Colin Butler

Video Journalist

Colin Butler is a veteran CBC reporter who's worked in Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton and London, Ont. Email:

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Group of Ontario police officers launches charter challenge of pandemic restrictions

A group of 19 Ontario police officers has launched a constitutional challenge against the provincial and federal governments, claiming that enforcing sweeping pandemic health restrictions puts them at odds with their oath to uphold the charter.

Test-drilling begins for controversial nuclear disposal site near Lake Huron

Test drilling has begun at a site in Teeswater, Ont., to evaluate whether the area could potentially support a proposed disposal site for the nation's 57,000 tonnes of spent nuclear fuel.

Long-awaited new park in Old East Village finally opens on Lorne Avenue

City officials unveiled the city's newest park this week on the grounds of the former Lorne Avenue Public School in Old East Village.

Southwestern Ontario lab seeks rare permission to make, study psychedelic drugs

A Toronto-based cannabis company is seeking permission from federal health authorities to build a first-of-its-kind laboratory in southwestern Ontario that will produce and study hallucinogenic drugs.

Now recovering from COVID-19, Olympian Alex Kopacz recalls 'dark experience' of saying goodbye at 31

In the darkest days of his battle with COVID-19, 31-year-old Canadian Olympian Alexander Kopacz says he drew up a will, gave his goodbyes to his family and friends, and contemplated whether he had lived a good and fulfilling life. 

When will the real estate bubble burst? It won't, says veteran real estate appraiser

Veteran real estate appraiser Les Otto says the housing market's unprecedented prices are based on unprecedented demand, which has been fueled by an influx of people looking for homes, tight housing supplies and strict government rules on new development, which means it won't crash anytime soon.

Toronto police investigate reports 2 officers charged at Aylmer church for allegedly defying COVID-19 rules

Toronto police are investigating reports two of its officers were among four people charged at a church gathering in Alymer, Ont., on Tuesday evening for allegedly defying the province's pandemic health rules.

Ex-teacher who filmed students with spy pen, Ontario school board named in $200K civil suit

A former London, Ont., high school student is suing her ex-English teacher and the school board, alleging it created the conditions for Ryan Jarvis to act on his sexual impulses, knew about his "deviant behaviour" and offered no counselling for his student victims.

4 charged after latest gathering at 'defiant' Aylmer, Ont., church

Police in Aylmer have laid charges against four people, with more to come, after the latest gathering at the Church of God at Aylmer, a house of worship that's become known for its pervasive defiance of Ontario emergency health orders during the pandemic. 

Ontario calls wild pigs 'ecological trainwreck.' Now it wants a plan to keep them out

Wildlife officials in Ontario are looking to create a wild pig strategy to deal with a potential porcine invasion before it's too late.