Shanifa Nasser

Reporter, CBC Toronto

Shanifa Nasser is an award-winning journalist interested in national security, the justice system and stories with a heartbeat. Her work has led to two investigations by CBC's The Fifth Estate. She was previously a Munk Journalism Fellow and holds an MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Toronto.

Latest from Shanifa Nasser

Ontario announces new drug detecting scanners at 10 jails, but critics have questions

CBC Toronto revealed last week that jail guards at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ont. scanned a 26-year-old man as negative for illicit substances before he died with a ruptured bag of fentanyl hidden inside his body last year.
CBC Investigates

Jail guards scanned him as negative for drugs. He died hours later with fentanyl hidden in his body

A post-mortem report into the death of 26-year-old Jordan Sheard last June reveals that before he entered Ontario’s Lindsay jail, Sheard was twice checked for drugs — and both times cleared by correctional officers, before he died with fentanyl hidden inside his body.
CBC Investigates

Black man with mental illness obeyed police order to lie on the ground before he was Tasered, report reveals

In the moments before Clive Mensah was Tasered by Peel Regional Police in the backyard of his own home, the 30-year-old Black man with mental illness, had obeyed orders to lie face down on the ground and was not holding a weapon or other object at the time. The details are part of a post-mortem report that sheds new light on the Mississauga, Ont., man's fatal encounter with police in November 2019.

'How precious they were': Remembering Toronto's Iran plane crash victims one year later

University students, professionals and parents with young children from across the Greater Toronto Area were among the 176 victims of an ill-fated Ukrainian airliner downed in Tehran on Jan. 8, 2020. These are their stories.
CBC Investigates

Jail guards violated use-of-force policies in fatal restraint of Soleiman Faqiri, court documents suggest

Shackled, pepper-sprayed, and lying face down wearing a spit hood. Nearly four years to the day that Soleiman Faqiri died on the floor of a jail cell, newly filed court documents suggest the guards who restrained him in the final moments of his life violated their use-of-force rules.

Manslaughter charges laid against guards involved in hospital restraint that led to Toronto woman's death

Two hospital guards involved in an altercation that led to the death of Danielle Stephanie Warriner, a 43-year-old Toronto woman, have been charged with manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death, CBC News has learned.
CBC Investigates

She was restrained by hospital guards and later died. A security camera was 'purposely turned' as it happened

A coroner's report obtained by CBC News reveals Danielle Stephanie Warriner had been "sitting calmly" in the hospital's lobby when a group of guards approached — and that a security camera was "purposely turned away" for more than two minutes as they restrained her.

She survived the Holocaust and died of COVID-19. Her family says pandemic's human toll is lost in the numbers

Malvina Shabes survived the atrocities of the Holocaust and went on to live another 75 years, but COVID-19 took her in only a matter of days. Her son Jeff shared her story with CBC News in hopes that it would prompt more people to pay attention to the human toll behind the daily tally of COVID cases and deaths.  

Iran's #MeToo movement makes waves in Toronto as calls mount for festival to cut ties with celebrated artist

Accusations of sexual assault against one of Iran’s most celebrated visual artists are making waves in Toronto’s Iranian community — with many saying they represent a critical moment not only in the burgeoning #MeToo movement inside Iran, but also for community leaders abroad to take a stand against a culture of impunity they say has too long shielded perpetrators at all levels of power. 

Trust, support are missing ingredients in curbing COVID-19 in Toronto's hardest-hit areas, experts say

As officials urge careful adherence to public health measures, some warn that messaging isn't good enough for communities hardest hit by the novel coronavirus — and that the cracks will only widen unless the community organizations those neighbourhoods trust get the support they need.