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

A Toronto homeowner wants to cut down his walnut tree due to allergies. Not so fast, experts say

A city council committee is being asked to allow a North York man to chop down a backyard black walnut tree on the grounds that his family members are allergic to the nuts. But there's concern that could lead to an avalanche of similar claims, and the destruction of thousands of healthy, nut-bearing trees.

Caribbean Carnival runs afoul of vendors

The leader of a group of vegan chefs is complaining that Toronto Caribbean Carnival executives tripled the price of booths near the route of the annual parade with little warning last month.

City's top doc warns of alcohol perils in new report on PC budget

The city's medical officer of health has a warning about the potential consequences of measures in the provincial budget that loosen restrictions on alcohol consumption.

Ford government cuts will blow $2-billion hole in municipal budgets, Moody's warns

Ontario municipalities should brace for $2 billion worth of financial shocks in the decade ahead, as cuts in provincial transfers sink in, according to the credit rating service Moody's. The warning comes in a report released last week and set to be presented at Peel Region's council meeting Thursday.

How the city plans to re-imagine Toronto Island Park and make it 'spectacular'

Toronto parks staff have embarked on a multi-year project that will redefine how the city uses one its most popular destinations: the Toronto Islands' parkland.

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.

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.