John MacFarlane


John MacFarlane is a journalist at CBC Montreal. He also works as a filmmaker and producer.

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Legault says he understands 'preoccupation' with Bill 21 judge's alleged bias

During a media scrum, Quebec's premier was asked if public trust in the legal system could be shaken by the debate over the chief justice of the province's Court of Appeal. Legault said he understood why some Quebecers were concerned.

Public transit, suburban travel redefine Montreal's typical commute

Statistics Canada research shows significant changes in how Montrealers commute. The changes are part of a trend in all of Canada's major metropolitan areas that has seen populations and jobs growing faster outside city centres.

In 'paradigm change,' Montreal prioritizes pedestrians over cars at traffic lights

Montreal plans to install pedestrian lights and countdown timers at every set of lights in the city, even if it's at the expense of traffic flow. "For me, as mayor, the choice is obvious. It will always be security," said Mayor Valérie Plante.

4.2 million Desjardins members affected by data breach, credit union now says

Desjardins Group says the theft of member data announced in June is far larger than initially thought and affects all 4.2 million members of the credit union.

Activist seeks public honour for Joe Rose, whose murder galvanized Montreal's gay community

Joe Rose was murdered on a city bus at Frontenac Metro station in 1989, an event that helped mobilize Montreal's gay rights movement. Now Matt McLauchlin wants the plaza in front of the Metro station named in Rose's honour.

Bloc leader apologizes for candidates' Islamophobic and racist social media posts

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet apologized Thursday after media outlets uncovered a number of Islamophobic and racist social media posts by candidates running for the sovereigntist party.

Half century later, a pioneering women's symphony back in the spotlight

The group disbanded decades ago and was largely forgotten for years. Now the fascinating story of the orchestra and its indefatigable founder is on display at Place des Arts in a video installation created by Montreal artist and filmmaker Kara Blake.

You had me at 'bonjour': Quebec's pointman on secularism sets sights on bilingual greetings

A month after taking on the French language portfolio, Quebec Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette says he hopes to ensure "bonjour" is the default greeting in the province's stores and businesses — not "bonjour/hi."

Man alleges racial profiling after police draw guns on him in Repentigny park

Hèzu Kpowbié says he thought he might be killed two weeks ago when three Repentigny police officers pointed their guns at him in a park near his home.

Heritage champion dreams of reopening L'Île-de-France — an art deco masterpiece hidden atop a Montreal mall

It was built in 1931, with a design meant to evoke a transatlantic ocean liner — but on the ninth floor of the old Eaton's store on Ste-Catherine Street. Designated a heritage monument, it's remained virtually untouched since Eaton's went bankrupt in 1999.

In retort to Trudeau, Quebec's premier asks federal leaders to 'stay out' of secularism law forever

The Liberal leader said he is "deeply opposed" to the law, but doesn't think Ottawa should get involved in court cases against it, at least "for the moment."

Desmond Morton, historian and McGill University professor, dead at 81

Desmond Morton, who authored more than 40 books on Canadian history, has died at the age of 81.

Montrealers are trying Uber's new bikeshare program, but it hasn't got the jump on Bixi

After the first month of operation, unofficial data shows about 28,000 trips, well shy of Bixi's 1-million-plus in July.

In D.C. and Shanghai, hints at Montreal's shared bike and scooter future

Researchers have sifted through heaps of dockless bike and scooter data collected in other cities, and their findings offer a preview these new transportation modes may have on Montreal.

How Montreal is preparing for the 'scooter-pocalypse'

Montrealers are particularly good at hating every mode of transportation other than the one they're using at the time. How will they react to e-scooters?