Nicole Riva

Nicole Riva is a multi-platform writer and social media presenter for CBC News based in Toronto.

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How hurricanes generate deadly storm surges and catastrophic floods

After submerging the Bahamas up to its rooftops and killing five people, Hurricane Dorian is expected to generate “life-threatening” storm surge along the coasts of three U.S. states. But what is storm surge and how does it push water levels so dangerously high? Here’s a closer look.

Platelet-rich plasma treatment classified as drug, Health Canada says

Health Canada has clarified its position on much-hyped injury treatments that use platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The agency now says such treatments should be classified as a drug — a change that could make PRP more available in Canada.

When you can't escape the heat, you're in a 'heat dome'

During a heat wave, it can feel like you're being trapped by rising temperatures on all sides — and that's basically what's happening to the air in an event that has become known as a "heat dome."

Technology allows visually impaired, blind to experience solar eclipse

Seeing next week's total solar eclipse isn't the only way to experience it. Two projects were developed to allow the visually impaired and blind be part of the astronomical event.

Climate change is making Antarctica greener

If there's a colour associated with Antarctica, it's white. But as temperatures rise with climate change, new research shows it's slowly becoming greener.

Toronto Mayor John Tory's road toll proposal unique in Canada

If Toronto city council approves the mayor's plan to implement tolls on two highways, it would make Toronto the first Canadian municipality to do so.

Does Facebook need to act more like a news organization?

Facebook’s decision Friday to reverse its ruling about an iconic photo from the Vietnam War that it initially said violated company policy is raising the issue about whether Facebook is a social media platform or a news distributor.

'A lot of kids' needs are not being met': Lots of labels, lack of resources for students with special needs

Parents of a child with a learning disability can feel like they're on a "detective mission" within the education system. The first clue they need is an individual education plan (IEP), which outlines what a child needs in the classroom and should suggest ways to help them learn. But the bigger mystery for parents and teachers is often how to actually put the document to practical use.

The burkini is an option, not oppression, say those opposed to ban

The recent court decision overturning one French town's ban on the burkini is unlikely to put the debate about the body-concealing swimwear to rest. Some of those who have decried the ban say all the controversy won't stop women from wearing what they want.

Signs of progress in Canada Post labour dispute, experts say

If you were worried about sending your mom a birthday card or ordering something online because of a looming labour disruption at Canada Post, you should be OK for now, labour relations experts say.