John Rieti

John Rieti is the senior producer of digital at CBC Toronto. Born and raised in Newfoundland, John has worked in CBC newsrooms across the country. In Toronto, he's covered everything from the Blue Jays to Toronto city hall. Outside of work, catch him cycling in search of the city's best coffee.

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CBC Investigates

Mom who lost son to tainted drugs disgusted by business-led push to move potential supervised consumption site

A Barrie, Ont., mother whose son died from consuming tainted drugs says she was disgusted to discover the city's business leaders are spending $28,000 on a lobbying firm to have a proposed supervised consumption site moved away from the downtown area.

For Osie the rescue cat, 2020 was just perfect

A little black and white cat was one of 347 rescued from a single, squalid two-bedroom Toronto apartment in 2019. This year, during lockdowns one and two, she's become the best thing of her owner's year.

Toronto seeks consultant to potentially undercut street sweeping environmental standards

Councillors weren't told directly, but city staff are prepared to spend thousands on a consultant who will make recommendations that could undercut environmental standards when it comes to street sweeping in Toronto.

Lobbyist's cash payments to campaigner may be offside with Canadian tax law

Legal expert warns the way major lobbying firm used a loophole in Ontario's Municipal Elections Act "effectively blows a hole in the entire election finance regime."
CBC Investigates

Council candidate says lobbying firm paid him cash to help Toronto councillors win election

The new disclosure sheds light on a practice where lobbyists can pay for people to canvass during an election without prospective councillors ever knowing who's helping them — and without a public paper trail. 

Toronto's photo radar systems nab 15,000 more drivers speeding in school zones

Mayor John Tory has said the city needs more data before adding more cameras, but road safety advocates say it's clear the cameras are working.

City extends privatized waste collection deal without competition ahead of blue box changes

The City of Toronto has quietly extended its residential waste collection contract with Green For Life until 2023, but isn't saying how much it's spending on the deal or how much more homeowners might pay right now.

Ford government reveals proposed changes to blue box recycling program

The Ontario government has released a new proposal to dramatically change how recycling is handled in the province — one that transfers responsibility for dealing with waste to producers.

Auditor says Toronto overpaid snow-clearing contractors by $7M as public complaints piled up

After a blizzard of complaints about snow-clearing in the city last winter, Toronto’s auditor says staff should be using GPS data to make sure contractors are getting the work done.
CBC Investigates

Ontario won't allow cannabis cafes — for now — as health officials raise concerns

Health experts from across the province and business groups are completely at odds on whether or not Doug Ford’s government should broaden the number of places pot can be sold and smoked, documents obtained by CBC Toronto show.