In a clandestine meeting at an airport hotel, investigative reporter Kevin Donovan is alerted that there might be problems at ORNGE. From mysterious sources to leaked reports and from intensive interviews to dogged analysis of financial reports, Donovan slowly pieces together the stunning story of a public agency out of control and of a government that took its eye off the ball. Culminating in the dismissal or resignation of top executives and board members, new protocols to protect public safety, a police investigation and public hearings in 2012, this story reveals how crucial determined journalism is in our busy, complex society. In this riveting account of the Star investigation that shone a spotlight on Ontario’s troubled air ambulance service, Kevin recounts his three-year quest to uncover just what was going on at ORNGE.
Kevin Donovan is the Toronto Star's Investigative Editor and a senior reporter. In almost three decades at the Star, Kevin has investigated government corruption, charity mismanagement, police wrongdoing and serious issues in education, finance, law firms and social agencies. His stories have earned the Governor General's Award for Public Service Journalism and three National Newspaper Awards. Kevin lives in Toronto with his wife, Kelly Smith, and their two children.