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

'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.

Toronto needs data collection policy to protect people's privacy, councillor says

City councillor Joe Cressy is pushing for an overall policy on collecting and using people's data amid concerns about the rising use of technology and the "smart city" proposal by Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto.

Woman 'really devastated' after shelling out $5K for plane tickets she never got

'A number of consumers' from the Toronto area say they paid thousands of dollars to a woman claiming to be a travel agent for international trips they never received, Ontario's travel regulator says.

'I feel mistreated,' says Toronto woman caught up in ODSP privacy breach

A Toronto woman is frustrated that her name, email address and client number for her disability support payments was accidentally included in an email to 100 people. She's one of 45,000 people affected across Ontario.

How this Toronto tattoo artist changes lives in India

Amber Gotzmeister, a Toronto tattoo artist whose business is mainly focused on cosmetic work, will help treat scars and burns, some caused by acid attacks.