Hala Ghonaim

Reporter/Editor

Hala Ghonaim is a reporter/editor based in Kitchener-Waterloo. She's previously worked in London and Calgary. You can reach her at hala.ghonaim@cbc.ca.

Latest from Hala Ghonaim

What you should know about observing Ramadan in Waterloo region

Many Muslims around the world are observing the first day of the holy month of Ramadan on Tuesday. For the next four weeks, members of the Muslim community will take part in a daily fast, spiritual self-reflection and acts of charity.
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'It's part of the Black experience': Local woman speaks out about discrimination in housing market

A local woman wants stricter measures imposed on landlords to help crack down on discrimination in the rental housing market.

Report hate incidents online, by phone, text or WhatsApp with new portal

The Coalition of Muslim Women of KW said the tool allows people to document incidents involving racism, Islamophobia or Xenophobia in the region.
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Waterloo student lost $100K in extortion scam, wants you to avoid the same fate

A Waterloo student is speaking out after losing nearly $100,000 in an elaborate overseas extortion scam, in hopes he can spread awareness and keep others from falling victim to similar schemes.

Grand Valley inmates face 'restrictive conditions' under pandemic measures: advocate

The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies says it is concerned as inmates at the Grand Valley Institution for Women continue to live under a "modified routine" for five straight months — despite no new COVID-19 cases among inmates since Spring 2020.

Local Male Allies program expands, aims to help end sexual and gender-based violence

A Waterloo region-based program that helps men learn more about allyship and how to help end sexual and gender-based violence is expanding its scope to include the broader community.

New Covid-19 case cluster linked to students and social gatherings

Region of Waterloo Public Health is reminding the community of health and safety guidelines after more than two dozen COVID-19 cases, one identified as a variant of concern, were linked to indoor social gatherings in the region.

Waterloo region ramps up vaccine distribution as it nears Phase 1 completion

Public health staff provided a comprehensive update n the region's vaccine distribution plan at a regional board of health meeting Wednesday.

Police review of Kitchener arrest reflects 'incomplete assessment': defence lawyer

The criminal defence lawyer representing a man arrested in Waterloo region last summer says the outcome of the outcome of two external investigations into the incident is based on an “incomplete assessment.”

Wilfrid Laurier students create COVID-19 fake news detector

Students at Wilfrid Laurier University have come up with a COVID-19 fake news detector to help combat the spread of harmful misinformation online.

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