Muriel Draaisma

Muriel Draaisma is a web reporter at CBC Toronto. She writes about crime, policing, politics, civic issues and the environment. Have a story tip? Email:

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Fugitive seen arguing with woman moments before she was shot

New surveillance video has surfaced of a man wanted by Peel police for attempted murder moments before he allegedly shot and wounded a woman in Mississauga.

Toronto police chief unveils 'intelligence-led' plan to curb gun violence

Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders has detailed his plan to curb gun violence amid a recent spike in shootings, saying new government funding will be used to target street gangs. 

Taylor Swift sends $6,386.47 to Ontario university student to help with tuition

For one Ontario university student and huge fan of Taylor Swift, life has just gotten a whole lot easier.

High cost of internet access leaving low-income families behind, report finds

A national organization says the high cost of internet access in Canada is threatening to leave low-income families without the means to take part in the digital economy, and it's calling on the federal government to act.

Metrolinx to consult Ontario privacy watchdog before sharing ridership data

Metrolinx will consult with Ontario's privacy commissioner before it shares any "anonymized" GO Transit ridership data with private companies interested in buying the naming rights of GO stations, a spokesperson says.

Shooting at Airbnb in the Bridle Path leaves man with life-threatening injuries

An early morning shooting in Toronto's Bridle Path neighbourhood has left a man with life-threatening injuries, police and paramedics say.

Man missing from CAMH not a forensics patient, facility says

Toronto police are searching for another man who has gone missing from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, but the facility says the man is not what it calls a "forensics patient."

Gun violence a 'crisis' in Toronto, Somali mothers group says

A group of Somali mothers says gun violence has become a "crisis" in Toronto and they say more trust and transparency is needed between their communities and the Toronto police to prevent further deaths.

'All of it is about healing': Teepees come to city hall to honour residential school survivors

More than 20 large painted teepees have been erected in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square as the city holds a festive celebration over two days to honour the legacy of residential school survivors.

Family members weep as man charged in Toronto double homicide appears in court

A man accused of killing two men and injuring a third outside a Toronto apartment building appeared in court on Sunday as family members of his alleged victims wept openly in the courtroom.

Wasaga Beach businesses concerned high water levels eroding local economy

Parts of the beach in Wasaga Beach, Ont. have disappeared due to near record high water levels and an official says local business owners are concerned that fewer tourists are spending time and money in the town as a result.

Advocate calls on Toronto parents to speak up about lack of affordable child care spots

Hundreds of parents scrambling to find child care should speak up about the lack of affordable spaces in Toronto, an advocate says, as the city continues to grapple with how to fund new spots in schools amid provincial funding cuts.

Recent drowning deaths prompt officials to talk about water safety

A rash of drownings in Ontario in recent days is prompting officials to remind people heading out onto the water to take a few moments to think about safety.

Ontario defends $6.2M cut to public transit tax credit for seniors

The Ontario government is defending a $6.2 million budget cut to a refundable tax credit program for seniors that helps to cover public transit costs, saying it expects "no negative impacts to seniors" as a result.

Mississauga approves Smart City master plan to guide its digital projects

Mississauga has approved a "Smart City" master plan to guide officials on how to proceed with digital projects, enhance online city services and use technology to improve quality of life.