Farrah Merali is a reporter with CBC Toronto with a passion for politics and urban health issues. She previously worked as the early morning reporter at CBC Vancouver. Follow her at @FarrahMerali
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Music therapy offering lifeline for isolated GTA seniors amid pandemic restrictions
With no clear end in sight to physical distancing measures, some experts say as we head into the holidays, it’s important for seniors to stay engaged and music therapy can offer a lifeline for those living with dementia.
In landmark decision, U.K. coroner rules air pollution contributed to nine-year-old girl's death
Ella Kissi-Debrah suffered from severe asthma and was hospitalized 27 times in the last years of her life. In 2013, she died in hospital at age nine after an asthma attack. A U.K. coroner has now ruled air pollution contributed to her death.
His father was to be checked hourly at his long-term care home. Instead, he died and wasn't found for 6 hours
Tavern Matchett's body was found six hours after he died at Extendicare Halton Hills in Georgetown, Ont., despite orders that he be checked hourly. His son, Joshua Matchett, is now calling for long-term care homes to face harsher punishments if they repeatedly violate provincial laws.
Bengali community tries to tackle 'alarming' spike in youth suicides with study
Thirteen young Bengali men in the Greater Toronto Area have died by suicide within a two-year span, a figure that has left many in the Bengali community shaken. A small group of volunteers set out to try and understand why this was happening.
Toronto police pushing to expand mobile crisis team to respond to mental health calls
In the wake of a string of mental health calls that have ended in tragedy, the Toronto Police Services Board will discuss a report Thursday on the proposed expansion of mobile crisis intervention teams. But some critics say much more extensive reforms are needed.
Father moved into son's backyard coach house — then the city came knocking
In a city that’s in dire need of more rental housing stock — with low vacancy rates and ballooning prices — advocates say it’s time that Toronto allows coach houses like Rod Wilson's to be permitted for residential use.
Torontonians demand changes on first day of police reform meeting
The first of four virtual town hall meetings hosted by the Toronto Police Services Board begins Thursday night. It's the board's first series of meetings on police reform, accountability and public safety and it says there's been "unprecedented" interest from the public.
Former WE Charity employee says staff tried to silence her by rewriting anti-racism speech
Amanda Maitland says a personal speech she was supposed to deliver during an anti-racism tour for the WE Charity was rewritten by a mostly white team of staff. The new speech — she says — largely erased her own story of experiencing racism as a black woman.
THE FENTANYL FIX
The pill to manage addiction: why so few doctors are prescribing Suboxone
Despite its effectiveness, so few doctors in this province prescribe Suboxone or even know how to. The complex nature of the drug and the shortage of those trained to administer it are just some of the barriers to it being more widely distributed in B.C. than it is.
38 new substance-use treatment beds for women opening in Vancouver
The B.C. government is partnering with Vancouver Coastal health to open new beds for women seeking help for substance abuse in the city's Downtown Eastside.