John Last


John Last is a freelance reporter and producer currently based in Padua, Italy. For the past four years, he covered Northern Canada and the Arctic for CBC North. His reporting work has taken him through Europe, the Middle East, and the American South.

Latest from John Last

Church of Sweden apologizes, embarks on reconciliation with Indigenous Sámi people

An apology service this week marked a major step forward for reconciliation in Sweden, where the Indigenous Sámi people continue to fight for self-determination and recognition of past wrongs committed by church and state.

This vertical forest tower makes elite green design affordable. But is it actually green?

The Trudo Vertical Forest in the Dutch city of Eindhoven copies the iconic Bosco Verticale in Milan, where apartments go for millions of dollars. But unlike the Bosco, Eindhoven’s tower is filled with public housing.

After devastating European fire season, experts call for new approach to protecting forests

Governments in Europe seem prepared to reverse decades of austerity to tackle ever-worsening blazes, but experts say what the continent needs is not only money but a changed relationship to the land itself.

Canada disputes Chinese news report that famous sailor was turned back from Northwest Passage

Chinese media reported that painter and sailor Zhai Mo was “illegally stopped” by Canadian authorities while attempting what he called the first non-stop circumnavigation of the Arctic. Transport Canada says otherwise.

Building and investment key to fixing Yellowknife rental market, experts say

The North’s monopoly market for rental housing leaves tenants in a tough spot. What alternatives are there?

Monumental mistake: Error on peacekeeping memorial remains after one year

More than 12 months since he first noticed the error, Wade Morrow is still trying to get a simple fix to the name of a UN mission engraved into the Peacekeeping Monument in Ottawa.

Raising, releasing monarch butterflies a 'spiritual exercise' for Ottawa woman

April Douglas rescues monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars and raises them in her Ottawa home. She explains how she does it.

Loud music, bad lawns and lots of rats: Bylaw complaints soar during pandemic

Ottawa neighbours got under each other's skin during the long COVID-19 lockdowns of the past year-plus, if calls to the city's bylaw services division is anything to judge by.

Serious crime down in Ottawa, up in Kingston during pandemic

Pandemic restrictions powered a drop in break-and-enters, assaults, and other serious crimes, in most places other than Kingston, Ont.

How a 1950s experiment brought foam igloos to Kinngait, Nunavut

In 1950s Cape Dorset, a northern service officer and Inuit artist came together to create a wild experiment in locally-designed housing.