Farrah Merali


Farrah Merali is an award-winning reporter at CBC Toronto with a passion for politics, investigative journalism and urban health issues. She previously worked as the early morning reporter at CBC Vancouver. Follow her at @FarrahMerali

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Ontario registered practical nurses tell health minister they're not being 'fairly compensated'

The union representing registered practical nurses in Ontario says it is optimistic, following a meeting with Health Minister Christine Elliott on issues facing health-care workers.

In the pandemic's shadow, the opioid overdose epidemic in Washington rages on

While daily new COVID-19 cases are now averaging in the single digits in Washington, the opioid crisis there is showing no sign of letting up, making outreach services increasingly vital.

Staff, volunteers at Toronto vaccine clinics cite verbal abuse, bullying by those trying to secure 2nd dose

Staff and volunteers at some pop-up vaccination clinics in the city are calling out the aggressive behaviour and verbal assaults they have faced from residents seeking a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, despite not yet being eligible. 

Ontario seniors 'living in fear' of COVID-19 feel forgotten in vaccine rollout plan

Figures from Public Health Ontario show that more than a third of COVID-19 deaths in Ontario are adults 60 and over who aren't in long-term care. Advocates, health experts and seniors in Ontario themselves are calling for older adults in the community to be vaccinated for COVID-19 sooner.

How Ghanaian-Canadians' push for a Toronto community centre fell victim to COVID-19

After five years of pursuing a site at 150 Rivalda Rd. in North Toronto for a community centre, the Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario has learned the building is off the table. The city says it's needed to help in battle against the novel coronavirus.

How the pandemic is preventing some landlords from evicting tenants who endanger their safety

Two Toronto landlords are speaking out after failing to evict tenants who have put their health and safety at risk during COVID-19. That's because the Ontario government implemented a moratorium on evictions to ensure people can stay in their homes during the pandemic.
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I went to get tested for COVID-19. Here's what it was like

This week has seen a shift in testing in Ontario, with the Ford government now encouraging anyone who wants to get a test to get one. So CBC Toronto reporter Farrah Merali thought she'd put that to the test to see how easy it really is. 

'Invisible disability': Masks making it harder to communicate, deaf and hard of hearing say

The task of communicating has become increasingly difficult for the deaf or hard of hearing because so many people have begun wearing masks during the pandemic. Many who are hard of hearing rely on lipreading and 70 per cent of sign language relies on facial expressions and body movements.

Off the ventilator but not yet on his feet: The long road to recovery from COVID-19

Doctors say there are still a lot of unknowns about COVID-19, the recovery period and what some of the long-term impacts may be. Researchers hoping to understand more about the disease are now beginning the task of trying to map out the spectrum of cases.

Hundreds of Ontario doctors have come out of retirement or offered to redeploy during pandemic

According to numbers provided to CBC Toronto from the Canadian Medical Protective Association, at least 93 doctors in Ontario who had retired or taken a form of leave, returned to work in direct response to the pandemic. Hundreds more have offered to redeploy to where they're needed.