Samantha Beattie

Samantha Beattie is a journalist based in Toronto. She has worked as a Senior Reporter at HuffPost Canada and before that at the Toronto Star covering city hall.

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3-year-old Ontario girl in urgent need of rare mixed-ethnicity stem-cell donor

Leia Fallico's life depends on a stem cell donation — the only cure for a rare genetic disorder that's causing her bone marrow to fail. But of the 40 million registered donors worldwide, not a single one was a match for the little girl this spring.

Indian consulate says teachers' lessons on farmer protests could 'poison' relations with Canada

The Indian consulate in Toronto is attempting to silence teachers giving lessons about the ongoing protests by predominantly Sikh farmers in India, claiming they are a security threat and part of a "conspiracy to sabotage the goodwill" between India and Canada.

Hundreds at Catholic health network demand church apologize for residential schools

Close to 500 doctors, nurses and other workers from one of Canada's largest Catholic health-care networks have signed an open letter calling for Toronto's archbishop and the church to take concrete steps towards reconciliation.

Toronto's LGBTQ community pushes to reclaim safe spaces following alleged hate crime

There's a dwindling number of places LGBTQ community members feel safe in Toronto following an alleged hate-motivated attack near Hanlan's Point last weekend, advocates say. 

Welcome spiders into your home and say no to pest control, expert says

The pest control sales pitch to rid her Toronto home of spiders and centipedes really bugged Royal Ontario Museum entomologist Antonia Guidotti. 

Black employees slam Ontario Public Service for rampant, systemic racism

Five employees of Ontario Public Service who are Black say they've been excluded from dozens of opportunities to move up, denied overtime and sick days and suffered demeaning comments because of the organization's systemic racism.

Damning report finds 'persistent and unyielding' anti-Black racism in Ontario's public service

The head of the public service in Ontario has apologized to employees for systemic anti-Black racism with the organization, following a damning external review that found discrimination and harassment within it are "persistent and unyielding."

The behind-the-scenes, back-alley push to get Toronto's Chinatown vaccinated against COVID-19

Matthew Pi's mission was to cover all of Toronto's Kensington-Chinatown neighbourhood one week in mid-May encouraging everyone he encountered to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and urging them to spread the word.

Black Metrolinx workers fired for failing background checks make their case before human rights tribunal

When Thairu Taban and Josslyn Mounsey landed dispatcher jobs at Metrolinx in May 2019, it felt like everything was falling into place. But then they were suddenly fired for failing Toronto police background checks despite having no criminal records.

Toronto woman fights to set record straight after false positive COVID-19 test

When Kirsti Stephenson heard back from Shoppers Drug Mart Saturday that she had tested positive for COVID-19, she says she was terrified her elderly parents would get it too. She was also completely baffled about how she could have caught it.