Lucas Powers

Senior Writer

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

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Police appeal for new information in decades-old disappearances in Ontario cottage country

Police in Ontario are appealing for new information in the suspected homicides of four seniors who mysteriously disappeared in cottage country more than two decades ago. 

Fedeli, MacLeod, Thompson all demoted in major Ontario cabinet shuffle by Ford

Some of Ontario Premier Doug Ford's most high-profile cabinet ministers have been moved out of their posts as part of a major shuffle, amid slumping poll numbers for the premier and controversies on several important files.

Jurassic Park spin-offs popping up as Raptors fever sweeps Canada

Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, the corporation that owns the Raptors, says 36 cities and towns outside of Toronto have been approved to host official public viewing parties.

Tory goes door-to-door to pressure PC MPPs to 'find the courage' to oppose funding cuts

"With government MPPs in Toronto, I hope one will have the courage, just one, to speak up ... and say this the wrong way to do this," Toronto Mayor John Tory said Saturday.

Ford government ups ante in carbon tax fight with new TV ad

Ontario's Progressive Conservative government is ratcheting up its anti-carbon tax rhetoric this week, releasing a new television ad set to air during prime-time hours across the province.

3 teens charged in connection with fatal shooting at prom after-party

York police have charged an 18-year-old male and two youths in connection with a fatal shooting at an after-prom party in Whitchurch-Stouffville last week.

'River is higher, water is flowing faster': Ontario cottage country flooding worsens

"The main concern is that the water is going up and nobody is able to say when it will stop going up," said Graydon Smith, mayor of Bracebridge, Ont.

'River is higher, water is flowing faster': Ontario cottage country flooding worsens

"The main concern is that the water is going up and nobody is able to say when it will stop going up," said Graydon Smith, mayor of Bracebridge, Ont.

Police bring severely injured man into media studio to make appeal to hit and run driver

A 21-year-old Brampton, Ont., man severely injured in a hit and run has made an appeal for the driver involved to come forward.

As anniversary of Toronto van attacks looms, how is the city keeping public spaces safe?

Protecting people from vehicular attacks doesn't require new technology or Draconian security measures. Look to Vision Zero, says Nicole Gelinas, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute think-tank in New York City.

Toronto staff recommends listing Ontario Place on city's heritage register

The sprawling waterfront attraction "remains a rare and intact Modernist expression of integrated architecture, engineering and landscape architecture that honours and incorporates the natural setting of Lake Ontario," staff writes.

Ontario PCs want to make it next to impossible to sue the government

"What it means is that the people who exercise power over you can exercise that power negligently and cause you damage and no one will have to pay," says one Toronto lawyer.

Booze at 9 a.m., online gambling and more combat sports feature heavily in PC budget

A host of potential changes to laws governing alcohol sales and consumption and gambling were outlined in the current government’s first budget unveiled on Thursday.

'Flexible' child care tax credit for low, middle-income families key promise of PC budget

The Progressive Conservatives say the new tax credit will help parents and guardians “fill the gap” between relief already offered to some families by federal and provincial child care expense deductions.

Thousands protest Ontario government's controversial education changes

"We want to make sure that our voices are heard. We want to make sure students know that we are fighting for them and that we care about them," said Kristen Smyth, who teaches high school drama and ESL in Kitchener, Ont.