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

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.
The Implant Files

'We're guinea pigs': Canada's oversight process for implanted medical devices stuns suffering patients

Millions of Canadians rely on surgically implanted medical devices in order to function — to do everything from walk without pain to pump blood through their veins. But a new CBC investigation reveals some devices are approved with scant scientific evidence to show they are safe and effective.
CBC Investigates

New Ontario government puts brakes on anti-scalping law

Ontario has quietly shelved a key part of the controversial anti-scalping law that would have capped prices ticket scalpers can charge to fans of live music and sports, a joint CBC News/Toronto Star investigation has learned.

The electoral game: What would Ontario results look like under a different voting system?

Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives scored a convincing win in last week's Ontario election, taking 61 per cent of the seats — but with only 40 per cent of the vote. That outcome would look dramatically different using a different voting system.

Ever wonder how often your MPP voted in Legislature? Find out here

Despite their promise to represent the concerns of Ontario’s constituents, a handful of MPPs running for re-election June 7 missed nearly half the votes or more at the Legislature since they were elected in 2014, according to a CBC News data analysis.
CBC Investigates

After 6-month wait, cheques land on doorstep of sick Ontario worker

Mitch LaPrade has been fighting the WSIB for 11 years, arguing his chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) was caused by exposure to a carcinogen called benzene. The highest level of Ontario’s workers’ compensation system ruled in his favour last fall, but his cheques only arrived this week after a CBC investigation.
CBC Investigates

'It is discrimination': Sick worker wins groundbreaking case against WSIB

Mitch LaPrade had an 11-year battle to prove that his cancer is linked to contact with the chemical benzene at the printing company where he worked. But firefighters with the exact same form of leukemia are given automatic acknowledgement that benzene exposure on the job is to blame.