Lucas Powers

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Lucas Powers is a Toronto-based reporter and writer. He's reported for CBC News from across Canada. Have a story to tell? Email any time.

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Ontario reports 2,408 new COVID-19 cases, 41 more deaths linked to the illness

The case count is the second-highest on a single day since the pandemic began, and a ninth consecutive day of more than 2,000 cases in the province. 

Ontario reports 2,139 new COVID-19 cases as deaths top 4,000

Ontario reported 2,139 new cases of COVID-19 and 43 more deaths from the illness on Wednesday as hospitalization figures reached second-wave highs.

Personal support worker becomes first Ontarian to get dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Anita Quidangen, a personal support worker at the Rekai Centre in Toronto, sat down for her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shortly before 12 p.m. ET.

Ontario reports 1,890 new COVID-19 cases as York Region hospitals reach 'tipping point'

The number of people in Ontario hospitals with confirmed infections climbed to 811. Of those, 221 are being treated in intensive care and 129 require the use of a ventilator.

Possible COVID-19 lockdown coming to Toronto, Peel and York as Ontario reports 1,417 new cases

New COVID-19 restrictions are likely to be implemented later this week in three Ontario regions consistently seeing the most new cases, Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday. 

Ontario's COVID-19 budget comes with record spending and deficit, breaks for business

The Ontario government rolled out its latest budget on Thursday, a plan that includes a record deficit as the province battles a second wave of COVID-19 and tries to lay the groundwork for an economic recovery.

Ford announces reopenings as Ontario reports single-day record of 1,050 new COVID-19 cases

The seven-day average of new cases, which helps smooth out noise in the data, is now up to 950.

Toronto police 'made the wrong decision' not to report Dafonte Miller assault to SIU: interim chief

Interim Toronto police Chief James Ramer said Thursday that the service "made the wrong decision" when it chose not to report the beating of Dafonte Miller at the hands of an off-duty officer to Ontario's police watchdog.

'Quadmesters' for teens and no sports: Reopening plans for Toronto public schools revealed

Families with children in Canada's largest school board are getting a glimpse of what learning could be like once students return to class in September.

Elementary students will be in class full-time come September, Ontario says

Elementary students in Ontario will be heading back to school full-time come September, the provincial government revealed today, while most high school students will split their time between the classroom and online learning. 

Former cabinet minister Steven Del Duca elected new Ontario Liberal leader

The beleaguered Ontario Liberals have chosen Steven Del Duca to replace former premier Kathleen Wynne and lead the party as it rebuilds from a catastrophic election defeat two years ago.

What you need to know as Ontario Liberals choose a new leader after 2018 election blowout

Ontario's beleaguered Liberals will choose a new leader today as the party looks to rebound from a devastating election and rebuild ahead of the next one in 2022.

No answers from company after pricey exercise bike breaks, leaving Toronto man badly cut

Devon Allistone says a faulty pedal on a six-month-old, $1,500 bike left him with a "giant gash" on his right leg, and his multiple attempts to discuss the injury with the U.S.-based Echelon have been unsuccessful.

'I don't know how long people can last': Quarantined cruise ship passengers confined to cabins

"We have no window. We have no daylight. They haven't let us out yet for fresh air," said Lana Chan, who's staying with a friend in a 180-square foot interior cabin.

Toronto shoemaker crafting custom footwear for Hollywood's biggest hits

You've likely seen Jeff Churchill's handiwork all over big and little screens, or perhaps at a musical or live performance. From his workshop in Parkdale, Churchill crafts some of the most exclusive bespoke footwear in the world.