Philip Lee-Shanok

Senior Reporter, CBC Toronto

From small town Ontario to Washington D.C., Philip has covered stories big and small. An award-winning reporter with more than two decades of experience in Ontario and Alberta, he's now a Senior Reporter for CBC Toronto on television, radio and online. He is also a National Reporter for The World This Weekend on Radio One. Follow him on Twitter @CBCPLS.

Latest from Philip Lee-Shanok

All aboard? Not quite. Toronto Island residents worried about limited restart of ferry service

Some Toronto Island residents are concerned about crowds, but also the demands on ferry services as boats will operate at half capacity to allow passengers to physically distance.

Like riding a bike: Torontonians back in the saddle getting around town and beyond

There's already a greater demand for bicycles in the GTA and with people planning on sticking closer to home this summer, cycling tourism could be a popular choice.

Hot town, summer in the city: 6 beaches for 3 million people

Toronto's beach season begins Monday with water quality testing and lifeguards on duty. But will there be enough beachfront to safely physical distance during COVID-19?

Why daycare operators and parents say province's reopening plan is premature

After Tuesday's surprise announcement, many daycare operators say they haven't had enough time to plan to reopen safely. They also expect costs to rise significantly, because they cannot operate at full capacity or charge parents more to care for their children.

Meet Rover, the AI app that's helping sniff out potholes in Markham

The City of Markham is collaborating with tech company Visual Defence to scour 1,100 kilometres of pavement for potholes, hoping that repairing them quickly will avoid costlier problems down the road.

Ontario churches, mosques and synagogues open for drive-in worship this weekend amid COVID-19

This is the first weekend that houses of worship are allowed to resume services, but only for drive-in gatherings as the province slowly reopens amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toronto woman calls on Ottawa to bring her father home from Somalia as it battles COVID-19

A woman active in Toronto's Somali-Canadian community is calling on the federal government to bring her ailing father home from Somalia. He's just one of hundreds of Canadians now in the embattled east African country, which is struggling to cope with an outbreak of COVID-19.

Condo vacancies rise, rents fall as pandemic crushes GTA's short-term rental market

Will more supply and less demand put pressure on post-COVID-19 rental rates? Real estate brokers say they are already seeing it and they're speculating that investors who rent out short-term are now pivoting to leasing their properties.

Service Canada quietly embraces delivering services digitally during COVID-19 pandemic

With physical outlets closed, and many Canadians seeking help from Ottawa due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Service Canada appears to have launched digital assistants to handle the crush. But no one at the agency seems to be talking about it.

Markham man trapped in India's COVID-19 lockdown worried he'll run out of needed meds

More than 15-thousand Canadians have told Global Affairs Canada they are in India, which is in COVID-19 lockdown until mid-April. Many are hoping the Canadian government will find a way to bring them home. One Markham man hopes that help will come in time.

Screening for COVID-19 should also include questions about food insecurity, volunteer organizations say

Food insecurity is at odds with COVID-19 public health directives, say grassroots organizers, since without support, hungry people will eventually break orders to physically distance, which will defeat measures to stop transmission of the disease.

Online courses for Ontario students during COVID-19 won't count towards grades, but that could change

The Ontario government announced the launch of a new online platform entitled, “Learn at Home” for two-million students out of classrooms due to COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 forces workers at sports bars, Scotiabank Arena to pay the price as pro leagues shut down

Workers at sports bars, Scotiabank Arena and BMO Field are facing fewer hours and even layoffs as COVID-19 forces the NHL, NBA and Major League Soccer to pause their seasons.

Long list of event cancellations due to COVID-19 a 'panicdemic,' health expert says

As mass gatherings are cancelled in Toronto and around the globe, at least one local health expert says he's worried about the long term consequences of a "panic-demic."

'Very unfortunate': Winter Stations art installation in The Beach removed due to damage

Organizers of the annual Winter Stations art exhibition on Woodbine Beach admit they should have probably "kid tested" one of the installations after they had to remove it due to damage this week. The exhibit, titled Noodle Feed, was taken down when its long tubular arms began tearing and leaking. 

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