Muriel Draaisma

Muriel Draaisma is a web reporter at CBC Toronto. She writes about crime, policing, politics, civic issues and the environment. Born in B.C., she now lives in Scarborough. Have a story tip? Email:

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Bowmanville braces for possible flooding with sandbag walls on shoreline

Residents have placed an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 sandbags along the shore in Bowmanville as the community east of Toronto braces for rising water from Lake Ontario.

Students speak out about loss of beloved school vocal group, Mayfield Magnetics

Students at a high school in Caledon, Ont., are speaking out against provincial government increases to class sizes that will mean the cancellation of a popular vocal group known as Mayfield Magnetics.

Man in hospital with facial injuries after drive-by shooting, crash in east end

A man in his 30s is recovering in hospital from gunshot wounds to his face after a drive-by shooting in the city's east end that ended in a crash on Friday night, Toronto police say.

Ministry probes suspected overdoses at jail after 1 dead, 1 in hospital

Ontario's ministry of the solicitor general is investigating a string of suspected overdoses at the Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton, Ont. that has left one inmate dead.

Lawyers and doctors rally at Queen's Park against provincial cut to legal aid

Lawyers and doctors gathered at Queen's Park on Tuesday to protest against a provincial government funding cut to legal aid that they say will endanger vulnerable people in Ontario.

It's time to review speed limits on provincial highways, minister says

Ontario's transportation minister announced on Wednesday that the province plans to review highway speed limits but it will consult the public first.

Workers getting closer to finishing $823M revitalization of Union Station, city says

"There is light at the tunnel" for a $823 million construction project that is transforming Union Station in downtown Toronto, city officials say, even though project has experienced delays and is costing more than originally estimated.

Use surplus public lands 'more aggressively' to create affordable housing, researcher says

A Ryerson University researcher is calling on governments in Ontario to be more aggressive in using surplus public land to boost the supply of affordable housing. She's speaking out the same day the province announced the sale of a parcel of land partly for affordable housing in downtown Toronto.

Estimated 1,000 volunteers pick up trash in Don Valley as part of ravine cleanup

An estimated 1,000 volunteers are picking up trash in Toronto's Don Valley on Saturday as part of the city's annual spring cleanup.

'Don't Mess with the Don' ravine cleanup expected to draw over 1,000 people

A community group is hosting a major cleanup of garbage in Toronto's Don Valley next weekend that has attracted big interest on social media.

Man dies of injuries after fire in Regent Park apartment

A man has died of his injuries after an early morning fire in a Toronto Community Housing apartment building in Regent Park on Sunday.

Security staff honoured for quick actions during Yorkdale mall shooting

Five security staff people at Yorkdale Shopping Centre were honoured on Sunday for acting quickly in the face of danger during a shooting at the mall last summer.

City to counter anti-vaccine information after hearing from this survivor

Toronto's board of health will develop a strategy to counter false information about the safety of vaccines, officials decided on Monday after hearing from a woman who contracted polio at a young age.

Man dies on way to hospital after shooting in Pickering

A man was pronounced dead in an ambulance after he was shot behind a recreation centre in Pickering early Sunday, police say.

Toronto 'greener, cleaner' because of Community Environment Days, Tory says

Community Environment Days in Toronto allow residents to live "greener, cleaner" lives, says Mayor John Tory, who attended the first such day of the year on Saturday.