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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'This will give us some relief,' GTA father says about report that found son was arrested unlawfully
A Mississauga man who filed a complaint against a Peel police officer says he welcomes the findings of an independent review that found the officer engaged in serious misconduct by "arbitrarily" arresting his son and making disparaging remarks toward his family.
Mâu thuẫn giữa đài truyền hình Việt Nam tại địa phương và hội cộng đồng dẫn đến buộc tội đe dọa giết người
Một mối bất hòa giữa một đài truyền hình Việt Nam tại Toronto và một trong những nhóm hội cộng đồng Việt Nam lớn nhất tại GTA đã dẫn đến sự việc một người trong cộng đồng này bị buộc tội đe dọa giết người và theo đài truyền hình này, đài bị cấm đưa tin về các sự kiện trong cộng đồng người Việt tại địa phương.
Feud between Vietnamese TV station and community group escalates to death threat charge
A rift between a Toronto Vietnamese television station and one of the largest Vietnamese community associations in the GTA has escalated into a criminal charge and according to the station, a ban on it covering events in the local Vietnamese community.
'I didn't even know people like her existed,' Vaughan landlord says of 'nightmare' tenant
Three Toronto-area landlords are warning others about Israt Khan, claiming she moves into apartments, stops paying rent, makes repeated false calls to the police and fire departments, and then refuses to move out.
How Toronto's proposed short-term rental regulations compare to other cities
While the regulations in Vancouver and Montreal are aimed at returning homes or units to the rental market, their effectiveness remains in question. Recent data obtained by CBC News has shed a light on how well enforcement is working.
311 complaints about short-term rentals have skyrocketed in Toronto
The Ice Condos tops the list of addresses with the most 311 complaints about short-term rentals in Toronto, according to eight years of data obtained by CBC News from the city.
'I'm lucky I survived': How this 91-year-old van attack survivor has learned to adapt 1 year later
One year later, Aleksandra Kozhevnikova is one of many van attack survivors still struggling to rebuild their lives and return to a sense of normalcy. That struggle has included not just physical and psychological therapy, but also a fight to have her injuries classified as catastrophic to ensure she received funding for all the treatment she required.
Glitch in new Presto app can shut down systems, Toronto man warns
Less than two months after the launch of the new Presto mobile app, a Toronto man is urging Metrolinx to correct an apparent glitch that he claims can shut down fare gates and loading machines at subway stations.
A tree fell on their dream home, and that was just the beginning of their nightmare
Brian Carlson-Graves and his partner Daniela Malandruccolo thought they were buying their dream lakefront home in Port Perry, Ont. But after a tree fell on their house, they quickly learned two-thirds of it was built without permits in the first place.
'It's never been this bad': Security guard expects to be put on hold every time he calls 911
A Toronto security guard who has worked in the field for more than two decades is speaking out against the wait times he's experienced recently calling 911, saying he now expects to be put on hold no matter what emergency he's facing.
Filipino-Canadian media personality breaks silence in community on sexual assault
Rachelle Cruz is speaking publicly about an incident of alleged sexual assault in hopes it'll encourage other women in her community to raise their voice in the #Metoo movement.
Mentally disabled man anxious about Presto after transit card problems nearly left him stranded
Grant Koturbash, 52, says TTC driver told him to get off the bus and to put money on his Presto card after it was declined. The problem is, Koturbash is unable to load the card on his own, and relies on a social worker or family.
10 years after William Junior Appiah was shot dead, his brother pleads for new tips
William Junior Appiah was just 18 when he was gunned down on Sept 16, 2008 while playing basketball across from the Driftwood Community centre. Police believe he was targeted. But a decade later, there have been no charges and no arrests.
Sidewalk Labs partners with Toronto groups to collect data for public life study
While the groups are welcoming the partnership with the firm, some Smart Cities researchers question why Sidewalk Labs never publicly discussed the project until after its completion.
The 70-year-old tradition that keeps this 94-year-old partying on
In 1948, Phyllis Viola and her eight sisters started an annual tradition: to get together with their families on the Sunday before Christmas. Seven decades later, the party goes on.