Meagan Fitzpatrick

Reporter

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 @fitz_meagan

Latest from Meagan Fitzpatrick

Organized crime suspected of being behind COVID-19 phishing and counterfeit-equipment scams

Organized crime groups have adapted their illegal operations to the COVID-19 pandemic and are successfully scamming Canadians, according to the RCMP. Experts say they are behind cyberscams and the trade in counterfeit and substandard medical goods.

Online sexual predators eager to take advantage of greater access to kids during COVID-19, police warn

Police are warning parents across Canada that in dark corners of the internet, sexual predators are talking eagerly among themselves about how children are home all day, every day and spending more time online because of the pandemic.

Crime data during COVID-19 shows spike in business break-ins, stunt driving

While it’s still early to get a broad picture of how the pandemic is affecting crime levels, some police forces are reporting early data that shows a rise in commercial break-and-enters and stunt driving. Police are also worried about domestic incidents rising in the weeks ahead.

Chief medical officers are leading Canada through COVID-19 crisis — and many are women

The most visible chief medical officers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada have been women. They are helping Canadians understand the outbreak and are gaining respect, and even fan clubs, along the way.

Long-term care homes are worrisome COVID-19 hotspots

Long-term care homes are used to dealing with outbreaks of influenza and other illnesses within their walls, but this pandemic has led them to go far beyond their usual infection control protocols.

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.
Analysis

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.
Analysis

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.

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