Farrah Merali


Farrah Merali is an award-winning reporter at CBC Toronto with a passion for politics, investigative journalism and urban health issues. She previously worked as the early morning reporter at CBC Vancouver. Follow her at @FarrahMerali

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Ontario seniors 'living in fear' of COVID-19 feel forgotten in vaccine rollout plan

Figures from Public Health Ontario show that more than a third of COVID-19 deaths in Ontario are adults 60 and over who aren't in long-term care. Advocates, health experts and seniors in Ontario themselves are calling for older adults in the community to be vaccinated for COVID-19 sooner.

Music therapy offering lifeline for isolated GTA seniors amid pandemic restrictions

With no clear end in sight to physical distancing measures, some experts say as we head into the holidays, it’s important for seniors to stay engaged and music therapy can offer a lifeline for those living with dementia.

In landmark decision, U.K. coroner rules air pollution contributed to nine-year-old girl's death

Ella Kissi-Debrah suffered from severe asthma and was hospitalized 27 times in the last years of her life. In 2013, she died in hospital at age nine after an asthma attack. A U.K. coroner has now ruled air pollution contributed to her death.

His father was to be checked hourly at his long-term care home. Instead, he died and wasn't found for 6 hours

Tavern Matchett's body was found six hours after he died at Extendicare Halton Hills in Georgetown, Ont., despite orders that he be checked hourly. His son, Joshua Matchett, is now calling for long-term care homes to face harsher punishments if they repeatedly violate provincial laws.
CBC Investigates

Bengali community tries to tackle 'alarming' spike in youth suicides with study

Thirteen young Bengali men in the Greater Toronto Area have died by suicide within a two-year span, a figure that has left many in the Bengali community shaken. A small group of volunteers set out to try and understand why this was happening.

Toronto police pushing to expand mobile crisis team to respond to mental health calls

In the wake of a string of mental health calls that have ended in tragedy, the Toronto Police Services Board will discuss a report Thursday on the proposed expansion of mobile crisis intervention teams. But some critics say much more extensive reforms are needed.

Father moved into son's backyard coach house — then the city came knocking

In a city that’s in dire need of more rental housing stock — with low vacancy rates and ballooning prices — advocates say it’s time that Toronto allows coach houses like Rod Wilson's to be permitted for residential use.

Torontonians demand changes on first day of police reform meeting

The first of four virtual town hall meetings hosted by the Toronto Police Services Board begins Thursday night. It's the board's first series of meetings on police reform, accountability and public safety and it says there's been "unprecedented" interest from the public.

Former WE Charity employee says staff tried to silence her by rewriting anti-racism speech

Amanda Maitland says a personal speech she was supposed to deliver during an anti-racism tour for the WE Charity was rewritten by a mostly white team of staff. The new speech — she says — largely erased her own story of experiencing racism as a black woman.

How Ghanaian-Canadians' push for a Toronto community centre fell victim to COVID-19

After five years of pursuing a site at 150 Rivalda Rd. in North Toronto for a community centre, the Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario has learned the building is off the table. The city says it's needed to help in battle against the novel coronavirus.

How the pandemic is preventing some landlords from evicting tenants who endanger their safety

Two Toronto landlords are speaking out after failing to evict tenants who have put their health and safety at risk during COVID-19. That's because the Ontario government implemented a moratorium on evictions to ensure people can stay in their homes during the pandemic.
Point of View

I went to get tested for COVID-19. Here's what it was like

This week has seen a shift in testing in Ontario, with the Ford government now encouraging anyone who wants to get a test to get one. So CBC Toronto reporter Farrah Merali thought she'd put that to the test to see how easy it really is. 

'Invisible disability': Masks making it harder to communicate, deaf and hard of hearing say

The task of communicating has become increasingly difficult for the deaf or hard of hearing because so many people have begun wearing masks during the pandemic. Many who are hard of hearing rely on lipreading and 70 per cent of sign language relies on facial expressions and body movements.

Off the ventilator but not yet on his feet: The long road to recovery from COVID-19

Doctors say there are still a lot of unknowns about COVID-19, the recovery period and what some of the long-term impacts may be. Researchers hoping to understand more about the disease are now beginning the task of trying to map out the spectrum of cases.

Hundreds of Ontario doctors have come out of retirement or offered to redeploy during pandemic

According to numbers provided to CBC Toronto from the Canadian Medical Protective Association, at least 93 doctors in Ontario who had retired or taken a form of leave, returned to work in direct response to the pandemic. Hundreds more have offered to redeploy to where they're needed.