Amanda Pfeffer

Amanda Pfeffer has worked for the CBC across the country, including Montreal, Vancouver, Fredericton, Quebec City and Ottawa. She welcomes story ideas and tips at

Latest from Amanda Pfeffer

'It's unacceptable': Family forced into basement by bug infestation

A mother-of-five living in social housing says she's been battling an infestation of bedbugs and cockroaches so bad that her children have asked to return to their politically unstable homeland.

Concern grows for transit staff bearing brunt of passenger frustration

The union representing OC Transpo staff says it's becoming increasingly concerned about the physical safety and mental well-being of its members as passenger frustration over the problem-plagued LRT system threatens to boil over.

Pot producers implore Ontario to open more stores

Canadian cannabis producers are stepping up pressure on the Ford government to speed up the distribution of retail licences in Ontario as poor sales continue to dog the industry.

Decision day for Stonebridge residents on golf course deal

It's decision day for 3,300 residents of Barrhaven's Stonebridge neighbourhood, who must decide whether they want to kick in to buy a golf course to stave off more development.

Calls for OC Transpo fare freeze mount amid LRT problems

Several members of Ottawa's transit commission and city council are calling for a transit fare freeze in the wake of a marathon question and answer session on the new light rail system's problems. 

Ottawa Public Health budget tries to do more with less

The province has refused the agency's request for a cost-of-living increase worth $1.4 million, meaning it won't be filling vacant jobs won't run some programs in person.

Sky-high prices sending medical marijuana users to black market

Medical marijuana users and their advocates say steep price increases since legalization, coupled with obstacles to access, are forcing many patients to turn to the illegal market.  

Western Quebec's eastern-most riding feeling the Bloc surge

The Liberal Party has a fight on its hands to hang on to Argenteuil–La Petite-Nation as polls suggest a surge in support for the Bloc Québecois.

Model volunteers: Talent agency fills U-Haul with food, clothing for the Bahamas

Lou Seymour and Angie Sakla-Seymour are about to hit the road with a U-Haul's worth of donations for people in the Bahamas rebuilding after Hurricane Dorian.

Hexo's poor outlook could foreshadow bad trip for cannabis industry

A Gatineau cannabis producer that provides Quebec with a third of its supply saw its stocks tumble Friday, in a week some analysts and industry representatives called "investor panic."

Preparing for the big one: Earthquake simulation rattles Ottawa River shoreline

Ottawa volunteers took part in an emergency earthquake exercise Saturday in rural Dunrobin, preparing for the possibility a damaging and potentially deadly 6.5-magnitude quake could one day rattle the region.

As flu season approaches, CHEO braces for 'unprecedented' demand

Patient volumes at eastern Ontario's children's hospital were among the highest ever last month, and that has officials there bracing for a potentially difficult flu season.

Cable barriers on deadly Hwy. 50 stretch won't stop crashes, experts say

A pilot project that would install high-tension cable barriers on a stretch of Highway 50 east of Gatineau isn't in line with North American safety rules and may not prevent head-on collisions, according to transportation experts.

Gatineau's 'polluter-pay' garbage law discriminates against incontinent son, family says

A Gatineau, Que., family has filed a human rights complaint claiming the city's new garbage limit amounts to an unfair tax on them for discarding their son's adult diapers.

Cannabis-related hospitalizations highlight need for education, clinicians say

New research showing cannabis is outpacing alcohol as a cause of hospitalization among youth confirms the need for continuing government funding for drug education, Ottawa health-care advocates say.