Hilary Thomson

Investigative Features Writer

Hilary is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Kemptville, Ontario. After graduating with honours from Carleton University’s school of journalism in 2014 Hilary began working with a small community newspaper in Kemptville called The North Grenville Times. Over the past four years she has written hundreds of articles on various topics ranging from municipal politics to arts and culture. Hilary has also written for several other publications including the Career Options Magazine, The Kingston Whig Standard, the Ottawa Citizen and, of course, Ottawa Life MagazineWhen she isn’t madly typing away, she can be found at the park with her dog Hank, practicing yoga or socializing in one of Ottawa or Kemptville’s many coffee shops. 

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Discover the majesty of the North - High Arctic Explorer offers socially conscious travel at its finest

Discover the majesty of the North - High Arctic Explorer offers socially conscious travel at its finest

Photo: Town of Illulissat It’s 5:30am. The sun, that barely dipped bellow the horizon all night is rising over the Baffin Bay. I take a deep breath and taste the cool, salty air of the sea. I’m aboard the Ocean Endeavour, Adventure Canada’s 200 passenger ship, about half-way through [...]

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Regina Police Service continues to ignore former police woman's pleas for help

Regina Police Service continues to ignore former police woman's pleas for help

Photo credit: Evan Radford/980 CJME Heather Gray is out of options. She is extremely suicidal and says “suicide brain” clouds every part of her life. This is stemming from the abuses she faced during her employment with the Regina Police Service (RPS) and her 20-year battle to get compensation [...]

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“Murder truck” set free: Low precedent set in death of local cyclist

“Murder truck” set free: Low precedent set in death of local cyclist

When Nadia Robinson woke up on June 28, 2015, she was happy. She poured herself a cup of coffee and made a Facebook status saying so. Her oldest son had just graduated from high school and she and her family had moved into a new home in Riverside South, Ottawa. Although she was not with the father of [...]

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Nancy Peckford on political scene

Nancy Peckford on political scene

Photo by Hilary Thomson Nancy Peckford sits in a McDonalds in Kemptville, just outside Ottawa. It’s a warm evening in June and she has given up taking her three children to the park to focus on writing the proposal for what would be an unprecedented program in Canada. Sipping on coffee she funnels [...]

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It’s Not Just a Concussion

It’s Not Just a Concussion

Eighteen-year-old Connor O’Callaghan lay unconscious on the side of Rideau River Road in North Grenville. He had overdosed on cocaine. His body was essentially lifeless, except for thud of his heart that was still beating inside his chest. His friends had dumped him at the side of the road while [...]

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Heather Gray at the end of her rope - no help from Regina Police Service or Minister Goodale

Heather Gray at the end of her rope - no help from Regina Police Service or Minister Goodale

Since the article came out in Ottawa Life Magazine (OLM) in the fall about bullying and harassment in the Regina Police Service things have gone from bad to worse for the article’s subject, Heather Gray. When Gray first met with Regina Police Chief Evan Bray back in May 2018, she was encouraged [...]

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Ralph Goodale and the good-ole boys club: Misogyny is alive and well at the Regina Police Service

Ralph Goodale and the good-ole boys club: Misogyny is alive and well at the Regina Police Service

Photo credit: Jackie Hall Photography There has been a lot in the news the past few years about harassment and bullying in the RCMP. In 2017, more than 3,100 women working for the RCMP won a $100-million class action lawsuit and an apology from RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson for harassment faced for [...]

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Trudeau and Goodale Ignore former Regina Police Woman's Pleas for Justice

Trudeau and Goodale Ignore former Regina Police Woman's Pleas for Justice

Photo credit: Jackie Hall Photography There has been a lot in the news over the past few years about harassment and bullying in the RCMP. In 2017, more than 3,100 women working for the RCMP won a $100 million class action law suit and an apology from RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson for harassment they [...]

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