Insider Extra: How a convicted killer ruined his chance for parole

June 2, 2017

Spectator reporter Jon Wells, author of the book "Post-Mortem," on how convicted killer Mohan Ramkissoon blew his chance for parole and why a grieving woman in New York City says he should never be released.

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Insider: Billy Cummer is a violent criminal. And a human being.

May 27, 2017

In Episode 13 of The Hamilton Spectator’s Newsroom Insider podcast, host Steve Buist introduces us to Billy Cummer, a man who has lived a life of unimaginable violence, spent mostly in jail. He wanted to spend the rest of his life behind bars. But a judge said no.

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Insider: History, healing and saying goodbye

May 26, 2017

In Episode 12  of The Hamilton Spectator's Newsroom Insider podcast, Jon Wells talks about what it was like to write an obituary feature about Peter George, before the McMaster University icon had passed away. Also, editor Jeff Day on the Spec's plans for Canada's 150th birthday, and columnist Jeff Mahoney on the anniversary of Wellwood, a local organization that has helped ease cancer's painful ripple effects for 20 years.

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Insider: What led a 93 year old to attack his family with a machete?

April 21, 2017

In episode 11, host David Crosbie talks to reporter Nicole O'Reilly about the 93-year-old Hamilton man who pleaded guilty to attempted murder after attacking his family with a machete in January.

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Insider: Where are all the women on the Sunshine List?

April 14, 2017

In episode ten of the Insider, host Natalie Paddon and reporter Joanna Frketich talk about the conspicuous absence of women among the highest-paid public sector workers in the Hamilton and Burlington area.

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Insider: The myth and reality of Vimy Ridge

April 7, 2017

In Episode 9 of The Hamilton Spectator's Newsroom Insider, host Joanna Frketich talks with Spectator reporter Nicole O'Reilly about her behind the scenes tour of a new $2.3 million Mohawk College lab that simulates real life medical tests, and with reporter Jon Wells about his weekend feature on the myth and reality behind the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Plus a sneak peek at reporter Mark McNeil's August trip to France and Belgium for the 75th anniversary of the infamous raid on Dieppe.

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Insider: Code Red explores the link between house fires and poverty

April 1, 2017

Welcome to Episode 8 of the Newsroom Insider. Host Natalie Paddon speaks with reporters Teviah Moro and Steve Buist about the Hamilton Spectator’s latest Code Red project, which examines the link between house fires and poverty in the city.
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Insider: A look at the state of marijuana in Hamilton

March 25, 2017

March 24, 2017 | In this week's Newsroom Insider, host Molly Hayes talks to reporter Nicole O'Reilly about the current state of marijuana in Hamilton and how businesses and entrepreneurs are operating in anticipation of federal legalization.

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Insider: An Ancaster man’s alleged connection to the historic Yahoo hack

March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017 | In this week's Newsroom Insider, host David Crosbie talks to reporter Natalie Paddon about Karim Baratov, the Ancaster man allegedly implicated in the 2014 Russian-sponsored hack of Yahoo! that saw over 500 million email accounts compromised.

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Insider: Trump, the ultimate cartoon subject, and front seat at the big game

March 10, 2017

Newsroom Insider: Scott Radley chats with Spec editorial cartoonist Graeme Mackay about how drawing The Donald. And Steve Milton talks about being there for the big game

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