Muriel Draaisma

Muriel Draaisma is a CBC Toronto web reporter. She writes about crime, social justice, politics, civic issues and the environment.

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Transit 'politicized' in Toronto but new plan will improve TTC, minister says

Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney says it's clear that Toronto needs a better public transit system and she is confident that the province will be able to expand subways in the city through a new plan announced this week.

1 in 5 homes in Canada bought by newcomers, Royal LePage survey says

A survey released on Wednesday by Royal LePage suggests newcomers to Canada are contributing "significantly" to demand for real estate, with about one in five homes sold to people who've arrived here in the last 10 years.

City council approves $1.5M in funding for police efforts to curb gun violence

Toronto city council has approved $1.5 million in funding for a police program aimed at curbing gun violence in the city.

U of T president says safety barriers should have been set up earlier to prevent suicide

The University of Toronto's president says the school should have erected temporary safety barriers sooner in a computer science building where students and a union active on campus say a student died by suicide last Friday.

U of T students demand change in wake of suicide on campus

Twenty-four students at the University of Toronto are calling on the school to improve its mental health services immediately after a death by suicide in a computer science building on Friday.

City plans to build affordable housing with park space on Birchcliff Quarry Lands

The city is proposing to build affordable housing with park space on its portion of a Scarborough site known as the Birchcliff Quarry Lands, a Toronto councillor said on Monday. 

Mississauga to roll out draft $450M climate change action plan

Mississauga will let the public have its say on a $450 million draft climate change action plan that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city by 80 per cent by 2050.

Public schools in Durham region trying to crack down on vaping by students

Public schools in Durham region are trying to crack down on vaping and officials say a growing number of secondary students are being warned, ticketed and fined for vaping on school property.

Coalition holds tailgate party in Vaughan to show support for public education

More than 100 people held a tailgate party in the riding of Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce on Saturday afternoon to show their support for public education.

Some classes at a Toronto high school have as many as 40 students each, principal says

A Toronto high school principal is reporting that some classrooms at the school contain as many as 40 students but the numbers are expected to improve by next month when the board reviews its staffing levels.

Advocates call on Ontario to restrict vaping ads in corner stores to protect youth

Health advocates are calling on the Ontario government to restrict advertising of vaping products in convenience stores across the province to prevent a generation of young people from becoming addicted to nicotine.

Investigators to probe fire at heritage home once engineers survey blackened remains

The Ontario Fire Marshal's office will investigate a major fire at a Toronto heritage house after engineers finish surveying the blackened remains of the building to determine whether anything can be salvaged, an official says.

Ex attendance rises to an estimated 1.5 million this year, CNE officials say

Organizers of the Canadian National Exhibition say they are "very pleased" with attendance at the annual fair this summer because early estimates indicate the total of number of people who went through the gates was higher than that of last year.

TTC's long, bendy streetcars to carry riders for last time on Labour Day

The last two of Toronto's "bendy" streetcars have reached the end of their working life, but the TTC is pressing both into service on Labour Day one last time before they officially retire.

Elections Canada 'wrong' to say climate change ads could be partisan, expert says

An Elections Canada warning to environmental groups that running climate change ads could possibly be seen as partisan activity during the federal election campaign is "wrong, harmful and dangerous," says a legal expert.