Shanifa Nasser

Reporter, CBC Toronto

Shanifa Nasser is an investigative journalist interested in national security and stories with a heartbeat. Before coming to CBC News, she was a Munk Fellow in Global Journalism at the University of Toronto. She also holds a Master's degree in Islamic Studies.

Latest from Shanifa Nasser

In some battleground ridings, renters spend 50% or more of income on housing

Housing affordability is poised to be a major ballot box issue in the upcoming federal election, with a sizeable portion of renters in some of the country's battleground ridings spending half or more of their income on housing.

'A death sentence': Mother of former child refugee facing deportation makes emotional plea

The mother of a former child refugee taken into foster care not long after arriving in Canada in the mid-1990s is making an emotional plea to save her son from being deported to Somalia.

When CSIS comes knocking: Amid reports of Muslim students contacted by spy agency, hotline aims to help

Receiving a phone call or visit from Canada's spy agency or law enforcement is an increasingly familiar experience for many Muslim students on campus.

'To see the light where there was no light': Hundreds gather to remember Hodan Nalayeh

Friends and family gathered Thursday evening to remember Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh and her work highlighting the triumphs of the Somali community.

This Brampton, Ont., bus driver is delighting passengers with the Punjabi he's picked up along the way

Mike Landry has picked up a lot of passengers in his 19 years as a bus driver — but something else he's picked up has delighted his Brampton, Ont., riders and made him something of a local celebrity. 

What will become of Toronto's Chinatown? Activists worry gentrification will erase a unique piece of history

A coalition of grassroots organizers is pushing back against commercially-driven gentrification that they see as threatening to erase the unique character of Chinatowns in North America.

Thousands join effort to stop international student from being deported for 'working too hard,' he says

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition as part of an eleventh-hour plea to stop the deportation of an international student arrested for working too many hours - just days before his graduation.

Kevin Johnston ordered to pay $2.5M for 'hateful, Islamophobic' remarks against restaurant chain owner

A former Mississauga mayoral candidate charged two years ago with a hate crime displayed "horrific" behaviour when he made "hateful Islamophobic" comments against Paramount Fine Foods owner Mohammed Fakih, a judge has ruled.

Saudi Arabia put these 2 men to death. Now their families are calling on Canada to stop arming the regime

The families of two men executed by Saudi Arabia last week spoke exclusively with CBC News, saying Canada's continued sale of arms to the regime makes it complicit in the kingdom’s human rights abuses.

Ahead of federal election, imams at 69 Canadian mosques deliver message that every vote counts

When Canadians go to the polls in October, a non-partisan group hopes Muslim voter turnout will be higher than ever — and seized one of the year's most-attended days of prayer to mobilize the community with a single message: every ballot counts.

'It's absolutely heartbreaking': Canadians mourn as Notre-Dame Cathedral burns

Just hours before flames engulfed the spire one of the world’s most recognizable cathedrals, Ashley Creed had been inside the centuries-old Notre-Dame, marvelling at a piece of history she'd only seen in history books.

Shawn Spaulding died after just 3 days in an Ontario jail. Now his family is seeking answers

The relatives of a Toronto man who died after just days in an Ontario jail say they're desperate to know what happened — and that they've been told it could be months before they have answers.

'I felt that I wasn't valued': In the wake of another OPP suicide, a former officer speaks out

Sheri Kewley, a former officer with the Ontario Provincial Police, served with the force for 10 years and retired in 2006. Since then, suicide has claimed the lives of two of her fellow officers — two too many. 

'It doesn't feel human': Students angry U of T not acknowledging campus suicides

Dozens of students demanded action outside the halls of power at the University of Toronto on Monday, calling for the school to acknowledge a mental-health crisis on campus days after a suicide on campus.

Ontario man dubbed 'high risk to public safety' after trying to join terror group set for release

An Ontario man who travelled to Syria to support an al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group is set to be released — despite being considered of "high risk to public safety," according to a decision by the Parole Board of Canada.