Improbable Cause

Three healthy people died at 3635 Pitch Pine Crescent in Mississauga, Ontario, in less than four years. In this in-depth multi-media piece at the Toronto Star, Amy Dempsey unravels how a series of missteps and errors at every phase of the investigation nearly allowed one couple to get away with murder — three times.

Source: Toronto Star
Published: Apr 19, 2018
Length: 36 minutes (9,166 words)

Undercover In Temp Nation

While the owners of Fiera Foods in Ontario, Canada get rich, the temporary workers who make its pastry dough do so in tight quarters, get paid in cash, have to ask to use the dirty bathroom, and risk their lives. After one young woman died on the job there, Toronto Star reporter Sara Mojtehedzadeh worked undercover at the factory to tell the story of those still working the line in an exploitive economy.

Source: Toronto Star
Published: Sep 8, 2017
Length: 26 minutes (6,601 words)

The Woman Who Was Trans Before Her Time

Dianna Boileau was one of the first Canadians to have gender-confirming surgery, in 1970.

Source: Toronto Star
Published: Mar 27, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,872 words)

The 40-Year Search for Beverly’s Killer

Forty years after a young mother was murdered in her suburban kitchen a police force tackles their oldest cold case.

Source: Toronto Star
Published: Dec 5, 2014
Length: 22 minutes (5,605 words)

What Michael Did

A family copes after a schizophrenic son kills his mother:

“He did what he did out of fear,” Michael’s father says now. “He was mentally ill. Not criminally responsible means you’re not morally responsible.”

“It wasn’t his fault,” says Rebecca, who rested her hand on her brother’s shoulder as they walked out of court that day.

Her twin did not feel the same way. For years after his mother’s death, John was furious with Michael. He can admit it now because his perspective has changed. But at the time, though he didn’t broadcast it to the rest of his family, John was enraged.

Source: Toronto Star
Published: Apr 22, 2014
Length: 31 minutes (7,856 words)