The heart and soul of journalism, in my opinion, is the investigation. Every story should be an investigation, whether it’s picking up a phone to check the facts on a press release in a daily news room or spending months uncovering corruption at the highest level. Journalists have an obligation to investigate everything. I launched my first investigation within a month of graduating from J-School. It was a look at why assault rifles were slipping between the cracks in Canada as legally available “rifles.” From that modest start I’ve gone on to investigate why millions of smoke detectors were built to fail (see story embedded above), why an Ottawa area computer specialist was being allowed to sell cures for cancer, why Canadians were being left unprotected when they travelled abroad and ultimately to a series on police accountability that showed that police were literally getting away with murder. Investigative journalism, though often challenging and occasionally seemingly insurmountable, is the very core reason I stay in this business: the thrill of the hunt.