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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Letter calls on Toronto city council to impose moratorium on evictions of unhoused people

A letter signed by more than 500 people is calling on Toronto city council to pass a motion that would impose a moratorium on all evictions of unhoused people this winter.

York police, community groups launch campaign to raise awareness of intimate partner violence

York Regional Police and community groups say they have launched a new bus and billboard campaign to draw attention to the "pervasive and truly heartbreaking" problem of intimate partner violence.

Former TDSB trustee wins Scarborough Southwest byelection, city's official results say

Parthi Kandavel, a former Toronto District School Board trustee, was elected Thursday as the new city councillor for Scarborough Southwest, according to official results from the city.

Drivers not being ticketed for violating traffic rules on King Street transit corridor, study finds

More than 99.7 per cent of drivers who violate traffic rules on a stretch of King Street West downtown that is a transit priority corridor are not getting tickets from the Toronto police, a University of Toronto study has found.

Doug Ford government tables legislation to hasten redevelopment of Ontario Place

The Doug Ford government has tabled legislation that will enable it to proceed with its controversial redevelopment of Ontario Place.

Federal government gives $7M to Peel Region for reception centre to welcome asylum seekers

The federal government says it will provide Peel Region with $7 million to help it open a new reception centre near Toronto's Pearson International Airport for asylum seekers. 

Toronto Public Library says services affected by cyberattack to be restored starting in January

Toronto Public Library (TPL) says services affected by an Oct. 28 cybersecurity attack will not begin to be restored until January.

Federal government offers $5M to help Toronto shelter asylum seekers at Exhibition Place

Canada's immigration minister says the federal government has offered $5 million to help the City of Toronto open the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place to create spaces for asylum seekers this winter.

Advocates unveil their own winter homelessness plan, saying Toronto's response 'atrociously inadequate'

Advocates for unhoused people in Toronto presented their own winter homelessness plan on Friday, saying the city isn't doing enough to address the need for safe indoor spaces for people who have nowhere to go.

Brampton mayor calls for more federal help after asylum seeker found dead in Peel Region

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown called for more federal help on Thursday to house asylum seekers, saying a man who sought refuge in Peel Region died while sleeping outside in Mississauga this week.