Makda Ghebreslassie

CBC Toronto reporter

Makda is a CBC Video-Journalist, who from time to time fills in as TV news anchor and a newsreader on Here and Now and Fresh Air. She worked in newsrooms in Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and Windsor before moving back home to Toronto.

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I camped out with Raptors fans in line for Jurassic Park — here's what happened

When Makda Ghebreslassie heard that Raptors fans were camping out to be among the first to get into Jurassic Park for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, she decided she would join them for the night.

Toronto plastic surgeon told to remove security cameras from consult rooms

The regulatory body for doctors in Ontario has made a formal allegation of professional misconduct against a Toronto plastic surgeon who had security cameras in his consult rooms. The rooms are where patients are regularly asked to remove their clothing during pre- and post-operative appointments.

Some baby foods sold in Canada would be 'illegal in Europe,' arsenic testing shows

A CBC Marketplace-Radio-Canada investigation into baby cereals and snacks has found that the arsenic levels in two Canadian rice-based products would see them pulled off store shelves in Europe, according to one of the world's leading arsenic experts.

Credit freezes are one easy way to protect against identity fraud — but they're not available in Canada

There's no shortage of ways for thieves to steal your identity. From data breaches to phone scams, it could happen to anyone. But as some 27,000 Canadians report being victims of identity theft every year, a Marketplace investigation reveals Canada is doing little to match the strength of protections offered in the U.S.

How criminals are using the low-interest credit card scam to steal your identity

It starts with what sounds like a promising phone call: For a one-time fee, you can lower the interest rate on your credit card. But the person on the other end of the line isn't with your bank or credit card company. And what they're really after is your identity.

'It's creepy': Security cameras spotted in plastic surgeon's consult room

A Toronto plastic surgeon who may be filming patients in states of undress without their consent is being investigated by both the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the province's privacy commissioner following a Marketplace investigation.

Ontario workplace safety board reviewing Uber Eats following Marketplace investigation

On any given day in downtown Toronto, you'll see a flurry of bike couriers pedalling their way through traffic, bags strapped to their backs, on their way to deliver your next meal. But if those couriers get hurt on the job, a Marketplace investigation has found their eligibility for work-related compensation depends on which app they deliver for.

'Stalked within your own home': Woman says abusive ex used smart home technology against her

While smart technology — web-controlled devices like locks, lights, thermostats and cameras — can provide convenience and a sense of security for some, these tools are increasingly being used by others to monitor, harass, stalk and intimidate, something known as "tech abuse."

We hired ethical hackers to hack a family's smart home — here's how it turned out

Whether for security, convenience or the cool factor, millions of Canadians are automating their homes with the latest smart home gadgets. But a Marketplace investigation reveals that the convenience might come at a cost.

1 month after Toronto van attack, 'scars are very deep' but healing continues

One month after Toronto's van attack and several people remain in hospital, two memorials honouring the victims remain in place and Alek Minassian the accused killer is behind bars awaiting his next court date.

'I like sparkly': She's no royal watcher but she is a royal tiara collector

Patte Rosebank has collected 280 tiaras, including replicas of ones worn by Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana and Princess Kate. And she'll be watching to see if Meghan Markle wears one when when she marries Prince Harry.

Ontario woman arrested, jailed in U.S. for driving with a Canadian licence

An Ontario woman says she wants the Georgia police officer who arrested, handcuffed and charged her because she had a Canadian driver's licence, to be held accountable.

More Toronto music venues could be serving alcohol until 4 a.m this summer

Toronto Music Passport festival organizers want at least 25 music venues permitted to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. this summer.

From pop-up weddings to exotic elopements, Toronto millennials approach marriage differently

They're young and they're in love. They just "aren't into" spending big money on a traditional ceremony, one local wedding planner says.

Redesign headaches and production delays: Toronto inventor pushes forward with foot-powered washing machine

After winning several awards and after years of tinkering, Toronto inventor Yi Jiang's DRUMI, a green foot-powered washing machine, is still not ready to be shipped to customers. But one crowdfunding expert says that is to be expected with new ventures like this.