John MacFarlane

Journalist

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

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Ghislain Picard says Indigenous people are 'fed up with consultations,' want reforms now

The Quebec and Labrador regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations says decades of commissions and reports, federal and provincial, have led nowhere.

Valérie Plante promises change after report finds Montreal has 'neglected' fight against racism

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says she will make changes in the city after a report prepared by her own consultation office detailed racism and discrimination across a range of municipal institutions.

At huge anti-racism demonstrations in Quebec, premier called out for downplaying problem

The rebuke to Premier François Legault's claims that there is no systemic racism in Quebec came in the form of a massive demonstration in Montreal on Sunday, where thousands of Black people joined with other minorities to demand an immediate end to police harassment and other forms of discrimination.

COVID-19 has changed how we move around. In response, Montreal is changing its streets

The city is reclaiming street space for pedestrians and cyclists, taking advantage of reduced automobile traffic to help Montrealers stay two metres apart from one another while out and about.

COVID-19 in Quebec: 'There will continue to be many deaths,' says premier, insisting spread is under control

The death rate from COVID-19 will remain very high for the foreseeable future, Quebec Premier François Legault warned Thursday, even as he sought to address criticism of his government's plan to ease pandemic restrictions in the coming weeks. 

COVID-19 in Quebec: In mea culpa, Legault says he should have raised wages of long-term care workers long ago

Quebec Premier François Legault said Friday he takes “full responsibility” for the “deteriorating” situation in the province’s long-term care facilities, admitting he should have done more, early in his mandate, to address chronic staffing shortages.

Families shaken as questions mount over deaths at Montreal's Herron nursing home

The Herron long-term care institution in Montreal's West Island is now the subject of a police investigation, as well as a coroner's inquest. A coroner's report into the 2017 death of a 94-year-old resident there points to longstanding shortcomings.

COVID-19 in Quebec: Death toll at Institut de gériatrie de Montréal higher than official tally

The official tally is just five, according to the regional health board. However, documents obtained by Radio-Canada show that number was exceeded more than two weeks ago. 

Quebec premier says death toll at Montreal seniors' residence 'looks a lot like major negligence'

Quebec Premier François Legault said 31 people have died at a private Montreal-area seniors' residence since March 13 — five, so far, confirmed from COVID-19. Legault said the situation "looks a lot like major negligence."
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To understand Quebec's COVID-19 approach, look toward Germany

Quebec Premier François Legault said Sunday Germany's model for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is "the one we all try to follow."

Your guide to the latest data about the COVID-19 outbreak in Quebec

The latest figures on the COVID-19 outbreak, explained.

Should you snitch on your neighbours for flouting physical distancing rules? Here's some advice

During the COVID-19 lockdown, Quebecers, like billions around the world, are dealing with rules that prohibit basic human social behaviour. Navigating these restrictions is complex and stressful.

Montreal, Quebec City transit agencies reduce services as ridership plummets

With Metro and bus traffic down 75 to 80 per cent due to the COVID-19 outbreak, public transit agencies in Montreal and Quebec City will strategically reduce service, starting March 30.

Montreal's new clinic boosts testing, but turns away more than 1,000 who don't meet criteria

People don't need an appointment to go to the clinic — but they do need to meet at least one of the criteria from the contact section, and one from the symptom section listed in this story.

Quebec enacts restrictions on all gatherings, inside and out, as death toll rises

With 42 new cases confirmed and a total of 181 cases in the province, Quebec says with few exceptions, everyone must maintain a two-metre distance at all times.

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