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, or twitter @onthebeat1.

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Canada's 4 largest provinces see vaccine uptake boosted by mandates

Federal data shows tens of thousands of people in Canada's largest provinces received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine after public announcements of a vaccine passport, even before the new policy came into place.

Hundreds of new pot stores vie for survival even as prices drop

Ottawa is expected to see a tenfold increase of cannabis retailers by next year — a cause for concern among some who are trying to make a go of the business in a still fragile legal market.

Disgraced fertility doctor agrees to $13M settlement with families, including 17 'Barwin babies'

Families who claim disgraced Ottawa fertility doctor Norman Barwin used the wrong sperm — or even his own sperm — in the conception of at least 100 children could receive a portion of a multi-million-dollar payout after a judge certified the settlement of a class-action lawsuit launched in 2016.

Officials say 90% of population needs vaccine to reach herd immunity

Like the last leg of a marathon, public health officials say reaching the final segment of the unvaccinated population will be a grind as Ottawa tries to attain herd immunity — when enough of the population is protected against COVID-19.

The COVID-19 vaccinators: How it feels to administer 200,000 doses

A team of volunteers shared their experiences administering 200,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Horticulture building at Lansdowne as the clinic closed this week.

As vaccine uptake slows, Ottawa closes half its community vaccination sites

Starting Wednesday, more than half of Ottawa's community vaccination clinics will shut down as the city starts winding down its mass vaccination program with rates slowing down dramatically. 

Pharmacy association urges province to expand publicly funded PCR travel testing

As travel opens up, the association representing Ontario's pharmacists is lobbying the province to drastically expand the number of pharmacies permitted to offer publicly funded PCR tests — the gold standard for assessing if someone has COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing centres here to stay despite low case counts

Despite the drop in case numbers, access to COVID-19 testing centres will likely continue through the summer and could ramp up in September, according to the people behind Ottawa's testing strategy. 

Award-winning Queen's prof questioned over Indigenous identity claim

An award-winning and influential Algonquin rights activist and professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., faces mounting scrutiny over the legitimacy of his claim of Indigenous identity.

Queen's University response to false Indigenous identity claims 'concerning,' say academics

Dozens of academics from across North America have signed an open letter calling on Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., to retract its statement defending faculty and staff members who were accused of falsely claiming Indigenous identity in an anonymous dossier.