Sylvia Thomson


Sylvia Thomson is a producer with the CBC in Toronto. She spent several years as a producer covering politics in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa and has covered major international stories.

Latest from Sylvia Thomson

The human side of healing: How seeing loved ones helps COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 restrictions are keeping many patients isolated in the hospital, but a new study is highlighting what doctors, patients and families have seen: being near loved ones can play a role in healing — specifically around a common brain dysfunction that comes with COVID-19.

How mail-in voting could delay results in the U.S. election for days — or weeks

At least 70 million Americans have already cast ballots in the 2020 U.S. election, about two thirds of them by mail. Numbers like that mean this election could be like no other in terms of how long it takes to count ballots and declare a winner. 

Can Florida save the U.S. from an election night meltdown?

As Americans face this fall full of uncertainty over questions of election legitimacy and a delayed result, the sunshine state could provide a path to election night clarity. 

Some U.S. religious leaders flout COVID-19 restrictions with large gatherings

Religious service, steeped as it is in community, is one area where people are finding it hard to avoid gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And while some churches in the U.S. are finding innovative ways to continue services, such as conducting them virtually, a few are still gathering in person, potentially exposing many people to the novel coronavirus.

'I don't want anyone calling my kid coronavirus': Asian Americans fear COVID-19 backlash

Some Asian Americans say they feel betrayed by their president's use of racially charged terms like "Chinese virus" to describe the coronavirus pandemic and are steeling themselves for possible violence and racist attacks against their community.

Canadian fire crews cheered in Australia as front-line teams prepare for the worst

Exhausted after a nearly 16-hour flight from the opposite side of the world, Canadian wildfire specialists were cheered by Australians on arrival this week at Sydney’s airport.

Boeing CEO's testimony 'too little, too late' for Canadians who lost relatives in 737 crash

The Canadian families of those killed in Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 say they're leaving this week's hearings into the 737 Max with an even stronger resolve to continue legal action against plane-maker Boeing.

Relatives of Canadians killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash arrive home with remains after 7-month wait

Members of several Canadian families who lost loved ones in the Ethiopian Airlines crash last March landed at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport Tuesday morning along with seven caskets carrying the remains of their relatives.

Raptors' Masai Ujiri on winning, losing Kawhi Leonard, 'the shove,' and his own future with the team

In an exclusive interview, Raptors president Masai Ujiri talks about winning, losing Kawhi Leonard, that controversial shove in Oakland, the fallout from the DeMar DeRozan trade, and his perspective on his own future with the team.
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Grief and anger as families try to identify loved ones killed in Ethiopia Airlines crash

Five groups of Canadians connected to victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash have now arrived in Addis Ababa, a senior Canadian government official told CBC News on Wednesday.