Kate McGillivray

Reporter, CBC Toronto

Kate McGillivray is a writer and newsreader in Toronto. She's worked for the CBC in Montreal, Sherbrooke and St. John's, and she always wants to hear your feedback and story ideas. Get in touch here: kate.mcgillivray@cbc.ca.

Latest from Kate McGillivray

As temperatures dip, Torontonians bump up against outdoor fire pit rules

Setting up a bonfire in a park or your backyard isn’t allowed, but there are legal options to stay warm outdoors this winter.

Push to allow some coffee pods in green bins reveals unresolved issues in Ontario's compost system

Ontario’s recent suggestion that municipalities allow compostable coffee pods into green bins is shining a light on problems in the province's waste system, experts say.

The Great Lakes are awash in plastic. A new project is using trash-trapping technology to get rid of it

Twenty three marinas from Thunder Bay to Trenton will have new garbage trapping technology installed by late October, according to the Council of the Great Lakes Region.

Plan to bring ranked ballots to 2022 Toronto election falters as city clerk calls for pause

Toronto’s city clerk says a plan to bring ranked ballots to the 2022 municipal election needs to be put on ice, citing pandemic-related delays. But advocates say the change is urgently needed to reduce the inequities exposed by COVID-19.

Environmental groups lay out concerns with province's Blue Box overhaul

With the government well into the process of drafting new recycling regulations, a coalition of environmental groups are sharing concerns.

1 in 5 Ontario non-profits could be forced to shut down by end of year, survey finds

A new survey is painting a dire picture of the financial health of the province's non-profit sector in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Province tells Toronto to consider replacing low-performing bus routes with 'microtransit'

The province has laid out a series of conditions for the city to be eligible for a second round of emergency TTC funding - including looking at 'microtransit' for low-performing routes.

The fight against single-use plastics has been sidelined by COVID-19 — but activists aren't giving up

Six months after the outbreak of COVID-19 in Canada, environmentalists say it's time to start thinking seriously about plastic waste again. 

Lingering safety doubts have some Ontario school bus drivers unsure about return to work

How many parents will be willing to let their kids ride the bus? And how many drivers will be willing to get behind the wheel?

University students frustrated by fees ahead of online semester amid COVID-19

With the launch of a new semester just around the corner, some university students are taking issue with being charged fees for things like athletics and campus building access.

Ontario drive-in theatre owners feel 'overlooked' as they wait for nod to reopen amid COVID-19

Drive-in movie theatre operators in other provinces are calling 2020 “the year of the drive-in” — but in Ontario, the screens remain dark. 

As bike shops report booming sales, advocates push for a post-pandemic future on 2 wheels

With fewer cars on the road and a new reluctance to brave heavy crowding on transit, advocates are hoping the pandemic marks a new beginning for cycling in the city.

Justice Romain Pitt, a pioneer in the Canadian legal world, dies at 84

Born in Grenada and arriving in Toronto at the age of 19, Romain Pitt went on to co-found the first partnership of black lawyers in Canada and serve as a founding director of Caribana. 

Ontario environmental groups set ambitious goals for 2020

In Ontario, the to-do list of environmental groups trying to tackle the rising climate crisis on a local and regional scale is long.

Ontario gardeners bring in their 1st harvest of legal backyard cannabis

Along with planting bulbs and clearing out dying annuals, some Ontario gardeners now have a new fall tradition: harvesting their cannabis plants.