Valérie Ouellet

Valérie Ouellet is CBC's senior data journalist in Toronto. She recently investigated the Paradise Papers, prison deaths, RCMP misconduct and the troubled Phoenix pay system.

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CBC Investigates

Thousands of suspected injuries tied to breast implants revealed in manufacturer data dump, CBC analysis finds

Health Canada was left in the dark for years about thousands of suspected injuries and complications related to breast implants — including multiple mentions of a rare cancer — that manufacturers failed to report, CBC News has learned.
CBC Investigates

Some prisoners not offered COVID-19 shots until months after general public, CBC analysis finds

More than 6,700 prisoners across Canada have tested positive for COVID-19 — a rate much higher than the general population. Yet a CBC News analysis has found that in some facilities, prisoners waited until May for their chance at a first vaccination.
CBC Investigates

Ontario's pharmacy vaccines harder to find in some areas with high COVID rates

A month after Ontario began shipping COVID-19 vaccines to pharmacies around the province, an analysis by CBC News shows some of the hardest-hit neighbourhoods are still waiting while other communities with lower infection rates have a disproportionately high number of pharmacies offering shots.

Canadian ER visits dropped by half during 1st wave of pandemic, national data shows

Emergency and operating rooms across the country were historically empty during the first months of the pandemic, with ER visits and surgeries dropping by almost half according to national data compiled by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
CBC Investigates

COVID-19 taking a toll in prisons, with high infection rates, CBC News analysis shows

A preliminary analysis by CBC News suggests that, despite prevention measures such as releasing thousands of low-risk offenders, infection rates are still five times higher in provincial jails and up to nine times higher in federal facilities than in the general population.

U.S. son can't see sick mother in Canada because he's not 'immediate family' under current regulations

Mary Goldman says she was shocked when the Canada Border Services Agency confirmed that her brother wouldn't be allowed in the country because he does not fall under any of the categories for a family exemption, even though their mother is Canadian.

New StatsCan data reveals hundreds of 'excess' deaths in Canada amid pandemic

Hundreds more Canadians died in the early weeks of the pandemic than in the same period in previous years — but not all were directly connected to COVID-19, according to new figures released Friday by Statistics Canada.
CBC Investigates

2,000 COVID-19 cases missing from Toronto's map of hot spots

More than 2,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases are missing from the map the City of Toronto released last week that shows infections by neighbourhood, CBC News has found.

Early 'excess death' data for Canada suggests decrease in deaths in early days of pandemic

Data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada suggests that fewer Canadians died in the first three months of 2020 than in the same period in previous years, despite the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
School Violence

'They're not taking it seriously': Under-reporting of student violence persists

Despite an Ontario law enacted eight years ago that makes it mandatory for school boards to report violent incidents to the education ministry, CBC found many assaults are not being recorded.

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