Max Leighton


Max Leighton is a radio producer, reporter and web writer based in Southwestern Ontario. He has worked in CBC newsrooms from Whitehorse to Toronto.

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Farmers on alert as avian flu found on 4th southern Ontario farm

Ontario farmers are stepping up biosecurity measures as a fourth southern Ontario farm has been placed under quarantine after avian flu was detected in poultry flock.

How to talk to kids about the war in Ukraine

When it comes to helping kids process difficult subjects like war and other tragedies, experts say, open and honest dialogue is critical — but it’s not easy. 

Woolwich Township to donate $10K to humanitarian relief in Ukraine

Woolwich Township will donate $10,000 to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.  Councillors voted this week to donate the funds to the Mennonite Central Committee, drawing them from an anticipated year-end surplus. 

School name vote ends difficult period for Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary, says principal

Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School in Waterloo will soon be renamed, after staff and students are being asked to help choose the name of their new school. 

Descendants of Black communities in Ontario's Grey County preserve history despite adversity

Following the theft of a road sign marking a historic Black settlement, residents of Grey County are working to bring awareness to the Ontario region's Black history.

What Ontario truckers heading to U.S. border are saying about Ambassador Bridge protest

As protests creating chaos at the Ambassador Bridge continue for a second day, truckers heading west on Highway 401 toward the border are preparing for potentially long waits, and like in much of Canada, support for the protesters is sharply divided. 

How tiny St. Marys is trying to fix a growing problem with snowmobilers

Officials in the town of St. Marys say community growth and an increase in outdoor activity due to COVID restrictions have put snowmobilers and pedestrians on a potential collision course, and they’ve launched a new education and enforcement plan to get ahead of the problem before an accident happens. 

London, Ont., family gives up city life for more space and 100 alpacas

Last fall, as many hunkered down at home, the Veerman family of London, Ont., packed their bags and moved north to run an alpaca farm. 

Schools prepare to reopen with added screening as they await provincial decision

As COVID-19 infections rise across Ontario, the Waterloo Region District School Board is preparing for in-person classes with additional screening requirements while awaiting word from the province on if schools will reopen in the new year.

Twice a refugee from Afghanistan, Nasrin Husseini is now on BBC list of 100 influential women

Veterinarian and researcher Nasrin Husseini has been named to the BBC’s 100 Women List for 2021.