Chris O'Neill-Yates

National Reporter

Chris O'Neill-Yates is an investigative journalist and senior reporter for CBC News.

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Escalating cost of living tarnishes the golden years for pensioners

When Doreen Noseworthy retired in 2002 after a teaching career that spanned almost four decades, she believed she and her husband, Gerry, an accountant, were set for life. What they did not foresee was the sharp escalation in the cost of living in recent years that would see the buying power of their fixed income shrink precipitously.

At Canada's largest Atlantic puffin colony, chicks are dying of starvation

Pufflings, the small chicks of the Atlantic puffin, are struggling due to a lack of food and warming ocean temperatures.
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Foreign nurses out $24,000 — and left with no recourse — after job offers in N.L. disappear

A Niagara Falls, Ont., mother who paid a Toronto-based employment agency $24,000 for immigration services to bring her two daughters, who are foreign nurses, to Canada discovered there was nowhere to turn after a dispute arose with the agency and the job offers were revoked.

3 months after Fiona laid waste to their homes, these families say they're still stuck in limbo

More than 100 homes have been condemned in Port aux Basques and surrounding areas in southwestern Newfoundland after Fiona tore through the region. Three months on, some families say they are still not sure if they will be able to rebuild.

High fuel costs threaten plans for a bumper tourist season in Newfoundland

After carrying deficits in the past two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many tourism operators in rural Newfoundland had hoped they would recover their losses this summer.

Why India's failure to take a hard stance on Russia could backfire

Since Russia invaded Ukraine two weeks ago, India has abstained on every United Nations vote condemning Russia's actions. This has invoked the opprobrium of the overwhelming majority of its allies in NATO countries, including the U.S., with whom it has been forging a deeper strategic alliance in recent years.

40 years after Ocean Ranger disaster, families recall lethal storm that changed them forever

A son and daughter of two of the men killed aboard the oil rig off the coast of Newfoundland in 1982 recount how their losses altered the course of their lives.

Salon owners call on N.L. to crack down on underground hairstylists serving unvaccinated clients

Provincial rules require customers at certain businesses — including hair salons — to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Activist files lawsuit alleging childhood sexual abuse by St. John's priest

“I was a child when I met this priest. To me he was like God," says Gemma Hickey

Dildo was hoping to cash in on a post-Kimmel boom — then came the pandemic

Sulagna Sanyal and Rajesh Menon opened the first Indian restaurant in the coastal Newfoundland village of Dildo, tapping into a tourism boom heightened by interest from U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. But COVID-19 has stopped the community's plans cold.