Please note: In some instances I worked as the reporter on the investigative piece, but primarily I worked as the researcher/producer.
CBC INVESTIGATES: Crescent Heights problem property has neighbours at wit's end
Good fences make good neighbours, but residents in Calgary's Crescent Heights neighbourhood say they need more than a barrier when it comes to one problem property.
The property owner has had two other houses closed for alleged drug activity and has $41,500 in outstanding fines for the condition of her properties.
CBC INVESTIGATES: Some universities in Atlantic Canada are under-reporting sexual assault
Some New Brunswick and Nova Scotia universities released low or no numbers of reported sexual assaults on campus, until compelled to respond under access to information requests, a CBC News investigation has found.
It was my job to analyze all the data sent in by all of Nova Scotia's universities and colleges regarding their records of sexual assaults reported on campus.
Dalhousie University probes misogynistic student 'Gentlemen's Club'
In a story that made national headlines in December 2014, CBC Nova Scotia investigated a tip that male dentistry students at Dalhousie University engaged in a Facebook group that objectified and demeaned their female classmates. The screenshots CBC received included posts where students voted on which of their classmates they would “hate f$%k” and another they jested about the use of chloroform to take advantage of women.
This story offered a unique opportunity for me to work on a fast-paced investigative story. As the tip came in, CBC was weary of a debacle similar to that of Rolling Stone article if the story was mismanaged. And so I was brought on to the small team that was tasked with verifying that the story was legitimate. I was included at the request of the reporter, Elizabeth Chiu, who had worked with me on past stories and had faith in my investigative ability and speed.
On the day the story broke, I was individually tasked with tracking down as much information on each male member of the ‘Gentlemen’s Club’ as possible, before they inevitably deleted their online presence. CBC ultimately decided not to include this information in their reporting. I was also responsible for redacting names and identifying photos from the screen grabs included in our web and television stories.
This story went on to win the national Dan McArthur Award for in-depth and investigative journalism.
CBC INVESTIGATES: Julian Fantino to audit veterans' hearing loss claims
CBC’s investigative unit looked into the abnormally large number of claimants in Amherst, NS for hearing loss to Canada’s Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
In working with the investigative unit, I was tasked with analyzing the numbers. Using Microsoft Excel, I organized spreadsheets that allowed us to see side-by-side comparisons of the data obtained through Access to Information. Using Excel formulas, I was able to calculate the number of claims and claim amounts across Canada so they could be compared to those of Amherst, NS for Bob Murphy’s piece.
CBC INVESTIGATES: Mechanic Peter Kempton's death came after repeated bylaw orders
In September 2014, CBC Nova Scotia’s investigative unit looked into bylaw infractions for the owner of ‘Your Mechanic Auto Corner’ following the unfortunate death of his employee, Peter Kempton, on the job.
As part of the investigative team, I combed through the documents, provided through Access to Information, on past municipal bylaw infractions by the auto shop’s owner, found relevant expert advice on mechanic safety and other relevant contextual information.
Nova Scotia sitting on $4M in unclaimed estates
This piece shows the story in the paperwork. I spent time sifting through probate documents at the Nova Scotia courthouse and finding the stories of people who's estates were never claimed. The reporter on the piece, Richard Cuthbertson, found that there was more than $4,000,000 sitting idly by.