Patrick Swadden

Reporter/Producer

Patrick is a reporter and producer for CBC News in Toronto. He is from Vancouver, BC, where he previously worked for CityNews and reported on the overdose crisis.

Latest from Patrick Swadden

Toronto Tesla owners can now use self-driving mode downtown. But safety experts are worried

Tesla drivers can finally use the company’s Full Self-Driving software in downtown Toronto, but that's got some road safety advocates concerned.

A Hyundai dealer handed her a $7K repair bill. Here's why an expert says that's 'outrageous'

Daryan Coryat says she could hardly believe it when a Barrie, Ont. Hyundai dealership handed her a $7,000 repair bill for her SUV. Coryat wants Baytowne Hyundai to help pay the cost, saying the dealership didn't take proper care of the vehicle while it sat for eight months on the lot.

Hope for the slopes: Ontario ski industry looking to bounce back after 2 difficult years

Experts expect an exceptional ski and snowboard season after the last three were disrupted by COVID-19. They say it's due to a trend towards outdoor sports that's emerged over the pandemic, a lack of restrictions on ski resorts this year and good weather.

Number of Canadians relying on charities increasing due to rising cost of living, poll suggests

More Canadians are using services offered by charities to meet essential needs such as food, clothing and shelter, according to a new poll. The Ipsos survey says 22 per cent of Canadians plan on accessing charitable services, representing an eight per cent increase over a similar poll from January.

Notwithstanding clause puts 'dark cloud' over collective bargaining, union leaders warn

Leaders from the province’s education and teachers’ unions are expressing serious concern over the impact Bill 28, a law that imposed contracts on 55,000 CUPE education workers and banned them from striking, will have on their current contract negotiations with the government.

With ERs under strain, primary care also 'in crisis,' health experts warn

With emergency room wait times soaring in Ontario, many doctors are sounding the alarm over the obstacles primary health care providers face in alleviating the strain on hospitals.

If you live in Ontario, you'll pay less for electricity, effective today

Ontario's electricity and natural gas regulator announced a decrease in the price of electricity, effective Nov. 1. Experts say this is a good time for Ontarians to assess whether time-of-use or tiered plans work better for their households.

Mayoral candidate Gil Penalosa looks to ban gas-powered leaf blowers if elected

Mayoral candidate Gil Penalosa says he would ban two-stroke gas-powered leaf blowers if elected. Experts say they are heavy polluters and can produce poor health outcomes for residents and operators alike.

Residents fed up with odour that 'smells like sewage' at King and Strachan

Local residents are upset over the sewage smell at King Street West and Strachan Avenue, which they say has been there for over a year now. An expert says sewage contains microbial pathogens that can have harmful health effects.

Scarborough parents call on school, TDSB to do more to prevent vaping in washrooms

A group of Scarborough parents is calling on their children's school and the Toronto District School Board to crack down on vaping. This comes after complaints that some students at Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute have had to go elsewhere just to use the room.

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