Verity Stevenson

Verity Stevenson is a reporter with CBC in Montreal. She has previously worked for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star in Toronto, and the Telegraph-Journal in Saint John.

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After Quebec's secularism law, Muslim women gather to figure out, 'What can we do now?'

A workshop in Montreal started with a guided meditation and a short discussion about how to cope emotionally with Quebec's new secularism law, but it's clear the 20 or so Muslim women there aren't ready to relax.

Amherst Street becomes 'Atateken,' symbolizing fraternity and peace

Montreal's Amherst Street has been renamed Atateken Street, which denotes the idea of equality among people in Kanien’kéha, the Mohawk language.

Coroner outlines series of mistakes that led to Gilles Duceppe's mother being found dead in snow

Hélène Rowley Hotte Duceppe, 93, who died of hypothermia after leaving her seniors' residence in response to an alarm, was stuck outside in plain view of a security camera that no one bothered to check for six hours, a coroner has concluded.

Quebec government adopts controversial religious symbols bill

Quebec's majority government has pushed through a controversial piece of legislation that will bar public-school teachers, government lawyers, judges and police officers from wearing religious symbols while at work. 

'We aren't an elective monarchy': Opposition MNAs decry Legault's push to pass immigration, secularism bills

Opposition parties are accusing Quebec's Legault government of trying to run the National Assembly like a business, as they attempt to extend the debate of its two flagship bills 9 and 21.

'This, to me, is a dream': Montreal teacher who incorporates Oprah into subject matter hopes to meet star

When Valérie Kamel attends Oprah's event in Montreal on Sunday, she's hoping she'll get to meet her hero. Her students are trying to make that happen.

Montreal woman says STM bus driver didn't stop for her because of her niqab

A 23-year-old Montrealer says she discovered Islamophobic posts on an STM bus driver's Facebook profile after the woman did not pick her up at a stop. 

Quebec Labour Ministry raids businesses allegedly linked to illegal network of temp workers

Eight different locations were served with search warrants, including a meat-processing factory south of Montreal.

The UN sent a letter to Quebec about Bill 21. What does it mean?

"We have to continue reminding governments, all of them, around the world that they have moral obligations — they have international obligations," says Fernand de Varennes, the UN's special rapporteur on minority relations.

Restrictions on alcohol in sugary drinks take effect across Canada

New regulations restricting the amount of alcohol allowed in potent, sugary, premixed drinks take effect across Canada. 

At the mall, on the bus: Muslim women say racist incidents are now part of daily life

Manalle Abdallah paused at the end of each word as she said it. "He spat on each of us."

'We are in a crisis:' Quebec order of social workers calls for broad inquiry into youth protection services

Youth protection services in Quebec are in need of a serious fix, the head of the province’s professional order of social workers said Friday.

Father of dead Granby, Que., girl defended stepmother in 2018 court appearance

The father of the seven-year-old Granby, Que., girl who died after being found in critical condition in her home by police this week defended his girlfriend in court last year, when the woman was granted a full discharge after pleading guilty to assaulting his daughter.

Circumstances surrounding Granby girl's death 'troubling,' François Legault says

Local police found the girl in critical condition at a home in Granby on Monday. She was taken to hospital, where she was in a coma until she died on Tuesday.

'It is our duty to speak up': Montreal city council passes unanimous declaration against Bill 21

Montreal city councillors have adopted a declaration against the Quebec government's so-called secularism bill, put forward by the mayor and opposition leader.