Zach Dubinsky

Senior Writer, CBC Investigations Unit

Zach Dubinsky is an investigative journalist. His reporting on offshore tax havens (including the Paradise Papers and Panama Papers), political corruption and organized crime have won multiple national and international awards. Phone: 416-205-7553. Email

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CBC Investigates

Public agencies paid millions to national translation firm that stiffs its workers

Government agencies have given millions of dollars in business to one of Canada's biggest translation firms in recent years in the face of mounting evidence the company was shortchanging its freelance workers.
CBC Investigates

Besieged by workers and the CRA, this once-mighty translation agency is facing financial ruin

Able Translations was once one of the biggest companies of its kind in Canada, but a CBC investigation has unearthed the vast extent of the firm's financial delinquency — and its machinations for dealing with it.

'Cash envelopes' were 'funnelled' to Toronto councillor's election campaigns, OPP allege witnesses said

Police investigating Justin Di Ciano and his council colleague Mark Grimes set forth some eye-popping, but largely uncorroborated, allegations in their bid to search a high-profile Toronto polling firm for evidence, court records show.

Minister in charge of OPP denies he's campaigning for politician questioned in police probe

Virtually anyone can take their picture with him, cabinet minister Michael Tibollo says, so the use of his image by a city council candidate in Vaughan — whose husband and cottage are under OPP investigation — should in no way suggest the probe will be compromised.
CBC Investigates

The CRA is tracking alcohol sales to nail tax dodging bars and restaurants

The Canada Revenue Agency has been gathering data on beer, wine and liquor purchases by bars, nightclubs and restaurants as part of an effort to clamp down on tax dodging in a sector it claims is ripe for it.

BMO didn't inflate losses or dodge tax in $1.7B loan arrangement, judge rules

The Bank of Montreal won't have to pay potentially tens of millions of dollars in disputed taxes after a judge ruled a complicated shell-company structure it used to lend money to its own subsidiaries didn't run afoul of the law.
CBC Investigates

B.C. stock promoter led 'lavish lifestyle' while evading millions in tax, CRA alleges

Damien Reynolds is the first person named in the Panama Papers who the Canada Revenue Agency has brought criminal charges against. But it appears that's just a coincidence, and the CRA had no idea he's in the huge leak of tax-haven records.

Accountant accused of fudging up to 1,400 tax returns won't face criminal charges

A tax preparer who the Canada Revenue Agency had claimed was possibly behind widescale fraud won't face criminal charges due to lack of proof of intent.

Renata Ford faces growing cash crunch as she pursues Premier Doug Ford in court, records show

Sworn financial statements filed last year by Renata Ford, widow of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, suggest she could be in significant financial trouble as she tries to force Ontario Premier Doug Ford to hand over funds from Rob's estate.

Wealthy Canadians hiding up to $240B abroad, CRA says

Well-heeled Canadians have hidden up to $240.5 billion in foreign accounts and are dodging up to $3 billion a year in federal tax on those funds, according to the CRA's first ever attempt to estimate how much government revenue is lost from individuals stashing money abroad.

The electoral game: What would Ontario results look like under a different voting system?

Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives scored a convincing win in last week's Ontario election, taking 61 per cent of the seats — but with only 40 per cent of the vote. That outcome would look dramatically different using a different voting system.
CBC Investigates

Police probing Vaughan ex-mayor scrutinize ties to city contractors

Provincial anti-corruption police are pondering what, if any, charges they might lay against the beleaguered former mayor and deputy mayor of Vaughan after a three-year investigation into the building of his family cottage, CBC News has learned.
CBC Investigates

CRA's Panama Papers raids targeted oilpatch fixer with half-dozen offshore companies

An Alberta businessman who has quietly been teeing up hundreds of millions of dollars in oilpatch deals for Chinese investors is the first person known to be targeted by the Canada Revenue Agency's criminal investigations into the Panama Papers, court records reveal.

As U.K. moves to shut down tax-haven secrecy, Canada seen lagging

The U.K. passed legislation on Tuesday that aims to remove the cloak of secrecy shrouding many of the British tax havens, with activists hailing it as a major victory in the fight against corruption and tax dodging.
CBC Investigates

Cattle-rearing accountant investigated for possibly fudging 1,400 tax returns

Mohamed Ali Jesow makes cheese, speaks three languages and designed his own resort in East Africa. But the Canada Revenue Agency also alleges he may have swindled the federal treasury by submitting millions of dollars in potentially bogus expenses on his clients' tax returns.