Shanifa Nasser


Shanifa Nasser is a journalist with CBC Toronto interested in the justice system, mental health, national security and stories with a heartbeat. Her reporting on Canada's spy agency earned a 2020 Amnesty International Award and an RTDNA. Her work has also been the basis of two investigative documentaries at The Fifth Estate. Reach her at:

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Bell Media could lose bid to toss ex-CP24 personality's rights case

Bell Media could lose its bid to have former television personality Patricia Jaggernauth's human rights case thrown out, after a Canadian Human Rights Commission report noting her complaint raises "serious human rights issues that are systemic in nature."

Faqiri family demands apology for Ontario's 'inaction' on inquest

Soleiman Faqiri's family is demanding an apology from the Ford government for both his death and the province's lack of response on the recommendations put forth by the inquest into his 2016 death. The family held a news conference Thursday morning at Queen’s Park calling on Premier Doug Ford to respond.

Canada contacts Israel after aid agency says water truck bombed in 'targeted' attack

A Canadian humanitarian organization says its key water-aid truck was bombed in Gaza this week and the federal government now says it has contacted the Israeli government for "more information" on the incident. The International Development and Relief Foundation believes the truck was targeted and is calling for a full investigation.

Court to decide if officers in Ejaz Choudry death should be kept anonymous

Ontario's Superior Court of Justice is now examining whether or not police officers who fatally shot a mentally ill man in crisis should have their names shielded from the public.

Canada's controversial ban on adoptions from several Muslim countries sparks court challenge

A major challenge of Canada’s ban on adoptions from many Muslim countries is set to play out in the Federal Court — a move some legal observers say wouldn’t be necessary if the government wasn't upholding what they call a 'discriminatory' policy.

'No longer any doubt,' says Soleiman Faqiri's family as inquest deems Ontario jail death a homicide

Soleiman Faqiri’s deadly restraint by Ontario jail guards in 2016 has been deemed a homicide — words his family has waited to hear for nearly seven years, since he died shackled, pepper sprayed and covered with a spit hood face down on a cell floor.

Soleiman Faqiri's death should be deemed a homicide, Ontario coroner's counsel says

Ontario's coroner's office is calling for Soleiman Faqiri's jail cell death to be deemed a homicide, with its counsel saying the evidence points in "one direction."

Guard who helped Soleiman Faqiri chokes back tears recalling 'his last joyful moment on this earth'

The jail sergeant who broke protocol to film Soleiman Faqiri's condition in the hope of getting him help choked back tears as he recalled the joy in Faqiri's face when he finally had a shower after days of deteriorating in segregation.

Inmate across from Soleiman Faqiri says 'beating started' after guards were out of camera's sight

An inmate housed directly across from Soleiman Faqiri the day he died said guards started beating Faqiri "as hard as they could" as soon as they were out of view of the hallway camera.

Nearly 60 policy breaches found in Soleiman Faqiri's death, jail guard tells inquest

A jail guard directly involved in restraining Soleiman Faqiri on the day of his death says an internal investigation found guards carried out approximately 60 breaches of policy that day, adding policies were often followed only when "convenient."