Rain Boots, Turning Tides, and the Search for a Missing Boy

“When Jason and Ashley put up a memorial for Dylan in Bible Hill’s Holy Well Park—a blanket laden with teddy bears, a toy fishing rod, the boy’s first-ever pair of rain boots hanging from the tree overhead—locals tore it apart and dug a hole beneath it, looking for bones.”

Source: Wired
Published: Sep 9, 2021
Length: 26 minutes (6,700 words)

Clash of the Islanders

“There are 262 homes on the picturesque Toronto Islands, and the battle to get one is epic. Inside the fight over a prime property that’s ripping the tight-knit community in two.”

Source: Toronto Life
Published: Jun 23, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,448 words)

Heartbreaker

“To women in search of love, Shaun Rootenberg seemed like a catch. What they didn’t know: he’d spent decades stealing from just about anyone who crossed his path. Lonely women on dating sites were only his latest prey.”

Source: Toronto Life
Published: Sep 28, 2020
Length: 26 minutes (6,601 words)

The Making of an Incel

“…the incels’ scripts have been twisted. “Our questions should be, How do they get these scripts? How do they think that’s a valid way of interacting with the world?””

Source: The Walrus
Published: Sep 2, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,524 words)

Inside the Mind of a Voyeur

“Pete Forde was a good landlord and a great friend, or so his tenants thought. Then they discovered he was filming them in their most private moments.”

Source: Toronto Life
Published: Oct 17, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,615 words)

Disgraced

As told to writer Katherine Laidlaw, ER doctor Darryl Gebein describes how he became addicted to fentanyl—and lost everything.

Source: Toronto Life
Published: Mar 28, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,880 words)

A Place of Absorption

Katherine Laidlaw recalls an abusive relationship in which her boyfriend threatened her with a boxcutter. In examining why she stayed as long as she did, she observes how the emotional scars affect her thinking and perception in what should be a new, exciting relationship — to the point where “Everything now — a flicker of tone, a sideways glance, a distant voice on the end of the phone — is a sign, a flag, a warning.”

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Mar 16, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,183 words)

Hold the Fort: How One Fort McMurray Family Built a Dream and Watched it Burn

Now, after the fire, all that’s left of the Frigons’ dream house is the foundation blocks it once stood on, a pile of rubble, and the blue trampoline their kids used to jump on out back.

From above, the damage left by the Beast—the nickname Fort McMurray fire chief Darby Allen has given to wildfire M-009—looks like a Rorschach test, with its blots and streaks of black. Officials say it’s burned more than 250,000 hectares now—three times the size of Calgary.

Source: The Walrus
Published: May 17, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,250 words)