Sylvia Thomson


Sylvia Thomson is a producer with the CBC in Toronto. She spent several years as a producer covering politics in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa and has covered major international stories. @thomsoncbc

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CBC in Ethiopia

Grief and anger as families try to identify loved ones killed in Ethiopia Airlines crash

Five groups of Canadians connected to victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash have now arrived in Addis Ababa, a senior Canadian government official told CBC News on Wednesday.
CBC in Haiti

'I was fed up': Meet the Haitian-Canadian activist who helped spark anti-corruption demonstrations in Haiti

"They [politicians] took this money and just spent it on houses, on boats ... This is nonsense," said Gilbert Mirambeau Jr., a 35-year-old Haitian-Canadian, who posted a photo of himself on Twitter last summer which helped to kick-start today’s movement.

Voices from a Haitian hospital: Bullet wounds, shortages and frustration

Since Feb. 7, protests have erupted across Haiti over billions of dollars in allegedly misappropriated government dollars and a devaluation of the Haitian currency, the gourde.
CBC in Haiti

Haiti braces for return to violence as government calls for calm

Many people in Haiti are bracing for violent protests across the country as political leaders urged citizens to return to normal activities on Monday following 11 days of anti-government riots that have forced the closure of schools and many businesses.

'Predictive policing': Law enforcement revolution or just new spin on old biases? Depends who you ask

Where will the next crime happen? Who might commit it? The Los Angeles Police Department is using computer algorithms to try and predict crime in order to prevent it - and not everyone is happy.

Facebook's 'unpleasant underbelly' policed by thousands of content reviewers worldwide

Content reviewing is one of the fastest-growing, entry-level job sectors in Silicon Valley as social media platforms fight to rid their platforms of ever-growing amounts of toxic content.

Here's what Prince Harry learned from Diana about power of compassion, stigma of HIV

Princess Diana's courageous health activism is reappearing in her son Prince Harry's actions - and even his wedding plans.

Saudi women hope right to drive paves road to bigger freedoms

On International Women's Day, Saudi women are celebrating some of their hard-fought freedoms - and hoping for more.

MPs prepare to head south to dissuade asylum seekers in U.S. from heading north once protected status expires

Members of Parliament are planning trips to the U.S. in the coming weeks to try to stem a potential new flow of asylum seekers to Canada that could result if the U.S. doesn't renew the temporary protected status of Haitian and other immigrants later this month.

El Salvador woman at the heart of legal challenge to Safe Third Country Agreement

When an El Salvador woman and her two children arrived from a Buffalo shelter to the Fort Erie border crossing Wednesday, seeking to make a refugee claim in Canada, a team of lawyers from Toronto’s Downtown Legal Services was on high alert. They had U of T law students waiting and watching and reporting back from the border.

When your home is a cemetery in the Philippines

Bagbag cemetery has residents both dead and living. The cemetery in northeastern Manila is home to thousands of coffins, a handful of families and even roaming goats.

Drug arrests prison bursting at the seams

The Quezon City jail in the Philippines is jammed with suspected drug offenders who have been imprisoned under President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called drug war.

Few signs of Canadian investigation into Abu Sayyaf beheadings in Philippines

The Canadian government pledged to investigate the beheadings of two Canadians at the hands of Filipino militants in 2016. But during a recent trip to Manila, CBC found little evidence of a Canadian presence looking to find the killers.

'Sometimes, I blame myself': Marites Flor on surviving hostage-taking that killed boyfriend Robert Hall

In 2016, Canadians Robert Hall and John Ridsdel were killed by militants who held them hostage in the Philippines. Hall's girlfriend, Marites Flor, was also taken and spoke to CBC about the harrowing ordeal.

Trump travel ban has Iranian scientists looking for new places to do research

U.S. President Donald Trump's contentious travel ban is making top scientists from Iran studying at Harvard and other institutions wonder if the U.S. is still the right place for them to pursue their education.