As one of the first to the scene of last week’s brutal mass shooting at the Western Forest Products mill in Nanaimo that left two dead and two wounded, I’ve had a lot to write about. This was my first time uncovering a breaking story of such magnitude in real time at the scene, which resulted in some heavy and heart-wrenching material.
Later, I teamed with Maclean’s writer Ken MacQueen to provide colour to his piece about how the shooting was a manifestation of a bigger problem. It will appear in the upcoming issue that is already online and will hit newsstands soon. Although I always feel like I could have done better, I’m proud of my coverage and what I was able to accomplish.
Here are a few of my local and national stories from the last week:
Workplace rampage: The tragic shootings in Nanaimo are the worst manifestation of a bigger problem, Maclean’s, May 8: http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/the-shootings-at-western-forest-in-nanaimo-point-to-a-bigger-problem/
Gunshots shatter quiet Nanaimo day, turning lives upside-down, Vancouver Sun, May 1: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Gunshots+shatter+quiet+Nanaimo+turning+lives+upside+down/9795717/story.html
Two people dead after shootings at WFP mill in Nanaimo, Nanaimo Daily News, April 30: http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/news/nanaimo-region/two-people-dead-after-shootings-at-wfp-mill-in-nanaimo-1.1014933
Accused killer lost Nanaimo mill job, Victoria Times-Colonist, May 1: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/accused-killer-lost-nanaimo-mill-job-1.1018117
Workers return to Nanaimo mill: Enhanced security greets employees as they head back to work, Nanaimo Daily News, May 7: http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/news/workers-return-to-nanaimo-mill-1.1024596#sthash.krXMyeA9.dpuf