Max Leighton


Max Leighton is a radio producer, reporter and web writer based in Southwestern Ontario. He has worked in CBC newsrooms from Whitehorse to Toronto.

Latest from Max Leighton

Real estate price surge spurs rise in homelessness in rural Elgin County

Advocates say rising housing costs are leaving more people vulnerable to homelessness in rural Elgin County and the situation is getting worse. 

Western researchers use phone data to trace Ontarians' movement during COVID lockdowns

A pair of studies from Western university is shedding light on how Ontarians travelled in the province during last year's lockdown restrictions and who was able to stay home safely.

Ontario farmers sending hay to drought-stricken Saskatchewan farms

Farmers in Ontario are sending shipments of hay to their agricultural peers in Saskatchewan to help them feed livestock this winter, after a summer of drought in Western Canada severely hurt crop production.

Three regional schools named for men with historic ties to residential schools, eugenics, to get new names

Kitchener’s A.R. Kaufman Public School has been identified as “high priority for renaming” in a Region District School Board motion passed Monday night. It joins Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School in Waterloo and Ryerson Public School in Cambridge on a list of school names slated to be changed. 

Sustainable development advocates call for more ambitious regional plan

As the Region of Waterloo updates its Official Plan, advocates for sustainable development say the region needs to be more ambitious.

'Greener pastures:' Cannabis retailers set their sights on rural Ontario

Cannabis retailers are planning to open new stores in many rural southwestern Ontario communities.

Twitter can be used to track spread of diseases like COVID-19: Guelph researchers

Researchers at the University of Guelph have developed a system to help track the spread of infectious diseases using Twitter.

Coronavirus misinformation can spread like a disease, says Waterloo prof

Public health experts say the risk of coronavirus to Canadians remains low. But a professor at the University of Waterloo is concerned that misinformation about the virus is spreading.

Veterinarians more likely to consider suicide, Guelph study finds

A new study from the University of Guelph has found veterinarians think about suicide more than the average Canadian — and the situation is especially dire for women in the field. 

Coffee rust is coming for your morning brew, Guelph prof says

Your morning cup of coffee could start costing you more, thanks to a crop-destroying disease exacerbated by climate change.