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 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.

Latest from Philip Lee-Shanok

Canada's tourism industry must break down silos to climb to new heights

Canada could rival countries like New Zealand as a destination for young adventurers and visitors looking for natural beauty, but some tour operators say inter-provincial barriers prevent that potential from being unlocked.

Yes, city council will debate a handgun ban. No, it doesn't have the authority to implement it

The city's executive committee wants council to debate a call for a city-wide handgun ban, although it is beyond Toronto's power to declare one. But advocates say it could show Ottawa that the city is united in supporting federal attempts at gun control.

Privacy advocates sound warning on Toronto police use of facial recognition technology

Toronto Police say a pilot project using facial recognition technology has been effective in helping investigators solve crimes, but privacy and civil rights advocates are concerned by a lack of clear guidelines for its use.

Cell service is expanding on the TTC. Here's why you may not be able to use it

A system to provide uninterrupted cellular and Wi-Fi service for those riding on TTC trains is coming, but major cellphone companies don't want to sign on.

Rare exception to parking permit ban coming to Scarborough

A small group of residents on a Scarborough street are about to have an opportunity to purchase one of 12 overnight parking permits, despite the practice being banned elsewhere in the inner suburb.

Ontario's cannabis plan needs a rethink to curb black market, Chamber of Commerce says

Ontario Chamber of Commerce gives its assessment of state of the province's cannabis business plan in time for first 4/20 since legalization six month ago.

Construction group sounds alarm over delays due to noise bylaw changes

Proposed changes to the city's noise bylaw restricting times that crucial work can be done, will slow the construction of needed housing stock to a crawl, says a group representing the province's residential construction firms.

Feds commit $1.3B to repair crumbling Toronto community housing units

The federal government announced a $1.3-billion funding infusion on Friday aimed at helping the city agency that oversees public housing with a $1.6-billion repair backlog.

Reporting delays could be why vaccination rates for 7-year-olds so low, Toronto public health says

Toronto Public Health figures show that just 76 per cent of seven-year-olds were up to date on their measles vaccinations last year, but that may be due to a delay in parents letting the agency know their child has been immunized.

Mayor John Tory challenges residents, businesses across city to clean Toronto together

Toronto's annual spring clean-up kicks off April 26 and the mayor wants a record number of volunteers to come out and get involved.

Father pleads with missing man: 'We just want to get you back safe and well'

Bob Abrams travelled to Vaughan from New Jersey to help find his 24-year-old son, Simi, who has been missing for a week. York police ask the public to check around their properties.

Criminals hiding billions of dollars in GTA real estate, watchdog claims

Transparency International Canada report called "Opacity: Why Criminals Love Canadian Real Estate" analysed 1.4 million home purchases since 2008 and found the true owners can be hidden behind corporations or through the use of unregulated lenders.

Hundreds mourn Christchurch mass shooting victims at Toronto city hall vigil

Speakers fiercely condemned Islamophobia and connected hateful violence with hateful speech, as hundreds in Toronto honoured the victims of a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Two provincial employees sue for $26M alleging 'anti-black' racism

Two Ontario government employees have launched a $26 million lawsuit against the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Ontario Public Service and two unions over claims they were harassed and discriminated against because they are black women.

Eager for a rental, a Torontonian is selling himself as the 'Best Tenant Ever'

Advertising his great credit and references, plus his beard, a 30-year-old would-be renter is hoping a personal website will help him land an apartment amid Toronto's housing crunch.