Matthew Pierce


Matt is a reporter and associate producer at CBC. You can reach him at

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Council to decide fate of MEGHQ-FREEPORT, Kitchener's cold war nuclear shelter

Across the street from Grand River Hospital's Freeport campus on King St. E in Kitchener, on the banks of the Grand River sits a multi-room, below-ground nuclear bomb shelter.

Forged inspection documents shine light on Ontario's troubled building department practices

Early this year Gerald Catt discovered that his credentials were on documents confirming the safety of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems he didn't know existed.

The Region of Waterloo sold your recycled milk cartons and tuna cans for $2.2M

The Region of Waterloo was paid $2.2 million for 35 million kilograms of plastic, steel cans, cardboard and other items in 2019.

Esports team brings University of Waterloo athletics into the digital age

All the games will be played in the newly formed esports league called Ontario Post-Secondary Esports (OPSE).

Restaurants near University of Waterloo plagued with poor inspection results

Five restaurants in the area have had critical food safety infractions in the past 30 days, and experts say Region of Waterloo Public Health isn't doing enough to levy fines and communicate safe dining to patrons.

Kitchener holds marathon session on fate of dangerous dog

Members of Kitchener's dog designation appeal committee spent nearly 6 hours yesterday deciding the fate of 'Pasha', a dog deemed dangerous by the city.

City of Toronto, collection agencies chasing down nearly $600M in unpaid tickets

The City of Toronto has contracted a team of debt collection agencies to track down $509 million as it struggles to deal with a budget hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anti-Semitic posters in downtown Kitchener prompt police investigation

A series of anti-Semitic posters promoting neo-Nazism recently appeared in downtown Kitchener, prompting a police investigation and strong condemnation from local politicians. 

Soap and water to fight COVID-19 not available on all Canadian flights

Passengers flying on some shorter routes and smaller aircraft on Air Canada, WestJet and Porter Airlines are stuck relying only on hand sanitizer in aircraft washrooms, CBC News has found.

Physician suspended for 1 month over tweet at female doctors

Dr. Angus Maciver was accused of engaging in "disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct and/or conduct unbecoming a physician in his social media communications, including his comments regarding other physicians on Twitter."

Replacing cheques with pay cards may benefit Ontario Works recipients

Moving from cheques to payment cards will cut cheque cashing businesses like MoneyMart out of the social assistance equation. 

Visit from campaigning Trudeau prompts change to WRDSB policy

After a visit from then-candidate Justin Trudeau to a Waterloo public school during the last federal election, the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) is moving to block politicians from visiting schools during campaigns. 

Two problem restaurants face court summons from public health

Two restaurants with repeated citations from regional public health investigators have received summons and are now headed to court over food preparation and dining conditions.

Waterloo region plans to collect $9M in fines by end of 2019

Provincial Offences Act (POA) revenue comes from fines of all shapes and sizes, including those from the Highway Traffic Act, Liquor License Act, Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Labour.

Speed enforcement cameras coming to a school zone near you

The Region of Waterloo is counting on a speed camera that automatically issues tickets to drivers to generate revenue next year.