John Lancaster

Senior Reporter, CBC Toronto

John Lancaster is a senior reporter with CBC News focusing on investigative and enterprise journalism. His stories have taken him across Canada, the US and the Caribbean. His reports have appeared on CBC Toronto, The National, CBC's Marketplace, The Fifth Estate-and of course CBC online and radio. Drop him a line anytime at

Latest from John Lancaster

Senior presumed to have COVID-19 left soiled in bed for days after home care visits cancelled

A Mississauga, Ont., senior who relies on provincially funded home care was left soiled in his bed for days after he and his wife became ill with COVID-19 nearly two weeks ago and care workers stopped showing up.

Court documents reveal more details about 2017 homicides of Barry and Honey Sherman

As the calendar flipped to 2021 last week, the police investigation into the deaths of Toronto billionaire philanthropists Barry and Honey Sherman entered its fourth year. While the double homicide remains unsolved, police say they have numerous persons of interest.
The Big Spend

2 Ontario LTC operators got $157M in COVID-19 aid. They also paid $74M to shareholders

Two long-term care companies have received more than $157 million in COVID-19 relief from the federal and Ontario governments while also paying tens of millions of dollars in dividends to shareholders. Some families of residents say care hasn't improved despite the infusion of public money.

Why the search for Toronto's new police chief will be longest, most comprehensive in city's history

James Ramer will be Toronto's longest-serving interim police chief. The city is in the midst of the longest search for a top cop in its history and it's happening at a time when policing is at a crossroads.

More Ontario cottage owners say they're victims of contractor who did time behind bars for fraud

More cottage owners in Ontario are coming forward with allegations of fraud after CBC News told the story of Scott Eisemann, a contractor who's already spent time behind bars for defrauding a customer and is facing more charges.

A Muskoka cottage owner paid $64K to save it. This is what she was left with

When Liz Saunders paid a contractor $64,000 to fix her beloved cottage, she didn't know he wasn't who he claimed to be — or that he had previously bilked a 92-year-old woman out of $132,000.

Soaring commercial auto insurance rates, onerous conditions 'killing us,' small businesses say

Small business owners like Frank Hunt and his wife Karina Shaak say skyrocketing auto insurance rates are killing their companies. But insurance firms the COVID-19 pandemic has left them no choice but to hike premiums and tighten conditions.
CBC Investigates

Seth MacLean died in July. Authorities buried him weeks later without telling his family

Seth MacLean was one of hundreds of people who died last year in Ontario but whose remains were never claimed. There is a process in place to search for the next of kin, but MacLean's family says the process failed them. 

Suspect in Oshawa, Ont., killings was largely shut out of father's will at time of shootings, documents show

Mitch Lapa, the man suspected of wounding his sister, fatally shooting her husband and three of their kids inside their Oshawa, Ont., home last week, was all but left out of his father’s will, according to court documents obtained by CBC News.
CBC Investigates

5 Toronto police officers suspended as tow truck corruption probe widens

At least five Toronto police officers have been suspended with pay as the service's internal investigators unit probes their possible ties to corruption in the GTA towing industry, CBC News has learned.

Toronto Blue Jays player accused of skipping on rent pays up

With the Jays back in Toronto and practicing at the Rogers Centre, Ryan "Rowdy" Tellez has paid his landlord $16,400 to cover his rent payments through the end of September, when the lease on a two-bedroom downtown Toronto condo is set to expire.

Blue Jays player, coach refuse to pay rent for Toronto condos blaming COVID-19

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Ryan “Rowdy” Tellez and first base coach Mark Budzinski are accused of leaving a pair of Toronto landlords on the hook for thousands of dollars in unpaid rents after signing leases for downtown Toronto condos.

How COVID-19 helped push Ontario's low-tech justice system into the 21st century

Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey is set to announce sweeping new technological changes to the province's justice system today, CBC News has learned.

Police announce arrests after probe into organized crime and violence in tow truck industry

Police say the Greater Toronto Area has been a staging ground for violence in recent months, with rival tow truck companies allegedly fighting over profits from the towing of vehicles and frauds committed after the initial tow.
CBC Investigates

Province did inspections by phone at Toronto care home where 21 residents died of COVID-19

The union representing staff at a Toronto long-term care home where 21 residents have died of COVID-19 is demanding an emergency labour board hearing after provincial inspections of the facility were carried out by phone, CBC News has learned.