2016 YEAR IN PHOTOS Ingrid Bulmer

2016 has been an unusual year for me.

As a photographer, my passion is to document other people's lives and tell stories using photos instead of words.

This year, I was unable to tell many of your stories because the newspaper I work for created a situation that forced the newsroom staff to go on a defensive strike. I am also the president of the union local that represents the 55 newsroom editors, reporters, photographers and support staff, and a member of the bargaining committee. Needless to say, those positions take up a good deal of time.

Despite not having a lot of latitude to do what I love, I did have the opportunity to go on a few photo assignments for the Local Xpress. Below are some of the assignments I had the pleasure of being involved with.

Here's hoping that 2017 will be a year to remember and a year to photograph.

Life of Riley: A distilling story.

Riley Giffen may only be 22 years old but he's already bought a rental property, graduated from university with an engineering degree and launched his own distillery business.

The following photos were taken for a story about one family's fears in the wake of the federal government's assisted dying legislation.

Penny Kitchen and her aging parents don’t need any lessons about dignity and quality of life. Kitchen, 53, lives with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is non-communicative. “She has to rely totally on someone else to be fed, to get her up in the morning, get her dressed, but her dignity is in the life she leads,” says Dorothy Kitchen, Penny’s 83-year-old mother. “She’s a member of the community. She has a very full life.”

Wendy Kearley suffers from environmental illness and faces being evicted from her New Glasgow home.

There is no home away from home for Wendy Kearley of New Glasgow. “I am being evicted from the only safe, accessible home available to me because of a bureaucratic technicality,” said Kearley, 65, who suffers from multiple chemical sensitivity, often referred to as environmental illness.

On Dec. 2, students from more than 50 high schools across the province left classrooms to rally in support of their teachers, who are embroiled in a labour dispute with the Liberal government.

Hundreds of students from the Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro rally in support of teachers.

First World War re-enactment at Citadel Hill in Halifax

Actors help recreate WWI trenches

The Truro Police Service botched the investigation into the 2005 death of three-year-old Samantha Mercer, according to an independent review.

“I want them to apologize,” Shannon Mercer, Samantha’s grandmother, said after Gerard Mitchell delivered a scathing review that concluded that the police investigation was sloppy and disorganized.
Gerard Mitchell, police commissioner for Prince Edward Island and a retired chief justice, releases the results of his independent review into the 2005 death of three-year-old Samantha Mercer during a news conference in Truro.

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