Lorenda Reddekopp

Reporter, CBC Toronto

Lorenda reports on national and international news, as well as local stories based in Toronto. She grew up in small-town Saskatchewan and spent three years reporting from Guatemala.

Latest from Lorenda Reddekopp

Weekend RBC Training Ground finals could be first step to the Olympics for this Whitby teen

Kya Gordon has always dreamed of competing in the Olympics and this weekend could be the next big step towards making it happen, but she still doesn't know what sport she might specialize in.

Mandatory math tests for new teachers don't add up, critics say

A University of Toronto education researcher is raising concerns about requiring new teachers to pass a math test, saying they could dissuade people from diverse backgrounds from entering education and worsen the current shortage of French teachers.

'It's become an epidemic': Anti-violence activists want more action to reduce gun violence

The founder of Zero Gun Violence Movement, Louis March, is calling for more action to reduce gun violence after a spate of shootings in Toronto.

'Utter nonsense' that lenient bail system is a cause of Toronto shootings: lawyer

Claims by Toronto's police chief and mayor that a too lenient bail system for those accused of gun-related offences is one of the causes for the rash of shootings in the city "is complete and utter nonsense," the head of the Canadian Lawyers Association says.

'I could die any day': Longtime activist to push for organ donation rule changes at Queen's Park

George Marcello is once again pressuring politicians on organ donations, 20 years after he began a cross-Canada walk to build awareness about transplants. Marcello, who has already had two liver transplants, now needs a new kidney.

Record increase in life-saving organ donations in Ontario, Trillium Gift of Life Network says

New data shows a record number of people received a life-saving organ donation in Ontario over the last three months, according to the Trillium Gift of Life Network.

Much-loved gay club to shut its doors after 20 years near The Village

The nightclub Fly 2.0 has made it official on its Facebook page, announcing that it will close its doors for the last time over the Canada Day weekend, with the final party on June 30.

Art restoration expert unveils secrets behind old paintings at the ROM

Heidi Sobol's official title is senior paintings conservator, but she's like the Royal Ontario Museum's art detective, uncovering new information about old paintings. She spoke to CBC Toronto before the opening of In The Age Of Rembrandt at the ROM.

Mandatory e-learning in high school could be a challenge in rural Ontario, experts warn

Some people in Ontario warn the province's plan for mandatory online high school courses won't work for rural and northern areas that still lack high-speed internet.

'I don't feel safe in my neighbourhood,' says man suing Collingwood over coyotes

A Collingwood, Ont., man is suing the town and police, claiming they haven't protected residents or their pets against aggressive coyotes roaming his neighbourhood.

Ariana Grande's Toronto fans will have to use clear bags, as Scotiabank Arena ups security

Scotiabank Arena has announced special security requirements for fans attending Ariana Grande's concert in Toronto on Wednesday night.

'It makes me nervous': Concern grows over Vaughan Sports Village development plan

A developer wants to purchase 33 acres of public parkland from the City of Vaughan and use it to expand a sports facility that will include a private high school and an outdoor concert space.

It's called 'The Cramper' and it could provide a safe space for the homeless

A Toronto man unveiled an invention Thursday that he hopes can be part of the solution to homelessness. It's called The Cramper - a small structure on wheels that provides a warm, safe place to sleep.

Woman charged for allegedly posing as travel agent after customers say they were ripped off

A woman claiming to be a travel agent is facing charges under Ontario's Travel Industry Act following complaints from customers who say they booked thousands of dollars worth of plane tickets with her but never received them.

Zero-waste grocery store aims to dump all single-use plastics

A new grocery store in Toronto's west end is trying to put an end to single-use plastics by, among other things, requiring shoppers to bring their own containers to buy milk and their own bags for fruit and vegetables.