Meagan Fitzpatrick


Meagan Fitzpatrick is a multi-platform reporter with CBC in Toronto. She previously worked in CBC's Washington bureau and covered the 2016 election. Prior to heading south of the border Meagan worked in CBC's Parliament Hill bureau. She has also reported for CBC from Hong Kong. Follow her on Twitter @fitzpatrick_m

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Ontario sexual assault centres urge Ford government to help meet 'explosive' demand for service

Rape crisis centres say the #MeToo movement has led to more women seeking support after sexual assaults, and they desperately need funding that was promised by the previous government to meet the increased demand. But Premier Doug Ford's government says it's still reviewing the funding and won't say how long that will take.

'First partner': Will the gender-neutral title of California governor's wife catch on?

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a feminist filmmaker whose husband, Gavin, is the new governor of California, and the couple is calling her the "first partner" rather than "first lady."

Is Ontario's patient ombudsman next on the Ford government chopping block?

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott won't indicate whether her former job as the province's patient ombudsman is on the chopping block. The role has been vacant since she quit in February and there's no indication her government is searching for a replacement.

Doug Ford pulls Ontario representative from Washington

Ontario's new premier has removed the province's representative in Washington, D.C., from her position and it's not clear whether Doug Ford intends to replace Monique Smith or scrap the position. Her departure comes at a time when ongoing trade issues with the U.S. could impact Ontario's economy.

How should Doug Ford handle U.S. relations? Lots of face time, and he knows it

Doug Ford is assuming office in Ontario at a pivotal time in Canada-U.S. relations and while ongoing trade disputes threaten to disrupt his province's economy. He's already preparing for that challenge, and being getting plenty of advice on how to tackle it.

Doug Ford's environmental policies light on details, advocates say

Advocates for the environment say the Progressive Conservative platform doesn't contain a lot of detail and they're concerned Ontario's leadership in the fight against climate change could weaken under the incoming premier, Doug Ford.

Advocacy group wants Ontario voters to know they have a 'none of the above' option June 7

Ontarians go to the polls on June 7, but some advocates want them to know that if none of the parties appeal to them, they don't necessarily have to choose a candidate. They can instead leave their ballots blank and send a message.

Wynne, Ford 'throwing punches at each other' as tone of Ontario election campaign turns nasty

The election campaign hasn't even started yet in Ontario, but already there are predictions that it will be one of the nastiest races for premier in the province's history.

Political ads on Facebook growing 'exponentially' in Canadian campaigns, experts say

Millions of Canadians will cast ballots this year and they can expect to see their Facebook news feeds full of political ads tailored to their individual opinions and interests. Microtargeting is key to campaign strategies, experts say, but it has also raised concerns around transparency.

Jagmeet Singh's brother Gurratan shares passion for politics, is seeking NDP seat in Ontario

When Jagmeet Singh left the Ontario legislature to take over the federal NDP, he left a vacancy that his brother is now hoping to fill. Gurratan Singh announced Monday he is seeking the NDP nomination in Brampton East for the province's upcoming spring election.

Doug Ford, PCs ready to battle for the spotlight with Liberals

The Liberal government in Ontario decided to prorogue the legislature last week and have a throne speech Monday, the same day that PC MPPs will be back at Queen's Park since electing Doug Ford as their new leader. The busy day includes an evening "unity rally" of Ford and his caucus.

Who is Tanya Granic Allen, the kingmaker in the Ont. PC leadership race, and what's next for her?

Doug Ford is the new Ontario Progressive Conservative leader and potentially the province's next premier because of the kingmaker role that Tanya Granic Allen ended up playing in the race.

Vic Fedeli says he has no regrets as interim PC leader

As Ontario's Progressive Conservative interim leader Vic Fedeli prepares to hand off the party to a new leader on Saturday, he says "the state of our party is strong" and he has no regrets about any decisions he made. Those decisions include kicking Patrick Brown out of caucus.

Ontario PC leadership race is a 'ground war' in its final week of battle

The short campaign period for the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race and the online voting system have meant added challenges for the four candidates. Their campaigns acknowledge their ground games need to be strong to lead them to victory.

Ontario sex ed curriculum at issue in PC leadership race

Two of the candidates for leadership of Ontario's Progressive Conservative Party are pledging to revisit the province's sex ed curriculum, which has been a source of controversy since the Liberal government revised it in 2015.