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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Northeast teacher unions worry about 'last minute' plans to re-open schools in September

Teacher union leaders in northeastern Ontario say there are some big unanswered questions in the province's plans to re-open schools in September.

Northern Ontario First Nation focuses on feeding families in the face of COVID-19

The sign on the outside of the Atikameksheng library hasn't changed, but inside, the books have been shoved aside and what looks like a grocery store has moved in.

'Mixed feelings' as some northern Ontario First Nations ease border restrictions

Some First Nations in northeastern Ontario have re-opened their borders as COVID-19 numbers drop, others are keeping checkpoints up but allowing more people to travel through them.

Northern Ontario towns say licensing trailers is 'fair' to cottage owners who pay property tax

More and more people are spending their northern Ontario summers in a trailer. And more and more northern towns are looking for a way to control where they set up — and make them pay.

Free breakfast program pops up to help Sudbury homeless through the pandemic

It doesn't look like much. A plastic bag filled with some cereal, a carton of milk, a muffin, a couple of breakfast bars, a chocolate bar and an orange. But as many as 80 people have been lining up at Grace Family Church in Sudbury's Donovan neighbourhood for this free breakfast during the pandemic.

Churches, hair salons and shopping malls across the north re-open their doors

The doors of churches, barber shops and shopping malls will open Friday across northern Ontario. This is the beginning of phase two of the province's re-opening plan as the threat of COVID-19 eases.

'Defund police' movement wants social programs to get some of millions spent on police in northeast

Calls to 'defund police' which came out of the Black Lives Matter protests are now being heard in northern Ontario. Some say it's time to look at the millions spent on policing and see if there's a better way to keep communities safe.

A look inside the old Sudbury hotel that's now home to a homeless shelter

About 35 homeless people in Sudbury are bedding down in an old south end hotel every night during the pandemic. The Off the Street Shelter was moved there, because physical distancing wasn't possible at its downtown location.

M'Chigeeng First Nation to take down controversial checkpoints

Highway checkpoints that restricted travel across Manitoulin Island and stirred up racial tension for the past month are coming down.

Northerners heading out in tents and trailers as province loosens camping restrictions

This will be the first weekend since the province eased some of the restrictions on camping. But this year, getting away from it all in the northern Ontario wilderness doesn't mean leaving the worries of COVID-19 behind.

No symptoms required — some northern assessment centres now doing twice as many COVID-19 tests

Some COVID-19 assessment centres in the northeast have seen a spike in patients since the premier invited everyone to get tested. For the past week, anyone can make an appointment to get tested for the coronavirus, even if they don't have symptoms.

Northern Ontario casinos hoping to re-open, but could face tough times after pandemic

The gambling business in northeastern Ontario could be facing some lean years because of COVID-19. This comes as two multi-million-dollar casinos are being planned for the region.

West Nipissing town council scraps plan to control smell of legal cannabis

The Municipality of West Nipissing has decided not to outlaw the smell of legally-grown cannabis. Council voted down a proposed bylaw Tuesday night that would have required anyone growing cannabis to control the odour of the plants.

'All we ask for is a thank you'— free store for homeless opens in Sudbury Arena

A new store has opened in the Sudbury Arena where the city's homeless can shop for free clothes and hygiene products. It's called Homeless of Champions.

Asylum seekers in Sudbury see essential work during pandemic as 'sacrifice'

The federal government says it is looking for way to recognize asylum seekers who are doing essential work during the pandemic. That could include several dozen refugee claimants living in Sudbury, waiting to hear if they'll be allowed to stay in Canada.