Derick Deonarain


Derick Deonarain is a producer for CBC News interested in telling stories with a heartbeat. When he's not chasing breaking news you can often find him covering stories that meet at the intersection of culture, social justice, sports and art.

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Police investigating 'hateful act' after 5th noose found on a Toronto construction site

Toronto police are investigating after another noose was found Tuesday hanging from a construction site -- this time, on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project. It follows the discovery of four nooses on three different construction sites in the city last month.

Police disperse Brampton house party attended by as many as 200 people

Police and bylaw officers say they broke up a Brampton house party attended by as many as 200 people on Saturday night.

'Looking for guardians not warriors:' Q&A with Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders

With one week left until Toronto police chief Mark Saunders officially retires from the force, he took some time to talk to CBC Toronto's Dwight Drummond about the recent calls to defund Toronto police, changes he would like to see in the community and how the city could put an end to gun violence. 

Police make 2 arrests in 2019 shooting deaths of Jonathan Davis, Giovanni Delahaye

Peel police have arrested two people in connection with the fatal shootings of a 17-year-old boy in Malton and a 28-year-old man in Mississauga from 2019.

Legal groups launch court application over sharing of COVID-19 test data with police

A group of legal and civil liberty organizations is looking to challenge an Ontario law that allows personal information about people with COVID-19 to be shared with police.

TDSB needs millions to ensure safe return to school in fall, says it may have to cut French

The Toronto District School Board says it is preparing for new possibilities when school returns in September that may include no French classes, shortened school days and a price tag that could cost as much as $250 million.

Uber cuts ties with driver who allegedly called Black passenger the N-word

"I asked him what did you just say? I was shocked. I could've burst into tears because I was so shocked," rider says, as Uber immediately removes driver from its platform.

Police suspect hate crime after nooses found at Michael Garron Hospital construction site

Toronto police are investigating what they call a possible hate crime on a construction site at Michael Garron Hospital after two black workers found a couple of nooses Wednesday.

4 Pearson airport taxi and limousine drivers have died of COVID-19, drivers' union says

At least four taxi and limousine drivers who work at Toronto Pearson International Airport have died of COVID-19, according to an industry union which is now calling for heightened safety measures inside vehicles.

WW II vet Fred Arsenault wanted 100 cards for his 100th birthday. He received more than 90,000

When Second World War veteran Fred Arsenault requested 100 cards for his 100th birthday, one gift he wasn't expecting was the opportunity to hold a gun very much like the one he carried in combat all those decades ago.

How some of Toronto's biggest organizations are handling the coronavirus

Toronto's largest organizations, agencies and businesses are stepping up their response as more COVID-19 cases are being confirmed across the GTA in recent days.

'Like losing a family member': Community mourns loss of Jane and Finch rec centre to fire

A fire ripped through Firgrove Learning and Innovation Community Centre (FLICC) last week, leaving kids without a place to gather and organizers scrambling to keep programs running.

Man claiming to have coronavirus forces plane to return to Toronto

Just two hours into a WestJet flight from Toronto to Montego Bay, Jamaica, passengers had their trips unexpectedly cut short on Monday after a passenger claimed he had the coronavirus.

Scarborough's golden boy Akil Thomas welcomed home after winning world junior championship

Akil Thomas scored only one goal during the entire world junior hockey tournament, but it was the goal that mattered the most: the game winner in the gold-medal game.

Pranksters hand out hundreds of fake tickets for 'doing a fantastic parking'

A pair of benevolent pranksters have issued hundreds of fake parking tickets around Toronto in a bid to “make people smile.”