Muriel Draaisma

Muriel Draaisma is a CBC Toronto web reporter. She writes about crime, social justice, politics, civic issues, ravines and now COVID-19.

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Conservation groups raise concerns about Ontario hunt of cormorants this fall

Conservation groups say they are concerned about an Ontario government decision to allow a hunt of double-crested cormorants across the province this fall.

Marchers in Toronto call for end to systemic anti-Black racism on Emancipation Day

At least 100 people marched in downtown Toronto to celebrate Emancipation Day and to call for an end to anti-Black racism in government institutions in Canada.

Toronto police investigate 6 assaults in Roncesvalles neighbourhood

Toronto police are investigating six separate assaults in the city's Roncesvalles neighbourhood within the last two-and-a-half months. 

Peel police suspend program that puts uniformed officers in schools

Peel police say they have decided to "pause" a program that puts uniformed officers in schools to give the service time to consult the community about the practice. The move follows complaints from students in some schools that they don't feel safe.

Province will ensure Jane-Finch community hub will be built, minister says

Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney says the province will ensure that a community hub is built in Toronto's Jane and Finch neighbourhood.

3 women begin work on COVID-19 memorial blanket, call for knitters across Canada to help

Three Ontario knitters have begun work on a COVID-19 memorial blanket that they hope, with the help of other craftspeople across the country, will contain squares for every person who has died of the infectious disease in Canada.

Parents, teachers rally at Queen's Park for return to full-time classes this fall

Parents and teachers called on the Ontario government on Wednesday to reopen schools this fall for full-time learning.

Toronto had 16 suspected overdose deaths over just 9 days in July

Toronto recorded 16 suspected opioid overdose deaths in the space of nine days in July, according to the city's medical officer of health.

Black Lives Matter renews calls for defunding of police after charges laid in defacing of statues

Black Lives Matter - Toronto renewed its calls for the defunding of police after three protesters were arrested, detained and charged in the defacing of statues in downtown Toronto on the weekend.

Police charge 3 people after Black Lives Matter protesters splatter paint on statues in Toronto

Toronto police have charged three people after Black Lives Matter protesters splattered paint on statues at the Ontario legislature and Ryerson University.

Toronto to reopen 119 community centres as number of new COVID-19 cases in 'slow decline'

Toronto plans to reopen 119 community centres on Monday as the number of new COVID-19 infections continues a "slow decline."

TTC to look at introducing dedicated bus lanes sooner than planned after riders speak out

After pressure from the public, the TTC decided on Tuesday to look at the possibility of introducing designated bus lanes along busy corridors sooner than it had planned.

Toronto cancels festivals until Sept. 30 as city sees 40 new COVID-19 cases daily

Toronto has cancelled all city-led outdoor special events until the end of September as the city continues to see about 40 new cases of COVID-19 daily, officials said Monday.

Toronto reports 1,110 dead from COVID-19 but data shows progress in fight against disease

A total of 1,110 people have died of COVID-19 in Toronto, but data collected by the city shows progress in the fight against the disease, according to Toronto's medical officer of health.

City moves homeless people out of 2 downtown parks after residents say they feel unsafe

City workers have moved at least 60 people living in tents in two downtown parks to interim housing after local residents complained about feeling unsafe in the neighbourhood.