Muriel Draaisma

Muriel Draaisma is a reporter and writer at CBC News in Toronto. She likes to write about social justice issues. She has previously worked for the Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal and Regina Leader-Post. She is originally from B.C. Have an idea for a story? You can reach her at

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Activists hold 'Abolitionist Pride' march to call for dismantling of police and prisons

About 500 people marched in downtown Toronto before the Pride parade on Sunday to call for the abolition of police and the prison system in Ontario.

Charity says demand for program that provides food to summer camps for kids outpacing supply

A Canadian charity says it will not be able to meet the demand for food needed by Toronto summer camps for children and youth this year that it provides through its free summer lunch program.

Vacant building in downtown Hamilton 'a total loss' after massive fire, official says

A vacant commercial building in downtown Hamilton is "a total loss" after a massive fire early Saturday, the city's fire chief says.

Remaining tenants of Swansea Mews forced to leave temporarily after units deemed unsafe

About 70 families still living in a public housing complex where a ceiling collapsed are required to leave as quickly as possible because all units in its buildings have been deemed unsafe to be occupied.

Toronto honours 21 fallen firefighters at ceremony downtown

Toronto firefighters paid respects on Sunday to 21 of their own who died in recent years in the line of duty or from illness that was a direct result of their line of work.

With Toronto police on hand, city workers clear small encampment in downtown park

City workers, with Toronto police officers on standby, cleared a small encampment in a downtown park early Sunday.

Mayor hopes for 'balance' on ActiveTO program after Blue Jays CEO writes letter on road closure

Toronto Mayor John Tory says he hopes city council can strike a "balance" on the issue of a pandemic program that allows residents to walk and bike on a major road in the west end for hours on weekends.

Changes coming to how Toronto handles shelter hotel contracts after overspending, staff say

City corporate real estate staff will handle contracts for emergency shelter hotels from now on after an audit found the city overspent $13.2 million over two years on temporary shelters, a city committee was told on Monday.

Tenants forced to leave community housing complex temporarily due to ceiling collapse

All tenants are being moved out of a Toronto Community Housing complex in the city's west end temporarily after part of a bedroom ceiling collapsed in one unit and seriously injured a woman.

Toronto's top doctor hopeful Ottawa will allow drug decriminalization here after B.C.

Toronto's medical officer of health says she is hopeful that Toronto will be considered if the federal government decides to allow other jurisdictions to join B.C. in decriminalizing small amounts of illicit drugs.