I enjoyed my time working for the Mississauga News. I began by shooting the real estate listings, a job which none of the other staff photographers wanted. I was always one to realize that sometimes you "have to do what you have to do" to get your foot in the door. Fortunately, that particular assignment only lasted a few months. During the time I was shooting real estate I was also badgering the photo editor "Fred Loek" with freelance images I'd shot of fires, car crashes and ambulance activity. I carried a police scanner with me at all times while driving around to listen in on emergency radio traffic and if I was close enough to the incident I'd drive there to get some shots. Fred was impressed with my determination and eagerness, and, he liked the images I brought him, so, he offered me a few easy assignments in the regular news section. He liked what I'd shot of those jobs and he quickly upped my assignment count and also gave me some of the more important stories that the paper required. Toward the end of my time there I had my own column/page of images entitled "Focus" which was whatever community event or other interesting news story they required coverage of. Shooting for the Mississauga News was a fun job, but it didn't pay very much, so I left in 1985 to pursue a career in firefighting while I continued to shoot professionally in other areas of photography on the side of my new full time career in firefighting. You can click on any image to enlarge it to full screen.
The very first assignment I shot for the paper.  It was a 50th wedding anniversary party.The paper gave me my own column entitled "Focus" and assigned me different stories to shoot.A community newspaper and my own column.  Great start to learn the ropes.I was given different stories every week.  I loved shooting for them.Most of the assignments were a lot of fun to shoot.I still remember a lot of these fun assignments.An open house sale for century 21A July heat wave down at the beaches.A corporate party challenge contest.  It looked like a lot of fun to participate in.I remember taking this shot.  It wasn't "staged".  The baby actually sprayed his dad.This guy won his mortgage amount in a bank contest.  He was pretty happy.Another park party I shot.This was on the front page of the paper.Photo editor Fred Loek was particularly impressed with this shot.Soccer games were so much fun to shoot.As long as you have faces in the shot you've got a keeper.Former Canadian tennis champion Glen Mitchibata.Canada's (at the time) tennis champion Glen Mitchibata.I shot lots of tennis as Mississauga is a hot bed for tennis in Ontario.I even got to shoot the Canadian tennis championships that year.