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  • Toronto Star: Rise of Ghost Hotels

    The data investigation began with the question: Is Airbnb exacerbating Toronto's rental crisis by enabling short-term operations to flourish at the expense of long-term rental stock? We analyzed more than 20,000 Airbnb listings data scraped by independent third-party website insideairbnb.com. We also filed requests for documents on business incorporation to validate our findings about commercial operators.
  • Toronto Star/CBC - Secret Scalpers

    Online ticket sales have changed everything you thought you knew about getting into your favorite concert or sporting event. In a year-long coproduction, the Toronto Star and CBC exposed how the traditional competing forces of the box office and the scalpers have been replaced by a ticket marketplace where the box office is the scalper. Using a pioneering technique to scrape data from online ticket sellers, we showed the dominance of the scalping market and the tricks used by box offices to get you to pay more. We also went undercover to reveal how TicketMaster works in cahoots with the scalpers it claims to combat.
  • Toronto Star - Secrets of the Four Seasons

    In the middle of one of the hottest real estate markets in the world, a surprising number of residents in Toronto's most luxurious condo development are selling at a loss. The Toronto Star dug deep to figure out why and discovered that the Ontario property market is open to abuse because people can buy and sell anonymously. While other hot markets like New York, London and Vancouver have made moves to increase transparency, Toronto remains vulnerable to money laundering and tax evasion.
  • Global News/Toronto Star: Dispensing Harm

    After months of data analysis, a collaboration of Canadian journalists exposed drug-dealing pharmacists who abuse their professional privileges for personal profit. These rogue pharmacists traffic large quantities of prescription drugs, providing a supply line of illicit drugs to the street and contributing to the deadly opioid epidemic. The investigation also found that the government has the tools to crack down on this criminal behavior, but isn't using them.
  • Known to police 2013

    An analysis of 1.8 million Toronto police contacts with over a million citizens, which typically involve no arrests or charges, shows black and brown-skinned people are stopped, questioned and documented at proportionally higher rates than whites. It also reveals there are hundreds of "outlier" officers who stop people of certain skin colours at much higher rates than their peers. The practice of stopping citizens and entering their personal details into a massive internal database has been going on for decades and has bears a striking resemblance to New York City's controversial stop and frisk program. In fact, a Toronto Star analysis finds Toronto police stop and document blacks, proportionally, at a rate higher than the NYPD. It also raises the possibility that police in certain neighbourhoods have, over a span of five years, documented every young man of colour who lives in those areas.
  • Dirty Little Secrets

    The Toronto Star filed "freedom of information request to municipal and provincial government offices requesting data on inspections, serious occurrences, infection control, food safety, licensing...and enforcement actions by the ministry...and every public complaint against a daycare" over the past three years. "Together, the records painted a portrait of licensed childcare never before seen."
  • An investigation into race and crime

    A Toronto Star investigation finds that police officers have treated unfairly and unequally black offenders in traffic and drug cases. The findings are based on Toronto police department arrest data, which also shows violent crime appears to be a bigger problem among blacks than whites.
  • Give and Take

    Toronto Star reports that one sixth of Canada's charities are mostly fund-raising vehicles, barely giving any charitable works back to the public. The federal government, supposed to oversee charities, does practically nothing.
  • Slicing through the rules: Genesis of a land deal"

    A Toronto Star investigation reveals that "the best friend of Mike Harris, the Premier of Ontario (the political equivalent of a U.S. governor), succeeded in overturning long-standing government policies to pave the way for the building of a luxury golf course and subdivision. The friend and his fellow investors - who also included ranking members of Harris' hometown political machine - stood to make millions as a result of the change."
  • Medical Secrets

    The Toronto Star reveals that the physicians' "self-regulatory bodies are lax at best and deceptive at worst, consistently hiding incompetence and mistakes from public view. As a result, you have little chance of knowing if your physician has ever been disciplined by a hospital, investigated for negligence or sued for malpractice more often than his or her peers."