Zahra Premji


Zahra Premji is a host/reporter for CBC News Vancouver. She has worked as a host for CBC Alberta News in Edmonton, and a reporter in B.C. and Manitoba on various stories from racism to health and crime to asylum seekers and immigration. You can reach her at

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Halloween's costing more this year, but these British Columbians say it's still worth it

While inflationary pressures mean some homes have had to hit pause, others are managing to continue the tradition of creating a Halloween haven this season, despite the additional costs.

50 years later: From Uganda to Canada, the exile that changed the course of a country

Fifty years after Idi Amin expelled South Asians from Uganda, some of the 7,000 who settled in Canada reflect on that traumatic journey — and on where they are now in their lives. They also have advice for the refugees currently coming into the country.

Beyond the butter chicken: One woman's craving creates jobs for South Asian housewives

While Nidhi Tomer Chaudhary's initial goal was to fill a niche in the market for Rajasthani cuisine, she soon found her restaurant was also a way to empower women in the South Asian community and help newcomers to the country unable to find work.

B.C. sees record number of COVID-19 tests as restrictions lift

A respirologist with Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital says more interactions will lead to more COVID-19 testing in B.C. — and that's a good thing.

Burnaby teen pens book on personal journey with Crohn's to help other kids with the chronic illness

Keyaan Vegdani, a 16-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., says he hopes the book will help support research and raise awareness around the disease.

Would-be poll worker quits federal election gig after learning double vaccines not required

A Vancouver woman is calling on Elections Canada to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for poll workers before doors open to in-person voters for the federal election later this month. But the agency says adequate COVID-19 safety measures will be in place.

Some B.C. post-secondary students and staff asking province for mandatory vaccine rules

Many staff and students at B.C. universities are calling for a vaccine mandate to be extended to post secondary institutions.

Food trucks desperate to return to Vancouver plaza after forced move eats into sales

Several food truck vendors in downtown Vancouver say their businesses are struggling after they were forced to move from Robson Square to a nearby street due to renovation of the square's pedestrianized plaza. 

Walking buddy service sparked by desire to support minority groups across Canada

An Ontario man and some like-minded Canadians have taken it upon themselves to start a grassroots walking buddy service for Muslims and other minority groups across the country feeling unsafe going out for a walk in the wake of the tragic death of the Afzaal family in London, Ont.

In-person Vancouver Pride Parade replaced with more than 60 unique events

The Vancouver Pride Society says COVID-19 won't pause the celebrations and acknowledgement of Pride this year, but will result in a unique, adapted version that does not include the usual parade.