Laura Howells

CBC News

Laura Howells is a reporter and producer from St. John's who is now working in Toronto and Hamilton. You can reach her at

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Paramedic says she was refused patio service due to her job, but restaurant disagrees

A Hamilton paramedic says she was refused patio service at a restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake because staff assumed her frontline job put her at risk of COVID-19 exposure. The restaurant manager, however, says the refusal had nothing to do with her job.

Toronto woman bakes more than 800 loaves of bread during COVID-19 to help people in need

When Erin Socall lost her job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she started making bread and delivering it to people in need. She hasn't stopped yet.

Teachers say bittersweet goodbye to an Ontario school year like no other

As the final week of school wraps up, some Ontario teachers are exhausted from a year unlike any they've experienced before —and they still have many questions and worries about September amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

'Feisty' 103-year-old survives COVID-19 while reading so many books, hospital staff 'couldn't keep up'

Rose Weinstock's father survived the Spanish flu pandemic over 100 years ago  — and now this 103-year-old is home after surviving COVID-19.

Confederate flags still flying in Ontario, prompting call for change

After a Belleville, Ont., police officer's photos with a Confederate flag sparked outrage earlier this month, some Ontario residents say it's time to ban the racist symbol altogether.

'A tradition for the city': Tiny Tom Donuts owner Tom Brazier dies at 73

Thomas Brazier, who owned Tiny Tom Donuts and delighted thousands in Toronto with his miniature fried treats, has died at age 73, the company says.

Toronto store owners say they were assaulted after forcibly removing customer for not wearing mask

Toronto police are seeking the public's help identifying four men and one woman — all around 18 years old — in connection with an alleged assault at a Toronto convenience store whose owners say the men attacked them after they physically forced a customer out of the store when she refused to wear a mask.

'We don't ask questions': Toronto restaurant giving free meals amid COVID-19 job cuts

Little India, a family business on Queen Street West, is trying to help people who've lost their jobs during the COVID-19 outbreak by giving out free meals to anyone in need.

8 GTA firefighters test positive for COVID-19, officials say

At least eight firefighters in the GTA have tested positive for COVID-19, CBC News has learned, including six in Toronto, one in Mississauga and one in Oakville.

Donate your masks, gloves, goggles and gowns at a Toronto hospital, doctor urges

People can drop off their unused, unexpired supplies at Toronto's Michael Garron Hospital starting Monday.

Ontario gives hospitals sweeping temporary powers over staffing amid COVID-19

Ontario is using its state of emergency declaration to give hospitals temporary new powers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including overriding collective agreements to redeploy staff without notice.

Conservation Halton closes parks after overcrowding, rule-breaking and poor social distancing

Huge crowds filled the parks Saturday, while some people were having group fires and hopping fences, says the environmental agency.

After 2 weeks in his basement, Councillor Josh Matlow ends isolation after COVID-19 exposure

Here's how the Toronto city councillor spent his time in isolation—and his advice for others.

Here's how Toronto is 'social distancing' this weekend

From petting dogs to journal-writing, here's how some people are minimizing social contact this weekend.

Second Cup stops accepting cash amid COVID-19 pandemic

"We are operating from an abundance of caution," says CEO of Canadian coffee chain.