Month: August 2016

Shannon

This is a portrait of a brave woman.

Shannon Graham, who was the victim of sexual assault, successfully fought to have a publication ban on her lifted following the conviction of her then common-law spouse.

Despite the ostensibly successful trial where her assailant was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, the legal process has been punishing on Graham. At every juncture, Graham said her attacker was given the benefit of the doubt, while she was treated simply “like a piece of evidence”.

Graham says her goal is to now reclaim her name and identity so she can tell her story her way.

Shannon Graham

Shannon Graham poses in her home in Bridgewater, N.S. on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Graham, whose former common law spouse was convicted of sexually assaulting her, but has since been released pending an appeal, now regrets going to authorities in the first place.

Adaptive Surfing

I had the great pleasure of working a recent assignment that was so moving and inspirational.

SurfAble and The Life Rolls On Foundation held an event dedicated to enabling those with disabilities to experience adaptive surfing.

Justin Burdon

Volunteers carry Justin Burdon, who is dependent on a wheelchair after suffering a brain injury 12 years ago, on a surf board to surf in the Atlantic Ocean during a surf event for people with disabilities at Martinique Beach Provincial Park in Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S. on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The event is run by non-profit organizations SurfAble and Life Rolls On which work to enable those with disabilities to experience adaptive surfing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Justin Burdon

Justin Burdon, who is dependent on a wheelchair after suffering a brain injury 12 years ago, reacts while surfing in the Atlantic Ocean during a surf event for people with disabilities at Martinique Beach Provincial Park in Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S. on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The event is run by non-profit organizations SurfAble and Life Rolls On which work to enable those with disabilities to experience adaptive surfing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Mohammed Ibrahim

Mohammed Ibrahim, a Syrian refugee with an amputated leg, paddles on a surfboard in the Atlantic Ocean during a surf event for people with disabilities at Martinique Beach Provincial Park in Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S. on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The event is run by non-profit organizations SurfAble and Life Rolls On which work to enable those with disabilities to experience adaptive surfing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Khaleda Alawi, Ayoob Hussein

Khaleda Alawi, left, from Iraq, takes a photo of her son Ayoob Hussein surfing with the help of volunteers in the Atlantic Ocean during a surf event for people with disabilities at Martinique Beach Provincial Park in Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S. on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The event is run by non-profit organizations SurfAble and Life Rolls On which work to enable those with disabilities to experience adaptive surfing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Divya Tiwari

Volunteers help 4-year-old Divya Tiwari, who is dependent on a wheelchair, experience the sensation of surfing during a surf event for people with disabilities at Martinique Beach Provincial Park in Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S. on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The event is run by non-profit organizations SurfAble and Life Rolls On which work to enable those with disabilities to experience adaptive surfing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Rebecca Smith, Zachary Kalpakchiev

Rebecca Smith, left, and her son Zachary Kalpakchiev, who lives with cerebral palsy, wade into the Atlantic Ocean with the help of an adaptive wheelchair during a surf event for people with disabilities at Martinique Beach Provincial Park in Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S. on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The event is run by non-profit organizations SurfAble and Life Rolls On which work to enable those with disabilities to experience adaptive surfing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

A Quick Rip Into Gros Morne

I managed a few hours in Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park between flights…

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A German tourist looks out over Stuckless Pond in Gros Morne National Park in western Newfoundland on Monday, August 15, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

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Tourists take pictures with their mobile phones of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in western Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park on Monday, August 15, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

 

Trudeau in Atlantic Canada

I spent a few hectic days in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island documenting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he was seemingly attempting the world record in selfie-posing – here are some attempts at non-selfie moments along┬áthe way.

Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, centre, joins spectators in singing the national anthem prior to a harness race at the Red Shores Racetrack in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, pets a sheep at the Junior Sheep Show during Old Home Week events in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Justin Trudeau

A woman uses her smartphone to photograph Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, posing with a family during Old Home Week events in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Fire Fighting

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A firefighter carries a hose through charred woods while fighting the Seven Mile Lake forest fire in Maitland Bridge, N.S. near Kejimkujik National Park on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Many of the roads and camping areas are closed to the public as the 370-hectare forest fire continues to burn in Western Nova Scotia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

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A firefighter takes a break in front of charred woods while fighting the Seven Mile Lake forest fire in Maitland Bridge, N.S. near Kejimkujik National Park on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Many of the roads and camping areas are closed to the public as the 370-hectare forest fire continues to burn in Western Nova Scotia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese