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Photo credit: Mike Thompson/QMI Agency

Photo credit: Mike Thompson/QMI Agency

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

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