Natalie Nanowski

Reporter, CBC Toronto

Natalie is a storyteller who spent the last few years in Montreal covering everything from politics to corruption and student protests. Now that she’s back in her hometown of Toronto, she is eagerly rediscovering what makes this city tick, and has a personal interest in real estate and investigative journalism. When she’s not reporting you can find her at a yoga studio or exploring Queen St. Contact Natalie:

Latest from Natalie Nanowski

Job cuts could affect arts programs at Central Tech, staff warns

On any given day, Adam Brockie is loading a kiln, mixing chemicals and maintaining Central Technical School’s bronze foundry. A few weeks ago he got a notice saying his job is in jeopardy and now there’s concern that without him the school’s art programs won’t be able to run.

Home runs put condo dwellers at risk, but baseball players say they warned city years ago

It was late Friday afternoon when Jen Fitzgerald found out that her recreational baseball league wasn’t going to be able to play on the MacGregor Park diamond as it has every Saturday for nearly a decade. The reason, a newly built condominium was getting hit with baseballs.

Rain-soaked spring leaves Toronto's rec fields and diamonds too drenched to play on

Walking along the damp muddy grass in Riverdale Park, Rolston Miller describes the sound the ground is making as "the squishy marshmallow". The four baseball diamonds on the park's west side are closed because the outfields are too wet to play on. 

'I'm out around $3K': Drivers surprised by licence suspension for 30-year-old traffic tickets

Truck driver Garry Prentice doesn’t remember running a red light in Toronto 30 years ago, but the Toronto Courts definitely do. He’s one of two people who’ve had their licences suspended because of an unpaid traffic ticket from the 1980s.

Lessons learned: Ward's Island residents get ready for possible flooding

There are massive sandbags lining the shore, the ground is cold and soaked, and there’s already five centimetres of water in his crawl space, but Mike French, who has lived there for a decade, doesn’t seem worried that Ward’s Island could flood all over again.

Does cannabis make you mellow or manic? A new genetic test may explain why

Genetic technology expert John Lem with has come up with a test that he says can predict how you react to cannabis - for example, how high you'll get and for how long on a given dose. But other experts are skeptical.

Drag queens to help Pride celebrate 50th anniversary of LGBT movement

Pride Toronto is a month away, but we already know some of the big headliners for the celebration that’s expected to draw about three million people to the city.

Ex-Marshalls employee says he was fired for being gay, files human rights complaint

When Michael Gale reported instances of discrimination, he says management started looking for reasons to let him go.

Think before you flick — cigarette butts aren't biodegradable

The snow has melted to reveal months of discarded pizza crusts, dog poop and cigarette butts. But unlike the first two things, cigarette filters aren’t biodegradable, and now the city has launched a campaign to get smokers to stop flicking them away.

Toronto's tall towers are making the wind worse

What can mess up your hair, steal your hat and even knock you off your feet? Wind. And in Toronto, skyscrapers have more to do with the wind than Mother Nature.

Schools not preparing students for 'success in this complex world,' report finds

Ontario schools are struggling to prepare students for the future by failing to implement policies on career and life planning, a new report by People for Education says.

Why Chief Mark Saunders wants a $1B budget and 300 more officers

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders wants to hire about 800 more people this year, with 300 of the positions going to uniformed officers. He'll present his budget proposal Thursday to the Toronto Police Services Board.

Toronto businesses find creative ways to reduce their waste

Some Toronto businesses aren't happy with the way waste is being dealt with in the city, so they’ve come up with their own solutions for recycling and composting.

GTA parents want modernized sex-ed curriculum back, early numbers show

An overwhelming majority of people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTAH), who took part in consultations, want the modernized 2015 sex-ed curriculum reinstated, according to data obtained by CBC through a freedom of information request.

Not many people like cormorants, but should hunters be allowed to kill 50 birds per day?

Conservationists are speaking out about a provincial proposal to open up a new hunting season for double-crested cormorants that could see each hunter kill 14,000 birds a year.