Insider: Protesters read Dr. Seuss at pipeline construction site

October 27, 2017

In episode 31 of the Newsroom Insider, host David Crosbie talks to Natalie Paddon about a protest put together by Hamilton environmentalists at Enbridge’s Line 10 construction site, replete with costumes and kale.

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Insider: Reporting on firefighters locked in a legal battle, plus a photographic memory of the Tragically Hip

October 21, 2017

In episode 30 of the Newsroom Insider, host Joanna Frketich talks to investigative reporter Steve Buist about the pitfalls of court reporting focusing on a bitter fight among firefighters over millions of dollars they’ve claimed from workplace-related illness.

Next, photographer Barry Gray takes us back to the Tragically Hip’s farewell tour stop in Hamilton and what it was like to shoot such a meaningful and memorable concert in the wake of frontman Gord Downie’s death on Oct 17.

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Insider: The constantly eroding escarpment — how do you combat the inevitable?

October 13, 2017

In episode 29 of the Newsroom Insider, host David Crosbie talks to Matthew Van Dongen about the challenges facing a city built around an escarpment. How can Hamilton gird itself against mass-scale erosion? What does living above or below the edge of the Mountain mean?

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Insider: Eight city schools and daycares above recommended lead levels in 2016

October 7, 2017

In episode 28 of the Newsroom Insider, host David Crosbie talks to reporter Joanna Frketich about the disconcerting levels of lead in drinking water of some Hamilton schools and daycares. Following a report published by the Toronto Star, over 600 Ontario schools were found to have exceeded the guidelines.

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Insider: A look at Hamilton’s scrapping community, plus the impact of the opioid crisis on the city

September 16, 2017

In episode 27 of the Hamilton Spectator's Newsroom Insider, host Natalie Paddon talks to Teviah Moro about Hamilton's scrapping community, followed by a conversation with Joanna Frketich about the impact of the opioid crisis on the city.

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Another person’s treasure: Recycling for a living

September 16, 2017

Spectator reporter Teviah Moro speaks with Hamiltonians who make their living collecting and recycling scrap material.

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Insider: Suspended licence, fine, for killing Jay Keddy

September 8, 2017

In episode 26 of the Hamilton Spectator's Newsroom Insider, host David Crosbie talks to Jon Wells about the sentencing of Guy McPhee.

Guy McPhee struck and killed Hamilton teacher Jay Keddy in December 2015. Keddy was riding his bicycle home from work when McPhee collided with him on the Claremont Access. McPhee was found guilty in July of careless driving, and was sentenced September 8.

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Podcast: Collision Course

August 29, 2017

Reporter Steve Buist talks about the Hamilton Spectator series on concussion research 

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Insider: How did Robert Badgerow get released on bail?

August 25, 2017

In episode 25 of the Hamilton Spectator's Newsroom Insider, host David Crosbie talks to Susan Clairmont about convicted killer Robert Badgerow.

Badgerow made history when he became the first person in Canada to be charged four times for the same first-degree murder. He was found guilty in the fall of 2016, and has since filed an appeal. As of August 24, an Ontario appeal court has granted him bail while waiting on that appeal. Which means that he will soon be out of jail, back home with his family.

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Insider: Family insight into a 100-year-old murder, plus City Council scrutinizes the Waterfront Trust

August 18, 2017

In episode 24 of the Hamilton Spectator's Newsroom Insider, host David Crosbie talks to Jon Wells about a follow-up to his recent story regarding a Hamilton doctor who was murdered 100 years ago. A relative of Dr. MacRobbie, whose homicide was never solved, contacted Jon to provide further details.

Then Natalie Paddon talks about Coun. Donna Skelly's motion asking the Hamilton Waterfront Trust to attend an upcoming meeting and discuss its finances. The Trust owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes to the city. 

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