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

Property owners, taxpayers on hook for cleanup as illegal dumpers target east end

Hundreds of dump truck loads of dirt, garbage and construction waste are piling up in Scarborough neighbourhoods, costing property owners and taxpayers a lot of money to clean up, but the city says it's having trouble keeping up with the illegal practice.
CBC Investigates

U of T security officers avoid paying for parking with plain white paper on dashboard

A folded sheet of plain white paper appears to be all it takes to fend off Toronto police parking enforcement officers on a busy downtown street that runs through the University of Toronto.

Toronto police union calls allegations it mishandled millions of dollars 'misinformation'

The Toronto Police Association has taken the unusual step of reaching out to its members amid grumbling it mishandled the sale of its multi-million-dollar headquarters. CBC News has obtained a message from the TPA’s board of directors calling rumours of financial issues “misinformation.”

Did a family's Desjardins data make it into the hands of this 'prolific' Toronto fraudster?

As police continue to investigate the massive Desjardins security breach, one family who banks with the credit union is wondering whether their personal information may have made it into the hands of a Toronto woman that police describe as a "professional" and "prolific" fraudster.

Alleged 'prolific' Toronto identity thief is wanted by Quebec police

A Toronto woman who police say is a "professional" and "prolific" identity thief is also wanted by Quebec police. Deborah Oguntoyinbo is already facing more than 50 charges in the Toronto area relating to identity thefts and frauds in four jurisdictions. 

Meet Deborah Oguntoyinbo — accused of being a professional and prolific identity thief

A CBC News investigation has uncovered details about a Toronto woman police call a prolific identity thief who has left a trail of shattered lives and destroyed credit profiles.

Legal hemp farmer accuses TD Canada Trust of freezing his account based on his appearance

A licensed hemp grower near Orangeville, Ont., says TD bank froze his accounts and accused him of illicit activity based on what he looks like and other false assumptions.

City of Vaughan officials hit with $25.5M lawsuit for cancelling Caribbean festival

A company that staged a Caribbean cultural festival in Vaughan in 2018 has sued the city for $25.5 million after officials shut the event down two days early, citing noise complaints. Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, a city councillor and two bylaw officers are also named in the lawsuit.

Square Canada doesn't have a tech issue: it's a Cuban coffee issue

The owners of a Toronto coffee stand say Square Canada has told them they can no longer use the popular payment technology because of concerns the coffee stand is selling beverages made from Cuban coffee beans.

Toronto business owner loses $14K to technical glitch at mobile payment company

A glitch in the popular Square payment technology is causing financial headaches for some of the company’s users, CBC News has learned. Square won’t say how widespread the issue is, or how many customers have been affected but the company concedes it's not a "one-off."
CBC Investigates

Blind man files $1.25M suit against realtor who allegedly 'tricked' him into selling home

Harold Verge, 73, and his wife Florence filed a $1.25-million lawsuit Wednesday against GTA real estate agent Vince Iannello and Royal LePage Your Community Realty brokerage. Verge alleges Iannello tricked him into selling his home, but the realtor "vehemently" denies it.
CBC Investigates

GTA realtor 'tricked' him and his wife into selling home, blind man says

A man with a disability says a realtor from a Royal LePage brokerage “tricked” him and his wife into selling their east-end Toronto home, and cost them tens of thousands of dollars in the process.
CBC Investigates

'No one knows what's happening': Thornhill condo owners in the dark as board members resign

Residents at a Thornhill, Ont., condominium complex say they have no idea who's controlling its board and $4-million operating budget — turns out, it might be nobody now that the condo board has lost quorum.
CBC Investigates

Video of collision shows parked vehicle 'had a mind of its own,' Toronto Jeep owner says

A husband and wife from Toronto say the manufacturer should compensate them for damage after their Jeep Cherokee, which was parked with nobody behind the wheel, suddenly lurched into another parked vehicle. But Fiat Chrysler suggests the owners are to blame.
CBC Investigates

Thornhill condo owners move to turf board amid $1.3M in assessments, rising fees

Facing rapidly rising fees and special assessments costing them more than $1 million, dozens of condo owners at a complex in Thornhill, Ont., say they're taking steps to kick out their condo board, and a CBC News investigation shows they may have good reason to be frustrated.