Zach Dubinsky

Senior Writer, CBC Investigations Unit

Zach Dubinsky is an investigative journalist. His reporting on offshore tax havens (including the Paradise Papers and Panama Papers), political corruption and organized crime has won multiple national and international awards. Phone: 416-205-7553. Twitter: @DubinskyZach Email

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CBC Investigates

More protections needed against police no-knock raids, lawyers say

A number of recent cases of police raids in Canada that went off the rails point to the need to reconsider how they’re done, some legal experts say. That could mean everything from Criminal Code amendments to requiring officers to video-record their operations.
CBC Investigates

Police smash couple's living room window with armoured vehicle in drug raid that finds nothing

Looking for a drug den, police smashed their way into an Alberta couple's home firing tear gas. But their evidence "amounted to a hill of beans," one lawyer says. No-knock raids like this are executed hundreds of times a year in Canada — though some police forces have mostly abandoned the practice.
CBC Investigates

Co-founder of illegal CAFE pot shops dies in Mexico

Jon Galvano, who co-founded the CAFE chain of unlicensed cannabis dispensaries that gained fame in Toronto for repeatedly flouting law enforcement attempts to shutter them, has died in Mexico, CBC has confirmed.
CBC Investigates

Ottawa Senators owner took Caribbean superyacht vacation during pandemic — and it went horribly, lawsuits say

Eugene Melnyk and his girlfriend wanted a relaxing, luxury Christmas cruise in the Caribbean with family and friends. Instead, the owner of the Ottawa Senators and his holiday group got repeatedly seasick and feared for their lives, according to two lawsuits.
CBC Investigates

Federal pledge to publicly disclose who owns some private companies catches provinces off-guard

Ottawa says it's taking aim at financial crime with its pledge in last week's budget to create a publicly accessible database of the true owners of private companies. But experts say the change will be toothless without the support of the provinces and territories.

As ICUs fill up, doctors confront grim choice of who gets life-saving care

The moment every health-care worker dreads is drawing perilously near in Ontario — when a lack of ICU beds means doctors will have to decide who gets potentially life-saving care and who doesn't.

CRA has found 35 cases of tax dodging in the Panama Papers leak, 5 years later

Five years after one of the world's biggest leaks of financial records exposed the tax-haven dealings of politicians, athletes, celebrities and mobsters, the Canada Revenue Agency has found missing money in 35 of the hundreds of Canadian cases it has analyzed.

Doctor who caught coronavirus variant will 'vigorously defend' against charge she obstructed contact tracing

An Ontario physician and her husband — the first people in Canada known to have caught the coronavirus variant originally detected in the U.K. — are vowing to fight public health charges alleging they provided false information to health officials about their contacts. 

Doctor gone from 2 nursing homes after being charged with obstructing COVID-19 contact tracing

An Ontario doctor who caught the coronavirus variant is no longer on the medical team at two nursing homes east of Toronto, after it was revealed this week that she's been charged with obstruction for allegedly misleading health officials about her contacts.

Ontario couple faces charges over 1st Canadian cases of new COVID-19 strain, detected only by fluke

The first known cases in Canada of a variant of the coronavirus first reported in the U.K. were discovered only by fluke, and the couple who fell ill are now facing public-health charges, CBC News has learned.