Longread: Knights of D-Day

This multimedia longread about a group of Westman veterans is the culmination of months of video interviews, international phone calls, and historical research. The project included a five-page spread in the paper and a series of mini documentaries. It went live on June 6, 2016 — the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.

I wrote the article, edited the videos (shot by Colin Corneau) and helped promote the project website (created by Andrew Nguyen). In September 2016, the project was awarded an EPPY Award for best news or event feature video and in March 2017, Knights of D-Day was nominated as a Canadian Association of Journalists awards finalist.

View the full project here: bdnsun.ca/veteransdoc.

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Former Ninette Sanatorium patients recall abuse suffered at hands of staff

Alex Harris was kept at a tuberculosis sanatorium in Ninette along with George Pelletier in their youth. (Colin Corneau/The Brandon Sun)

While the experiences of indigenous patients in Manitoba’s racially segregated tuberculosis treatment centres are less well-known than those of residential school survivors, they share many disturbing similarities. After connecting with researchers from The University of Winnipeg, I wrote a series of articles for The Brandon Sun aimed at shedding light the abuse suffered at Manitoba’s sanitoria.

I heard first-hand accounts from former patients George Pelletier and Alex Harris — featured in the story after the jump — and Catherine Mason. Many other patients, family members and sanatoria employees contacted the paper after the series was published.

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War bride celebrates 70 years in Canada

Jeannette Holm sits in her suite at Sokol Manor. Holm came to Canada 70-years-ago, in 1946, at the age of 20 as a war bride. (Tim Smith/The Brandon Sun)

During my time reporting for The Brandon Sun, I got many opportunities to talk with people who lived through the Second World War. Learning about the plight of the European War Brides who settled in rural Manitoba was a particularly interesting perspective. This article was published in The Brandon Sun on July 7, 2016.

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