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.

Latest from Valérie Ouellet

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

Analysis shows history of inconsistencies in how Hamilton school board tracks violence

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, where a student was stabbed to death earlier this month, is one of dozens of boards that repeatedly failed to report accurate violence statistics to the Ministry of Education, CBC finds.
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.
CBC Investigates

Airbnb quietly shut down a top host amid scathing reviews, but hundreds of guests were left to stay with him

Airbnb has taken dramatic action against one of its biggest hosts in Canada, shutting down his account and eight others linked to it in the wake of a CBC investigation that unearthed duplicate listings, shady guest ratings and hundreds of traveller complaints.
CBC Investigates

Who's behind the smiling faces of some Airbnb hosts? Multimillion-dollar corporations

While Airbnb touts stays in real people's homes and relationships with personable hosts, its biggest players in Canada are actually — and sometimes secretly — multimillion-dollar for-profit corporations, a CBC News data analysis finds.

Safety review of breast implants reopened after Implant Files stories

Health Canada is reopening its safety review of breast implants after more Canadian women were identified with symptoms of a rare cancer. The department has received reports of 22 confirmed cases and another 22 suspected cases of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

40% of Ontario full-time post-secondary students granted free tuition, CBC analysis shows

As Ontario students prepare to take their tuition fight back to Queens Park later today, never-released government data obtained by CBC News shows just how popular the now-cancelled free tuition program really was.

Canadian advocates call for all medical implants to be registered

After 30 years of failed proposals, the federal government seems to be warming up to the idea of improving tracking of medical implants to warn patients of problems.
The Implant Files

Why many Canadians face long waits or big bills to have painful medical devices removed

Women from across Canada describe how difficult — and expensive — it can be to get implanted medical devices such as pelvic meshes and contraceptive coils surgically removed when they cause debilitating pain.
The Implant Files

Insulin pumps linked to more reports of injury and death than any other medical device, records show

Insulin pumps are popular among Canadians with diabetes. The device is convenient and allows the user a greater degree of control over their blood sugar levels. But some experts warn that's precisely why it isn't necessarily the best — or safest — choice for all people with the condition.