks to be mandatory for those who are 12 years of age or older in all indoor spaces, especially on public transit.

Quebec's museums, libraries and drive-ins can reopen May 29

It won't be business as usual when museums open their doors. They will not be permitted to host vernissages or other events, nor will they be permitted to hold guided tours.

Quebec day camps get green light to open this summer

Campers won't need to wear masks but will be put into smaller groups, and more counsellors will be present. That means camps are hiring, Premier François Legault tells teens and young adults.

Schools in greater Montreal area will be closed until September

Premier François Legault has announced the government will postpone students' return to class in the 82 municipalities that make up metropolitan Montreal until the start of the next school year.

Cargill meat-processing plant south of Montreal says 64 workers infected with COVID-19

A meat-processing plant in Chambly, Que., will shut down "for the health and safety of employees" after an outbreak of COVID-19.

Quebec announces new bonuses for front-line health-care workers in fight against COVID-19

For those working in CHSLDs — the province's long-term care homes which are the site of the most serious outbreaks — the bonus will amount to as much as $1,000 per month.

COVID-19 in Quebec: Virus creates '2 separate worlds,' says premier — long-term care homes vs. rest of society

Quebec has recorded another 97 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 1,340. Premier François Legault said he's 'not excluding' the idea of taking over private long-term care homes, as he looks ahead to creating more spacious, better-staffed facilities.

COVID-19 in Quebec: 'We need you,' says Legault of 9,500 workers absent from health-care network

Premier François Legault is asking thousands of healthy workers who have finished their 14-day quarantine period but are still at home to return to work, assuring them that the province has the necessary equipment to protect them.

Montreal readies hotel beds for homeless amid pandemic, but gaps in assistance remain

Advocates for Montreal's homeless population say many still have nowhere to go — even those awaiting their COVID-19 test results. And they are still being ticketed by police.

Montreal police, coroner investigating owner of seniors' residence where 31 died in less than 1 month

The Quebec coroner and the Montreal police major crimes unit are investigating the deaths, at least five of which are linked to COVID-19.

COVID-19 in Quebec: With caution, Legault says we can 'see light at the end of the tunnel'

At Monday's briefing Premier François Legault said he is encouraged by the modest growth in the number of hospitalizations. There are eight more people in hospital than yesterday — 533, including 164 in intensive care.