Group calls for tougher safety inspections for rooming houses after Indigenous woman dies in fire

Brenda Campbell, 51, was killed in the blaze along with 61-year-old John Bendon

Dennis Ward
APTN National News
A tiny apartment in a crowded rooming house: it’s sometimes the only home a person can afford.

Now, after a blaze in a Winnipeg rooming house killed two people, there are demands that the houses and their owners face tougher safety inspections.


Host, Producer / Winnipeg

Dennis is Métis from southern Manitoba. After spending a decade working in TV in Alberta and Ontario, Dennis returned to Manitoba to join APTN’s Winnipeg bureau as a reporter/correspondent in September 2014. In 2016, he won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his story A Soldier Scorned for APTN Investigates. In 2017, he became a host/producer for APTN National News and Face to Face. In 2020, Dennis and co host Melissa Ridgen were nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor, National.