Colin Harris

Journalist

Colin Harris is a journalist with CBC in Montreal.

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English Montreal School Board files legal challenge to Bill 21

While Quebec's controversial secularism law invokes the Constitution's notwithstanding clause, the clause does not apply to Section 23, which protects education in minority languages, nor to Section 28, which guarantees sexual equality.

How Montreal is reducing lead exposure from water pipes, and what you can do now

The City of Montreal is going ahead with replacing old lead pipes connecting the city's water system to private residences and will give homeowners up to 15 years to pay for the work.

How the City of Montreal plans to go 'zero waste'

In its plan for the management of residual waste over the next five years, the City of Montreal is proposing a new "social contract" with residents and businesses, inviting us to change how we view waste and consumption.

Montreal wants to bar grocery stores from throwing food in trash

With more than half of what winds up in the city's landfills made up of organic material, the city wants to reduce waste "at the source."
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How seemingly small acts can cause long delays in Montreal's Metro system

Many of the delays were caused by clients dropping items or holding doors open, but others are more memorable — such as when three Metro lines were shut down for 44 minutes during rush hour after pepper spray was discharged on a train.

After one week on the road, Montreal 'not satisfied' with Lime e-scooters

While most of the scooters are staying above ground, many are not being left at one of their 239 designated parking areas.

Montreal police investigating after report alleges fraud at Jean-Talon Market

A mass resignation of the board of the non-profit corporation that manages Montreal's public markets appears to be linked to fraudulent and illegal activity outlined in a report by the City of Montreal's comptroller.

West Island developers send legal notice to Plante administration over Great Western Park

Developers are asking for a refund on the municipal taxes they have paid on the residential land, compensation for "thousands of hours and millions of dollars" they've invested and damages.

Finance minister wants Equifax, Transunion to offer credit freezes for all Quebecers

Finance Minister Eric Girard announced his plan to regulate credit bureaus on Wednesday. It comes following a series of high-profile data breaches this summer.

Montreal grapples with privacy concerns as more Canadian police forces use facial recognition

The technology uses banks of images, such as mugshots and government-issued IDs, to map a geometric pattern on an individual's face that can be used to compare against other images.

Transport Ministry to review highway exit after Laval, Que., crash kills 4, injures 12

Quebec's Transport Ministry says it will review the configuration of a highway exit in Laval, north of Montreal, where four people were killed in a crash Monday afternoon that involved at least eight vehicles, including two trucks. 
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Riding the Lachine Rapids offers ultimate challenge to professional kite surfer

"At one point you don't see it as an extreme sport anymore, until the rapids remind you," said Julien Fillion, who designs and tests kite surfing equipment and surfs in promotional videos.

Quebec tries to ease tensions in Kanesatake land dispute

The grand chief of Kanesatake and the mayor of Oka are not on speaking terms right now, as tempers flare over unresolved land issues in the neighbouring communities northwest of Montreal. But Quebec's Indigenous affairs minister is hopeful cool heads will prevail.

Tensions rise in Oka as mayor speaks of being 'surrounded' by Mohawks

The grand chief of the Mohawk community of Kanesatake, northwest of Montreal, is demanding the mayor of the neighbouring town of Oka apologize for what he's calling "hate-filled" and "racist" remarks over a contentious land transfer proposal.

Former Desjardins president falls victim to identity theft after data breach

A former employee stole data from about 40 per cent of Desjardins's clients — including the man who was the president of the federation of credit unions from 1987 to 2000.