One year after Sandy Hook

One year after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, residents marked the anniversary in quiet remembrance today.

I remember covering the story very clearly last year. Watching the growing make-shift memorials of candles and flowers on the steps of the US Consulate in Toronto. Watching the tender hugs between parents and their young children as the news struck. On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, shot his way into the school he had once attended and murdered 20 first-graders, all aged 6 and 7, and six adults. Before heading to the school, he killed his mother in her bed, who had legally purchased the guns Lanza used that day. Eleven minutes after blasting his way in, Lanza ended his rampage with suicide.

As a journalist, it’s one of the stories that stays with us all.

The aftershocks live on, a year later.

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A pint-sized, cancer-fighting superstar!

I came across a story that CityNews covered today about Hasbro toys donating goods to create a lovely play space at SickKids hospital. As one of the child ambassadors talking about how important it is to “be a kid still” while fighting cancer; I watched the incredibly brave 10-year-old Jadyn speak to the large crowd assembled. It’s not the first giant group of people the mini-dynamo has inspired. Her courageous (and on-going) battle with cancer is one for the record books, it’s come back 5 times, she’s had more than one hundred rounds of radiation: the most rounds ever recorded on the continent. And she’s still going strong to beat this thing. I was lucky enough to meet her and a few other incredible girls this year. Here is their must-see story as they prepared for the National day of Awareness and Action for Childhood Cancer.

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A tour of the City Newsroom!

This is an oldie, but so many of you have asked me what it’s like working in the Citytv newsroom. Now you can see it for yourself! During doors open 2012 we decided viewers at home should get to experience all the fun in addition to the thousands who came out to see our home at Yonge/Dundas in person. So I take you (via the camera) on a personal tour! Enjoy the video. And note: I mention “CityNews Channel” this video was from last year when the 24 hours news station on Rogers Digital was still up and running. Other than that – the newsroom and all the fun of Dundas-Square is exactly how it is now.