Farrah Merali is a reporter with CBC Toronto with a passion for politics and urban health issues. She previously worked as the early morning reporter at CBC Vancouver. Follow her at @FarrahMerali
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Proposal to build condos on waterfront 'makes absolutely zero sense,' Pickering residents say
Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling on the city to quash a proposal to build two condo towers on the waterfront just a few hundred metres from the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.
How 5 community groups turned a $50K grant into $5.9M for low-income Torontonians
For many of the city's homeless or low-income residents, filing income taxes every year isn't always an option. But a program run by Toronto Neighbourhood Centres is trying to change that by offering tax filing services — for free.
After tough year in Oshawa, Habitat for Humanity project stalls twice due to lack of donations
In a region with an affordable housing shortage, Habitat for Humanity has been struggling to get donations to the point that construction on a major project has been forced to stop twice. Some observers say the departure of General Motors from Oshawa is partly to blame.
Toronto Presto users sound alarm after finding erroneous charges on their cards
Two Toronto residents are cautioning Presto users to regularly check their transaction history after they were both mistakenly charged for a fare in Mississauga. It happened just minutes after they tapped on in Toronto more than 20 kilometres away.
One year after a ruling in their favour, Loblaws delivery drivers still waiting for overtime pay
Last September, an arbitrator ruled Loblaws was in violation of Ontario's Employment Standards Act by only paying drivers at its Cambridge, Ont., warehouse overtime after working 60 hours a week. One year later, the grocery chain has not changed the way it pays.
Domino's Pizza franchise hasn't delivered on order to pay former driver $25K he's owed
When the Ministry of Labour ruled a Domino’s Pizza franchise had to pay Juan Jose Lira Cervantes more than $25,000 in lost wages and benefits, he thought it was too good to be true. It turns out it might have been.
'This will give us some relief,' GTA father says about report that found son was arrested unlawfully
A Mississauga man who filed a complaint against a Peel police officer says he welcomes the findings of an independent review that found the officer engaged in serious misconduct by "arbitrarily" arresting his son and making disparaging remarks toward his family.
Mâu thuẫn giữa đài truyền hình Việt Nam tại địa phương và hội cộng đồng dẫn đến buộc tội đe dọa giết người
Một mối bất hòa giữa một đài truyền hình Việt Nam tại Toronto và một trong những nhóm hội cộng đồng Việt Nam lớn nhất tại GTA đã dẫn đến sự việc một người trong cộng đồng này bị buộc tội đe dọa giết người và theo đài truyền hình này, đài bị cấm đưa tin về các sự kiện trong cộng đồng người Việt tại địa phương.
Feud escalates between Vietnamese TV station and community group escalates
A rift between a Toronto Vietnamese television station and one of the largest Vietnamese community associations in the GTA has escalated into a criminal charge and according to the station, a ban on it covering events in the local Vietnamese community.
'I didn't even know people like her existed,' Vaughan landlord says of 'nightmare' tenant
Three Toronto-area landlords are warning others about Israt Khan, claiming she moves into apartments, stops paying rent, makes repeated false calls to the police and fire departments, and then refuses to move out.
How Toronto's proposed short-term rental regulations compare to other cities
While the regulations in Vancouver and Montreal are aimed at returning homes or units to the rental market, their effectiveness remains in question. Recent data obtained by CBC News has shed a light on how well enforcement is working.
311 complaints about short-term rentals have skyrocketed in Toronto
The Ice Condos tops the list of addresses with the most 311 complaints about short-term rentals in Toronto, according to eight years of data obtained by CBC News from the city.
'I'm lucky I survived': How this 91-year-old van attack survivor has learned to adapt 1 year later
One year later, Aleksandra Kozhevnikova is one of many van attack survivors still struggling to rebuild their lives and return to a sense of normalcy. That struggle has included not just physical and psychological therapy, but also a fight to have her injuries classified as catastrophic to ensure she received funding for all the treatment she required.
Glitch in new Presto app can shut down systems, Toronto man warns
Less than two months after the launch of the new Presto mobile app, a Toronto man is urging Metrolinx to correct an apparent glitch that he claims can shut down fare gates and loading machines at subway stations.
A tree fell on their dream home, and that was just the beginning of their nightmare
Brian Carlson-Graves and his partner Daniela Malandruccolo thought they were buying their dream lakefront home in Port Perry, Ont. But after a tree fell on their house, they quickly learned two-thirds of it was built without permits in the first place.