Erik White


Erik White is a CBC journalist based in Sudbury. He covers a wide range of stories about northern Ontario. Connect with him on Twitter @erikjwhite. Send story ideas to

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Northern Ontario Vietnam veteran one of 30,000 Canadians who signed up

In the late 1960s, while thousands of young Americans were trying to get into Canada to avoid the Vietnam War, Wayne Golden was headed south and desperate to get into the fight.

Ontario government sells 37 properties, including old Sault jail and North Bay police station

It's been a year since the province announced plans to raise $135 million by selling unused government buildings and land. So far, only a few properties have been sold and a couple are here in northeastern Ontario.

Uprising of Franco-Ontarian community started a year ago with 'perfect storm'

It's been a year since Ontario Francophones rose up to fight service cuts from the provincial government and some say it has permanently changed the community's place within Canada.

Timmins city council says higher speed limits will give it leg up on Sudbury

Timmins city council is asking the province to let drivers go faster on Highways 101 and 144 so that workers at a proposed gold mine might choose to fly into Timmins instead of Sudbury.

New $15M 'temporary' school opens in Kashechewan First Nation

A year after the old school was shutdown for being unsafe, kids in Kashechewan have started classes in a brand new elementary school. It's a happy moment for the community, but the school question is far from answered in this First Nation in Ontario's Far North.

Georgian Bay wind farm expected to power bright future for Henvey Inlet First Nation

The largest wind farm in Canada is now generating power on the shores of Georgian Bay south of Sudbury — and, in the future, what could be just as big is a new model for working with First Nations. 

James Bay Cree First Nation looks to banish drug dealers and alcohol bootleggers

The addiction crisis is pushing one northern Ontario First Nation to consider banishing people who sell illegal drugs and alcohol.

What history tells us about minority governments and what they mean for northern Ontario

Federal election 2019 is in the books, but the political games are far from over. Two veteran northern Ontario politicians look back on minority governments of the past and look ahead to how this one might turn out.

Middle class voters in northern Ontario interested in child care, tax cuts

Much of this federal election campaign has focused on the middle class. And one unlikely place you'll find them is in the small northern Ontario town of Echo Bay.

Sault Ste. Marie candidates spar over steel industry, Doug Ford

The future of the industrial economy in Sault Ste. Marie was front and centre at the final debate for the five would-be MPs. For some candidates that means championing the local steel sector, for others it means figuring out if the potential risks of a proposed smelter outweigh the hundreds of jobs that would come with it.

Indigenous voters in northern Ontario uninspired by federal election campaign

One of the many questions as we approach election day is how many Indigenous voters will cast a ballot.  In 2015, voter turnout on First Nations in northeastern Ontario surged up to 63 per cent from 45 per cent the previous election.

Northern Ontario gun owners fear 'intentionally vague' Liberal plan will lead to wider gun ban

A Liberal proposal to ban "military-style" rifles is re-igniting the gun control debate in northern Ontario. Some fear this is just the start of a crackdown on legal gun owners. 

Pipeline politics could re-ignite in northern Ontario if Conservatives win

The Conservatives are promising to revive the idea of a cross-country oil pipeline if they form government after next week's election. That would likely stir up those in northern Ontario who fought the Energy East pipeline a few years ago. 

Liberals and New Democrats square off in Nickel Belt debate

The riding of Nickel Belt has long been a battleground between the Liberals and New Democrats. That was on display last night, as the red and orange candidates took aim at each other during a debate in Val Caron.

Northern Ontario voters focused on the politics of climate change

Three northern Ontario voters focused on climate change size up the political promises and plans in this election and their hopes for the future of the planet.