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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Snow-removal company caught charging Montreal full price for half-full trucks

A snow-removal company has lost $9-million in contracts after Montreal inspectors discovered it was charging for full trucks, but barely reaching the halfway mark on some 300 loads headed for the snow dump.

With parking scarce, some CDN-NDG residents say permit price hikes are unfair

In a five-to-one vote Monday, the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough council approved a price hike for residential parking stickers, known as vignettes, that allow citizens to park in restricted zones.

How can the city better serve its LGBTQ+ community? Montreal wants to know

Montreal officials want to better understand the needs of the city's LGBTQ+ community and how it can better serve them. To reach that goal, the city has launched an extensive online survey available for the next month.

Traffic snarls are a certainty this summer. Plan your route accordingly, City of Montreal pleads

With another construction season getting underway, Montreal officials are begging drivers to think ahead, to avoid major traffic jams.

Growth is good (and delicious) with urban agriculture project in NDG

The Incredible Edibles project in NDG is gearing up for its seventh season, setting up planters and small gardens in busy public spaces so passersby can help themselves to fresh produce whenever they'd like.

Why not re-purpose the old Champlain Bridge rather than demolish it?

The old Champlain Bridge is coming down once the new one opens next month, but it will take up to three years and cost taxpayers at least $400 million. So why not just leave it up and use it for something else? A spokesperson with JCCBI explains why.

Verdun cutting parking spots on major street in favour of bike path

The project on Verdun Street will be in effect from May to October this year and next, and while cyclists welcome the change, some residents aren't happy about it.

Chickens run afoul in Montreal as urban farming takes off

SPCA Montreal is putting out the message: Think twice before bringing home chickens.

Leave a $5 deposit, get a reusable coffee cup

A Montreal non-profit organization is expanding operations — working to reduce coffee-shop waste across the province through its reusable cup consignment program.

Stop sightseeing, snapping selfies in flood zones, Montreal fire department pleads

The Montreal fire department is asking people to stay out of the city’s flood zones, saying sightseeing and climbing on dikes to snap selfies could put the population at risk.

'Evacuation now!': Thousands forced to flee Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac after dike breached

When a natural dike holding back the Lake of Two Mountains was breached and began flooding an off-island suburb of Montreal Saturday evening, authorities had to act fast to ensure more than 5,000 residents fled to higher ground.

Montreal a step closer to requiring restaurants to display inspection ratings

Montreal is asking the province to force restaurants to display inspection ratings — a system already in place in some Canadian cities — but not everybody is on side.

Pink-maned pony on Montreal's Île Sainte-Hélène was hoax staged by TV show

Images of the pony had been circulating online since Sunday, sparking a social media campaign to save the four-legged equine before it got hurt.

Temporary Royal Vic homeless shelter deemed a success

The temporary shelter is closing today, but those behind the project say the fact that more than 1,000 men and 150 women took advantage of the 80-bed facility shows there is a need for it.

Montreal mayor says city will not disobey Quebec's proposed ban on religious symbols

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says she opposes Bill 21, Quebec's proposed legislation to ban certain public employees, including police officers, from wearing religious symbols, however, the city will apply the law, if it passes.