Katie Nicholson

The National

Katie Nicholson is the senior enterprise reporter with The National based in Toronto.

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Safety put 'in jeopardy' by some companies shoring up shaky homes, industry complaint alleges

As climate conditions change, homeowners are turning to helical piles to anchor their homes against shifting soils and extreme weather. But some companies that produce and install them may not be following the rules, Katie Nicholson writes.

Health Canada pulls 2 sunscreen products from Goop's 1st Canadian store

Health Canada rules for selling natural health products are very strict for bricks-and-mortar stores, but as American actress Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand Goop discovered Friday at its soft opening in Toronto, they are significantly more lax when it comes to online sales.
CBC Investigates

Thousands of Manitoba restaurant inspections overdue as nearly 1 in 5 inspector positions vacant

More than 2,000 Manitoba restaurants and care-facility kitchens are going without routine inspections because nearly one in five of the province's health inspector positions — eight out of 44 — are vacant.
CBC Investigates

Company at centre of door-to-door sales complaint in Winnipeg faces class action lawsuit in Calgary

The company at the centre of a complaint about misleading door-to-door sales in Winnipeg is facing a proposed class action lawsuit over new allegations in Calgary.
CBC Investigates

Stuck with $37K bill he can't read, Winnipeg man says door-to-door furnace sales should be banned

Door-to-door salespeople from a Winnipeg company allegedly persuaded a Winnipeg man and his legally blind wife to sign multiple costly contracts for home energy products, creating a mountain of debt for the couple and raising questions about whether the practice should be banned.

OPP officer dragged by car after traffic stop sues in civil court

An Ontario Provincial Police officer who was dragged by a car during a 2017 traffic stop has launched a civil suit after criminal charges were dropped earlier this year against the alleged driver.

Key inquest exhibits reveal flaws in stage that killed Radiohead drum tech

The inquest into the death of Scott Johnson will hear closing submissions Tuesday.  Johnson was the Radiohead drum technician killed in the June 16, 2012 stage collapse in Toronto. In the past two weeks, much has been revealed about problems with the stage and communication on the ground as it was constructed.

Stage design in fatal Radiohead concert collapse called for parts that didn't exist, witness says

The design for a stage that collapsed before a Radiohead concert in Toronto in 2012 was flawed from its inception and several people knew it, according to Dale Martin, head of the company that was contracted by Live Nation to erect the stage.
CBC Investigates

Prior to infant's death, review of foster home company revealed concerns about discipline, supervision

Concerns around discipline and inadequate supervision were uncovered in the first phase of a provincial review of B & L Resources for Children and Youth -- the same private company that managed the home that was fostering four-month-old Vanatasia Green who died earlier this week. 
CBC Investigates

Raymond Cormier denies killing Tina Fontaine, admits to giving her drugs

Raymond Cormier says he didn't kill or sexually exploit Tina Fontaine, but admits he gave her cannabis, prompting a call from her family and a former grand chief to have him charged for trafficking an illicit substance to a minor.

Province's ban on new placements at B & L foster agency lifted

The Department of Families has lifted its three month ban on placing children in foster homes managed by B & L Resources for Children and Youth.
CBC Investigates

Family minister's foster care review instructions leave no paper trail

The instructions for a Child and Family Services review into the safety of and well-being of 407 children in foster homes run by a for-profit agency were never written down, according to information obtained through a freedom-of-information request.
CBC Investigates

Winnipeg man who installed hidden cameras in ex-wife's home sentenced to 2 years in jail

A Winnipeg man who broke into his ex-wife’s home and installed hidden cameras in the walls was sentenced on Friday to two years in jail.
CBC Investigates

Children's advocate launches serious injury investigation into foster father sex abuse case

Manitoba's advocate for children and youth has launched a serious injury investigation into the circumstances surrounding a man who was accused of sexual abuse against four of his foster daughters and then continued to live with two of the girls in the month following the start of the police investigation.
CBC Investigates

2 girls left in Manitoba home after sex assault allegations made against foster dad

Despite allegations of sex abuse, a police investigation and an arrest, child welfare officials allowed children to remain in the home of a foster father who is now convicted of sex crimes against foster children.