Lucas Powers

Senior Writer

Lucas Powers is a Toronto-based reporter and writer. He's reported for CBC News from across Canada. Have a story to tell? Email any time.

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Ontario's Landlord and Tenant Board 'fundamentally failing,' ombudsman finds

A "perfect storm" of factors including the 2018 election, inefficient practices and the COVID pandemic has left Ontario's trouble-plagued Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) "fundamentally failing" to provide swift justice, the province's ombudsman says.

Ontario unveils biggest-ever $204B budget, but one with little to ease daily affordability issues

Surging revenues will help Ontario get back to black years earlier than previously projected, the province said in its 2023 budget — a fiscal outlook that includes historically high spending and tax relief for businesses but little in the way of new affordability measures for individuals.

Ford government to table 2023 Ontario budget amid 'uncertain economic times'

Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy has said now is the time for fiscal "restraint" after several years of big spending and high-deficit budgets during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Police offer $100K reward for information in search for woman kidnapped in Wasaga Beach

Police are offering a $100,000 reward to anyone with information that will lead to the location of Elnaz Hajtamiri, a year after she was abducted from a home in Wasaga Beach, Ont.

Toronto MPP Marit Stiles set to be next leader of Ontario NDP

MPP Marit Stiles is set to be the next leader of Ontario's New Democrats, the party said Tuesday. Stiles, who represents the Toronto riding of Davenport, was the lone contender to qualify for the race to helm the Official Opposition at Queen's Park.

Man arrested and charged in grisly 1983 killings of 2 women in Toronto, police say

A 61-year-old Northern Ontario man has been charged with first-degree murder in the grisly killings of two women in Toronto nearly four decades ago, with police saying advances in DNA technology helped them find him.

Ontario expects economic growth to drop off as Canada faces possible recession

In its fall economic statement, the Ontario government says it is expecting GDP growth and job creation to slow considerably in 2023 and 2024 as the province navigates global headwinds like sticky inflation and high interest rates.

'Hugely hopeful about the future of this city': John Tory wins 3rd term as Toronto mayor

John Tory cruised to a third term as Toronto's mayor Monday as Canada's biggest city faces down an intractable housing crisis and a more than $1-billion budget shortfall.

We asked for your top election issues. Here's more of what voters told us

Toronto voters sound off on their concerns about traffic congestion, the police budget and the 'exodus' of artists from the city.

We asked for your top election issues. Here's what you told us

Two topics in particular come up over and over again: safety (or lack thereof) on city streets and the housing crisis.