Muriel Draaisma

Muriel Draaisma is a reporter and writer at CBC News based in Toronto. She is originally from Vancouver, B.C. Have an idea for a story? You can reach her at

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Over 400 Ontario doctors criticize provincial decision to keep schools closed until fall

More than 400 doctors have sent a letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford that criticizes his decision to keep schools closed to in-person learning this academic year, saying he is prioritizing industry over children.

BIA calls on city to remove statue of Alexander Wood in Toronto's gay village

A business improvement area is demanding that Toronto remove a bronze statue in the city's gay village because it says it represents a man linked to an organization that created a residential school.

Ontario faces pressure to shift COVID-19 vaccine 2nd doses to hot-spot communities

Pressure is growing on the province to develop a new hot-spot vaccination strategy that would send second doses to communities hard-hit by COVID-19 in an effort to stop the spread of the Delta variant and prevent a fourth wave.

City halts construction of fence in park near Scarborough Bluffs

The city has halted construction of a two-metre high fence in a park near the Scarborough Bluffs after an outcry from residents on Facebook, and a Toronto councillor says the city will hold a community meeting about the project soon. The fence was designed to keep people from climbing on the cliffs.

'Get Vaxxed': COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be held at Toronto strip club on Yonge Street

An advocacy organization is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at a Toronto strip club on Friday in the hopes of providing first doses to sex workers.

Toronto honours 215 children found buried at B.C. residential school with vigil, memorial

Members of Toronto's Indigenous communities and residents held a candlelight vigil at Nathan Phillips Square on Sunday evening in honour of the 215 children whose bodies were discovered on the grounds of a residential school in Kamloops, B.C.

More than 2 million COVID-19 doses administered in Toronto, city says

Health care workers have administered more than two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Toronto, the city announced on Saturday, as officials continue to urge residents to get the shot. A medical expert, meanwhile, says the vaccines are 'incredibly' safe.

Ontario Liberal leader calls on premier to allow regional approach to school reopening

Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca is calling on the provincial government to let local public health units decide if and when schools in their regions should reopen this school year as COVID-19 case numbers continue to drop — and at least one regional medical officer of health agrees.

Over 2,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine issued at pop-up clinic held at Toronto city hall

The city of Toronto is holding a pop-up vaccination clinic in the city hall rotunda on Sunday for people aged 12 and older with priority being given to those from hot spot postal codes.

Seed library takes root in northwest Toronto neighbourhood to help it tackle food insecurity

A community organizer has put together a seed library in the hopes of helping a northwest Toronto neighbourhood tackle food insecurity.