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

Latest from Michael Smee

Locals object to Indigenous healing lodge in Scarborough neighbourhood

Residents in southwest Scarborough say an Indigenous healing lodge planned for their neighbourhood is a bad fit for the area, and is being forced on their community without proper consultation. The organization building the lodge is holding an information session in the area Wednesday.

'Lackadaisical,' 'Inefficient' Vaughan water services uncovered by city auditor

The City of Vaughan's auditor is calling out staff for what he calls a "lackadaisical approach" to managing the city's water supply.

City looking to create new greenspace over midtown subway

City planners are looking into creating a new park in midtown Toronto by decking over the open subway trench between Eglinton and Davisville stations. The scheme, if it passes an ongoing feasibility study, would create a linear park a little more than half a kilometre long.

Locals wonder what's taking the province so long to sign off on Yonge-Eglinton growth plan

An ambitious plan to reshape the face of Yonge and Eglinton - five years in the making - is in danger of being killed by the province, residents and the local councillor say.

Toronto considers stricter rules for clothing donation bins after woman's death

The city is being urged to more strictly regulate clothing donation bins, after a woman was trapped and died in one last winter.

Dupont Station accessibility project years behind schedule

More than five years after launching a project to install a three-storey elevator for people with disabilities at Dupont Station, the Toronto Transit Commission says the project is still unfinished with no end in sight.

Condo owner whose stuff went missing outraged to learn entire building had key to her storage locker

A Liberty Village condo owner is livid after her belongings went missing from her private storage locker, which had apparently been mistakenly assigned to another resident.

Free parking overnight on Toronto streets could become thing of the past

City staff are crafting a plan that would eliminate thousands of free overnight parking spots on streets throughout the downtown core and in East York, according to a new report prepared for city councillors.

Forestry crews hanging out at coffee shops, plazas - and costing city millions

The city's forestry department may be losing millions of dollars a year on botched contracts with private arborists, the city's auditor general has concluded.

East York neighbourhood fights losing battle against hordes of rats

Her right hand protected by an old plastic bag, Donna Devlin carefully reaches into a shallow sewer basin in her driveway, and drags out a dead rat the size of her forearm. It's the latest casualty in a war that Devlin and her neighbours say they've been fighting, on and off, for two decades.

Landlords should keep better tabs on electrical systems, St. James Town report says

A new report suggests highrise owners need to do more to ensure their electrical systems are properly maintained and their most vulnerable residents kept informed during emergencies.

Residents want city to open up access to 'huge' city park

Eleven years after access to one of the city's largest parks was severely choked off, local residents are insisting it's time to open the gates again. At 92 hectares, Rowntree Mills Park in north Etobicoke is the city's fifth largest park.

Toronto man is so sensitive to his surroundings he has trouble living indoors

A Toronto man says his chemical sensitivities are so severe that he's now forced to live on the street. Oliver Zhang, an IT professional who CBC Toronto originally spoke with last December, says he has had to move 70 times in the past three years.

'People are fleeing the city': How 'renovictions' are forcing renters to the edge of bankruptcy

A Toronto credit counselling firm is warning of a surge in so-called renovictions —landlords ousting tenants so they can upgrade and re-rent the apartments at jacked-up prices.

TCH buildings leading the way in false fire alarms, city stats show

Toronto firefighters responded to more than a dozen false alarms a day last year, the vast majority of them at buildings operated by Toronto Community Housing.