Michael Smee

Reporter, CBC Toronto

Michael Smee has worked in print, radio, TV and online journalism for many years. You can reach him at michael.smee@cbc.ca

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Rogue builders have Peel councillors looking to Queen's Park for help

Peel Region is facing a rash of of rogue contractors who ignore building codes and bar inspectors from their sites, according to local councillors. And they're getting away with it because building inspectors can't legally enter a dwelling without the owner's permission, unless it's a life-threatening emergency.

Feud over renovations turns east-end semi-detached house into battleground

An ongoing project in an east-end semi-detached home has triggered a bitter feud between the two households who live there — prompting the city to remind homeowners to clearly communicate with their neighbours about potentially disruptive renovations.

Why tiny backyard homes might be the next big thing in Toronto

Councillors are set to take the next step towards legalizing a new kind of housing: garden suites as the housing committee takes up the issue on Tuesday at Toronto city hall.

Plunge in city parking revenue due to pandemic is 'staggering,' Toronto councillor says

As the city struggles to balance the 2021 budget in the face of a worsening pandemic, councillors are coming to grips with a steep drop in revenue from the Toronto Parking Authority. Coun. Brad Bradford calls the figures "staggering," but not surprising.

Why the COVID-19 pandemic has TDSB searching for thousands of absent students — and possibly $42M

Thousands of children appear to have fallen off the Toronto District School Board's radar in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic — and the board's budget is taking a serious hit because of it, TDSB staff say in a new report.

'For every rat you see, there are 10 more,' resident says as Mississauga neighbourhood battles rodent invasion

A Mississauga neighbourhood is battling a rat infestation that is so bad, residents and local politicians are calling on the Peel regional government for financial aid to get rid of the pests.

Think this is the side yard of a mansion? It's a vacant lot the city could auction off starting at $620K

It may look like the side yard of the pricey Forest Hill mansion beside it. But this is a separate lot that could go on the auction block so the city can recoup $620,000 in unpaid property taxes.

Ford says he's set to extend rent protection for small businesses days after evictions resume

The provincial government is set to extend its ban on small business evictions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Doug Ford said on Friday.

City taking province to court over bill critics say will make evictions too easy for landlords

Toronto city council has waded into the debate over the province's controversial Bill 184 - a new law that critics say makes it too easy for landlords to evict tenants who've fallen behind in their rent.

Invasion of the creepy-crawlies: Southern Ontario residents battling plague of caterpillars

After struggling for years to control the invasive Asian longhorned beetle, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced the tree-killing insect has finally been eradicated in Canada.