Amara McLaughlin

Online reporter, CBC Toronto

Amara McLaughlin is a digital journalist at CBC Toronto. Originally from Alberta, she began her journalism career in Calgary but now calls Toronto home. Contact her at:

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Raptors Toronto victory parade marred by organizational problems

Despite what city officials say was "intense" planning, the Toronto Raptors victory parade saw hours of delays amid euphoric chaos. Many people were left stranded without water or sufficient bathroom facilities in the midday heat.

Doug Ford won't march in Toronto Pride parade over exclusion of uniformed police officers

Premier Doug Ford said Monday he will not march in Toronto's Pride parade this month because police are barred from participating while wearing their uniform.

TTC marks environmental milestone as 1st electric bus enters service

The TTC's first battery-powered, zero-emissions bus hit Toronto streets on Monday morning.

End of Beer Store deal has 'huge economic upside' for Ontario craft brewers, alcohol adviser says

The Progressive Conservatives' proposed termination of The Beer Store deal has a "huge economic upside" for Ontario's craft brewers, says the province's top adviser on alcohol. 

Ford government to review Ontario's cycling policy amid surge in e-bikes, scooters

The Progressive Conservative government plans to review the rules of the road for cyclists and a host of electronic vehicles in Ontario, but the transportation minister says he "doesn't see a reason" to re-instate bicycle licences. 

Pickering man who killed pregnant wife handed life sentence, to serve at least 17 years

A Pickering man convicted in the 2017 killing of his pregnant wife has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 17 years.

Drone footage shows extent of flooding in Ontario cottage country as further rain looms

Officials are warning communities in Ontario's cottage country that more devastating flooding could be on the way Wednesday as thousands of residents are "fighting a pretty tough battle" to save their homes.

Flooding in Ontario cottage country 'not near the end' as more rain on the way

Record-high floodwaters in Ontario's cottage country are starting to subside, but officials say they are still on alert because more rain is expected to soak the region later this week.  

Water levels set to peak in Bracebridge, Ont., amid flooding emergency

The mayor of a small Muskoka town warned Friday that rising water levels in a river that edges through the community are set to peak, threatening to flood several properties and force more residents from their homes. 

Man dead in house fire in Toronto's Roncesvalles Village

A man is dead following a "hot and deep-seated" fire in a house in Toronto's Roncesvalles Village neighbourhood late Tuesday evening.

'We're not going away': Labour groups criticize Doug Ford's education changes, protest job cuts

An organized labour group in Ontario wants to derail some of Premier Doug Ford's plans to axe thousands of full-time teaching positions through attrition, while phasing in an increase to intermediate and high school class sizes under the province's education revamp.

Ford government promises $1B to fix Ontario's affordable housing crisis

Premier Doug Ford's government has earmarked more than $1 billion to repair Ontario's languishing affordable housing and to end homelessness.

Doug Ford commits $11.2B for 4 major Toronto-area transit projects

Ontario's government has unveiled its nearly $30-billion transit expansion plan — including a new 15-kilometre "Ontario Line" stretching from Ontario Place to the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto.

Most of Jane Philpott's Liberal riding association leadership quits

Most board members of the federal Liberal riding association for Markham-Stouffville — represented by Jane Philpott — have stepped down in solidarity with the well-liked former cabinet minister, with the board's secretary saying she no longer has "the heart" to back a new candidate.

Murder of Dr. Elana Fric highlights dangers of trying to leave a volatile relationship, experts say

Two days before Dr. Elana Fric was brutally attacked and killed by her husband while their three young children were asleep in the family home, she had served him with divorce papers. The headline-making case is once again thrusting a spotlight on domestic violence and the dangers spouses face when trying to leave a volatile relationship.