Ali Chiasson

Reporter, CBC Toronto

From teleprompter to Associate Producer, Ali Chiasson worked many desks at CBC News Network before stepping in front of the cameras at CBC Toronto. Ali covers a wide range of breaking and feature stories and has a special knack for people profiles. Off the clock, Ali is happiest walking through Bloordale with headphones on, picking through local produce markets, sipping bubble tea and snapping pics of street art.

Latest from Ali Chiasson


How bleeding, trembling, talking mannequins train hospital staff to save your life

Hands-on learning is fundamental in many workplaces and at St. Michael's Hospital, the operating room is no different.

Metrolinx to consult Ontario privacy watchdog before sharing ridership data

Metrolinx will consult with Ontario's privacy commissioner before it shares any "anonymized" GO Transit ridership data with private companies interested in buying the naming rights of GO stations, a spokesperson says.

Fake honey still pouring into Canada, and local beekeepers are feeling the sting

Fake honey cut with corn syrup, rice, beet and other sugars is still pouring into Canada and onto grocery store shelves. Local producers have been abuzz about the food fraud for years. 

Pothole City: 2019 will be a bumpy ride but there could be a high-tech fix

With temperatures going up and down, you'll be seeing a lot of potholes on our roads — a problem that costs the city millions of dollars. But a group of engineers might have a high-tech way to spot the devastating divots before they form.

Hurt firefighter out of hospital after fire blackens unit, hallway

A Toronto firefighter has been released from hospital after he suffered minor smoke inhalation early Wednesday while he was helping to extinguish a highrise fire in East York. The fire blackened an apartment unit, a hallway and balcony.

Canada has a new team of doctors, researchers dedicated to better understanding MS

Over the next five years, a team led by an expert at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital will try to gain a better understanding of how Multiple Sclerosis progresses in patients.

One of Toronto's oldest houses enters the 21st Century with a high-tech makeover

It turns out, Wi-Fi-activated blinds, a fancy fridge and a Roomba vacuum are not enough to drown-out the real story about what makes the house at 469 Broadview special. It’s a glimpse back in time.

Popular Toronto restaurant invited to set up food stall at ramen museum in Japan

Ryus Noodle Bar, a popular Toronto ramen restaurant, will soon be serving noodles on the other side of the world at the Ramen Museum in Yokohama, Japan.

Security guard accuses supervisors of crossing 'a racial line' with talk about his hair

Ainab Abdullahi is in the beginning stages of filing a human rights complaint against his employer, GardaWorld after what he calls a "humiliating" racial conversation about what to do with his natural hair.

Airline passenger stranded without wheelchair at airport calls for better treatment of travellers

A woman with disabilities is speaking out after she got off a Sunwing Airlines flight only to find she was stranded without a wheelchair at Pearson International Airport.

Popular hair salon to close as rising taxes, soaring rents change face of West Queen West

The scissors will soon be silenced at a popular Queen Street West hair salon because of the changing neighbourhood and the seemingly ever-increasing rents along the street, its owners say.

U of T researchers developing tool to jam facial recognition software

While your selfie might get lots of “likes” on social media, companies and perhaps fraudsters might “like” your face even more, because they can profit from it. Now, a Toronto researcher has found a way for internet users to opt out.

Trans voters worry about outing themselves at the polls after receiving voter cards with old names

Despite legally changing their names and genders, some trans and non-binary voters received voter identification cards last month under their old names. They're worried they'll be forced to "out" themselves at the polls.

Ontario sledge hockey team finally gets Tim Hortons sponsorship cash after 5 months of phone tag

Tim Hortons is apologizing and pledging its ongoing support for Ontario's top men's sledge hockey team after the head coach spent five months emailing and calling, looking for the $7,500 in sponsorship funds the company had promised.

Warm weather not thawing tensions between city, King Street restaurants over pilot project

Here comes the sun, and the customers— or so restaurateurs hoped this week along a few touristy blocks of King Street West. But they say they're still losing money almost seven months after the city launched the King Street Pilot Project.