In 1995, I was a young reporter at a radio station in Toronto. My first major assignment was covering the Paul Bernardo murder trial which was one of the biggest and most sensational trials in Canadian history. Not surprisingly my world changed forever. What I didn’t know at the time was the whole world was changing around me. 1995 was a year like no other.
In 1995, the world watched as the OJ Simpson trial was broadcast live on TV. The deadliest domestic terrorist attack in the United States occurred when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City. And the peace process was abruptly halted in the Middle East when Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated.
In Canada, Quebecors nearly voted to separate from the country in a referendum. The Mike Harris revolution swept Ontario. The Canadian Airborne Regiment was disbanded. And Guy Paul Morin was exonerated using advances in DNA technology.
This podcast series explores the events of 1995 and how they shaped the world we live in today – over 20 years later.
In 1995, I worked for Toronto radio stations Talk 640 and Q107 covering many of the events featured in this podcast. After leaving radio, I worked in media relations and communications at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. At my core I am an old school radio reporter who loves to tell stories.