Shanifa Nasser


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

Latest from Shanifa Nasser

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."

New video shows Soleiman Faqiri calm, compliant with guards on morning of his death

A previously unseen video is casting new light on the day Soleiman Faqiri died inside an Ontario jail, showing him calm and co-operating with staff as they transferred him from a cell hours before he was violently restrained.

Doctor in charge of Faqiri's care in jail defends decision not to send him to hospital amid 'crisis'

The doctor overseeing Soleiman Faqiri's care before his death at an Ontario jail has defended his decision not to send the 30-year-old man to hospital even as he acknowledged Faqiri was in "acute psychiatric crisis" and deteriorating day by day.

Jail official felt Faqiri didn't meet bar for hospital, refused to watch video taken as he deteriorated

The top health care official at the jail where Soleiman Faqiri died didn't feel he met the bar for her to send him to hospital and refused to watch a video taken by a guard capturing his decline in segregation, a coroner's inquest heard Tuesday. That official had no medical background. 

60 Ontario jail staff were alerted about Soleiman Faqiri's state. Still, he wasn't sent to hospital

In the days before Soleiman Faqiri's death, a jail guard sent a note to some 60 corrections staff alerting them about his condition inside. Still, he was never sent to a hospital or seen by a psychiatrist.