Desmond Brown

Web Writer / Editor

Before joining CBC News, Desmond worked with news agencies including The Associated Press and Inter Press Service. Focusing on agriculture, the environment and climate change, Desmond reported for IPS from Paris, Poland, Turkey and the U.S., to name a few. Desmond has a particular interest in social justice issues and human interest stories. Drop him a line at:

Latest from Desmond Brown

Hamilton city staff get 4-month extension to provide proof of full vaccination

Workers with the City of Hamilton have been given four more months to provide proof of full vaccination.

2 men shot, 1 stabbed, 7 officers injured in violent night at Woodbine Beach Park

Two men were shot, another was stabbed and seven police officers sustained injuries — including one who broke his leg — during several violent incidents at Woodbine Beach Park Sunday night, Toronto police say.

Hundreds of international students in limbo after Scarborough, Ont., college suspends spring enrolment

Approximately 400 international students studying at a private school in Scarborough say they are under extreme emotional distress after the college suspended their enrolment.

4 people dead in southern Ontario as dangerous thunderstorms roll through

A series of dangerous thunderstorms rolled across southern Ontario on Saturday leaving four people dead.

Sri Lanka is facing a fuel crisis. But Canadian Tamil group says sanctions are keeping it from helping

Sri Lanka's consul general in Toronto is appealing for financial help as his country grapples with an acute fuel shortage, but a group that represents Canadian Tamils says it can't send badly needed aid because the Sri Lankan government has slapped it with sanctions. 

'Canada is not immune,' leading Black voices say in response to Buffalo mass shooting

Members of the Black community in Canada on Monday are warning this country is also vulnerable to hate crime as they react with shock and horror to Saturday's bloodshed in Buffalo that left 10 Black people dead.

'I think it's ridiculous': Toronto drivers using vehicles less as gas prices hit new highs

With the May 24 long weekend coming up in Canada and the Memorial Day long weekend in the U.S. the following week, President of Canadians for Affordable Energy Dan McTeague says people who drive will have to dig deeper in their pockets.

Hours-long wait times at Pearson Airport could deal major blow to Toronto: business leaders

Hours-long wait times at Toronto Pearson Airport could deal a major blow to the post-COVID-19 recovery for Canada’s largest city, a group of business leaders warned Thursday.

Break-ins, smashed windows cost businesses in St. Lawrence Market area thousands of dollars

Break-ins and smashed storefront windows in the St. Lawrence Market area are costing local businesses thousands of dollars, according to owners and residents.

Bee industry losses could surpass $1B this year due to massive die-off, Niagara beekeeper says

Losses in the honey and bee industry could surpass the billion-dollar mark in Canada this year due to a massive die-off of bees, a Niagara-based beekeeper warns.