Jane Gerster

Jane Gerster is an award-winning reporter based in Toronto.

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Neil Pasricha went from being a shy kid to an author and public speaker. He has a teacher to thank

Neil Pasricha talks — a lot. The New York Times bestselling author is well-known for his popular Ted Talk, "How do you maximize your tiny, short life?" But that might not have happened without the support of one special teacher, who the author recently got a chance to thank.

Man shot by police in bank hostage-taking was mentally ill, wanted to talk to Trump, inquest hears

A Royal Bank of Canada teller was working on Dec. 13, 2017 when a man walked in and held her hostage along with more than a dozen other people.

Following controversy, U of T resumes search for International Human Rights Program director

Nine months after the University of Toronto Faculty of Law came under fire for withdrawing a job offer from a highly-regarded scholar, the university says it’s beginning its search again.

Toronto's Latino community — 7 times more likely to contract COVID-19 than others — wants more support

Members of Toronto’s Latino community are nearly seven times more likely to contract COVID-19 than their white counterparts, according to new data from Toronto Public Health.

Mistaken arrest of Black teen a case of racial profiling, family says

Dave Bosveld says his 17-year-old godson was driving in north Toronto on March 31 when vehicles started ramming his car and boxing him in. The teen was dragged from the car and handcuffed by undercover officers from Peel and Toronto. Except the teenager wasn't who police thought they were arresting.

'It could be me': Murder trial in George Floyd's killing sparks fresh feelings of anger, grief

This week, the graphic details of George Floyd's killing have been on full display as the white police officer charged with his murder began his trial. As a result, many people — particularly those in the Black community — are struggling with fresh feelings of anger, grief, and hopelessness.

Toronto passes 'sobering milestone,' hits 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Toronto's top doctor Eileen de Villa says the city has passed a "sobering milestone," marking more than 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 2,700 deaths. The announcement comes just one day before the anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic.

Toronto, Peel region ask to move to COVID-19 grey zone, caution against 'chasing normal too quickly'

The move would still see the regions locked down but with what Toronto's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa called "more flexibility." The province says it will make an announcement on Friday.

City of Toronto seeking $187K from Etobicoke BBQ owner who defied lockdown

The City of Toronto sent Adam Skelly a demand letter in December. Skelly posted some of the invoice to Instagram with a yes/no poll asking people whether he should pay it.

Health experts call for closer scrutiny of 'off-label' drugs

"Off-label" prescriptions -- using drugs to treat illnesses for which they haven't been approved by Health Canada -- is a growing "social experiment" in Canada that demands more careful scrutiny, experts say.

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