Haydn Watters


Haydn Watters is a roving reporter in Ontario, mostly serving the province's local CBC Radio shows. He has worked for the CBC in Halifax, Yellowknife, Ottawa and Toronto, with stints at the politics bureau and entertainment unit. He ran an experimental one-person pop-up bureau for the CBC in Barrie, Ont. You can get in touch at haydn.watters@cbc.ca.

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Ontario Votes 2022

Ontario candidates confront racist slurs on signs, hate on campaign trail

All four major parties report dealing with hateful incidents in Ontario's election campaign, often targeting racialized candidates.
Ontario Votes 2022

Millions don't vote in Ontario elections. Here's how some are tackling low turnout

The last Ontario election in 2018 had the highest voter turnout in almost two decades, with about 57 per cent of eligible voters casting a ballot. Still, that means millions didn't vote. Here are some of the people who are trying to change that ahead of the June 2 election.

'Be soft, but honest': Dr. Peter Jüni reflects as he leaves Ontario COVID-19 science table post

Dr. Peter Jüni talks about moving on, meditation and staying off social media as he steps down from his post as scientific director of Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table on Monday.

Donations to curb Ontario government's debt rose during COVID-19

Premier Doug Ford has said it over and over — the worst place to hand your money is to the government. But Ontarians gave a boost in donations to help pay down the province's debt during the first year of COVID-19, amid record spending and deficit.

Understudies nab starring role in keeping theatres open amid Omicron

Live theatre companies in Ontario are rolling out their first full seasons since the pandemic started over two years ago — and understudies are crucial to ensure the show goes on during COVID-19's sixth wave.

This student society is searching swamps for sasquatch

It's no April Fools' joke. Some Peterborough, Ont., students are out searching for sasquatch. They've even formed an official student club.

2 years on, there are calls for a real look at what went wrong in Canada during COVID-19

As we hit the two-year mark since the official start of the pandemic, there are calls for wider inquiries or a commission into what went wrong during the COVID-19 efforts in Ontario and Canada.

Mask makers mull future as pandemic mandates drop

Ontario is scrapping most mask mandates on Monday, following many other parts of Canada. So what happens to mask makers and sellers, once a booming new pandemic business? "I've sewed enough for my lifetime," Sault Ste. Marie woman says.

Schools can't share Valentines. So Grade 4 class made virtual cards for Guelph hospital

COVID-19 has crushed Valentine's Day card and candy exchanges at many schools this year. So teachers and students have had to get creative.

This journalist says Canada saved him. Now, he's saving a 136-year-old Ontario newspaper

Journalist Mohsin Abbas heard about the closure of the local newspaper in Tilbury, Ont., from a CBC Radio special over the holidays. He decided to revive it.