Kate Dubinski

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Kate Dubinski is a radio and digital reporter with CBC News in London, Ont. You can email her at kate.dubinski@cbc.ca.

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Calls to expand pandemic pay grow while those who qualify still waiting for money

More than a month after the premier first promised those working on Ontairo's front lines a $4/h pay bump for their help in fighting COVID-19, the money still hasn't started flowing and thousands say they've been left off the list of eligible workers despite working directly with infected patients.

Health care workers left without pandemic pay say they're the forgotten front line

Front-line health workers, as well as the CEO of the region's largest hospital, decried the list of people who qualify for "pandemic pay," saying the list is far from comprehensive and leaves off many who work directly with patients.

Help for London's restaurants? Here's what other Ontario cities have already done

If this were any other year, we'd be sitting on patios, sipping lattes or a cold beer, chatting with our friends. Now, London is trying to figure out how to help the restaurant industry when a forced shutdown is finally lifted.

Calls to Anova double as pandemic restrictions ease

Calls to Anova, London's agency for gender-based violence, doubled last week as the province lifted a number of pandemic restrictions and the Victoria Day long weekend prompted a spike in domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

Have you noticed fighter jets flying over London? Here's why

If you've seen fighter jets over the city recently, it's because a London company is training fighter pilots for the Malaysian Air Force and they're practicing everything from combat to tactical maneuvering.

Sisters of St. Joseph battle outbreak in their north London residence

A group of women who are used to helping others are now forced to stay in their rooms and rely on others as a coronavirus outbreak continues in a residence for retired and ill nuns.

What we know about COVID-19 outbreaks in London's long-term care homes

Unlike others, the Middlesex London Health Unit does not provide a breakdown of how many residents and staff are sick with COVID-19 in each long-term care facility, so CBC News has tried to get the latest numbers.

London hospital pulls extra-strength hand sanitizer from use

The London Health Sciences Centre was forced to pull its latest batch of hand sanitizer after its manufacturer moved to a type that uses technical-grade ethanol which, while approved by Health Canada, can cause cancer and be harmful to children and pregnant or lactating women.

All staff, including those not working with patients, to wear masks at LHSC

The London Health Sciences Centre is now requiring all staff to wear masks whenever they are inside the hospital at all times.

Lab techs, X-ray techs and other hospital workers say 'We matter, too"

They're not doctors or nurses, but the medical professionals who run blood tests, perform X-rays and run other essential services in hospitals say they also need to be recognized for the work they do and the harm they put themselves in by coming to work during a pandemic.

A new place to live for kids aging out of foster care

It's not something many think to be thankful for: the ability to look at an apartment before moving in. But that's what one 16-year-old was excited about before he moved into one of six units at 340 Richmond St., designated for young people aging out of the care of the Children's Aid Society. 

Why this newcomer is glad to be in Canada, even amid a pandemic

You'd think that being stuck at home with seven kids would be very difficult, but newcomer Hasan Silo wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Demand for this breakfast program has doubled since schools closed

A breakfast program run by LUSO Community Services out of a colourful portable at Lord Elgin Public School has seen demand for its service double since the pandemic closed schools in mid-March.

Pandemic reveals inequalities among Londoners, councillors try to fill gaps

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the stark inequalities between Londoners, and city councillors tried Tuesday night to fill some of the gaps with funding for people who need help. A city committee endorsed spending money on programs that help locals with rent, food and internet access.

Check out these letters being written to local shut-in seniors

Local seniors who get food deliveries from Meals on Wheels are getting a little bit of extra love with their order, in the form of letters written by Londoners.