Conrad Collaco


Conrad Collaco is a CBC News producer for CBC Hamilton with extensive experience in online, television and radio news. Follow him on Twitter at @ConradCollaco, or email him at

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How teenage Ontario Hockey League stars survive away from home, friends and family

For junior hockey players with big dreams being taken away from home, friends and family is part of the deal. Paige Martin, the CBC's Ontario Hockey League analyst, explains how these players, some as young as fifteen, survive.

From Russia and India with love, grandparents help make OHL hockey dreams come true

Having kids in competitive sports often means there are a lot of sacrifices to be made. Paige Martin found one Ontario Hockey League family who knows this well. We'll learn about how they made the leap across countries and oceans so that their kid could play.

Want to limit black market pot sales? Open more stores: Cannabis Policy Council

To put a dent in the sales of cannabis on the black market, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce says it will encourage the province to allow for the opening of more retail locations that sell cannabis products.

Shane Wright, Cole Perfetti top Ontario Hockey League watch list this season

The Ontario Hockey League season is just under way. Paige Martin, OHL columnist with CBC London takes a look at who to watch to start the 2019/2020 season.

How the Doug Ford government lost $42 million selling pot

Doug Ford's Ontario government lost more than $40 million selling cannabis even while they were, for a time, the only legal seller in the province. Jay Rosenthal, co-founder and president of Business of Cannabis explains how it happened.

Merchandise on wheels: why thieves are stealing cargo trucks

According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, there's an estimated $5 billion worth of cargo theft in Canada every year. Angelique Magi, of the Guarantee Company of North America explains why customers should care.

Toronto man survives skydive plunge after parachute tangles

A Toronto man has survived a skydive plunge from high above the Hamilton airport on Thursday after his parachute became tangled, police say.

Psychotherapist/rapper MC FUBB takes on deadly opioid crisis in new song

A registered psychotherapist from Burlington, Ont. is taking on Ontario's opioid crisis with a song calling for more compassion and awareness. Listen to Daniel Farb's new song, Opioid Crisis, as he explains how he thinks we need to change the way we deal with the damage done by these drugs.

The high cost for Ontario high school students of cuts to elective courses: Lawson

Education cuts by Doug Ford's government to elective courses are going to come with very high costs to Ontario students, according to David Lawson, a career educational planning specialist. He spoke with the CBC about why those programs are important.

Close to 2K jobs lost so far, says teacher tracking Ontario education cuts

Ontario's Education Minister Lisa Thompson continues to say not one job will be lost due to class size increases. But a teacher in Brantford, Ont. who has been tracking all of the cuts across the province says the number is closer to 2,000. 

Ford budget priorities are 'booze and branding' while kids will suffer: Horwath

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli and Ontario's Conservative government delivered its first budget yesterday. While some say the budget doesn't have the deep spending cuts that were predicted, that's not the way Andrea Horwath, leader of the N-D-P, Ontario's official opposition sees it.

Why tailgating won't work in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa but might in smaller cities

Just a day after thousands of teachers in Ontario and their supporters protested major cuts to education, the government of Premier Doug Ford had another announcement. Tailgate parties will be legal soon in the province.

Why it's so hard to convince anti-vaxxers to vaccinate their kids

Despite medical evidence in favour of vaccinations, the Ontario Medical Association says more and more parents doubt the science because of misinformation online. Now they're beginning a campaign to correct common myths about vaccines.

How Ontario doctors can get paid more to see you less

Are doctors being paid more to see you less? The new system may be rewarding doctors who discourage their patients from visiting walk-in clinics in off hours instead sending them to crowded emergency rooms.

What we know about how safe cannabis is for pregnant women and breastfeeding moms

While we know a lot about the dangers of drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes while pregnant, now that it's legal, what about using cannabis? What do we know about what happens to babies when their moms use pot while pregnant or breastfeeding?