Isaac Olson

Isaac Olson is a journalist with CBC Montreal. He has been covering the Montreal area for more than a decade, with a strong focus on community news, municipal politics and human-interest stories.

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TMR residents want town officials to fight REM's 'traffic-hindering' construction plans

The Cornwall Avenue bridge over the train tracks will be demolished as will a bridge spanning the tracks at Jean Talon Street — two busy east-west routes that are congested with much more than TMR traffic.

Could Sunday's byelection be a turning point for Plateau-Mont-Royal?

While the rest of Canada is contemplating a neck-and-neck election at the federal level, voters in Montreal’s hippest borough are headed to the polls to decide on their next mayor Sunday.

Addicted to Fortnite? Montreal law firm says video game company should pay up

A legal notice, filed in Montreal on behalf of the parents of two minors, likens the effect of the game to cocaine, saying it releases the chemical dopamine to the brain of vulnerable young people.

Hampstead residents call for referendum on luxury high-rise project

Enough signatures were collected to force a referendum on the construction of a 10-storey luxury apartment on Côte Saint-Luc Road in Hampstead.

Côte Saint-Luc mourns the death of longtime city councillor Ruth Kovac

Ruth Kovac, first elected to city council 29 years ago, died of cancer on Tuesday at the age of 69. 

French-language watchdog takes aim at bilingual business cards, other use of English in CDN-NDG

Quebec's language law watchdog is cracking down on Montreal's most populous borough, ordering it to take down English signage, to refer to the borough and its services in French only, and, at council meetings, to rephrase answers in French if they have been made in English.

Montreal firefighters rescue 3 workers trapped under Samuel De Champlain Bridge

A specialized team of Montreal firefighters rescued three workers who were trapped under the new Samuel de Champlain Bridge early Wednesday.

Montreal homeless shelter to haul away truckload of marathoners' abandoned sportswear

Once participants in the Montreal marathon are out on the course Sunday, a local charity will be right behind them with a truck, ready to load it with the extra clothing discarded by runners at the start line.

Hundreds join student's climate-change pledge: No kids until Canada takes action

An 18-year-old McGill University student pledges to not have children until she is sure her government is taking serious steps to battle climate change.

Erosion worries heightened in Magdalen Islands after Dorian slams East Coast

Erosion has always been a concern for residents of the Magdalen Islands, but when storms like Dorian sweep through the small archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the coastal damage is accelerated.

Don't say bye to the multicoloured balls above Montreal's Gay Village. Buy some!

Ninety per cent of the money raised will be used to finance the next major artistic installation, slated to be presented in May 2020. The rest of the revenue will go to three community organizations working with Montreal's LGBTQ+ community.

'It's about time': Verdun aims to shut down Nuns' Island golf course

Residents say the bright lights at Golf Exécutif Montréal are disruptive. The city says the golf course memberships fees are too high. But the vice-president of the golf course says the light situation is a work in progress, and the high membership fees are necessary.

Designer, fiancé say they were severely beaten for being gay outside Quebec jazz bar

Designer Markantoine Lynch-Boisvert and his partner say they were assaulted by three individuals because of their homosexuality in La Malbaie, Que., Friday evening and now provincial police are investigating.

Indulge your creative side at NDG Arts Week

NDG Arts Week gets into full swing with a wide array of free activities. Here's a look at how the festival came to be, and what's on this weekend.

Montreal researcher leads nationwide effort to take on myalgic encephalomyelitis

Myalgic encephalomyelitis, formerly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, affects about 72,000 Quebec residents and some 600,000 nationwide. A $1.4-million federal grant will be used to form a network of doctors, researchers and patients.