Ken Faught

These brave women are the public face for a series of Toronto Star stories that shed light on the secrecy surrounding the patient complaints system in Ontario.

It began with one account, published in March 2001, about seven women who had each launched

a complaint and lawsuit against a Pickering obstetrician/gynecologist. The reporters were shocked by the response: the phones didn’t stop ringing for weeks, as dozens more women accused Dr. Errol Wai-Ping
of bungled hysterectomies, botched deliveries and suspicious routine gynecological procedures dating back years. Most shocking, each woman had thought she was the only one harmed by his care.

Trying to document story after story, reporters had no time to organize photographs. Obtaining a list of names and phone numbers, photographer Ken Faught started calling. In all, forty-four women were contacted, thirty-four showed up and twenty-nine took part in the photo shoot.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario had received complaints about Wai-Ping as far back as 1994, but only after a succession of stories—and this group photograph—did the regulatory body take action. After a lengthy hearing, Dr. Wai-Ping lost his Ontario medical licence in 2004. A class-action lawsuit brought against him by 225 women was settled out of court in 2006.

A native of Vancouver Island, Faught wandered through the wilds of the Yukon and North West Territories for many years before the lure of the big city took hold. In 1986, he landed a job at the Toronto Star, photographing events around the world for nearly two decades.
Faught has won two National Newspaper Awards: one for Sports and the other for his involvement in a series on spousal abuse, a special project that also earned Faught and the team a Michener Award.
In 2005, he became head of the Star’s Photography and Multimedia Department before retiring in 2010.
He is currently a judge with the NNAs and avid volunteer for the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, mixing these ventures with personal travel, photography and grandchildren.