Not any more

RIP Dale Anne Freed

In Celeb, Loss of Life, Me Myself & I, Media, Toronto, Women on July 24, 2010 at 10:47

Just a tad…

I meet Dale for the first time  in 2007 while taking a group of Second City actors to meet up with Dan Aykroyd for  Tony Rosato trial in Kingston.  She new an injustice had happened an intended to report about it until the wrong was righted.  I spoke to her occasionally after that first meeting and saw her again in May 2008 during the Second City’s Benefit of Laughter in Toronto.  She was a wonderful person to speak to and its my loss that I knew her for such a brief amount of time.   I’m sure she will be well missed by her readers, Toronto Star associates, friends and especially family.  Rest in Peace Dale.


You can read Nicolaas van Rijn’s full article in The Toronto Star here

Dale Anne Freed, 61: Star reporter made a difference

“Dale Anne Freed was a Star reporter.

It gave her meaning, a sense of purpose, the opportunity to do good and go after the bad guys, and it turned her into an inveterate newshound, constantly on the lookout for a story…

…The best part of my job is when I’m interviewing someone and I know I’m just a heartbeat away from getting the key to the story,” she once told an interviewer. “I almost hold my breath at that moment.”

Freed, 61, died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital after what her family termed “a ferocious but brief” struggle with a suspected cancer of the bile duct.

A veteran Star journalist — she joined the paper in 1986 — Freed started out writing about fashion and furniture, but she found her true love in the early 1990s as a city general assignment reporter, a hectic and deadline-oriented specialty that brought her into contact with the gritty side of the city….

…One example of the difference Freed could make was the compelling series of stories she wrote detailing the plight of former SCTV and Saturday Night Live actor Tony Rosato.

Her stories, which literally sprang Rosato from prison in March 2009 after he had spent four years in custody, covered the actor’s harrowing experience after developing Capgras syndrome, a rare mental disease in which the victim believes those close to him have been replaced by substitutes. “If the Star hadn’t got hold of the story, Tony would have spent months, perhaps years, more in jail,” his lawyer Daniel Brodsky said later…

…Born in Brampton and a graduate of the University of Toronto, Freed worked briefly as a freelance reporter before joining the Star.

She leaves her mother, Myrtle A. Freed, and sister Jane Freed, both of Brampton, and a sister Lynne Freed, her husband Richard McCorkindale, and their daughters Alexandria, 19, and Victoria, 16, all of Streetsville. She was predeceased by her father, Dr. Bruce D. Freed of Brampton.

A private family service is planned, followed by a public memorial.”

You can read Dale Anne Freed’s full article in The Toronto Star here

“…Three years ago tomorrow, the former SCTV and Saturday Night Live star was first incarcerated for his bizarre behaviour. On May 5, 2005, Rosato went to police in his wife’s hometown of Kingston to report, once again, that his wife and baby daughter had gone missing, replaced by impostors. Police charged him with criminal harassment and threw him in jail for almost 800 days, until his trial last summer, which had been expedited by intense media scrutiny.

At his sentencing in early September, a judge handed Rosato a conditional discharge (with no conviction) and a probation order under the Criminal Code requiring Rosato to “reside” at Kingston’s Providence Care Mental Health Services for a maximum of three years. He could leave if medical experts decided he was well.

But after eight months at the facility, Rosato still adamantly refuses any treatment. “It’s actually enforced confinement,” he said of his situation in January. “It’s clearly a Catch-22.” Rosato declined to speak to the Star again last week.

Rosato is widely seen as an egregious example of a mentally ill person who falls through the cracks…”

You can read Dale Anne Freed’s full article in The Toronto Star here

A legend returns from his long season in hell

“…He ended up spending almost four years in custody – more than twoof them in jail, followed by confinement in a psychiatric hospital as part of his probation.

Rosato pleaded not guilty at his trial in September 2007. Although a judge found him guilty of criminally harassing Leah, he was not convicted and was handed a conditional discharge. He’s now out of hospital but will continue to be on probation until next September.

And his demons appear to have been vanquished by anti-psychotic medication.

The 54-year-old actor is back in Toronto living with family, falling in love with his wife all over again, and taking steps to relaunch his career.

“I’m okay,” a low-key Rosato told the Star in a recent interview, his first since he was released from Kingston’s Providence psychiatric facility in March. “Everything is all right. There have been a lot of misunderstandings and they’ve been cleared up…”


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