Mary Wiens

Journalist/ Producer | Metro Morning

Mary Wiens is a veteran broadcaster and a regular on Metro Morning. Her wide-ranging beat includes stories that are sometimes tragic, often funny, occasionally profound and always human. Work that is often honoured with RTDNA awards (The Association of Electronic Journalists). One of her favourite places - Yonge Street. "It's the heart and soul of Toronto," says Wiens. "Toronto's Main Street!"

Latest from Mary Wiens

'The hidden homeless': Downtown Toronto gets new women's shelter in wake of 2 deaths

Neighbours were invited to attend an open house at the new four-storey, YWCA-run shelter that occupies a long, narrow lot at 348 Davenport Road.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra taps Gustavo Gimeno as new music director

At his first rehearsal with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra last February, Gustavo Gimeno knew it was also an audition.

JAZZ.FM91 listeners stunned at changes, allegations of misconduct at beloved radio station

Listeners to JAZZ.FM91 are dismayed by on-air changes at Canada’s only all-jazz radio station, as well as news of allegations of misconduct and mismanagement against former CEO and president Ross Porter and board members.

Dancer faces classical ballet's ultimate challenge

Alexandra MacDonald performs the role of Princess Aurora for the first time ever in the National Ballet's current production, considered the most technically challenging role in classical ballet, following artistic director Karen Kain's footsteps, whose international career was launched by this role 46 years ago.

Hart House throws its doors open to insomniacs for 'Night of Ideas'

Hart House hosts an all-night event that invites sleepless Torontonians to come for talks about sleep and insomnia, bedrooms as work stations and the collapse of normal work hours - part of a global event, called 'Night of Ideas'.

Controversial Bollywood epic Padmaavat opens across the GTA, after India's top court lifts ban

The Bollywood epic Padmaavat, which sparked violent protests in northern India’s Rajasthan region, is expected to open across the GTA Friday.

Toronto collaborators repeat lessons of 'transformative' project to help people in poverty stop smoking

A project to help street-involved people in Ottawa cut back on smoking is coming to Toronto.

Thousands are lining up online for a selfie with AGO's blockbuster Infinity Mirrors

Thousands of people are queuing online to get a ticket for AGO's exhibit of'Infinity Mirrors' by 88-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. But critics say the AGO may be missing an opportunity to introduce a flood of gallery newcomers to Canadian artists whose work isn’t the stuff of selfies and line-ups.

Girl, 5, fatally struck in school parking lot had already fought cancer in her short life, family friend says

A friend of the Toronto family whose five-year-old daughter was fatally struck in a school drop-off area says the little girl was in remission after cancer treatment. Ana Paula Carrera says although the parents are heartbroken, she’s struck by their strength and faith.

Pet store in Markham closed after animal activist finds 'dehydrated' puppies

A pet store in Markham was closed Tuesday after an animal welfare activist raised the alarm about puppies and kittens she said showed "obvious signs of distress," and the store is now apologizing on Facebook, saying it will improve the living conditions for the animals.

York first Canadian university to give 'Dreamers' a chance at a degree

York University, in collaboration with FCJ Refugee Centre, is piloting the first project in Canada to allow undocumented students to study for a university degree. The program acknowledges the existence of a growing number of young people living in limbo after leaving high school.

Unexplained disappearance of woman may be linked to psychosis, family fears

Last February, Shannon Sullivan abruptly disappeared. Her family and friends are left wondering how they missed the signs that Sullivan may have been experiencing symptoms of psychosis for months before she vanished.

'We're allowed to stay here forever': Deportation order for Mexican family overturned

Three Toronto boys are overjoyed to return to school this week — a dream that often seemed impossible given the threat of deportation hanging over their family.

Old Mill bridge transformed into canvas for Indigenous art

Phil Cote's murals underneath the Old Mill subway bridge tell the Indigenous creation story, which he hopes will one day be taught in schools across the country.

New York audiences applauding Soulpepper's 'old-style' repertory theatre, artistic director says

A rave review in the New York Times is the latest tribute to Soulpepper's month-long theatrical run in New York City, which has been wowing arts leaders since Canada Day.