Haydn Watters

Haydn Watters is a roving reporter for Ontario, primarily serving the province's local radio shows. He has worked for CBC News and CBC Radio in Halifax, Yellowknife, Ottawa and Toronto, with stints at the politics bureau and the entertainment unit. He also ran an experimental one-person pop-up bureau for the CBC in Barrie, Ont.

Latest from Haydn Watters

It's taken almost a decade. But this man thinks he's perfected Ontario tomatoes

A new tomato is on the way — one developed for Ontario and its growing conditions. People call it the Ontario tomato. Here's how it's being made.

They prune vines but 'oddly don't eat the grapes': How sheep are helping make Ontario wine

Flocks of sheep and lamb are helping improve Ontario wine this summer — and making life a little easier for Niagara winemakers.

Can an electric car cover Canada and the U.S.? This man is driving 25,000 km to find out

Wade Anderson is in the middle of an epic two-month road trip to extreme points around Canada and the U.S.A. and hoping he can keep his car charged the whole way.
Footprint

As beach season begins, a mounting fight to keep shores swimmable

Ontario's beaches are plagued by problems like E. coli, receding shorelines and high waters, making some unswimmable. Finding fixes isn't always easy ⁠— here's who is tackling it.

Ontario has a grave problem — its tombstones are falling apart

Many Ontario cemeteries are in a serious state of disrepair, with leaning, loose and broken tombstones littering the sites. But only a few folks can tackle the problem.

These seniors couldn't afford living alone — so they're becoming roommates

After her husband died, Pat Dunn couldn't afford to live alone. So she put the call out for a roommate on Facebook to other single senior women. Hundreds have responded.

Meet the man who has lived with wild deer for decades

Brantford's Wayne Etmanski has spent years living in the woods with white-tailed deer. His hope is to co-exist and befriend the herd.

Solving maple syrup's sticky situation: knowing when the season ends

Maple syrup season is dripping to an end around the province. But knowing exactly when the season ends has always been a challenge. That's what maple syrup producers are trying to change.
The New Wave

As melt starts, Quinte prepares for a lot of water — and then none

As part of the New Wave water series, here's a look at how one Ontario conservation area is tackling unpredictable water-related weather issues.

Shawn Mendes the biggest winner as bulk of Juno Awards handed out Saturday

Pop star Shawn Mendes wasn't there but he was the night's biggest winner at the Junos gala, picking up four prizes, while Michael Bublé made a surprise appearance to present David Foster with the humanitarian award.

Dormant farmland's a growing issue — so farmers are matchmaking

Farmers are getting older. Most don't have succession plans in place. The industry is looking for solutions for the farmland. So some are betting on matchmaking.

Cows belch methane. Now researchers are trying to breed them to burp less

An international research project is trying to tackle a climate change contributor — burping cows. Here's how one Guelph researcher is making it happen.

What if the harvest doesn't come? Niagara icewine-making is 'an extreme sport'

The mild winter has meant some Niagara winemakers haven't been able to harvest for icewine. Now it's a weather waiting game — and there's a lot at stake.

'I'm genuinely terrified': Burlington father-daughter duo rows the Atlantic Ocean

John Beeden and his daughter Libby are on a unique holiday trip: the Burlington, Ont., duo is a third of the way into rowing the Atlantic Ocean from one continent to another.

'There is no real guide': What it's like raising reindeer in Ontario

Reindeer are rather elusive creatures in Ontario. But for the Linker family, they've become family.