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

The house and its residents have been the subject of 157 visits from Calgary police and 53 bylaw infractions since 2010. (Evelyne Asselin/CBC)

The house and its residents have been the subject of 157 visits from Calgary police and 53 bylaw infractions since 2010. (Evelyne Asselin/CBC)

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.

Read the full story here.


CBC INVESTIGATES: Some universities in Atlantic Canada are under-reporting sexual assault

The University of New Brunswick, St. Thomas University (STU), Acadia University, and St. Francis Xavier University (St. FX) all under-reported the number of times sexual assault had been reported between 2009 and 2013, when initially asked by CBC News - until compelled by access to information requests. (CBC)

The University of New Brunswick, St. Thomas University (STU), Acadia University, and St. Francis Xavier University (St. FX) all under-reported the number of times sexual assault had been reported between 2009 and 2013, when initially asked by CBC News - until compelled by access to information requests. (CBC)

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. 

Read one of the articles the information was used in by clicking here. Published in February 2015.


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.

Find the article that broke the story here.


CBC INVESTIGATES: Julian Fantino to audit veterans' hearing loss claims

The cheques for hearing loss are one-time payments from Veterans Affairs Canada that are tax free and range from approximately $800 to $134,000, depending on the severity of the hearing loss. (Shutterstock/Lightspring)

The cheques for hearing loss are one-time payments from Veterans Affairs Canada that are tax free and range from approximately $800 to $134,000, depending on the severity of the hearing loss. (Shutterstock/Lightspring)

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.

See the story and Minister Julian Fantino’s reaction here.


CBC INVESTIGATES: Mechanic Peter Kempton's death came after repeated bylaw orders

Peter Kempton was a licensed mechanic at Your Mechanic Auto Corner in Dartmouth when he died in September 2013. (Submitted)

Peter Kempton was a licensed mechanic at Your Mechanic Auto Corner in Dartmouth when he died in September 2013. (Submitted)

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.

Find the online article on CBC.ca by clicking here.


Nova Scotia sitting on $4M in unclaimed estates

Court records show the public trustee tracked some of George Getley’s cousins to England. The officer hired a genealogist, tracked down addresses and even put ads in British papers. (CBC)

Court records show the public trustee tracked some of George Getley’s cousins to England. The officer hired a genealogist, tracked down addresses and even put ads in British papers. (CBC)

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.

Read the online article here at CBC.ca.