Vanessa Balintec


Vanessa Balintec is a reporter for CBC Toronto who likes writing stories about labour, equity and community. She previously worked for stations in New Brunswick and Kitchener-Waterloo. You can reach her at and on Twitter at @vanessabalintec.

Latest from Vanessa Balintec

TTC customers with disabilities, advocates call for province to help expand Wheel-Trans

Advocates say they're concerned that the TTC's plan to divert Wheel-Trans customers into its conventional transit system will leave seniors who depend on the service at risk of injury, making do with trips longer trips and possibly opting to forego public transit entirely.

Ontario is lacking condo managers and some worry it'll only get worse as more units get built

The Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario says buildings can fall into a state of disrepair without enough of them in the field. It's calling for the province and for industry players to develop a plan to recruit and retain managers in the long-term. 

Family of man in crisis shot dead by Toronto police says he 'didn't have to die'

Since Andrew Geisler's death, the family says they have been stuck in a holding pattern until answers arrive from police watchdog the Special Investigations Unit arrive. Until then, they're hoping to honour his memory.

Some Ontario school boards are limiting access to public meetings. It's a complex issue — here's why

Critics say boards need to distinguish between hateful rhetoric and genuine community concern over controversial trustee decisions, and ensure the safety of board members, staff and the community doesn't come at the expense of accountability or transparency.

Parkside Drive still tops list of Toronto's most ticketed roads, a year after speed camera rollout

Since Toronto started its speeding camera program, drivers along Parkside Drive south of Algonquin Avenue racked up a whopping 24,556 speeding tickets from April 2022 to March this year.

Roadside zoo season is set to begin in Ontario and advocates say it's time to shore up animal welfare laws

Animal rights advocates and municipal associations are calling on the Ontario government to shore up animal welfare laws with roadside zoo season set to begin. 

Advocates blast Barrie city council for greenlighting ban on donations to people experiencing homelessness

Barrie city council approved a range of policies that staff can consider and use, including changes to city bylaws that will ban the distribution of tents, tarps, food and groceries in public lands without a permit, and prohibit donations to panhandlers on city streets, intersections and highway ramps.

Looking to gather around a fire pit this weekend? Don't go to Haliburton County, authorities warn

With a wave of cottagers expected to head north this long weekend, authorities are advising visitors to refrain from lighting fires.

Interest in women's basketball peaks ahead of first WNBA game in Canada

Chicago Sky faces the Minnesota Lynx at Scotiabank Arena Saturday evening for a pre-season game. Presale tickets sold out within a few hours according to the league, confirming the market's desire for the sport in Canada.

Advocates, protestors clash at York Catholic school board meeting over flying Pride flag

Advocates and critics clashed at a York Catholic District School Board meeting Tuesday night over the long-standing issue of whether or not the board should raise the rainbow flag during Pride month in June.