Michael Smee

Reporter, CBC Toronto

Michael Smee has worked in print, radio, TV and online journalism for many years. You can reach him at michael.smee@cbc.ca

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'For every rat you see, there are 10 more,' resident says as Mississauga neighbourhood battles rodent invasion

A Mississauga neighbourhood is battling a rat infestation that is so bad, residents and local politicians are calling on the Peel regional government for financial aid to get rid of the pests.

Think this is the side yard of a mansion? It's a vacant lot the city could auction off starting at $620K

It may look like the side yard of the pricey Forest Hill mansion beside it. But this is a separate lot that could go on the auction block so the city can recoup $620,000 in unpaid property taxes.

Ford says he's set to extend rent protection for small businesses days after evictions resume

The provincial government is set to extend its ban on small business evictions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Doug Ford said on Friday.

City taking province to court over bill critics say will make evictions too easy for landlords

Toronto city council has waded into the debate over the province's controversial Bill 184 - a new law that critics say makes it too easy for landlords to evict tenants who've fallen behind in their rent.

Invasion of the creepy-crawlies: Southern Ontario residents battling plague of caterpillars

After struggling for years to control the invasive Asian longhorned beetle, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced the tree-killing insect has finally been eradicated in Canada.

Exhibition Place could become testing site for latest transport innovations, CEO says

The city is being urged to transform parts of Exhibition Place into a testing ground for the world's most futuristic innovations in transportation. City council's infrastructure committee is looking at the plan Thursday.

Fast-tracked plan to build apartments for people experiencing homelessness gets push-back from neighbours

People in the Dundas Street West and Dovercourt Road area will get a chance Wednesday evening to express their opinion on a controversial, fast-tracked building project that will bring 44 people experiencing homelessness and low-income individuals to the community.

TCH needs to do more to address tenant complaints, city ombudsman warns

A new report from the city's ombudsman raises concerns about the way Toronto Community Housing tenants are being treated by the corporation.

South Etobicoke neighbourhood split over city plan to add sidewalks

A south Etobicoke community group is trying to persuade the city to leave its neighbourhood sidewalk-free, saying they only create an "illusion of safety" for pedestrians.

How city's reno backlog due to COVID-19 could lead to financial ruin for at least one family

Facing a massive backlog of renovation and building applications since the pandemic hit in mid-March, the city is introducing a new approval method this week in some parts of Toronto. Meantime, one couple has had to wait so long for approvals, they're worried it could ruin them financially.

Police announce arrests after probe into organized crime and violence in tow truck industry

Police say the Greater Toronto Area has been a staging ground for violence in recent months, with rival tow truck companies allegedly fighting over profits from the towing of vehicles and frauds committed after the initial tow.

Non-profit accused of trying to drive out Spadina Road tenants

A non-profit organization that provides housing for people with addiction and mental health issues is being accused of attempting to push out some of its longest-term tenants, with frivolous, non-stop repairs and exorbitant rent hikes.

UN accuses Toronto apartment owner of human rights abuses

The United Nations has publicly rebuked a multinational housing corporation  for abusing the human rights of its tenants — including thousands in Toronto and Montreal. 

Seeing more rats in Toronto during the pandemic? Pest control experts explain why

Toronto pest control experts say they're seeing an unexpected silver lining to the COVID-19 lockdown: Reports of vermin like bed bugs and cockroaches are down significantly, thanks to physical distancing. But they say rats seem to be thriving.

Feds approve new ingredient to boost hand sanitizer output to battle COVID-19 crisis

Health Canada has given its stamp of approval to a product that could dramatically boost the dwindling supply of hand sanitizer, CBC Toronto has learned.