Nicole Ireland

Nicole Ireland is a CBC News journalist with a special interest in health and social justice stories. Based in Toronto, she has lived and worked in Thunder Bay, Ont.; Iqaluit, Nunavut; and Beirut, Lebanon.

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Advocates urge Ontario government to fill potential gap in new human trafficking bill

Human traffickers use hotels and short-term accommodations, such as Airbnb, to exploit their victims, but it's unclear whether new legislation would apply to both types of lodging.

Funeral, crematorium workers hope they're not forgotten in COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Funeral directors and crematorium operators are considered essential workers, but it's not yet clear whether they will be included in the next phase of COVID-19 immunization in Ontario.

As schools reopen in Ontario's hardest-hit regions, experts urge province not to lift COVID restrictions

If non-essential businesses and other parts of the economy are allowed to reopen too soon after students go back to class, finding and controlling the source of COVID-19 spread will be much more difficult, public health physicians say.

As Ontario schools reopen, parents and experts say details of COVID testing plan lacking

The provincial government has promised to provide up to 50,000 rapid COVID tests a week for schools, but has not provided details on who will administer them or specific guidance on how they should be used.

As COVID-19 exposes long-term care crisis, efforts grow to keep more seniors at home

As the Ontario government pledges to build more long-term care beds, seniors' advocates say that investing in robust home care would not only allow people to age where they want to be, but also save money.

As doctors urge more COVID-19 testing in schools, millions of rapid tests sit unused

Doctors applaud the start of rapid test use in long-term care homes but say the tests should also be used as part of the safe reopening of schools in high community transmission areas.

Nightstop program hit by pandemic hopes to host homeless youth in spare bedrooms again

The Nightstop host home program, which diverts youth from the streets or shelters, was close to expanding in Canada when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Toronto school principal found not guilty of assaulting student

The charge had stemmed from an incident in the playground at Chester Elementary School, when principal Sean Hume tried to intervene as a nine-year-old with behavioural issues was throwing objects and screaming.

Home renovations flourish as families try to make pandemic living easier

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc on most of the economy, home renovations are on the rise as people try to carve out space for work and working out.

Call volumes soar at seniors helpline as COVID-19 plunges more people into isolation

Many seniors in Toronto were already suffering from loneliness, but the pandemic has made the problem much worse.

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