Kate McKenna

Kate McKenna is a reporter with CBC Montreal. Email her at kate.mckenna@cbc.ca

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126 cases and 0 criminal charges: Is Quebec's police watchdog doing its job?

The Celiks watched as their son died after being beaten by police officers. They hoped for criminal charges. Instead they got a familiar refrain: no charges will be laid.

Latest victim of gentrification in Saint-Henri? An anti-gentrification group

POPIR, a tenants’ rights group in the Montreal neighbourhood, says the building where the organization rents space has been sold, and the new owners plan to raise the rent to market value.

Construction delays mean Saint-Henri pool closed for another summer

A pool in Montreal's west end will be closed for a second consecutive summer amid construction delays, and Saint-Henri residents say they're disappointed by the news.

Dream of turning Laval church into a school for disabled children goes up in flames

Laval firefighters fought hard to save a small, wooden church on Bigras Island early Monday morning but, by sunup, there was nothing left but a burned-out shell of what was to be a school for disabled children.
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The gift of giving: Spending a birthday volunteering at a homeless shelter

Instead of planning a celebratory brunch or party, Dhabisha Kohilanathan chose to celebrate her 27th birthday by volunteering at a Montreal homeless shelter.

Montreal church partners with circus company to help pay the bills

A church in downtown Montreal has partnered with a circus company with the goal of opening up the space to a larger group of people — while also helping to pay the bills.

Ireland didn't have a proper ice hockey rink — then some Canadians got involved

After almost 10 years of not having a suitable rink, the Irish Ice Hockey Association has managed to secure funding for a lone year-round ice rink in the Republic of Ireland, and it's partially thanks to the Canadian prime minister and Montreal's Irish community.

Mystery solved: We finally know how the snow bear got its belly button

There is finally an answer to the question that captivated Canadians this week: How a giant snow bear got its belly button.

Help solve a mystery: How did this snow bear's creator make its belly button?

A stealthy unknown artist made a giant snow bear on the Lachine Canal near Beaudoin Street in Montreal. But there's a mystery. Just how did the crafty creator do the belly button?

Intrigue grows, clue surfaces in snow bear's belly button mystery

No one has taken credit for drawing the bear, but photographic evidence gives us some hints.

Montreal clinic with a social justice bent celebrates 50 years — and still going strong

The clinic does much of the standard work at community service centres in Quebec, but in other ways, it is downright radical.

CAQ MNA promises action on Lachute hospital signage, walks back comments 17 hours later

Premier François Legault's point man on relations with English-speaking Quebecers appears to have broken rank on Thursday night, saying he's working privately to resolve a language dispute at the Lachute hospital. He softened those remarks today.

Anglo advocates vexed by decision to remove English from Lachute hospital signs

While the regional health authority rushed to assure patients that services will still be available in English, the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste applauded the hospital "for conforming to the provisions of the French language charter."

Lachute-area mayors decry move to remove English signs from hospital

In the next couple of weeks, all traces of English will be removed from hospital premises — a move that's drawn the ire of both anglophone and francophone mayors in the region.

Montreal non-profit seeks to demystify sex for teens — using text messaging

When workers at a Montreal non-profit organization wanted to offer teens tools and information on sexual health, their first goal was to make it accessible to a younger generation.