Ali Raza

Ali Raza is a journalist at CBC News Toronto and CBC Radio. Born and raised in Brampton, Ontario, Ali has worked in community newsrooms across the Greater Toronto Area covering politics, crime, breaking news, and more. Have a news tip? Send it over to

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Business and restaurant owners left confused, frustrated with rollout of vaccine passport

Businesses and restaurants in Toronto are saying they're confused and frustrated with the province's vaccine rollout plan, saying there are many unanswered questions regarding enforcement, verification, and financial support.

Mississauga man sentenced to more than 11 years in U.S. prison for money laundering scheme

A 36-year-old man from Mississauga, Ont. was sentenced to more than 140 months in prison and ordered to pay $30 million in restitution after he pleaded guilty to money laundering charges in a U.S. district court on Sept. 9.

Unions demand better protection for workers during COVID-19 pandemic at Toronto Labour Day march

Union representatives were out in force in Toronto on Labour Day, calling for workers' rights to be central to the post-pandemic recovery.

Vaccine passports crucial to prevent future COVID-19 lockdowns, hospitality industry says

Ontario's beleaguered hospitality industry is hoping the province will announce a vaccine certification system, saying it's one of the best ways to keep employees and customers safe.

Toronto man, 21, facing charges after gunfire at Yorkdale Mall

A 21-year-old Toronto man is facing multiple charges following a shooting in Yorkdale Mall on Sunday afternoon. Police are still looking for a second suspect involved.

Peel's top doctor won't rule out vaccine certificate alternative if Ontario doesn't step up with its own

The top doctor for one of Ontario's largest municipalities says he is exploring options for a proof-of-vaccine system if the province doesn't step up with one.

Toronto-area music fests return to outdoor live shows after 18-month pandemic pause

Toronto-area artists, musicians and directors are excited about performing in this weekend's music festivals, including MixTO and Carassauga, after a year and a half without live entertainment because of the pandemic.

Toronto is designed for a climate that doesn't exist anymore and it needs to 'face the reality,' experts say

Toronto is designed for a climate that doesn't exist anymore, experts say, and they warn the city has to come up with a better plan to cope with the smog, heat waves, floods and storms that are plaguing it right now.

Federal vote can be safe despite COVID-19 but parties must avoid 'nightmare scenario,' experts say

With Canadians expected to go to the polls in September, experts say it's important for Elections Canada to have enough time to prepare safe polling stations that follow local health guidelines and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Canada's new Olympic champions call for more support for women's soccer at home

After its historic gold-medal win at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday, Canada's national team is calling for more support for women's soccer in the country.