Taylor Simmons

Associate Producer, CBC Toronto

Taylor Simmons works in all areas of the CBC Toronto newsroom, from writing for the website to producing TV and radio stories. Taylor grew up in Mississauga, Ont. and studied journalism at Western University. You can reach her at taylor.simmons@cbc.ca.

Latest from Taylor Simmons

Our Toronto

Asian-Canadian women take centre stage in Lady Sunrise at Factory Theatre

A new production at Factory Theatre, Lady Sunrise, is the work of a rare assembly of talent both onstage and behind the scenes - a writer, director and six actors who are all women and all Asian Canadians.
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'I feel so free. I feel shameless': How two best friends are fighting gay 'shame' through a podcast

In just under a year, a podcast started by two Toronto friends aimed at reducing gay “shame” has garnered more than one million downloads from about 100 countries.
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'They helped us believe in ourselves': Tech training program helps marginalized GTA youth land jobs

NPower Canada is a charitable organization funded by government partners, the United Way and corporate sponsors, focused on connecting under-served young people with meaningful employment.
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Indigenous theatre company explores grief, loss and laughter in new production

Native Earth Performing Arts is bringing their production of 'This Is How We Got Here' to Aki Studio in Regent Park from Jan. 26 to Feb. 16.
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'Life gave me another chance': 2 plays written by Syrian refugee, playwright open in Toronto

Ahmad Meree wrote and and is starring in two one-act shows called Suitcase an Adrenaline. They're both based on his experiences as a Syrian refugee, and they're are running as a double bill at the Theatre Passe Muraille in Alexandra Park until Feb. 1.
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How a 26-year-old woman became the president of the Economic Club of Canada

Ahead of an anticipated conversation the Economic Club of Canada will host with former U.S. President Barack Obama on Jan. 23, the club's president, Rhiannon Rosalind, sat down with Our Toronto to speak about her journey to the top.

How phone scammers caused weeks of abuse for this Toronto funeral director

David Bishay, a Toronto funeral director, recently became a victim of spoofing. Scammers used his number to disguise theirs, resulting in thousands of angry phone calls, voicemails and text messages.

Painting a brighter future: How a retired executive is trying to fight ageism in the workplace

In October 2018, Cliff Randall launched The Senior Touch, a spray painting business aimed at beautifying kitchens as well as giving seniors meaningful work and access to an income.

4 Ontario sisters meet for the first time thanks to Google, a little luck and a DNA test

With the help of a DNA test and some of her own investigative work, Gina McClelland from Uxbridge, Ont., found not just her father, but three paternal sisters from around Ontario and a brother from the Dominican Republic.

Canadian WW II vets to visit Italy to commemorate the Italian Campaign

The Italian Campaign began in July 1943, lasting until early 1945. For almost two years, Canadian troops and their allies moved from the south to the north of Italy, facing numerous brutal battles - including one of the largest seaborne operations in military history - leaving 6,000 Canadian troops dead.

A lot of people 'getting ripped off' by gift card scammers, victims and experts warn

When a recently married Whitby, Ont., couple tried to spend a $100 gift card they were given as a wedding present, they were shocked to learn the balance was zero. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says it is aware of organized retail fraud, but doesn’t track how often it’s happening.

How young people in Toronto are celebrating immigrant stories through series of block parties

The Toronto Ward Museum tasked young leaders with gathering diverse immigrant stories through audio recordings, photos and archival materials. They’re each transforming the stories into multimedia exhibits and showcasing them at community block parties.

How these GTA teens helped shape the lineup at this year's TIFF

A dozen GTA teens are making their mark at the Toronto International Film Festival which begins Thursday, by adding their stamp of approval to movies they consider important to youth today.

Etobicoke residents concerned as their parking lot crumbles into Lake Ontario

Residents of an Etobicoke apartment building say they want their property management to step in and fix their back parking lot, which is slowly crumbling into Lake Ontario.

New homeless shelter for youth officially opens in Scarborough

YouthLink — the charity behind a new shelter in Scarborough is promising to do things differently by breaking the cycle of homelessness and getting young people off the streets.