Isaac Olson

Isaac Olson has been a Montreal-area journalist for more than a decade. Follow him on Twitter: @Isaac_J_Olson

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Montreal-area public transit agencies scramble to make up projected $523M loss

Trajectoire Québec, a public transportation advocacy group, is calling on the provincial government to boost financial aid to transit agencies beyond the $400-million bailout it announced back in June. 

BEI investigates death of Drummondville woman just 1 day after she asked police for help

Quebec's police watchdog, Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI), is investigating a woman's death in Drummondville after she was found seriously injured one day after asking police for help.

Montreal's Crescent Street to be car-free for rest of summer

Montreal’s famous Crescent Street is going to be closed to cars until Sept. 30 as part of the city’s effort to make downtown more pedestrian friendly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gaspé officials beg campers to stop dumping RV septic tanks, trash on beaches

The immaculate beaches on the Gulf of St. Lawrence are being defiled by litter and human waste left behind by campers, as Quebecers flock to the Gaspé region for the construction holiday.

Plan to replace curbside parking with bike paths in NDG pushes forward despite citizen protests

All curbside parking is being removed along Terrebonne Street from Girouard to Belmore avenues to make way for a new bike path as part of the Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce borough council’s unanimously approved plan.

As Montreal mayor looks to revive downtown, shoppers still wary and workers stay home

Working from home is now commonplace across Quebec and around the world. In Montreal, downtown offices are empty and that is costing restaurants and retailers a whole lot of daily business.

Quebec provincial police believe they have found Martin Carpentier's body

Quebec provincial police say they believe they have located the body of Martin Carpentier, who was wanted in connection with the deaths of his two young daughters, about 30 kilometres south of Quebec City.

After young scientist killed by car, Westmount rushes to make intersection safer for cyclists

The coroner is investigating, the surrounding community is reeling, a biochemistry department is mourning, and Westmount officials are scrambling to make the intersection where Max Eivaskhani was hit safer for cyclists.

Quebec revises COVID-19 data reporting after 'significant underestimation' of recovered patients

Quebec health officials say they are changing the way COVID-19 data is reported so as to clarify how many people have recovered from the disease and provide a clearer picture of how many active cases there are in the province.

Despite pandemic, Royalmount developers push forward with minor changes

Now six months behind schedule, Carbonleo is moving with a slightly revised plan that it says will better fit in the new world of physical distancing, face masks and handwashing.

Montreal-area food banks struggle to meet demand, call for summer volunteers

Montreal-area food banks have been in overdrive since Quebec began shutting down the economy back in March and now they are sounding the alarm — volunteers are needed this summer as demand isn't slowing down.

After Montreal announcement, Quebec mulls making masks mandatory province-wide

Quebec officials are hinting the province will soon require people to cover their faces when they're in enclosed public spaces, although the premier has yet to fully commit to that measure.
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Montreal mayor says masks will soon be mandatory in enclosed public spaces

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said the city is intending on having the bylaw in place by July 27. It will apply to indoor spaces such as shops, sports facilities, libraries, bars and restaurants.

Montreal offers help to at least 160 households as moving day risks leaving them homeless

Mayor Valérie Plante has promised to put people up in hotels acquired by the city during the COVID-19 crisis and store their belongings in municipal buildings if needed.

EMSB chair manipulative, incapable of accepting responsibility, report finds

Angela Mancini, chair of the EMSB is completely intolerant of any opinions that differ from her own and the Quebec government should declare her and all of her supporters ineligible to run for office, says a confidential report tabled by the board Tuesday.

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