Cassandra Yanez-Leyton


Cassandra Yanez-Leyton is a journalist for CBC News based in Ottawa. She was selected as a Donaldson Scholar for the year 2022. You can email her story ideas at

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Meet Ottawa's tattoo artist for walls

The name Robbie Lariviere might not sound familiar to you but if you've ever walked around downtown Ottawa, chances are you've already come across some of his work.

Old Ottawa South church finds new life as mosque

After sitting empty for three years, St. Margaret Mary Church in Old Ottawa South will welcome worshippers and community members once again but this time, under new ownership and as a mosque.

Pointe-Claire videographer is on a quest to romanticize the suburbs

Jason Bolanis interviews Pointe-Claire seniors in his Endangered Stories video series to preserve and celebrate the history of the suburb in Montreal's West Island.

Longtime advocate for Ottawa's homeless retiring amid opioid crisis

After 21 years on the job, Wendy Muckle is retiring as the executive director of Ottawa Inner City Health.

New Reggaeton festival brings opportunities to Montreal Latin artists

Latin artists say the new Festival Fuego Fuego will finally showcase Montreal's budding reggaeton scene.

Lachine community group hopes pocket ashtrays are a solution to littered cigarette butts

Lachine's Éco-Quartier is selling pocket ashtrays to encourage smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts properly.

How a Chilean Christmas fruitcake brings comfort to a Montreal-area baker

Liliana Aguilar Cerda is filling a need by baking pan de pascua for her fellow Chilean-Montrealers. But the baking experience has also filled her own need for comfort.

Harm reduction programs for Quebec drug users await promised funding

The pandemic has worsened the opioid overdose situation in Quebec and the rest of Canada. But funding to help groups who offer supervized injection sites and other services to keep drug users safe has not been delivered, leaving many scrambling.
2021 Charity Drive

BGC Dawson's snow-shovelling brigade is ready to dig out Verdun residents again this winter

This will be the community centre's second year running the initiative which is designed to assist those who have limited mobility, while giving youth some work experience.