Mary Wiens

Journalist/ Producer | Metro Morning

Mary Wiens is a veteran broadcaster and a regular on Metro Morning. Her wide-ranging beat includes stories that are sometimes tragic, often funny, occasionally profound and always human. Work that is often honoured with RTDNA awards (The Association of Electronic Journalists). One of her favourite places - Yonge Street. "It's the heart and soul of Toronto," says Wiens. "Toronto's Main Street!"

Latest from Mary Wiens

'The hidden homeless': Downtown Toronto gets new women's shelter in wake of 2 deaths

Neighbours were invited to attend an open house at the new four-storey, YWCA-run shelter that occupies a long, narrow lot at 348 Davenport Road.

Girl, 5, fatally struck in school parking lot had already fought cancer in her short life, family friend says

A friend of the Toronto family whose five-year-old daughter was fatally struck in a school drop-off area says the little girl was in remission after cancer treatment. Ana Paula Carrera says although the parents are heartbroken, she’s struck by their strength and faith.

'We're allowed to stay here forever': Deportation order for Mexican family overturned

Three Toronto boys are overjoyed to return to school this week — a dream that often seemed impossible given the threat of deportation hanging over their family.

Old Mill bridge transformed into canvas for Indigenous art

Phil Cote's murals underneath the Old Mill subway bridge tell the Indigenous creation story, which he hopes will one day be taught in schools across the country.

Company that builds electrical transformers in Vaughan transforms refugees' lives

Two Syrian-Armenian brothers grew up in Aleppo when it was a safe haven for their families. Today, at their Vaughn factory, they offer a fresh start for a new generation of Syrian-Armenian refugees after Aleppo became the most dangerous battleground in Syria.

Homeless, living at the the airport, the turning point for 1 man and his son

At 28, Prince Tutankhamun is making up for lost time with two-year-old Jordan. He spent his 20s couch-hopping, sleeping in stairways of low-rent towers on Weston Road and finally in the departures lounge at Pearson International Airport; adrift and homeless.

Formerly homeless man helps others find housing

Two years ago Carl Tebo was homeless. Now, he delights in feeding other people who are on the financial edge.

Going Back: Inspired by his late mother, retired accountant goes back to university

After a career of almost 40 years as an accountant, retiree Mark Woodruff, 62, has gone back to university to take history. He says he was inspired by his late mother's long experience with continuing education.

Project helps Syrian refugees in Toronto jumpstart careers

Monday is World Refugee Day, an opportunity to celebrate initatives like The Refugee Career Jumpstart Project. It's the brainchild of three Syrian-Canadians who wanted to help their fellow Syrians when they began arriving late last year.

Syrian refugees cooking up a storm in Toronto restaurants

A unique project cooked up by a Toronto chef is proving the old adage that food is the great unifier. Newcomer Kitchen is the work of Len Senater, the owner of a popular breakfast and brunch spot on College Street called The Depanneur.