Nicole Brockbank

Reporter, CBC Toronto

Nicole Brockbank is a reporter for CBC Toronto's Enterprise Unit. Fuelled by coffee, she digs up, researches and writes original investigative and feature stories.

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CBC Investigates

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan had shares in company that runs controversial U.S. migrant detention centres

A few months after the Canada Pension Plan made headlines for investing in private U.S. prison companies that run immigration detention centes, the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board bought shares in one of those same companies.

This woman lived on her own until 107; expert says care in community key to aging population

More than a dozen residents at a Chinese nursing home in Toronto are part of the fastest growing age group in Canada — people 100 years old and older.

Toronto police investigated whether Gay Village murder suspect had help from notorious killer Luka Magnotta

Investigators who probed the disappearances of three men from Toronto’s Gay Village explored the possibility that their main suspect had killed and cannibalized Skandaraj Navaratnam with the help of notorious killer Luka Magnotta, according to recently unsealed court documents.

311 complaints about short-term rentals have skyrocketed in Toronto

The Ice Condos tops the list of addresses with the most 311 complaints about short-term rentals in Toronto, according to eight years of data obtained by CBC News from the city.

Airbnbs have 'serious impact' on Toronto housing despite making up less than 1% of dwellings, expert says

Airbnb listings for entire homes in Toronto only make up as much as 0.8 per cent of all the city’s private dwellings, but one urban planning expert says that’s still enough of the market to have a “serious impact” on the affordability and availability of housing in Toronto.

Cop who got drunk guarding dead body allegedly tried to kiss construction worker

A Toronto police officer who got drunk while guarding a body last year is now facing new allegations under the Police Service Act — including that he climbed heavy machinery to try and kiss a female construction worker while working paid duty.
CBC Investigates

Man still paying off 'predatory' contracts his father signed with HVAC company funded by big financial lender

Even though Home Trust, one of Canada's largest alternative lenders, publicly said it wouldn't finance any more HVAC rental contracts from one company after that company faced a slew of consumer protection act charges in 2016 — Home Trust continued to buy very similar contracts from other companies.
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More artists come forward, allege former gallery owner owes nearly $32K for missing or sold art

Five more artists are alleging a former Toronto and Port Hope, Ont., gallery owner owes them a total of nearly $27,000 for missing or sold artwork, following a CBC News investigation last week.
CBC Investigates

2 artists say former Toronto gallery owner sold their paintings and never paid them

Two artists, one from Toronto and another from Montreal, say a former gallery owner sold their paintings without telling them, and never paid them their cut of the sale.
CBC Investigates

Some 'snitch-line' tips on teaching about same-sex marriage are flagged as alleged professional misconduct

The Ontario government flagged parent complaints as “allegations of professional misconduct” about educators teaching same sex marriage, sexting and masturbation alongside complaints about teachers using racial slurs, and making sexual advances toward students, according to records CBC News obtained through a freedom of information request.

Toronto police knew serial killer Bruce McArthur linked to 3 of his victims in 2013: court files

Toronto police knew Bruce McArthur "had a link" to three of the eight men he pleaded guilty to murdering after interviewing the serial killer in late 2013, according to a newly unsealed judicial order.

Crown, defence debate when Bruce McArthur should get chance at parole

Crown lawyers argued in court Tuesday that "sexual predator" and serial killer Bruce McArthur, 67, should not be eligible for parole for 50 years. But the defence countered that on account of McArthur's age, it's unnecessary to extend parole eligibility beyond the mandatory minimum of 25 years.

What we know about the 8 men killed by Bruce McArthur

After Bruce McArthur pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, we learned more about the serial killer’s victims at the 67-year-old’s sentencing hearing.

Surveillance video of victim likely crucial evidence in catching serial killer Bruce McArthur

The agreed statement of facts from Bruce McArthur's guilty plea is shedding new light on what we already knew about the serial killer and his crimes — including a "crucial piece of evidence" without which police have hinted the 67-year-old might still be free.

Toronto landlord owes man with disabilities, daughter $60K after 'campaign' of harassment

A Toronto man was denied an apartment because of his disabilities, and then he and his pregnant daughter endured "a campaign" of abuse and harassment from the landlord after a relative helped them secure a unit and move into the building, according to a decision by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO).