Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Gradmatic equipment photoshoot with the company founders, Mary and Ayton Grady. Gradmatic010



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Alarm clock in parcel brings in bomb squad


Police closed off the Gravenhurst Post office early this morning after a suspicious package call was reported. The OPP's Explosives Disposal Unit was called in and removed two parcels. When cops x-rayed one of the packages, they found an alarm clock inside. packages2


Monday, June 10, 2013

Car fire, balloons

The Bracebridge Fire Department was called to put out a fully involved car fire behind a popular main street bar shortly after midnight last night. I arrived shortly after police and fire got there. By that point the car was pretty much a write-off.




Just days before, the family of murder victim Samantha Collins had a very special way of honouring her memory. Shortly after Ian Charles Borbely, who was convicted of killing her, was handed a life sentence with no chance of parole of 17 years, Collins' family and supporters released a series of balloons outside the Bracebridge courthouse on Friday.



Caught without a camera (ironically), I took the photo with my blackberry.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Community answers prayers of flood victims


Go find some flood victims and interview them about their experience. Not one of my most favorite things to do as a reporter, right up there with tracking down families of victims of violence. But in the aftermath of recent floods in Muskoka, it was a job that needed to be done.

I headed out to the banks of the Muskoka river with the paper's photographer, Bev McMullen, on a sunny Monday morning in search of anyone who would share their pain. After some searching, we stumbled upon Robert "Woody" Bowers and his wife Theresa. It took some convincing, but they eventually agreed to speak about their experiences.

Their home had been completed wrecked when the Muskoka River overflowed, and they weren't covered under their home insurance policy. When we first met Robert, he struck me as a deeply religious man, who told us he had little more than their faith to rely on when it came to rebuilding.

Just one week later, I returned alone when his prayers were answered. The community had come together to raise funds to build them a new home.

The paper needed me to take a photo illustrating their ordeal, but there wasn't much to work with in their barren, flood-ravaged home. That is, except for a dramatic beam of light shining through a wrecked skylight in their roof. The directional lighting of the early morning sun work well. Hopefully, it will inspire others in the community to continue helping Robert and his wife as they continue picking up the pieces of their life.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Two tragedies

As the trial for one tragedy in Bracebridge draws to a close, early April saw the development of another in town.
In late March, murderer Ian Charles Borbely was convicted of the murder and dismemberment of Samantha Collins, a 29-year-old Bracebridge woman. Her family spoke to reporters outside the courthouse moments after the verdict was delivered.


Throughout the trial, I was more than impressed at the strength that Collins' mother Dorothy Fowlie displayed. Aside from the company of a few social workers and reporters, Fowlie spent many hours in the courthouse alone. Her family was mostly a three-hour drive away, and couldn't be with her in court because they were to be called as witnesses.

Fowlie and Collins' sister, Nicole Fowlie-Smith, kept a variety of lucky charms by their side throughout the trial



Not long after the verdict, a double shooting broke out on Curling Road in town. z-shooting(1)XB-LT

In what is being called a murder suicide, 26-year-old Lindsay Wilson was killed as she was packing up to go home to Ajax. I spoke at length with her grandfather about how the young woman lived, and the impression she left on those around her.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Large house fire brings down roof of Vankoughnet home


Near the end of last week, a structure fire call came in on Highway 118, east of Bracebridge. So far, the Bracebridge fire guys have had mostly false alarms and other minor calls. Wasn't expecting too much from this call until I got there to find the home fully involved.

The fire brought down the roof of the home. I spoke with the homeowner, who was devastated when he came home to find his house on fire. His neighbour, however, is hopeful others in the tight-knit community will come together to help him rebuild in the coming months.


The only good news from this was that nobody was home, and even the homeowner's dog was safe. The fire damage was estimated at around $225,000.






Monday, March 11, 2013

Osler Street third alarm


Attended this third alarm with Vivian on our first evening back in Toronto for the week. Special thanks to Larry Thorne for showing us around!










Friday, March 8, 2013


Things have been rather quiet on the photo front lately. For most of the past few weeks, I've been stuck in court covering an ongoing murder trial.

Nonetheless, the few times I have had the camera out have been quite eventful. In February, I had the privilege of shooting the Central Ontario Arm Wrestling Championships in Gravenhurst, where Kevin Carriere (pictured above) gave me this striking pose as he wrestled to a win.

The day started off with a horrid snowstorm, and to tell you the truth, I didn't expect anybody to show at all.

Boy was I wrong.

About 150 people showed up, some from as far north as Temiscaming.


A few weeks later, I was sent to shoot a picture of a winter carnival at a local school. With the clock ticking, I only had about 20 minutes to pull it off. Lucky for me they had a canoe.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Slow start to 2013

It's been a pretty slow few days for pictures so far. What got called in as a structure fire in Gravenhurst turned out to be a minor electrical box issue. Still, it was nice to see the Gravenhurst Fire Department's Unit 1 after what seems like an eternity.


Also shot another Phantoms game. They have a pretty interesting habit of winning every time I show up to shoot their games.


In typical Bracebridge Phantoms fashion, the game was a rough one with numerous scraps.







Phantoms backup goalie Kyle French's fan club also showed up to show their support. Unfortunately they didn't end up putting him on the ice that evening.


The Phantoms ended up taking the game 7-5.