Anita Elash

Anita Elash is a multiple award-winning journalist, producer and podcaster with more than 20 years of global experience. She is currently based in Toronto, and writes about all things Canadian with a focus on climate change and the environment. Anita has lived and worked on three continents, including North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to her work for The World, she spent several years as an investigative journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She was also a reporter and editor for Radio Free Europe and a regular contributor to National Public Radio, The Globe and Mail and Christian Science Newspapers, and Voice of America. She is passionate about language, culture and the outdoors. She spends her free time speaking French, gardening, and trekking in the back country. 

Toronto is experiencing a car theft epidemic

Residents of Toronto, Canada, are scrambling to protect their cars from an epidemic of car theft. Many are simultaneously installing tire clamps, steering locks, burglar alarms and steel bollards in their driveway, but have their cars stolen anyway. Thefts increased by 40% last year as Anita Elash reports from Toronto.

Uganda Women Birders tackles limiting gender taboos by giving women the experience and resources they need to prove they can do the job.

‘Birds are everywhere!’ Women bird guides in Uganda set a global example

The Singh family in a promotional video for the specially designed Bold Helmets.

This mom couldn’t find sports helmets to accommodate her sons’ Sikh religious requirements, so she designed her own

Lifestyle & Belief
A young woman takes a picture of Lisbon's Alfama neighborhood from a viewpoint above it at sunset Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015.

Portugal’s golden visa program sparked an investment boom. But locals say they’re getting priced out.

Grocery store owner Gilles Robin works on his fruits vegetable display in Levis Que, Canada

Apps help cut food waste and costs in Canada as prices rise

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba attend their news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine

‘We have the means to support them’: Canada prepares to welcome thousands of Ukrainian refugees


At a rally in Toronto to protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many Ukrainian Canadians said they are keeping close track of their relatives back home.

People line up to enter a COVID-19 vaccination clinic with a torch of the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics painted on the staircase in Montreal, Jan. 6, 2022.

‘On the brink’: Canada postpones or cancels tens of thousands of medical procedures amid COVID surge


Provincial governments in Ontario and Quebec said that in order to keep beds open for COVID-19 patients, only emergency procedures should go ahead.

Coniferous trees in Yoho National Park reach toward the sky with snow-topped mountains in the background in Canada's stretch of the Rocky Mountains, straddling the border of British Columbia and Alberta

Extreme weather events lead to Christmas tree shortage in Canada


It takes at least 10 years for a Christmas tree to grow big enough to be cut down. And Canada’s loss of tree crops due to recent extreme weather events has led to a shortage that could last for many holiday seasons to come.

A vehicle in Canada waits for a gate to rise while crossing into Derby Line, Vt. from Stanstead, Quebec, July 11, 2018.

Canada tries to boost immigration by fast-tracking applications


The number of immigrants coming to Canada dropped dramatically last year because of the pandemic. Now, the country is trying to boost immigration numbers by reducing the criteria to become a permanent Canadian resident.

The Canadian flag is illuminated in the Embassy of Canada in Washington in Washington, Thursday, June 20, 2019. 

‘Canada Day is a reckoning’: Many cancel celebrations as nation mourns Indigenous unmarked graves

Human rights

Canadians are being urged to use the day to reflect on the nation’s history of oppression and honor Indigenous communities.