Laura Clementson

Laura Clementson is a producer for CBC's The National. She can be reached at Follow Laura on Twitter @LauraClementson.

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'It's a monster': Behind the scenes at Canada's busiest airport before March break travel surge

With air travel rebounding as pandemic restrictions ease, Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is busier than ever — but it’s been a rocky restart with flight delays and cancellations, long lines and lost luggage. CBC News gets an inside look at what makes Canada’s busiest airport tick just before March break — and whether it’s equipped to handle the upcoming travel season.

After 6 months of war, weapons from the West remain vital to Ukraine

Six months into the Russia-Ukraine conflict, there are no signs of slowing from either side. Without a clear picture of how the next six months will unfold, analysts say one thing is certain — Ukraine will need continued support from the West, both financially and militarily, to continue its fight.

How Canadian clothing entrepreneurs are disrupting 'fast fashion'

Fast fashion is piling up in landfills at an alarming rate. But a number of Canadian companies are trying to slow down the process with circular concepts like online thrifting and developing a sustainable polyester alternative from food waste.

Service dogs 'a life changer' for those in need as pandemic further limits mobility

Sue Woodhouse of Bright’s Grove, Ont., waited roughly a year to get a new service dog after her previous dog retired. The longer wait time, a result of training delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, added another layer to the difficulties Woodhouse experienced navigating life during the pandemic. 

A small wine boutique is changing the face of who is a tastemaker

A small wine boutique in downtown Toronto wants to make the wine industry more diverse, and it is putting its money where its mouth is. Grape Witches has started a scholarship program to help women of colour access expensive higher wine education.

Private international flights landing at smaller Canadian airports despite federal pandemic rules

An analysis by CBC News found more than 800 flights from international destinations have landed at a random sampling of eight airports across Canada that don't have quarantine hotels since the government mandated that all flights from abroad be routed through Toronto, Calgary, Montreal or Vancouver.

Canadian Olympic gold medallist now struggling to breathe after contracting COVID-19

Olympic gold medallist Alex Kopacz is in a London, Ont. hospital after contracting COVID-19. The bobsleigh champion has fits of uncontrollable coughing and said he was scared before he was hooked up to oxygen. He wants people to know that COVID is no joke.

'More people are catching on': Travellers using U.S.-Canada land border to avoid quarantine hotels

In an effort to avoid the mandatory three-day stay at a quarantine hotel, some Canadians are flying into cities near the U.S.-Canada border and crossing by foot, taxi or limousine to return home. CBC News spoke to some of them at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ont., and the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ont.

Manslaughter charges dropped against man who killed 2 home invaders who held him at gunpoint

The Crown withdrew manslaughter charges on Tuesday against a Collingwood, Ont., man who killed two masked men who invaded his townhouse, zip-tied him and held him at gunpoint in January 2019.
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Women in Canada turn to courts in fight for compensation over birth control implant complications

The permanent birth control device Essure has been off the Canadian market for four years — but pain and serious complications linger among some women who are seeking compensation from a manufacturer that says it intends to defend its product "vigorously."