Elizabeth Thompson

Senior reporter

Award-winning reporter Elizabeth Thompson covers Parliament Hill. A veteran of the Montreal Gazette, Sun Media and iPolitics, she currently works with the CBC's Ottawa bureau, specializing in investigative reporting and data journalism. She can be reached at: elizabeth.thompson@cbc.ca.

Latest from Elizabeth Thompson

Threat of violent extremism rising in Canada, MPs told

The threat of violent extremism has increased in Canada during the pandemic — fuelled by misinformation and resulting in threats to politicians and public servants — top security and policing officials told members of Parliament on Thursday.

Canadian online searches for far-right material increased during pandemic, MPs told

The number of Canadian online searches for material related to far-right extremist groups spiked sharply during the pandemic, an expert in online violent extremism told members of Parliament Tuesday.

Online content creators are making money from hate, misinformation, MPs told

Creators of hateful content and misinformation are making millions of dollars through social media, the head of an international non-profit group told MPs studying ideologically motivated violent extremism Thursday.

Crowdfunding platforms now required to report transactions, after truck convoy protests

Canada has become one of the first countries in the world to require online crowdfunding platforms to report to its anti-money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog, government officials told a special committee examining the truck convoy protest.

One quarter of Canadians believe online conspiracy theories, expert tells MPs

A quarter of Canadians believe in online conspiracy theories, an expert on radicalization and terrorism told a parliamentary committee Thursday.

Anti-hate group calls for regulator to police social media platforms

The federal government should appoint a regulator with the power to force social media companies to disclose information to help fight far-right extremism, an anti-hate group told MPs Tuesday.

Canadian military not doing enough to detect, prevent extremism in the ranks: report

A scathing new report on racism in the Canadian Armed Forces says the military is not doing enough to detect and prevent white supremacists and other extremists from infiltrating its ranks.

Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe lobbied MPs before testifying on truck convoy protest

Popular crowdfunding platform GoFundMe lobbied members of Parliament behind the scenes before company executives testified publicly before two parliamentary committees looking into the truck convoy protest that paralyzed downtown Ottawa.

Budget will compel crowdfunding platforms to report suspicious transactions

Popular online crowdfunding platforms and their payment processors will soon have to report suspicious transactions to Canada’s money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog.
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Other countries have rules for online fundraising, committee probing convoy protest hears

Several other countries have adopted laws to govern how crowdfunding platforms can be used to raise money for causes, officials from the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe told members of a parliamentary committee Thursday.

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