Zach Dubinsky

Senior Writer, CBC Investigations Unit

Zach Dubinsky is an investigative journalist. His reporting on offshore tax havens (including the Paradise Papers and Panama Papers), political corruption and organized crime has won multiple national and international awards. Phone: 416-205-7553. Email

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CBC Investigates

Who's really behind Toronto's chain of illegal pot shops that won't quit?

They get raided by police and within hours are back in business. Toronto's CAFE, a plucky chain of pot shops, was built by a notorious fraudster and a Lamborghini-driving, Gucci-loving ex-wrestling champ, among others — though who runs it now isn't exactly clear

Toronto councillor peeved over CBC stories was privately 'threatening' reporter, lawsuit alleges

Two city councillors ordered up a multi-front PR campaign after CBC ran stories about their ties to developers, with one of the men privately making threats against a CBC reporter and compiling a "research" file on him and political foes, a lawsuit alleges.

CRA raids 15 locations in Ontario and Quebec in alleged $8.3M tax-evasion case

Canada Revenue Agency investigators and RCMP officers raided 15 locations across Ontario and Quebec today as part of a criminal probe into international tax evasion, the CRA said in a statement.
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Who's behind the smiling faces of some Airbnb hosts? Multimillion-dollar corporations

While Airbnb touts stays in real people's homes and relationships with personable hosts, its biggest players in Canada are actually — and sometimes secretly — multimillion-dollar for-profit corporations, a CBC News data analysis finds.

Oilsands CO2 emissions may be far higher than companies report, scientists say

A number of major oilsands operations in Alberta seem to be emitting significantly more carbon pollution than companies have been reporting, according to a new study from federal scientists.

6 Trump actions that Mueller investigated for possible obstruction of justice

U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller has absolved Donald Trump and his team of conspiring with Russian agents. But for various reasons, Mueller couldn't conclusively state whether the president obstructed justice — and his report makes clear Trump isn't blameless.

Panama Papers spur billion-dollar global tax windfall, with $15M found in Canada

Governments worldwide have discovered more than a billion dollars in unpaid taxes to date thanks to the Panama Papers and have obtained criminal convictions. But in Canada, despite finding nearly 900 Canadian taxpayers in the leak, the CRA hasn't laid a single charge.
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Public agencies paid millions to national translation firm that stiffs its workers

Government agencies have given millions of dollars in business to one of Canada's biggest translation firms in recent years in the face of mounting evidence the company was shortchanging its freelance workers.
CBC Investigates

Besieged by workers and the CRA, this once-mighty translation agency is facing financial ruin

Able Translations was once one of the biggest companies of its kind in Canada, but a CBC investigation has unearthed the vast extent of the firm's financial delinquency — and its machinations for dealing with it.

'Cash envelopes' were 'funnelled' to Toronto councillor's election campaigns, OPP allege witnesses said

Police investigating Justin Di Ciano and his council colleague Mark Grimes set forth some eye-popping, but largely uncorroborated, allegations in their bid to search a high-profile Toronto polling firm for evidence, court records show.

Minister in charge of OPP denies he's campaigning for politician questioned in police probe

Virtually anyone can take their picture with him, cabinet minister Michael Tibollo says, so the use of his image by a city council candidate in Vaughan — whose husband and cottage are under OPP investigation — should in no way suggest the probe will be compromised.
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The CRA is tracking alcohol sales to nail tax dodging bars and restaurants

The Canada Revenue Agency has been gathering data on beer, wine and liquor purchases by bars, nightclubs and restaurants as part of an effort to clamp down on tax dodging in a sector it claims is ripe for it.

BMO didn't inflate losses or dodge tax in $1.7B loan arrangement, judge rules

The Bank of Montreal won't have to pay potentially tens of millions of dollars in disputed taxes after a judge ruled a complicated shell-company structure it used to lend money to its own subsidiaries didn't run afoul of the law.
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B.C. stock promoter led 'lavish lifestyle' while evading millions in tax, CRA alleges

Damien Reynolds is the first person named in the Panama Papers who the Canada Revenue Agency has brought criminal charges against. But it appears that's just a coincidence, and the CRA had no idea he's in the huge leak of tax-haven records.

Accountant accused of fudging up to 1,400 tax returns won't face criminal charges

A tax preparer who the Canada Revenue Agency had claimed was possibly behind widescale fraud won't face criminal charges due to lack of proof of intent.