Talia Ricci

Talia Ricci is a CBC reporter based in Toronto. She's from Guelph and has also reported in London and Winnipeg. From the Middle East to West Africa, Talia has travelled around the globe volunteering and photographing. She enjoys covering offbeat human interest stories and exposing social justice issues. When she's not reporting, you can find Talia creating recipes for her plant based food blog.

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The stolen spring: What COVID-19 looks like in my neighbourhood

Film camera in hand, CBC Toronto reporter Talia Ricci walks her east end neighbourhood and finds quiet scenes of resilience.

Black market barbers: Hundreds seek 'quarantine cuts' during COVID-19 pandemic

A barber based in East York says he's been travelling all over the GTA to give haircuts at people's homes. Hair salons and barber shops were ordered to close along with all other non-essential businesses across the province on March 25, but the demand for black market haircuts has not stopped since.

'He can't understand why he's not seeing his family': Mother of non-verbal son begs for visitor exemption

It's been more than seven weeks since Pamela Libralesso has seen her 14-year-old son Joey, who is non-verbal. The group home he lives in is restricting visitors, following guidelines from the provincial government to curb the spread of COVID-19. Libralesso is calling on the home and the government to make exceptions for parents.

How an east-end Toronto hospital is helping long-term care homes fight COVID-19

A team of health-care workers from Michael Garron Hospital is offering in-person and over-the-phone support to east-end long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's an effort to prevent the deadly virus from spreading to more residents and staff.

Canadians shouldn't 'be too hard on themselves' about rising screen time, experts say

As many people work from home while trying to keep up with the news and practise physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's expected screen time on their devices will increase. Experts weigh in with their advice if you're feeling overwhelmed.

Cannabis labs eager to aid with COVID-19 testing with 10,000 backlog in Ontario

The CEO of a state-of-the-art cannabis analytical testing facility in Woodbridge says he's been trying to get the government's attention to offer his company's labs up for COVID-19 testing. On Thursday, Health Canada reached out.

Violinist performs for grandmother quarantined in Mississauga retirement home

Viera Zmiyiwsky normally visits her 94-year-old grandmother multiple times a week at Ivan Franko Home in Mississauga.The violinist wanted to do something special for her grandma, so she planned a performance for her and ended up with a bigger audience than she expected.

City reminds residents social distancing applies at playgrounds, parks, after Conservation Halton closures

The city of Toronto says while playgrounds and parks haven't been closed to the public, it's still very important residents are practicing social distancing in these spaces.

'We need it more than toilet paper': Canadian Blood Services seeks donations amid COVID-19 pandemic

A spike in appointment cancellations with Canadian Blood Services has the organization reminding people that blood donation is an essential service, and if the drop continues, it could be faced with a shortage.

'We're so isolated': Human trafficking survivors often burdened with debt, financial fraud

Feb. 22 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Ontario. One survivor talks about why resources like assistance with banking are important when rebuilding their lives.

Health professionals hope a giant scavenger hunt to locate GTA defibrillators saves lives

Peel paramedics and health researchers are hoping the public can help them save lives by locating a large portion of Toronto's estimated 20,000 automated external defibrillators. Currently, fewer than 10 per cent are registered, meaning emergency workers can't easily locate them when they need to.

'It exceeded our dreams' Brampton school gets new fitness facilities through donation

Judith Nyman Secondary School in Brampton went from almost having to close down their fitness room because their equipment was so old — to brand new state of the art facilities after a teacher reached out for help.

On the 75th anniversary of Bob Marley's birth, GTA reggae scene reflects on his influence

Artists and music lovers in the GTA's reggae scene say Bob Marley continues to influence and affect people today, almost four decades after his death. Feb. 6, the reggae legend's birthday, is celebrated around the globe each year.

14 aging Toronto public schools would cost more to repair than rebuild

According to TDSB data, 14 schools would cost more to repair than to rebuild. The board says that's partly because the average age of the schools is more than 60 years old, but also because it needs more public funding to put a bigger dent in the repair backlog.

3 women living on the street explain why Brampton needs a women's shelter

Women experiencing homelessness in Brampton say they feel forgotten. There are homeless shelters for men and youth in Brampton, but none exclusively for women unless they are fleeing domestic violence. The city says it recognizes the gap and is working to fix it.