Heather Gillis


Heather Gillis is a journalist based in St. John's. She has been working at CBC NL since March 2020, but has been reporting in Newfoundland and Labrador since 2011. Heather has a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College and a bachelor of arts from Memorial University. You can reach her by email at Heather.Gillis@cbc.ca

Latest from Heather Gillis

Use of emergency supply substitute teacher skyrocketed after onset of pandemic: documents

The use of emergency supply teachers skyrocketed in Newfoundland and Labrador after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to documents obtained by CBC News, and the head of the provincial teachers' association says their use must come to an end.

Remains of unknown Royal Newfoundland Regiment soldier to be repatriated this month

The remains of an unknown Royal Newfoundland Regiment soldier who was killed in the First World War will be repatriated from France later this month, says the provincial government.

2 teens sentenced in brutal attack at St. John's high school

Two of the five teens charged in a brutal attack that sent a St. John’s high school student to the Janeway children’s hospital with a head injury last spring have been sentenced in provincial court.

Child-care programs need more cash, says researcher, as N.L. releases review of operating grant

A child-care researcher says the new $10-a-day system will need more cash from the federal and provincial governments to raise wages and improve working conditions for early childhood educators.

Here's what people are doing with $80M earmarked for affordable housing in N.L.

Two community groups, Connections for Seniors and the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, are getting into the affordable housing game with funding from the provincial government and Newfoundland and Labrador Housing.

Whitbourne mayor wants more seats in program for internationally trained family doctors

To help alleviate the doctor shortage in Newfoundland and Labrador, Whitbourne Mayor Hilda Whelan is calling for an increase to the number of seats in a program that assesses whether family doctors trained outside the country meet Canadian standards

Virginia Park Community Centre to shut down for assessment, services to change locations

The Virginia Park Community Centre will be shutting down on Dec. 22 because the building needs to be assessed for renovations, but the centre’s programming will continue at nearby community locations in the new year. 

Labrador teacher shares Inuit culture with St. John's students through art

Trudy Flowers, an Inuit artist and teacher from Hopedale, has spent the last three weeks teaching students at St. Matthew's School about her culture and art.

Feds call out St. John's on a housing proposal — because it's not ambitious enough

Federal Housing Minister Sean Fraser says a City of St. John's application for money to build more housing through the Housing Accelerator fund "falls short of the ambition" he's hoping to see.

Researchers say homelessness is up — and meeting the need for housing will take a massive effort

Assistant professor Daniel Kudla says encampments like one in St. John's have been set up in many of Canada's big cities, including Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, and as the cost of living has ratcheted up, they're emerging in mid-sized and smaller cities.